With its low speed, it is not fast enough to get to the best deals, and will often be left trundling around sectors towards factories whose wares have already been sold to a faster trader. As such, this freighter is not frequently used by players, preferring faster ships.
The Boron Dolphin is a cost-effective transporter ship. Its unique Boron design has been combined with Argon know-how to produce a transporter that can carry great loads, whilst moving gracefully.
The standard Dolphin by which the other variants are measured.
The Enhanced version of the Dolphin is available from the beginning of the Hub plot. It is not given directly to the player and must be claimed.
The Hauler doubles the Dolphin's cargo space in exchange for a maximum speed of 59.9m/s.
Dolphin Super Freighter
The Super Freighter is better shielded than the Hauler, but carries slightly less cargo and moves slightly slower.
Dolphin Super Freighter XL
The Super Freighter XL carries the most cargo of all Dolphin variants, but also moves the slowest, at 53.9m/s. In Albion Prelude, this variant's role is superseded by the Sturgeon.
The Dolphin Tanker is identical to the standard model in every way, except that it is available at different shipyards.
Dolphin Tanker XL
The Tanker XL is the slowest Dolphin variant, yet its cargo does not match that of the Super Freighter XL, making the SFXL the better choice, if a choice is available.
All TS-class ships are the same size, although the Dolphin is an odd shape, with its distinctive ovoid hull atop its external freight rack.
The Dolphin has average shielding for a TS, but is completely unarmed. It may carry certain light missiles for defense, but it should not stray anywhere it is likely to be attacked. If you must send a Dolphin into potentially hostile space, make sure it carries Fighter Drones.
|Variant||Depths of Silence||Great Reef||Kingdom End||Lucky Planets||Ocean of Fantasy||Queen's Retribution|
|Dolphin Super Freighter||X||X|
|Dolphin Super Freighter XL||X||X|
|Dolphin Tanker XL||X||X|
The Dolphin Enhanced is only available as part of the Hub plot.
Due to their low speed but generous freight bays, all of the Dolphin variants are best for short-range, high volume goods runs. The few trades it can do are those that involve little competition, such as Commodity Logistics work, or selling goods in low-population sectors.
|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||Mercury (Hauler) (Super Freighter) (Super Freighter XL) (Tanker) (Tanker XL) (Enhanced) (Prototype)|
|Boron||Dolphin (Hauler) (Super Freighter) (Super Freighter XL) (Tanker) (Tanker XL) (Enhanced)|
|Paranid||Demeter (Hauler) (Miner) (Super Freighter) (Super Freighter XL) (Tanker) (Prototype)|
|Split||Caiman (Hauler) (Miner) (Super Freighter) (Super Freighter XL) (Tanker) (Tanker XL)|
|Teladi||Vulture (Hauler) (Miner) (Super Freighter) (Super Freighter XL) (Tanker) (Prototype)|
|Core Sectors||Depths of Silence | Great Reef | Kingdom End | Lucky Planets | Menelaus' Frontier | Queen's Harbour | Queen's Retribution | Queen's Space | Reservoir of Tranquillity | Rolk's Drift | Rolk's Legacy|
|Border Sectors||Atreus' Clouds | Barren Shores | Bluish Snout | Dark Waters | Faded Dreams | Great Trench | Hila's Joy | Hollow Infinity | Light Water | Mists of Elysium | Menelaus' Oasis | Menelaus' Paradise | Ocean of Fantasy | Rolk's Fate | Shining Currents | Shore of Infinity | Unknown Sector (18,16)|
|Capital Ships||M1: Shark | M2: Ray | M2+: Megalodon | M7: Thresher | M7C: Guppy | M7M: Kraken|
|Fighters||M3: Barracuda | M3+: Skate | M4: Mako | M4+: Pike | M5: Octopus|
|Escort Ships||M6: Hydra | M6+: Heavy Hydra | M8: Marlin|
|Transports||TL: Orca | TM: Pleco | TP: Angel, Manta | TS: Dolphin | TS+: Sturgeon|
|Shipyards||Depths Of Silence | Great Reef | Kingdom End | Lucky Planets | Ocean of Fantasy | Queen's Retribution|
|Racial Wares||BoFu | BoGas | Plankton | Stott Spices|