A Homeworld Play guide vr. 1.8 (10/26/99)
Played in the 'C' key, fifth measure.
Written, directed, edited, starring in, and catered by; Conskill
Table of Contents:
Corvettes, and Strike Crafts, and Frigates, oh my!
Level specific rants.
Welcome to a completely genuine, artifical FAQ. Browsing through GameFAQs the
other day, I noticed a rather stunning lack of anything Homeworld oriented.
Given it is a rather complex, hot new game, I figured someone with far more free
time then I would have written something up by now.
Apparently of all people, I have the less of a social life. That being the case,
this completely unprofessional and highly opinionated FAQ should suffice. I'll
probably be taking it down once someone that actually knows how to write one of
these things gets off their behinds and does it, so enjoy it while it lasts.
Like most FAQs, I will fail to answer any questions, no matter how frequently
they've been asked. Instead I'll give strategies for each level, my personal
tactics, and a other myriad of stuff you probably don't really care about. Also
note that I am writing this as I go along. Do not expect completely enlightened
tactical advise from a Kushan sage on the mountain.
1.0 - FAQ created
1.1 - And on the .1 day, he rested.
1.2 - Numerous spelling errors corrected.
1.3 - Numerous grammar errors put in.
1.4 - Added Tenhauser Gate and Galactic Core levels, fixed a few spelling and
level name errors (Hiigara, not Higarra, Hiigara...)
1.5 - First batch of reader contributions added, as well as a What's New section
for stuff I can't put to bullet point.
1.6 - More reader contributions added. Minor change to Salvage Corvette listing.
Major change to What's New (yes, this is a hint).
1.7 - Updated Ships, Kharak System and Outskirts of Kharak System level.
1.8 - Updated Ships, General Tactics, and Great Wastelands (prt 2) level. New
large helping of reader contributions put in.
Nothing much to rant about this time. Specifics of the contributions include
additions to almost every level up to the Galactic Core level, as well as a
interesting tidbit for changing your color schemes in the Ships area *and* a
long addition to the General Tactics (by the same writer, no less).
As a small reminder, I still am writing as I go. I try to save all tips/tricks I
get for levels past where I am now, but I do not read them untill I am at that
point. Sorry for the selfishness, but I'm trying not to spoil my own fun *too*
Ships (or; Used Starship Salesmen's Bluebook)
The Taiidan arn't *that* bad.
Despite what I've said earlier, I realized why the Taiidan Mothership was
horrific to the eye; whoever paints the Taiidan fleet should have a serious
discussion with the business end of a Ion Frigate. Given custom colors, the
Taiidan fleet types look pretty neat, all told. However, since I'm playing the
Kushan fleet at this time, I'll only list those. Submissions are accepted for
Taiidan craft and 'third party' (Guardian, Raider, ect) that can be captured.
FuSchnick reminds: "The size of the "effect" area for field frigates, grav-well
generators, cloak generators, and proximity sensors can all be seen with the
tactical overlay (CAPS-LOCK)."
For the hex-nerd in all of us, Warith gives: "Want to change your ship colours
directly? Get a good hex editor like Hex Workshop (shareware) and load up your
save game file. Offset 212 (0xD4) contains the 3-byte RGB code for your ship
colour (and exhaust trails) You can even enter in 00 00 00 and your ships will
be dark grey, with NO exhaust trails! Pretty good for stealthy multiplayer
games. Offset 224 contains the stripe colour, once again in standard 3-byte RGB
format. Note: I've only tried this on Single Player saved games, but I would
bet money the structure for every type of save game is practically identical."
Scout: Scouts are fairly decent fighters, striken with two majors blows. First,
their special ability ("Afterburners") seem to have absolutely no effect.
Second, Interceptors cost only 20 more RU, and are aviliable 7 minutes into the
game. Scouts never have the time to shine before something better comes their
Interceptor: Something better. It's slower then the Scout, but not by much. In
raw speed's place is more firepower and the ability to survive being hit. Even
to this point, the Interceptor remains a backbone in my fighting forces.
Defender: I tried to like this craft. Really. I'd group 'um, have them guard
various ships in various formations. This way, they looked kinda pretty when
doing nothing. I tried using it as a heavy point-blank interceptor. This way,
they looked kinda pretty when running out of fuel. These things have to stretch
their engines just to outrace a Destroyer, and that's a bit too slow for
Attack Bomber: Aside from it's depressing tendency to blow up, the attack bomber
is a fairly decent craft. While in later levels the sheer flack running around
makes using them for heavy assaults expensive, given sufficient cover they are
able to take down Destroyer and smaller capital ships by themselves. The slow
speed of building (compared to other fighters) makes replenishing them after the
battle a pain, though.
Light Corvette: The Scout of the corvette family.
Heavy Corvette: The Interceptor of the corvette family. More useful then the
Light version, but only until the attack bomber becomes available for purchase
at your local Mothership-Mart. On a related note, these are nice targets for
your attack bombers.
