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Heavy Destroyers. Ships of this class are very slow, heavily shielded and bearing lethal firepower. These flagships are as much of a bane to their enemies as the construction cost is to their owners. 

 

Stats Overview

NameRaceMax Speed (m/s)*Max Acceleration*Max Steering (rpm)*HullMax Shield (MJ)Shield Power Generator (MW)Lasers and Turrets**Laser Energy (MJ)Laser Energy Reload Rate (MW)Max CargobayWare Transport ClassHangarPriceAvailability**
IXenon49.150.57,000,0006 x 2GJ21,0000,10,8,8,8,6,3515,00010,999.912,000XL052,517,150Boarding only
KyotoTerran4970.96,250,0007 x 2GJ18,7200,8,8,8,8,8,8525,00010,50011,000XL6 x M3+/M3+/M4/M4+/M5/ M6/M6+/M8/TM/TS/TS+/TP117,511,650Available for purchase
MegalodonBoron5260.86,200,0006 x 2GJ14,2000,10,9,9,8,8,8288,0007,50013,000XL5 x M3+-M5105,366,700Available for purchase
PteranodonSplit75121.35,000,0005 x 2GJ15,0008,0,8,8,0,0,4300,0006,0008,500XL16 x M3+-M557,251,900Available for purchase
ValhallaATF3080.68,000,0007 x 2GJ18,0000,8,12,12,12,12,10500,00010,00012,500XL

10 x M3+/M3+/M4/M4+/M5/ M6/M6+/M8/TM/TS/TS+/TP

50 x M3+-M5

161,634,900Boarding only

* = Maximum able to be obtained by purchased tunings.   These values can be exceeded by using Pandora Tunings.

** = Number of available laser slots in the Main, Front, Left, Right, Up, Down, Back batteries

*** = Ships with data existing in the vanilla game files are listed but some are not available during play without mods or scripts

Functions and applications

M2+ heavy destroyers have top end stats with regards to weaponry, laser energy management and shielding at the cost of speed and affordability.   All M2+ ships have unique quirks that make them ideal for certain situations which is why many players use them either as flagships for fleets or as a preferred end game player ship.   Due to the low initial max speeds, players using M2+ ships tend to devote a lot of time to collecting Pandora Tunings in UFJD sectors.   As the majority of M2+ ships have a very long length and hit box, extra care must be taken to avoid collision, especially in sectors with asteroids close to the Jump Gate.   In combat the large hit box makes M2+ ships vulnerable to missiles from some approaches (Megalodon is highly prone to blind spots) so performing a barrel roll can reduce vulnerabilities if unescorted.   All M2+ ships take multiple game days to construct in the Player Headquarters (Xenon I is the most reasonable with a construction time comparable to all other M2s while the Valhalla takes a frustrating 5.5 days to build) so it is recommended to purchase M2+ ships from NPC shipyards when possible.

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