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Ships of Netrek

Scouts, your fast fragile friends
Destroyers, the twink's favorite
Cruisers, a happy medium
Battleships, for those times when a Cruiser just isn't enough
Assault Ships, for making those unwelcome visits
Starbases, one ship to rule them all
Numerology, a table of info about all ship types

Each section below contains a summary of some basic information about each ship type, and links to some other guides written about that ship.
This guide covers the standard ships used in all Netrek variants; some Netrek flavors have additional ship types.
Note: Cruising speed is the fastest speed a ship can travel at without burning fuel faster than it is making fuel.

The Scout

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Type Max
Speed
Cruise
Speed
Max
Armies
Shields Hull Fuel
S Scout (SC) 12 8 2 75 75 5000

These are fast fragile little things. They are very good for harassing, and are most often used for bombing. Sometimes scouts drop armies too, but since they can only carry two, this is a limited role for them. They are difficult to use to fight, especially for the inexperienced and against the heavily armored opponents, although they can dodge faster than anything else.

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The Destroyer

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Speed
Cruise
Speed
Max
Armies
Shields Hull Fuel
D Destroyer (DD) 10 7 5 85 85 7000

These are similar to scouts but they are a little more tough and they have slightly more powerful weapons. They are deceptively attractive; a bit quicker to turn and a bit faster than cruiser. The destroyer is sometimes erroneously referred to as halfway between the scout and the cruiser. If this were so, it would have more powerful phasers and be able to go an extra half warp faster. For the unskilled player, they live up to their nickname of "Ship of Lose". The destroyer is really a specialty ship, primarily used for taking planets by those who really know what they're doing.

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The Cruiser

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Type Max
Speed
Cruise
Speed
Max
Armies
Shields Hull Fuel
C Cruiser (CA) 9 6 10 100 100 10,000

An all-purpose ship, and the default if you don't select another. This is the best ship to use for learning, and is really the heart of the game. It's balanced; faster and more maneuverable than a battleship, but tougher than a destroyer and can carry more armies than anything except an AS or a base. Most people will be in CA's most of the time.

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The Battleship

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Speed
Cruise
Speed
Max
Armies
Shields Hull Fuel
B Battleship (BB) 8 4 6 130 130 14,000

This ship is slow to accelerate and hard to maneuver. However, it has the most firepower of any normal ship. It is also very tough. Since it can take a fair amount of damage while still dishing out a lot, it is very effective for offensive players but watch your fuel, this ship uses a lot of it. The BB is not a bad ship for beginners, since it's harder to die in them. Dodging is tough for in a BB, so heavy use of tractoring, pressoring, and detting is important.

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The Planetary Assault Ship

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Type Max
Speed
Cruise
Speed
Max
Armies
Shields Hull Fuel
A Assault Ship (AS) 8 8 20 80 200 6000

These ships are for bombing and capturing planets (something that beginners shouldn't try until after mastering a few basics). They are slow and clumsy, but have tough hulls and can carry more than anything else. They can carry 3 armies per kill as opposed to the usual two per kill, and can cloak without burning as much fuel as other ships. AS' also bomb well; the AS always bombs at least two, so if the planet is at 5 armies and you bomb it with an AS, it will always go to three armies or less! If the planet is at 6, however, you should first bomb it down to 5 with a normal ship and then have the AS bomb.

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The Starbase

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Type Max
Speed
Cruise
Speed
Max
Armies
Shields Hull Fuel
O
(for Outpost)
Starbase (SB) 2 2 25 500 600 60,000

These are very powerful and hard to destroy. Each team is allowed only one at a time, and if destroyed, it will take about 20 minutes to build a new one. A team with less than four planets cannot build a new starbase. Other ships can dock at the base to refuel, and on most servers, ships can "transwarp" in to a base, flying there at very high speed. On most servers, a rank of Commander is required to fly a base, although there are "base practice" servers to learn on that have fewer restrictions. It generally takes several players working together to destroy a base. Newbies who see a hostile base are best off running away from it.

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Ship Data for All Ship Types


Extensive data from a page by Bret Jordan.

