The Q is the most feared ship in the X-Universe, despite not being the most deadly individual enemy and not being particularly potent even as M7s go. This is because it is the most common enemy capital ship encountered. Fast, powerful, highly maneuverable and constantly deployed on patrol by the Xenon within Commonwealth space with fighter escorts, these vessels are responsible for most of the losses incurred by transports and warships alike. The Q was developed at roughly the same time as Commonwealth nations developed their own frigates, possibly as a response. The vessel's design appears to have been optimized to provide a fast heavy-hitter that can sweep in and obliterate any opponent with rapidity, whether it is based at home or abroad. The Q is very fast; only the ATF Aegir is quicker in the M7 class.
As of Albion Prelude, the OTAS Astraeus Hauler and the Argon Griffon both exceed the Q in speed in the M7 class, but improvements to the OOS-combat algorithms have reduced the Q's ability to annihilate any target instantly.
The Xenon Q, spotted recently by ships transiting Xenon sectors, appears to be a frigate that increases the Xenon ability to react quickly to incursions into their space.
It is of moderate size compared to other frigates. The hexagonal front-end is immediately distinguishable by any veteran; if you see it, you are well advised to point your tailpipe at it and keep the throttle on the limiter. Alternately, charge at it, hide in one of the several massive blind spots it has (due to nonfunctional turrets above and below its fuselage) and pump firepower into it until it pops.
Q loadouts change from Q to Q. They can equip a very wide variety of weapons including a rear mounted Flak Artillery Array to side mounted PPCs and frontal IBLs. You can expect a Q to lob pretty much anything at you. The major drawback of this ship is its poor recharge rate for its weapons; it ties with the Teladi Shrike for the worst laser recharge rate out of any M7. Also, it has blind spots at the top and bottom ends of the ship due to nonfunctional turrets in those areas thanks to a bug; this makes it easy for a fighter to hide in either of those areas and keep shooting at it until it is destroyed.
Qs are Xenon ships; they are unbuyable and must be boarded.
Capturing a Xenon Capital Ship is extremely difficult; waves of highly trained Marines, totaling more than 30, are often necessary.
The Q is a patrol ship. There is always at least one making an incursion into Commonwealth space. They also can be found defending Xenon sectors; with their speed and superior firepower they can deal with any intruder swiftly and mercilessly.
Headquarters Production Info
This ship can be reverse engineered and produced at the player Headquarters. Required materials and build time as follows:
HQ Production Materials
|Shipwright Fee (Credits)||9,831,749|
|Build Time (game time)
|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||Cerberus • Griffon|
|Paranid||Agamemnon • Deimos|
|Split||Panther • Tiger|