Commanding Fleets

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Both single and multi ship fleets are commanded and managed in the same way (a single ship is still considered a fleet).

Fleet selection

Fleet Selection State.jpg

The image above shows two fleets belonging to the player:

  • The fleet on the right has been selected and the fleet context menu is visible. It contains three ships (indicated by the 3/3 at the top of its icon - the number on the left is the number of ships in the fleet and the number on the right the maximum permitted based on the fleet's flagship level) and the fleet control buttons are visible.
  • The fleet on the left contains a single ship (the box appears when hovering the fleet).
  • See the fleet context menu section below for an explanation of all the icons



Fleet Order Move.jpg

To send a fleet somewhere you first need to select it. The cursor will then turn into a marker showing how long the fleet will take to travel to the position below the cursor.

  • In a system, ships can only ever travel at impulse speed so activating boosted warp would make no difference
  • While travelling in deep space warp speeds are used. Activating boosted warp speed will show shorter or longer travel times to the same destination
  • The potential speed of a fleet is determined by the ship with the slowest engines

Other objects

Fleet Select Colony.jpg

When a fleet is selected and you click on a star, planet, other fleet etc. you will get a pop up menu where the available options will depend on the object selected and modules available to the fleet.

In the image above, the selected fleet is within a system and clicking a planet brings up a menu with two options: Explore and Colonize.

Fleet Select Star.jpg

In the above image however, a star has been clicked from the star map view, which brings up the list of planets in that system. For each of the planets the same menu with the option to explore appears.


Fleet Attack.jpg

With a ship selected and an enemy ship then clicked on, the available options are to move to that position, attack, or attack and return.

  • Move to position: your fleet will pursue the other fleet, but it won't do anything else without further orders
  • Attack: the fleet will attempt to intercept the other fleet and if it can catch it - battle will commence! (if the fleet wins the battle it will remain at that location where the battle took place)
  • Attack and return: the same as attack but if the fleet wins the battle it will return to the position it was when the order was originally given

Forming fleets

Fleet Merge.jpg

To form a fleet:

  1. Select a fleet (which could be a single ship)
  2. With the original fleet still selected click on another fleet
  3. Click 'Merge fleet' from the menu that appears

The fleet originally selected will then move to the other fleet's position and automatically merge with it (if the fleet is moving it will attempt to intercept it):

  • Ships are added to another fleet in a circular pattern around the flagship
  • The flagship of the new fleet is chosen automatically (the ship with the highest flagship level amongst both fleets)
  • If no ship within either fleet has a flagship level high enough to support all ships in a single fleet the 'Merge fleet' option will not be available to begin with (disabled on the menu)

The fleet formation can be optimized by then managing the fleet (the positions of ships within a fleet affect how the fleet will perform in battle: see Ship Weapons for details).

Splitting fleets

Fleet Split Button.jpg

The 'Split' button on the fleet context menu can be used to open the fleet splitting screen. From this screen you can then choose which ships to remove from the current fleet and separate out to their own fleet(s) of one or more ships.


Alternatively, you can open the fleet splitting screen from Fleet management.


  • The fleets in the current fleet are shown on the top half
  • Drag ships one by one to the lower half to form a new fleet
  • The first ship moved is designated as the flagship

Fleet management

The fleet management panel is accessed by clicking the icon next to the fleet name (Spyglass/loop icon). From this panel you can:

  1. Change the fleet name
  2. View the fleet's info and combined cargo
  3. Set tactics on a ship-by-ship basis
  4. Make a note for this fleet
  5. Upgrade Ship (Only when in orbit with a Shipyard)
  6. Recycle (Destroy) Ship. (Resources only returned if in Orbit with a Shipyard)
  7. Special Function Indicator (Cloaking, Detection, Mine-laying etc?)
  8. Split fleet
  9. Automatic fleet formations

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Fleet formations

Preset formations

Fleet formations can be automated by selecting one of the fleet formation presets (at the bottom of the fleet management screen).

Manual formations

Players can also place ships within a fleet manually for more strategic control.

Fleet Move Ship.jpg

  • Click a ship to drag and change its position
  • It's not possible to position a ship more than 300 meters away from another ship in the same fleet

Fleet context menu

The fleet context menu is the graphic and controls that appear around a fleet when it’s selected. The information shown and buttons that are enabled will depend on the modules installed on the ships within the fleet and the fleet’s current activity.

Fleet Contetxt Menu Diagram.jpg

Button states

Buttons can be in one of three states: disabled, enabled, or active. The following table shows how these three states look (using the boosted warp button as an example):

Disabled Enabled Active
Fleet Button Warp Disabled.png Fleet Button Warp Available.png Fleet Button Warp Active.png

Disabled buttons

A button could be disabled because:

  • It isn’t applicable for the fleet’s current state e.g. the stop button is disabled if the fleet isn’t moving
  • The relevant module isn’t available to the fleet e.g. no ship within the fleet has a cloak, repair, or minelayer module installed

Countdown timers

Fleet Context Menu Timers.jpg

The fleet context menu will also show timers when certain activities are underway:

  • Left timer: the fleet’s ETA to current destination (only shown while moving)
  • Right timer: only shown while any of the following are active:
    • Laying a minefield - time remaining for minefield to be deployed
    • Cloaked - time fleet can remain cloaked for
    • Repairing - time remaining until fleet HP is repaired to 100%
    • Orbital strike - time remaining until orbital strike can launch
    • Planet attack/invasion - time remaining until planet invasion can launch

Fleet special abilities

A ship/fleet is considered to have a special ability if it's compatible with a part that has limited compatibility. For example, a colonization module can only be placed on a colonizer class hull, and a cloak detector can only be placed on a corvette class hull.

The following table lists the special abilities and the hull class they are compatible with:

Icon Ability Class
Fleet Ability Assault Troop Carrier.png Assault troop carriers Frigate, Cruiser, Corvette
Fleet Ability Bomber.png Bomber Cruiser
Fleet Ability Carrier.png Carrier Battleship, Dreadnought
Fleet Ability Cloak.png Cloaking module Corvette
Fleet Ability Cloak Detector.png Cloak detector Corvette
Fleet Ability Colonizer.png Colonization Colonizer
Fleet Ability Mine Detector.png Mine detector Corvette
Fleet Ability Minelayer.png Minelayer Frigate (Level 2)
Fleet Ability Minesweeper.png Minesweeper Corvette
Fleet Ability Scout Engine.png Scout engine Scout, Corvette