Ion Cannons always legal
If you get Ion Cannons by capturing a ship or by purchasing the Manticore, they are always legal, even though they are often found on Pirate vessels and legal ones are supposed to be found only on Federation ships.
Loop around in systems
If you fly far enough in one direction without entering hyperspace, you'll eventually appear on the other side of the system you are currently in. Hostile ships, auto-pilot and escorts will act as though you were still on the side you were initially on. This is useful landing on blockaded planets.
All these are done via missions. This does not include capturing the ship, but making available in shipyards.
Unlockable How to Unlock Auroran Cruiser, Carrier Become Heraan Thurokiir Auroran Firebird, Phoenix, Abomination Become a warrior of the Heraan House Auroran Thunderforge Complete 2nd Auroran offshoot, wait about 30 gamedays Fed Destroyer, Carrier Become the Fed Ambassador Fed Scout Ship Complete the Fed weapon runs Fed Viper, Andaconda, Patrol Boat Complete the Fed secure prisoner missions Pegasus, Starliner, Leviathan Complete first Sigma Mission, do not fail 2nd or 3rd Polaris Arachnid, Scarab Complete 2/3 Polaris Missions Polaris Manta, Striker, Dragon Complete first few Polaris missions Polaris Raven Complete almost all the Polaris Missions, probably about 5 missions left at this point Polaris Zephyr Finish either Track A or B Polaris missions (you are not notified of it's development in Track A) R.A.G.E. Gunboat Complete 6th Gli-Tech-Nia mission (Fed storyline only) Rebel Dragon, Destroyer, IDA Frigate Complete most Rebel missions (about 2/3) Rebel Viper, Lightning, Thunderhead, Valkrye, Starbridge Become Ory-Hara Unrelenting Complete 2/3 Pirate missions Vell-os Arrow Become a T2 Vell-os Dart Become a T3 Vell-os Javelin Become a T1
All are unlocked by doing missions. This does not include getting them by capturing ships, but by making them available in the outfitters.
Unlockable How to Unlock Bio-Relay Laser, Fusion Reactor, Polaris Jammer, Wrathii Complete 1/3 Polaris Missions Capacitor Pulse Laser, Spun Diamond, Shield Organele, Organic Shields, Manta Bay, Anti-Matter Reactor, Nilk'emorya Jammer, Polaron Torpedos Complete 2/3 Polaris missions Cloaking Organ 1.1 Wait 180 game days after Cloaking Organ is unlocked in Track B Etheric Wake Missle Complete 3rd Gli-Tech-Nia Mission Fire While Cloaked Wrathii, Polaron Torps, Tunneling Organ, Multi-Jump Organ Unlocked at various points in 2nd Polaris offshoot Fusion Pulse Battery, Auroran Radar and IR Jammers, 100mm Turreted Rail Gun, Firebird and Phoenix Bays, Disabling Radar missles and Fusion weapons Complette 2/3 Auroran Missions Heavy Blaster Turret, Titanium Lattice, Quad Light Blaster Turret, Shield Buffer, Shield Recharger, Legal Ion Cannons, Fed Viper and Andaconda Bays Comeplete 2/3 Fed Missions Ionization Dampener, Repair Droids, Overdrive, Aullival Sutherland Dampener Unlocked at various stages in Pirate offshoot Moash IFF Projecotor, Federation IFF Projector, Transmission Jammer Complete 1st Auroran offshoot Polaris Cloaking Organ Complete Track A or B Polaris Missions (not notified in Track A) Polaron Cannon Complete 2nd Gli-Tech-Nia mission OR earn in Pirate offshoot Polaron Multi-Torpedos Unlock the Raven Real Thorium Reactor, Fed Cloak, Fed Radar and IR Jammers Complete 2/3 Fed Missions Rebel Viper Bay, Illegal Quad Light and Heavy Blaster Turrets, Rebel Wrathii, Rebel Cloak, Rebel Bio-Relay Laser, Rebel Radar and IR Jammers Complete 2/3 Rebel Missions Sigma Mass Addition, Mount Reinforcement, Engine Tune-up, Eletrical Rewriring, Mass Expansion Complete 1st Sigma Mission, do not fail 2nd or 3rd Telekinetic Boost, Hostility Sense, Distraction Sense, T6-0 Strength Levels, Flower of Spring, Summer Bloom, Autumn Petal, Create Dart, Winter Tempest First few, become a T4. Flower is T3, Bloom is T2, Petal and Darts are T1, Tempest is T0. Strength Levels correspond with the T Ranks. Wrathii (Federation) Complete 5th Gli-Tech-Nia Mission
Most ranks are unlocked through missions. Most are permanent, others can be lost.
Unlockable How to Unlock Cunjo Hunter 25% to get when you go Cunjo Hunting Director of the Bureau of Internal Investigations Complete Federation storyline Federation Ambassador Complete 2/3 Fed Missions Federation Naval Commander Comepete 1/3 Fed Missions First Thurokiir of the Auroran Empire Lead the Heraan House to becoming the First Family Have Hypergate Access Start the 3rd Sigma Mission OR become Ory-Hara Heraan Thurokiir Win the disabling duel against the other pack members Kar'Hallarn, Leader of the Pack Complete about 1/2 Auroran missions Knight of the Red Branch Complete Wild Geese storyline with Michalean alive and McGowan accepting the peace proposal Member of the Guild of Bounty Hunters Complete 1st Bounty Hunter mission, rank is very fragile and can be easily lost through many means. Ory'Hara Complete 1/3 Polaris Missions Ory-Hara Complete 1/3 Rebel missions Pirate Guild Master Comeplete 1/2 Pirate Missions Sworn Enemy of the Wild Geese Board Eamon Flanaggin's ship (destroying doesn't count), replaces Knight of Red Branch if you have it T6, T5, T4, T3, T2, T1, T0 Complete Vell-os missions, ranks earned in that order U.N. Shipping Courier Complete 1st U.N. mission Warrior of the Heraan House Complete the duel for initiation
All of the ATMOS crew, as well as several Ambrosia employees, and Matt Burch are in the game as personalities.
After you beat one of the major storylines, there will be 4 new planets in north-western space. These four systems belong to some of the ATMOS developers, and can be found one jump up and one jump to the right of South Manchester
Sometimes you will come across a Polaris Zephyr named Shade of Blue. He was the beta tester who named the ship he flies. He has extra weapons that the normal Zephyr doesn't have, such as a 200mm Rail Gun. If you capture him, he will stay blue. You can then fly around and impress your friends with your blue Zephyr.
Read hidden Thank you's from the producers
To read hidden Thank you's from the producers of this game, simply press the ''X'' key on the main menu.
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You Killed Kenny
Create a new pilot with the name 'kenny' (not strict play), and proceed to play the game like normal. Any time you are killed, the status window (on the main menu) shows 'Oh my God! You killed Kenny!'
Zero Wing Reference
Cats, from the game Zero Wing, appears in Escape Velocity Nova flying a red Leviathan. Hail him and the normal Leviathan picture will be replaced with a picture of him. Send him a greetings and he will respond with his infamous "All your base are belong to us" line. Also, attacking him will cause him to shout "For Great Justice!" He has extra weapons, such as Pirate Viper Bays, which you will have if you capture and use him as your own ship. He won't stay red if captured, however.
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