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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 

Tornado Frigate
1 Tornado3
Information
Faction VEGA Demon Corps
Hull Tier 5
Weapon Slots 4
Armor Slots 2
Shield Slots 1
Special Slots 2
Health 1,800
Unladen Mass 500 t
Max Mass 7,000 t
Max Cargo 86,400 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 -10% Weapon Mass
Unlocking
Requirements Ship Lab X, Ship Factory X
Event Points Required 1,500,000
Available in Maelstrom
Build
Build Time 5d 17h 55m
Helium-3 28,721,440
Antimatter 7,180,360
Base Repair Time 30m

Tornado Frigate MKII
2 Tornado
Information
Weapon Slots 4
Armor Slots 2
Shield Slots 1
Special Slots 2
Resistance Slots 1 (+1)
Health 1,800
Unladen Mass 500 t
Max Mass 7,350 t (+5%)
Max Cargo 108,000t (+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 +50% Battleship Damage
+100% Destroyer Damage
-15% Weapon Mass
-12% Thruster Mass
+5% Shield Damage
+20% Stasis Resist
Unlocking
Requirements Workshop VII, Nighthawk Frigate Mk II
Research Time
Mineral Ore
Craft
Craft Time 17h 14m 23s
Mineral Ore 4,487,725
Pattern x1 Tornado Frigate MKII
Cores x5 Frigate T5
Ship Parts x10 Tornado Frigate Parts
Faction Armaments x2,048 Demon Corps Armaments

Tornado Frigate MKIII
3 Tornado
Information
Weapon Slots 4
Armor Slots 2
Shield Slots 1
Special Slots 2
Resistance Slots 1
Health 1,800
Unladen Mass 500 t
Max Mass 7,770 t (+5%)
Max Cargo 129,600 t (+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 +66% Battleship Damage
+130% Destroyer Damage
-20% Weapon Mass
+10% Shield Damage
-24% Thruster Mass
+40% Stasis Resist
Unlocking
Requirements Nighthawk Frigate Mk III, Tornado Frigate Mk II
Research Time
Mineral Ore
Craft
Craft Time 1d 10h 28m 45s
Mineral Ore 8,975,450
Pattern x1 Tornado Frigate MKIII
Cores x5 Frigate T5
Ship Parts x30 Tornado Frigate Parts
Faction Armaments x2560 Demon Corps Armaments

Tornado Frigate MKIV
4 Tornado
Information
Weapon Slots 4
Armor Slots 2
Shield Slots 1
Special Slots 3 (+1)
Resistance Slots 1
Health 1,800
Unladen Mass 500 t
Max Mass 8,050 t (+5%)
Max Cargo 151,200 t (+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 +83% Battleship Damage
+160% Destroyer Damage
-25% Weapon Mass
-36% Thruster Mass
+15% Shield Damage
+60% Stasis Resist
Unlocking
Requirements Nighthawk Frigate Mk IV, Tornado Frigate Mk III
Research Time
Mineral Ore
Craft
Craft Time 2d 3h 43m 8s
Mineral Ore 13,463,175
Pattern x1 Tornado Frigate MKIV
Cores x5 Frigate T5
Ship Parts x90 Tornado Frigate Parts
Faction Armaments x3,200 Demon Corps Armaments

Tornado Frigate MKV
5 Tornado
Information
Weapon Slots 4
Armor Slots 2
Shield Slots 1
Special Slots 3
Resistance Slots 1
Health 1,800
Unladen Mass 500 t
Max Mass 8,400 t (+5%)
Max Cargo 172,800 t (+13%)
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% Battleship Damage
+200% Destroyer Damage
-30% Weapon Mass
-50% Thruster Mass
+20% Shield Damage
+80% Stasis Resist
Unlocking
Requirements Workshop VIII, Tornado Frigate Mk IV
Research Time
Mineral Ore
Craft
Craft Time 2d 20h 57m 30s
Mineral Ore 17,950,900
Pattern x1 Tornado Frigate MKV
Cores x5 Frigate T5
Ship Parts x270 Tornado Frigate Parts
Faction Armaments x4,000 Demon Corps Armaments


GeneralEdit

The Tornado frigate is a high level, tier five Demon Corps hull. It was first seen in the Scorched Earth event, and was first obtainable in the Maelstrom event.

