The Gravis Edit
A light and agile brute
The Gravis is bristling with firepower—but its true strength lies in its maneuverability. This light, streamlined tank specializes in pummeling ships with its Auto-cannon Turrets from medium range, then disengaging to avoid heavy fire.
Once the flagship of General Baecula, the Head of Ascetic Design, this modified Dreadnought is faster and feistier than its previous incarnation. Perhaps a reference to itscontradictory nature, its hull bears the phrase "hasten slowly."
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While the Gravis says that it moves much faster than other Dreadnoughts the speed is that comparable to it's perquisite the Orcus. It begins with Plasma Cannons, Repeater Cannons II, Vulture Missiles II, Anti-Missile Lazers II, and Warp Jump II. It does average damage for a Dreadnought but is also less durable so maneuvering is key, the Warp Jump helps facilitate this it is recommended that to keep your left or right side facing your target as this will allow for the Plasma Broadside to do it job arguably the best tool in a default Gravis' kit. Circling other Dreadnoughts and Destroyers can give you an advantage in battle and Speed Boost, Damage Increase, as well as Shields should be used as needed. Despite the energy consumption rating being Very Low the actual energy consumption is also that of it's perquisite the Orcus. Make no mistake when they say this is a Medium Range ship they mean it, but getting along side a long Destroyer or Dreadnought who cannot keep up with your dodging and diving can be extremely satisfying as well as teaching you a valuable lesson in Dreadnought, holding still when not in cover is a one way ticket to a ruined ship. Upgrades are pretty expensive the cheapest one being 4,200 Research Points and 4,800 Credits but they can be well worth it once you get adjusted to playing this monster of a ship.
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The total for all upgrades both Research Points and Credits is 83,000 Research Points and 83,300 Credits. To upgrade to the Lorica is 65,000 Research Points and 100,000 Credits for a grand total of 148,000 Research Points and 183,300 Credits!