"Battlefleet Gothic: Armada II" – Imperial Navy Escorts [Advanced Ship Guide]

Updated on July 29, 2020
SOE profile image

"Returned from being lost in the warp for an eon to help you get better at games to impress your Emperor."

Imperial Navy Escorts

The escorts of the Imperial Navy represent the smallest armed combat ships of the fleet. Of the five ships, three are essentially different flavors of torpedo-carrying escorts, with the remaining two being a choice between macros + lance or just macro guns. Unable to launch any boarding actions and with small troop counts, they are susceptible to assaults and concentrated fire when standing still, but their small profiles and fast speeds allow them to effectively dodge and harass if kept maneuvering.

All Imperial Navy escorts come with a sensor sweep ability unique to their ship size, that allows you to ping nearby enemies and keep them identified and targetable for 30 seconds, even if they would normally enter stealth. This and their ability to quickly run ahead and act as scouts or point cappers, makes these ships fill a very valuable role despite their small size and weak hulls and armaments.

Patch Status: Updated for Patch 7 (v.11218) - 7/05/2020

- Main Guide Index -

Check out this link to be taken to the main index for all of the "Battlefleet Gothic: Armada II" guides I am assembling, including ship guides for other factions and more!

Shared Attributes

All of the Imperial Navy Frigates and Destroyers share the same attributes, with the exception of the Cobra Widowmaker which has the Sensors attribute (see ship details).

  • Plasma Reactor: Gives access to Imperial maneuvers.
  • Dedicated: The ship isn't submitted to any basic bravery bonus or penalty.
  • Escort: This ship does not have access to assault skills.

Cobra

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra (Gothic Sub-Faction)Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra (Solar Sub-Faction)Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra (Armageddon Sub-Faction)Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra (Bakka Sub-Faction)Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra (Bastion Sub-Faction)Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra (Koronus Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra (Gothic Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra (Gothic Sub-Faction) | Source
Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra (Solar Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra (Solar Sub-Faction) | Source
Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra (Armageddon Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra (Armageddon Sub-Faction) | Source
Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra (Bakka Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra (Bakka Sub-Faction) | Source
Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra (Bastion Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra (Bastion Sub-Faction) | Source
Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra (Koronus Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra (Koronus Sub-Faction) | Source

Cobra: Stats

Point Cost: 34
Raw DPM: 70
Raw CPM: 0.175
- HIT POINTS -
- SYSTEMS -
- CREW -
Shield: 200
ID Range: 9,000
Defense Turrets: 3
Armor (All Sides): 50
Speed: 240
Bravery: 0
Hull: 200
Rotation: 20
Troops: 4

Cobra: Weapons

  • [2] Torpedo Launcher *Special Weapon
    Basic (2 Uses) | Melta (2 Uses)
  • [1] Light Macro Turret
    Efficient Accuracy - 270° Front - Range: 9k
    Shots: 1 | Damage: 7 | Reload: 6s | Crit: 1.75%

Cobra - Weapon Damage Profile (Does not count special weapons)
Cobra - Weapon Damage Profile (Does not count special weapons)

The Cobra Destroyer ship of the Imperial Navy is their light and fast torpedo-carrying ship. Armed with a single macro gun and two torpedo tubes, a single Cobra is pretty vulnerable in a fight on its own, and it's pair of torpedoes aren't enough on their own to make it past enemy turret defenses.

A wing of three or more, however, can launch their torpedo's in unison to be effective against larger ships. Since they can be launched from different points, this means that it's comparable to a full spread of Cruiser torpedoes with multiple possible angles of attack, allowing you to better box in the target with incoming torpedoes and avoid a dodge. Keep in mind that this will come at the cost of a heavier demand for proper micromanagement on your part to coordinate several ships versus a single Cruiser with six tubes.

If supported by interceptor wings that are keeping enemy line ship's turrets busy, and not shooting down your torpedoes, they become even more deadly.

Their second main benefit is that with their quick speeds, Cobra's are effective point capers. Being able to rush ahead of the main group to fast cap, or slink around enemy battlegroups to capture points behind them.

Cobras will generally be more effective against larger slower ships that are easier to nail with torpedoes, but will still need either wing-mates or fighter support to avoid turrets shooting down their torpedoes. While they can fend off a single small craft as a group with their light macro guns, a stranded Cobra, or wing of Cobras versus a wing of enemy destroyers and frigates spells bad news with their weak armor and minimal hull points.

