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Iridium   Iridium Plates


Iridium is made from layers of Iridium and other metals. It performs better than Tritanium.
  — In-Game Description 

Stats

Iridium I
Iridium1
II
Iridium2
III
Iridium3
IV
Iridium4
V
Iridium5
SPECIFICATIONS Notepad
Mass 60 t 95 t 150 t 240 t 385 t
Health 210 315 470 705 1,060
Hull XP 416 XP 741 XP 1,304 XP 2,288 XP 4,010 XP
RESEARCH ShipLabResearch
Prerequisites Previous level of Iridium,
Same level of Tritanium
Ship Lab Required V VI VII VIII IX
Time Time 13m 00s 48m 00s 4h 19m 1d 16m 3d 16h 34m
Helium-3 Helium3 32,900 205,300 1,248,300 6,465,420 23,683,590
Antimatter Antimatter 0 0 0 718,380 2,631,510
Module XP 208 XP 371 XP 652 XP 1,144 XP 2,005 XP
EQUIP ModuleRefit
Time Time 1m 30s 3m 30s 12m 00s 56m 00s 3h 16m
Helium-3 Helium3 3,340 20,610 124,960 646,731 2,368,665
Antimatter Antimatter 0 0 0 71,859 263,185
REPAIR Repair
Time Time 3m 30s 5m 15s 7m 50s 11m 45s 17m 40s


General

Iridium is a direct upgrade over Tritanium, commonly used in medium-level fleets.

Strategy and Setup

Advantages

Iridium is fairly mass-efficient and offers good protection, suitable for Tier 2-3 ships such as Exodus Cruisers and Nighthawk Frigates.

Disadvantages

Iridium is still inferior to Zynthium, the best researchable armor in the game.

XP also starts to become a major problem: if you wish to limit your fleet level, consider using lower-tier armor even though they may be less mass efficient.

Trivia

  • It used to be called Iridium Composite along with the base version, but was simplified to Iridium.
  • The same material that make up this armor is used for Iridium Magnets and Iridium Arrays as a weapon booster.
  • Iridium is a real metal, favored for its high density, corrosion resistance and melting point. It is one of the two elements of the alloy used for the International Prototype Metre Bars. It is also one of the rarest stable metals in the Earth's crust.