A starbase is the primary space station used throughout the game and is used for determining the ownership of a given star system, construction, repair and maintenance of ships, collection and transportation of Trade Value in addition to it acting as a strategic fortress during warfare.
Constructing a starbase requires first fully surveying the desired system. The build cost is 100
Once built, the starbase will appear orbiting the center point of the system. It cannot be destroyed by any regular means but it can still be dismantled by its owner during peacetime if it is of no more than outpost level (higher-level starbases will need to be downgraded first) and the system is not colonized. If a starbase is dismantled, the system reverts to being neutral and unclaimed and can then claimed by any empire.
Besides the initial influence cost, upgrading the starbase to a higher level above outpost level will cost only alloys. Aside from making the starbase more powerful due to better base stats and the addition of more weapon components, the upgrade also allows the owner to fit the starbase with different buildings and modules to increase its defensive capabilities and improve its contribution to the empire beyond its basic role of system control and defense. One such important module is the Shipyard which enables the construction of military ships in the starbase. Having multiple shipyards on a starbase allows it to effectively act as a "fleet manufactory" by constructing several ships in parallel, simultaneously. Shipyards build order is independent from the main build order of starbase.
Though it is not possible to design a starbase, its components will be auto-fitted with the latest advanced technology as soon as they are made available (at no additional cost to the owner).
An empire can in theory have as many starbases as their economy can support but an empire can only maintain a limited number of upgraded starbases bigger than outposts. The number of upgraded starbases an empire can support is dictated by the starbase capacity and exceeding that capacity will cause all upkeep costs for starbases to increase by +25%
The base starbase capacity is 3, which can be increased by the following:
- +1 for every 10 systems owned by the empire
- +2 adopting the Unyielding tradition tree
- +2 Fortress Doctrine from Unyielding tradition tree
- +2 Stellar Expansion technology
- +2 Fortify the Border edict
- +5 Grasp the Void ascension perk
- +10 Covenant: End of the Cycle
星际扩张repeatable technology (can only be researched 5 times)
- +2 for each Strategic Coordination Center level, except the site of the megastructure (Total: +6)
Systems with starbases bigger than outposts require a higher influence cost to claim (25 influence). Consequently, those starbases grant a higher war-score if occupied successfully (10 occupation value). An additional benefit of upgraded starbases manifests in their including an FTL inhibitor which, as long as the starbase remains active, prevents enemy ships from leaving the system via any hyperlane other than the one they arrived through. This allows an FTL inhibitor-equipped starbase to turn strategically important systems into efficient choke points, delaying hostile fleets from leaving the system and advancing further by forcing them into an engagement which may last long enough for reinforcements to arrive.
During war, an attacker must disable the enemy's starbase within the system in order to be able to seize control of any planets within said system. As starbases cannot be destroyed, this is achieved by reducing their Hull points down to 0, disabling them. The starbase will then remain incapacitated for a duration of 30 days (after the latest attack), during which time any military ships in close proximity to the starbase will be able to gain control over it. If the starbase is left unoccupied and is not attacked, it will enter a self-repair phase and become operational again as soon as it regains 5% Hull points. If there are multiple empires fighting on one side of the war, the newly occupied system will then be assigned to the empire with the strongest claim, even if the system wasn't conquered by them.
Occupied starbases are fully operational and can repair ships of the side that controls it, inhibit FTL for "enemy" ships, and manage defense platforms, all empire-wide bonuses will also be applied, including home territory modifiers (The Eternal Vigilance ascension perk's platform cap of the original owner is also temporarily retained). However their buildings and modules cannot be changed, and they cannot be upgraded or downgraded, although they can be returned to the owner.
It's worth noting, that auto-upgrading a starbase can "gift" higher tech components to occupied starbases (including FTL inhibitors), while keeping their own more advanced components. They will stay equipped even if said starbase is reclaimed back, so repeated re-conquering might become harder both sides.
Systems containing an unoccupied starbase or unoccupied colonized planets will not be transferred in a forced status-quo peace.
A starbase is auto-fitted with the latest components as soon as they are available to the empire. This is done automatically and has no additional cost for the empire - as such this also does not affect a starbase's level upgrade cost.
The weapon slots are fitted with the most effective kinetic and energy weapons (though not necessarily by equal division). The utility slots are divided equally between shield and armor components (auto-fitting does not add hull components here), while the auxiliary slot uses standard auto-fitting of a shield capacitor or auxiliary fire-control (whatever is available in order of priority).
Upgrading a starbase requires technology of the same name and can only be done in sequential order - meaning that if one started with a basic outpost and wants to upgrade it to a citadel, they have to go through every single level in between in order to get to the desired level. Downgrading a starbase, however, reduces its level to the basic outpost level (outpost) straight away - regardless of what level the starbase initially was - and removes any present buildings, modules, and any defense platforms over the outpost's capacity limit. Any resources invested into the starbase prior to downgrading will not be refunded.
