Any starship with either a cloaking device or an advanced cloaking device has a special ability. When the starship's mission is set to Intercept and a primary enemy is selected, if combat would occur between the cloakable vessel and its target, that combat will always occur before other combats in the same space. This permits the intercepting vessel to ambush its selected target. Any other combat in the same location will then take place normally.
In order to perform a Priority Intercept Attack, a ship must have an installed cloaking device. It must be set to intercept the target and it must have the faction of that target set as primary enemy. There is no requirement or even ability for the intercepting ship to be cloaked at the time of the attack.
If more than one cloakable vessel is set to perform a Priority Intercept Attack, these combats will take place in decreasing order according to Ship ID number. Please note that this is opposite to the order in most combat.
There exists one Campaign cloaking vessel that has the ability to attack one ship and immediately re-enter cloak. For more information on that ship and its ability, click here.
See also: Out of Fuel.