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The Heretic Cruiser is a massively armored cruiser that epitomizes the mercenary attitude. It's an unstoppable force on the battlefield.
  — In-Game Description 

General


Earn the right to fly the Heretic Cruiser, a mercenary ship designed by the iron Star Company.
  — Event Store 


The Heretic Cruiser is a Tier 5 hull with extra defensive capability in the form of armor slots and health bonuses.

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

Strategy and Setup

Advantages


With heavy armor and ample firepower, the Heretic Cruiser can front run any opposition.
  — Sybil 


Heretic Cruisers are the epitome of survival, being able to sustain a vast amount of damage before being destroyed, especially when maxed out with Skirmish Armor. They are often used as sniper decoys and base rushers to absorb damage, allowing the rest of your fleet to pummel your enemies with deadly force.

Heretic Cruisers with Unstable Reactor are the counter to Python Cutter rushes: the cruisers have more health and consequently do more damage with each explosion.

Disadvantages

Heretic Cruisers only have a single shield slot. This makes regenerating shields such as the Diffuser Shield unreliable because enemies can quickly deplete the shields, preventing them from recharging. Moreover, the reduced shield energy causes this ship to suffer more repair time on average from each battle, as less is absorbed before the shield fails and damage is dealt directly to the hull.

This ship pays a high price for its durability in terms of repairs, being able to reach 4 hrs of repair time when fully maxed out with Skirmish Armor III. A full fleet can take up to a day to repair!

Upgrading

Level II
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III
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IV
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V
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SLOT CONFIGURATION Spaceship
Armor Slots ArmorSlot 6 6 7 7
Resistance Slots ResistanceSlot 1 1 1 1
SPECIFICATIONS Notepad
Max. Mass 9,450 t 9,900 t 10,350 t 10,800 t
Cargo 142,000 t 170,400 t 198,800 t 227,200 t
MODIFIERS Wrench
Frigate Damage +10% +23% +36% +50%
Cutter Damage +10% +23% +36% +50%
Armor Health +25% +30% +35% +40%
Armor Mass -15% -20% -25% -30%
Weapon Speed +5% +10% +15% +20%
RESEARCH ShipLabResearch
Prerequisites Previous level of Heretic Cruiser,
Same level of Revelation Cruiser
Workshop Required N/A N/A N/A VIII
Time Time 21h 26m 54s 1d 18h 53m 48s 2d 16h 20m 41s 3d 13h 47m 35s
Mineral Ore MineralOre 8,655,850 17,311,700 25,967,550 34,623,400
CRAFT Crafting
Time Time 13h 02m 33s 1d 2h 05m 05s 1d 15h 07m 38s 2d 4h 10m 10s
Mineral Ore MineralOre 3,018,238 6,036,475 9,054,713 12,072,950
Patterns Patterns 1 1 1 1
Cores Cores 5 5 5 5
Parts Parts 10 30 90 270
Armaments Armaments 2,048 2,560 3,200 4,000


Trivia

  • The original appearance of the Heretic Cruiser resembled that of a really wide Revelation Cruiser.
  • A bonus to weapon speed was added to cruiser mark upgrades towards the end of 2017.

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