Unlike in-sector combat, which is full of variables almost to the point of being unpredictable (especially if you mix in player skill), out-of-sector combat relies on a simple algorithm to determine the outcome. Given this, what ships or fleets will be the best at OOS combat, with the following considerations being used to determine "best", in order of importance:

  1. Survivability. Replacing lost ships is a massive chore, and whoever is left alive at the end of the engagement is by definition the winner, so this is top priority.
  2. Least amount of player interaction during service. With over 200 sectors, manually managing fleets can quickly become a full-time task.
  3. Ability to engage targets at arbitrary locations.
  4. FPS impact. Deploying 100 lasertowers around every jump gate and beacon may be effective, but will destroy in-sector FPS, making a whole part of the universe a no-fly zone for the player.
  5. Least amount of player interaction during setup. This includes things like creating a massive complex and a fleet of AI ships to distribute missiles to M7Ms or M8s.

1 Answer 1


Rules I am aware of:

  • TC and AP are different. In AP capital ships can apparently target multiple opponents (deal with fighter swarms appropriately)
  • Faster ship shoots first
  • Bigger shields is better than anything else. Many ships fall to a Xenon Q in the first round of OOS combat.
  • Ammunition-based weapons are not appropriate for OOS (used a whole crate per turn in Terran Conflict, this might have changed in AP.
  • Fighter shield regeneration hardly matters in OOS. Go for max shielded fighters (Teladi Falcon Hauler, Aamon prototype, any Terran M3)
  • Also weapon speed is irrelevant, so a CIG is better than a PRG in OOS combat even if you're shooting Terran M6s. Go for the most powerful weapon you can fit; I'm not sure whether laser energy makes a difference or not though.
    – Conan
    Jul 3, 2017 at 19:10

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .