The Nighthawk Frigate makes short work of its enemies by evading their attacks. Frigates only have forward weapons.
  — In-Game Description 


The Nighthawk Frigate is a Tier 3 hull with advanced Miner Rebellion technology.

As a frigate, this ship focuses on agility and evasion, avoiding damage when possible.

Strategy and Setup


The Nighthawk Frigate, when piloted correctly, can become a very capable ship. It has a moderate mass, allowing for a variety of equipment to be fit on. The combination of long-range weapons and Rear Thrusters IV enables this ship to kite most enemies.

Most people use heavy shielding to provide the Nighthawk Frigate with decent survivability. Frenzied Scatter Missiles and Repeating Polaron Rays, although mass-inefficient, are common troll weapons that deal lots of damage for minimal XP, enabling Nighthawk Frigates to engage Talon Frigate fleets and stomp on them.

Nighthawk Frigates are excellent sniper decoys, especially when equipped with Strafe Thrusters, because they can easily dodge incoming fire at that level, minimizing the damage taken by your fleet as a whole. Repulsor Shields work wonders due to their recharge ability and inherent resistance to Kinetic weapons.

When faced against stronger enemies such as Fury Battleships, Nighthawk Frigates usually have the option to run and evade combat.

Mk IV Nighthawk Frigates gain an extra special slot, which some people use to fill with a total of 3x Basic Cargo V. This makes a relatively low-cost cargo fleet that remains useful even at Tier 5.


Nighthawk Frigates regularly lose to similarly Tier 3 Taipan Cutters because these cutters have almost double the maximum mass and 2 extra armor slots, as well as a very high forward speed that enables them to catch frigates with ease.

They are unable to win against long-range Revelation Cruisers that have homing weaponry, but can otherwise kite and eventually destroy them, despite the latter's bonus damage against frigates when upgraded.


Level II
Special Slots SpecialSlot 2 2 3 3
Resistance Slots ResistanceSlot 1 1 1 1
Max. Mass 3,150 t 3,300 t 3,450 t 3,600 t
Cargo 90,000 t 108,000 t 126,000 t 144,000 t
Hull XP 2,276 XP 2,276 XP 2,276 XP 2,276 XP
Destroyer Damage +100% +130% +160% +200%
Battleship Damage +50% +66% +83% +100%
Thruster Mass -12% -24% -36% -50%
Shield Damage +5% +10% +15% +20%
Stasis Resist +20% +40% +60% +80%
RESEARCH ShipLabResearch
Prerequisites Talon Frigate Mk II,
Nighthawk Frigate
Talon Frigate Mk III,
Nighthawk Frigate Mk II
Nighthawk Frigate Mk III Unavailable
Workshop Required IV N/A V N/A
Time Time 3h 01m 59s 6h 03m 58s 9h 05m 56s N/A
Mineral Ore MineralOre 1,106,500 2,213,000 3,319,500 N/A
CRAFT Crafting
Time Time 1h 57m 45s 3h 55m 30s 5h 53m 15s N/A
Mineral Ore MineralOre 403,613 807,225 1,210,838 N/A
Patterns Patterns 1 1 1 N/A
Cores Cores 3 3 3 N/A
Parts Parts 10 30 90 N/A
Armaments Armaments 256 320 400 N/A

Note: Mk V Nighthawk Frigates are exclusive to NPC Targets.


  • There used to be an Enhanced version of the Nighthawk Frigate available for purchase in the Black Market, but it has since been deprecated.