The Torch is a small, somewhat slow ship with excellent maneuverability and acceleration.
The Torch's main weapon is the medium-range Mark-VI blaster. Its four-megawatt energy discharge is pretty weak, but it does have some surprising characteristics, such as resistance to the Earthling Cruiser's point-defense lasers, and the Umgah Drone's anti-matter cone. In the right hands, it can be an incredibly effective weapon.
The Reeunk Afterburner accelerates the Torch to incredible speeds and leaves in its wake a fiery trail of ionized plasma that, while still hot, can cripple enemy ships in seconds should one be following too closely. It is so useful in an offensive capacity that most Thraddash pilots consider it to be the primary weapon on the Torch.
The Reeunk Afterburner is a relatively recent addition to the Torch. Earlier revisions of this ship were armed only with the Mark-VI Blaster and therefore deemed too ineffective for combat by the Ur-Quan. Once they became Battle Thralls, the Thraddash were ordered to "guard the rear" by staying in their home territory. Now that their ships have been improved, the Thraddash would love nothing more than to try them out against another race and thus prove their worth to the Ur-Quan.
The most popular tactic employed with this ship is to "cast a net" with the afterburners such that the enemy ship flies into it and takes damage. Against large capital ships, this is no problem, but against more maneuverable ships, luring them near a gravity well might be required first.
Skilled Torch pilots can easily goad AI Androsynth Guardians into blazer mode with blaster fire, forcing them to head straight into the exhaust trails while the Torch outruns them. The Torch's afterburner is also good at frying the ZapSats of any Avatar that makes the mistake of chasing after it or flying towards it. Against the Earthling Cruiser, the strategy is quite straightforward: close in quickly and pound incessantly it with the blaster. Point-defense laser is useless against it, and if you keep your distance you can dodge the return fire from the Cruiser quite easily.
The Torch is most useful against the Space Probes in single player. Wait for the Probe to get close, then activate the afterburner, the AI should cause it to follow resulting in it taking maximum damage and exploding. Using this technique, it's possible to get ally with the Thraddash early, and then by using their ships build up RU simply by hunting probes.
The AI allows the Ur-Quan Dreadnought to launch fighters against Torches, even though the afterburner destroys them as effectively as any point defense. Although the computer-controlled Orz Nemesis has the same weakness, the battle becomes more challenging after it has launched all the marines it can spare.
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