"Battlefleet Gothic: Armada II" - Chaos Battleships [Advanced Ship Guide]

Updated on February 27, 2019
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Chaos Battleships

The Chaos Battleships, the Desolator and The Despoiler, wrap up the Chaos fleet line up by providing 2 very different, but worthy options of fleet-leading flagship vessels. Both vessels are heavily armed with offensive and special weaponry, while providing a level of multi-purpose use to help further justify the high costs and leadership roles.

While the Desolator takes a sort of typical Chaos approach of long range weapons, while getting special access to the Torpedo Launcher weapons system, an uncommon installment on Chaos ships, the Despoiler really steals the show with its highly unique, heavy launch bays that serve to give it an effective total strength of 6 normal launch bays on top of an impressive arsenal o direct fire weapons.

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.

Chaos Battleship Stats

The Chaos Battleships have the toughest stats of all the line ships of the Chaos navy, as is expected of the largest ship class. One nice benefit is they still have slightly faster than normal engines for their size as a standard.

Shield: 800
Armor: 67 (All Sides)
Identification Range: 9,000
Speed: 160
Rotation Speed: 4
Hull: 2,400
Defense Turrets: 18
Bravery: 0
Boarding Damage: 6-12
+ Causes 6 Assault Actions
Lightning Strike Damage: 3-6
+ Causes 3 Assault Actions
Critical Assault chance: 10%
Defending Troops per Stage: 18

Chaos Battleship Attributes

The Battleships of the Chaos fleet have all the same basic attributes as the rest of the ships, with the common Battleship class addition of the low maneuverability attribute, which removes access to High Energy Turn.

Plasma Reactor: Gives access to Chaos maneuvers.
Dedicated: No bravery bonus or penalty.
Average Troop Efficiency: Deals 1-2 troop damage per assault action.
Brutal Strike: 10% chance to deal +1 troop damage per assault action.
Low Maneuverability: Cannot use High Energy Turn.

Desolator

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Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Alpha Legion Sub-Faction)Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Red Corsairs Sub-Faction)Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Black Legion Sub-Faction)Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Death Guard Sub-Faction)Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Emperor's Children Sub-Faction)Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Iron Warriors  Sub-Faction)Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Lost and the Damned Sub-Faction)Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Night Lords Sub-Faction)Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Thousand Sons Sub-Faction)Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Word Bearers Sub-Faction)Chaos Battleship - Desolator (World Eaters Sub-Faction)
Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Alpha Legion Sub-Faction)
Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Alpha Legion Sub-Faction) | Source
Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Red Corsairs Sub-Faction)
Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Red Corsairs Sub-Faction) | Source
Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Black Legion Sub-Faction)
Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Black Legion Sub-Faction) | Source
Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Death Guard Sub-Faction)
Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Death Guard Sub-Faction) | Source
Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Emperor's Children Sub-Faction)
Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Emperor's Children Sub-Faction) | Source
Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Iron Warriors  Sub-Faction)
Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Iron Warriors Sub-Faction) | Source
Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Lost and the Damned Sub-Faction)
Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Lost and the Damned Sub-Faction) | Source
Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Night Lords Sub-Faction)
Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Night Lords Sub-Faction) | Source
Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Thousand Sons Sub-Faction)
Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Thousand Sons Sub-Faction) | Source
Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Word Bearers Sub-Faction)
Chaos Battleship - Desolator (Word Bearers Sub-Faction) | Source
Chaos Battleship - Desolator (World Eaters Sub-Faction)
Chaos Battleship - Desolator (World Eaters Sub-Faction) | Source

Point Cost: 278
Raw Total Crit Output: 4.5 critical hits per minute
Raw Total DPS: 18
Armament:

  • Torpedo Launcher (8 Tubes)
    3 x Basic Charges
  • 6 x Double-Barrel Heavy Lance Battery Weapons
    100% Accuracy, Armor Piercing
    90° Broadside (3 per side)
    Range: 18,000
  • 2 x Triple-Barrel Super Heavy Missile Turret
    Efficient Accuracy (80/60/40/20/0)
    270° Front

    Range: 18,000

The Desolator is a cheap lance boating front-line ship. While it's long weapon ranges and primarily lance-based weaponry does give credence to long range combat, the torpedo rack and the high toughness and assault capabilities of the Battleship category of vessels, means that the Desolator will get you more use out of your points if it is also soaking up damage for your other smaller vessels while raking enemy line ships with devastating torpedo salvos.

