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I played FreeSpace 2: Colossus quite a while ago, and I remember one mission in particular. The mission involves (not surprisingly) some dogfighting. However, partway through the mission, an enormous enemy vessel shows up, and you're ordered to retreat as fast as you can.

However, if you stay behind and defeat the remaining enemy dogfighters, all becomes quiet. The large ship doesn't actually attack you, nor are more fighters released. In fact, by sitting there with my fighter's weapons firing for around half an hour, I remember that I was able to lower this enemy giant's health(?) down to the 20% range.

What happens if you take the time to lower the health of this ship to 0%? Is it even possible? You're certainly not supposed to even attempt to engage with this particular ship, at least not at this point in the game.


Edit: I think this is the enemy ship I'm thinking of:

SD Ravana

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Game ends early, you win! :P .... I think I remember trying to do this - you can damage all subsytems but, the ship can not be destroyed... I can't remember for sure and won't write this as an answer –  wilhil Aug 23 '11 at 9:47

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That is the Ravana-class Shivan destroyer, and no you can not destroy it.

Any ship that is a corvette or higher (destroyers primarily, but also juggernauts) are considered "capital ships" and can only be brought to 10% or less hull by "huge" weapons. These weapons include player-fired torpedoes (such as the Helios) as well as a number of other capital ship weapons such as "beams" and "blob turrets".

You can fire all day at the Ravana with your energy weapons and missiles but it will not fall below 10% hull.

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No. You can't destroy that ship with the weapons you possess at that point in the game. You might be able to take out some turrets or some subsystems, but your missiles and guns won't be able to inflict any damage on the actual part of the ship you need to destroy: the massive spikes which protrude from its hull.

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I definitely remember being able to lower the ship's health though. It took a very long time. –  GnomeSlice Aug 23 '11 at 17:47

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