Nighthawk Frigate

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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 

General[edit | edit source]

Nighthawk Frigate
NighthawkFrigate1.png
Basic Information
Faction
Miner Rebellion
Tier
3.0
Class
Frigate
Slot Configuration Spaceship.png
3
1
1
2
Specifications Notepad.png
Health
400
Unladen Mass
400 t
Maximum Mass
3,000 t
Firing Arc
135.00°
Cargo
72,000 t
Ship Speed
360 m/s
Turning
32.0 deg/s
Strafe
280 m/s
Rear Speed
100 m/s
Acceleration
80 m/s2
Sector Speed
660 AU/h
Hull XP
286 XP
Modifiers Wrench.png
40%
Research ShipLabResearch.png
Requires
Ship Factory VIII,
Ship Lab VIII,
Talon Frigate
Time Time.png
1d 23h 50m 10s
17,642,070
928,530
Module XP
864
Blueprint CompleteBlueprint.png
Build ShipBuild.png
Time Time.png
18m 00s
5,875,817
309,254
Craft Crafting.png
Repair FleetRepair.png
Time Time.png
6m 40s

The Nighthawk Frigate is a Tier 3 hull with advanced Miner Rebellion technology.

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

Strategy and Setup[edit | edit source]

Advantages[edit | edit source]

The Nighthawk Frigate, when piloted correctly, can become a very capable ship. It has a moderate mass, allowing for a variety of equipment to be fit on. The combination of long-range weapons and Rear Thrusters IV enables this ship to kite most enemies.

Most people use heavy shielding to provide the Nighthawk Frigate with decent survivability. Frenzied Scatter Missiles and Repeating Polaron Rays, although mass-inefficient, are common troll weapons that deal lots of damage for minimal XP, enabling Nighthawk Frigates to engage Talon Frigate fleets and stomp on them.

Nighthawk Frigates are excellent sniper decoys, especially when equipped with Strafe Thrusters, because they can easily dodge incoming fire at that level, minimizing the damage taken by your fleet as a whole. Repulsor Shields work wonders due to their recharge ability and inherent resistance to Kinetic weapons.

When faced against stronger enemies such as Fury Battleships, Nighthawk Frigates usually have the option to run and evade combat.

Mk IV Nighthawk Frigates gain an extra special slot, which some people use to fill with a total of 3x Basic Cargo V. This makes a relatively low-cost cargo fleet that remains useful even at Tier 5.

Disadvantages[edit | edit source]

Nighthawk Frigates regularly lose to similarly Tier 3 Taipan Cutters because these cutters have almost double the maximum mass and 2 extra armor slots, as well as a very high forward speed that enables them to catch frigates with ease.

They are unable to win against long-range Revelation Cruisers that have homing weaponry, but can otherwise kite and eventually destroy them, despite the latter's bonus damage against frigates when upgraded.

Upgrading[edit | edit source]

Level II
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III
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IV
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V
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SLOT CONFIGURATION Spaceship.png
Special Slots SpecialSlot.png 2 2 3 3
Resistance Slots ResistanceSlot.png 1 1 1 1
SPECIFICATIONS Notepad.png
Max. Mass 3,150 t 3,300 t 3,450 t 3,600 t
Cargo 90,000 t 108,000 t 126,000 t 144,000 t
MODIFIERS Wrench.png
Destroyer Damage +100% +130% +160% +200%
Battleship Damage +50% +66% +83% +100%
Thruster Mass -12% -24% -36% -50%
Shield Damage +5% +10% +15% +20%
Resurgence 50% 60% 70% 70%
Stasis Resist +20% +40% +60% +80%
RESEARCH ShipLabResearch.png
Prerequisites Talon Frigate Mk II,
Nighthawk Frigate
Talon Frigate Mk III,
Nighthawk Frigate Mk II
Nighthawk Frigate Mk III Unavailable
Workshop Required IV N/A V N/A
Time Time.png 1m 00s 1m 15s 1m 30s N/A
Mineral Ore MineralOre.png 1,106,500 2,213,000 3,319,500 N/A
CRAFT Crafting.png
Time Time.png 5m 21s 9m 18s 14m 39s N/A
Mineral Ore MineralOre.png 403,613 807,225 1,210,838 N/A
Patterns Patterns.png 1 1 1 N/A
Cores Cores.png 3 3 3 N/A
Parts Parts.png 10 30 90 N/A
Armaments Armaments.png 256 320 400 N/A


Note: Mk V Nighthawk Frigates are exclusive to NPC Targets.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • There used to be an Enhanced version of the Nighthawk Frigate available for purchase in the Black Market, but it has since been deprecated.
  • All player ships had their Resurgence values modified as a result of the late February 2020 update.

Gallery[edit | edit source]