The Tornado frigate is debatably the most powerful frigate in the game due to its ability to equip infernal weapons. Fast and agile, they are rarely seen in combat, but are slowly becoming more and more common.

Strategy and SetupEdit

Tornado frigates perform best when upgraded to MK V and placed in combat against battleships and destroyers.

Advantages: Edit

The Tornado frigate, originating from the Demon Corps, has a greater emphasis on offensive attributes. It possesses more weapon slots than all other frigates, has high base armor and an adequate number of armor slots. Being part of the Demon Corps faction, it can mount powerful equipment exclusive to its faction such as Tempest drivers, armored thrusters, blister rounds and most importantly infernal weapons. Being a frigate, it can be equipped with hull exclusive equipment such as the Fissure torpedo and the electric rails. This makes for some very effective combinations of weapon boosters and weapons only possible on this ship.

By default, like all other ships of its faction, it has reduced weapons mass.

Like most high level frigates, Tornado frigates gain an immense damage bonus against destroyers and battleships when upgraded through the crafting system. Equipped with particular weapons, they are able to eliminate destroyers and battleships at a shocking pace.

As it is upgraded through the crafting system, it gains greatly reduced mass on thrusters and weapons, allowing players to equip more armor, stronger weapons, etc.

The Tornado frigate has a very small profile size, making it more suitable for dodging projectiles.

The Tornado frigate can mount the Armored thruster, enabling it to outrun its Iron Star cousin the Hurricane Frigate.

Despite being a Demon Corps ship, the Tornado frigate has more armor slots by default than any Frigate excluding the Hurricane Frigate.

Disadvantages: Edit

Tornado frigates, while possessing lethal amounts of firepower, can be be overpowered by ships such as Basilisk cutters and Python cutters, both these ships being faster, well armored and suited for close quarters combat.

They are difficult to upgrade through the crafting system as Demon Corps materials are hard to procure. The supply run fleets that carry relevant materials are some of the strongest fleets in game.

They also are easily replaced by the Hurricane frigate which can equip the deadly unstable reactor.

Setup Edit

Being a ship with access to exclusive equipment, it can be configured with several powerful and unique setups. Equipping armored thrusters III and Metaphase shields III is highly recommended.

Some weapon setups include Fissure torpedoes with blister rounds, combinaing the fissure torpedo's massive firepower with the armor damage enhancement of blister rounds can increase the Tornado frigate's potency against well armored ships to an incredibly lethal efficiency, achieving up to 360 DPS against armored ships excluding damage bonus from upgrading it through the crafting system. This amount of firepower is difficult to obtain on other Non-demon corps ships.

Another particularly effective setup is a mixture of phased magnets, electric rails and Storm drivers. Frigates with this sort of setup can very quickly immobilize their targets to prevent retreat, and then flank them with their superior agility. Storm driver's heavy firepower combined with the shield bypass effects will quickly deliver crippling amounts of damage.

usage by VEGA Edit

Demon Corps first brought out their Tornado Frigates during Scorched Earth, but they were only used in Base attacks and only appeared 2 months later in the event fleets during Search and Destroy.

The Tornado Frigates were first sighted using Gatling Rays, but their armament has changed repeatedly from time to time, utilizing the Fissure Torpedo and NET Torpedo during Search and Destroy and in base attacking fleets, as well as the Nova Ray during Maelstrom and Nemesis.

Oddly enough, they do not appear in any fleets outside of events.

Blueprints for the Tornado Frigate were finally made available during Maelstrom, and Larus made it available again during Redemption.

TriviaEdit

  • The Tornado frigate is the opposite of a Hurricane frigate, having less repair and armor while dealing huge damage.
  • The Tornado frigate is the second to have a modifier without any upgrades through the crafting system, the first one being the Hurricane frigate.
  • The Tornado frigate is extremely small, so small in fact that they merge when grouped up.
  • Despite being a demon corps hull, this frigate actually has one more base armor slot than all Vsec and rebel frigates, two more than the armor-less Condor frigate. It has one less armor slot than the Hurricane frigate.
  • The Tornado Frigate extends its 'wings' slightly upward when moving, and retracts them downwards slightly when slowing down and stopping.

GalleryEdit

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