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Sprite Cambrian

The Tre'pira Sprite is a Polaris ship in Escape Velocity Nova. The Sprite is one of four Polaris ships that can be purchased outside the Polaris Storyline, the others being the Cambrian, Rebel Dragon and Dragon. This ship is unavailable for most of the Vell-os Storyline.

"One of the Tre'pira's greatest achievements was the exquisite timing and scheduling control required for efficient use of the giant Cambrian. There are times, however, when it's simply not feasible to divert a Cambrian from its course to pick up a rush job, or a small load of goods. Thus the Sprite takes up the shortfall; going in where the Cambrian can't fit, getting the smaller loads of cargo, ferrying cargo from the huge freighters to stations and planets, and all the other little tasks that the Cambrians simply aren't suited to." ― Buying a Sprite

The Sprite is a large, fast and accessible freighter, as long as you know how to sneak into Polaris space.


"The Tre'kimas of this small Sprite welcomes you warmly aboard her ship. Over the next half an hour, you come to a greater appreciation of the virtues of these little ships. «Like all Tre'pira, we work for the good of all. We serve where we may.» She has a knowing smile on her lips, perhaps because she knows that these humble ships perform a vital role in Polaris society." ― Hiring a Sprite

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  • Purchase/Hire Appearance %: 100%/100%
  • Purchase Cost: 500k
  • Hire Cost: 50k/upfront 5k/day
  • Nova pict 6070 thumb Speed: 300
  • Nova pict 6069 thumb Acceleration: 300
  • Nova pict 6072 thumb Turning: 20
  • Nova pict 6067 thumb Shields: 300
  • 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: 4.16
  • Nova pict 6052 thumb Armor: 40
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Disabled at Armor %: 33%
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Pre-disabled Armor: 26
  • Nova pict 6309 thumb Total Fighting HP: 326
  • Nova pict 6134 thumb Max Ion: 150
  • Nova pict 6134 thumb Deionize: 45
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Total Outfits Space: 0t
  • Nova pict 6061 thumb Cargo Space: 500t
  • Nova pict 6001 thumb Max Guns: 1
  • Nova pict 6128 thumb Energy: 800 (8 jumps)
  • Nova pict 6074 thumb Jump Time: 3 days
  • Strength: 100
  • AI Type: Wimpy Trader

Hyperspace Drifting Variants[]

Shipvariant stat changes are relative to the stats of the basic model. The basic model is Untitled.

As the game progresses, Sprites begin to carry Tunneling Organs.

Tunneling (#273)[]

Reactive Armor 2

The Sprite and the Zephyr laugh at you, RAGE Gunboat.

  • Appear on: b324
  • Purchase/Hire Appearance %: 90%/80%
  • Nova pict 6055 thumb Armor Regen: 3 (+3)
  • Nova pict 6055 thumb Armor Recharge per second: 0.09
  • Nova pict 6055 thumb Minutes to recharge Armor: 7.2
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Total Outfits Space: 2t (+2)
  • Nova pict 6062 thumb Free Outfit Space: 0t
  • Nova pict 6056 thumb Outfits: 1 Tunneling Organ
  • Nova pict 6139 thumb Hyperspace Drifting? Yes

This shipvariant has armour repair exceeding that of the RAGE Gunboat.

Technical Variants[]

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

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  • Nova pict 6072 thumb Turning: 40 (+20)
  • Nova pict 6099 thumb Crew: 0 (-5)

This shipvariant moves between space objects in the system. You can observe this behavior in the Tre'pirana system.

Gameplay Analysis[]

Sprite Shipyard

"Not much to say. It's the Polaris light freighter." ― EVula Survival Guide

Unlike military ships, the Sprite does not regenerate armor. It also does not have any weapon slots or weapon space, requiring a Sigma Mount Reinforcement and Mass Expansions to make room for armaments.

This ship is probably the best choice for players who want to run illegal cargo on the more profitable trade routes; it's affordable, fast, has a large cargo hold, and can turn a fast profit if you don't have the desire to go through any storylines first.



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Ship Spins[]

This ship has one set with 36 frames. The lights pulsate.

  • Ship: 56x56
  • Lights: 56x56
  • Engine: 84x84

Representative Images[]

Additional Images[]

Nova Polaris
Castes: Kel'ariyMu'hariNil'kemoryaP'aedtTre'piraVer'ash
Polaris Ships: Manta (v) (i) 250k, Sprite (v) (i) 500k, Striker (v) (i) 1M, Dragon (v) (i) 1.1M, Zephyr (v) (i) 2M, Arachnid (v) (i) 2M, Cambrian (v) (i) 2.5M, Scarab (v) (i) 7M, Raven (v) (i) 10M
Polaris Storyline (PreambleIntro MissionsDiplomacy BranchTechnology BranchRise of Ory'haraFall of the Polaris)
Polaris OutfitsPolaris Weapons