The low cost of the Desolator makes it one of the cheapest Battleships in the game, so if you need high hit points on a budget, and aren't going for a carrier theme with your fleet, this ship is a pretty good option, but the lack of anything special means without specific need, I would recommend the Despoiler more highly.

Despoiler

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Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Alpha Legion Sub-Faction)Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Red Corsairs  Sub-Faction)Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Black Legion Sub-Faction)Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Death Guard Sub-Faction)Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Emperor's Children Sub-Faction)Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Iron Warriors  Sub-Faction)Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Lost and the Damned Sub-Faction)Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Night Lords Sub-Faction)Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Thousand Sons Sub-Faction)Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Word Bearers Sub-Faction)Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (World Eaters Sub-Faction)
Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Alpha Legion Sub-Faction)
Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Alpha Legion Sub-Faction) | Source
Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Red Corsairs  Sub-Faction)
Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Red Corsairs Sub-Faction) | Source
Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Black Legion Sub-Faction)
Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Black Legion Sub-Faction) | Source
Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Death Guard Sub-Faction)
Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Death Guard Sub-Faction) | Source
Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Emperor's Children Sub-Faction)
Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Emperor's Children Sub-Faction) | Source
Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Iron Warriors  Sub-Faction)
Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Iron Warriors Sub-Faction) | Source
Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Lost and the Damned Sub-Faction)
Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Lost and the Damned Sub-Faction) | Source
Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Night Lords Sub-Faction)
Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Night Lords Sub-Faction) | Source
Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Thousand Sons Sub-Faction)
Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Thousand Sons Sub-Faction) | Source
Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Word Bearers Sub-Faction)
Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (Word Bearers Sub-Faction) | Source
Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (World Eaters Sub-Faction)
Chaos Battleship - Despoiler (World Eaters Sub-Faction) | Source

Point Cost: 379
Raw Total Crit Output: 4.5 critical hits per minute
Raw Total DPS: 21
Armament:

  • 2 x Heavy Launch Bays
    *Launches 2 squadrons each/Counts as 4 launch bays.
    Swift Death Fighters/Doomfire Bombers/ Dreadclaw Assault (3 charges of each)
  • 1 x Quad-Barrel Super Heavy Lance Artillery
    100% Accuracy, Armor Piercing
    90° Front
    Range: 18,000
  • 4 x Heavy Macro Battery Weapons
    Efficient Accuracy (80/60/40/20/0)
    90° Broadside (2 per side)
    Range: 18,000
  • 2 x Launch Bays
    Swift Death Fighters/Doomfire Bombers/ Dreadclaw Assault (3 charges of each)
  • 3 x Double-Barrel Lance Turret
    100% Accuracy, Armor Piercing
    270° Front

    Range: 18,000

Update (2/26): It still seems as though the Heavy Bay is bugged and not working correctly with Patch 2. If you have experience with this, please vote in the poll below. As of now it seems the Despoiler just functions as though it has 4 regular launch bays.

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The first thing to get out of the way about the Despoiler is the whole Heavy Launch Bay thing and how that exactly works. Basically, this ship launches a total of 6 wings, 4 from the Heavy and 2 from the regular launch bays. In-game however, you will only see 4 squadrons being launched. That's because technically, each of the Heavy Launcher squadrons are a "2 for 1" kind of thing, where they represent two squads each, despite visually appearing as half.
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With the Launch Bay stuff out of the way, since it can be confusing to people at first expecting to visually see 6 squadrons flying away, the Despoiler is an incredibly capable powerhouse combat carrier. A fleet consisting of 3 Despoilers is a lot of fun to play with, with 3 launches of bombers back to back being capable of crippling brand new, previously unscathed Cruisers.

In your experince, does the Heavy Bays of the Despoiler seem bugged to you?

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