1 x Ion Cannon (gimbal-mount)
Anti-Capital Frigate equipped with Ion Beams. Capital Ship
vs: Frigates, Capital Ships
Weak vs: Bombers, Destroyers
Frigate Facility and Advanced Research Module.
is a fleet of frigates; you have the Ion Beam Frigate, which
everyone remembers from Homeworld, and the Assault
Frigate, which is your… another workhorse of the frigate
family. Working in conjunction, the frigates make very
effective anti-frigate and anti-capital ship groups. An
Assault Frigate has projectile weapons, yeah… and turrets
that move and track incoming targets. It’s effective
anti-fighter… while the Ion Frigate is more anti-capital
ship. So if you put these two groups together, these two
types of ships together, they’re going to have a defense
against fighters, and a defense against capital ships." - Dan Irish,
keep continuity for the game, there are going to be some
returning technologies and ships from Homeworld. As
useful as the Ion Frigate and Assault Frigates were, it
seems unlikely that they would be thrown in the scrap heap.
- Dan Adams, IGN PC
include charged particles; you can use them to obscure
sensors; you can hide in them.
If you’re hiding in them and they get attacked by a
certain type of ship, then the ion beam frigate can actually
destroy you while you’re in the nebula because of the way
the charged particles work." - Dan Irish,
is a ship first seen on the Relic ECTS
flyer. It has since been identified as a Hiigaran Ion
am a bit surprised that after 100 years, the Hiigarans can
still only fit one ion cannon on a whole frigate.
Interesting that the Ion Platform can mount four such
the scale between the ion frigate and the fighters displayed
in the last shot at right is rather extreme, in more
recent shots the scale has returned to one more familiar to
fans of the first game. The range of the ion cannon is quite
impressive compared with the first game, however.