The Argon Buster was once the pride of the Argon fleet and was instrumental in gaining the Argon victory in the Xenon Conflict. However, during the Boron campaign, it was superseded by the Argon Elite. Over the intervening years the design of the Argon Buster has been modified and new, more powerful engines have been fitted. Now updated, the Buster is again a firm favorite of the Argon Fighter Command.
The Buster is the oldest continually-serving ship in the Argon fleet. Introduced during the Xenon campaign, it proved its worth defending Argon space from Xenon incursions, and ever since has been updated regularly to ensure that it remains a top-of-the-line ship in its class.
Not featuring any fancy title, the basic version of the ship is the standard by which other variants are measured.
Raider variants are faster and usually have a higher shield generator power than their regular counterparts, but trade off cargo capacity and some have reduced shield capacity despite the more powerful generator.
Sentinel variants of ships tend to be slower, but with higher total shield capacity. Sometimes the shield class is also upgraded for instance from 25 MJ to 200 MJ.
Vanguard variants of ships are slightly faster and have bigger weapons generators than their regular counterparts.
Pirate vessels are cobbled together from parts of captured ships. While often retaining the basic shape and configuration of the host vessel, pirate ships can be wildly different from the official variant, usually featuring unsanctioned weapons. Pirates sometimes decorate their ships with a distinctive flame motif.
Pirate Buster Hauler
Pirate vessels are cobbled together from parts of captured ships. While often retaining the basic shape and configuration of the host vessel, pirate ships can be wildly different from the official variant, usually featuring unsanctioned weapons. Pirates sometimes decorate their ships with a distinctive flame motif. Hauler variants of ships tend to have larger cargobays and sometimes tougher defences, trading off offensive combat attributes.
The Buster mounts a number of useful weapons: the Phased Repeater Gun is an excellent mainstream weapon for destroying other light fighters; the PAC works well too and is much, much cheaper; whilst those with a bent for more specialist weapons can equip their Busters with Mass Drivers to neutralise the contribution of an enemy's shields.
The Sentinel variant is not sold in Argon Shipyards.
|Variant||Argon Prime||Cloudbase South East||Omicron Lyrae||Light of Heart||Legend's Home||Argon Sector M148|
Available as one of many Ownerless ships
The Buster is commonly used early in the game as a player ship, as well as being one of the more popular choices for a carrier based light fighter.
|Ships by Class|
|Capital||M1 • M2 / M2+ • M7 / M7M / M7C|
|Escort||M6 / M6+ • M8|
|Fighter||M3 / M3+ • M4 / M4+ • M5|
|Transport||TL • TS / TS+ • TP • TM|
|Argon||Buster (Raider) (Sentinel) (Vanguard)|
|Boron||Mako (Raider) (Sentinel) (Vanguard) (Enhanced)|
|Paranid||Pericles (Raider) (Sentinel) (Vanguard) (Enhanced)|
|Pirate||Buster (Hauler) • Scorpion • Buzzard (Vanguard)|
|Split||Scorpion (Raider) (Sentinel) (Vanguard) (Prototype)|
|Teladi||Buzzard (Hauler) (Sentinel) (Vanguard) (Prototype)|
|Terran||#deca.deaf • Sabre|
|Yaki||Raijin (Raider) (Sentinel)|