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The Guardian Cruiser is fitted with extra shields to protect its fleet between combat, so the rest of the fleet may do their job more efficiently.
  — In-Game Description 

General

The Guardian Cruiser is a Tier 6 hull with the ability to resist both Alien and Plasma Damage. It provides the Harmonic Shield bonus which increases the shield capacity of your entire fleet.

As a cruiser, this ship has great defensive capability and is designed to soak up damage.

Strategy and Setup

Advantages

The Guardian Cruiser's triple shield slots allow it to absorb a massive amount of damage before direct armor damage is applied. Using the Harmonic Exophase Shield and its Harmonic Shield bonus, this ship can have almost 32,000 effective shield energy. Even when the shields are depleted, you can have up to 5 pieces of armor at Mk I, further enhancing the ship's survivability.

With innate Alien and Plasma resistance, the Guardian Cruiser is the best tank you can use against the various Tier 6 Alien Event Targets, which predominantly deal the aforementioned damage types. Resistance against the 3 traditional damage types (Energy, Explosive, Kinetic) can be achieved through its extra resistor slot and/or using resistance armor such as EN Tungsten Armor.

Disadvantages

The Guardian Cruiser has a massive potential repair time, especially when you equip multiple pieces of Harmonic Exophase Shield. A fully-maxed out fleet can take up to 2 full days to repair from scratch!

Although the Guardian Cruiser can equip the best A.X.I.S. Ship Weapon, the Pulse Cannon, it is counteracted by the fact that this ship only has 4 weapon slots. To make the most out of this ship, stack on armor as much as possible, then fill up the remaining mass with weapons and specials.

A common setup is to use Guardian Cruisers as pure tanks, with other high-damage ships such as Liberator Destroyers responsible for destroying the enemy fleet.

Upgrading

Level II
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III
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IV
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V
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VI
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SLOT CONFIGURATION Spaceship
Armor Slots ArmorSlot 6 6 6 6 6
Resistance Slots ResistanceSlot 1 1 2 2 2
SPECIFICATIONS Notepad
Max. Mass 12,900 t 14,130 t 14,740 t 15,970 t 15,970 t
Cargo 2,439,120 t 2,540,750 t 2,642,380 t 2,744,010 t 5,488,020 t
Sector Speed 270 AU/h 270 AU/h 270 AU/h 270 AU/h 390 AU/h
MODIFIERS Wrench
Armor Mass -5% -15% -30% -50% -50%
Resists 20% Pl 30% Pl 30% Pl 40% Pl 40% Pl
Weapon Speed +5% +10% +15% +20% +20%
RESEARCH ShipLabResearch
Prerequisites Previous level of Guardian Cruiser,
Same level of Revelation Cruiser
Workshop Required IX
Time Time 2d 2h 24m 2d 10h 48m 2d 19h 12m 3d 3h 36m N/A
Mineral Ore MineralOre 56,460,623 112,921,246 146,797,620 225,842,492 N/A
CRAFT Crafting
Time Time 18h 54m 1d 13h 48m 2d 8h 42m 3d 3h 36m N/A
Mineral Ore MineralOre 18,820,208 37,640,415 56,460,623 112,921,246 N/A
Patterns Patterns 20 40 60 140 N/A
Cores Cores 10 30 45 80 N/A
Parts Parts 25 60 115 200 N/A
Armaments Armaments 985 2,300 3,600 4,925 N/A


Trivia

  • The Guardian Cruiser is technically the first of the many A.X.I.S. Hulls as the Paladin Carrier was originally supposed to be part of the Xeno Division Hulls. It is also the first that has built-in Plasma resistance and Harmonic Bonuses.
  • The Guardian Cruiser is the first hull with 3 shield slots.
  • The Guardian Cruiser Elite originally had 360 AU/h sector speed, this has been changed to 390 AU/h.
  • A bonus to weapon speed was added to cruiser mark upgrades towards the end of 2017.

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