fast and deletes enemy programs along the way. Upgrade it to make it stronger."
The maximum level a Sentry can be upgraded to is 21. The maximum number of Sentries you can have on your network is five. Unlike Business Nodes, there are no restrictions on deleting Sentry nodes from the network.
In order to install the antivirus program on a node, it must first be secured. Secured nodes are represented by having a black base. The sentry (or any node that already has an antivirus installed) is able to secure neighboring nodes by sending data packets ("pulses") - represented by small black dots - to its neighbors at a rate of one per second. After the node is secured, the antivirus program can be installed by sending a final and much larger pulse that completes the installation 0.5 seconds after arriving.
The level 1 antivirus program requires 20 pulses (or 20 seconds) to secure a node, and 21.5 seconds before the new node is ready to send out the program to other nodes. Higher levels of antivirus require fewer pulses to secure a node, but always require the final larger install pulse. This means that you can speed up antivirus installation by having more than one connected node sending pulses. However, one final pulse will always add 1.5 seconds at the end (1 second to send the install, and 0.5 to run the install) regardless of how many connections are being used to secure a node.
Nodes installed with an antivirus will simultaneously spread to other nodes and attack connecting nodes that have been captured, at a rate of once per second. A node with an antivirus will stop spreading and attacking if it has been captured but, if recaptured by Security Nodes, the node will retain the original antivirus and continue spreading and attacking as usual.
Antivirus from a higher level Sentry will overwrite the antivirus produced by a lower level Sentry.
- Notes: While the Sentry is technically allowed to upgrade at earlier levels than displayed, the $ Capacity that can be held at those levels is not sufficient to purchase the upgrade. "Required Core Level" displays the highest value of both "Core Level" and "Core Level required to purchase the appropriate Database(s)."
|1||250||8||5% per pulse|
|2||280||9||5% per pulse|
|3||310||10||~5.26% per pulse|
|4||340||12||~5.26% per pulse|
|5||380||14||~5.88% per pulse|
|6||420||16||~5.88% per pulse|
|7||470||19||6.25% per pulse|
|8||520||22||6.25% per pulse|
|9||580||25||~6.67% per pulse|
|10||640||28||~6.67% per pulse|
|11||710||32||~7.14% per pulse|
|12||790||37||~7.14% per pulse|
|13||875||43||~7.69% per pulse|
|14||970||49||~8.33% per pulse|
|15||1,080||57||~8.33% per pulse|
|16||1,200||65||~8.65% per pulse|
|17||1,330||75||~8.65% per pulse|
|18||1,475||86||~9.09% per pulse|
|19||1,635||99||~9.09% per pulse|
|20||1,815||114||10% per pulse|
|21||2,015||131||10% per pulse|
|Level 1||Levels 2-3||Levels 4-5||Levels 6-7||Levels 8-9|
|Levels 10-12||Levels 13-15||Levels 16-18||Levels 19-21|
Placement / AmountEdit
The maximum number of Sentries you can have is 5. This number increases (from one) by upgrading the Core to level 2, 5, 9 and 13. However, having more than 2 or 3 Sentries can be ineffective, as this number is usually enough to spread the antivirus program together with the other Security Nodes in your network. If you have more than three, consider if you want to remove it and build extra resources or Security nodes. There are exceptions though, where having four Sentries will help you out against specific attacks, such as Wraiths.
The optimal placement for sentries is usually in the center of your network, connected straight to your main Security Nodes. The antivirus program will spread quickly in the front and just a bit longer in the back. If your defenses are rather spread out, then you can use two of them if they are connected correctly to ensure that all the nodes get the antivirus program.
If your network is poorly constructed, a Sentry could be rendered useless as described in the section below.
Tips for Offense Edit
Sentries have four Program slots and a relatively high Firewall. A good tactic early-game for new players against a poorly built network: if the only Sentry is right at the beginning and is not directly connected to a Security Node, capture it as fast as possible and no antivirus will be spread at all in the network, making the network easy to compromise.
If a network only has one high-level sentry, it is especially vulnerable to Wraiths. Once the Sentry is wraithed, no antivirus (or only low-level antivirus) will spread through the network.
Tips for Defense Edit
Placing a Sentry too close to a netConnection and not connected to your defenses will result in the Sentry getting captured too fast, likely preventing it from spreading its antivirus. This not only weakens all other nodes, but your main Security Nodes especially. Proper Sentry placement is crucial in that your Business Nodes are close enough receive the antivirus program, but not so that your Security Nodes as too far away to receive the antivirus program.
Black Security Nodes, such as other Sentries, Black ICEs and Turrets work well when connected to a Sentry. Antivirus is passed on to them almost instantly, and they will spread the antivirus to all connected nodes that are not captured by an attacker.
- Nodes that are either being upgraded or disabled by a Wraith will receive the antivirus, but will not spread it to other nodes and will not be able to attack with the antivirus.
- The faster you take down Sentry nodes, the better. Don't give it time to spread over the network too much.
- Sentries that are too close to netConnections are especially vulnerable to intruder's programs because netConnections cannot be captured or reclaimed.
- Only one instance of the Sentry's antivirus can be installed on a node. Putting two Sentries next to each other doesn't make your defense two times stronger.
- However, it does increase the amount of antivirus received by the node, meaning that the node will receive the antivirus two times faster.
- Connecting the Sentry to other security nodes, like a Turret or Black ICE will make it spread faster, since they are already secured nodes. The antivirus can be installed on Security Nodes straight away and enable them to spread the antivirus program further.
- When a network's security is activated, Sentries start installing the antivirus program to all connected nodes simultaneously.
- Nodes that have the antivirus program installed will also start spreading the antivirus to all of their neighboring nodes simultaneously.
- There is a visual display at the bottom part of a node during antivirus installation. The white part turns black starting at the bottom. When the antivirus is fully installed, the node becomes completely black.
- The antivirus from Sentries of higher level will overwrite that of lower level Sentries in a network. Nodes which already have lower level antivirus on them will act similarly to black Security Nodes - they will receive the large pulse immediately. As such, many players install extra sentries on their networks to spread the antivirus faster.
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