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Factional variants of the Lightning
Civilian Rebellion

The Donald Chick Rebel Lightning is a Rebellion ship in Escape Velocity Nova. In order to purchase this ship, you must have been reassigned to the intelligence division of the Rebellion.

"The unusual design of the Rautherion Lightning was destined to have its inner working probed by the famous ship designer Donald Chick. Due to the relative youth of the design, Donald has left it mostly untouched until the vehicles have had time to "shake down," preferring to augment rather than tweak. Thus it is that this machine is mostly as you'll find it off the production line, bar a few standard upgrades added to "round her out," as Donald puts it." ― Buying a Rebel Lightning

This is a militarized version of the common militia gunboat.


"A batch of freshly converted Rebel Lightnings hang above you from mounts in the ceiling of the docking bay. As you watch, an element of them decouples from their brackets and screams out of the bay under half power.
«Fine craft, these,» confides the technician standing next to you. «Granted, they look pretty weird, but rumor has it that they're going to be the next Thunderhead, once they work out the bugs.»
You can't help but agree.
" ― Hiring a Rebel Lightning

Rebel Upgrade (#274)[]

Stats are relative to the stats of the basic model. The basic model is Civilian Heavy Fighter.

  • Purchase/Hire Appearance %: 90%/70%
  • Purchase Cost: 300k (+50k)
  • Hire Cost: 30k/upfront 3k/day
  • Nova pict 6070 thumb Speed: 530 (+30)
  • Nova pict 6069 thumb Acceleration: 750 (+75)
  • Nova pict 6072 thumb Turning: 60 (+5)
  • Nova pict 6067 thumb Shields: 200 (+110)
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Shield Regen: 30 (+20)
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Shield Recharge per second: 0.9
  • Nova pict 6065 thumb Minutes to recharge Shields: 3.7
  • Nova pict 6052 thumb Armor: 60 (+10)
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Disabled at Armor %: 33%
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Pre-disabled Armor: 40
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Total Fighting HP: 240
  • Nova pict 6134 thumb Max Ion: 75 (+15)
  • Nova pict 6134 thumb Deionize: 15 (+5)
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Total Outfits Space: 37t (+6)
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Free Outfit Space: 15t
  • Nova pict 6061 thumb Cargo Space: 20t
  • Nova pict 6001 thumb Max Guns: 7 (+1)
  • Nova pict 6001 thumb Guns: 4 Light Cannons
  • Nova pict 6008 thumb Missiles: 2 Radar Missile Launchers (10 ammo)
  • Nova pict 6128 thumb Energy: 400 (4 jumps)
  • Nova pict 6074 thumb Jump Time: 1 day
  • Nova pict 6073 thumb Jump Speed: 150% (+25%)
  • Targetable by PD?: Yes
  • Strength: 80
  • AI Type: Interceptor

The Rebel Upgrade is better or equal to the Wild Geese Variant, with the exception of ion resistance, a gun slot and higher disable threshold.

Gameplay Analysis[]

Rebel Lightning Shipyard

"Better than a Viper, the Lightning fits the role of "medium fighter", right between the Viper and the Thunderhead, quite well. It is very fast, and has a heavy enough armament to make it dangerous in small packs, and down right deadly when in larger groups consisting of multiple types of ships." ― EVula Survival Guide

An odd ship to begin with, the Rebel variant of the Lightning is probably the best example of what this beautiful ship is designed for. The tactics employed with a Lightning are unique in the fact that it is an almost pure dog-fighting ship. Its Light Cannons have a very high rate of fire and can destroy most other fighters, including the Thunderhead in mere seconds. It has missiles for attacking larger ships, but its primary domain is that of a space superiority fighter.

You might not be quite satisfied with this ship's weapons. In that case it might be good to go Wild Geese and add a Thunderhead Lance, or go Auroran and add a 100mm Railgun, or go thermobaric and strip it of Radar Missile Launchers and replace them with a Hellhound Missile Launcher to increase your effectiveness against swarms. Another way to upgrade a Rebel Lightning is to eschew guns in favor of a Bio-Relay Laser, which the Polaris have generously made available to our plucky Rebels. Speaking of which, a Wraith Cannon would be a safe option for taking on large ships and it has sufficient ammo capacity for endurance too.

With your choice of upgrades it can hold its own against a Fed Destroyer, as long as one has sufficient escorts.


The Rebel Lightning was modelled by Dave Williams of ATMOS. He may even have made the textures.


As the Lightning, but the wings are forest-green and dark-gray instead of yellow and light-gray. The engine pods are also half fern-green towards the stern. A small white Rebel emblem is present in the middle of the curve of each wing.

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. The masking is good on the Rebel Lightning.

  • Ship: 48x48
  • Engine: 48x48

Representative Images[]

Nova Rebellion
Rebellion Ships: Viper (v) (i) 120k, Lightning (i) 300k, Valkyrie (v) (i) 375k, Thunderhead (v) (i) 550k, Starbridge (v) (i) 650k, Destroyer (v) (i) 2M, Dragon (v) (i) 3M, IDA Frigate (v) (i) 5M
Rebellion Storyline (PreambleIntro MissionsMerrol FillerShort TrackLong Track)
Rebellion OutfitsRebellion Weapons