Strafe Speed?

Joined Mar 2013 Posts: 2
So I understand the harrier has a high strafe speed but It seems to bog down when I use it. I was wondering if someone could explain how to keep the harrier at a high strafe speed? I know it does not go backwards well at all. Thanks
  • Fractal
    Master Tactician
    Joined Mar 2012 Posts: 2,425
    edited 6 Apr 2013, 3:27AM
    Are you strafing directly sideways? Or a little sideways/backwards or a little sideways/forward?  It makes a big difference of you strafe at an angle with a slight forward motion too. Twist your ships a tad.  Curtis Smale actually posted a complex formula in one of these threads calculating the speed relationship of each direction.  ( assuming its a real formula, I don't have the math wizardry to analyse it) 
    Playing since Feb 2012.  Originally sector 304
  • Sprouts
    Unicorn Overlord
    Joined Nov 2010 Posts: 3,716
    I've found it useful to make slight adjustments in how I angle my strafe to control for speed relative to the enemy ships. You want to go faster when kiting fast ships, slower when kiting slow ships. 

    The biggest thing that seems to slow them down is if you ever let them come to a full stop. They're really slow about starting back up again. 
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