"Battlefleet Gothic: Armada II" - Adeptus Astartes Cruisers [Advanced Ship Guide]

Updated on February 26, 2019
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Adeptus Astartes Cruisers

The cruisers of the Adeptus Astartes are the largest ships in their lineup until you get to their very expensive Battleship class ships, as there are no Battle Cruiser or Grand Cruiser ships for the Space Marines. The Cruisers are good at remaining affordable with a higher hitpoint pool than the Light Cruisers, still slightly lower than typical, but no increase to shield hit points.

Choice wise, the Cruisers focus less on deploying squadrons as a constant, instead giving a decent mix of options of launchers/torpedoes/all weapons focused variants. Thanks to the Strike Cruisers higher than normal speeds, they have a helping hand in getting into boarding range where they really shine with their heavily damaging troop attacks.

Patch Status: Updated for Patch 2 (v9350) - 2/26/2019

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Terms Used

This section briefly covers the advanced weapon data you will find for each ship. These values are calculated based off the base weapons stats and are explained as follows:
DPS - Damage Per Second - The total damage output per weapon type (all guns combined) per second, assuming 100% of shots land, before considering armor penalties.
Crits Pm - Critical Hits Per Minute - Assuming all shots land, this will be the average number of critical hit's the guns will cause every minute before modifiers. (all guns combined)
Salvos PM - Salvos Per Minute - The total number of combined waves of fire, not including multiple rounds fired from the same weapon.
Rounds PM - The actual number of shots or individual projectiles fired each minute from all guns combined.

Shared Stats

The Adeptus Astartes Cruisers, like all their larger ships outside of escorts, are really just minor variations of a single hull, and as such, share the same stats across the board. One point of note on the Cruisers in general however, besides the typical lower hull point total and higher armor of the Space Marine vessels, is their shield point total doesn't increase over the Light Cruiser and Escorts minimal 200 shield point rating. Shield's aren't really the Adeptus Astartes selling point anyways, but this should be considered when picking fleet upgrades/skills or just in general.

Shield: 200
Armor: 83 All Sides
Identification Range: 9,000
Speed: 200
Rotation Speed: 8
Hull: 1,200
Defense Turrets: 12
Bravery: 100
Boarding Damage: 8-12
+ Causes 4 Assault Actions
Lightning Strike Damage: 4-6
+ Causes 2 Assault Actions
Critical Assault Chance: 60%
Troops per Stage: 16

Shared Attributes & Special Skills

The Strike Cruisers, as mentioned in the stats section, are just variants of the same hull and as such, share the same attributes as well.

Plasma Reactor: Gives access to Astartes maneuvers.
And They Shall Know No Fear: Immune to morale loss.
Exceptional Troop Efficiency: Assault actions deal 2-3 troop damage.
Surgical Strike: 60% chance to deal +1 troop damage per assault action applied.
Honor The Chapter: Special Astartes ability that launches 2 assault actions on a ship within 4,500 units. Can penetrate shields. Does not share cool-down with other assault actions.

Strike Cruiser MK.I

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Adeptus Astartes Cruiser - Strike Cruiser MK.I (Space Wolves Sub-Faction)
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Point Cost: 242
Average Total Crit Output: 2.1 critical hits per minute*
Average Total DPS: 11*
*Does not count Launch Bays
Armament:

  • 2 x Launch Bays
    Starhawk Interceptor/Thunderhawk Bomber/Thunderhawk Assault (3 Charges Each)
  • 2 x Macro Battery Weapons
    Efficient Accuracy (80/60/40/20/0)
    90° Side Arc (1 each)
    Range: 9,000
  • 1 x Bombardment Cannon Turret
    Efficient Accuracy (80/60/40/20/0)
    Pierces Armor, 100% increased chance of critical effect
    270° Front Arc
    Range: 9,000

The Strike Cruiser Mk.I shares the same on paper dps and crit chance with the MK.II variant thanks to the similar weaponry outside the Launch bays or in the MK.IIs case, the torpedo launchers. The MK.I isn't much of an improvement weapnry wise over the Vanguard Light Cruisers, specifically the MK.II, since it only carries two launch bays, the same as all the Space Marine Light Cruisers and has a significantly higher points cost.

The benefit to paying that extra price does come in the form of significantly stronger assault actions which are nothing to disregard, and a significantly higher hull point total that makes the Strike Cruiser MK.I much more survivable.

In my personal preference, I would rather leave the squadron deploying to Light Cruisers or Battle Barges while filling out my need for full sized cruisers with the other two variants that offer some more significant upgrades over the Light Cruisers at a cheaper cost.

Strike Cruiser MK.II

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Adeptus Astartes Cruiser - Strike Cruiser MK.II (White Scars Sub-Faction)
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Point Cost: 188
Average Total Crit Output: 2.1 critical hits per minute*
Average Total DPS: 11*
*Does not count Torpedoes
Armament:

  • Torpedo Launcher (6 x Tubes)
    3 x Basic Charges (Dumbfire)
    3 x Boarding Charges (Homing, Each hit causes 1 assault)
  • 2 x Macro Battery Weapons
    Efficient Accuracy (80/60/40/20/0)
    90° Side Arc (1 each)
    Range: 9,000
  • 1 x Bombardment Cannon Turret
    Efficient Accuracy (80/60/40/20/0)
    Pierces Armor, 100% increased chance of critical effect
    270° Front Arc
    Range: 9,000

The Strike Cruiser MK.II carries the same macro weaponry as the other vessels of it's weight class, and sharing the same on paper dps and crit output as the MK.I due to the lack of extra direct fire weapons on that vessel.

Where the MK.II really offers it's selling point is its cheap cost, just barely above the Light Cruisers, while possessing stronger assault actions, stronger DPS and a 6 wide torpedo tube over the Vanguard MK.I's 4 wide set.

Taking multiple MK.II Strike Cruisers means a really bad time for your enemies if you can be on top of your torpedo use and boarding actions, unless they happen to have fighters to spam for days, which still won't last forever when you begin deploying your own fighter cover, or move in close with your defense turrets to assist.

What load out strategy do you tend to go for with your Space Marine fleets?

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Strike Cruiser MK.III

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Adeptus Astartes Cruiser - Strike Cruiser MK.III (White Scars Sub-Faction)
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Point Cost: 194
Average Total Crit Output: 3 critical hits per minute
Average Total DPS: 14
Armament:

  • 2 x Macro Battery Weapons
    Efficient Accuracy (80/60/40/20/0)
    90° Side Arc (1 each)
    Range: 9,000
  • 1 x Bombardment Cannon Turret
    Efficient Accuracy (80/60/40/20/0)
    Pierces Armor, 100% increased chance of critical effect
    270° Front Arc
    Range: 9,000
  • 1 x Heavy Lance Artillery
    Pierces Armor, 100% Accuracy
    90° Front Arc
    Range: 13,500

The Strike Cruiser MK.III is the first and only line ship in the Adeptus Astartes line up that carries no special weapons at all, putting all its weight into direct fire weapons. Compared to the other Strike Cruiser variants, the weapons are pretty similar with the exception of the Heavy Lance replacing either the launch bay or torpedo tubes.

Because of this focus on regular weapons, the MK.II has the highest on paper dps and crit ouput comparable to other ships of other factions in the same point cost/weight class. Lances are also pretty rare on Space Marine vessels, so this is a good option if you need to take a few.

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