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Factional variants of the IDA Frigate
Civilian Rebellion

The Donald Chick Rebel IDA Frigate is a Rebellion ship in Escape Velocity Nova. To purchase this ship, you must either have successfully executed an Auroran campaign or discovered the location of the Bureau HQ for the Rebels. Also, your shareware trial must not have passed 30 days.

"The IDA Frigate was the mainstay of the Colonial Council line before the collapse of the Gate system, and instrumental in the defense of the core worlds against the Aurorans. These ships were made to last; the spaceframe itself is compartmental and component-based, and, like the Leviathan, it is virtually indestructible. Once Donald Chick got his hands on it, he retrofitted it to be a fairly lethal weapons platform capable of projecting a fair amount of firepower deep into enemy territory." ― Buying a Rebel IDA Frigate

The Rebel IDA Frigate is a combination medium warship and freighter used by the Rebels as an artillery platform and carrier. They truly have done a swell job at modernizing this ancient warship.


"The captain of this recently upgraded Rebel IDA Frigate introduces you to his crew as a matter of course as he takes you on a tour of his heavily upgraded ship. By the look of the large number of weapons that have been added to the framework of this vessel, she would be capable of holding off even Federation task-forces for a while. In retrospect, you decide that this is exactly what they were looking for when they upgraded her..." ― Hiring a Rebel IDA Frigate

Rebel Upgrade I (#412)[]

For this base model only, stat changes are relative to the IDA Frigate, 350NC.

  • Purchase/Hire Appearance %: 70%/40%
  • Purchase Cost: 5M (+4.25M)
  • Hire Cost: 500k/upfront 50k/day
  • Upgrade: Rebel Upgrade II
  • Upgrade Cost: 250k
  • Nova pict 6070 thumb Speed: 215 (+15)
  • Nova pict 6069 thumb Acceleration: 300 (+25)
  • Nova pict 6072 thumb Turning: 35 (+5)
  • Nova pict 6067 thumb Shields: 625 (+100)
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Shield Regen: 20 (+9)
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Shield Recharge per second: 0.6
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Minutes to recharge Shields: 17.36
  • Nova pict 6052 thumb Armor: 850 (+100)
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Disabled at Armor %: 33%
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Pre-disabled Armor: 561
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Total Fighting HP: 1,186
  • Nova pict 6134 thumb Max Ion: 150
  • Nova pict 6134 thumb Deionize: 15
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Total Outfits Space: 341t (+224)
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Free Outfit Space: 75t
  • Nova pict 6061 thumb Cargo Space: 50t (-200)
  • Nova pict 6001 thumb Max Guns: 6 (+2)
  • Nova pict 6001 thumb Guns: 2 Medium Blasters, 4 Light Cannons
  • Nova pict 6003 thumb Max Turrets: 4
  • Nova pict 6003 thumb Turrets: 1 Quad Light Blaster Turret, 2 Heavy Blaster Turrets
  • Nova pict 6008 thumb Missiles: 2 Gravimetric Missile Launchers (60 ammo)
  • Nova pict 6030 thumb Fighters: 1 Rebel Viper Bay (4 fighters)
  • Nova pict 6056 thumb Outfits: 1 Military IR Jammer
  • Nova pict 6128 thumb Energy: 500 (5 jumps) (+300)
  • Nova pict 6074 thumb Jump Time: 3 days
  • Nova pict 6073 thumb Jump Speed: 75%
  • Strength: 450 (+150)
  • AI Type: Brave Trader

Wild Variants[]

Shipvariant stat changes are relative to the stats of the basic model. The basic model is Rebel IDA Frigate, Rebel Upgrade I.

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

Rebel Upgrade II (#413)[]


Rebel Upgrade III (#414)[]


This shipvariant has the most gun slots in the game.

Gameplay Analysis[]

Rebel IDA Frigate Shipyard

"The IDA Frigate is the Rebellion's attempt at bridging the gap between the Starbridge and the Destroyer. It's faster than the Destroyer, and is armed with mid-range weaponry (and a compliment of fighters). By no means a solo attack ship, these refitted Frigates are best used in small fleets with other types of ships." ― EVula Survival Guide

The Rebel IDA Frigate is a great cruiser class ship because it has a much heavier armament compared to some other capital ships. If you want one of these, try to capture an Upgrade III for the better specs and weapons. You'll be glad you did. It has dual Bio-Relay Lasers which can destroy all but the most powerful ships with close-range firepower.

One of the oft-overlooked perks of this ship is the 360-degree Heavy Blaster Turrets. Most ships in the galaxy that come with these devastating guns have a blind spot in the rear. The Rebel IDA along with the Leviathan, the Pirate Enterprise, the Starbridge and the Pirate Carrier are examples of the few ships in the game that have no such drawback.

As with any ship that includes a large number of fighter bays, one should consider stripping them to create a great deal of space for more direct firepower.


The Rebel IDA Frigate was mostly made by Scott Vardy of ATMOS, with a little done by Dave Williams.


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Ship Spins[]

This ship has one set with 64 frames.

  • Ship: 100x100
  • Lights: 200x200
  • Engine: 200x200

Representative Images[]

Additional Images[]

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