|Triple-firing energy blaster|
The Cyclone is a primary weapon. Cyclone has a high rate of fire and a spread shot. Base version has limited range which is remedied when upgraded. In multiplayer Cyclone is a modified version of the Plus (+) variant.
Base: Triple-firing high-speed energy blasts. Uses .3 Energy per shot.
Plus (+): Shots travel much farther (no longer limited)
Four Shots (X4): Add central shot and wider firing angle (~10 degrees wider)
Focus (F): Higher rate of fire (~20%), faster shots (~30%), and reduced firing angle (~20 degrees narrower)
THE CYCLONE WAS AN ATTEMPT BY JUNO OFFWORLD AUTOMATION TO PROVE THAT ENERGY-BASED PROJECTILES COULD BE USED FOR MINING PURPOSES. THE ENERGY BLAST TENDS TO DISSIPATE AFTER A SHORT DISTANCE, BUT THE HIGH-RATE OF FIRE, PARTICULARLY AFTER THE SHORT RAMP-UP, USUALLY MAKE UP FOR THAT DRAWBACK. CRONUS FRONTIER ENGINEERS REFUSED TO USE THE CYCLONE IN OTHER AUTO-OPS AFTER THE HYDRA PROVED TO BE INEFFECTIVE AT MINING. JUNO ENGINEERS INSIST THAT A LARGER POWER SOURCE WOULD MAKE THE CYCLONE FAR MORE EFFECTIVE.