|Damage to Balloon:||112.5 HP/s|
|Balloon Fire Ignition Chance:||+50%|
|Deativation Delay:||3 seconds|
|“||Please make sure you have your helmets on. The engineers are going to clobber you after you destroy the balloon with this.||”|
Hydrogen Canister is a helm tool to rapidly increase the ship's altitude, in order to outmaneuver or dodge enemies or to bring guns into arc as fast as possible. Its effect lasts 3 seconds after deactivation and will damage the balloon over time. The damage to balloon is significantly higher than any repair tool can out-repair, making its usage only valuable for a short period of time. Additionally the balloon becomes highly flammable while activated, Chemical Spray can prevent that negative effect.
The player needs to actively increase ship altitude to make use of the tool's effect.
Due to the deactivation delay it is generally sufficient to activate it and instantly deactivate it, limiting the damage to balloon.
Like all helm tools it is only useful for the player flying the ship and has no effect if equipped by other crew members.
Common Usage Edit
Hydrogen Canister is one of the most popular helm tools to gain advantage in an engagement by ascending too high for enemy guns while still managing arcs for own weapons. This is possible because most weapons have far superior down arcs than up arcs (with the Carronades one prominent counter example).
It can be found on all ships both as a defensive, and an offensive tool.