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Phaser with rotating frequencies

Worf firing a hand-phaser equipped with a phaser adapter

The phaser adapter was an anti-Borg modification chip added to phasers used by Starfleet in 2367. (TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II")

In 2366, it was discovered that Borg systems were vulnerable to phaser blasts on a resonance frequency spread in the high narrow band. The Borg adapted to compensate for this weakness after Captain Jean-Luc Picard was assimilated as the Locutus. (TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds") In 2367, based on a suggestion from Wesley Crusher, a chip known as the phaser adapter was designed. It would automatically re-tune phasers to a random setting after each discharge. Using the adapter, phasers were set on a rotating modulation, to allow at most twelve shots to penetrate Borg shielding before they adapted. (TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II"; Star Trek: First Contact; VOY: "Scorpion")

A similar technology was invented in 2375 by Species 10026. The Borg adapted by triaxilating their deflector shield geometry to absorb the energy of the modulating phaser pulses. (VOY: "Dark Frontier")

The apocryphal Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force and Star Trek: Elite Force II video games feature a rifle weapon developed by the crew of USS Voyager, known as the infinity modulator or I-MOD at Memory Beta, the wiki for licensed Star Trek works, in which this modulation technology was perfected and Borg drones were not able to adapt their personal force fields to its blasts.

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