"Battlefleet Gothic: Armada II" - Adeptus Mechanicus Escort Destroyers [Advanced Ship Guide]

Updated on February 26, 2019
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Adeptus Mechanicus Escort Destroyers

The Destroyers, along with the Frigate varieties of the Adeptus Mechanicus are all copies of the same class vessels available to the Imperial Navy and Adeptus Astartes, but slightly cheaper with slightly worse stats overall, mostly when it comes to bravery, making the Adeptus Mechanicus destroyers and frigates more susceptible to boarding actions.

Because of the fact they essentially get the Escorts of both the other associated factions, the Mechanicus fleets have the greatest versatility among their Frigates and Destroyers with a cheap points cost to really pack in the numbers.

*Because of the large number of escorts, this category has been divided into two pages covering Destroyers and Frigates separately.

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

As mentioned above, the Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyers are just carbon copy counterparts of their Space Marine/Imperial Navy variants, depending on the hull in question, made cheaper by shaving off beneficial stats such as defense troops, armor and losing the assault action in the Hunter's case, and a bravery penalty making enemy assault actions more effective.

Shield: 200
Armor
- 50 (All Sides): Cobra & Cobra Widowmaker
- 67 (All Sides): Hunter
Identification Range
- 9,000: Cobra & Hunter
- 13,500: Cobra Widowmaker
Speed:
- 240: Cobra & Cobra Widowmaker
- 280: Hunter
Rotation Speed: 20
Hull: 200
Defense Turrets: 3
Bravery: -25
Troops Number per Stage: 3

Shared Attributes & Special Skills

All of the Adeptus Mechanicus destroyers share the same skills without exception, all also carrying the Scanner ability as is common among Escort sized vessels.

Plasma Reactor: Gives access Mechanicus maneuvers.
Independent: -25 to bravery penalty.
Escort: This ship does not have access to assault skills.
Scanner: Marks enemy ships in 13,000 units and keeps them revealed and targetable for 30 seconds.

Mechanicus Cobra

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Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Agripinaa Faction)Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Graia Faction)Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Lucius Faction)Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Mars Faction)Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Metalica Faction)Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Ryza Faction)Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Stygies VIII Faction)
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Agripinaa Faction)
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Agripinaa Faction) | Source
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Graia Faction)
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Graia Faction) | Source
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Lucius Faction)
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Lucius Faction) | Source
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Mars Faction)
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Mars Faction) | Source
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Metalica Faction)
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Metalica Faction) | Source
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Ryza Faction)
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Ryza Faction) | Source
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Stygies VIII Faction)
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Stygies VIII Faction) | Source

Point Cost: 32
Average Total Crit Output: 0.15 critical hits per minute*
Average Total DPS: 1*
*Does not count torpedoes
Armament:

  • 1 x Light Macro Turret
    Efficient Accuracy (80/60/40/20/0)
    270° Front Arc
    Range: 9,000
  • Torpedo Launcher (2 Tubes)
    3 x Basic Charges

A really poor copy of the original, the Mechanicus Cobra shaves off only a mere 2 points from its Imperial Navy variant, but loses half its potential torpedo wise by only coming with the basic charges, then takes a further hit by losing 1 defensive troop per stage (down to 9 total from 12) and tops it off with that bravery penalty which makes assault actions hit harder.

Unless you really want to save the 3 points, just take a Mechanicus Hunter instead of a Cobra as it's barely more expensive but comes with faster engines and better armor.

Mechanicus Cobra Widowmaker

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Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Agripinaa Faction)Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Graia Faction)Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Lucius Faction)Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Mars Faction)Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Metalica Faction)Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Ryza Faction)Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Stygies VIII Faction)
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Agripinaa Faction)
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Agripinaa Faction) | Source
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Graia Faction)
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Graia Faction) | Source
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Lucius Faction)
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Lucius Faction) | Source
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Mars Faction)
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Mars Faction) | Source
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Metalica Faction)
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Metalica Faction) | Source
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Ryza Faction)
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Ryza Faction) | Source
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Stygies VIII Faction)
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Cobra (Stygies VIII Faction) | Source

Point Cost: 35
Armament:

  • Torpedo Launcher (2 Tubes)
    3 x Basic Charges
  • Enhanced Sensor Range

The Mechanicus Widowmaker, like the Mechanicus Cobra, is just a couple points cheaper than its vastly superior Imperial Navy counterpart, but still has some use in a fleet given it's special identification range bonus. Losing the melta torpedoes is an even bigger hit to the Widowmaker without any real guns to provide at least some damage, though usually a Widowmaker, regardless of faction, isn't going to see much combat optimally.

Since even though they have boarding actions, their weakness to the same behooves them to use assaults more as a backup than primary offense, this gives the Mechanicus heavier reliance on long range standoffs. This in turn actually makes having a long range spotter craft more worthwhile, even if it is practically unarmed. Lastly the Mechanicus does not have any other ships that poses the special ability, unlike the Imperial Navy which has a couple spotter capable Battleships.

Mechanicus Hunter

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Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Hunter (Agripinaa Faction)Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Hunter (Graia Faction)Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Hunter (Lucius Faction)Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Hunter (Mars Faction)Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Hunter (Metalica Faction)Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Hunter (Ryza Faction)Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Hunter (Stygies VIII Faction)
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Hunter (Agripinaa Faction)
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Hunter (Agripinaa Faction) | Source
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Hunter (Graia Faction)
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Hunter (Graia Faction) | Source
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Hunter (Lucius Faction)
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Hunter (Lucius Faction) | Source
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Hunter (Mars Faction)
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Hunter (Mars Faction) | Source
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Hunter (Metalica Faction)
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Hunter (Metalica Faction) | Source
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Hunter (Ryza Faction)
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Hunter (Ryza Faction) | Source
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Hunter (Stygies VIII Faction)
Adeptus Mechanicus Destroyer - Hunter (Stygies VIII Faction) | Source

Point Cost: 37
Average Total Crit Output: 0.15 critical hits per minute*
Average Total DPS: 1*
*Does not count torpedoes
Armament:

  • 1 x Light Macro Turret
    Efficient Accuracy (80/60/40/20/0)
    270° Front Arc
    Range: 9,000
  • Torpedo Launcher (2 Tubes)
    3 x Basic Charges

The Hunter is the "useful Cobra" for the Adeptus Mechanicus. Barely more expensive, the extra armor and speed the Hunter brings from its Adeptus Astartes variant (though not nearly as high armor) makes it a much more practical choice in the long run.

Something more interesting with the Space Marine copies of the escort ships for the Mechanicus is they actually are more handy to have as options considering dropping the special assault skill, heavy armor and boarding torpedoes actually does a much better job of shaving cost off the escorts, unlike the Imperial Navy based variants, plus even with the loss of a lot of their bonuses, they tend to outperform their Imperial based counterparts.

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