Cataphract helmet

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Cataphract helmet

Cataphract helmet

A heavily-armored high-tech helmet, with a solid plasteel-weave shell and indirect visual system for non-frontal view angles. It protects against all but the most powerful or luckily-aimed shots. 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
745 Silver
2 kg


Insulation - Cold
°C (7.2 °F)
Insulation - Heat
°C (3.6 °F)
Armor - Sharp
Armor - Blunt
Armor - Heat
Head, Left Eye, Right Eye, Left Ear, Right Ear, Nose, Jaw


Crafted At
Fabrication bench
Required Research
Cataphract armor Techprint
Skill Required
Crafting 8
Work To Make
26,250 ticks (7.29 mins)
Resources to make
Plasteel 50 + Advanced component 1

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


As a complicated piece of technology, Cataphract Helmets can only be made at the Fabrication bench and requires Cataphract Armor to be researched in order to be constructed. Researching Cataphract Armor in turn requires the previous power armor projects to be researched as well as the use of two Cataphract Armor Techprints to unlock. Crafting the helmet requires Plasteel 50 Plasteel, Advanced component 1 Advanced component and takes 26,250 ticks (7.29 mins) to craft.

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


Cataphract helmets provides the best protection of any helmet in the game, especially against blunt damage. Like recon helmets and marine helmets (and unlike the simple or flak helmets), it covers the entire head, including the Jaw, Nose, Ears and Eyes. It provides roughly the same protection as a Marine Helmet of one quality level above its own, or of Recon Helmet two quality levels above its own. It also allows a pawn to reach the cap of 200% sharp protection at Legendary quality.

While a cataphract helmet only costs Plasteel 10 plasteel more than a marine helmet to create, it requires the Cataphract Armor research, which itself requires 2 rare and expensive techprints to create. Acquiring it through fighting the Empire is also difficult due to their ubiquitious Death acidifier implants and the general difficulty of killing Cataphract-level soldiers. But, once available, there is little reason to create marine helmets over cataphract. Unlike the body armors, there is no movement penalty, and the upgrade is not very expensive.

Quality table

  • Quality Sharp Blunt Heat Item HP Insulation - Cold Insulation - Heat Market Value
    Awful Cataphract helmet 72% 30% 36% 180 -3.2 °C (-5.8 °F) +1.6 °C (2.9 °F) 370 Silver
    Poor Cataphract helmet 96% 40% 48% 180 -3.6 °C (-6.5 °F) +1.8 °C (3.2 °F) 560 Silver
    Normal Cataphract helmet 120% 50% 60% 180 -4 °C (-7.2 °F) +2 °C (3.6 °F) 745 Silver
    Good Cataphract helmet 138% 57.5% 69% 180 -4.4 °C (-7.9 °F) +2.2 °C (4 °F) 930 Silver
    Excellent Cataphract helmet 156% 65% 78% 180 -4.8 °C (-8.6 °F) +2.4 °C (4.3 °F) 1115 Silver
    Masterwork Cataphract helmet 174% 72.5% 87% 180 -6 °C (-10.8 °F) +3 °C (5.4 °F) 1860 Silver
    Legendary Cataphract helmet 200% 90% 108% 180 -7.2 °C (-13 °F) +3.6 °C (6.5 °F) 3725 Silver

    For the full effects of qualities, see Quality.

  • Styles

    Ideoligions allow the selection of styles which then change the texture of the certain items and buildings when constructed by the colony. These style variants can be crafted if the colony has the selected style, or can be looted from raiders from factions with the requisite style.


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

    Every cataphract helmet found on an Imperial Cataphract will be white.

    Version history

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

    See Also