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Old June 21 2013, 10:24 PM   #24
Re: Does it hurt to be shot by phaser?

Well, we saw the tiny Type 1 hand phaser vaporize targets in TNG (say, Q's "animal thing" Napoleonic soldiers), and its settings supposedly only went up to 8 (or at least there were eight indicator lights in the row).

We also saw the eight-light setting of a Type 2 phaser vaporize Yuta in "The Vengeance Factor".

Basically, then, onscreen events aren't in conflict with what the TNG Tech Manual says, as listed by MacLeod. And although we never quite witnessed setting 16 doing as much damage as the Manual promises (it just drilled a hole in rock in "Chain of Command I"), at least it was claimed to level entire buildings in "Frame of Mind", in accordance with the Tech Man.

Timo Saloniemi
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