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Variants of the Pirate Carrier
Original Unrelenting

The Hrunyir Greyshoulders Pirate Carrier 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.

"Hrunyir Greyshoulders, father of Olaf, crafted the Pirate Carrier 60 years ago as a tool to aid in the suppression of worlds for ransom. This terrifying weapon mounts tubes for EMP torpedos, the most devastating explosive known (and banned by all space treaties, even between the Aurorans and the Federation). Olaf started work on a second carrier 20 years ago, and it is now reaching completion. He is still hunting for a buyer with enough cash and few enough scruples to buy it." ― Buying a Pirate Carrier

The Pirate Carrier is a fearsome battlecarrier that carries nukes. Despite the implication perpetuated by Greyshoulders' dockyards that only two are in existence by the present day, their contemporary shipwrights on Harbor must have been far more busy, as it is uncommonly encountered as a foe both in the Federation and the galactic north.

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


"The dockyards around you are absolutely frantic with activity as the finishing touches are put on this Pirate Carrier. «Careful with that nuke, blockheads!» yells Olaf from the top of the observation platform. «Sorry about that,» he says later, «but you can't be too careful around here. I'll introduce you to the buyer in a minute; I'm just finishing some last-minute checks before launch.»" ― Hiring a Pirate Carrier

Standard (#147)[]

  • Purchase/Hire Appearance %: 40%/25%
  • Purchase Cost: 15M
  • Hire Cost: 1.5M/upfront 150k/day
  • Upgrade: Upgraded
  • Upgrade Cost: 1M
  • Nova pict 6070 thumb Speed: 200
  • Nova pict 6069 thumb Acceleration: 275
  • Nova pict 6072 thumb Turning: 30
  • Nova pict 6067 thumb Shields: 725
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Shield Regen: 8
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Shield Recharge per second: 0.24
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Minutes to recharge Shields: 50.34
  • Nova pict 6052 thumb Armor: 825
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Disabled at Armor %: 33%
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Pre-disabled Armor: 544
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Total Fighting HP: 1,269
  • Nova pict 6134 thumb Max Ion: 240
  • Nova pict 6134 thumb Deionize: 20
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Total Outfits Space: 421t
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Free Outfit Space: 80t
  • Nova pict 6061 thumb Cargo Space: 75t
  • Nova pict 6001 thumb Max Guns: 6
  • Nova pict 6001 thumb Guns: 4 150mm Fixed Railguns
  • Nova pict 6003 thumb Max Turrets: 4
  • Nova pict 6003 thumb Turrets: 2 Quad Light Blaster Turrets
  • Nova pict 6008 thumb Missiles: 1 EMP Torpedo Tube (4 ammo)
  • Nova pict 6030 thumb Fighters: 4 Pirate Viper Bays (4 fighters)
  • Nova pict 6056 thumb Outfits: 1 Pirate Jammer
  • Nova pict 6128 thumb Energy: 400 (4 jumps)
  • Nova pict 6053 thumb Mass: 1850t
  • Nova pict 6074 thumb Jump Time: 3 days
  • Strength: 475
  • AI Type: Warship

It has a surprisingly short range for a raiding carrier but more than enough space to rectify that issue.

Wild Variants[]

Stat changes are relative to the stats of the basic model. The basic model is Standard.

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

Upgraded (#285)[]


This shipvariant features a strong upgrade to protection, loadout and equipment space. It also features variant Vipers.

Extra Fighters Detected (#286)[]


This shipvariant does indeed feature extra fighters in the form of Thunderheads and variant Vipers, but to a lesser degree than the Heavy Weapons Platform. However, it is the most durable Pirate Carrier.

Heavy Weapons Platform (#287)[]


Acting as McGowan's flagship, this shipvariant is a titan in its field. It features the most fighters and backs them up with an impressive arsenal.

The Heavy Weapons Platform can be stripped down to have an immense 1070 tons of outfit space.

Special Variants[]

The following shipvariants are unavailable in the shipyard and must be obtained as part of a Storyline.

The Unrelenting (#374)[]

The Unrelenting is special and thus detailed on its own page.

Gameplay Analysis[]

Pirate Carrier Shipyard

"If you thought that the Manticore was something to be weary of, you'll flip when you see an angry Pirate Carrier come down heavy on you. All of the variants are insanely dangerous. Thankfully, these ships aren't quite that fast, but with their fighters and wide range of missile weapons and railguns, keeping a safe distance is rather hard to do." ― EVula Survival Guide

The Pirate Carrier is considered one of the most powerful ships in the galaxy by independent pilots. It is a great weapons platform when properly upgraded. It is almost twice as fast as the Fed Carrier and has longer range guns. Both useful attributes to be sure when you tread on the wrong side of the law.

Would-be captains should be aware that the EMP Torpedo Tubes, the Pirate Viper Bays and the Pirate Thunderhead Bays are illegal outfits.

Anti-Pirate Carrier[]

The Pirate Carrier has no blind spots. You won't be able to completely evade its firepower by striking it from the rear. Hit hard and hit fast if you would like to survive the encounter.

Our Fighters Will Blot Out the Sun[]

When equipped with 4 of each type of Pirate Viper Bay using the ShipVariants plug-in, you can engulf your enemies with your swarm of 48 Vipers.


The Pirate Carrier was made by Dave Williams of ATMOS.


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Ship Spins[]

This ship has one set with 36 frames.

  • Ship: 112x112
  • Engine: 224x224

Representative Images[]

Additional Images[]

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