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* Having trouble fighting a certain species?  Practice against them in [[Super Melee]] using just the ships you have on hand.
* There are no perfect ships and useless ships. Every ship has its advantages and disadvantages, and if you learn them well, you will be a good fighter.  That said, there are generally weak ships, and ships which are almost unable to beat certain ships in one fight. 
* Try to diversify your Fleet.  A new kind of ship could prove priceless against races you could not combat beforehand.  If you are unfamiliar with a ship of a new ally, test it in Super Melee.
* Raw firepower does not decide everything.  The Chmmr [[Avatar]], the Ur-Quan Kzer-Za [[Dreadnought]] and the Ur-Quan Kohr-Ah [[Marauder]] have the most firepower in the game, but there are lots of ways to defeat them with other ships with less firepower.
* Use the planet's gravity well.  Slow ships can use it to accelerate beyond their maximum velocity using the [[Gravity Whip]] maneuver.  Luring a fast ship near the planet can make it easier to hit. The Chmmr [[Avatar]] can force the enemy ship to collide with the planet with its special ability.
* Notice how in mid-range combat your two ships tend to be directly opposite each other?  Hmmm...
* Know where the planet is.  Nothing is worse than being in a close range fight and smacking into the planet.
==Tactics Against Specific Ships==
* The Slylandro Probe will usually back off if you point your guns at it.
* While in [[HyperSpace]], the Slylandro Probe can be outrun with enough thrusters, avoiding encounters. But don't expect to run from every probe; you still need to be able to destroy this type.
==Artificial Intelligence Issues==
* The computer opponent is very predictable.
* The computer is very quick and accurate at close range. Keep at standoff range until you get better.
==Full-Game Only==
* Don't forget about your emergency warp escape.  Escort vessels can be recalled from battle by pressing the ESC key with no fuel cost, though they will be suspended for the remainder of the melee. Doing so with your flagship will evacuate your entire fleet, but will use 5 fuel units. (''Note:'' This will function for the flagship if fuel is not available.)
* A ship is vulnerable for about six seconds when it is preparing to escape combat, but it is not affected by gravity.  Flying very close to the planet before initiating a warp escape will usually keep you out of trouble, as the intense [[gravity well]] is hard to navigate for most ships and some projectiles.
* If you are overwhelmed while facing multiple ships (or worse, infinite ships), you can take advantage of the musical delay after destroying one of your enemy's ships with your flagship.  As the enemy ship explodes, ''quickly'' hit the ESC key.  (''Warning:'' There is still some risk that the next ship will appear very close to you and will be able to inflict damage.)
* Max out the turning jets and thrusters on your Precursor vessel ASAP.
* Put a rear-firing gun on your Precursor vessel.  Now you can fire while having the option to run away.
* Don't bother initially with the side or off-center firing guns.  They just drain power.
* Combat salvage doesn't use [[Storage Bay]] space.  Bounty hunters needn't buy them.
[[Category:Game mechanics]]

Revision as of 08:43, 1 August 2006