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Out of Fuel


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Starships can run out of fuel due to four general causes:

  1. The starship is robbed , or is inside of a Crystal web minefield. When this happens, the starship's mission is immediately reset to Exploration, unless it's set to Beam up Fuel. The starship's speed and waypoint are left unchanged.
  2. The starship runs out of fuel due to hitting a web mine. As a result of hitting the web mine, the starship's speed is set to Warp 0 and the waypoint is set to the current location. The mission is reset to Exploration, unless it's set to Beam up Fuel.
  3. The fuel is consumed through the normal operation of the starship. This includes movement, use of the Cloak mission and use of the Chameleon mission. When this happens, the starship's mission is immediately reset to Exploration, unless it's set to Beam up Fuel. In addition, the starship's speed is reset to Warp 0 and the waypoint is set to the starship's current location.
  4. The starship transfers all its fuel to a planet or another starship. When this happens, the mission, speed and waypoint are not changed.

Fuelless starships are unable to fight other vessels and will fight enemy planets only if the planet initiates combat using the NUK Friendly Code. Planets belonging to the Horwasp Plague will fight any non-allied starships that enter orbit. Fuelless starships will surrender to a tow capture or to a starbase set to Force Surrender.

Fuelless starships usually are unable to perform any of the special abilities of that starship, such as Terraforming or the Loki's Tachyon Device. A fuelless starship can perform the following actions:

Any action not listed above can't be done without fuel, even if the action consumes no fuel.

The starship mission resets happen at different times in the Host, depending on external conditions and the particular mission. Certain passive missions will not be automatically reset without an external trigger, such as web fuel drain or the ship moving. This last is of particular interest to players with Glory Devices; web drain will reset the Kill mission, for example.

Travel Without Fuel

As stated above, it is usually possible for a fuelless starship to move. This table shows the maximum number of KT-LY that a starship with standard engines can move in one turn without consuming fuel. Gravitonic engines can move approximately twice as many KT-LY per turn without consuming fuel.

Note: To use zero-fuel-movement the ship's destination must be reachable with exactly zero fuel, or it will not move at all.

Starship Speed
Engine W1 W2 W3 W4 W5 W6 W7 W8 W9
Stardrive 1  999   499   333   249   199   166   142   124   111 
Stardrive 2  999   930   333   249   199   166   142   124   111 
Stardrive 3  999   941   927   296   199   166   142   124   111 
SuperStarDrive 4  999   963   957   941   333   310   201   205   111 
Nova Drive 5  999   963   957   941   961   342   342   272   111 
HeavyNova Drive 6  999   963   957   941   961   964   398   298   111 
Quantum Drive 7  999   963   957   941   961   964   924   329   188 
Hyper Drive 8  999   999   999   999   999   999   979   899   188 
Transwarp Drive  999   999   999   999   999   999   999   999   999 

Values above are expressed in mass times distance. One KT-LY would be equivalent to a hypothetical ship massing 1 KT traveling 1-1.9 Light-Years.

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