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This is a list of some basic strategies in Starblast.io. There are no perfect strategies or techniques, but learning these basic moves can help you get started. Feel free to add your own to this list!


Combat:

The "Frag" Strategy[edit | edit source]

This strategy is one that will do one thing only, get you to the top of the leader board in no time at all. This is done well by four ships: the Side Interceptor, Side Fighter, Pulse Fighter and Pioneer (note: Y-Defender can be used but requires more skill). The amount of damage these four ships can pump out quickly makes them ideal for taking out ships. They are small and lower tier, which means they are easier to upgrade, very hard to hit by bigger ships with pulses, and can easily out maneuver anything besides a Fly. With this technique, I have easily gotten over 50 frags using this strategy. (Note: Don't abuse this strategy, it can make the game unenjoyable. Also, to counter this, get a heavy hitter (U-sniper, Advanced-Fighter, and Scorpion). Try to hit them as these ships have low mass. As soon the get hit and start to spin, hit them while they are spinning and they will die.)

The "Death Spin" Strategy[edit | edit source]

This is a strategy used in combat. You have to have a maxed out Pulse Fighter. Once you encounter a higher tier enemy, you ram into them. after you get knocked back you spin behind them, dodging the large bullets and allowing you to hit them. You do this multiple times until the enemy is dead.

Note: This strategy may no longer be effective because of RCS.

Teaming Tips & Tricks[edit | edit source]

Teaming is an incredibly risky business. Teams are often known to turn on one another, for crystals, points, or other teammates. You must be careful when teaming with people unknown to be trustworthy or not, because sometimes they might not be teaming with you, even if you think so. If your teammate just follows you, no matter what you do, be especially wary/ and or chase them away, because they might be waiting for you to ram a couple Asteroids or otherwise get your shield depleted, before attacking and killing you for your Crystals. Watch your map and be especially wary of groups of ships. Sometimes, it is far better to play solo than team.

If you mean to team for security, or just be a trustworthy ally, shoot asteroids others are attempting to mine, this will show you are serious about teaming, and not killing them. It is not recommended to fly around the map as a team, killing everyone and dominating, as this is seen as jerk-like behavior and you may regret this later when a large team attacks your team, or you are targeted for being jerks.

Note from another person: I cannot confirm if this remains viable, but it was at some point it was common to have large groups of Y-Defenders swarming in groups and killing everything, regardless of rank. This included Flies. Please don't do this, unless you are desperate to get a lot of score. Killing flies are useless, and the most gems you get would be 20, so there is no point.

Note from a 3rd person: In regard to the above Y-Defender strategy, never do that. Ever. It is mean. Also, people may say "team" just to get you to drop your guard. I once had a team of Y-defenders attack me. However, that was a long time ago. I was trying to get the A-speedster, but I was never able to max it out.

Note from the administrator of this wiki: Teaming in Survival Mode is generally regarded as a noob tactic, since you just gained another "unit" that protects you. If you team to mine or to kill someone (while outnumbering them/their team), many regard that as bad sportsmanship.

BE ALERT: some times you will get a person who wants to team with you, but sometimes those people who want to "team" with you can be sketchy, so if you feel unsafe then watch there behavior, a few sketchy things a "partner" could do are following you but not mining i find that very sketchy, especially if they are right on your tail, if they get right up on you move away because they might start shooting you and in since they are that close to you, you are vulnerable. so BE AWARE OF YOUR "TEAMMATES". Also, beware of groups on the radar flying towards you. They can kill you.

The All-Around Strategy[edit | edit source]

This is a simple strategy, recommended for beginners. Whenever the upgrades are unlocked, upgrade all of your available stats. This way your ship will have the most minimal weakness in terms of its stats. One thing you have to keep in mind when using this strategy is that it will take longer to upgrade your ship, since you upgrade your stats first. Of course, you can skip some upgrades like the Speed and Agility stats if you have the skill to outpace other players. If you are feeling uncertain, just upgrade your stats, and you have nothing to worry about. (Except for other enemies that are teaming with other ships) Unless you have the skill, you should probably use this strategy until you get better, then you can make your own favorite strategy!

"Ammo" Strategy[edit | edit source]

This a strategy based mainly on mining. All you do for many ships, (the later ones you can if you want) is only upgrade the ammo regen speed. Also, maxing damage with regen speed is a good way to go. This way you can shoot as much and as fast as possible to take out more rocks and upgrade your ship. [Wiki]

Other: It is also a wise idea to upgrade energy capacity if you upgrade damage, allowing you to fire more shots before running out of energy.

