"Battlefleet Gothic: Armada II" - Drukhari Raider Cruisers (Dark Eldar) [Advanced Ship Guide]

Updated on February 27, 2019
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Drukhari Raider Cruisers

The Drukhari Raider Cruisers follow the same theme established with the Light Cruisers, which mostly carries over to their Battleships as well. The pattern being having essentially a single hull with a set of Scythe Missile bays as a template for one of four secondary weapons to be attached to, each option being one of the Cruiser choices available to you.

Because of this lack of underlying variation, your choices are made much more simple. Your need of armor piercing lance weaponry, carrier launch bays, torpedoes or Impalers is what determines which line ship is going to be your preference here and elsewhere in the Drukhari fleet.

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.

Drukhari Cruiser Stats

The Drukhari Cruisers maintain engine speeds well above Imperial faction escort ships while adding the extra chunk of hit points over the light cruisers that comes with the tier up in size. Still keeping the highest in game base crit chance for assault actions, the Cruisers get troop damage numbers to back it up while also keeping a large number of defensive troops to absorb enemy boarders.

Shield: 80
Armor: 50 (All Sides)
Identification Range: 9,000
Speed: 280
Rotation Speed: 28
Hull: 1,200
Defense Turrets: 12
Bravery: -25
Boarding Damage: 8
+ Causes 4 Assault Actions
Lightning Strike Damage: 4
+ Causes 2 Assault Actions
Critical Assault Chance: 70%
Defending Troops per Stage: 14

Drukhari Cruiser Attributes & Skills

The Drukhari Cruisers have similar abilities to the rest of their fleet, getting a significant upgrade to troop damage over the light cruisers. Unfortunately slavetaking doesn't seem to change in stats any, so remains fairly "meh" as far as bonuses go.

Aeldari Propulsion: Gives access to Wraithbone Shift, Vauls Manoeuvre and Burn Retros.
Independent: -25 bonus to bravery.
Shadowfield: Replaces regular shield with the Drukhari's special shield type. Provides stealth at full ship speed.
Void Species: Immune to Plasma Storms and Solar Eruptions.
Frenzy: While in no casualties troop state, receives +10% critical chance to assault actions.
Mimic Engine: Extended deployment zone for this ship.
Slavetaking: Replaces 1 lost troop each time the ship turns an enemy vessel into a drifting hulk. (Cannot go past casualty step)
Good Troop Efficiency: Deals 2 troop damage per assault action.
Surgical Strike: 60% chance to deal +1 troop damage per assault action.

Flayed Skull

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Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Flayed Skull - [Ynnari Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Flayed Skull - [Ynnari Sub-Faction] | Source
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Flayed Skull - [Black Heart Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Flayed Skull - [Black Heart Sub-Faction] | Source
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Flayed Skull - [Broken Sigil Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Flayed Skull - [Broken Sigil Sub-Faction] | Source
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Flayed Skull - [Dying Sun Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Flayed Skull - [Dying Sun Sub-Faction] | Source
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Flayed Skull - [Flayed Skull Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Flayed Skull - [Flayed Skull Sub-Faction] | Source
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Flayed Skull - [Iron Thorn Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Flayed Skull - [Iron Thorn Sub-Faction] | Source
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Flayed Skull - [Last Hatred Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Flayed Skull - [Last Hatred Sub-Faction] | Source
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Flayed Skull - [The Severed Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Flayed Skull - [The Severed Sub-Faction] | Source

Point Cost: 229
Raw Total Crit Output: 4.8 critical hits per minute
Raw Total DPS: 28*
*32 with Lock On/Tracking Sense
Armament:

  • 2 x Heavy Scythe Missile Artillery
    Exceptional Accuracy (85/70/55/40/25)
    90° Front
    Range: 9,000
  • 3 x Scythe Missile Artillery
    Exceptional Accuracy (85/70/55/40/25)
    90° Front
    Range: 9,000
  • 2 x Phantom Lance Artillery
    100% Accuracy, Pierces Armor, +100% Dmg from Tracking Sense
    90° Front
    Range: 9,000

A direct upgrade to the Dark Mirror thanks to the Drukhari's template design, for an additional 68 points, the Flayed Skull deals twice the amount of raw damage, both from it's macros and lances in equal measure.

