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The Olaf Grayshoulders Pirate Valkyrie is a pirate ship in Escape Velocity Nova. This craft is unavailable for most of the Vell-os Storyline.

"Pirates and Valkyries have gone together almost since the Valkyrie was first released. Somehow the hotrodded starship seems to embody the very idea of a swash-buckling corsair; so much so, in fact, that people who fly normal, unmodified Valkyries get a few sideglances from other spacelane users. Pirates take great pride in maxing their 'Valks' out, and most Valkyries will sport afterburners and custom paintjobs, as well as radically altered shield grids. This darkly menacing custom convert by Olaf Greyshoulders is no different." ― Buying a Pirate Valkyrie

The Pirate Valkyrie is a fast freight-courier with an extra engine. Heavy modifications have produced a somewhat more capable ship. Its four engines give it a speed and agility advantage.

Stats[]

"You run your hands lovingly over the titanium finish of this handsome ship, admiring its beauty and its strength. «Yes, sir,» says a proud captain, «she's as good as she looks. I've made a lot of 'special' modifications myself,» she says with a conspiratorial wink." ― Hiring a Pirate Valkyrie

Class II (#149)[]

For this base model only, stat changes are relative to the Valkyrie, Class I.

Stats
  • Purchase/Hire Appearance %: 90%/60%
  • Purchase Cost: 500k (+150k)
  • Hire Cost: 50k/upfront 5k/day
  • Upgrade: Class III
  • Upgrade Cost: 50k
  • Nova pict 6070 thumb Speed: 475 (+25)
  • Nova pict 6069 thumb Acceleration: 550 (+50)
  • Nova pict 6072 thumb Turning: 40
  • Nova pict 6067 thumb Shields: 410 (+10)
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Shield Regen: 25 (+5)
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Shield Recharge per second: 0.75
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Minutes to recharge Shields: 9.11
  • Nova pict 6052 thumb Armor: 130 (+10)
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Disabled at Armor %: 33%
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Pre-disabled Armor: 85
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Total Fighting HP: 495
  • Nova pict 6134 thumb Max Ion: 125 (+25)
  • Nova pict 6134 thumb Deionize: 25 (+5)
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Total Outfits Space: 57t (+7)
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Free Outfit Space: 25t
  • Nova pict 6061 thumb Cargo Space: 20t
  • Nova pict 6001 thumb Max Guns: 6 (+1)
  • Nova pict 6001 thumb Guns: 2 Medium Blasters, 2 Light Blasters
  • Nova pict 6003 thumb Max Turrets: 2 (+1)
  • Nova pict 6008 thumb Missiles: 2 Raven Rocket Pods (80 ammo)
  • Nova pict 6128 thumb Energy: 500 (5 jumps)
  • Nova pict 6074 thumb Jump Time: 2 days
  • Targetable by PD?: Yes
  • Strength: 225 (+25)
  • AI Type: Warship

Unlike Owen Greylock's upgrades, this Olaf Grayshoulders upgrade is unquestionably superior to the stock ship.

Wild Variants[]

Shipvariant stat changes are relative to the stats of the basic model. The basic model is Pirate Valkyrie, Class II.

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

Class II #2 (#288)[]

Stats

Class III (#289)[]

Stats

Class III #2 (#290)[]

Stats
  • Purchase Cost: 600k (+100k)
  • Hire Cost: 60k/upfront 6k/day
  • Upgrade: Class IV
  • Upgrade Cost: 70k
  • Nova pict 6070 thumb Speed: 555 (+80)
  • Nova pict 6069 thumb Acceleration: 650 (+100)
  • Nova pict 6072 thumb Turning: 50 (+10)
  • Nova pict 6067 thumb Shields: 450 (+40)
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Shield Regen: 50 (+25)
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Shield Recharge per second: 1.5
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Minutes to recharge Shields: 5
  • Nova pict 6052 thumb Armor: 250 (+120)
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Pre-disabled Armor: 165
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Total Fighting HP: 615
  • Nova pict 6134 thumb Max Ion: 200 (+175)
  • Nova pict 6134 thumb Deionize: 50 (+25)
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Total Outfits Space: 66t (+16)
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Free Outfit Space: 0t
  • Nova pict 6061 thumb Cargo Space: 10t (-10)
  • Nova pict 6001 thumb Guns: 4 Medium Blasters, 2 Light Blaster
  • Nova pict 6008 thumb Missiles: 4 Radar Missile Launcher (80 ammo)

Class IV (#291)[]

Stats

The P.V.IV is considered to be one of the best shipvariants by many pilots for its best-in-class top speed and expandability which once stripped provides over 200 tons of outfit space.

Technical Variants[]

The following shipvariant is unavailable in the shipyard and serves a particular gameplay purpose.

Class II #3 (#401)[]

Stats

It appears in two "advanced" düdes for the Pirates and Marauders. b8888 is activated when the player acquires a capable ship, so this shipvariant serves the purpose of filling up the galaxy with more fodder pirates when the player is ready.

Gameplay Analysis[]

Pirate Valkyrie Shipyard

"My personal preference for an escort ship (upgraded to IV), as their long range and devestating attacks work very well. Beware these ships in combat if they are in the upper levels; lower levels are breezes to take out, but IIIs are much more difficult, and IV are insanely fast and armed to the teeth." ― EVula Survival Guide

Most Pirate Valkyries are simply nuisances but if you encounter a P.V.IV in the field, brace yourself. Unless you're flying an equally powerful ship you'll likely be disabled and plundered. Don't fly around the galactic north unprepared or weakened as they are as fast or faster than most player ships (even with the player's 50% speed boost). Try to fend it off with medium range weapons on the first pass and show no mercy.

Escort Duty[]

Pirate Valkyries are found abundantly throughout the game and can be easily captured and upgraded into a deadly P.V.IV. It's an excellent escort early on in the game, especially if your ship is a vulnerable freighter and your main concern is profiting off of your cargo runs. Get your lamb and wolf setup here.

Close Combat[]

One approach to building a Pirate Valkyrie is a complete close-ranged approach. Scrap all weapons in favor of 4 Thunderhead Lances and 1 Ion Cannon, with the rest of the space devoted to Solar Panels, Battery Packs, armor upgrades and jammers. With skilled piloting and a lot of evasion, it can hold its own against any ship.

Bonus escorts[]

While much has been said about the P.V.IV, 5 P.V.IIIs are assigned to escort you as a part of the Investigate Incidents mission in the Association Storyline. This is a very powerful pack of escorts in their own right and one might consider delaying completion of the mission to keep them.

Images[]

The Pirate Valkyrie was probably made by Dave Williams, but it could also have been a remodel of a Scott Vardy original.

Appearance[]

As the Valkyrie but... <ship description>

Ship Spins[]

This ship has 36 frames per set and 3 sets for 108 frames in total. It banks when turning in one direction for a certain amount of time.

  • Ship: 48x48
  • Engine: 96x96

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)
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