See Also: Mechanicus Cobra

Cobra Widowmaker

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra Widowmaker (Koronus Sub-Faction)Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra Widowmaker (Gothic Sub-Faction)Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra Widowmaker (Solar Sub-Faction)Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra Widowmaker (Armageddon Sub-Faction)Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra Widowmaker (Bakka Sub-Faction)Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra Widowmaker (Bastion Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra Widowmaker (Koronus Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra Widowmaker (Koronus Sub-Faction) | Source
Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra Widowmaker (Gothic Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra Widowmaker (Gothic Sub-Faction) | Source
Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra Widowmaker (Solar Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra Widowmaker (Solar Sub-Faction) | Source
Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra Widowmaker (Armageddon Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra Widowmaker (Armageddon Sub-Faction) | Source
Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra Widowmaker (Bakka Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra Widowmaker (Bakka Sub-Faction) | Source
Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra Widowmaker (Bastion Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Destroyer - Cobra Widowmaker (Bastion Sub-Faction) | Source

Cobra Widowmaker: Stats

Point Cost: 37
Raw DPM: --
Raw CPM: --
- HIT POINTS -
- SYSTEMS -
- CREW -
Shield: 200
ID Range: 13,500
Defense Turrets: 3
Armor (All Sides): 50
Speed: 240
Bravery: 0
Hull: 200
Rotation: 20
Troops: 4
.

Cobra Widowmaker: Weapons

  • [2] Torpedo Launcher *Special Weapon
    Basic (2 Uses) | Melta (2 Uses)
  • Enhanced Sensor Range

The Cobra Widowmaker is a special variant of the torpedo destroyer that drops the one macro gun for an enhanced sensor citadel (check out the gnarly spire at the front of the ship, in the pictures) leaving the vessel with only its limited charge, dual tube torpedo launcher for actual damage dealing. While this seems like a pretty big drawback for a ship that costs more than it's original, the increased sensor range is incredibly valuable, especially when combined with augur range fleet upgrades that stack another bonus on top of the 13,500 base range of the Widowmaker.

Remember that identification means visual acquisition and the ability to actually fire on a target, so a Cobra Widowmaker set on stealth orders, can zip about the map spotting at long range for other ships of yours with long-range weaponry, all while never being noticed. If something does detect the Widowmaker, while vulnerable in a fight, the quick speed combined with an All Ahead Full! can get you out of harms way quick, with stealth orders cloaking your ship once again after the burn is over.

For such a cheap price, the Widowmaker can cause such glorious amount of headache for your enemy when used properly both as spotting as mentioned above, and as a fast-flying point caper that can see enemies that might be coming to intercept them way before they can see it, opening up some fun possibilities for taunting your opponents.

You honestly will most likely never use the torpedoes on the Widowmaker in typical circumstances since there is little reason to fly them as a wing and you typically want to keep them much further away from enemies than you'd want to be at to launch torpedoes effectively. Remember, the Torpedoes themselves will be visible even if your Widowmaker is not, so beware giving away its position, though you could use this as a means for distracting or confusing a human player.

Do you use Enhanced Sensor vessels in your Imperial Fleets? (Choose closest answer)

See results

Firestorm

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Imperial Navy Frigate - Firestorm (Bastion Sub-Faction)Imperial Navy Frigate - Firestorm (Gothic Sub-Faction)Imperial Navy Frigate - Firestorm (Solar Sub-Faction)Imperial Navy Frigate - Firestorm (Armageddon Sub-Faction)Imperial Navy Frigate - Firestorm (Bakka Sub-Faction)Imperial Navy Frigate - Firestorm (Koronus Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Frigate - Firestorm (Bastion Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Frigate - Firestorm (Bastion Sub-Faction) | Source
Imperial Navy Frigate - Firestorm (Gothic Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Frigate - Firestorm (Gothic Sub-Faction) | Source
Imperial Navy Frigate - Firestorm (Solar Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Frigate - Firestorm (Solar Sub-Faction) | Source
Imperial Navy Frigate - Firestorm (Armageddon Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Frigate - Firestorm (Armageddon Sub-Faction) | Source
Imperial Navy Frigate - Firestorm (Bakka Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Frigate - Firestorm (Bakka Sub-Faction) | Source
Imperial Navy Frigate - Firestorm (Koronus Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Frigate - Firestorm (Koronus Sub-Faction) | Source

