Tesla Engine

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The Tesla Engine is an alternative power source to the singularity engine, located in Engineering.

How it Works

Tesla Generator

The tesla generator works just like the singularity generator does, except that it makes an energy ball.

Energy Balls

This big floaty ball of pure electricity can only be contained by the containment field. When you shoot the energy ball with the Particle Accelerator, it gains energy like a singularity, but when it hits 300 energy, it generates a mini-energy ball that orbits the big energy ball. This will send off an extra shock when the energy ball pulses, and this can happen as many times as you let it. The energy ball will also naturally generate small amounts of energy, so eventually a second ball will form.

Be warned, the more mini-balls the energy ball has, the more shocks it sends out at once, and the further it can travel each move. A good engineer can use this to generate lots of power, and a bad one can abuse this to murder the entire station.

An energy ball will shoot bolts of electricity off at conductors, which it prioritizes in this order:

  • Tesla coils:
  • Mobs
  • Machines.

It will also strike the closest distance-wise of the list after it goes through these criteria.

Tesla Coils

Tesla Coils will attract the bolts. They will take half the power of the bolt, pump it into the powernet it is hooked to, and then will send the other half of the power to the next available conductor, which follows the criteria listed above. Preferably, this will be another coil to harness more of the power and pump it into the grid.


If the Energy Ball is to get out of containment somehow, it will pass through walls, windows, anything. It will shoot electricity at conductors, mobs, etc, and direct bolts from the Energy Ball will instantly kill a spaceman. Dusting occurs if you run into the ball itself. Machines hit by the bolts will EMP or suffer explosive damage.