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Argon Centaur
ClassM6 Corvette
Buy: @9,842,368 Cr
Speed (Min-Max)61.5 - 123 m/s
Acceleration (Min-Max)4 - 9 m/s2
Steering (Min-Max)2.0 - 3.9 RPM
Hull Strength60,000 / 240,000 (AP)
Max. Shield (Total)3 x 200 MJ (600 MJ)
Shield Reactor2,500 MW
Cargo Class (Min-Max)750 - 1,250 @ XL
Laser Capacitor10,500 MJ
Laser Recharge262 / 1,050 (AP) MW
                                                                                                         Main x 8
                                                                                                         Rear x 1
                                                                                                         Right x 1
                                                                                                         Left x 1
Pirate Centaur
ClassM6 Corvette
Speed (Min-Max)63 - 126 m/s
Acceleration (Min-Max)6 - 12 m/s2
Steering (Min-Max)2.7 - 5.5 RPM
Hull Strength45,000 / 180,000 (AP)
Max. Shield (Total)2 x 200 MJ (400 MJ)
Shield Reactor2,000 MW
Cargo Class (Min-Max)750 - 1,190 @ XL
Laser Capacitor10,500 MJ
Laser Recharge262 / 1,050 (AP) MW
                                                                                                         Main x 8
                                                                                                         Rear x 1
                                                                                                         Right x 1
                                                                                                         Left x 1


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.

Pirate Centaur[edit]

This is the Pirate variant of the Centaur. It sacrifices shields, hull strength, and some cargo capacity for a slight increase in speed.

Physical Characteristics[edit]

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
Centaur x x x x x x

Suggested Roles[edit]

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.

Good as:

OOS Patrol vessel (note, if the sector is not bordering on Xenon territory)

Anti-Fighter Vessel.

Scout Ship for Carrier Strike groups

Poor as

Capital Ship Combat Vessel (with exceptions - See Combat section above)

Lone vessel (with exceptions - See Combat section above)

See Also[edit]

Ships by Class
Capital  M1M2 / M2+M7 / M7M / M7C
Escort  M6 / M6+M8
Fighter  M3 / M3+M4 / M4+M5
Transport  TLTS / TS+TPTM
M6 Ships
Argon  Centaur
ATF  Vidar
Boron  Hydra
Goner  Truelight Seeker
Kha'ak  Kha'ak Corvette
OTAS  none
Paranid  Nemesis
Pirate  CentaurOsprey
Split  Dragon
Teladi  Osprey
Terran  KatanaSpringblossom
Xenon  P
Yaki  none
Argon Navigation
Core Sectors Argon Prime | Herron's Nebula | Home of Light | Legend's Home | Light of Heart | Montalaar | Omicron Lyrae | Red Light | Ringo Moon | The Wall
Border Sectors Aladna Hill | Albion Alpha | Albion Beta | Albion Delta | Albion Gamma | Akeela's Beacon | Antigone Memorial | Argon Sector M148 | Belt of Aguilar | Black Hole Sun | Cloudbase North West | Cloudbase South East | Cloudbase South West | Circle Of Labour | Elena's Fortune | Elysium of Light | Interworlds | Getsu Fune | Midnight Star | Nathan's Voyage | Nyana's Hideout | Ore Belt | Power Circle | President's End | The Hole | Three Worlds | Treasure Chest | Wastelands
Capital Ships M1: Colossus | M2: Titan | M2+: None | M7: Cerberus | M7C: Griffon | M7M: Minotaur
Fighters M3: Nova | M3+: Eclipse | M4: Buster | M4+: Elite | M5: Arrow, Discoverer, Starburst
Escort Ships M6: Centaur | M6+: Heavy Centaur | M8: Gladiator
Transports TL: Mammoth | TM: Magnetar | TP: Express, Phantom | TS: Mercury | TS+: Lotan
Shipyards Argon Prime | Argon Sector M148 | Cloudbase South East | Legend's Home | Light of Heart | Omicron Lyrae
Racial Wares Argnu Beef | Cloth Rimes | Meatsteak Cahoonas | Space Fuel