The Portafab is the tool used to handle iridium manually, to build blueprints, for fill in blueprints, to manually extract iridium from some sources, and to destroy the player's building's with ease, as well as a couple of other minor uses. The Portafab can be upgraded at the Upgrade Station, which can enhance the speed at which the Portafab "pulls" and "pushes" iridium. Unlike the upgrades for better armour, these upgrades are the cheapest available, costing 125 iridium from the 1st level to the 2nd and 325 from the 3rd to the max level.
|Menu||To create blueprints||
The player can choose a number of blueprints from the menu. After positioning the blueprint, the player can LeftClick, creating the blueprint.
|Z, X, C, V||To control the menu||The player can select options on the menu.|
|E||To extract, or "Pull" iridium||
The player is given this option when he/she hovers their mouse over a Crystal, the Ocean, a blueprint, another player's tank and other similar items. This function takes iridium from said item and transfers it to the player's tank.
|LeftClick||To deposit, or "Push" iridum||This move can be used anytime, however will not have any effect unless used with any of the items listed above. This will take iridium from the player's tank and transfer it to what the player is aiming at (i.e. a tank console, iridium crystal, blueprint, teammate's back-mounted tank, etc.)|
|G||To destroy structures||Upon G being pressed, a thick, red laser will shoot out of the Portafab. Holding down G will shoot these lasers in quick succession. These laser do heavy damage to buildings, however only to ones created by the team the player is on. The lasers cannot harm players directly, nor do they damage terrain or Well Pipes. They do not cost any iridium to fire, however they extend only a few studs in front of the player before disappearing, meaning that the player must stand right beside the structure to hit it. If a Shield Generator is shot, it damages the actual Generator that is generating that forcefield|
When a player has the Portafab equipped, a small menu is seen at the left side of the screen. This menu consists of 4 buttons, labeled "Iridium", "Structures", "Military" and "Technology". Each of these categories has some sub-categories, which consists of machines and other structures. Upon selecting one of them, the player is prompted to place down the blueprint. The player can press "R" to rotate the structure 90° cw. If the player holds "Shift" and uses the mouse wheel, the blueprint will rotate ~5° in the direction of the mouse wheel, allowing precision. Some blueprints "link" to finished structures, for example the Wall, or a Pipe or even Bridges. When the blueprint is placed, it needs to be filled. The price to fill each blueprint is listed in the blueprint menu, the cheapest being 5 iridium for the Cap, the most expensive being 1600 iridium for the Point Defense and S.S.I.M The blueprints can be filled in two ways: By manually pushing iridium into the blueprint with a Portafab, for by an active Fabricator. Partially filled blueprints can have the iridium taken from them, however if all is taken, the blueprint is destroyed and needs to be placed again. If the blueprint is hit with anything (weapons, Portafab's destroy beam) the iridium stored inside it will get depleted until it is all gone, and then the blueprint needs to be placed again.
Pros and Cons
- Builds blueprints
- Allows for manual iridium transportation and handling
- Destroys owned buildings with ease
- Can get upgraded
- Upgrade cost is the cheapest in the game
- Doesn't need to fabricated by the Arsenal
- Is not lost when the player dies
- If you press G on a shield, You can damage enemy Shield generators!
- Can't cause any direct damage to enemy teams
- Destroy beams have a very short range
- Range is pretty bad, compared to other tools and weapons
|Guns 1||Assault Rifle • Minigun • Sub Machine Gun|
|Guns 2||Pistol • Shotgun • Sniper Rifle|
|Explosives||Grenade Launcher • Rocket Launcher • Satchel Charge • Cruise Missile|
|Tools||Scanner • Laser Drill|
|Tactical Strikes||Laser Strike|