Sensors are the means by which fleets detect each other on the campaign map.
Luddic fleet searching for player

A Luddic Church fleet searches for the player fleet hiding in a nebula

A whimsical psuedo-tutorial on sensors (written for version 0.7.2) can be found on the forum here.

Basic mechanics Edit

Sensor panel screenshot

Sensor information located in the bottom left of the HUD

Each ship in the game has a sensor profile that determines how far away it can be seen, and a sensor strength that determines how far it can see. The two figures are summed within each fleet, and used to calculate how far away two fleets can see each other. Two identical fleets will spot each other at the same distance in the absence of terrain bonuses.

Each fleet has a sensor profile equal to the sum of its five ships with the highest profile, and a sensor strength equal to the sum of the five ships with the highest strength. Fleet A can see another fleet B if the distance between them is smaller than A's sensor strength + B's sensor profile. Multiplicative effects from abilities and terrain apply to the sum of strength and profile.

When another fleet is in the player's sensor range but has its transponder off, it will initially only be shown as a "sensor contact": a set of triangles indicating the size of the fleet. As it gets closer, more information will be shown: the hull types in the fleet, current task, and maximum burn speed. Once it is very close, the fleet's faction and name, and the officers of the ships will be displayed. If the other fleet's transponder is on, the full information will be displayed from the beginning.[1]

The base sensor strength and profile is based on ship size:

  • Frigates: 30
  • Destroyers: 60
  • Cruisers: 90
  • Capital ships: 150

Hullmods Edit

Various hullmods alter the sensor strength and profile of the ship they are installed on.

Abilities Edit

Various abilities can modify the fleet's sensor range and detection range (how far it can be seen from):

Skills Edit

The Sensors technology skill provided bonuses to both sensor profile reduction and sensor strength, as well as buffs to the Go Dark & Active Sensor Burst abilities.

  • -25% sensor profile with level 2 skill
  • Doubles the effectiveness of the Go Dark ability with level 2 skill
  • +25% sensor strength at level 3 skill

Terrain Edit

Fleets in different terrain types can have altered detection ranges.

  • Asteroid Belt: -75% detection range (when stationary)
  • In the ring of a Ring System: -75% detection range (when stationary)
  • Accretion Disk: -75% detection range (when stationary)
  • Nebula: -50% detection range
  • Magnetic Field: -50% detection range
  • Deep Hyperspace: -50% detection range
    • Hyperspace Storm: +2000 detection range

Miscellaneous effects Edit

  • Fleets in combat have +1000 sensor profile
  • The minimum sensor profile is floored at 30, even for 0 sensor profile ships with a Phase Field. It is not possible to be absolutely undetectable but it is possible to get very close to it, particularly when stacking multiple bonuses.

References Edit

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