The Centaur is an all-around average corvette seen mainly patrolling Argon sectors and neighboring pirate sectors. Centaurs flying pirate colors have also been seen attacking helpless stations on occassion.
The Centaur is a relatively new development from Argon Shipwrights in Omicron Lyrae. The ship itself is larger than a fighter or transporter but is much smaller than a Destroyer. Armed with turrets capable of supporting heavy weaponry this ship continues to have bright future ahead of it.
This version is the base model of the Centaur and is available from all Argon Shipyards. The Centaur design is superceeded by the Heavy Centaur.
This is the Pirate variant of the Centaur. It sacrifices shields, hull strength, and some cargo capacity for a slight increase in speed.
Typical of Argon design, the Centaur is average in all its stats. It does, however, have the best turret coverage of the Commonwealth races' M6 designs allowing it to perform much better in anti-fighter support than its contemporaries.
A Centaur fitted with 8 x Plasma Burst Generator, and 3 x High Energy Plasma Thrower to defend the ship against smaller vessels and missiles is arguably the most effective fitting. When equipped in this way the Centaur is capable of rapidly destroying Xenon Qs and other vessels that "outclass" it. Once the pilot gets used to the way PBGs work, and the weaknesses and blind spots on other vessels, it can easily shine against supposedly superior ships. The light shielding (comparative to larger capital vessels) still requires constant monitoring and evasive work when up against larger capitals, but the combined force of 8 x PBGs makes short work of any Q-sized or smaller vessels.
The Centaur is available in all Argon Shipyards. The Pirate variant, however, can only be acquired through boarding operations.
It is also worth noting that with the release of Albion Prelude, you can acquire the Centaur relatively early, by completing just a few starting missions in the Albion plot (do-able in a decently-fitted M3, such a Mamba Raider, or even smaller ships with better piloting skills).
|Variant||Argon Prime||Cloudbase South East||Omicron Lyrae||Light of Heart||Legend's Home||Argon Sector M148|
The Centaur is good as a centerpiece for small patrol groups due to its well rounded characteristics. Its large cargobay also lends itself to a role as a missile boat.
OOS Patrol vessel (note, if the sector is not bordering on Xenon territory)
Scout Ship for Carrier Strike groups
Capital Ship Combat Vessel (with exceptions - See Combat section above)
Lone vessel (with exceptions - See Combat section above)
|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||Centaur • Osprey|
|Terran||Katana • Springblossom|