According to the wiki, there are no events that can completely destroy your ship (ie, taking it from full health to zero health), however, there are events which can reduce the health of your ship.

Can these random events destroy your ship, or can your ship only be completely destroyed while in combat?

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    Random events can also cause a game over if you only have one crew member left and they die. Happened to me a few times. – l I Apr 24 '14 at 11:07
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    Hm. I don't get it, IQAndres... there are some questions you ask Q/A style, answering them yourself - but they require only a couple of minutes of playing to answer or verify... What's the real use of them? Are you asking them for your own sake or for the community? – user66556 Apr 25 '14 at 15:40
  • @vaxquis For the sake of the community. Often I have these questions myself, and upon not finding a solution online, I sit down and play a few hours trying to answer my question, with screenshots to back up the evidence that I found. – IQAndreas Apr 25 '14 at 18:07
  • @vaxquis The screenshots are important, as I'm not a fan of answers like "Yes, random events can destroy your ship. It happened in one of my playthroughs." with no evidence to back up that claim. – IQAndreas Apr 25 '14 at 18:08
  • IMVHO, the screenshots can be as easily fake as the opinion backing it... Herobrine comes to mind here. I consider the community consensus via upvoting a convincing proof by itself, with links to game dev sites, big wikis and game-extracted data on par with it. In this case, the easiest way to verify the "truthness" of the answer is to just try it yourself - and empirical evidence is the best evidence one can have IMO. – user66556 Apr 25 '14 at 18:15

Yes, random events can destroy your ship.

FTL: Fugitive Mantis damages ship

FTL: Fugitive Mantis destroys ship

Although it doesn't show up in the screenshot, my ship had 3 bars of health before that damned Mantis saboteur threw a wrench in my engine and then teleported to safety.

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Expanding on the great answer of IQAndreas, some more things to add in the matter asked by OP (event damage and out-of-combat damage):

  • can your ship only be completely destroyed while in combat? certainly not only. Your can lose the game by event, O2 loss or fire killing the last/only crew member (note that fire from solar flares counts here!), ship can be destroyed by fire damaging systems (since system destruction causes hull damage) and event damage too, as pointed out by IQAndreas. Also, weapon shots may destroy your ship even when the combat has ended already!

On the fun side, while your attacks won't even scratch enemy after enemy surrender has been accepted, fire (possibly from flares) and asteroids can still destroy enemy vessels even though you already accepted their surrender (no scrap in that case, sorry...)

Also, since this can be usually very troublesome to beginners (at least it was to me when I started with FTL), a short list of "which events/dangers should I avoid when..." (note that you usually don't have to worry about anything when you have 'blue' options available here - but remember that blue options ain't necessarily good!)


As far as risky but rewarding events go, Single Life Form on Moon usually has good rewards, especially if you're low on crew, but the risk of either hull damage or crew loss can be significant here (although I usually go for it anyway, especially with upgraded Medbay); Zoltan "Great Eye" is also quite good with a low crew death risk - but bear in mind that Clone Bay won't prevent crew loss here.

Note that Clone Bay helps a lot in tough crew situations, but I wouldn't rely on it in case of having only 1 crew member (it doesn't work on some events as pointed out above, without the aug crew can still die if Clone Bay gets disabled/destroyed - and skill drop can be a royal PITA in the long run if you have only a single person on board).

Above info is based mainly on my Hard Advanced FTL playthroughs, but I assume it is correct for any kind of FTL gaming experience.

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You can lose, too, in a random event that kills one of your crew members, if you only had one. (Happened to me T_T).

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