The Path to Combat Glory Starts Here

by CCP Games

Valkyrie is all about bringing the experience of off-world, edge of your seat dogfighting thrillingly to life. It’s no accident then, that the first ship you get your hands on in Valkyrie is a versatile and all-round exhilarating fighter, the Wraith. Fighter ships also tends to have the most enduring fascination of any of the classes because they appeal to the no-guts-no-glory, gung-ho instincts of the lone wolf in all of us. Here are the machines you can expect to get your hands on during your Valkyrie career.

Craft: Wraith SHIP Wraith cropped Unlocks at: You get this one free, right at the start, you lucky things.

Performance: Firepower: 5 Armor: 4 Shield: 2 Speed: 4

Weapons: Gatling guns, Head tracked missiles, ECM Countermeasures

Available upgrades: Shield, Armor, Capacitor

A Ship for Life As the first ship provided to new pilots it is logically a very well balanced ship offering good speed, firepower and durability. Its Gatling guns are slow to heat up so they are good for imposing prolonged firepower against heavy class ships. It’s also one of the most versatile ships and players will find it’s the one they (and indeed the world’s best Valkyrie players) go back to most often.

Craft: Dominator SHIP Dominator cropped Unlocks at: 9,000xp

Performance: Firepower: 6 Armor: 4 Shield: 2 Speed: 3

Weapons: Auto cannons, Head tracked missiles, ECM Countermeasures

Available upgrades: Speed, Shield, Shield damage

Now With Added Grunt Like the Wraith, this is a great all-rounder. Its primary weapon is more powerful than the Wraith’s so it’s good for inflicting greater damage during swift passing manoeuvers but because of the lower firing rate you need to land those shots to make them count.

Craft: Accord SHIP Accord cropped Unlocks at: 28,000xp

Performance: Firepower: 6 Armor: 2 Shield: 4 Speed: 4

Weapons: Pulse cannons, Head tracked missiles, ECM Countermeasures

Available upgrades: Shield damage, Armor, Speed

Weaken Your Foes This ship is fast and its Pulse cannons are powerful making it great at swooping in and taking out enemy shields. It’s particularly useful in team-based play where pilots can cooperatively take down shields then let other players take on armor-destroying duties.

Craft: Assuage SHIP Assuage cropped Unlocks at: 73,000xp

Performance: Firepower: 6 Armor: 3 Shield: 3 Speed: 3

Weapons: Auto cannons, Head tracked missiles, EMS

Available upgrades: EMS cooldown, EMS duration

Hold it Right There The Assuage’s electromagnetic shield (EMS) weapon is great for taking on heavies. You can use the EMS to trigger an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) effect on the bad guy leaving them temporarily stranded. Once the EMP has stunned an enemy ship, you can then follow up by hammering them with primary weapon fire.

Craft: Aegis SHIP Aegis cropped Unlocks at: 131,000xp

Performance: Firepower: 6 Armor: 3 Shield: 3 Speed: 3

Weapons: Flak cannons, Head tracked missiles, EMS

Available upgrades: Armor damage, Flak accuracy

The Scattergun Approach Pilots who have little desire to polish up their accuracy skills in battle might enjoy the Aegis a great deal. It has a powerful Flak Cannon that can only otherwise be found on ships in heavy class. This weapon has an area of effect so it’s easier to score some damage with it without having to employ pin point accuracy. Sounds like a blast, right?

Craft: Ascent SHIP Ascent cropped Unlocks at: 206,000xp

Performance: Firepower: 5 Armor: 4 Shield: 2 Speed: 4

Weapons: Pulse lasers, Head tracked missiles, ECM Countermeasures

Available upgrades: Armor damage, Rate of fire

Speedily Does It The Ascent’s Pulse Laser has a slow rate of fire but it is quick and very useful for targeting both enemy fighters and support ships. Also, you can upgrade the primary weapon for a quicker fire rate and it also packs quite a punch.

Craft: Spur SHIP Spur cropped Unlocks at: 300,000xp

Performance: Firepower: 1 Armor: 3 Shield: 3 Speed: 4

Weapons: Mag cannon, Micro warp drive, ECM Countermeasures

Available upgrades: Micro warp drive duration, Micro warp drive cooldown

Now You See Me… This ship’s Micro Warp Drive is more usually found on heavy class ships. It makes the Spur excellent at employing hit-and-run tactics and getting to control points quickly. It’s relatively feeble primary weapon and warp abilities make it the ideal ship for zipping around Control Mode battles and taking out drones.

Craft: Displacer SHIP Displacer cropped Unlocks at: 416,000xp

Performance: Firepower: 1 Armor: 2 Shield: 4 Speed: 4

Weapons: Mag cannon, Head tracked Buff Beam, Spiderbots

Available upgrades: Buff beam healing, Buff beam range

Help is at Hand The displacer has the dual benefits of on the one hand being able to deal out some decent damage using its Mag Cannon, but it can also use the Buff Beam to aid fellow pilots who are in difficulty.

Craft: Sentry SHIP Sentry cropped Unlocks at: 558,000xp

Performance: Firepower: 6 Armor: 2 Shield: 4 Speed: 4

Weapons: Pulse cannon, Head tracked missiles, Mines

Available upgrades: Mine damage, Mine cooldown

Make ‘Mine’ a Double Not a particularly quick ship, the Sentry can, however, use its mines to great effect in a couple of different ways. Mines are useful against shields and armor and can also be quickly deployed to counter missile attacks. Basically deplot them whenever possible.

Have fun out there rookies. We look forward to flying and dying together.