Compared to Dread, Zeal and Hellfire battleships, it is far more heavily armored when fully upgraded to MK V, featuring up to two or three fold as much armor when fully equipped. It possesses innate armor weight reduction and armor point bonuses as well as access to the special Skirmish armor giving it greater resilience to explosive and energy weapons.
Vigilante battleships are less common amongst high level players than Dread and Zeal battleships. Despite a different slot configuration, they are deadly to end-game players when upgraded to MK V and fully equipped.
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The Vigilante Battleship has an extra armor slot, which extends its durability for front-line combat. Compared with other battleships similar to its mass, it is sacrifices firepower for more armor. It also has a higher base health that increases its durability even more.
It has an excessive amount of mass. when fully upgraded to MK V, you may not need all the mass it provides, it has plenty of room to fit the most powerful weapons, armor, shields, weapon specials and resistors.
Unfortunately, although it has an extra armor slot, it sacrifices a weapon slot. This forces you to use heaviest variants of weapons, which are usually least efficient in terms of mass to damage per second. Because of their reduced damage output, they are less suitable when fighting against VEGA fleets.
Obtaining crafting materials to upgrade the Vigilante to MK V can be difficult since the fleets that drop Vigilante parts, patterns and cores are strong. Upgrades for the Dread or Zeal battleship are easier to obtain in comparison and are recommended alternatives if you need a strong battleship fleet.
Combination of high armor and moderate firepower, range, mobility, mass and stasis capabilities make upgrade Vigilante battleships deadly in fleet combat against other players and non player fleets. Even when destroyed, battleships in general have a lower repair time in comparison to cutters and cruisers.
Upgraded cutter and frigate fleets with both fusion thrusters III and agility field can quickly eliminate battleships due to their bonus damage. Some Vigilante battleships are equipped with unstable reactors as a kamikaze defence against cutters.
Dread and Zeal battleships when fully upgraded to MK V are significant threats to a fleet of Vigilante battleships.
Cruisers usually stand minimum chance of beating a fleet of MK V Vigilante battleships, but have an easier time with MK I variants.