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Ship Scaling for Space NPC Groups

Compiled by: Nagorak –  Formatted by: Pax Federatica
Playtested by: Kzira, Tekatchi, Marhawkman and Tucana Other acknowledgments: XR-377, Frostzephyr, NCC-89471

NPC actors always remain the same type of ship, but which ships spawn varies depending on the number of players (and it’s not as simple as spawning in order of the actor list).

There is also some variation in hull strength (and maybe damage output) of the ships to further balance the groups. So, for example, one battleship may have more hull than another in that group or a different group. That difference in strength explains why there are some identical spawns with different actors. (For example, with the battleship group, you get a battleship and dreadnought both with 4 and 5 players, but the 5 player spawns are stronger.)

Fighters will spawn the full number whenever they appear. However, a random number (from none to all) will suddenly disappear shortly after if they do not engage in combat. The only way to guarantee the number in a fighter group is to spawn them within 8kms of the suspected player. However, the disappearing has its uses. Such as making phantom ships, photonic glitches, or hallucinations.

I believe the information is accurate; if there is a mistake, then it will only be in the exact mix of ships at each player amount. The exact type of ship each actor is (which is the most important info) should be correct.

Example of how to interpret the tables: For a battleship mob, ships 2 and 4 in the table will spawn for four players. These numbers correspond to the actor numbers shown under the group in the asset list while the group is present on the map; that is, ship #2 is the second- lowest numbered actor in the group and ship #4 is the fourth-lowest.

Battleship Number of Players
Ship # Ship Type 1 2 3 4 5
1 Battleship
2 Battleship
3 Battleship
4 Battleship
5 Dreadnought
6 Dreadnought

 

Cruiser 01 Number of Players
Ship # Ship Type 1 2 3 4 5
1 Cruiser
2 Cruiser
3 Cruiser
4 Battleship
5 Battleship
6 Frigate
7 Cruiser
8 Cruiser

 

Cruiser 02 Number of Players
Ship # Ship Type 1 2 3 4 5
1 Cruiser
2 Frigate
3 Frigate
4 Cruiser
5 Cruiser
6 Battleship
7 Battleship

 

Fighter 01 Number of Players
Ship # Ship Type 1 2 3 4 5
1 Fighter
2 Fighter
3 Fighter
4 Frigate
5 Frigate
6 Frigate
7 Frigate
8 Cruiser
9 Battleship
10 Battleship
Fighter 02 Number of Players
Ship # Ship Type 1 2 3 4 5
1 Fighter
2 Fighter
3 Fighter
4 Fighter
5 Fighter
6 Fighter
7 Fighter
8 Fighter
9 Frigate
10 Cruiser
11 Battleship
12 Battleship
13 Battleship
Frigate Number of Players
Ship # Ship Type 1 2 3 4 5
1 Frigate
2 Frigate
3 Frigate
4 Frigate
5 Frigate
6 Battleship
7 Battleship
8 Battleship

 

Weak Number of Players
Ship # Ship Type 1 2 3 4 5
1 Frigate
2 Frigate
3 Frigate
4 Frigate
5 Battleship
6 Battleship