"Battlefleet Gothic: Armada II" - Space Orks Battle Cruisers [Advanced Ship Guide]

Updated on February 27, 2019
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Space Orks Battle Cruisers

With the Ork Battle Cruisers, as you will often find across the factions that carry ships of this weight class, you'll find a selection of ships that are pretty comparable to Cruisers in terms of size and stats, but add a nice chunk of weaponry on top of those hulls for an additional points cost. This makes the Battle Cruiser class of ships far more powerful offensively with only slightly better defensive stats than the Cruiser class vessels.

Thankfully, for the Ork's already slower than typical engine speed, the Battle Cruisers do not lose any additional engine power, maintaining the smaller line ships ability to close range, something desperately needed by the Ork's highly inaccurate short range weaponry. One thing the Battle Cruisers do not do well with however, is fielding Launch Bays effectively, so heavily Carrier focused fleets might want to skip the ships of this class.

One other point of note in the Battle Cruiser class for Orks is that they get their one true lance boating ship (relatively speaking) for their fleet, the Hammer Smaka, which comes with a pair of their special Mega Zap Kannons, something only found in a single mount on Battleships or in larger clusters on Big or Mega Roks.

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.

Orks Battle Cruiser Ships Stats

The Ork Battle Cruisers, like other faction's ships of this class, tend to have mostly the same stats as their Cruiser brethren, with slightly better defending troop and turret numbers. Most of the benefit you get from the tier up in class will be represented in the weapon load outs of the hulls themselves.

Shield: 200
Armor: 83 (Front), 67 (Sides), 50 (Rear)
Identification Range: 9,000
Speed: 160
Rotation Speed: 8
Hull: 2,000
Defense Turrets: 12
Bravery: -50
Boarding Damage: 8
+ Causes 4 Assault Actions
Lightning Strike Damage: 4
+ Causes 2 Assault Actions
Critical Assault Chance: 10%
Defending Troops per Stage: 15

Orks Battle Cruisers Attributes & Skills

Like the Cruiser category of Ork ships, there isn't anything really special to see here that you don't see elsewhere in the Ork lineup, especially since there are no Rok versions of vessels in the Battle Cruiser class.

Ork Reactor: Grants Big Red Button and Burn Retros.
Disorganized: -50 bravery penalty
Looted Ship: +100% damage received from Fire Aboard effect
Good Troop Efficiency: Deals 2 troop damage per assault action.
Brutal Strike: 10% chance to deal +1 troop damage per assault action.

Hammer

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Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer" - [Evil Sunz Sub-Faction | Source
Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer" - [Goffs Sub-Faction
Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer" - [Goffs Sub-Faction | Source

Point Cost: 173
Raw Total Crit Output: 6.6 critical hits per minute
Raw Total DPS: 44

Armament:

  • 1 x Mega Kannon Artillery
    Miserable Accuracy (50/0/0/0/0)
    90° Front Arc
    Range: 4,500
  • 1 x Light Gunz Artillery
    Poor Accuracy (75/50/25/0/0)
    90° Front Arc
    Range: 9,000
  • 1 x Gunz Artillery
    Poor Accuracy (75/50/25/0/0)
    90° Front Arc
    Range: 13,500
  • 2 x Gunz Battery Weapons
    Poor Accuracy (75/50/25/0/0)
    90° Side Arc (1 per Broadside)
    Range: 9,000
  • 2 x Heavy Gunz Battery Weapons
    Miserable Accuracy (50/0/0/0/0)
    90° Side Arc (1 per Broadside)
    Range: 4,500
  • 1 x Launch Bays
    Fighta & Assault Boat Squadrons (3 charges of each)

The Hammer adds 35 points to the Killa to give you a direct upgrade in the form of an additional front facing gun and a single launch bay to deploy squadrons from. For DPS per points cost, the Killa is a better deal, but if you'd rather go with the extra punch while supplementing your Carrier abilities, the Hammeer provides a decent alternative.

Note: DPS and CPM per points cost for all ships is a currently planned feature that should come soon after the second major patch drops, as it will change the dps of a lot of weapons.

Hammer Stompa

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Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Stompa" - [Ork Pirates Sub-Faction]Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Stompa" - [Bad Moons Sub-Faction]Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Stompa" - [Blood Axes Sub-Faction]Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Stompa" - [Death SKullz Sub-Faction]Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Stompa" - [Evil Sunz Sub-Faction]Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Stompa" - [Goffs Sub-Faction]
Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Stompa" - [Ork Pirates Sub-Faction]
Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Stompa" - [Ork Pirates Sub-Faction] | Source
Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Stompa" - [Bad Moons Sub-Faction]
Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Stompa" - [Bad Moons Sub-Faction] | Source
Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Stompa" - [Blood Axes Sub-Faction]
Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Stompa" - [Blood Axes Sub-Faction] | Source
Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Stompa" - [Death SKullz Sub-Faction]
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Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Stompa" - [Evil Sunz Sub-Faction]
Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Stompa" - [Evil Sunz Sub-Faction] | Source
Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Stompa" - [Goffs Sub-Faction]
Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Stompa" - [Goffs Sub-Faction] | Source

