Deck is one of ten basic ship statistics that define your capabilities in the game. It represents the total space available on your ship for mounting active equipment.
As you advance in the game, you will get opportunities to add more decks. There is no known limit to the number of decks you can achieve and no known way of decreasing or losing decks once they are added other than resetting your account.
It is important that you do NOT confuse Deck with Cargo. Deck space is used for installed equipment such as Weapons, Sensors, Armor, etc. Cargo space is used for storing things such as uninstalled equipment, minerals and artifacts.
Deck can be improved by purchasing additional Decks with Rank Points, or by purchasing them using Galaxy Points. (However, the cost benefit of using GP is dubious at best, you are likely better served buying energy refills instead.)
Several Artifacts can be used to increase deck size, a partial list is:
- Ship Bot (+2 Decks)
- Lazuli Parts Vault (+2 Decks, +10 Hull, +10 shield)
Benefits of a Larger Ship Build (LSB)
A greater deck size allows you to keep more (and more powerful) equipment installed at the same time, allowing your ship to be deadlier in combat, more efficient in scanning, heartier in battle, etc. Likewise, researching a weapon capable of destroying a planet doesn't do you any good if you don't have enough space to mount it.
In addition, paying for the repairs from installing and uninstalling equipment to suit your purposes can be costly over time. Hence, you can save credits by adding decks to keep as much equipment installed as possible, without switching the ship's configuration. This would be considered a larger ship build or LSB.
In general, if you have one weapon mounted, and your opponent has five of the same weapon and some shields to boot, he'll have a decided edge over you in battle (to say the least. You'll probably be dead while barely scuffing his ship. :) Good luck!).
NOTE: In order to fit the maximum number of the best researchable module of every type, you will need a deck quantity of 2565.
A smaller ship build with fewer decks should be harder to target and hit then a larger ship. So the game gives smaller ships a relative advantage by capping the amount of damage other ships can do to them.
- The PVP damage cap formula is the LARGER of the following two possible formulas:
Decks / 2
(Rank + 19) / 2
A ship that minimizes their damage cap using either formula is considered a small ship build or SSB.
Hence, it is possible to build ships with less deck that take limited damage from larger ships and then by adding crew instead of equipment may even attack for more damage than they take. However, as the smaller ship ranks, the damage cap increases proportionally until eventually the smaller ship is taking too much damage and is incapable of adapting due to the limited number of decks available to them.
A medium ship build or MSB tries to balance between the SSB and the LSB. They get the benefit of the lower damage cap, but still suffer the costs of switching modules to suit different tasks. Using a formula for damage cap rating of [(rank + 19) / decks], a 'true' SSB would have a 100% rating, anyone with at least an 85% rating would still generally be considered SSB, while anyone with higher than a 40% rating would be considered a MSB (medium ship-build). any ship with lower than a 40% rating would be considered a LSB (large ship-build).
Note that you can start as an LSB, and gradually transform into first an MSB, and finally an SSB, by just not adding any more decks as you rank up. Which build you prefer depends on your in-game objectives.
Upon reaching preset deck sizes your ship classification automatically changes i.e. 150-199 decks is "Heavy Frigate" whereas 200-249 decks is "Light Cruiser".
|Number of Decks||Class|
|20 - 49||Scout|
|50 - 99||Light Frigate|
|100 - 149||Frigate|
|150 - 199||Heavy Frigate|
|200 - 249||Light Cruiser|
|250 - 299||Cruiser|
|300 - 349||Heavy Cruiser|
|350 - 399||Light Battleship|
|400 - 449||Battleship|
|450 - 499||Heavy Battleship|
|500 - 549||Light Dreadnaught|
|550 - 599||Dreadnaught|
|600 - 699||Heavy Dreadnaught|
|700 - 799||Titan|
|800 - 899||Heavy Titan|
|900 - 1,049||Massive Titan|
|1,050 - 1,199||Goliath|
|1,200 - 1,349||Heavy Goliath|
|1,350 - 1,499||Massive Goliath|
|1,500 - 1,649||Leviathan|
|1,650 - 1,849||Heavy Leviathan|
|1,850 - 2,049||Massive Leviathan|
|2,050 - 2,299||Star Destroyer|
|2,300 - 2,599||Heavy Star Destroyer|
|2,600 - 2,899||Massive Star Destroyer|
|2,900 - 3,199||Colossal Star Destroyer|
|3,200 - 3,599||Galaxy Destroyer|
|3,600 - 3,999||Heavy Galaxy Destroyer|
|4,000 - 4,399||Massive Galaxy Destroyer|
|4,400 +||Colossal Galaxy Destroyer|