Space Combat [Ace/Top Ace/Supreme Ace] (kd/cm/cn)

Points : 5 + 15 + 30 = 50 total
Other rewards : adornment, lots of experience
Authors : Cruzer, Dcruze
Last change : Updated guide.
Last modified : 05/08/2018

Storyline

	
Footage from early in the Clone Wars forms before you.

The image is of a young fighter pilot dismounting his spacecraft.  He is tall
and athletic, you think it possible that he literally stepped off of a 
recruiting poster.  

The call-sign 'Scythe' is stencilled on his bulky helmet.  As he removes it, 
you notice his eyes.  They are steel gray, unflinching, calculating, intense 
and fearless.  His black hair is matted with sweat, and an arrogant smile 
splits his face.  

"That's 100!" he boasts. "Those droid fighters can't touch me!"

A senator steps into view, tall and beautiful with flowing red hair.

"Lieutenant," she says with pride radiating in her voice, "to honor your 
unparalleled skill, the Senate has created a new title.  I have the distinct 
privilege of granting you the formal title of 'Top Ace of the Republic'.  From 
now on, the Senate will grant every pilot who reaches 100 kills with this same 
title."

"Well thank you Ma'am," replies the pilot flirtatiously, "it's about the Senate
noticed my 'unparalleled skills'."


Footage from early in the Clone Wars forms before you.

The image is of a tall and attractive woman, with flowing red hair, standing
in front of a podium.  Her robes reveal her as a Senator of the Old Republic.  
You can read in her face that she is struggling to display no emotions, yet 
a small tear forming in her green eyes reveals her sadness.

"Today I have the honor of awarding a new title, granted by the Senate, to 
recognize this great pilot.  For achieving 500 kills in this war, I grant
him and all who follow, the title of 'Supreme Ace'."

She displays a small round medallion.  It has the logo of the Old Republic
imprinted upon it.  The number 500 at the top, and the words 'Supreme Ace'
emblazoned along the bottom.

She leans forward to place the medallion inside the coffin.  The tear breaks 
free, falling upon a helmet with the call-sign 'Scythe' stencilled above the 
visor.

She whispers, "May there never again be a war that costs so much."


Walkthrough

Space combat can seem daunting and impenetrable, but you don't have to become an expert before you can begin to rake in the kills (and MP!). To complete this set of missions you will need to get 500 space combat kills. This will take a long time to accomplish, but fortunately it is pretty easy to set up triggers to assist you while playing.

First you need a combat ship, you can get one from the ship dispenser in the Hangar on KoBra space station or from your Guild headquarters. The highly maneuverable R-41 'Starchaser' is a good choice, since it will have the enemy in visible sight more often - which means more hits. It doesn't have projectiles, but we're not going to use them anyways. When you're inside a combat ship, you can use the <hjump> command to hyperspace into your system of choice.

There are several strategies for finding enemy ships to fight:

  • Ships spawn in the Alderaan, Asylum, Ladriz and Zone solars and will replenish themselves every 15 to 20 minutes, provided you're not a supreme ace yet - if you are, they'll take longer...
  • You can also attack capital ships or the Death Star and they will release waves of fighters for you to attack.

In the triggers described below, they're set up to fight the X-wing fighters in Ladriz with the callsign "shadow". If you take your fight elsewhere, you need to change your set-up to the callsigns you see when you use the <radar> command.

You will need a mud client that can react to triggers, and set it up with the following aliases, triggers and timers:


# Trigger (Alias/Timer): Send:
0 This is an alias. throttle full, target shadow-4,
fm attack, cannon, fm evade
1 Battle computer: Cannons have cooled. derear, fm attack, cannon, fm evade
2 Battle computer: Target is out of cannon range. face
3 Battle computer: Target is not in visual sight. face
4 Battle computer: Energy reserves depleted. Unable to fire. defront, derear, fm attack, cannon,
fm evade
5 Battle computer: * has been destroyed. target shadow-1, target shadow-2,
target shadow-3, target shadow-4, derear, fm attack, cannon, fm evade
6 Flight computer: The ship completes its turn. derear, fm attack, cannon, fm evade
7 Battle computer: Cannon what? throttle 0
8 This is a timer. throttle full, target shadow-1,
target shadow-2, target shadow-3,
target shadow-4, fm attack, cannon,
fm evade