FuSchnick gives a better (and bigger) opinion of the Heavy Corvette: "Good
against cap-ships because they have a decent punch (more than the piddly
fighters) while still being decently mobile (enough so to avoid most cap-ship
weapons). Corvettes in general are better against cap-ships because, unlike
fighters, they can actually "hover" in one spot or in circles around their
target, whereas fighters make "passes" (I don't know why, being space ships and
all, they shouldn't HAVE to move forward all the time). A big squad of
corvettes set to "evasive" tactics will actually circle around a cap ship that
they are attacking, like Indians around a circle of wagons. The cap-ships have
a hella hard time hitting them back. Heavy corvettes are only so-so against
fighters... they have a hard time hitting them, but they have a LOT more armor,
so they survive a long time against fighters. Corvettes are also susceptible to
the grav-well generator's effects."
Repair Corvette: Am I the only one who never used these? By the time I had the
pressing need to keep my strike craft in long battles, the Support Frigate had
already made it's way into my heart. Aside from it being replaced too early, it
would be useful if a strike craft had a dire need for a drink, though refueling
entire squadrons from one would be impractical.
Salvage Corvette: Far, far to many people to credit offered me suggestions on
this one. Alright, I was wrong. In fact, almost stupidly wrong. Many people have
come forward to remind me of one insanely useful thing for the SCs; they can
capture most any enemy craft, no cost, adding it to your fleet.
Ripped from the readme file itself, here are the number of corvettes needed to
capture each thing that needs more then one:
Any Frigate = 2 SCs
Any Destroyer = 3 SCs
Heavy Cruiser = 5 SCs
Carrier = 5 SCs
Multi-Gun Corvette: I have them available, but I have yet to play with these to
a serious degree.
Koensayr offers the following; "The cool thing about multiguns is their guns can
actually hit enemy scouts and interceptors, whereas the slow-arse rate of turn
on your assault frigates means they are only really useful against opposing
corvettes and capitals."
FuSchnick agreed and expands on the concept: "These are great against fighters,
because they can track multiple targets at once, and have good coverage. The
Multi-Guns do much better than heavy corvettes against fighters, but do slightly
worse against cap-ships, because they have slightly less total firepower."
Minelayer Corvette: Ditto.
Mark Harrison's opinion on the Minelayer: "Minelayers are deadly. Five
minelayers will generate a field (after 5 minutes) that'll anihilate at least 4
Assault Frigate: I actually like these better then Ion Cannons. Though that
isn't saying much. Whenever I needed extra punch, I brought one of these along.
The extra coverage (compared to it's bigger, energy based brother) means it has
a chance against a wandering scout looking for some fun.
Ion Cannon Frigate: Better, in terms of firepower, then the Assault Frigate.
However it is extremely simple to destroy. There's no denying that they're fun,
though. It's like a nice toy; fun to use, but impractical.
Support Frigate: Until the day you're blessed with a carrier, this is as close
to a mobile base that you'll get. Plop it down a small distance from where you
want your strike craft to go party, and have them refuel. It is not a craft to
take into battle, though, unless you're looking for a sacrificial lamb to throw
onto the fire.
Drone Frigate: In the mid/later levels, if I want to use a Frigate, I use a
Drone Frigate. It's all around better then the other offense minded ones, except
for cost. Does anyone know what those drones do, by the way? The manual claims
that it gives 'superb protection against fighters', though my drone frigates
tend to burn just as easily as my Scouts.
Mark Harrison informs: "The drone frigate basically has a buncha-defender guns
in sphere formation. they mince small fighters."
Destroyer: The first cap ship I started taking seriously. Once you have two or
three of these, you can almost keep your fighter bombers at home. Twin lasers,
and more then enough conventual firepower besides. As long as you keep their
skies clear, they'll take care of other cap ships themselves.
Missile Destroyer: Impressive, if a tad unwieldy. A full salvo attack will
utterly destroy most frigates, and even bug another destroyer. Keep these to the
sides instead of the rear, though, you can (and will) hit your own ships with
those missiles. This is also great to use against swarms of strike craft.
FuSchnick adds: "These are ABSOLUTE death to strike craft. Fighters and
corvettes absolutely cannot maintain any kind of assault if there is a missile
destroyer nearby. They are fast enough to flee from it, and that is about their
only option. The missile destroyer is not really powerful enough to assault
other cap-ships on its own (it isn't bad, but other ships are a lot better).
The missiles themselves do not do a great deal of damage, but the tracking
ability makes them much more likely to hit fighters than other cap ship weapons,
and the damage is high enough to down interceptors with just two or three hits.
