|Weapon damage and characteristics|
The Asteroid Mining Laser is the first half of the gear the player needs to mine asteroids. Though extremely ineffective as a combat weapon, it is very good at breaking up asteroids in order to harvest resources from the rubble.
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Even though the mining laser is the standard way of destroying asteroids, many other weapons are viewed as better suited for this task, such as the Bio-Relay Laser and Thunderhead Lance, but these weapons are more expensive and may be harder to attain.
The Asteroid Mining Laser deals 10x damage to asteroids. Or, in other words, 20 mass damage per shot as opposed to 2.
To collect the pieces of asteroid once it is broken down, an Asteroid Scoop is required.