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. :-) Sep 17, 2012 at 3:57
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    Oh, and Mantes is the plural of Mantis. Sep 17, 2012 at 3:58
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    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) Sep 20, 2012 at 6:51
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    @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, 2014 at 20:28
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    @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... Apr 11, 2014 at 20:30

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