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Terrapin Pegasus Manticore Leviathan


The salvaged Manticore is a pirate ship in Escape Velocity Nova. This craft is unavailable for most of the Vell-os Storyline or if your shareware trial passes 30 days.

"The Manticore is the most terrifying vessel that pirates have ever used. Built from salvaged Leviathans (just don't ask where they got them from), the Manticore's primary offensive weapon is the 'Crown of Thorns', a ring of modified Rauther Ion Cannons. This ring is fully independently targetable, and can easily disable large ships, while being accurate enough not to shred smaller vessels." ― Buying a Manticore

The Manticore is an infamous Pirate vessel, designed for the sole purpose of attack and plunder. It is based on the same type of ring section used in the Pegasus and Leviathan, but adds an enormous arsenal highlighted by the Crown of Thorns, an array of eight Ion Cannons. This ship is large, slow and very expensive for which freighter captains all over the galaxy are thankful. 

The Manticore, along with the Pirate Carrier, disappear when a major non-Bureau Storyline is completed.

Stats[]

"«Perfect for that little blockade run you might have planned. Don't worry,» winks the captain, «I haven't heard anything about your plans. But you'll be hatching something, to be sure, if you're looking to take me and the lads along wit' you.» You think he's quite justified in his observation; his immense Manticore is a sight to behold." ― Hiring a Manticore

Heavy Weapons upgrade path[]

Original Version (#146)[]

Stats
  • Purchase/Hire Appearance %: 50%/30%
  • Purchase Cost: 12M
  • Hire Cost: 1.2Mk/upfront 120k/day
  • Upgrade: Anti-Fighter Version
  • Upgrade Cost: 1.5M
  • Nova pict 6070 thumb Speed: 200
  • Nova pict 6069 thumb Acceleration: 300
  • Nova pict 6072 thumb Turning: 30
  • Nova pict 6067 thumb Shields: 500
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Shield Regen: 40
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Shield Recharge per second: 1.2
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Minutes to recharge Shields: 6.94
  • Nova pict 6052 thumb Armor: 850
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Disabled at Armor %: 10%
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Pre-disabled Armor: 765
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Total Fighting HP: 1,265
  • Nova pict 6134 thumb Max Ion: 225
  • Nova pict 6134 thumb Deionize: 30
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Total Outfits Space: 307t
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Free Outfit Space: 40t
  • Nova pict 6061 thumb Cargo Space: 500t
  • Nova pict 6001 thumb Max Guns: 8
  • Nova pict 6001 thumb Guns: 8 Ionic Particle Cannons
  • Nova pict 6003 thumb Max Turrets: 4
  • Nova pict 6008 thumb Missiles: 1 EMP Torpedo Tube (8 ammo), 2 IR Missile Launchers (20 ammo)
  • Nova pict 6056 thumb Outfits: 1 Pirate Jammer
  • Nova pict 6128 thumb Energy: 700 (7 jumps)
  • Nova pict 6074 thumb Jump Time: 3 days
  • Strength: 425
  • AI Type: Warship

The Manticore is a spaceship shredder.

Wild Variants[]

Shipvariant stat changes are relative to the stats of the basic model. The basic model is Original Version. All Manticore shipvariants disable at 33% instead of 10% like the basic model.

The following shipvariants are unavailable in the shipyard and must be captured in the field.

Anti-Fighter Version (#228)[]

Stats
  • Purchase Cost: 13.5M (+1.5M)
  • Hire Cost: 1.35M/upfront 135k/day
  • Upgrade: Heavy Weapons Version
  • Upgrade Cost: 2M
  • Nova pict 6070 thumb Speed: 215 (+15)
  • Nova pict 6069 thumb Acceleration: 325 (+25)
  • Nova pict 6072 thumb Turning: 45 (+15)
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Shield Regen: 60 (+20)
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Shield Recharge per second: 1.8
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Minutes to recharge Shields: 4.6
  • Nova pict 6052 thumb Armor: 700 (-150)
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Disabled at Armor %: 33% (+23%)
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Pre-disabled Armor: 462
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Total Fighting HP: 962
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Total Outfits Space: 337t (+30)
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Free Outfit Space: 30t
  • Nova pict 6001 thumb Guns: 8 Ionic Particle Cannons
  • Nova pict 6003 thumb Turrets: 2 Storm Chainguns (400 ammo)
  • Nova pict 6008 thumb Missiles: 1 EMP Torpedo Tube (8 ammo)
  • Nova pict 6056 thumb Outfits: 1 Pirate Jammer

This shipvariant is a faster, more fragile Manticore with point-defence.

