Cataphract armor

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Cataphract armor

Cataphract armor

A suit of heavy powered armor, built for maximum protection at the cost of mobility. Heavy layered plasteel-weave plates with solid ablative coatings stop all but the most well-aimed or powerful attacks. Neuro-memetic assistors prevent the suit's massive weight from immobilizing the wearer entirely, but the suit is still quite cumbersome. Armor like this is used by imperial cataphracts to break heavily fortified positions in frontal assaults when no other option is available.

Base Stats

Tech Level
Market Value
3120 Silver
15 kg


Insulation - Cold
36 °C (64.8 °F)
Insulation - Heat
12 °C (21.6 °F)
Armor - Sharp
Armor - Blunt
Armor - Heat
Torso, Neck, Left Shoulder, Left Arm, Right Shoulder, Right Arm, Left Leg, Right Leg
Middle, Outer


Crafted At
Fabrication bench
Required Research
Cataphract armor Techprint
Skill Required
Crafting 8
Work To Make
75,000 ticks (20.83 mins)
Resources to make
Plasteel 150 + Uranium 50 + Advanced component 6

Cataphract armor is a type of advanced apparel (armor) introduced by the Royalty DLC that can effectively block gunshots, cuts, blunt trauma, or burns. It forms a full set of armor along with the Cataphract helmet.

When equipped, it slows its wearer's move speed by −0.80 c/s.


Cataphract armor can be crafted at a Fabrication bench once the Cataphract armor research project has been completed. The required techprints can be obtained either by trade or completing quests for the Empire. Each set requires Plasteel 150 Plasteel, Uranium 50 Uranium, Advanced component 6 Advanced component, 75,000 ticks (20.83 mins) of work, and a Crafting skill of 8.

Alternatively, the armor can be received as a quest reward, purchased from traders, or found on Imperial Cataphracts.


Cataphract armor provides the best protection of any armor in the game, especially against blunt, and can block heat damage. Like Recon armor and Marine armor it also covers the limbs in addition to the torso making for great overall protections. It provides roughly the same protection as a Marine Armor of one quality level above its own, or of Recon Armor two quality levels above its own. It also allows a pawn to reach the cap of 200% sharp protection at Legendary quality. Compared to a flak vest and duster, Cataphract armor offers strictly superior protection to all body parts when all items are the same quality, regardless of duster material. However, Cataphract armor is much more expensive, needs a long time to make and also needs the Cataphract Armor research before being available.

Acquiring it through fighting the Empire is also difficult due to their ubiquitious Death acidifier implants and the general difficulty of killing the pawns wearing this armor and carrying the empires best weapons. The armor provides a significant Move Speed debuff of -0.80 c\s, double that of Marine armor and over six times that of a flak vest, making the armor impractical for every day wear by some pawns. The bionic legs may be used to offset this move speed penalty.

Quality table

  • Quality Sharp Blunt Heat Item HP Insulation - Cold Insulation - Heat Market Value
    Awful Cataphract armor 72% 30% 36% 400 -28.8 °C (-51.8 °F) +9.6 °C (17.3 °F) 1560 Silver
    Poor Cataphract armor 96% 40% 48% 400 -32.4 °C (-58.3 °F) +10.8 °C (19.4 °F) 2340 Silver
    Normal Cataphract armor 120% 50% 60% 400 -36 °C (-64.8 °F) +12 °C (21.6 °F) 3120 Silver
    Good Cataphract armor 138% 57.5% 69% 400 -39.6 °C (-71.3 °F) +13.2 °C (23.8 °F) 3620 Silver
    Excellent Cataphract armor 156% 65% 78% 400 -43.2 °C (-77.8 °F) +14.4 °C (25.9 °F) 4120 Silver
    Masterwork Cataphract armor 174% 72.5% 87% 400 -54 °C (-97.2 °F) +18 °C (32.4 °F) 5120 Silver
    Legendary Cataphract armor 200% 90% 108% 400 -64.8 °C (-116.6 °F) +21.6 °C (38.9 °F) 6120 Silver

    For the full effects of qualities, see Quality.

  • Trivia

    Cataphracts were heavy armored cavalry used in ancient warfare by people in Eurasia, including the Byzantines that inspired the Empire.

    Every set of cataphract armor found on an Imperial Cataphract will be white.

    Version history

    • Royalty DLC release - Added.
    • 1.1.2647 - No longer meets the clothing requirement of nobles, replaced in that role by Prestige cataphract armor. Stellic Wardens and Defenders no longer spawn with a regular cataphract armor, and instead spawn with the prestige version.

    See Also

    • Phoenix armor - a variant of cataphract armor that is slightly more protective against heat and temperature but less protective otherwise, with an integrated incendiary launcher.
    • Prestige cataphract armor - a variant of cataphract armor that both pleases nobles and improves psychic ability.