How many rounds does it take for a small laser to destroy a large cargo?
I have a relatively small fleet, but i want to attack someone with low defences without losing my cargos.
Or would one bomber destroy 20 in one round, with rapidfire?
First, I am answering these questions literally. When the person asked about 1 Small Laser and 1 Large Cargo ship, I am assuming that you only have 1 Small Laser for defense, and 1 Large Cargo ship is attacking you. A varied defense is the best, since it allows you to defend against a variety of attackers.
1 Small Laser will never destroy a Large Cargo ship. At the end of each round of combat, all shields and hulls are repaired back to full. Since the Small Laser does not have enough power to destroy a Large Cargo in one shot, the Large Cargo will regenerate its shields at the end of the round, and the same thing happens the next round.
This will continue to happen until you reach 6 rounds of combat, and then the attacker returns home, and the battle is considered a draw.
1 Bomber will always beat 20 Small Lasers. On average, it takes 3 rounds of combat. By using 30 Small Lasers, there is a small chance (2%) that the defender wins the fight.
All battles simulated using SpeedSim v0.9.4.1b