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NS-R3 Swarm
NS-R3 Swarm.png
The magazine-fed NS-R3 Swarm can switch between low velocity and high velocity rockets which lock onto both ground and air targets, allowing the user to tailor the weapon's tracking capabilities based on the engagement.
Flak detonation. Required Lockon: Aircraft or Armor
Costs
Cert Cost: 1000 Certification Points
DC Cost: 799 Daybreak Cash
General Info
Empire: Icon NS.png
Can Use: Icon Heavy Assault.png
Weapon Type: Rocket Launchers
Fire Rate: 60 RPM
Muzzle Velocity: 175m/s
Effective Range: 300m(Armor),
350m(Aircraft)
Fire Modes: NS R3 Swarm Fast Mode.pngAA/AV Lock-On (Fast Projectile),
NS R3 Swarm Slow Mode.pngAA/AV Lock-On (Slow Projectile)
Damage[?]
Max Damage: 350
Min Damage: 350
Max Indirect Damage: 160 before 5m
Min Indirect Damage: 1 after 8m
Damage Type: Infantry Rocket Launchers,
Flak Explosion
Reload Speed
Reload Speed: 4s
Ammunition
Magazine Size: 3
Ammunition Pool: 30
Accuracy[?]
Hip Aim
Crouch Still: 5 0.1
Move: 5 1
Stand Still: 5 0.1
Move: 5 1
Bloom per Shot: 2 2
Data Sources
Census API source: NS-R3 Swarm API Data?

NS-R3 "Ravenous" Swarm
NS-R3 "Ravenous" Swarm.png
This custom-painted variant of the magazine-fed NS-R3 Swarm can switch between low velocity and high velocity rockets which lock onto both ground and air targets, allowing the user to tailor the weapon's tracking capabilities based on the engagement.
Flak detonation. Required Lockon: Aircraft or Armor
Costs
Cert Cost: N/A Certification Points
DC Cost: N/A Daybreak Cash
General Info
Empire: Icon NS.png
Can Use: Icon Heavy Assault.png
Weapon Type: Rocket Launchers
Fire Rate: 60 RPM
Muzzle Velocity: 175m/s
Effective Range: 300m(Armor),
350m(Aircraft)
Fire Modes: NS R3 Swarm Fast Mode.pngAA/AV Lock-On (Fast Projectile),
NS R3 Swarm Slow Mode.pngAA/AV Lock-On (Slow Projectile)
Damage[?]
Max Damage: 350
Min Damage: 350
Max Indirect Damage: 160 before 5m
Min Indirect Damage: 1 after 8m
Damage Type: Infantry Rocket Launchers,
Flak Explosion
Reload Speed
Reload Speed: 4s
Ammunition
Magazine Size: 3
Ammunition Pool: 30
Accuracy[?]
Hip Aim
Crouch Still: 5 0.1
Move: 5 1
Stand Still: 5 0.1
Move: 5 1
Bloom per Shot: 2 2
Data Sources
Census API source: NS-R3 "Ravenous" Swarm API Data?
Note: Was available for limited time as part of Ravenous Bundle.

The NS-R3 Swarm is a Common Pool rocket launcher, similar to the NS Annihilator. Like the Annihilator an active (green) lock-on is required for being able to launch 1 of the 3 rockets that each magazine supports (so: no dumbfire possible), with a delay of around 1s between each shot, which each requires one more click.

Effectiveness[edit | edit source]

Versus Vehicles
Vehicle Armor Facing Shots to Kill
Link=FlashFlash - 3 (on fire @ 3)
Composite Armor 5 - 4 (on fire @ 3)
Link=HarasserHarasser - 8 (on fire @ 6)
Composite Armor 5 - 9 (on fire @ 7)
Sunderer Diagram.pngSunderer - 15 (on fire @ 12)
Blockade Armor 5 - 18 (on fire @ 14)
Deployment Shield 4 - 15 (Shield 8)
ANT Diagram.pngANT - 12 (on fire @ 10)
Lightning Diagram.pngLightning Front/Top 12 (on fire @ 10)
Side 10 (on fire @ 8)
Rear 8 (on fire @ 7)
Prowler Diagram.pngProwler Front/Top 15 (on fire @ 12)
Side 13 (on fire @ 10)
Rear 10 (on fire @ 8)
Magrider Diagram.pngMagrider Front/Top 15 (on fire @ 12)
Side 13 (on fire @ 10)
Rear 10 (on fire @ 8)
Vanguard Diagram.pngVanguard Front/Top 18 (on fire @ 14)
Side 15 (on fire @ 12)
Rear 12 (on fire @ 10)
Mosquito Diagram.pngReaver Diagram.pngScythe Diagram.pngESF - Direct — 3 (on fire @ 3)
Flak — 7 (on fire @ 6)
Composite Armor 5 - Direct — 3 (on fire @ 3)
Flak — 8 (on fire @ 6)
Valkyrie Diagram.pngValkyrie Front/Side/Top/Rear Direct — 7 (on fire @ 5)
Flak — 10 (on fire @ 8)
Bottom Direct — 13 (on fire @ 10)
Flak — 19 (on fire @ 15)
Composite Armor 5 Front/Side/Top/Rear Direct — 8 (on fire @ 6)
Flak — 11 (on fire @ 9)
Bottom Direct — 15 (on fire @ 12)
Flak — 22 (on fire @ 18)
Liberator Diagram.pngLiberator - Direct — 8 (on fire @ 7)
Flak — 17 (on fire @ 13)
Composite Armor 5 - Direct — 9 (on fire @ 7)
Flak — 18 (on fire @ 15)
Galaxy Diagram.pngGalaxy - Direct — 15 (on fire @ 12)
Flak — 30 (on fire @ 24)
Composite Armor 5 - Direct — 16 (on fire @ 13)
Flak — 33 (on fire @ 26)
Bastion Fleet Carrier Diagram.pngBastion Weak Point - 41 (Shield 6)