The missile destroyer will track multiple targets, and fires 4 missiles at a
time roughly every 0.5 seconds or so, until it depletes its reserves, then it
spits them out at about half that rate. Grav-well generators do not affect the
Carrier: Mini-Mothership. These take a insane amount of time to build, but is
worth every second if you plan on taking actions away from your Mothership.
Serving as a Resource Controller, a huge Support Frigate, a manufacturing plant,
and a nice slab of armor. A Carrier under a few destroyer's escorts can head to
a pocket of resources, mine it dry, cannibalize it's collector, build it's own
assault fleet, and obliterate a target handily.
Mothership: It's about as graceful as a orca (or, for Taiidan version, a
autistic speech giver), and just as fat. Extremely impressive armor, but it's
firepower comprises of a few pea shooters Fleet Command fires when she is bored.
Don't count on her defending herself, but she is able to absorb quite a few ion
blasts before exploding.
Mark Harrison found he was unable to capture hyperspace inhibitors (which show
up as Motherships). I'm willing to bet this is a trait common with all
Motherships (sadly, the joy of having mobile, expendable Motherships must be
reserved for multiplayer only).
Resource Collector: I can't say much sarcastically about such a vital thing. It
would be like trying to insult my foot. They're defenseless, but relatively
strong. They scoop up galactic litter, and as a bonus can serve as a re fueler.
Resource Controller: A absolute must for the impatient among us. An even better
re fueler, and a place for resource collectors to drop off their ill-gotten
gains. For the fastest possible mineral recovery, try having a controller for
every collector, and having each controller guard a collector.
Probe: The pen-ultimate sacrificial lamb. Aside from going really, really fast,
it does absolutely nothing special. However, it is cheap, and the speed allows
it to quickly trigger those events that result in death of the thing
Grav Well Generator: Fun toy. With it you could almost totally forget ever
making strike craft again. When it's special is activated, all enemy strike
craft in range lose control, momentum (except for their inertia), and firing
control. Add a destroyer or Missile Destroyer for spice, and you'll be taking
out squadrons easily. Note that when the generator goes down, it stays down
permanently (retire it), and it effects your craft just as well.
Proximity Sensor: If you want to probe something, use this instead. Being
actually reusable helps. Slower then the probe (but tying Scouts as second
fastest craft), but it can also detect cloaked ships.
Research Ship: Not as totally vital as it seems. Most research projects get
learned through the course of a level even if you have just one of these. Still,
it allows you to speed up the process, and adding more makes it a viable slab of
Heavy Cruiser: Simply huge. They take a insane amount of time to build, a huge
amount of RUs to build, and you come out with the largest fighting machine
available to you. There's no doubting the sheer firepower on the thing, however
the cost is sometimes a bit too much. If you want them, you might be better of
trying to capture yourself one (or two, or four...).
Jon Lauridsen gives a warning about trying to capture Heavy Cruisers: "Enemy
Heavy Cruisers apparently has a built-in fear for Salvage units, because as soon
as they spot them they drop anything they're doing and begin fireing it's rather
deadly and precise beam-wepons. It can in a matter of seconds turn your mighty
salvage-fleet into something quite pulpy and redish. And this piece of advice
should also go with the notion that a Heavy Cruiser doesn't really turn THAT
slowly. Even if attacked from the side it might still be able to turn towards
Multi-Beam Frigate: It's not Kushan, but you might start adopting them into the
family once you see them. They combine the power of four ion-beams into one
(relatively) small ship. The set back is that they are relatively inaccurate,
'raking' the lasers instead of the pin-point action of the Ion Frigates.
Webrunner found a good use for the inherent weakness of the frigate: "Multibeam
Frigates even work against *fighters*... they essentially end up 'combing' the
area and raking up some dead things."
Field Frigates: It's a Taiidan ship, so I havn't touched it. However, yet again
proving that he should be writing a play guide about this game instead of me,
FuSchnick gives the following.
"A field frigate has a protective sphere around it, in which about 80% of small
arms fire gets stopped. Small-arms mainly includes fighter and corvette
projectiles. It does not stop missiles, ion beams, or mines. The field frigate
itself has no weapons, it is only a support ship. The biggest problem with it
is that it is really hard to get it into a formation where it actually keeps a
few other ships within its sphere. If the field frigate is in any kind of
formation with other cap-ships, it will barely keep two other ships at most
within the protective area (you can see the size of the area with the tactical
overlay, hit CAPS-LOCK, it ain't big!). A field frigate may increase the
lifespan of one or two destroyers vs enemy strike craft, but won't help much in
a cap vs cap battle."
General Tactics (or; Mutually Assured Destruction for Dummies)
Before going on, realize these tactics are extremely blunt. I'm not the person
to ask for when you want a graceful, tactical domination. I follow the Zapp
Branagin method of combat: When confronted with a hoard of rampaging killbots,
send wave after wave of men until they reach their kill limit.