  1. You send this alias when you first arrive in the Ladriz system. It will set your flight mode to attack, throttle to full (as fast as you can go without using extra energy) and will start attacking Shadow-4 with your laser cannon.
  2. After the cannons have cooled, you will see this message. The <derear> command will uncharge your shields a bit in the case that your generator has low power, enabling you to fire your cannons again. Since there is no delay when using the flight mode commands, we can quickly switch to attack mode, use our cannons, and then switch back to evade mode.
  3. The target may be out of range when they respawn after you have killed them all. This trigger will make you face Shadow-4 and start moving towards it. The throttle has already been set to full by your timer (#8), and when the timer fires again you will be in range and start attacking.
  4. The targets will move around constantly when you're fighting, so they could be out of visible range when you attempt to fire your cannons at them. This trigger will make you turn your ship so you'll face them again. There are alternatives you could explore instead of using the <face> command, they are described in the "Tips & Tricks" section below.
  5. It is debatable if you're even going to need this trigger, it will attempt to decharge both your front and rear shields so you'll get power to fire your cannons.
  6. When a ship gets destroyed, you need to pick another target. Here we just brute-force target all the four possible targets before firing. An alternative is using the <autotarg> command, but that can be dangerous, since capital ships can hyperjump into your current system, and you don't want to accidentally end up targeting them. Note that the * denotes a wildcard in your trigger, you need to learn how your client deals with them, or you can just trigger on "has been destroyed." at the end of a line.
  7. When your ship has completed its turn after a <face> command, it is time to fire at your target again.
  8. This occurs after you fire the timer below when there are no targets left in the system. We set our throttle to 0 and keep waiting for the ships to respawn.
  9. Set this up as a timer (MUSHclient) or a WAIT command (zMUD/CMUD). Execute it every 60 seconds so you don't waste too much time. Eventually the ships will respawn, and you'll start fighting again.


You may get bad RNG and get your ship destroyed, but that's very rare. If it becomes a problem, try fighting the Z-95s on Alderaan instead, since they are quite a bit easier - this will also improve your kills per hour, but you'll get less experience.

With this set-up, you could get around 12-16 kills per hour. It is fairly simple, but it will get the job done - however, it is only scratching the surface of what can be done with space combat... You can improve your kill count if you move to another solar after destroying all the ships in one.


Skills and Attributes

You may want to work on improving your skills and attributes specifically for doing space combat:

  • Piloting is always important.
  • For going on the attack, improve DEX and blaster.
  • For evading damage, improve TEC and dodge.

Ship Schematics

The following table may help you decide on which ship to use:

Ship Max speed Maneuver Hull Shields Generator Gen Recharge Lasers Ions Projectiles Combat Value Max Load Availability
A-Wing 360 200 160 25/25 1512 10 Yes No Missile 9933 12 AL
B-Wing 180 58 400 60/40 4036 19 Yes Yes Torpedo 13902 12 AL
X-Wing 258 150 240 24/24 3744 21 Yes No Torpedo 10475 6 AL
Y-Wing 210 100 352 40/24 2752 18 Yes Yes Torpedo 11984 10 AL
Z-95 210 50 200 20/15 1472 7 Yes No Missile 6814 6 AL
TIE Advanced 450 250 210 32/28 5332 14 Yes No Missile 11966 16 IMP
TIE Bomber 240 67 310 0/0 1248 20 Yes No Torpedo 6914 6 IMP
TIE Interceptor 330 167 210 0/0 3072 48 Yes No Missile 8583 6 IMP
TIE Fighter 300 160 150 0/0 1600 25 Yes No No 6300 - IMP
T-Wing 385 200 140 25/20 1256 16 Yes No Missile 8781 4 BH/NE/SMG
R-41 'Starchaser' 300 150 190 50/50 1424 14 Yes Yes No 11618 - BH/NE/SMG
YT-1300 Transport 120 30 1100 55/50 2816 16 Yes No Missile 20200 12 BH/NE/SMG
YT-2400 Transport 180 40 1150 37/37 2752 18 Yes No Missile 19706 16 BH/NE/SMG
Firespray 243 117 525 25/25 1952 15 Yes Yes Torpedo 13669 2 BH/NE/SMG
Conqueror 210 100 240 50/50 1928 16 Yes Yes Torpedo 11881 4 BH/NE/SMG
Pursuer 240 58 260 30/20 1504 7 Yes Yes No 9107 - BH/NE/SMG
Ghtroc Transport 144 30 420 50/40 1248 20 Yes No No 13293 - BH/NE/SMG
StarViper 311 125 500 25/25 2816 16 Yes Yes Missile 13769 6 BH

Tips & Tricks

1. Flight modes and useful situations

Flight modes are ways to change the general characteristics of how your ship flies. Each mode has different attack and defense ratings, indicating what percentage of your attention is given to each. There is also a speed rating, which indicates how much of your actual speed is devoted to moving along your vector, as opposed to jinking, zigzagging, and other defensive moves.

