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Revision as of 20:52, 23 December 2013

Nisos
Cruiser Hull Federation B Nisos.png
Cruiser Federation B Nisos.png
Ship type Federation Cruiser
Layout Layout B
Weapons Dual Lasers, Leto, Artillery Beam
Missiles 9 Missiles
Drone parts 0
Power 9
Augmentations None
Achievements Master of Patience, Diplomatic Immunity, Artillery Mastery
Piloting
Power
Door System
Power
Sensors
Power
Oxygen
Power
Shields
Power
Engines
Power
Weapon Control
Power
Medbay
Power
Artillery Beam
Power


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The Kestrel
Red-Tail
Stealth Cruiser
The Nesasio
DA-SR 12
Mantis Cruiser
The Gila Monster
The Basilisk
Engi Cruiser
The Torus
The Vortex
Federation Cruiser
The Osprey
Nisos
Slug Cruiser
Man of War
The Stormwalker
Rock Cruiser
Bulwark
Shivan
Zoltan Cruiser
The Adjudicator
Noether
Crystal Cruiser
Bravais
Carnelian

Overview

The Nisos is the second layout for the Federation Cruiser. While similar to the Osprey, the Nisos comes with a pre-upgraded Artillery Beam and different weapons, at the cost of a weaker starting crew. The Nisos starts with a Human, a Zoltan and a Slug. It is equipped with Dual Lasers, a Leto Missile Launcher, and a level 2 Artillery Beam.

How to Unlock the Nisos

The Nisos is unlocked by completing two of the Federation Cruiser-specific achievements. The first two achivements (Master of Patience,Diplomatic Immunity) are very easy to complete on a regular run with the Osprey. Artillery Mastery is easier to complete with the Nisos due to the pre-upgraded Artillery Beam.

Strategy

Ship Strengths

  • Starts with an upgraded artillery beam
  • Starting with a quick-loading missile launcher allows you to stop enemy weapons early in the fight.
  • Due to the upgraded Artillery Beam, focusing on defense is very easy.
  • Starts with Dual Lasers, which is effecitvely a Burst Laser I with less power usage.

Ship Weaknesses

  • The crew is very weak to boarding and provides few blue options, despite their diversity.
  • Like the Osprey, the Nisos cannot mount a Cloaking Device.
  • This ship layout makes it difficult to vent oxygen from the shields or the weapons rooms.

Leaving the Hangar

Since the Nisos has a Slug and a Zoltan, this provides a use in two ways. The first is that the Zoltan can boost a system by one power bar, and the other is the Slug's telepathy. Ignoring the sensors when they're damaged provides no drawback, unless they have been upgraded. Put your Zoltan in the engine room so your weapons don't shut down if he has to leave, but his free power bar doesn't go to waste in the pilot's seat.

Your artillery beam starts at level 2, so an early upgrade to level 3 is recommended. Your starting weapons are not strong; the Leto Missile Launcher especially will stop being effective very quickly. As with the Osprey, an early focus on defenses will probably be worthwhile in the long run.

Your crew, unlike the Osprey, is vulnerable to boarders. A decent strategy is to move crew members in the bridge and engine room to the medbay, then vent the entire left side of your ship (everything left of the Medbay). With all airlocks open, the air should vent in about two seconds. This will force the enemy boarders to fight in the medbay where they will be whittled down. Close the airlocks immediately when the boarders are in the right spot; they will not go back. Two major risks exist with this strategy, however; you will not have a pilot until the air comes back, and a lucky shot to your oxygen system while the ship is vented can be extremely hazardous. The best solution is to get more crew.

Lean on the artillery beam until you get decent weaponry, but keep in mind how slow it fires. You will take lots of damage, especially from missile launchers, if your defenses aren't up to speed. Remember, you won't be able to cloak for the boss. Shields level 4, decent evasion and a Defense drone will be necessary to get through stage 2 intact. A teleporter and strong offensive weaponry are highly recommended as well.

Tips

  • Try to hit Slug sectors if you can, since you start with a Slug crewman. Zoltan crew provide only one blue option, but Zoltan sectors can be rewarding, and especially Zoltan Homeworlds, with their free, no-requirements quest to unlock the Zoltan cruiser. Even if you've already unlocked it, it is definitely worth completing again if you happen to you run across it.
  • If all you find is a decent missile or bomb, consider hitting the weapons room to give the Artillery beam time to charge up.
  • Keep your Dual Laser if you can, as it is quite a good weapon at 2 shots for 1 power. Sell the Leto as soon as you can replace it as it is the least worthwhile use of your limited missile supply in the game.
  • An early upgrade to level 3 Artillery Beam is recommended, followed by Shields level 2 and possibly 3 if you can't find good weaponry.
  • Only at rank 4 does the Artillery beam fire as fast as the average beam weapon. Try to supplement it with at least one decent weapon.