The Eclipse is considered quite ugly, however, it is a well-shielded and powerful fighter in its own right, well suited to maintaining local air superiority, and has become a popular heavy fighter.
The Eclipse was designed by Bala Gi Research Inc. in response to requests from the Argon, Paranid and Split for an improved heavy fighter. Widely regarded as the best all-rounder at the time, the Eclipse has not been updated fast enough to remain at the cutting edge.
The Federal Argon Government commissioned Bala Gi Research Inc. to develop a heavy fighter, larger than the current Nova, to fulfill a wider range of roles. The result, the Eclipse, enjoys a larger cargo bay than the Nova, at the expense of some speed and maneuverability. The Argon military are glad to welcome this craft into their arsenal.
The standard Eclipse is the best shielded of the variants, with 200MJ of shielding. It is the only variant to mount the Ion Disruptor. In Albion Prelude, it is additionally able to mount the Energy Bolt Chaingun.
This is one of the few exceptions to the general rule that prototype ships are better; it has marginally improved firepower at the expense of everything else.
The Pirate Eclipse is faster than the standard, but has less than half the shielding and a smaller cargo bay.
Pirate Eclipse Advanced
The Advanced Pirate Eclipse has a slightly larger cargo bay than the standard, but has half its shielding and is slightly slower.
The Eclipse has a vaguely oval-shaped body which appears segmented, with a beak at the front. It is quite large for a fighter and easy to hit with weapons fire.
The Eclipse is a decent fighter, though a little unwieldy. Because it is among the slowest fighters, it cannot chase down its targets very well, but with two turrets packing some powerful anti-fighter guns like the Phased Repeater Gun, its slow speed is less of a disadvantage once in combat. Nevertheless, some strategy is required when engaging multiple nimble targets, as the Eclipse's large size makes it a big target. Taking out faster targets quickly with missiles is recommended, and the Eclipse has the cargo bay to carry several kinds.
The Eclipse Prototype is not available for sale, but is received as a reward for reaching rank 10 (maximum) notoriety with Terracorp.
An Advanced Pirate Eclipse and a Pirate Eclipse are available as ownerless ships in Terran Conflict.
|Variant||Argon Prime||Cloudbase South East||Omicron Lyrae||Light of Heart||Legend's Home||Argon Sector M148|
The Eclipse's slow speed makes it most useful in defensive roles. It is best when defending other slow ships like Carriers or Freighters, or defending stations against Pirate fighters. Like other M3+ ships, it is relatively expensive, so it is not usually recommended for mass-use.
It can also be fairly well suited as a light escort for trading vessels or as a cheap way to deal with frequent pirate fighter raiding in a sector; it is about as slow as any trade ship it needs to protect while having strong weaponry and shielding, allowing it to hold the area around it well.
|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|
|Pirate||Eclipse (Advanced) • Kea|