|Battering Ram||Beam Cannon||Blaster||Kraken|
- Beam Cannons are the basic virus, focusing on a node until it is captured.
- Shurikens are similar to Beam Cannons, but attack all connected nodes simultaneously.
- Worms can replicate themselves, quickly spreading throughout a network.
- Blasters are extremely powerful and stun nodes for a short time, but are slow to install and fire, and take up more space.
- Battering Rams target Code Gate filters and Guardian shields.
- Shockers stun connected nodes, preventing attacks and regeneration.
- Krakens start from the netConnections and head straight for the Core, combining their strength as the tentacles meet.
- Maniacs deliver massive kamikaze attacks, but can only be used once and take up a large amount of disk space.
Each program takes a certain amount of time to be installed on a node, during which the program is not active. However, if the node is recaptured by the network in that time, the program will be lost. Each program also takes a certain amount of disk space, which it occupies in program libraries once it is compiled. Finally, each program also takes a certain amount of time to assemble in the Compiler. Programs can be compiled instantly by using Credits.
|Beam Cannon||1.0 Seconds||1||20 Seconds|
|Shuriken||1.0 Seconds||1||30 Seconds|
|Worms||1.0 Seconds||3||1 Minutes|
|Blaster||5.0 Seconds||6||5 Minutes|
|Battering Ram||2.0 Seconds||5||10 Minutes|
|Shocker||0.5 Seconds||6||8 Minutes|
|Kraken||1.0 Seconds||7||8 Minutes|
|Maniac||0.5 Seconds||15||30 Minutes|
Attack Priorities Edit
Different programs have different methods of attack, and may have additional, special abilities such as stunning or attacking every connected node. When an offensive program has a choice of which node to attack, it will select a target using the following criteria:
Priority list: (Updated for Patch v1.025 - see Patch Notes)
- Security Nodes with a Strength value - These are Sentry, Turret and Black ICE nodes. Other Security Nodes (Guardian, Scanner and Code Gate) are considered regular nodes in this regard.
- The Core (including an upgrading Core.)
- Black Nodes - Nodes with an installed antivirus.
- Partially Black Nodes - Nodes where an antivirus is currently being uploaded.
- White Nodes and Upgrading Nodes - Nodes which are upgrading and Nodes where an antivirus is not present. (Including upgrading Security Nodes, but not including an upgrading Core.)
- Nodes under the Wraith effect.
Note that this is void for programs which always target all connected nodes.
The Brute-Force attack was most likely named after the real life Brute-Force attack, where decoders would try many passwords or passphrases with the hope of eventually guessing correctly.
|Hackers Wikia - Programs List|