Newton

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The Newton is a gravity turret that can push or pull units.

Newton (turretimpulse)
Gravity Turret
turretimpulse.png
Stats
Cost 200
Hit Points 2000
Vision Radius (elmo) 554
Weapons
Repulsive Gravity Push alt.png
Damage 0.001 × 6
Reload Time (s) 0.20
Range (elmo) 440
Projectile Speed (elmo/s) 2200
Ignores shields



Attractive Gravity Pull alt.png
Damage 0.001 × 6
Reload Time (s) 0.20
Range (elmo) 460
Projectile Speed (elmo/s) 2200
Ignores shields

Description

The Newton is armed with an experimental graviton projector. This weapon does virtually no damage directly, but can push units toward or away from the Newton. You can use it on your own units as well, but beware of friendly fire.

Tactics and Strategy

Being priced twice the cost of usual defensive structures, like LMT or LLT, and not dealing any direct damage — it is hard to find a cost-effective use for the Newton. However, use its strong sides, and this turret turns into a game changer.

The Newtons weapon of choice is a gravity gun. It can work in two mods: push (repulsing) Push alt.png and pull (attraction) Pull alt.png. This can be switched in units panel, default key being "O". Pushing or pulling units with enough force or under right circumstances will cause them to be lifted off the ground and tossed the desired direction. This can be either used to deter lightweight enemies, drag them out of formation or push them to certain death by causing collision damage.

While most common turrets deal direct damage, and are usually able to dispatch a few raiders on their own at most, the Newton can hold off a small squad or army. Locating it on a hill will allow this turret to easily peel off small raids and hold them off indefinitely, eventually even killing several enemies. It can also punish solo-raiders, like Pyros or Kodachis.

One of the more exquisite and late game strategies with the Newton includes a construction of a home-brew mass driver. This can lead to an unexpected and strong hit on the enemies turf.

While the Newton has a very specific role, and wont come into play each game, it exceeds in the hands of an experienced player in the right circumstances.