Phoenix armor

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Phoenix armor

Phoenix armor

A variant of cataphract armor with a shoulder-mounted flamebolt launcher. This armor is slightly less protective than standard cataphract armor against normal damage, but is especially flame-resistant. The flamebolt launcher has very limited ammo and must be reloaded after use.
Phoenixes specialize in clearing out very confined spaces full of enemies, as in underground or shipborne operations. They can absorb hits while moving down a corridor, fill rooms with flame, and emerge from the smoke unscathed.

Base Stats

Tech Level
Market Value
3480 Silver
15 kg


Insulation - Cold
36 °C (64.8 °F)
Insulation - Heat
100 °C (180 °F)
Armor - Sharp
Armor - Blunt
Armor - Heat
Clothing For Nudity
Torso, Neck, Left Shoulder, Left Arm, Right Shoulder, Right Arm, Left Leg, Right Leg
Middle, Outer

Ranged Combat

10 dmg (Heat)
Armor penetration
90 ticks (1.5 secs)
60 ticks (1 sec)
14.9 tile(s)
18 (m/s)
Burst Count
1 (per burst)
Miss Radius
1.9 tile(s)
Blast Radius


Crafted At
Fabrication bench
Required Research
Cataphract armorTechprint
Skill Required
Crafting 8
Work To Make
75,000 ticks (20.83 mins)
Work Speed Stat
General Labor Speed
Resources to make
Plasteel 150 + Uranium 50 + Advanced component 6 + Steel 75 + Component 4 + Chemfuel 40
Has Quality

Phoenix armor is a type of advanced armor introduced by the Royalty DLC that provides excellent temperature resistance and protection against fire, as well as containing a flamebolt launcher at the expense of inflicting a move speed penalty. It is a variant of cataphract armor and forms a full set of armor along with the Cataphract helmet.


Phoenix armor 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 150 Plasteel, Uranium 50 Uranium, Advanced component 6 Advanced components, Steel 75 Steel, Component 4 Components, Chemfuel 40 Chemfuel, 75,000 ticks (20.83 mins) of work modified by the general labor speed of the crafter, and a crafting skill of 8.

Alternatively, the armor can be received as a quest reward or purchased from traders.[Which?] It is currently unknown if any pawns or raiders spawn with the armor.[Fact Check Needed]


5x5 area of effect of the integrated launcher

While less protective against sharp and blunt attacks compared to the base cataphract armor, it is much more protective against Flame and Heat damage and temperature extremes. It also reduces the flammability of the wearer by -0.68. Humans have a base flammability of 70%. This reduces the chance of being set on fire from taking Flame damage from 100% to just 1.4%. This stacks with the reduced chance to take Flame damage in first place offered by the armor's excellent Heat armor value. Note that while the armor value scales with quality, the flammability reduction does not.

When equipped, a phoenix armor reduces the pawn's base move speed by −0.80 c/s. As offsets such as these apply before multiplicative effects such as from Moving capacity, the actual impact on move speed can be larger or smaller than this value. For example, a pawn with 125% Moving would have their speed decreased by −1 c/s, while a pawn with only 50% Moving would only have their speed decreased by −0.4 c/s. See Move Speed for details.

Flamebolt launcher[edit]

The armor contains an integrated flamebolt launcher which gives the user the ability to launch up a single large incendiary grenade at will before requiring a reload. This weapon is similar to an incendiary launcher with a shorter range and significantly larger area of effect but does not prevent the wearer from using another weapon nor a utility item.

This incendiary grenade moves slower and has less range than an incendiary launcher but damages and creates a chemfuel puddle 5x5 square rather than a 3x3 cross. One grenade can be launched before the launcher must be reloaded with Chemfuel 40 chemfuel. The reloading process takes 60 ticks (1 sec). The pawn will never automatically use the launcher - instead it must be manually activated by the player by use of the "Launch Incendiary" gizmo, similar to using Utility items. It is unclear if this restriction also applies to NPCs. This gizmo will only appear when the pawn is drafted. NPCs will only use the launcher if they are not holding a weapon.

