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 armorTechprint
Skill Required
Crafting 8
Work To Make
26,250 ticks (7.29 mins)
Work Speed Stat
General Labor Speed
Resources to make
Plasteel 50 + Advanced component 1
Has Quality

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.


Cataphract helmets can be crafted at a fabrication bench once the cataphract armor research project has been completed. Note that this research requires two techprints. Each requires Plasteel 50 Plasteel, Advanced component 1 Advanced component, 26,250 ticks (7.29 mins) of work modified by the general labor speed of the crafter, and a crafting skill of 8.

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 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. A legendary cataphract helmet reaches the cap of 200% Sharp protection.

Cataphract helmets only cost Plasteel 10 plasteel more than a marine helmet to create. However, it requires the Cataphract Armor research, which itself requires 2 rare and expensive techprints to complete. Acquiring helmets through fighting the Empire is also difficult due to their ubiquitous death acidifier implants and the general difficulty of killing Cataphract-level soldiers. But, once researched, there is little reason to create marine helmets over cataphract as unlike the body armors, there is no movement penalty, and the upgrade is inexpensive. If a cataphract helmet is acquired through other means, then it will be a straight upgrade to almost any other available helmet of similar quality, and often of a number of quality tiers above.

Prestige cataphract helmets provide identical protection and cost significantly more resources and time in exchange for satisfying the apparel requirements of nobles and slightly enhancing psycasting. If there is no particular need for these benefits, then it is better to produce the base model and only craft the prestige variant as needed. However, if you already have the prestige version, then there's no reason not to use it.

In the end-game, a cataphract helmet should be equipped on every colonist that does not require some other specialized headwear, such as the prestige variant, social impact hats, or a mechlord helmet.Content added by the Biotech DLC

Stats table

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

    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[edit]

    • 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
    • 1.2.2753 - Icons of spacer armor now display as off-white instead of dark gray.

    See also[edit]