That said, for the first half of the game my attack force was pretty much
consisted of twenty interceptors and twenty bombers, with needed support. Though
it seems relatively base, having your interceptors intercept and your attack
bombers attack really does work. Heavy Corvettes are suitable replacements for
bombers in the early levels.
Since the Mothership tends to attract enemy capital ships like a hick to a
broken down car, I keep most of my heavy hitters with her until such time as I
need them. I've found that the times the Mothership has been swarmed with
fighters, my interceptors were close enough in hand to act as a mob up squad.
Once you get the destroyer, you can start actually orchestrating cap ship
battles that don't end in costly replacements. Even better is your Gravity Well
generator. So long as you keep a carrier close by to buy you replacements,
you'll never have to worry about a squadron of annoying flies bugging your
beautiful things anymore.
Most of the time in Homeworld, a offensive shield is your best defense. If your
opponent is busy trying to stave away your thrust, they won't have time to do
one of their own. However, certain scripted events cause this to go flat (level
4 comes to mind in sharp, bitter detail).
Remember that you can repair cap ships with a support frigate. Even in combat.
Also remember that most ships will gun after the biggest ship present in the
melee. This makes bringing along your carrier, with three green-beam spouting
support frigates in tow, a interesting bait.
The most important tactic I can give you, though, is to keep your liquid
resources high. Each situation is different, and will require different ships
and means. This isn't to even mention the embarrassment of not being able to pay
for a Bentusi tech advance. Some levels you'll desperately need that fourth
destroyer, other times having anything larger then a corvette in the air is
anathema. Be prepared to change tactics, and keep your 'core fleet' (the group
you always have with you) light and diverse.
There are also two exploitable bugs in the game that you can use if you feel
particularly sneaky. Both of these happened in my version (1.0), and are not
guranteed to work, as I can not be sure what celestral alingment causes them to
A- The AI tailors your opponent to your level. "Return to Kharak" is the best
way to test this. Jump in with a small fleet, and you'll only face two frigates.
Jump in with a armada, and you'll face four. Note that I believe this only goes
by your fleet size, not your RUs.
B- Mines seem to be lost in save games. If your stuck trying to go through an
inpenterable mine field, save and reload. The minelayer corvette (if it's still
there) should be sitting in a void.
Warith has a large group of opinions about the use of strike craft. In order to
preserve sanity, I present the entire below, no trimming down:
The best formation for strike craft in general melee dogfighting is the X-
formation, this allows both for concentrated firepower and maneuverability. I
also usually go for evasive tactics in a dogfight, as your fighters will split
into two-man teams, which allows them to deftly weave and dodge through capital
ship fire like nobody's business.
The best strike craft assault formation (for taking out a single target) is the
Claw, with Aggressive tactics. This makes a deadly cone-shaped kill zone in
front of your group, which focuses on your target. Don't use more than about 30
fighters in this form though or it becomes too enlongated to be effective.
My favourite strike force is a carrier with a sphere of proximity sensors, with
the carrier set to guard my wall formation of capital ships. I like to keep a
half dozen repair corvettes docked inside my carrier. Any of your capital ships
get in the yellow, pull them back to your carrier, release the RCs and let em
loose. As soon as I get missile destroyers, I completely dispense with fighters
except for special high-speed hit and fade attacks.
Level specific tactics (or; From Here to Hiigara)
My rants, thoughts, and advise pertaining to each level. Spoiler alert, kiddies.
For my own ease of writing, I will fail to do any alerts and such if it helps
get a point across. Don't read beyond what you think you need.
Nice enough introduction sequence, though the starting fleet is ghastly small.
Do everything Fleet Intel tells you, and you'll do peachy. One word of advise,
however; don't use 'Aggressive' when testing tactics. For some reason the scout
pilots have a tendency to slam into the drones when they're blood lusting.
(Note- Replaying through this level a few times, using 'Agressive' on all of
them, I didn't suffer any Scout losses these times. Anyone want to take a swing
at why it happened?)
Outskirts of Kharak System:
This is a fun level. If you do it correctly, you can more then triple your
current fleet and suffer the loss of only 2 craft, given probability is on your
Get your harvester harvesting, and scrap your scouts. Do not send a probe to the
Khar-Selim. Eventually, your harvesters will trigger the event, and by that time
you'll have built up a fleet to your desires.
Given my pro-fighter outlook on life, I quickly constructed my wing of twenty
interceptors. Grab a second harvester, and a few more salvage corvettes while
you're at it, and wait.
Fleet Intel is not kidding when he says that the raiders are inferior to your
craft. Given that, their small numbers, and the fact that most of the mission
they're focusing on craft other then your strike craft, you should be able to
mop the floor with very few casualties.
