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A lightweight helmet designed for psychic focusing. While it provides little physical protection, its special materials enhance the wearer's psychic sensitivity and dissipate neural heat.
- Insulation - Cold
- 4 °C (7.2 °F)
- Insulation - Heat
- 1 °C (1.8 °F)
- Armor - Sharp
- Armor - Blunt
- Armor - Heat
- Head, Left Ear, Right Ear
It is one of a set of eltex items with similar effects that cover different parts of the body.
They also spawn on Imperial Nobles.
Despite being called a helmet, its protection is comparable to a bowler hat made of low-mid tier materials and almost non-existent. Even at legendary quality, even a normal quality autopistol only has a approximately a 1/150 chance to be stopped by the helmet, and with its low HP, the helmet will rapidly degrade. In fact, the AP of most weapons in the game will completely invalidate the armor of the eltex helmet. So in exchange for the psychic buffs it leaves the wearer's head completely unprotected. Loss of the head is obviously fatal, damage to the eyes significantly impairs effectiveness and damage to the brain is permanent and devastating even when not fatal. Care must be taken to keep the wearer out of harms way and if possible, a shield belt is recommended.
Thus, the eltex helmet is obviously neither a frontline helmet nor utility clothing. Instead it is exclusively focused on one task - buffing a psycaster. However, it is inferior in this role to the eltex skullcap. While the helmet does offer some insulation and armor, as previously established both are basically negligible. With effectively nothing to gain in return, there is little reason to choose the inferior buffs to psychic abilities that the helmet offers. And the disparity is significant - only a legendary quality helmet offers superior a psychic sensitivity to a awful quality skullcap, and its still inferior in neural heat recover rate. However, as neither piece of headwear can be crafted, sometimes only the helmet is available.
Compared to prestige power helmets, the helmet offers somewhat better psychic buffs, while the helmets offer significant protection up to and including the best available in-game. Thus, the role of the particular psycaster is a key factor, with a front-line psycasting fighter preferring the prestige helmets, while the support-oriented psycaster might prefer the helmet. However, unlike the skullcap, the benefit to psychic power is relatively small - a legendary eltex helmet increase the neural heat limit by only 13 more than a prestige helmet of any quality. This is roughly equivalent to the cost of a single first level psycast. Therefore, even the support psycaster may prefer the craftable and much more protective prestige helmets over the eltex helmet.
Eltex helmets also appease the headwear requirements of all nobles.
An Eltex helmet improves a pawn's base neural heat recovery rate by 0.066 heat per second, though this will be modified by their psylink level, and increases their Psychic Sensitivity by an amount dependent on the quality.
For the full effects of qualities, see Quality.