The Thumper D is a ballistic explosive weapon used by the Soldier class in Tribes: Ascend. It fires a red trailed grenade projectile that explodes after a time delay (of about two seconds) or until it collides with a surface or player.
The Thumper D is not as powerful as the Spinfusor for a few reasons, primary that it has a limited range, and travels in a low arc instead of a straight line. However the Thumper D has a much higher reload speed and has a larger explosion radius than the Spinfusor.
The Thumper can be upgraded to at maximum hold 20 shells, and penetrate 20% more armor. The armor penetration upgrade is essential for effectively using the Thumper against vehicles and heavily armored targets.
Firing the Thumper and learning how to manage your shell trajectory is not an easy task. Because there is a maximum distance to the Thumper it is essential to learn when targets are simply out of range. It is very easy to run out of Thumper shells, especially if the player doesn't yet have the ammo upgrades.
The Thumper is a good weapon to choose if the player is used to using the Spinfusor and wants to focus on shorter range combat.
- Combating the Spinfusor:
Since the Spinfusor and it's variations are the most popular weapons in the game, it helps to learn how to deal with these opponents in combat. Generally speaking close range is the only way the player will be able to create more of a threat than their opponent. Trying to stay above them also helps utilize the Thumper's drop off point. After some practice one can reliably hit targets with the time delayed explosion, which allows for a larger field of engagement once mastered.
The Thumper D was called Thumper DX before the Accelerate-Update.