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? Apr 13, 2014 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, 2014 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. Apr 13, 2014 at 22:17
  • Okay. So is stunning a feature only of new (advanced edition) weapons, or a new feature of old weapons? Apr 13, 2014 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, 2014 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 15 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. The probability is 20% for such lasers, unknown for missiles.

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, 2014 at 6:22
  • @SysDragon I will double check. I was pretty sure it was 10, but I never use it... Apr 14, 2014 at 11:05
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    @SysDragon You were right. I've updated the answer. Nov 27, 2018 at 16:49

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