Despite what Fleet Intel says, the cap ship here is a Mothership, not a Carrier,
thus can not be captured (though it says 'insufficent craft' when attempted,
makes one wonder...). Nor should you try to blow it up, it's simply way to big
at this point. Be content with destroying the ones arrogantly try to blast your
Warith advises a more econmical way to start the level: "Build a bunch of
interceptors to complement your scouts. I never retire anything unless
desperate for cash because the money you get from retiring your scouts won't
give you enough money to build enough interceptors to replace the collective
firepower of the scouts."
Return to Kharak:
Double-fun. Actually, I think the entire moment would have been better if Fleet
Intel yelled out the obvious in his rather aggressive voice instead of Fleet
Command's annoyingly apathic voice. Anywho, you have a few hundred thousand
Kushan frozen-treats to save.
Immediately scramble your fighters to engage the Taiidan. Chances are you won't
save all 600,000, though I'm fairly sure a good player should be able to score
500,000 living and freezer-burned Kushans (just noticed...kushan...cushion?).
Get cranking on another salvage corvette and a few light corvettes if you've
been procrastinating. Chances are your fighters themselves will not be able to
down the attackers.
Just like last level, when your salvagers make the grab, keep up enough pressure
to let them get home. This time it might be harder, since his friends are so
close in hand.
Sclover shows that you can save all the frost bitten Kushans: "I managed to save
every one of the cryo trays (6) by sending my force immediately out to the trays
as soon as they started launching (while the briefing was running), and
immediately attacking the middle of the three frigates (that was the one that
would always pull off to engage us). I had also moved my two SCs out near the
trays, but just far enough that they wouldn't get fired upon. My force of
scouts and corvettes destroyed the first frigate pretty quickly, and while they
were fighting the next one, my two SCs came in and grabbed the last frigate.
The SCs had him about halfway back to the mothership before my force destroyed
the last one. The tray that they had been firing on was smoking after all was
said and done, but I still got it."
Kushans, meet the Bentusi, the most highly advanced cowards in the galaxy. Take
Intelligence's advise; create a controller, and ship it off to the center of the
minable resources. Have fun. Bring some back up, just in case...
Whoops. Once the attack comes (from on top of you, not to the 'north', for those
still getting used to the sensors), keep your interceptors intercepting. But
start cranking out one or two heavy hitters. You know, just in case...
Whoops. The Mothership won't go down easily, but unless you have something to
take down those ion cannons, it will go down eventually. Once you've taken a
chunk out of the ion frigates, go for their carrier. Am I the only one that saw
that, despite this mission being there to 'gather a fleet', I ended up losing
more craft then I made?
Many people (Koensayr, Zack Parfile, ZooL) recommended the following alternate
way to finish up the level: Use your salvage corvettes to capture as many of the
attacking frigates, then use those to destroy the carrier. Not only killing two
birds in one stone, but also collecting more hardware for the fleet.
Warith found a interesting loophole in this mission's script: "The raider attack
won't come until you trade with the Bentusi. Use this to your advantage by
delaying the trade until they're about to leave. This will allow you more time
to mine and build up your fleet."
Great Wastelands (prt2?):
This level, when done correctly, is pretty much nothing more then a series of
ever-increasing brawls. When done incorrectly, you end up bull-baiting an entire
Taiidan fleet into attacking the Mothership in unison. Tread carefully in the
Do as Fleet Intell says and launch the probe. Send harvesters out if you wish,
but make sure you have some strike craft going along as escorts if you do. If
you can stand the boredom level, it's safer to simply wait untill mission end to
If you nuke the Taiidan harvesters as soon as you can, you'll have virtually the
entire level's resources to yourself. This be the great west, greenhorn, we're
talking nearly 10k RUs that is all yours. Chances are even if your entire fleet
is destroyed, you could replace it with much change to spare.
Chances are nuking the harvesters has resulted in one or two wings of Taiidan
frigates to notice you. Unless you want to face off against the entire Taiidan
fleet right now, your best bet is to flee back to the Mothership. The frigates
will (slowly) follow you. Destroy them at your convience once you're sure the
battle won't spill over to the Cruisers.
Once almost every Taiidan has became a attractive debris ring, the Cruiser with
Destroyer escort will attack you directly. You should pretty much know what to
do from here.
Sablotnik recommends going the next step further and stealing the entire basket:
"If you have taken away the enemy+s collectors, start stripping him from
fighters. If you work carefully, it can be done step by step, attack by attack.
He will end up with no fighters and no resources to build new ones. Then start
taking away the frigates. You have heard all this before, yes. But why use these
frigates to destroy the carrier? Try to keep the carrier busy with evasive
fighters and meanwhile salvage him. It takes five salvage corvettes to move the
carrier,so better have six ones at hand if one get+s lost."
Warith recommends: "Immediately send a fighter wing out at about 2 o'clock from
your mothership so you're within striking distance of that mineral vein, so as
soon as you're told they have a resource collector, you can smoke it, which
means more resources for you at the end of the level. What I generally did on
this level was patrolled with my fighter wing, engaging small targets, and
drawing larger targets back to the mothership to get smoked by the small fleet
of Ion Frigates I am building up. Eventually though, they stop coming to you,
so when this happens gather your whole fleet and whallop any targets left."
