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A tight skullcap designed for psychic focusing. It provides no physical protection, but its special materials enhance the wearer's psychic sensitivity and dissipate neural heat.
- Insulation - Cold
- 0 °C (0 °F)
- Insulation - Heat
- 0 °C (0 °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.
Offering no protection, no insulation, and low HP, the eltex skullcap is obviously neither a frontline helmet nor utility clothing. Instead it is exclusively focused on one task - buffing a psycaster. It offers the second largest buff to Psychic Sensitivity of any item, beaten only by the Eltex staff, and the second largest buff to Neural heat recovery rate, second only to persona weapons with the Neural Cooling trait. On a pawn with maximum psylink, the gain to neural heat maximum is significant. A legendary skullcap offers enough additional neural heat capacity enough to entirely absorb the heat gain or of six casts of the 1st level Burden, or one cast of the 5th level Invisibility, while also offering faster regeneration.
However, in exchange 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.
Compared to the Eltex helmet the skullcap is essentially a complete upgrade. While the helmet does offer some armor and some insulation, it is so little that the armor piercing of almost all weapons in the game is sufficient to completely invalidate it, while the insulation gain is negligible. With effectively nothing to gain in return, there is little reason to choose the inferior buffs to psychic abilities that the helmet offers.
Compared to prestige power helmets, the skullcap offers significantly 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 the determining factor, with a front-line psycasting fighter preferring the prestige helmets, while the support-oriented psycaster will prefer the skullcap.
Eltex skullcaps also appease the headwear requirements of all nobles.
An eltex skullcap improves a pawn's base neural heat recovery rate by 0.091 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.
- 1.2.2753 - Added.