Accustomed to the prolonged periods of isolation their long reconnaissance missions often require, Arcova crews make excellent forward observers for the fleet. Their powerful engines, ability to bypass enemy phase jump inhibitors and remote sensor equipment further enhance their intelligence role.
Like all scouts, the Arcova can be build cheaply and quickly. In spacious maps, they are the frigate of choice to be used by the TEC for taking out neutral siege frigates: although the Arcova's listed damage is low, in numbers such as 9+, they destroy enemy units with "Light Armor" very quickly. However, against any other target, the frigate does next to no damage.
The Arcova is arguably the best early reconnaissance frigate of any empire. The Probe ability is easily and cheaply researched and provides an edge over the other two empires' scout frigates. Later, the Timed Explosives ability allows them to attack buildings with devastating effect. However, the ability's very long cooldown time and the Arcova's very low durability means that this will often be restricted to very occasional raids on nonfortified planets behind enemy lines. The ship can also reveal enemy mines, which allows the frigate and any ships within range to shoot and destroy the mines, rendering them harmless. Simply move the Arcova towards the mines and even its puny laser weapon will clear the explosives with one hit.
Like all scout frigates, it can be upgraded with a jump drive that is immune to the effects of phase jump inhibitors. In the early-game, scout frigates are the most cost-effective at countering enemy players' light raiding parties of siege frigates or Ogrovs.
|Primary Role:||Exploration / Recon|
|Shield Power:||Very Low|
|Hull Points:||Very Low|
|Armor Level:||Very Low|
|Primary Weapons:||Forward Pulse Laser|
Infallible Jump Drive
|Strike Craft:||TEC Fighter • TEC Bomber|
|Corvettes:||Shriken Corvette (Loyalist) • Stilat Corvette (Rebel)|
|Frigates:||Arcova Scout Frigate • Cobalt Light Frigate • Javelis LRM Frigate • Krosov Siege Frigate • Garda Flak Frigate • Protev Colony Frigate|
|Cruisers:||Percheron Light Carrier • Hoshiko Robotics Cruiser • Cielo Command Cruiser • Kodiak Heavy Cruiser • Raloz Heavy Constructor • Ogrov Torpedo Cruiser • Neruda Envoy Cruiser|
|Capital Ships:||Kol Battleship • Sova Carrier • Akkan Battlecruiser • Dunov Battlecruiser • Marza Dreadnought • Corsev Battlecruiser|
|Titans:||Ankylon Titan (Loyalist) • Ragnarov Titan (Rebel)|
|Starbase:||Argonev Star Base|
|Strike Craft:||Advent Fighter • Advent Bomber|
|Corvettes:||Acolyte Corvette (Loyalist) • Vespa Corvette (Rebel)|
|Frigates:||Seeker Vessel • Disciple Vessel • Illuminator Vessel • Purge Vessel • Defense Vessel • Missionary Vessel|
|Cruisers:||Aeria Drone Host • Iconus Guardian • Domina Subjugator • Destra Crusader • Talion Savior • Solanus Adjudicator • Herald Envoy|
|Capital Ships:||Radiance Battleship • Revelation Battlecruiser • Progenitor Mothership • Halcyon Carrier • Rapture Battlecruiser • Discord Battleship|
|Titans:||Coronata Titan (Loyalist) • Eradica Titan (Rebel)|
|Starbase:||Transcencia Star Base|
|Strike Craft:||Vasari Fighter • Vasari Bomber|
|Corvettes:||Tosurak Corvette (Loyalist) • Sulsurak Corvette (Rebel)|
|Frigates:||Jikara Navigator • Ravastra Skirmisher • Kanrak Assailant • Karrastra Destructor • Junsurak Sentinel • Jarun Migrator|
|Cruisers:||Lasurak Transporter • Stilakus Subverter • Serevun Overseer • Skarovas Enforcer • Sivuskras Ruiner • Voruntak Envoy|
|Capital Ships:||Kortul Devastator • Skirantra Carrier • Jarrasul Evacuator • Antorak Marauder • Vulkoras Desolator • Rankulas Battleship|
|Titans:||Vorastra Titan (Loyalist) • Kultorask Titan (Rebel)|
|Starbase:||Orkulus Star Base|