Similarly to weapons, the damage dealt by the flamebolt launcher of awful, masterwork, and legendary phoenix armor will have a damage quality multiplier of 90%, 125%, and 150% respectively. Meaning that a legendary phoenix armor will deal 15 damage instead of the base 10.

The warmup time before firing the launcher is affected by the Aiming Time stat of the wearer.

Wearing a shield belt prevents firing the flamebolt launcher.


This can be useful to give the user flexibility in combat, such as giving snipers a crowd control option. Reducing the impact of fire and the risk of being driven out of cover by inferno cannon-wielding centipedes is a significant boon. Up until masterwork, it is inferior to cataphract unless facing flame-wielding enemies. However at legendary quality, it is likely the best armor in the game for ranged-weapon users as the vast majority of ranged enemies use sharp damage and both Cataphract and Phoenix reach the 200% armor cap at legendary quality. This means that compared to cataphract, the phoenix only loses 9% blunt armor in exchange for significantly improved heat armor, massively improved ignition resistance, and temperature insulation, as well as a niche but still useful flamebolt launcher

The flame damage is small, the single shot is limiting, and a major threat in the late game when the armor is acquired, mechanoids, are completely immune to fire. However the flamebolt launcher is not without merit. It can hit very large swaths of pawns all at once, especially when facing late game raids. The large chemfuel puddle it creates can also be useful to prevent movement through an area.

Stats table

  • Phoenix armor Phoenix armor Sharp Blunt Heat HP Insulation
    - Cold
    - Heat
    Market Value
    Awful 69% 27% 45% 400 -28.8 °C (-51.8 °F) +80 °C (144 °F) 1740 Silver
    Poor 92% 36% 60% 400 -32.4 °C (-58.3 °F) +90 °C (162 °F) 2610 Silver
    Normal 115% 45% 75% 400 -36 °C (-64.8 °F) +100 °C (180 °F) 3480 Silver
    Good 132.25% 51.75% 86.25% 400 -39.6 °C (-71.3 °F) +110 °C (198 °F) 3980 Silver
    Excellent 149.5% 58.5% 97.5% 400 -43.2 °C (-77.8 °F) +120 °C (216 °F) 4480 Silver
    Masterwork 166.75% 65.25% 108.75% 400 -54 °C (-97.2 °F) +150 °C (270 °F) 5480 Silver
    Legendary 207% 81% 135% 400 -64.8 °C (-116.6 °F) +180 °C (324 °F) 6480 Silver

    For the full effects of qualities, see Quality.

  • Attack table

  • Phoenix armor Phoenix armor DPS
    Quality Dam. AP
    Awful 9 0% 3.6 1740 Silver
    Poor 10 0% 4 2610 Silver
    Normal 10 0% 4 3480 Silver
    Good 10 0% 4 3980 Silver
    Excellent 10 0% 4 4480 Silver
    Masterwork 12.5 0% 5 5480 Silver
    Legendary 15 0% 6 6480 Silver

    For the full effects of qualities, see Quality.

  • Trivia[edit]

    Phoenix armor may have the most complex single step crafting recipe in the game, with 6 different ingredient types required.

    Version history[edit]

    • 1.2.2719 - Added.
    • 1.2.2753 - Icons of spacer armor now display as off-white instead of dark gray. Projectiles are now rendered with a visual arc and ground shadow.
    • 1.3.3066 - Wearing a shield belt now prevents firing the flamebolt launcher. Previously it could be fired but could only target only adjacent squares (including diagonals), meaning that self-immolation was inevitable. However, the heat armor offered by phoenix armor meant that the damage to the user will be small, making it a dangerous but potentially useful option in emergencies.

    See also[edit]

    • Incendiary launcher - a weapon with similar stats to the integrated launcher.
    • Cataphract armor - the base model. Slightly more protective against sharp and blunt, but without the increased heat and temperature resistance and no incendiary launcher.
    • Prestige cataphract armor - a variant of Cataphract armor that both pleases nobles and improves psychic ability.