(mode - attack/defense/speed)

<fm attack> - 85/15/70

This offers your best chance to hit your enemies, but you're going to take a beating in the process. Not the choice for newbie pilots, or those with low skills.

<fm engage> - 55/45/60

This is a well-balanced mode. Great for newbie pilots and those with medium skills. Not for fighting fast, agile ships like the A-wing or TIE advanced.

<fm roll> - 50/50/90

This is perfect for newbie pilots and those with low-medium skills. Good for fighting fast, agile ships, and chasing fleeing ships as well.

<fm loop> - 40/60/20

This is pointless. I have yet to find a situation that was not handled better by another mode.

<fm cruise> - 35/65/100

This is useful for chasing down fleeing ships. Just remember to switch back to another mode once you are in firing range.

<fm evade> - 15/85/40

This is really helpful when you're trying not to get hit. Switch to this mode before you begin a <hjump> out of active combat.


2. Throttle

This is really a preference. Flying around will help you avoid damage, but also shortens the time between 'target not in visual sight'. Only experienced pilots with good skills should choose to sit still.

<throttle full>

This sets your speed as high as it can go without having to draw energy from the generator. This is normally what you would use if you choose to fly around.

<throttle max>

This sets your speed as high as it can go, drawing energy from the generator to supply the extra power. This is only useful when chasing fast ships that are fleeing.

<mspeed>

This is useful for maximizing time between 'target not in visual sight' while still flying around at a decent speed. If you don't have a ship targeted, you will have to supply the name of the ship you wish to match speed with.


3. Keeping your target in visual sight

If an enemy gets behind you, you won't be able to shoot them. There are a few ways to handle this when it happens.

<pursue>

This will automatically and constantly adjust your vector in an attempt to keep your ship facing what you are pursuing. This is only suggested in *very* agile ships, and still not recommended.

<face>

This will automatically adjust your vector in an attempt to put your target directly in front of you. It's like pursue, but is one-time-use only. You'll have to face again when they move. Again, not recommended.

<reverse>

This will turn your ship around 180 degrees. In very agile ships like the a-wing and TIE advanced, this is just as fast as manual vectoring and you don't have to worry about what your vector is. Very few ships can reverse as fast as they can with manual vectoring, so experiment with both, and use whichever one is faster.

Manual vectoring

This is usually the way to go when you need to turn your ship. Don't be daunted by the idea. You really only need to remember 2 of them: <vector 1 1 1> and <vector -1 -1 -1>. They are exact opposites, so if you can't shoot your target, switch to the other vector, and you can.


4. Shield and Power Management

Obviously, during combat, you're going to use energy, and your shields will get damaged. Here are the commands and tactics to help you overcome the challenge.

<damage>

This will show you the ships health, in percentages. You should check damage regularly, if not after each hit.

<chfront> and <chrear>

These will transfer available power from the generator to the front or rear shield to repair any damage.

<defront> and <derear>

These will drain power from the front or rear shield, and transfer it to the generator. You should *always* charge the opposing shield first to use up all power in the generator first, since the shield drain will be the same regardless of how much power is in the generator.

<chshift>

Once you've done SC for awhile, you'll notice that your style of fighting may tend to be harder on one shield. If this is the case, you may wish to chshift front or rear to help compensate. What this does is charge the chosen shield to max before any charge of the other shield is attempted. You can always <chshift even> to return to recharging the shields based on which is more damaged.


5. Capital ship combat

You won't be satisfied with Asylum YT-1300s, Alderaan Defenders, Ladriz X-wings and Zone TIEs for very long. This means you'll start annoying the capital ships. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you out.

Capital Ships

Don't get too close to capitals. They have much more powerful weapons and will destroy you in only a few shots. As a safety measure, don't get closer than 2500-3000. Most, but not all, will not fire on you at this range.

Fighter Waves

Once you hit a capital ship, it will release a wave of fighters. So, shoot it once, wait a couple of seconds, then deal with the fighters first. If a capital doesn't release a fighter wave, then you are clear to start working on the capital. Save any missiles and torpedoes for the capital, don't waste them on fighters. It's also a good idea to let your shields and generator recharge between waves.

Group Combat

On almost every capital ship, a single pilot can't deal out enough damage to overcome the capitals shield regeneration, so you'll need a friend. Make certain that you and your friend(s) are shooting at the same shield, or you won't get far fast.

<squawk>

This is a little known command that lets you set your iff code. So, if your friend(s) are there for the fighters, everybody should set their iff code to the same number. What this will do is allow you to autotarg for fighters without worrying about accidentally shooting your friend(s). This is only good for the ship you are in, so you'll have to reset it if you have to get a new ship.