(Note that as I wrote above, I've always had every target come at me once a
certain number of Taiidan had been nuked. As Warith's tale shows, your milage
My tip for this level. Can every cap ship you have on you before hyper spacing
to this level. You'll thank me for it.
Beyond that, I don't really have much advise. Thanks to the 3D space, it's hard
to tell just what astroid is going to pass through where. Interceptors are a
gold mine here, defenders will get crushed just as easily as your cap ships
would. Don't let any ship 'assume holding pattern' here, unless you want to
build more of them.
Zack Parfile suggests a similar, but completely opposite tactic: "Keep your
caps, anything behind the MS is safe, or if you've been collecting Ion Arrays
just drop them below and in front of the MS to take out asteroids. Concentrate
their fire and they knock the asteroids out quickly. Fly your frigs straight up
or straight down and they'll be safe above the asteroid corridor. I kept all my
fighters docked until I was clear, didn't lose anything."
Sclover expands and collaborates on that tactic: "If I remember right, I had
something like 1 destroyer (5 finger discount from Great Wastelands), 4 assault
frigates, 9 ion frigates, and 1 support frigate all grouped in wall formation,
and then some fighters and heavy and light corvettes. I grouped all those guys
together and had them all basically hit one asteroid at a time, which they would
rapidly blow to space dust for my resource collectors to gobble up. The only
thing I lost on that mission was the support frigate that I stole from Great
Wastelands, which I should have just parked behind the mothership. I honestly
don't think even one rock hit the mothership the whole time. Other people I
know just squeeked by with their mothership smoking... I think that destroyer
really helped, but the ion frigates were really putting out some juice."
Sablotnik goes into detail about harvesting in this level: "If you have
firepower to spare, try to destroy every asteroid you can (if you salvaged them
before, destroyers are mighty welcome in this mission, due to their greater
firepower and higher speed, compared to the frigates) and let the resource
collector get it. Second: if you do so, remember: the asteroid field is moving
away from you and soon after you are clear of the asteroids, you will get out of
range, which means your destroyers won+t go for too distant targets and your
collector refuses to collect them. So, to get more resources in this mission, a
second collector may be helpfull, if you manage to destroy more asteroids than
only those which are in your way - during the passage through the field as well
as afterwards (start at least as soon as you have received clearance and try as
long as your collector goes for the goodies)."
The Gardens of Kadesh:
I find this level fun. Get your interceptors and bombers ready, forget about
building any of your new toys (destroyers) yet. Start collecting resources, look
completely innocent, and wait.
Now, while you're pondering why the Super Zealot Flower Hippies didn't blow the
Ambassador straight to the Great Nebula's Hell-equivalent, get cranking. Capital
ships are almost useless here, due to the large fighter concentration. Stop
harvesting for a bit, and bring the collectors back to base, and most of all
keep your fighters moving.
Due to the scripted events, I'm not sure if you can succeed early by causing the
zealot's mothership to go bye-bye, or if you have to meet the Inhibitor. If it's
a requirement, it's also the most dangerous point in the level. Expect a fair
number of your strike craft to get nuked while you're getting them out again.
Target their mothership for termination afterward.
Once everything is clear, send out your collectors to finish your glorious
defiling of the nebula, and rebuild your fleet. Next step is a harsh one.
Warith reveals that you can't bypass the script here: "The first time I played
this I made the mistake of nuking the hippy mothership before the 8 minute
hyper-drive countdown was up. The mothership retreated, then a minute later a
fresh one popped into existence and I had to kill it all over again."
The Cathedral of Kadesh:
The most defensive oriented level I've yet played, you jump into the heart of
the nebula, and are about to get attacked three different ways before your
fighters have even totally lined up.
For this critical moment, keeping your head clear is the major thing. Keep your
bombers bombing big targets, your interceptors intercepting. So long as you keep
everything busy, you should win the war o' attrition.
Striking back at the three Hippy Motherships can be hard, since it's rare to
find a time when your Mothership isn't being attacked. However, generally the
tides of battle will shift your squadrons towards one. When it's in sight, nuke
You could try using destroyers to help destroy the Motherships, however it is
not advised. The cannons on the Hippy Ships are designed to bust capital ships,
and can barely scratch a fighter. So long as you have time, a force of twenty
interceptors and twenty bombers can down a Mothership, by themselves, with only
one bomber lost.
Once you managed to down two of the Motherships, you get a breather. Send a
force /w support frigate to clear out the large concentration of resources, then
have your collectors go wild. This is one of the richest places you've seen.
Before you can say "Luke, I am your father!", Fleet Intel's theory about the
Kadesh is confirmed. Don't let that stop you from killing them to a man,
however. You're the space hero guys, remember?