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

This means that the user will be exposed to the enemy for a longer duration than with any other lock-on rocket launcher. However, there are some advantages to this weapon.

As each shot deals 350 damage and there's 3 of them a total of 1050 damage can be the outcome in an ideal situation while other lock-on rocket launchers only deal 650-750 damage. Other than that there's no benefit in damage to this weapon when compared with the other rocket launchers.

A hidden advantage is the projectile behaviour: Instead of immediately chasing after their target the Swarm's rockets will travel some distance in the direction they've been fired, depending on fire mode, before chasing their target. This eliminates one of the biggest annoyances that other lock-on rocket launchers have to deal with: A projectile that immediately hits the terrain or anything but it's target because it tries to immediately follow a target right after launch instead of trying to gain some height / distance from the user towards the targeted direction first. Also the projectiles will avoid hitting the ground by keeping a minimum distance towards ground level unless they're close to their target.

It's also possible to use lock-on and quickly shoot in any direction (before losing lock-on!) to make the projectiles travel around corners and hit targets that are about to get away.

Noteworthy#1: Because of the projectile's behaviour it may seem like a clever idea to intentionally miss close to mid range vehicles by shooting around them to have the projectiles turn around and hit them from the back. That, however, doesn't deal the expected bonus damage as it should because the game doesn't care about the projectile but the position of the weapon's user to determine from which direction the hit came. So in the end those rear hits count as front / side hits.

Noteworthy#2: Aside from accuracy issues due to firing mode / too close or fast target there's a unique effect that can lead to inaccuracy: Firing too fast. Firing shot after shot without allowing the weapon to settle will cause projectile spawns around the user instead of where they would be expected. These off position spawned projectiles will have a harder time flying towards their target without missing it. Slow projectiles suffer little from that. Fast projectiles much due to their extended lock-on delay and little maneuverability.

The Swarm's 2 firing modes use the same projectiles with the same damage. The major differences are the time until the projectiles starts chasing their target, how well the projectiles can maneuver and the projectile travelling speed.

  • NS R3 Swarm Fast Mode.png Fast Projectile mode: The projectiles move twice as fast as in slow projectile mode which costs them half their maneuverability, compared to that mode. They will begin chasing their target at a distance of around 130, which means they can miss anything that close or closer if the target either moves fast or the rockets have been aimed too far away from a target. Target size also matters.
  • NS R3 Swarm Slow Mode.png Slow Projectile mode: The projectiles move at half the speed as in fast projectile mode for twice the maneuverability. Note that their speed in slow projectile mode is still somewhat like that of a Harasser using it's booster. Anything as close as a distance of around 40 can still be missed if the aiming is too far off or the target moves too close and fast.

It's a good idea to fire a magazine of slow projectiles at an air unit, followed by fast ones once it tries to get away.

The fire mode may be changed while aiming, reloading and firing and will do so once the weapon is ready.

Ribbons and Medals[edit | edit source]

It is possible to get both Ribbons and Medals for using the NS-R3 Swarm. Each Ribbon is a standard reward for achieving a set amount of kills with the NS-R3 Swarm. Medals relate to how many overall kills you have with the NS-R3 Swarm.

Ribbons[edit | edit source]

Ribbon Icon Requirements
NS-R3 Swarm Service Ribbon
Rocket Launcher Ribbon.png
10 kills.

See more available ribbons on the Service Ribbons page.


Medals[edit | edit source]

Medal Icon Requirements Certification Rewards
No Medal
Medal Empty.png
0 kill No Reward
Copper Medal
Medal Copper.png
10 kills 2 Certification Points
Silver Medal
Medal Silver.png
60 kills 10 Certification Points
Gold Medal
Medal Gold.png
160 kills 20 Certification Points
Auraxium Medal
Medal Araxium.png
1160 kills 200 Certification Points

History[edit | edit source]

  • September 4, 2015 Update
    • The NS-R3 Swarm made its debut.
  • August 15, 2018 Update
    • Lockon Distance from 400 to 800.
    • Lockon Lifespan from 5 to 12.
    • Dev Note: This adjustment does not change the Swarm’s initial lockon distance, but only the distance (and duration) at which launched rockets will follow their target.
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