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Disruptor Ray   Thermal Ray Turret

The Thermal Ray Turret is a common Energy weapon for base defense. Extremely powerful and fast, but lacks range.
  — In-Game Description 


Thermal Ray Turret I
DPS 10 Energy 18 Energy 31 Energy 54 Energy 94 Energy
Mass 65 t 115 t 200 t 350 t 610 t
Range 0-4,500 m
Speed 3,500 m/s
Firing Cycle C: 1.0 / F: 1.6 / R: 1.0 / N: 5
Module XP 875 XP 1,795 XP 4,540 XP 9,054 XP 14,440 XP
RESEARCH ArmsLabResearch.png
Prerequisites Previous level of Thermal Ray Turret,
Coil Driver Turret I
Arms Lab Required N/A I III IV VI
Time Time.png N/A 5m 20s 21m 20s 1h 04m 3h 12m
Mineral Ore MineralOre.png N/A 31,376 156,875 627,500 2,384,500
Antimatter Antimatter.png N/A 0 0 0 125,500
Module XP N/A XP 898 XP 1,419 XP 2,264 XP 3,610 XP
EQUIP ModuleRefit.png
Time Time.png 4s 16s 1m 04s 3m 12s 9m 36s
Mineral Ore MineralOre.png 917 6,119 30,591 122,361 489,450
Antimatter Antimatter.png 0 0 0 0 0


The Thermal Ray Turret is the most basic base weapon, with the first tier already unlocked at the start of the game. They are commonly seen in low-level bases as well as medium-level ones.

It fires bursts of thick yellow bolts at targets with a slight spread.

Strategy and Setup[]


Thermal Ray Turrets have excellent firepower, particularly at higher levels. Use Focused Apertures to extend their range, or Ion Rechargers to decimate shielded ships.

They are also fairly lightweight, allowing your Combat Modules to equip higher-level armor and shields.


Thermal Ray Turrets have very low range, making them sitting ducks for long-range destroyers and battleships, even when equipped with Focused Apertures V. Many beginners mistakenly only use Thermal Ray Turrets for base defence due to their DPS, allowing snipers to take out their entire base for zero damage. It is advised to mix in some Coil Driver Turrets for protection against snipers.

Unlike most Energy weapons, the projectiles fired from Thermal Ray Turrets do not home in towards their targets, making them easy prey for agile frigates which can dodge the shots at maximum range.


  • The Thermal Ray Turret was once called the Heavy Beam Laser, which had been renamed to Thermal Laser Turret.
    • Since Disruptor Rays were originally called Beam Lasers, this weapon is technically "Disruptor Ray Turret".
  • A Thermal Ray Turret I is automatically equipped to new Combat Modules.
  • After recent patches, it is the only turret that costs no Antimatter to equip for all levels.
  • The equipping time of all old blueprint items for bases was reduced by half during the May 2020 update.