Probably going to be a common pick in Drukhari fleets thanks to its cruiser hit points, high damage numbers and affordable price, not to mention being the only ship of its weight class to pack in the standard weaponry.

Fiend Ascendant

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Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Fiend Ascendant - [Ynnari Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Fiend Ascendant - [Ynnari Sub-Faction] | Source
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Fiend Ascendant - [Black Heart Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Fiend Ascendant - [Black Heart Sub-Faction] | Source
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Fiend Ascendant - [Broken Sigil Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Fiend Ascendant - [Broken Sigil Sub-Faction] | Source
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Fiend Ascendant - [Dying Sun Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Fiend Ascendant - [Dying Sun Sub-Faction] | Source
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Fiend Ascendant - [Flayed Skull Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Fiend Ascendant - [Flayed Skull Sub-Faction] | Source
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Fiend Ascendant - [Iron Thorn Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Fiend Ascendant - [Iron Thorn Sub-Faction] | Source
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Fiend Ascendant - [Last Hatred Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Fiend Ascendant - [Last Hatred Sub-Faction] | Source
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Fiend Ascendant - [The Severed Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Fiend Ascendant - [The Severed Sub-Faction] | Source

Point Cost: 293
Raw Total Crit Output: 3.6* critical hits per minute
Raw Total DPS: 24*
*Does not count launch bays.
Armament:

  • 2 x Heavy Scythe Missile Artillery
    Exceptional Accuracy (85/70/55/40/25)
    90° Front
    Range: 9,000
  • 3 x Scythe Missile Artillery
    Exceptional Accuracy (85/70/55/40/25)
    90° Front
    Range: 9,000
  • 2 x Launch Bays
    Raptor Interceptor/Razorwing Bomber/Slavebringer Assault (3 charges of each)

At 146.5 points a launch bay, the Fiend Ascendant takes the spot for the most economical launch bay platform for the Drukhari fleet, compared to the Iron Thorn Battleship at 149 points per bay and the Burning Scale light cruiser at 193 points for the one bay. Since it is easier to fit a cruiser/s in a fleet than Battleships, you'll likely find the Fiend Ascendant heavily populating any carrier focused Dark Eldar fleets, since having the bays split between more craft also gives better flexibility in launching squadrons in pairs.

Which Drukhari Cruiser do you use most often?

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Bleak Soul

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Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bleak Soul - [Black Heart Sub-Faction]Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bleak Soul - [Ynnari Sub-Faction]Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bleak Soul - [Broken Sigil Sub-Faction]Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bleak Soul - [Dying Sun Sub-Faction]Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bleak Soul - [Flayed Skull Sub-Faction]Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bleak Soul - [Iron Thorn Sub-Faction]Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bleak Soul - [Last Hatred Sub-Faction]Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bleak Soul - [The Severed Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bleak Soul - [Black Heart Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bleak Soul - [Black Heart Sub-Faction] | Source
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bleak Soul - [Ynnari Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bleak Soul - [Ynnari Sub-Faction] | Source
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bleak Soul - [Broken Sigil Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bleak Soul - [Broken Sigil Sub-Faction] | Source
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bleak Soul - [Dying Sun Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bleak Soul - [Dying Sun Sub-Faction] | Source
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bleak Soul - [Flayed Skull Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bleak Soul - [Flayed Skull Sub-Faction] | Source
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bleak Soul - [Iron Thorn Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bleak Soul - [Iron Thorn Sub-Faction] | Source
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bleak Soul - [Last Hatred Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bleak Soul - [Last Hatred Sub-Faction] | Source
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bleak Soul - [The Severed Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bleak Soul - [The Severed Sub-Faction] | Source

