Cataphract armor

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Cataphract armor

Cataphract armor

A suit of heavy powered armor, built for maximum protection at the cost of mobility. Heavy layered plasteel-weave plates with solid ablative coatings stop all but the most well-aimed or powerful attacks. Neuro-memetic assistors prevent the suit's massive weight from immobilizing the wearer entirely, but the suit is still quite cumbersome. Armor like this is used by imperial cataphracts to break heavily fortified positions in frontal assaults when no other option is available.


Base Stats

Type
GearArmor
HP
400
Market Value
3120 Silver.png
Mass
15 kg

Apparel

Insulation - Cold
20°C
Insulation - Heat
6.7°C
Armor - Sharp
120%
Armor - Blunt
50%
Armor - Heat
60%
Coverage
Torso, Neck, Left Shoulder, Left Arm, Right Shoulder, Right Arm, Left Leg, Right Leg
Layer
Middle, Outer

Creation

Crafted At
Component assembly bench.png
Skill Required
Crafting 8
Work To Make
75,000 ticks (20.83 mins)
Resources to make
Plasteel.png 150 + Uranium.png 50 + Advanced component.png 6
Technical
thingCategories
ApparelArmor
thingSetMakerTags
RewardStandardHighFreq
defaultOutfitTags
Soldier
tradeTags
HiTechArmor


Cataphract armor is a type of advanced apparel (armor) introduced by the Royalty DLC that can effectively block gunshots, cuts, blunt trauma, or burns. It forms a full set of armor along with the Cataphract helmet.

Acquisition

As a complicated piece of technology, Cataphract Armor can only be made at the Fabrication bench and requires Cataphract Armor to be researched in order to be constructed. Researching Cataphract Armor in turn requires the previous power armor projects to be researched as well as the use of two Cataphract Armor Techprints to unlock. Crafting the armor requires Plasteel 150 plasteel + Uranium 50 uranium and Advanced component 6 advanced components.

Alternatively, the armor can be received as a quest reward, purchased from traders, or found on Imperial Cataphracts.

Analysis

Cataphract armor provides the best protection of any armor in the game, especially against blunt, and can block heat damage. Like Recon armor and Marine armor it also covers the limbs in addition to the torso making for great overall protections. It provides roughly the same protection as a Marine Armor of one quality level above its own, or of Recon Armor two quality levels above its own. It also allows a pawn to reach the cap of 200% sharp protection at Legendary quality. Compared to a flak vest and duster, Cataphract armor offers strictly superior protection to all body parts when all items are the same quality, regardless of duster material. However, Cataphract armor is much more expensive, needs a long time to make and also needs the Cataphract Armor research before being available.

Acquiring it through fighting the Empire is also difficult due to their ubiquitious Death acidifier implants and the general difficulty of killing the pawns wearing this armor and carrying the empires best weapons. The armor provides a significant Move Speed debuff of -0.80 c\s, double that of Marine armor and over six times that of a flak vest, making the armor impractical for every day wear by some pawns. The bionic legs may be used to offset this move speed penalty.

Quality Table

  • Quality Sharp Blunt Heat Item HP Insulation - Cold Insulation - Heat Market Value
    Awful Cataphract armor 72% 30% 36% 400 -16°C +5.36°C 1560 Silver
    Poor Cataphract armor 96% 40% 48% 400 -18°C +6.03°C 2340 Silver
    Normal Cataphract armor 120% 50% 60% 400 -20°C +6.7°C 3120 Silver
    Good Cataphract armor 138% 57.5% 69% 400 -22°C +7.37°C 3620 Silver
    Excellent Cataphract armor 156% 65% 78% 400 -24°C +8.04°C 4120 Silver
    Masterwork Cataphract armor 174% 72.5% 87% 400 -30°C +10.05°C 5120 Silver
    Legendary Cataphract armor 200% 90% 108% 400 -36°C +12.06°C 6120 Silver

    For the full effects of qualities, see Quality.

  • Trivia

    Cataphracts were heavy armored cavalry used in ancient warfare by people in Eurasia, including the Byzantines that inspired the Empire.

    Every set of cataphract armor found on an Imperial Cataphract will be white.

    Version history

    • Royalty DLC release - Added.
    • 1.1.2647 - No longer meets the clothing requirement of nobles, replaced in that role by Prestige cataphract armor. Stellic Wardens and Defenders no longer spawn with a regular cataphract armor, and instead spawn with the prestige version.

    See Also

    • Phoenix armor - a variant of cataphract armor that is slightly more protective against heat and temperature but less protective otherwise, with an integrated incendiary launcher.
    • Prestige cataphract armor - a variant of cataphract armor that both pleases nobles and improves psychic ability.