SHIPS
SC
DD
CA
GA
BB
AS
SB
Fuel
5000
7000
10000
12000
14000
6000
60000
Hull Strength
75
85
100
120
130
200
600
Shield Strength
75
85
100
140
130
80
500
Shield Cost
2
3
3
3
3
6
Max Speed
12
10
9
9
8
8
2
Cruising Speed
8
7
6
6
4
8
2
Combat Speed
6
5
4
5
3
4
2
Armies per Kill
2
1.67
2
2
2
3
NA
Max Armies
2
5
10
5
6
20
25
Max Weapon Temp [1]
100
100
100
100
100
100
130
Max Engine Temp [1]
120
100
100
100
100
120
100
Torpedo Speed
16
14
12
16
12
16
14
Torpedo Damage
25
30
40
40
40
30
30
Average Torpedo Range
8480
11340
12120
12120
12960
11340
Torpedo Weapon Temp [1]
7
11
18
26
17
20
Phaser Damage
75
85
100
100
105
80
120
Max Phaser Range
4500
5100
6000
6300
4800
7200
30 point phaser range
2700
3300
4200
4500
3000
5400
Phaser Weapon Temp [1]
52
59
70
105
56
96
Plasma Speed
15
15
15
15
15
Plasma Weapon Temp [1]
142
292
307
292
Tractor Strength
2000
2500
3000
3800
3700
2500
8000
Tractor Range
.7
.9
1.0
1.0
1.2
.7
1.5



SHIPS
SC
DD
CA
GA
BB
AS
SB
Net fuel/sec at maxwarp, shields down, uncloaked
-80
-80
-120
-200
-40
500
Seconds cloaked at maxwarp before running out of fuel
20
24.1
26.3
28
28.6
240
Distance traveled doing that
48000
48276
47368
44800
45714
96000
Time to maximum safe engine temperature, at max warp
25
25
33.3
50
60
NA
Distance for this
60000
50000
60000
80000
96000
NA
Number of torps in fuel tank
28
33
35
38
22
200
Total damage from these torps
700
990
1400
1520
660
6000
Number of phasers in fuel tank
9
11
14
13
10
62
Total damage from these
675
935
1400
1365
800
7440
With empty fuel tank, damage delivered per second, warp 0, shields down. [2]
23
31
34
31
29
88
Same but with shields up
20
27
30
28
24
80
Repair/sec to shields (x2 if in repair mode)????
1.6
2.0
2.2
2.5
2.4
2.8
0-maxwarp acceleration time (in seconds)
6
5
6
10
8
2
Distance to do this
7200
5000
5400
8000
6400
400
Maxwarp-2 braking time (in seconds)
3.7
2.7
3.5
3.3
3.0
0
Distance to do this
5185
3200
3850
3333
3000
0
Time from earth orbit to canopus orbit (dist 20615)
12.8
13.4
15.3
18.6
17.4
50.3
Time from earth orbit to romulus orbit (dist 60000)
29.2
33.1
[Note 3]
37.2
43.2
42.1
148.8

Notes:

  1. Weapon and engine temps are in tenths, relative to what you see on the client's display.

  2. This is the average amount of damage you can do by recharging fuel and and hitting whenever you can. For assault ships and starbases the best average is with phasers (assuming point-blank range), and for battleships it's with torps. The figures above are with the best strategy for the ship.

  3. There's some chance of overheating the engines doing this in a destroyer. Add a little extra time (I'm not sure how much, maybe a second) to avoid this. I've deducted 900 distance for orbit radius, and factored in the acceleration and deceleration times.

A "tick" is 1/10 of a second. Most of the cost constants above are per tick.

Every tick, your ship's speed is added to etemp, and you lose warpcost*speed in fuel. There's additional cost if you're a SB moving with docked ships.

When etemp goes over maxegntemp, there's a 1/40 chance (per tick) of getting an overheat lasting 100 + random()%150 ticks.
This is why I still have to wait a few seconds after my scout cools to 0 before I can move. Weapon temperature works the same way.
Detonating heats weapons by 20 (remember it looks like 2 to the client) regardless of whether there's anything to det.

Adding fuel (every tick):

Repairing (every tick):

Damage from a torp you det is multiplied by (2000 - dist)/1650. Which means if you det it at 1600 (the best you can do), it will do 24.2% damage. This is independent of ship class.

Phaser range is proportional to phaserdamage. Phaser damage is multiplied by (1 - dist / phrange), i.e. drops off linearly

Ships blowing up: Starbase does 200, scouts 75, others 100. If the ship is farther than 350 away, this damage is multiplied (3000-dist)/2650. Ships that quit don't hurt.

GA in the above table refers to Galaxy Class ships, which are not otherwise covered on this page, because they are a twinky Chaos and Sturgeon Netrek phenomena. There are also eight additional ship types in Paradise netrek.