The Conquest-class battlecruiser is the embodiment of concentrated firepower. Developed in the period just preceding the popularization of fighter craft, the class emphasizes firepower and speed over armor protection.
Space Naval tacticians of the day were confident that new weapons systems would always outperform armor and shields and thus were the key to winning an engagement. So why not build a ship for speed and power? Give it the armor protection of a cruiser, but arm it with the best weapons available to any ship, and have it remain faster than any of those lumbering behemoths of the line. The Conquest is a good example of these concepts put into a hull. Many other advanced technologies were incorporated into the design, including weapon mounts designed for a circling engagement. This maneuver requires greater navigational skill while serving to provide more tactical options to the commanding officers.
Fortune favors the bold, the ancients said. This class of ships does indeed favor the bold captain, willing to risk everything for the thrill of victory.
The Conquest is a fast and agile battle-cruiser that sacrifices defense for mobility.
There are 2 schools of thought on how a Conquest should be used.
Contrary to the opening statements about the Conquest embodying concentrated firepower, the Conquest is built for broadsides, with the bulk of its firepower spread out across several turrets with a 120° arc on each side. The Maneuvering Jets system is invaluable for bringing firepower to bear and for breaking engagement to vent flux (as well as getting to the fight in the first place).
With a mere 90° arc and the worst efficiency of any shield in the game, the Conquest's shield is only saved by the ship's exceptional flux stats. With base capacity and dissipation approaching that of the Paragon, the Conquest's inefficient shield manages to offer adequate defense comparable to that of other middling-strength capital shields such as the Onslaught and Odyssey. However, as the Conquest lacks the heavy armor of the Onslaught or the burst movement and 180° shield of the Odyssey, it is significantly more vulnerable overall and requires a more cautious approach.
The Hurricane MIRV Launcher and Squall MLRS are favored for the large missile mounts. They can be fired off-bore, and thus do not require the Conquest to turn its broadside away; the Hurricane is highly effective against exposed armor or hull while the Squall provides consistent anti-shield pressure.
Some players favor asymmetrical designs, concentrating powerful high-OP weapons on one side such as Gauss or Mjolnir Cannons while covering the other with a low-OP armament using Devastator Cannons to deter flanking fighters and frigates. Alternatively, one side can be loaded for anti-shield duty, and one for anti-armor, while using maneuvering jets to quickly turn around.
Divide & Conquer
Divide & conquer is a strategy splitting the enemy forces into a larger and a smaller group and then defeating the smaller group in detail. It is quite effective but critically requires some form of specialist to actually form & hold the breach in the enemy formation.
This requires a strong lead to form a gap and some kind of standoff to keep it open for long enough, while the standoff and blitz teams do their jobs. The standoff element is sent to the larger enemy force to keep them from breaking out, such as a kinetic heavy low tech group. The blitz element is sent against the smaller enemy force to crush it quickly, such as restored Luddic Path ships with Safety Override.
It has two large missiles mounts up front for a strong lead; Hammer Barrages or Cyclone Reaper Launchers are recommended. WARNING: For AI-controlled conquests, dumb-fire high damage missiles on the frontal missile mounts are NOT RECOMMENDED. This will confuse the AI into constantly flip-flopping between broadsides and the missile hardpoints, resulting in extremely inefficient behavior.
For standoff it has an excellent mix of 2x large ballistics, 2x medium ballistics, 1x medium missile, 1x medium energy and 4x small energy per side.