Firestorm: Stats

Point Cost: 41
Raw DPM: 290
Raw CPM: 1.10
- HIT POINTS -
- SYSTEMS -
- CREW -
Shield: 200
ID Range: 9,000
Defense Turrets: 6
Armor (All Sides): 67
Speed: 200
Bravery: 0
Hull: 400
Rotation: 16
Troops: 4

Firestorm: Weapons

  • [1] Light Lance Artillery
    Perfect Accuracy - 90° Front - Range: 9,000
    Shots: 1 | Damage: 15 | Reload: 6s | Crit: 7.5%

    Armor Piercing (-25%)
  • [1] Double-Barrel Light Macro Turret
    Efficient Accuracy - 270° Front - Range: 9,000
    Shots: 2 | Damage: 7 | Reload: 6s | Crit: 1.75%

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Firestorm - Weapon Damage Profile  (Front)Firestorm - Weapon Damage Profile  (Sides)
Firestorm - Weapon Damage Profile  (Front)
Firestorm - Weapon Damage Profile (Front)
Firestorm - Weapon Damage Profile  (Sides)
Firestorm - Weapon Damage Profile (Sides)

Of the two non-torpedo-carrying Imperial Navy Frigates, the Firestorm is the lance carrying variant with it's sister vessel, the Sword, which is the full macro option.

Previously the Firestorm had similar damage stats compared to the Sword, however, since many of the patch changes, the Firestorm has gotten a significant boost to its Crit chance thanks to Lance buffs. Now the Firestorm provides a slightly more potent offensive platform, at the cost of it's limited firing arcs relative tot he Sword.

Firestorms are generally a bad option to bring against enemies that get into close range for ramming or other highly destructive attacks, such as Orks and Tyranids, since to deal their full potential of damage, they need to be given front-facing attack orders, which leaves them standing still without overriding move orders once they are in firing range. This attack profile and the Firestorm's need to stop and face its targets that aren't actively moving away from it, means they will be sitting ducks for ramming attacks without a lot of your attention micromanaging your escorts to keep them alive.

Eldar factions, Chaos and other enemies that tend to stay at longer ranges and kite often are preferable targets to bring Firestorms to over the Sword, especially considering the Lance's perfect accuracy and immediate damage-dealing at max range.

Sword

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Imperial Navy Frigate - Sword (Armageddon Sub-Faction)Imperial Navy Frigate - Sword (Gothic Sub-Faction)Imperial Navy Frigate - Sword (Solar Sub-Faction)Imperial Navy Frigate - Sword (Bakka Sub-Faction)Imperial Navy Frigate - Sword (Bastion Sub-Faction)Imperial Navy Frigate - Sword (Koronus Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Frigate - Sword (Armageddon Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Frigate - Sword (Armageddon Sub-Faction) | Source
Imperial Navy Frigate - Sword (Gothic Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Frigate - Sword (Gothic Sub-Faction) | Source
Imperial Navy Frigate - Sword (Solar Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Frigate - Sword (Solar Sub-Faction) | Source
Imperial Navy Frigate - Sword (Bakka Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Frigate - Sword (Bakka Sub-Faction) | Source
Imperial Navy Frigate - Sword (Bastion Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Frigate - Sword (Bastion Sub-Faction) | Source
Imperial Navy Frigate - Sword (Koronus Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Frigate - Sword (Koronus Sub-Faction) | Source

Sword: Stats

Point Cost: 41
Raw DPM: 280
Raw CPM: 0.7
- HIT POINTS -
- SYSTEMS -
- CREW -
Shield: 200
ID Range: 9,000
Defense Turrets: 6
Armor (All Sides): 67
Speed: 200
Bravery: 0
Hull: 400
Rotation: 16
Troops: 4

Sword: Weapons

  • [2] Double-Barrel Light Macro Turret
    Efficient Accuracy - 270° Front - Range: 9,000
    Shots: 2 | Damage: 7 | Reload: 6s | Crit: 1.75%

Sword - Weapon Damage Profile
Sword - Weapon Damage Profile

The Sword class frigate vessel is now the second in terms of overall DPS, and has lost out to the Firestorm's boost to critical hit chance, while previously it held the top spot for both. This is fair considering the benefit the Sword holds in terms of firing arcs, which means it gets to fire its full armament more consistently while on the move, keeping it safer.

The significant advantage of the Sword is that all of its DPS is in the 270-degree arc, where the Firestorm has its lance tied to a frontal 90-degree cone. This means that the Sword has the best ability to maintain it's DPS output of all the escorts while moving, considering the Falchion and two destroyers require use of their torpedoes and the proper timing, attention and maneuvering that requires, for their full potential to be realized.

