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Its unclear as to whether this trait means that a subsystem manned by a Mantis crew member causes double damage to the subsystem (when damage is received) or to the enemy (when damage is dealt).

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By "combat", they mean man-to-man combat, not ship-to-ship combat. Basically, Mantes make good raiding parties or security guards.

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Hand-to-hand and gun-to-face, specifically. :-) – Hand-E-Food Sep 17 '12 at 3:57
Oh, and Mantes is the plural of Mantis. – Hand-E-Food Sep 17 '12 at 3:58
Actually, rocks make better security guards because they can take way more punishment (also, you can set the section of the ship you're fighting in on fire and they won't care) – Shadur Sep 20 '12 at 6:51
@BlackVegetable The "double damage" stated by the game is incorrect; Mantes only get a 50% bonus to combat damage, which exactly cancels out the Rock's bonus health. A rock can kill a mantis in single combat if it gets any sort of advantage at all (including already being in the room when the mantis walks in, for a free shot). – Brilliand Apr 11 '14 at 20:28
@Brilliand Nope you are correct. I couldn't remember where I posted this misinformation. I was wrong for exactly the reason you mentioned. The trouble is whether the skill mastery bonuses are additive or multiplicative, but I have a question for that posted already... – BlackVegetable Apr 11 '14 at 20:30

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