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There are various terrain types in both the strategic level and also the combat level

Strategic map terrain Edit

Strategic terrain can also impact sensors which is covered on the Sensors page

Asteroid Belt Edit

Ring System Edit

Accretion Disk Edit

Nebula Edit

Magnetic Field Edit

Speed reduced by 35%

Deep Hyperspace Edit

This is denoted by purple clouds that occur on the strategic hyperspace map

Hyperspace Storm Edit

This is denoted by purple Deep Hyperspace clouds that are brightly lit up

Pulsar Beam / Neutron Star Edit

A relativistic, magnetized jet combined with intense radiation. Commonly emitted by neutron stars.


This is a star that lived, died in nova, and now lives again as an extraordinarily small, hot, dense mass whose volume is maintained by the strong nuclear force rather than rote electromagnetism. Although massing up to three Solar masses, the neutron star's radius is equivalent to barely that of Old Earth. Rapidly spinning neutron stars may emit intense beams of electromagnetic radiation; these are known as pulsars. A wise starship captain would do well to avoid them.

Reduces the combat readiness of all ships caught in the pulsar beam at a rapid pace, and blows the fleet off-course. The magnitude of the effect drops off rapidly with distance from the source. Fortunately Pulsar Beams can be blocked by other celestial objects, even other Neutron Stars. Be aware that while you cannot Emergency Burn out of a Pulsar Beam, as with all other terrain, you can Emergency Burn across a Neutron Star, as the Pulsar Beam only extends from it's edge.


Pulsar pulsar

Hiding from a pulsar, behind a pulsar


Combat map terrain Edit

Asteroids Edit

Asteroids are individual, destructible objects on the battlefields that can block most weapons fire and most movement (excepting fighters and phased ships)

Nebula Edit

Nebula incur a malus of -30%/-20%/-10%/0% speed. This is calculated after any zero flux speed boost is applied. Do note that level 1 of the Navigation skill to reduce terrain penalties does not apply to combat map nebula