Heavy Weapons Version (#229)[]

Stats
  • Purchase Cost: 15.5M (+3.5M)
  • Hire Cost: 1.55M/upfront 155k/day
  • Nova pict 6070 thumb Speed: 250 (+50)
  • Nova pict 6069 thumb Acceleration: 350 (+50)
  • Nova pict 6067 thumb Shields: 400 (-100)
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Shield Regen: 60 (+20)
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Shield Recharge per second: 1.8
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Minutes to recharge Shields: 3.7
  • Nova pict 6052 thumb Armor: 600 (-250)
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Disabled at Armor %: 33% (+23%)
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Pre-disabled Armor: 400
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Total Fighting HP: 800
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Total Outfits Space: 385t (+78)
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Free Outfit Space: 30t
  • Nova pict 6001 thumb Max Guns: 10 (+2)
  • Nova pict 6001 thumb Guns: 8 Ionic Particle Cannons, 2 200mm Fixed Railguns
  • Nova pict 6008 thumb Missiles: 2 EMP Torpedo Tubes (10 ammo)
  • Nova pict 6056 thumb Outfits: 1 Pirate Jammer

This shipvariant has a glass jaw. They had to add additional gun slots to fit some Railguns on it.

Light Carrier upgrade path[]

Light Weapons Version (#227)[]

Stats

This shipvariant is a worse ship with a non-threatening loadout, but it's highly resistant to guided munitions. It has the most turret slots of any Manticore, but pays for it with a massive amount of equipment space.

Light Carrier Version (#230)[]

Stats

This is a slower, more fragile Manticore with a pair of Pirate Vipers to throw at you. It has swapped a pair of Ion Cannons for Railguns.

Gameplay Analysis[]

Manticore Shipyard

"Fear the Manticore... this is a hard core ship, no matter how you look at it. All of the variants are dangerous, and nice and powerful, boasting heavy missiles, fighters, or railguns, not to mention the Crown of Thorns. Take your pick, it'll be a hell of a fight no matter what. :)" ― EVula Survival Guide

The "Beam Bug" causes a single Ion Cannon to have the full intended power of the Crown of Thorns by default.

When fighting this ship, take advantage of the limited range of the Ion Cannons and the short supply of guided munitions. A sufficiently fast and maneuverable ship with a long or medium range weapon such as a Light Cannon, Fusion Pulse Cannon or 100mm Railgun can defeat a Manticore without taking a single hit.

If you have the money and the patience, this can be one of the best warships in the game. It has 500 tons of cargo room which allows for complete usage of all the Mass Retools in the game. A converted and stripped-down Manticore has approximately 500 tons of free space available. The best shipvariant to use is the Original Version. The others don't add enough to compensate for their significant downsides.

The Manticore fires beams from multiple points on the ship. By default, the Ion Cannon fires from the exit point closest to the target, but this can be used to make a minigun-like beam array with either Capacitor Pulse Lasers or if you're feeling particularly skilled, Thunderhead Lances.

Images[]

Dave Williams ripped Scott Vardy’s Leviathan a new one in order to make the Manticore.

Appearance[]

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Ship Spins[]

This ship has 36 frames per set and 3 sets for 108 frames in total. The sets are displayed in sequence.

  • Ship: 112x112
  • Weapon: 112x112
  • Engine: 168x168

Representative Images[]

Additional Images[]

Nova Pirates
Sub-factions: MaraudersFree TradersThe AssociationHouseless Warriors
Pirate Ships: Viper (v) (i) 110k, Argosy (v) (i) 250k, Thunderhead (v) (i) 425k, Valkyrie (v) (i) 500k, Enterprise (v) (i) 700k, Starbridge (v) (i) 725k, Manticore (v) (i) 12M, Carrier (v) (i) 15M (Unrelenting 1 rich uncle)
Association Storyline (PreambleIntro MissionsFinal MissionsOffshootMerrol Missions)
Pirate OutfitsPirate Weapons

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