There are various terrain types in both the strategic level and also the combat level

Strategic map terrain Edit

Strategic terrain can also impact sensors which is covered on the Sensors page

Asteroid Belt Edit

Ring System Edit

Accretion Disk Edit

Nebula Edit

Magnetic Field Edit

Speed reduced by 35%

Deep Hyperspace Edit

This is denoted by purple clouds that occur on the strategic hyperspace map

Hyperspace Storm Edit

This is denoted by purple Deep Hyperspace clouds that are brightly lit up

Pulsar Beam / Neutron Star Edit

A relativistic, magnetized jet combined with intense radiation. Commonly emitted by neutron stars.

This is a star that lived, died in nova, and now lives again as an extraordinarily small, hot, dense mass whose volume is maintained by the strong nuclear force rather than rote electromagnetism. Although massing up to three Solar masses, the neutron star's radius is equivalent to barely that of Old Earth. Rapidly spinning neutron stars may emit intense beams of electromagnetic radiation; these are known as pulsars. A wise starship captain would do well to avoid them.

Reduces the combat readiness of all ships caught in the pulsar beam at a rapid pace, and blows the fleet off-course. The magnitude of the effect drops off rapidly with distance from the source. Fortunately Pulsar Beams can be blocked by other celestial objects, even other Neutron Stars. Be aware that while you cannot Emergency Burn out of a Pulsar Beam, as with all other terrain, you can Emergency Burn across a Neutron Star, as the Pulsar Beam only extends from it's edge.

Pulsar pulsar

Hiding from a pulsar, behind a pulsar

Combat map terrain Edit

Asteroids Edit

Asteroids are individual, destructible objects on the battlefields that can block most weapons fire and most movement (excepting fighters and phased ships)

Nebula Edit

Nebula incur a malus of -30%/-20%/-10%/0% speed. This is calculated after any zero flux speed boost is applied. Do note that level 1 of the Navigation skill to reduce terrain penalties does not apply to combat map nebula

Change HistoryEdit


  • Hyperspace storms:
  • Fixed tooltip
  • Removed sensor profile penalty and speed penalty
  • Changed CR drain effect to powerful "storm strikes" hitting random ships
  • A strike reduces CR and deals armor/hull damage, but can't destroy a ship
  • Larger fleets attract more powerful strikes
  • Some strikes will not deal any damage - at most 1 every 5 seconds (on average) will
  • Each strike gives the fleet a speed boost in a direction determined by the fleet's position relative to the storm cell and its speed
  • Speed beyond burn level 20 does not cost extra fuel
  • While speed-boosted, the fleet may briefly lose steering control
  • Emergency Burn allows control while boosted
  • Strikes are synced up with the "cloud lightning" visual/audio effects
  • Entering an active hyper cell will cause a flurry of storm strikes - i.e, the timing is predictable
  • Overall:
  • Potential for more severe damage to individual ships
  • Much less expensive in total, and lower per-day costs since not all ships are affected
  • Situationally useful for faster travel
  • Deep hyperspace:
  • Now slows down larger fleets more than small ones
  • Nebula:
  • Now slows down larger fleets more than small ones
  • Removed in-combat effect on ship speed
  • Asteroid belts/fields:
  • Do not slow down fleets directly
  • Chance of "asteroid impacts" on the drive field, briefly knocking the fleet off course
  • Heavier impacts on larger fleets
  • Navigation skill helps mitigate impacts
  • Magnetic field:
  • Now reduces the range at which a fleet within can be detected by 75%
  • When in magnetic storm, range is reduced by 100%, and the sensors of the fleet have their range reduced by 90%
  • Goal: useful for sneaking around and hiding in
  • In general: terrain that slows down fleets is where smaller fleets can run to get away from larger fleets