Starting from the starport level all starbases can have an FTL inhibitor onboard if technology is available.
Note: The table lists the base properties of each starbase level. The actual values themselves will differ due to one's progress in-game (technology, tradition, and etc.), existing modifiers (if any) as well as individual starbase composition (buildings, modules, and etc.).
Additional modifiers which affect various starbase parameters are summarized below:
- Construction and maintenance modifiers
|Outpost influence cost|
|−10%||Reach for the Stars|
|Outpost build cost|
|−20%||Unyielding Finisher Effect|
|+25%||"Exceeding starbase capacity" modifier per excess starbase|
- Upgrade related modifiers
|+50%||Unyielding Adoption Effect|
- Military properties related modifiers
|Armor hit points|
A fully upgraded starbase can support up to 6 modules. It is possible to construct multiple modules of the same type and the starbase will be called in the outliner accordingly. Each module takes 180 days to build and costs 50
A Shipyard may build one ship at a time, in parallel with other Shipyards.
|−1||+1 Shipyard capacity||None|
Fleet anchorages are necessary to support the growth of our navy.
|−1||+4 Naval capacity||None|
Adds two medium-size weapon slots to the Starbase.
Adds two torpedo weapon slots to the Starbase.
Adds a hangar for strike craft to the Starbase.
Solar Panel Network
Advances in solar panel technology could offset the operating costs of our starbases.
A civilian docking area where merchants and traders can conduct business.
|−1||+1 Collection range|| |
Because starbases are vital targets during warfare, an empire must ensure that they can maintain control over their own starbases to prevent their opponents from seizing control of the system. Investing resources into arming a starbase can allow to function as a strong deterrent to enemy invasions, a powerful supporting power during a fleet battle in the system and a starbase that is heavily armed enough can potentially even repel an entire enemy fleet by itself. Successfully maintaining control over every single starbase in the empire is by itself enough to allow an empire to end the war through a status-quo without losing any systems, earning them a defensive victory.
A starbase's self-defense capabilities can be reinforced with the construction of defense platforms. Defense platforms are smaller military stations that are deployed around the starbase and act as weapons platforms.
Defense platforms have two sections for weapon slots which can be outfitted with a wide variety of weapon configurations. They will engage any incoming hostile ships, effectively acting as a supporting weapon, by attacking and distracting them from focusing their efforts on the starbase itself, allowing the starbase to engage the enemies and support the defense platform(s). When compared with ships, platforms are situated between Destroyers and Cruisers classes, their hull and armament slightly better than the former, while their armor-potential is equivalent to the latter. However, due to them having no
As opposed to the auto-fitting of the starbase's components, defense platforms can be altered through the ship designer allowing for several designs to be built based on the different needs in each front and upgraded based on this designs. However, unlike ships, their designs cannot be switched once built, necessitating dismantling and complete rebuilding. It also renders any transferred platforms non-upgradeable.
Each starbase can support only a certain number of defense platforms based on its level. However, the defense platform capacity can be increased with the following:
- Globally: +5 Eternal Vigilance, +4/+8/+12 Strategic Coordination Center galactic wonder, +50% Unyielding tradition finisher
- Locally: +8 Defense-Grid Supercomputer
If all of these modifiers are applied, a single starbase can support up to 60 Defense platforms when upgraded to Citadel level. And more if a player gets more than 1 Strategic Coordination Center galactic wonders.
|只可用于 Apocalypse DLC 已启用。|
In addition to the regular defense platforms, a citadel-level starbase is also capable of hosting an Ion Cannon, a more powerful platform type that carries a weapon identical to the Perdition Beam titan weapon. It is titan-class hull-wise, but only battleship-class armor-wise. Each Ion Cannon has an upkeep of 8
An ion cannon platform is equivalent to 8 defense platforms in terms of capacity slots and can only be constructed on citadel-level starbases.
Additional modifiers which affect various defense platform parameters are summarized below:
|Defense platform damage|
|Defense platform hull points|
|+25%||Secure the Borders|
|Armor hit points|
|Defense platform build cost|
|−15%||Secure the Borders|
Non-outpost starbases have a designation type automatically assigned to them. This has little effect on a human player aside from aesthetics, but AI empires use these rules to determine what to build on their starbases.
|Type||Requirements||Weight||AI type ratio||AI design priorities|
||100 per Shipyard module
|Anchorage||Anchorage module||100 per Anchorage module||
|Trade Hub||100 per Trade Hub module||
|Bastion||any weapon module||75 base
- If you delete all shipyard modules from all your starbases, perhaps because you've built a Mega Shipyard, all of your starbase will change designation to shipyard.
- Dragon Hatcheries have no effect when built on a starbase with no Shipyard.