Interference

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Interference is a common phenomena on Nia. Robots in Perpetuum use waves to gain information about the surroundings, and such waves can interfere with each other.

The most common occurrence of interference is when several robots are near each other and being near the Teleport Anomaly. Interference will affect these robots' sensors:

  • slower target locking
  • shorter locking range
  • dropping of sensor strength
  • dropping of signal detection


The measure of interference

Each robot has certain parameters about interference.

  • Interference emission - The amount of interference that your robot emits.
  • Interference minimum - The maximum amount of interference that your robot can tolerate before suffering sensor penalties.
  • Interference peak - The maximum amount of total interference that can affect the robot. Any additional unit of interference will not affect your sensors any more.
  • Interference radius - The distance that your robot's interference can affect others.

Obviously, it can be important not to have too any bots close together –friend or foe! To avoid deterioration of your sensors, avoid crowds, team up in smaller squads, and stay away from the center of large enemy forces. (Probably good advice in any extent!)

Also, when you're near Teleport Anomaly, it's huge interference radius and emission usually overwhelms the sensors of many bots. Even Heavy Mechs are suffering from the penalties. Therefore, it is advised to stay away from the anomalies when fighting.

You can check your own level of interference on your robot's status bar, near the speed meter. When it's green, it means the total incoming interference is below the interference minimum value. When it reaches the orange section, that means your sensor's parameters will get worse. This will continue to worsen until your total incoming interference reaches interference peak, but after this point your sensors' abilities cannot decline any further.

The tactical use of interference

Interference affects robotic sensoring in a negative way, so it's obvious that this effect can be used as a kind of electronic warfare. The tactical interference equipment consists of two parts: a module and an interference emitter.

To utilize this, an interference module needs to be equipped onto your robot, with interference emitters loaded into the module. You can place the emitter anywhere on the terrain, but it affects robots only on beta islands. It won't interfere with robots anywhere on Alpha. Also, emitters cannot be deployed closer than 150 meters to each other.

The level of emission of the deployed emitter depends on the type of the emitter, either high or low-frequency, the grade of the module you use, and also the extension level of Interference Modulation you have installed.

Interference modules

Icon interference emitter.png

In-game description:

Only one interference module can be equipped at a time.

Interference modules are the primary components of the tactical interference emission system. This module is capable of deploying a small emitter unit onto the terrain, which emitter is generating interference waves to disturb enemy robots' sensors.

The module requires emitters to operate.

SlotTypeHead.pngInstalled in the Head slots

Stats

Module Tech Level CPU use Reactor use Mass Accu* use Cycle time Optimal Range Ammo Capacity Emitter Radius

Modification

Emitter Strength

Modification

Flawed Interference Module T0 85 TF 150 RP 150 kg 50 AP 5 sec 250 m 3 -40% -40%
Standard Interference Module T1 85 TF 150 RP 150 kg 50 AP 5 sec 300 m 3 None None
Bandoler IU-250 Interference Module T2 77 TF 130 RP 120 kg 45 AP 5 sec 300 m 3 None None
Bandoler IU-250 Interference Module prototype T2P 70 TF 120 RP 100 kg 40 AP 5 sec 300 m 3 None None
Niani Interference Module T3- 99 TF 183 RP 135 kg 55 AP 5 sec 350 m 3 20% 20%
Bandoler IV-500 Interference Module T3 90 TF 165 RP 150 kg 55 AP 5 sec 350 m 3 20% 20%
Bandoler IV-500 Interference Module prototype T3P 80 TF 150 RP 120 kg 50 AP 5 sec 350 m 3 20% 20%
Omini Interference Module T4 100 TF 180 RP 180 kg 60 AP 5 sec 400 m 3 50% 50%
Omini Interference Module prototype T4P 90 TF 165 RP 150 kg 55 AP 5 sec 400 m 3 50% 50%

Interference emitters (Ammo)

In-game description:

Icon interference emitter ammo.png

These deployable tactical emitters are used to cause interference to robots on the terrain. When an emitter is deployed it discharges a signal that interferes with the nearby robots' sensors that can cause their sensors to lock slower and with less sensor strength.

There are essentially two types: High Frequency and Low Frequency variants.

High frequency emitters have a relatively larger interference measure but smaller radius, compared to low frequency emitters.

Low frequency emitters have a relatively smaller interference measure but larger radius, compared to high frequency emitters.

Stats

Module Armor Surface

Hit Size

Interference

Emission

Interference

Radius

Operational

Time

High Frequency Emitter 200 HP 1 m 50 B 150 m 300 sec
Low Frequency Emitter 200 HP 1 m 20 B 450 m 300 sec