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Sometimes my crew stop working, and a star shows next to them. What does that mean?

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It means the crew has been stunned. The effects are only temporary though.

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Stunned by what? –  Colonel Panic Apr 13 at 22:01
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@ColonelPanic anything which can stun. Weapons hitting the room they are in is the most likely culprit. –  shanodin Apr 13 at 22:09
    
From what I've seen, stun-based weaponry are usually yellowish in color. Hacking drones can also stun, with a proper augment. –  Doktoro Reichard Apr 13 at 22:17
    
Okay. So is stunning a feature only of new (advanced edition) weapons, or a new feature of old weapons? –  Colonel Panic Apr 13 at 22:23
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To be clear old weapons can stun as well as new, but again it's only in the Advanced Edition. Heavy Lasers feature a chance to stun (e.g.). –  peacedog Apr 13 at 22:43

There are a few sources of stun but all of them will only be found in the Advanced Edition (AE).

  • Stun bombs, bomb-weapons that deal 1 system damage, in addition to stunning crew in a room for 10 seconds with a 100% chance.
  • Ion stunners, ion-weapons that fire a yellowish particle that, if it hits, deals 1 ion damage and stuns crew in the targeted room (or shield room if shields were hit) for 5 seconds.
  • Hacking drones that have been activated coming from a ship with the "Hacking Stun" augment will cause stun to all foes in the room or that enter the room until the hacking is on cooldown. (This augment costs 60 scrap and is not found on hostile ships.)
  • Ion Intruder, a boarding drone that deals ion to systems will stun crew for 5 seconds if they are in the room being ionized.
  • Heavy Missile weaponry/Heavy lasers now have a chance to cause stun for a few (5?) seconds. This is a low probability side effect added to existing (non-AE) missile/laser weapons.

All of these weapons will cause the yellow stars and an inability to work or move. The weapon-based stuns will stun friendlies as well as hostiles that are in the blast radius.

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I think the Stun Bomb will cause 15 seconds of stun. –  SysDragon Apr 14 at 6:22
    
@SysDragon I will double check. I was pretty sure it was 10, but I never use it... –  BlackVegetable Apr 14 at 11:05

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