The teleporter and cloaking device use a similar "cooldown" period to the ion weapons lockdown. Do those two abilities stack?

In particular, if a ship cloaks, can I ion the cloaking device during the cooldown period to prevent him from cloaking again?

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Yes, assuming the ion device does sufficient ion damage, you could lock it down while it was on cooldown. Note that if you only do partial ion damage you'll reduce the effective level of the cloak. Though that is typically more than enough; a cloak has a pretty long cooldown by weapon standards. You can keep shooting him too, and it will keep adding ion damage. I've never seen ion damage pile up I should note; I said it "reset the timer" but it's possible I was just seeing ion damage when the previous "debuff" had run out.

How ion weapons work. To answer your question in the comments, assume the enemy has a level 3 cloak, and you have a 1 point ion weapon. Hitting the cloak with your 1pt ion weapon would do a one point of ion damage, which is worth 5 seconds"disruption" and 1 power bar of damage. This will "disrupt" the cloak and reducing the cloak time by 5 seconds (the "answer" below is correct on that).

  • Just to confirm, you mean that if I shoot them with a 1power (5 second) ion, that will add 5 seconds to the normal cooldown? Or is it overlapping? Oct 12, 2012 at 22:12
  • @Allen Gould Adding a link.
    – peacedog
    Oct 12, 2012 at 22:33
  • Ah. Sadly, not as good as I had hoped - was hoping that the similar countdowns would mean the five seconds would add to the recharge time. Oct 13, 2012 at 0:47
  • That's not what he's asking. He's asking if the two are the same thing. If it expanded the cooldown of the cloak, the effectiveness wouldn't be reduced, but delayed. Reset the cooldown period to what? There's no default "ion cooldown". Shooting it with more ion damage will add to the counter, not reset it. Increasing the power increases the duration of the cloak. Hitting a lvl 3 cloak with 1 ion damage will decrease the duration of the cloak by 5 seconds. That doesn't tell us if the cloak has to go on or off during the ion damage counter for it to affect the duration.
    – user47135
    Apr 17, 2013 at 19:37

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