This is a very strange situation (see attached..), Is there anything one can do to run / defend / fight back?

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  • Without a beam weapon, I think your only option at that point is to start over.
    – Niro
    Commented Sep 29, 2015 at 17:33
  • I know, after considering the situation I've noticed that 'Enemy FTL Charging', so they are on the run, but the killed me before they escaped :-(
    – ShloEmi
    Commented Sep 29, 2015 at 17:38
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    make sure your most experienced people on piloting, engines and shields, this will help you survive for longer. You can also defeat intruders by opening the doors to space. Then just try and survive until they get bored of you and leave. This is why I prefer energy weapons over missile and drone weapons.
    – Aequitas
    Commented Sep 29, 2015 at 22:11
  • another usefull tip can be found here - gaming.stackexchange.com/a/238186/124887
    – ShloEmi
    Commented Sep 30, 2015 at 4:47

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All enemies will eventually try to escape after a while, even if undamaged. This means that even if you are both unable to hurt each other, the battle will eventually end.

Once the fight is over you can put on your distress beacon and hope for rescue.

  • Didn't knew that, that's a useful strategy when on stress.
    – ShloEmi
    Commented Sep 30, 2015 at 4:26
  • distress beacon? rescue? Is this just a funny phrase? Cause when ever I run out of fuel, I simply clicked "return to hangar".
    – Zaibis
    Commented Feb 12, 2016 at 10:27
  • really was there an update. I trained all my crew in weapons, piloting, engines and shields. The battle took hours as I let it run in the background while I got on with some work
    – rom016
    Commented Mar 7, 2016 at 14:23

There's no specific tactic to recommend in your situation - as in any situation in FTL, you'll either fend off the attacker (until one of you is destroyed / able to flee) with whatever weapons / abilities you have left... or you won't, and you'll get to try again.

There are some general tactics that can help you to avoid getting into this situation next time:

  • Consider diversifying your weapons portfolio - lasers, flak cannons and beams don't run out of ammunition.

  • If using explosives, always buy at least one missile whenever you get the chance - and try to ensure that you've always got scrap to spend on them.

  • Same goes for fuel - always buy it when you can. In my experience trying to maintain around 10 fuel at all times is a reasonable aim on Easy difficulty.

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