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The Tornado Frigate is an agile military vessel designed for pursuit and flanking. Armed to the teeth, it's more than a match for heavier ships.
  — In-Game Description 

General

The Tornado Frigate is a Tier 5 hull with extra offensive power in the form of weapon slots and mass reductions.

As a frigate, this ship focuses on agility and evasion, avoiding damage when possible.

Strategy and Setup

Advantages

Tornado Frigates are best used as kiting ships. They are commonly equipped with Fissure Torpedos, and sometimes employ Infernal weapons such as the Infernal Gatling Ray and Infernal Wave Driver to quickly take out enemies. In the case of a brawl (usually against cutters), Tornado Frigates can dodge incoming fire while dealing heavy punishment, eventually winning the fight.

Some people use Storm Drivers in combination with Electric Rails to permanently slow enemy ships that get too close, while others use NET Torpedoes for the extra range.

It can equip the Armored Thrusters, allowing this ship to escape enemy Hurricane Frigates and get in range to fire sooner. However, Binary Thrusters are still the best choice if you plan to kite your opponents.

Disadvantages

Tornado Frigates have relatively low health (though still more than most frigates) and can be quickly taken out by other Demon Corps Hulls that have homing weaponry, such as Hellfire Battleships with Vector Torpedoes. In base combat, they are seldom used as a decoy in place of Hurricane Frigates.

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
Special Slots SpecialSlot 2 2 3 3
Resistance Slots ResistanceSlot 1 1 1 1
SPECIFICATIONS Notepad
Max. Mass 7,350 t 7,700 t 8,050 t 8,400 t
Cargo 108,000 t 129,600 t 151,200 t 172,800 t
MODIFIERS Wrench
Destroyer Damage +100% +130% +160% +200%
Battleship Damage +50% +66% +83% +100%
Thruster Mass -12% -24% -36% -50%
Weapon Mass -15% -20% -25% -30%
Shield Damage +5% +10% +15% +20%
Stasis Resist +20% +40% +60% +80%
RESEARCH ShipLabResearch
Prerequisites Previous level of Tornado Frigate,
Same level of Nighthawk Frigate
Workshop Required N/A N/A N/A VIII
Time Time 1d 10h 28m 53s 2d 20h 57m 45s 4d 7h 26m 38s 5d 17h 55m 30s
Mineral Ore MineralOre 13,463,875 26,927,750 40,391,625 53,855,500
CRAFT Crafting
Time Time 17h 14m 23s 1d 10h 28m 45s 2d 3h 43m 08s 2d 20h 57m 30s
Mineral Ore MineralOre 4,487,725 8,975,450 13,463,175 17,950,900
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 'wings' of the Tornado Frigate extend upward when the ship is in motion, retracting upon slowing down and stopping.
  • The Tornado Frigate is the most advanced true frigate, despite the introduction of the Xeno Division, A.X.I.S., Marauders and Altairians.

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