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When flying the Zoltan ship, if you get an event with boarders it sometimes justifies bypassing your Super Shields by saying "they must have a Zoltan Shield Bypass installed on their ship!"

Which makes me wonder, is this just a flavour text excuse to justify an otherwise contradictory encounter, or can enemy ships actually have Augments? If the latter, which ships can have which augments?

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"I never asked for this" - My ship after being heavily augmented. – Zibbobz Apr 11 '14 at 16:29
@Zibbobz That's kinda what my ship would've said just now when fighting the Rebel Flagship, and I had four Zoltan and the Battery active for a total of 33 power in systems! – Niet the Dark Absol Apr 11 '14 at 18:10

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Yes they can have augments. The only ones I've encountered are:

  • Zoltan shields (obviously)
  • Rock Plating (most rock ships have this)
  • Engi Medi-bot Dispersal (I've ran into several torus class ships with this augment).

I've run the medi-bot augment several times where their crew was healing while outside of their med-bay, which implies that they have that particular augmentation.

I have not encountered any ship with zoltan shield bypass yet, but I do not play the zoltan cruiser that often to know for sure.

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Doh! You are correct about the Rock of course. I'll edit my answer but yours deserves credit. – BlackVegetable Apr 11 '14 at 18:03
I reguarly encounter slug ships with regenerating hulls. – Ender Apr 13 '14 at 0:18
Can anyone determine if the Mantis ships have pheromones? (+25% movement speed) – BlackVegetable Apr 17 '14 at 17:16

It is a flavor text only. It is worth noting that bypassing the Zoltan shield augment only exists in the AE, but that flavor text is in both standard mode and AE. See z-'s answer for remaining details.

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I have a vague memory of a slug ship's hull breach repairing itself. However, I think I dreamed that. – BlackVegetable Apr 11 '14 at 16:37
See that's the thing, I'm fairly sure I've seen Slug breach healing, and I think I even saw the healing nanobots effect on an Engi ship... – Niet the Dark Absol Apr 11 '14 at 16:45
This deserves investigation... if they do exist it is only the "racial" augments that exist. – BlackVegetable Apr 11 '14 at 16:46

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