Smaller than an M3, and lower priced, the Pike is a capable carrier fighter with good shielding and speed, along with enhanced weaponry over the Mako.
The Pike's weapon selection changed significantly in Albion Prelude, dramatically changing the fighter's role.
Adding the Pike to the Royal Boron Navy's inventory was an inspired move. The Pike's agility, speed and improved weaponry makes it a fine interceptor.
The Pike's hull is identical to the Mako, an unusual feature among M4+s, which usually have distinct, if similar appearances compared to their sister M4s. It has been given a unique model in Albion Prelude.
The Boron M4+ fighter is a large improvement on its predecessor, the Mako, with heavier shielding and armament, and it can hold its own against other fighters. Thanks to its 25MJ shields, it can survive glancing blows from heavier weapons, and it has the speed and agility to dodge incoming fire. It also mounts enough weapon power to do reasonable damage to an adversary.
As with most Boron fighters, it can use the Ion Disruptor, and can be used to strip shields and equipment for boarding operations.
In Albion Prelude, the Pike can no longer mount the Ion Disruptor, but is compatible with the Energy Bolt Chaingun, making the fighter a more capable destructive ship at the cost of its niche role.
|Game||Depths of Silence||Great Reef||Kingdom End||Lucky Planets||Ocean of Fantasy||Queen's Retribution|
The Pike's speed is competitive with other M4+s, a unusual quality for Boron small craft. It strikes a good balance between speed, shielding and firepower, making it a good escort ship and interceptor.
In Terran Conflict, it is useful as a escort for boarding operations, using the Ion Disruptor to strip weapons and shields while the player launches marines. It can also mount several very heavy missiles like the Hammerhead Missile, Tornado Missile and Thunderbolt Missile, allowing it a heavy strike capability.
In Albion Prelude, its weapon generator cannot adequately fuel the High Energy Plasma Thrower or Phased Repeater Gun, but it has plenty of cargo space, so utilizing the Energy Bolt Chaingun is quite feasible. Its ability to mount heavy missiles has also been removed; its selection is mostly anti-fighter. It can still mount the heavy Remote Guided Warhead, but the missile is difficult to source, so it is unreliable for fleet action.
- M4 class;
|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|
|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|