Webrunner proposes a much easier, profitable, and sneakier way to deal with the
Motherships: "Capture the Multibeam Frigates. That's all there is too it. Don't
destroy them capture them. It takes two volleys from six of them to kill a
Protector mothership.. by the end of the level I had *ten*."
Zack Parfile adds also: "Destroy or salvage the fuel pods to leave the little
swarms of fighters high and dry, they seem to need to refuel after every other
attack run. The Fuel Pods are worth RU's to retire, useless to keep."
Sea of Lost Souls:
If someone didn't comment on my glaring lack of brains on salvage corvettes,
they gave some advise on this level. Since most of them are much better then
what I offered, I'll let them have the show.
Zack Parfile recommends: "Don't bother giving a cap ship to the Ghost, just
swarm it with fighters and bombers. MGC's on evasive can be brought in to circle
it once the other ships are distracted trying to nail the fighters. Defenders
can be useful here as well since they seem to have better range than the
fighters. I had a small group just sitting there peppering the Ghost with fire
and they were completely ignored by the enemy ships."
Zareh Aratoon gave this story and strategy: "I had 1 Destroyer, 7 ION Cannon
Frigates, 7 Attack Bombers and 10 Interceptors at the beginning of the scenario.
The first thing I did was to send in a probe, as I was following the probe I
noticed among the ships a Missile Destroyer. I grouped my Destroyer with the ION
Cannon Frigates, and moved towards the ghost ship. My first target was the
Missile Destroyer, because the Missile Destroyer would render my Attack bombers
and Interceptors useless.
I quickly destroyed the Missile Destroyer with my attack group, but suddenly I
lost control of my Destroyer and 2 ION Cannon Frigates! I realized what was
going on and quickly retreated with my remaining 5 ION Cannon Frigates back to
the Mother Ship using evasive tactics.
Since I had eliminated the Missile Destroyer, I could easily use my Strike Craft
now. I quickly built up my Attack Bombers until I had 30. I began to move
towards the Ghost Ship, I noticed that all of the possessed ships were right
below the Ghost Ship, so I decided to attack it from above with my 30 Attack
Bombers, by the time the slow moving capital ships got moving it was too late.
The fight took 15 seconds, I lost 2 Attack Bombers."
Willis Yonker offers yet another strategy for this level: "I had a bunch (you
could do it with 1 if you have the patience) ion frigate. Keep it just out of
range of the ghost ship (this will take trial and error) and target the
derelicts. You can take them all out without loosing a ship. Then send in a
group of fighters to take out the Ghost ship. I did it with a few scouts and a
couple of hours at the movies. Zero loss but zero gains also."
Super Nova Station:
Is it just me, or is it nearly impossible to keep to the 'safe paths',
especially near the station itself? Since the long-range sensor screen is
overlaid on your normal screen, the obnoxiously bright super-nova is still
there, making it hard to see where the dust clouds stop and end.
(Zack Parfile assured me it was just me, "It's just you. While I did have to
keep moving the sensors view around and zooming in and out to keep track of the
dust paths I was able to do it.")
This level is almost entirely about patients and trying out new toys and
tactics. As much as it pains me to admit, the sending wave after wave of men
tactic is no longer viable. It's time to embrace new technology. Build yourself
a carrier, a handful of proximity sensors, a few gravity wells, and a decent
force of Destroyer/missile destroyers.
The lovely thing about the carrier is that it can stand up to the radiation
areas very easily. Have it blaze a trail to one of the two heavy resource
concentrations, build and then cannibalize a collector after everything is
gathered. If you do this to both areas, you should have more then enough
resources to finish up.
Notice all the red dots on the map? You want to get rid of some of them.
Specifically, the one closest to you, and the two closest to the objective area
(and, eventually, the three in the objective area too, but let's not be picky).
The others are mine layers, which can be taken out at your convenience.
The first dot is a squadron of fighters. Bad, bad Taiidan! You have two ways of
dealing with them; clean and efficient, or sadistic and fun.
Clean: Bring in a gravity well and one missile destroyer. Disable the entire
squadron, have fun.
Sadistic: Same as before, but forget the destroyer. Instead, use the gravity
well generator to lure them out into the radiation, and keep them there while
they blow up.
The best way I found of getting around the map is to use way-points, made by
your proximity sensors. You can scout out your safe areas, then run your fleet
from one sensor to the next safely.
The second dot that I hit was a group of five assault frigates. Grouped together
like this, they can be nasty. Keep a few support frigates on hand to repair
whatever gets dented. Where they sat is a excellent place to muster the fleet
for your next attack.
The third dot is the nastiest, aside from the station itself, a Heavy Cruiser
(something you don't have) with two destroyer escorts. I was able to destroy
them without losing a single destroyer, however. The key is to keep a wall
formation, concentrate your fire, and love support frigates.
