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

Updated on February 27, 2019
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Adeptus Mechanicus Frigates

The Frigates of the Adeptus Mechanicus represent the larger and slightly better equipped half of the escort weight class of vessels. Like the Destroyers, all the ships in this group are carbon copies of one of the variants available to either the Imperial Navy or the Adeptus Astartes (Space Marines). These ships are offered at a cost reduction, minimal for the Imperial copies, significant for the Astartes', in return for dropping some of the ship's stats, namely those related to defense against boarding actions and ship armor plating.

Like with most factions, the Frigates are the first ships that carry serious, non special use weaponry into the fight. Because of escorts intrinsic weakness to assault actions as they just don't hold many troops to begin with, it really gives the Mechanicus reason to stay at longer ranges than the other factions of Mankind which are often better up close in brawling range, or at the very least, not at a significant disadvantage.

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 Frigates, much like the Destroyers, all are cheaper slightly worse variants of their original Imperial Navy and Adeptus Astartes copies, being far weaker to enemy boarding actions with a bravery penalty and less defensive troops while also often loosing armor, especially in the case of the Gladius and Nova whose Astartes variants have 83 all around heavy armor.

Shield: 200
Armor: 67 (All Sides)
Identification Range: 9,000
Speed:
- 200: Firestorm, Sword, Falchion
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240: Gladius
- 280: Nova
Rotation Speed: 16
Hull: 400
Defense Turrets: 6
Bravery: -25
Troops Number per Stage: 3

Shared Attributes & Special Skills

All of the Mechanicus Frigates share the same attributes and all come with the Escort special ability, Scanner.

Plasma Reactor: Gives access to 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 Firestorm

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

Point Cost: 39
Average Total Crit Output: 0.6 critical hits per minute
Average Total DPS: 3
Armament:

  • 1 x Double-Barrel Light Macro Turret
    Efficient Accuracy (80/60/40/20/0)
    270° Front Arc
    Range: 9,000
  • 1 x Light Lance Artillery
    Pierces Armor, 100% Accuracy
    90° Front Arc
    Range: 9,000

Once again as a result of only shaving 2 points of each Imperial Navy escort copy while giving them the Mechanicus' penalties, the Astartes doppelganger, in this case the Mechanicus Nova, outperforms the Firestorm while being more cost efficient and barely any more expensive. The firestorm is 39 points to the Novas 45, a 6 points difference in cost, which in return you get a 40% increase in speed, 33% increase in DPS and 50% increase in crit's per minute. Also the Nova just looks way cooler.

This is not to say the Firestorm is useless, it certainly isn't, I just don't really see a situation where I can recommended it over the other unless those few extra points makes a big difference elsewhere.

See Also: Imperial Navy Firestorm

Do you find the Mechanicus Firestorm useful?

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If you respond to the poll above, your comments down below as to why would be appreciated, especially if you still find the Firestorm useful, doubly so if you picked the second option of only using the Firestorm and never the Nova.

Mechanicus Sword

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

Point Cost: 39
Average Total Crit Output: 0.6 critical hits per minute
Average Total DPS: 4
Armament:

  • 2 x Double-Barrel Light Macro Turret
    Efficient Accuracy (80/60/40/20/0)
    270° Front Arc
    Range: 9,000

So interestingly the Mechanicus Sword is the one Imperial originated, Mechanicus variant that doesn't get just blown away by it's Astartes based Mechanicus variant, in this case the Gladius. Both have the exact same damage and crit profile, the one difference being for another 2 points per ship, you'll get a 20% boost to engine speed by going with the Gladius.

Like the Imperial variant, the Sword is great for harassing enemies while staying alive longer than some of the other frigates thanks to it having all of its weapons on that super wide 270 degree arc. Setting up broadside orders as opposed to the default follow, keeps the Sword circling the enemies and their accuracy dependent weapons having a harder time hitting their mark.

See Also: Imperial Navy Sword

Mechanicus Falchion

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

Point Cost: 39
Average Total Crit Output: 0.45 critical hits per minute*
Average Total DPS: 3*
*Does not count torpedoes
Armament:

  • 3 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

Unless you really, really need torpedoes, I wouldn't recommend the Falchion. The Adeptus Mechanicus don't seem to care much for torpedoes in general, with none of their ships ever having more than 2 tubes if any, but the fact you only get one set of 3 basic charges and no melta or boarding or any other secondary special type really sucks, especially when a few extra points don't get shaved off for the loss.

Even if the Falchion is still useful as a cheap but tough torpedo escort, I still feel like taking it at the same price reduction as the other Frigates that don't take a hit to their offensive weapons comes off as kind of a con.

In the end the Falchion still has its place, since it doesn't get clearly outmatched by a comparable space marine based vessel and a wing of them can be a significant threat to cruisers.

See Also: Imperial Navy Falchion

Mechanicus Gladius

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

Point Cost: 41
Average Total Crit Output: 0.6 critical hits per minute*
Average Total DPS: 4
Armament:

  • 2 x Double-Barrel Light Macro Turret
    Efficient Accuracy (80/60/40/20/0)
    270° Front Arc
    Range: 9,000

Weapon wise the Mechanicus Gladius might be a carbon copy of the Sword, however it is worht pointing out, that while the raw dps and crit output are identical, the Gladius' weapon fires faster with less damage per shot which means over time it will apply it's damage more consistently with the same amount of damage spread out among more chances to hit. Might be a very minute difference, but when comparing two nearly identical things, it's worth finding out where they do separate, even if it is down to the minutiae.

Beyond this small difference in damage application the main difference between the two is the extra 2 points cost for a 20% boost in speed for the Gladius of the Sword, worth noting if you want to chase down other weaker escorts and make their lives miserable, though the Nova is even better at that.

See Also: Adeptus Astartes Gladius

Mechanicus Nova

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

Point Cost: 45
Average Total Crit Output: 0.9 critical hits per minute*
Average Total DPS: 4
Armament:

  • 1 x Double-Barrel Light Macro Turret
    Efficient Accuracy (80/60/40/20/0)
    270° Front Arc
    Range: 9,000
  • 1 x Light Lance Artillery
    Pierces Armor, 100% Accuracy
    90° Front Arc
    Range: 9,000

The Nova is the last of the Mechanicus' bootleg escort vessels, however it is also the one where I finally stop talking about them with a general sense of disappointment. The Nova is by far the best copy, in my opinion, thanks to the fact that the loss of it's space marine upgrades makes it incredibly affordable while retaining its top of the line damage output and insane engines.

I would go so far as to say this is the one real Mechanicus escort that might even be preferable over it's base variant, since as great as having assault actions and tough armor and defensive troops is, the Nova is really designed to work at long range. Not to mention, the Scanner ability shares a cool-down with Honor The Chapter on the Adeptus Astartes Nova, which the Scanner is really the one of the tow you want to be using on a vessel that favors range. Losing the stats in the way Mechanicus Nova does only takes away form all the things it really shouldn't be doing anyways.

Bringing multiple wings of Novas and giving them lock on orders is a long range crit sniping swarm of hell that can outrun most enemies that would give them chase. If you want to feel like your appropriating Eldar play styles even more, give them puppies silent running orders and keep having them scatter in different directions when the enemy tries to give chase. Bonus points for doing it in a map with lots of gas clouds and a slow moving opponent,

See Also: Adeptus Astartes Nova

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        Mike-A 

        8 months ago

        While the Nova is by far better then the Firestorm I do use both since there is a few builds that allow me to take a Firestorm and Widowmaker (1-2 Widowmakers is a must have for the spotting range)

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