Galactic Starfighter Guide to the SLEDGEHAMMER!

Sledgehammer

Sledgehammer Bomber Build Theme

The Sledgehammer is a Republic Bomber class ship.  It’s counterpart is the Sith Decimus.  While it is a bomber, it is almost a hybrid with a Strike Fighter.  While it still leans heavily on a traditional bomber role, it is capable of doing some dogfighting.  It can also be used as an anti-bomber ship.  Fans of bombers or strike fighters may enjoy this ship.

Sledgehammer Setup

There are a few setups you can use based on what you like to do.  You can set it up to lean a little more on dogfighting, or more towards satellite defense.  The difference is only a component or two.  It can also be anti-bomber with a couple of different components as well.

Sledgehammer Components

The first three will be your in-game weapons, the last two will be your in-game abilities.

  • Primary Weapons : Heavy Laser Cannons really pack a punch.
  • Secondary Weapons : Concussion Missiles – Great for dogfighting.  Cluster missiles are also an option.  Protons for anti-bomber.
  • Systems : Interdiction Sentry Drone – Super fun to deploy against enemy fighters.  If you prefer satellite defense, go with the Concussion Mine.
  • Shields : Directional Shield – Takes some effort to work, but even left alone it’s pretty good. Charged Plating for anti-bomber.
  • Engines : Power Dive – The best engine component in the game.  Takes getting used to, but the low cooldown time makes it worthwhile.

These are purely passive stats:

  • Capacitor : Range Capacitor – Increase blaster range is great for Heavy Cannons!
  • Magazine : Regeneration Extender – Heavy Laser Cannon draws considerable power.
  • Reactor: Turbo Reactor – Syncs with Directional Shield to decrease your shield regen cooldown.
  • Thrusters : Turning Thrusters – I had trouble steering at first.  Regeneration Thrusters may be viable once you get the hang of it.

Sledgehammer Cosmetics

Are you kidding?  This thing looks Beautiful.  Like a B-wing!

Sledgehammer Crew

The companions have various passive skills across different classes.  Look for the companions with the listed skills.

  • Co-Pilot – Hydro Spanner (T7-01)  This will keep you repaired.  Use Lieutenant Iresso if you want to be more offensive.

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  • Offensive – Improved Killzone and Pinpointing – Bigger kill box and better blaster accuracy . (Qyzen Fess)
  • Defensive – Structural Support and Quick Recharge – Improves defenses and improves shield recharge time. (Guss Tuno)
  • Tactical – Depth of Field and Silent Running – Increasing sensor range, and decreasing detection range. (Lieutenant Iresso)
  • Engineering – Power to Blasters and Efficient Fire – More sustained blaster fire. (T7-01)

Strategy For Sledgehammer Pilots

Sledgehammer RepublicThe key to this ship is its Interdiction Drone.  Drop it in the right place, and a spider web of tractor beams will slow your enemies to a crawl.  Your teammates will love you.  Gunships will herald your arrival in games.  Learning where to place your drone is very important.  It dies easily, and has a not-insignificant cooldown.  It’s best place near satellites on Domination maps.  Drop it bottom center and watch everyone trying to circle the satellite start to “RP walk” instead.  Objective B in Kuat Mesa, and Objective C in the Lost Shipyards offer opportunities for laughs as well.

The “Spider Drone”

I call the Interdiction Drone a Spider drone.  Then I start singing “spider pig” from Family Guy.  The Interdiction Drone is the lynchpin to success.  You are still partly a support role still.  It does have some Strike Fighter capabilities (missiles), but you are certainly no Flashfire/Sting.  Of the three bombers, this is the best suited for Team Deathmatch, though until you have some upgrades underneath your belt it could get ugly.  Your Heavy Laser Cannons hits like a truck, so don’t be afraid to engage in a little dogfighting (and sniping if you have the ranged capacitor upgraded).  Practice with drone placements on each map.  Getting it just right bottom-center below a satellite takes some skill.

I’ll be updating the build as time, experience, and patches dictate.  If you have any questions, or feedback, fire away in the comments below.

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