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The Nighthawk frigate makes short work of its enemies by evading their attacks. Frigates only have forward weapons.
  — In-Game Description 

Nighthawk Frigate
Nighthawk Frigate
Information
Faction Miner Rebellion
Hull Tier 3
Weapon Slots 3
Armor Slots 1
Shield Slots 1
Special Slots 2
Health 400
Unladen Mass 400 t
Max Mass 3000 t
Max Cargo 72,000 t
Firing Arc 135 deg
Combat Speed 360 m/s
Turning Speed 32 deg/s
Strafe Speed 280 m/s
Sector Speed 330 AU/h
Modifiers None
Research
Requirements Talon Frigate,
Ship Lab VIII,
Ship Factory VIII
Time 1d 23h 50m 10s
Helium-3 17,642,070
Antimatter 928,530
Build
Time 23h 54m 40s
Helium-3 5,875,817
Antimatter 309,254
Repair
Time 6m 40s

Nighthawk Frigate MKII
Nighthawk Frigate MKII
Information
Weapon Slots 3
Armor Slots 1
Shield Slots 1
Special Slots 2
Resistance Slots 1 (+1)
Health 400
Unladen Mass 400t
Max Mass 3150 t (+5%)
Max Cargo 90,000 (+20%)
Firing Arc 135 deg
Combat Speed 360 m/s
Turning Speed 32 deg/s
Strafe Speed 280 m/s
Sector Speed 330 AU/h
Modifiers +100% Destroyer Damage
+50% Battleship Damage
-12% Thruster Mass
+5% Shield Damage
+20% Stasis Resist
Unlocking
Requirements Workshop IV,
Nighthawk Frigate,
Talon Frigate Mk II
Research Time 3h 01m 59s
Mineral Ore 1,106,500
Craft
Craft Time 1h 57m 45s
Mineral Ore 403,613
Pattern x1 Nighthawk Frigate MKII
Cores x3 Frigate T3
Ship Parts x10 Nighthawk Frigate Parts
Faction Armaments x256 Rebel Armaments

Nighthawk Frigate MKIII
Nighthawk Frigate MKIII
Information
Weapon Slots 3
Armor Slots 1
Shield Slots 1
Special Slots 2
Resistance Slots 1
Health 400
Unladen Mass 400t
Max Mass 3300 t (+5%)
Max Cargo 108,000 (+17%)
Firing Arc 135 deg
Combat Speed 360 m/s
Turning Speed 32 deg/s
Strafe Speed 280 m/s
Sector Speed 330 AU/h
Modifiers +130% Destroyer Damage
+66% Battleship Damage
-24% Thruster Mass
+10% Shield Damage
+40% Stasis Resist
Unlocking
Requirements Nighthawk Frigate Mk II,
Talon Frigate Mk III
Research Time 6h 03m 58s
Mineral Ore 2,213,000
Craft
Craft Time 3h 55m 30s
Mineral Ore 807,225
Pattern x1 Nighthawk Frigate MKIII
Cores x3 Frigate T3
Ship Parts x30 Nighthawk Frigate Parts
Faction Armaments x320 Rebel Armaments

Nighthawk Frigate MKIV
Nighthawk Frigate MKIV
Information
Weapon Slots 3
Armor Slots 1
Shield Slots 1
Special Slots 3 (+1)
Resistance Slots 1
Health 400
Unladen Mass 400t
Max Mass 3450 t (+5%)
Max Cargo 126,000 (+15%)
Firing Arc 135 deg
Combat Speed 360 m/s
Turning Speed 32 deg/s
Strafe Speed 280 m/s
Sector Speed 330 AU/h
Modifiers +160% Destroyer Damage
+83% Battleship Damage
-36% Thruster Mass
+15% Shield Damage
+60% Stasis Resist
Unlocking
Requirements Workshop V,
Nighthawk Frigate Mk III
Research Time 9h 05m 56s
Mineral Ore 3,319,500
Craft
Craft Time 5h 53m 15s
Mineral Ore 1,210,838
Pattern x1 Nighthawk Frigate MKIV
Cores x3 Frigate T3
Ship Parts x90 Nighthawk Frigate Parts
Faction Armaments x400 Rebel Armaments

General

The Nighthawk Frigate is a mid level, tier three Miner Rebellion hull and it is the last frigate available for research to players. 

They are mostly seen used by low level players but are mostly uncommon. Some high level players take advantage of the three utility slots and use them to haul cargo, along with generating antimatter with antimatter scoops.


Strategy

Advantages:

The Nighthawk frigate can be a capable ship with good piloting. It has a moderate mass, allowing for a variety of equipment to be fit on. The Nighthawk Frigate can be used to eliminate low level fleets with ease if using long range weapons and engine modules.  

Nighthawks are fast and are able to escape most ships that pursue it, they are agile and far more durable and deadly than Talon frigates. They can be upgraded to MK IV giving them an additional utility slot, potentially making them excellent cargo collection fleets or equip two weapon boosters and an engine.  

They're were once multi-purpose ships, and as such were very popular in the stages early after closed beta, due to their efficiency, cheap build times, and deadly force against Revelation cruisers at the time, as Revelation cruisers had far less mass.  

Disadvantages:

As of now, they're still somewhat popular amongst mid level players, but they're frequency has been diluted since the introduction of superior frigates such as Condor frigates and Eagle frigates in higher level combat.  

They're greatest weakness is likely their lack of firepower and durability.  

They can be dispatched extremely easily by simply using battleships equipped with Hydra missiles or ECHO rays, as they have greater range and firepower, Nighthawks however can outrun battleships most of the time.  

Fleets comprised of Revelation cruisers or above can destroy Nighthawks very easily in a direct combat and fleets comprised of cutters quickly annihilate these ships as they are faster and have more firepower. Despite this, you should still build a few to destroy low level fleets looking to steal your resources or cause trouble as well as for pursuing and destroying enemy Nighthawks.  

Setup

Fleet vs. Fleet: Spectral Shield V or Shockwave shield IV are ideal.  

Common weapons include Gladius Drivers, Thermal Beams, Impulse Beams, Hydra Missiles and Disruptor Rays with Rear Thrusters V and a weapon booster corresponding with your weapon type such as Iridium magnets or Focused Optics, with the best armour you can possibly fit with the remaining space.  

VEGA Hunting: Shockwave Shield IV, with weaponry such as Gladius drivers or Mass Drivers with Rear Thrusters IV+ and with Iridium magnets, this setup grants Nighthawks armour high speed for outrunning VEGA ships and attacking them from maximum range with projectile weapons.  

Decoys for basing: Highest possible shielding and armour balance with Strafe Thrusters V and if possible, Armored Holds if space is available with a single Pulse Ray I.  

Trivia

  • Like most frigates, the Nighthawk is named after a bird. A nighthawk is one of several species of nocturnal birds.
  • An enhanced variant of the Nighthawk was available in the market but has been removed in favour of the crafting system

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