The EF76 Nebulon B Escort Frigate, or simply Nebulon B, is a New Republic light frigate available in Eras 1-2. It is also an Imperial Warlord light frigate, buildable as Warlord Zsinj's Imperial faction in the Hunt for Zsinj and Into the Cluster campaigns. It is armed with 12/2 Turbolasers & 12/2 Laser Cannons.
The Nebulon B was originally intended to be built for the Galactic Empire, but its plans fell into the hands of the Rebel Alliance and was more famous as an iconic Rebel Alliance frigate. In Imperial service, their effectiveness against Alliance starfighter hit-and-run tactics caused many of these ships to be commissioned for duty, even introducing a second model, the Nebulon-B2 Frigate.
In the services of the Rebel Alliance, these ships were heavily modified from medical transports to fighter carriers, with at least one of these ships facing down an Imperial I-class Star Destroyer at the battle of Endor, managing to escape before it was too seriously damaged. Further fame for this class of ship was when New Republic Admiral Nantz used these ships, backed up by BTL-S3 Y-Wing Bombers, to successfully destroy Sander Delvardus's flagship Thalassa, a Praetor Mark II-class Battlecruiser. The Nebulon B would continue to serve the New Republic until it was replaced by the Corona-class Frigate.
Although the same price as a Dreadnaught-class Heavy Cruiser, Nebulon B's aren't as useful or effective as larger ships like the Victory I-class Star Destroyers. Their only real value is that they deploy one squad of X-wing Starfighters and BTL-S3 Y-Wing Bombers. Also Nebulon B's can charge through a lone Golan I Defense Platform if its Power to Shields ability is used. This action may catch the AI off guard and may scramble some of its forces to destroy it, in turn allowing the player to use their main battle fleet to steamroll the distracted AI.
In the GC's Hunt for Zsinj and Into the Cluster, both Nebulon frigates are the Imperial Warlords' only buildable fighter-screening ships, as no corvette class ships are able to be built (though usually a dozen or less CR90 Corellian Corvettes will spawn at the beginning of the game to compensate). In short, the Nebulon B's main objective is to provide a distraction so heavier-hitting vessels can attack un-suspecting prey.
In-Game Statistics Edit
- Build Cost: 2200 Credits
- Build Time: 30 Seconds
- Population Cost: 4
- Availability: Era 1-2
- Armor Type: Frigate
- Shield Armor Type: Frigate
- Shield Points: 800
- Shield Refresh Rate: 50
- Auto Resolve Health: 1600
- Tactical Health: 800
- AI Combat Power: 2200
- Max Speed: 2.4
- Max Thrust: 1.5
- Max Rate of Turn: 0.7
The Nebulon-B Frigate features the following hardpoints
- 2 Turbolaser Batteries (1 Port, 1 Starboard)
- 2 Laser Cannons (1 Port, 1 Starboard)
- 1 Engine Hardpoint