Armor Piercing Ammunition, as an upgrade unlocked in the campaign or one of the 2 selected as a Multiplayer fleet bonus, can give a boost to the effective DPS of the Sword if you plan on using them within the 4,500-meter range of the buff.

Setting Lock On orders and switching the Sword to attack in a broadside manner versus a frontal chasing method is highly recommended, since front-facing will keep the escort standing still while in range, which it doesn't need to do as mentioned. Letting them circle their targets at long ranges with their fast speed makes the Sword escort undoubtedly the best "set and forget" ship and harasser of its class. Alternatively Stealth orders at max weapon range with a circling attack profile can be just as obnoxious.

Falchion

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Imperial Navy Frigate - Falchion (Solar Sub-Faction)Imperial Navy Frigate - Falchion (Gothic Sub-Faction)Imperial Navy Frigate - Falchion (Armageddon Sub-Faction)Imperial Navy Frigate - Falchion (Bakka Sub-Faction)Imperial Navy Frigate - Falchion (Bastion Sub-Faction)Imperial Navy Frigate - Falchion (Koronus Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Frigate - Falchion (Solar Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Frigate - Falchion (Solar Sub-Faction) | Source
Imperial Navy Frigate - Falchion (Gothic Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Frigate - Falchion (Gothic Sub-Faction) | Source
Imperial Navy Frigate - Falchion (Armageddon Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Frigate - Falchion (Armageddon Sub-Faction) | Source
Imperial Navy Frigate - Falchion (Bakka Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Frigate - Falchion (Bakka Sub-Faction) | Source
Imperial Navy Frigate - Falchion (Bastion Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Frigate - Falchion (Bastion Sub-Faction) | Source
Imperial Navy Frigate - Falchion (Koronus Sub-Faction)
Imperial Navy Frigate - Falchion (Koronus Sub-Faction) | Source

Falchion: Stats

Point Cost: 41
Raw DPM: 210
Raw CPM: 0.525
- HIT POINTS -
- SYSTEMS -
- CREW -
Shield: 200
ID Range: 9,000
Defense Turrets: 6
Armor (All Sides): 67
Speed: 200
Bravery: 0
Hull: 400
Rotation: 16
Troops: 4

Falchion: Weapons

  • [2] Torpedo Launcher *Special Weapon
    Basic (2 Uses) | Melta (2 Uses)
  • [3] Light Macro Turret
    Efficient Accuracy - 270° Front - Range: 9k
    Shots: 1 | Damage: 7 | Reload: 6s | Crit: 1.75%

Falchion - Weapon Damage Profile (Does not count special weapons)
Falchion - Weapon Damage Profile (Does not count special weapons)

The Falchion is essentially the heavy Cobra/Torpedo Frigate, still only carrying two tubes, but dropping some speed to match the other Frigates and adding an additional two macro turrets and doubling the hull points. Of the frigates the Falchion is the widest target, making it easier to hit than the others, but not so much so as to negate its usefulness.

A benefit of the Falchion over the Cobra when taken as wings to supplement each other's torpedo salvos, is that when unable to fire their torpedoes or once they run out, they are still quite capable of contributing to the fight, with their three macro guns coming up a bit comparable to the Sword and Firestorm in terms of dps output and crits caused per minute.

The 270 degree firing arc of the 3 turrets, means the Falchion, like the Sword, can benefit from a ranged broadside stance that keeps it maneuvering and circling it's enemies, however you will still need to bring the Falchions closer in for a head on run to launch their torpedoes.

Do you prefer to use the Falchion Frigate or the Cobra Destroyer for a torpedoes?

See results

Changelog

  • 7/18/2020 - Weapon Tables 2.0
  • 7/16/2020 - Removed terms and added link to the new guide section for them.
  • 7/5/2020 - Updated stats and descriptions for patch 11218

© 2019 SOE

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • SOE profile imageAUTHOR

      SOE 

      3 weeks ago

      Well, the Sword has Macro Turrets. None of the escorts have battery (broadside) weapons.

    • profile image

      henryjones000 

      3 weeks ago

      Does the Sword have laser batteries or macro batteries?

    • SOE profile imageAUTHOR

      SOE 

      5 weeks ago

      Updated for patch (v.11218)

    • Sheetalkapoor4u1 profile image

      Sheetal kapoor 

      3 months ago from chandigarh

      Nice Post.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, levelskip.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)