Cargo Ships

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General information

If "Cargo Ships" is enabled in the advanced options of a world, the game will from time to time spawn random hostile ships from a predefined list (that can be extended with mods). These ships will fly near random players after they spawn in, and will despawn after a time if left alone. They will travel at their predefined speed, but in a random direction. Those ships are usually equipped with a Beacon or Antenna that shows where they are if they spawn. These ships are worth capturing because they hold loot like ores, ingots, and components including the blocks the ship is made of, which can be grinded for more parts. But, they are well-defended with turrets of all kinds.

Ships

The following cargo ships may be randomly spawned (as of Update_01.023.000)

Cargo Ship Category Mass (Kg) Speed (M/s) Booby Trapped Exterior Defences Interior Defences Game Version
Private Sail Private 72 447
25
No
2x Interior Turret Icon.png - 01.045.000
Business Shipment 184 972
17
No
2x Interior Turret Icon.png - 01.045.000
Commercial Freighter 463 395
10
No
3x Gatling Turret Icon.png 1x Interior Turret Icon.png 01.045.000
Mining Carriage Mining 266 084
25
No
1x Gatling Turret Icon.png - 01.030.000
Mining Transport 401 953
17
No
2x Gatling Turret Icon.png 1x Interior Turret Icon.png 01.031.000
Mining Hauler 1 540 908
10
Yes
4x Gatling Turret Icon.png 2x Missile Turret Icon.png 2x Interior Turret Icon.png 01.030.000
Military Escort Military 350 048
25
No
2x Gatling Turret Icon.png 2x Missile Turret Icon.png - 01.030.000
Military Minelayer 1 637 990
17
Yes
5x Gatling Turret Icon.png 2x Missile Turret Icon.png - 01.030.000
Military Transporter 5 578 454
10
Yes
5x Gatling Turret Icon.png 3x Missile Turret Icon.png 5x Interior Turret Icon.png 01.030.000

While its behavior differs slightly from that of cargo ships, the recently-added Argentavis pirate carrier is another possible encounter. It is rather heavily armed and spawns drones but carries a substantial reward for any players who successfully defeat it.

Traps

The Military Minelayer and Military Transporter have explosives on them, and will explode if not careful slowing them down (don't use inertia dampeners) and attacking them.

Capturing

Capturing ships is useful if you need goods or a new ship, they can contain components, ores, ingots, ammo, and tools, but the real value is in grinding them.

How to Capture a Ship

What you will need

What to do

First, destroy all turrets on the ship. After that is done, attach your fighter to the ship and turn on inertia dampeners, this will stop the ship. Go inside the ship, find the control center and take control (By grinding it down below the red/blue line, then repairing it with your Welder) so you can fly it back to your base. Be wary that your own base defences will target it so make sure you alter their behaviour or switch them off before you bring it back. Now you have a captured ship!

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