The Shadow Torpedo[edit | edit source]

Another strategy, if you don't feel like teaming up, is to utilize the Shadow X-1, the ship with the highest top speed in the game. Get a maxed out Shadow X-1 and mine peacefully during the game (if any other ships try to kill you, you will easily outpace most of them).

Save up the minerals you continue to mine to buy a torpedo, and perhaps some missiles for survival mode. When you and ideally one other ship are the only ones left, (they will almost always have a much stronger ship than you), simply fire everything at them and win the game.

Try to avoid them as long as possible at the end of the game in the gravity fields (running between the fields when they've overlapped most of the map is a good strategy, then if the stronger ship follows you in, they will be unable to move sideways to dodge the torpedo).

Watch out for the Shadow X-2, it has a slower top speed but faster acceleration and is a threat. Also if you are left with a very large high-level ship, they will often take a lot of damage from slamming into asteriods when the gravity fields are at maximum saturation, so wait a while before firing the torpedo.

The RCS Dodge[edit | edit source]

This strategy can be very useful if you are being attacked by someone using RCS on you. When the player shoots at you, turn to the left or right as quickly as possible, avoiding their shots. Shoot at your enemy afterwards. If they come back, repeat the process. Eventually, you can kill your enemy or succeed in boring them out of attacking altogether, which is awesome!

The Trap Maneuver[edit | edit source]

This strategy is highly effective against someone chasing you if done properly. You can use this in Survival Mode (if you have friends) or Team Mode. So, when someone chases you, run away. Then, have your friends come from all sides at the attacker. At this point, commence attacking the threat. When they are surrounded, they will easily be killed. This strategy requires good coordination with your team members, or it will fail, i.e. , they get away or you get killed along with your team.

The Barracuda Destruction Method[edit | edit source]

If there is a barracuda hot on your trail, this strategy is very helpful. First, max an A-speedster or Condor, since they are the 2 fastest T6 ships. Then, buy a couple torpedoes. When the barracuda is right behind you, turn off RCS, turn around, and fire the torpedo, or just all of them. The Barracuda will be instantly be annihilated, and you will get extra points and cargo.

The Ultimate Domination Strategy[edit | edit source]

All you need here is a maxed-out Side-Fighter or Pulse-Fighter, 3 packs of missiles, and you are set. Be prepared to watch your score gradually increase.

No Escape[edit | edit source]

This strategy involves having one very powerful ship, such as an O-Defender or Advanced Fighter, and one Shadow X-1 (or Fly), which means that when the large ship attacks someone, the smaller, faster ship can follow and shoot them until they are destroyed. If the target attempts to slow down and kill the weaker ship, the powerful ship will catch up and destroy them. There is almost no escape for this tactic other than being in a team.

If this tactic is used against you and are alone, your only chance will be to disable RCS to drift away at maximum speed while turning around and shooting the faster ship, however this may be difficult as you will likely have been weakened by the stronger ship.

The Rocket/Missile Party[edit | edit source]

This trick you can use with any ship, although it is preferred that it has good mining qualities. Fill up your entire secondaries bar with rockets or missiles, then spam shift-alt key in an alternating pattern. The missiles/rockets with be launched in a unified stream, making them highly deadly. The ship you target will be either dead or severely weakened and easy to finish off. After the first strike, wait for the missiles to recharge, then repeat. For rockets, repeat 4 times.

Note: This strategy is no longer effective due to a recent update.

The Fast Mining Strategy[edit | edit source]

When you start out in a server(preferably a game where there isn't already tier 5s or more), go defender path(far right path). Mine to the next tier while barely upgrading to make mining a bit faster(energy regen and shield regen). Do this till you get to O-defender where you should either max the o-defender or mine to tier 7.

The Tier 7 Killer[edit | edit source]

If you are in a team match, and an opposing team has got T7 ships, all you need to do is buy 3-4 torpedoes. If you can, recruit your teammates to do the same. 3 torpedoes can kill a bastion or an x-3 with full cargo, and 4 torpedoes are needed to kill an Odyssey or an Aries with full cargo. Anyways, when you have found your T7 target, press shift-alt repeatedly in their direction, then get out of their way. The torpedoes will blow them apart, and you can salvage their gems to upgrade your station.

The Multi-Laser Strategy[edit | edit source]

All you need is a ship with a high rate of fire, such as the H-mercury, Side-Interceptor, or Aetos, and load your secondaries slot with attack pods. Then max out your ship. When you attack, your enemies will be overwhelmed by your lasers and will almost instantly be killed.

The Fly Frag Strategy[edit | edit source]

Get a maxed Fly and frag other players. With their gems, save to get rockets or missiles. As no one expects a Fly to have missiles, you have the element of surprise.

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