Point Cost: 173
Raw Total Crit Output: 4.8* critical hits per minute
Raw Total DPS: 32*
*Does not count Torpedoes

Armament:

  • Torpedo Launcher (6 Tubes)
    3 x Basic Charges
    3 x Boardin' Charges
  • 1 x Light Gunz Artillery
    Poor Accuracy (75/50/25/0/0)
    90° Front Arc
    Range: 9,000
  • 1 x Gunz Artillery
    Poor Accuracy (75/50/25/0/0)
    90° Front Arc
    Range: 13,500
  • 2 x Gunz Battery Weapons
    Poor Accuracy (75/50/25/0/0)
    90° Side Arc (1 per Broadside)
    Range: 9,000
  • 2 x Heavy Gunz Battery Weapons
    Miserable Accuracy (50/0/0/0/0)
    90° Side Arc (1 per Broadside)
    Range: 4,500
  • 1 x Launch Bays
    Fighta & Assault Boat Squadrons (3 charges of each)

Where the Hammer is a more or less, direct improvement over the Killa, the Hammer Stompa does the same for the Killa Stompa, which swaps the Mega Kannon artillery to place a torpedo rack in, while keeping the extra launch bay granted to the Hammer. Since the DPS and CPM shift is significant to swap those torpedoes in, make sure you are getting good use of them, because you aren't saving any points between the Hammer and Hammer Stompa.

Do you prefer to stack Torpedoes or Launch Bays in your Ork fleets?

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Hammer Smacka

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Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Smacka" - [Ork Pirates Sub-Faction]Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Smacka" - [Bad Moons Sub-Faction]Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Smacka" - [Blood Axes Sub-Faction]Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Smacka" - [Death Skullz Sub-Faction]Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Smacka" - [Evil Sunz Sub-Faction]Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Smacka" - [Goffs Sub-Faction]
Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Smacka" - [Ork Pirates Sub-Faction]
Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Smacka" - [Ork Pirates Sub-Faction] | Source
Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Smacka" - [Bad Moons Sub-Faction]
Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Smacka" - [Bad Moons Sub-Faction] | Source
Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Smacka" - [Blood Axes Sub-Faction]
Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Smacka" - [Blood Axes Sub-Faction] | Source
Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Smacka" - [Death Skullz Sub-Faction]
Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Smacka" - [Death Skullz Sub-Faction] | Source
Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Smacka" - [Evil Sunz Sub-Faction]
Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Smacka" - [Evil Sunz Sub-Faction] | Source
Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Smacka" - [Goffs Sub-Faction]
Ork Battle Cruiser - "Hammer Smacka" - [Goffs Sub-Faction] | Source

Point Cost: 153
Raw Total Crit Output: 4.8* critical hits per minute
Raw Total DPS: 30*
*Does not count Torpedoes

Armament:

  • Torpedo Launcher (6 Tubes)
    3 x Basic Charges
    3 x Boardin' Charges
  • 2 x Mega Zap Kannon Artillery
    100% Accuracy, Pierces Armor
    90° Front Arc
    Range: 18,000
  • 1 x Gunz Artillery
    Poor Accuracy (75/50/25/0/0)
    90° Front Arc
    Range: 13,500
  • 2 x Gunz Battery Weapons
    Poor Accuracy (75/50/25/0/0)
    90° Side Arc (1 per Broadside)
    Range: 9,000
  • 2 x Heavy Gunz Battery Weapons
    Miserable Accuracy (50/0/0/0/0)
    90° Side Arc (1 per Broadside)
    Range: 4,500

The Hammer Smacka holds a number of first places in the Ork fleet. For starters it is the first and smallest line ship to carry the Mega Zap Kannon, lance-type weapon, which is very rare to find in the Ork fleets, as next to the Hammer Smacka, the only other line ships to carry them are all Battleships. Furthermore, it is also the only line ship to carry two of these weapons and it is the cheapest vessel in the Ork arsenal that fields them. The only other ships to field more than 1 of these weapons besides the Hammer Smacka are the Big and Mega Roks.

The last thing worth mentioning is for single-target damage, the Hammer Smacka is the most efficient fielder of the Mega Zap Kannon lances, at 76.5 points per Kannon. The Big Rok fields four, costing only 74.25 points but can only fire one on a single target at a time, and is highly unlikely to fire all four simultaneously. The same goes for the Mega Rok, which brings 8 total for 56.75 points per, but only fields 2 per quadrant. Even if you manage to keep an enemy ship on the edge, bouncing between two quadrants to get them two of them firing at the same target, it's still not as efficient at fielding the Hammer Smacka.

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