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Does the stealth cruiser have innate stealth weapons capability or must you seek out the augmentation during your voyage?

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No, no Stealth Weapons capability as standard

The Stealth Cruiser does not appear to have built in Stealth Weapons capability.

How I tested it

For the sake of testing I upgraded the stealth capability so I had a maximum duration, engaged an enemy, waited until my weapons were charged and then stealthed. Upon first impression it seemed as though Stealth Weapons capability was built in, as I was able to fire both weapons while cloaked without being pulled out of cloak.

However, upon further testing it appears that the duration of the cloak was affected quite significantly once weapons had been fired:

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In this image, I activated my fully upgraded cloaking system the moment I heard the enemy fire at me. This was just enough time for all of my weapons to come online, so while the game was paused (and I was taking this screenshot), I targeted the enemy ship with my two lasers and then unpaused the game:

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You can see the lasers firing on the screenshot, I only unpaused the game for a brief second before pausing again, and as you can see this halved the duration of cloak. It appears that for each weapon fired about 20% of the overall cloak duration is removed, so if I had fired my beam weapon as well I would have expected the remaining cloak time to be around 30% of its total duration.

Firing the same weapons in the same way with the Stealth Weapons augmentation completely negates this drain on the cloak duration, so I can only conclude that no - the Stealth Cruiser does not have innate Stealth Weapons capabilities.

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Awesome work testing this. –  Matt Mitchell Dec 29 '12 at 14:38
    
Not only does it have Stealth Weapons, but it's a free, hidden slot. You can have three ship modifications in addition to the Stealth Weapons, and can never get rid of SW. –  rsegal Dec 29 '12 at 22:33
    
@rsegal but in exchange, you start with no shields and really should use one of those augmentation slots for shields at the first available opportunity –  kalina Dec 29 '12 at 22:42
    
Sure, but that's the tradeoff. Strangely, stealth also dodges asteroids, or nobody would survive to buy shields. –  rsegal Dec 29 '12 at 22:44
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With any ship, firing while cloaked doesn't immediately cancel the cloak, instead it just makes the cloak end faster. Have you timed cloak-while-firing vs. cloak-without-firing? –  vasi Dec 30 '12 at 0:37
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