When assaulting the research station, watch out for the carrier. You do need to
nuke it, and relatively quick. Other then that, it's cleanup.
Zack Parfile gives a much more simple and profitable solution: "I went towards
the station with a carrier, 3 destroyers and the missile cruiser from Sea of
Lost Souls. Smashed everything until I bumped into the HC and 2 destroyers, then
I switched to evasive and kept most of my ships from firing while my cruiser
spat out the dozen or so SC's it was carrying. In the end I blew up one of the
destroyers and had captured the other along with the HC. The SC's had to run
them all the way hell back to the MS which took a while, but they stayed in the
dust path. I cranked out a couple of replacement SC's for the carrier, shot a
probe towards the station then captured the escaping carrier when it came at me.
Wiping out the station after that was cake. Missile cruiser to wipe out the
defenders and the destroyers made short work of the station."
Warith's method: "If you take the left route from your mothership, you can
completely avoid the minefields. I have finished this level without ever seeing
a single mine. If you are going to plow through the minefields, I suggest
taking along a few drone frigates with drone clouds deployed.. if you travel in
a wall formation, the drones project just enough ahead of your fleet to attract
the mines, sparing your expensive capital ships."
Mesh's method: "Instead of going the direct way you should go around and attack
from behind the station. That way you can easily deal with the fleeing Carrier
and then the station. Remember not to launch your SC's but have a Grav Well
disable the enemy's SC's, you might need more than one Grav Well, and then use
your Destroyers and Assult Frigats to take out his cap ships. You should have at
least one Support Frigat for each Destroyer. Set the Support Frigat to guard a
Destroyer and it will auto-heal it when it takes damage, nifty feature. Don't
send in your Carrier, but have it stay a away from the battle, keep any extra
Grav Well's at you Carrier and send them in as needed. Forget about using SC's
here, their low armor ensures that they get toasted before doing any good, for
some reason they won't always stay in the dust patch."
Warith also provides a more economically sound solution then the one I put up:
"Mining on this board is a totally different operation than other boards. The
approach I used was have a carrier guard two resource collectors as they headed
towards an asteroid cluster. Whenever the RCs hit yellow, I had them dock with
the carrier to repair before continuing. This is longer and more tedious than
building and retiring them on site, but saves money overall."
More a show then a level, it's fairly easy to get through this without loss of a
single ship, barring strike craft. On the flip side, this place is almost barren
After watching the Bentusi get used as a punching bag, scramble your forces.
Like the last level, you have the benefit of initiative here. And since they're
concentrating on the Bentusi, they probably won't even start trying to zap you
until after you're well into the fray. My only serious recommendation here is a
reminder to keep your missile destroyers above or below the Bentusi ship. As
always, missiles strike any craft it hits, and since most ships are on the other
side of the Bentusi vessel, combined with the fact the Bentusi make a fairly
large, fat target...
After you save them, you're treated to yet another long sequence, filling in a
lot of plot. A tad sudden for my tastes, but it works. Your collectors should be
done by now (only enough resources here for a little over 2 trips), so
hyperspace out to greener pastures.
Mark Harrison recommends grabbing another ship for the fleet here: "Open fire
with the two cap-ship groups, targetting the destroyers/anything that comes
near. Ignore the cruiser, it'll carry on firing on the Bentusi. Fly a carrier
en-passant to the cruiser, and as it passes, scramble the salvage crvs - capture
Or maybe not so greener pastures.
Like the last level, it's a fairly small area and a constant battle from the
get-go. If you don't have any, get a few proximity sensors on the construction
line, and have your cap ships target the grav well generators for destruction.
Now you have a situation much like the Cathedral level, only a bit more nastier.
After a little bit, you'll get the event trigger for the defector. To be honest,
I'm not sure if you actually need to save him or not. Almost my entire fleet was
off doing various things at the time I got this, with only a few frigates to
spare. Yet he still survived despite my almost total non-intervention.
This level's main difficultly seems to be the surprise element, one after
another. Like most of the game, as long as you keep on the ball you shouldn't
have any problems. The one other surprise that pulled me for a loop is the
introduction of cloaked vessels. You'll need your proximity sensors to detect
them. On a happy note, they know that too, and will do nothing else but attack
proximity sensors if some are around. Having a small hoard of them circling the
Mothership is a nice way to keep a cloaked frigate busy until you can whomp it.
Warith gives his general tactics for this level: "This level can get confusing
and hectic.. make sure all your Ctrl-groups are organized. You get rushed from
two different angles with grav-well and cloaked ships, plus the idiot defecting
captain you have to save all of a sudden. I just used a fighter wing on evasive
to harass the pursuing ships for a minute giving the defector a little bit of a
gap... then it was a simple matter of slicing and dicing the pursuers when they
got within range of my main battle group which was busy mopping the floor with a
huge battle centred around the mothership. This is definitely a close to home
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