This is an introductory guide to the basics for players just starting out. All the information here is outlined in the tutorial upon starting a new game.


Combat example
  • Select Join Battle to enter the fray.
  • Your ships will target hostile enemy crafts automatically and move within range to fire on them.
  • You can order your ships to target a specific enemy. First, select your ship then select the enemy craft.
  • You can use your keyboard's arrow keys to cycle quickly between your ships, or the Q key to select them all at once.
  • Move your ships by selecting them then selecting any point on the map. Move laterally to dodge enemy fire.
  • Attacking enemy fleets will reward you with resources and experience.
  • To learn more, check out Fleet Controls.

Sector NavigationEdit

  • If you ever lose track of your fleet you can locate it using the Fleet button.
  • Transgates can be used to travel between friendly and enemy sectors.
  • Click on your fleet and select Recall to engage the auto-pilot protocol and take you to your base. Then, select it on the screen and hit Enter to manage your Starbase.


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    A good start design that is available early in the game.

    Upgrading your Command Center will allow for improvements throughout your Starbase.
  • Upgrading other structures will unlock additional research and upgrade options.

Shipyard Edit

  • To construct, select Build and then hit Fleets. Choose the Shipyard from the menu of choices. Select Next, then choose the Build button. Place the Shipyard on your base platform.
  • Increase your Shipyard’s power capacity to accommodate newer, larger ships. To do this, select your Shipyard and hit Details. From there, go to Next and choose the Upgrade button.

Building ShipsEdit

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  • Select the Shipyard tab.
  • Different hull types have varying speeds, defenses, and weapon capabilities. They can be unlocked through research. Larger hull types will have more slots and higher power capacities.
  • Smaller ships are agiler while larger ships can be armed to the teeth for maximum firepower and defenses.
  • Select the indicated weapon slot and fit the ship with your weapon of choice.
  • Weapons differ by damage type, attack type, and range.
  • Select the indicated defensive slot and equip the armor you want.
  • Shields and Armor provide specialized protection against specific damage types.
  • Advanced technology such as Integrity Fields and Spinal Weapons can be slotted to improve your ship's performance.
  • Now that the ship has a basic design, select Next, then choose the Build button. Your completed ships are accessible from your Dock.

Assembling Your FleetEdit

  • Select the Fleets tab, where you will organize completed ships into groups.
  • Additional fleets will become available as you upgrade your Dock.
  • This is also where you can Repair fleets damaged in battle.
  • The ship assigned to the Flagship slot will be the only ship in your fleet visible to others on the map view.
  • Then select Next and Launch the fleet to leave your Starbase.

Gathering ResourcesEdit

  • Construction and upgrades to your Starbase require resources. You can earn resources by completing Trade Routes.
  • Select the Trade Route icon to negotiate a new contract.
  • Different corporations specialize in different types of resources.
  • Select, for example, Acme Universal Trading to meet your new corporate representative.
  • Select Next then choose to Accept to begin the available contract.
  • Contracts will remain active for as long as their Contract Duration indicates.
  • You will earn resources based on the contract's Drop Frequency.
  • When a contract completes, you may obtain another one by selecting the Trade Route icon again.
  • To gain the second contract upgrade the communications center to level 4, the third trade route requires level 7.


  • You can speed up any task in fewer than five minutes for free. Longer time compressions are possible by expending Palladium.
  • Select a building or ship under Construction, then choose Speed Up. From there, select Instant to complete the task.