Point Cost: 235
Raw Total Crit Output: 3.6* critical hits per minute
Raw Total DPS: 24*
*Does not count Impaler bays.
Armament:

  • 2 x Heavy Scythe Missile Artillery
    Exceptional Accuracy (85/70/55/40/25)
    90° Front
    Range: 9,000
  • 3 x Scythe Missile Artillery
    Exceptional Accuracy (85/70/55/40/25)
    90° Front
    Range: 9,000
  • 1 x Impaler Bays
    1 x Impaler Assault Charge

Unlike the Fiend Ascendant which gives you the most economical option to stack Launch Bays, the Bleak Soul gives the least economical version of taking Impaler squadrons into battle. Since it only brings a single bay, which in turn has a single charge, you are paying 235 points for the same privilege (special weapons wise) that the Baleful Gaze light cruiser gives you for 155 and the Dying Sun Battleship, which gives the best price at 3 for 332 points or just shy of 111 points per Impaler bay.

Bloodied Claw

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Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bloodied Claw - [Ynnari Sub-Faction]Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bloodied Claw - [Black Heart Sub-Faction]Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bloodied Claw - [Dying Sun Sub-Faction]Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bloodied Claw - [Flayed Skull Sub-Faction]Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bloodied Claw - [Iron Thorn Sub-Faction]Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bloodied Claw - [Last Hatred Sub-Faction]Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bloodied Claw - [The Severed Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bloodied Claw - [Ynnari Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bloodied Claw - [Ynnari Sub-Faction] | Source
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bloodied Claw - [Black Heart Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bloodied Claw - [Black Heart Sub-Faction] | Source
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bloodied Claw - [Dying Sun Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bloodied Claw - [Dying Sun Sub-Faction] | Source
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bloodied Claw - [Flayed Skull Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bloodied Claw - [Flayed Skull Sub-Faction] | Source
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bloodied Claw - [Iron Thorn Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bloodied Claw - [Iron Thorn Sub-Faction] | Source
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bloodied Claw - [Last Hatred Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bloodied Claw - [Last Hatred Sub-Faction] | Source
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bloodied Claw - [The Severed Sub-Faction]
Drukhari Raider Cruiser - Bloodied Claw - [The Severed Sub-Faction] | Source

Point Cost: 207
Raw Total Crit Output: 3.6* critical hits per minute
Raw Total DPS: 24*
*Does not count torpedoes.
Armament:

  • 2 x Heavy Scythe Missile Artillery
    Exceptional Accuracy (85/70/55/40/25)
    90° Front
    Range: 9,000
  • 3 x Scythe Missile Artillery
    Exceptional Accuracy (85/70/55/40/25)
    90° Front
    Range: 9,000
  • Torpedoes (6 Tubes)
    3 x Basic Charges

Since I've already gone through the effort of pointing out the same for the other Drukhari Cruisers, I can give an economical breakdown of point cost per torpedo tube compared to the other line ship options. With the Bloodied Claw, you are paying 207 points for 6 tubes (34.5 points per), the Bladed Lotus light cruiser gives you 4 for 152 points (38 points per) and the Falling Moon Battleship grants 8 tubes for 318 points (43.75 points per). This makes the Bloodied Claw the best price per torpedo tube for the Drukhari line ships.

Now that all being said, the torpedo carrying ships have a lot more to account for with regards to their hull's base stats than other vessels do, as your ability to successfully deploy your torpedoes relies heavily on the speed, maneuverability and survive-ability of the ship delivering them, not to mention whether or not you are utilizing the Splinter Torpedoes upgrade. Because of all of this, it's really worth taking those facts into consideration in how you want to field your torpedo boating vessels in accordance with your overall plan and fleet strategy.

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