Official Description: Stilakus Subverters are best used in combination with other ships making use of phase missile technology. While only lightly armed themselves, the Stilakus' are equipped with powerful phase manipulator fields that have a twofold effect: The first is a weakening of enemy shields, greatly lowering their shield mitigation and making them more easily bypassed by phase missiles; the other is the ability to create a distortion field within the gravity well. This field allows the Stilakus to perform an in-grav phase jump, teleporting it towards an enemy target before it channels a disabling field of energy.
While only marginally effective in general combat, the Subverter shines when the battle is already won. The ability to disable shields is secondary to being able to tackle and hold down enemy frigates and cruisers while heavier ships pound them away to nothing. This tactic is especially useful against carrier cruisers who are notorious for hanging on the edge of a system, able to warp out at a second's notice.
The Subverter is a very effective defense against an enemy heavy cruiser swarm, or actually, against any pack of tightly grouped units. Being able to disable large swathes of enemy ships quickly and relatively cheaply makes the Subverter one of the most effective (if suicidal) support cruisers in the game.
A great combination (especially in competitive games) is using the Subverter in combination with an Orkulus Star Base. If an enemy attacks one of your gravity wells with an Orkulus, and you have Subverters researched, you can build 10 or so Subverters to completely shut down the enemy frigates while your Orkulus lumbers over to engage the enemy. Keep using your Subverters: once your Orkulus gets close enough, a smart opponent will probably try to retreat, but if you're careful with your Subverters you'll be able to keep the enemy almost completely disabled and your Orkulus will be free to mow down the entire enemy fleet.
In the late-game, Subverters shine brilliantly in taking care of the Orkulus' main weakness: Ogrov Torpedo Cruisers, which often clump together while firing.
|Ship Type:||Stilakus Subverter|
|Weapons:||Plasma Pulse Gun|
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Up until Patch 1.04, the Stilakus sometimes had a tendency to micro-jump towards targets traveling to other planets with their Distortion Field. This was fixed in the patch. Later on, in Patch 1.1, the ability's antimatter cost was increased from 100 to 200, and its duration was decreased from 30 seconds to 20 seconds.
|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|