"A heavy driver that hurls a container that detonates at a set distance and sprays the area with hyper-velocity shrapnel. Very good at damaging tight groups of small enemy ships."
Bursters unlock the weapon system of the same name, Bursters(weapon) for use in any large weapon mount. This node is the first in the Ballistics Weapons tree which unlocks a weapon more useful for crowd control than damage dealing, though Bursters can do passable damage at great ranges if used correctly. The weapon itself is a refinement of the projectile rather than the propulsion system, essentially packing 12 Gauss Cannons into a bullet, taping a timer to it, and shooting them out a much larger Gauss Cannon.

Bursters can cost as much as 90,000 or as little as 30,000 research points, depending on chance.

Root Technology
And/Or Technology Research Cost Chance to unlock Bursters
Hiver Human Liir Morrigi Tarka Zuul
And Mass Drivers 10,000 90 70 50 40 85 80
Fission 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cruiser Construction 16,000 0 0 0 0 0 0
Potential Tech Unlocks
Technology Research Cost Chance of Availability
Hiver Human Liir Morrigi Tarka Zuul
Shotgun Driver 50,000 90 60 40 30 85 30

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