Prestige cataphract armor

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Prestige cataphract armor

Prestige cataphract armor

A suit of heavy powered armor, built for maximum protection at the cost of mobility. Heavy layered plasteel-weave plates with solid ablative coatings stop all but the most well-aimed or powerful attacks. Neuro-memetic assistors prevent the suit's massive weight from immobilizing the wearer entirely, but the suit is still quite cumbersome.
Expensive and beautiful, prestige armor like this is usually made for those of high status. Embedded eltex threads also enhance the wearer's psychic sensitivity.

Base Stats

Tech Level
Market Value
3930 Silver
15 kg


Insulation - Cold
36 °C (64.8 °F)
Insulation - Heat
12 °C (21.6 °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


Crafted At
Fabrication bench
Required Research
Cataphract armorTechprint
Skill Required
Crafting 8
Work To Make
150,000 ticks (41.67 mins)
Work Speed Stat
General Labor Speed
Resources to make
Plasteel 190 + Uranium 50 + Advanced component 6 + Gold 180
Has Quality

Prestige cataphract armor is a set of power armor introduced by the Royalty DLC that forms a full set along with the Prestige cataphract helmet. It combines the defensive ability and move speed penalty of Cataphract armor with additional the psychic boosts of Eltex apparel.


Prestige cataphract 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 190 Plasteel, Uranium 50 Uranium, Advanced component 6 Advanced components, Gold 180 Gold, 150,000 ticks (41.67 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, purchased from traders, or found on Stellic Guards.


When equipped, a prestige cataphract 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.


Prestige cataphract armor improves a pawns Psychic Sensitivity by 5%, and improves the pawn's base neural heat recovery rate by 0.033 heat per second, though this will be modified by their psylink level. This primarily improves a pawns psychic power, but note that it also makes them more susceptible to psycasts themselves, as well as psychic drones. This increase is inferior to the eltex vest that the prestige cataphract armor replaces, but in exchange it is significantly more protective.

Protection-wise, the prestige cataphract armor is exactly as defensive as regular cataphract armor. Cataphract armor provides the best protection of any armor in the game, especially against blunt, and can block heat damage. Like Recon armor and Marine armor it also covers the limbs in addition to the torso making for great overall protections. It provides roughly the same protection as a Marine Armor of one quality level above its own, or of Recon Armor two quality levels above its own. It also allows a pawn to reach the cap of 200% sharp protection at Legendary quality. Compared to a flak vest and duster, Cataphract armor offers strictly superior protection to all body parts when all items are the same quality, regardless of duster material. However, Cataphract armor is much more expensive, needs a long time to make and also needs the Cataphract Armor research before being available.

Acquiring it through fighting the Empire is also difficult due to their ubiquitious death acidifier implants and the general difficulty of killing the pawns wearing this armor and carrying the empires best weapons. The armor provides a significant Move Speed debuff of -0.80 c\s, double that of marine armor and over six times that of a flak vest, making the armor impractical for every day wear by some pawns. The bionic legs may be used to offset this move speed penalty.

Cataphract armor also appeases the middle and outer torso requirements of all nobles, replacing both the formal vest/corset and the prestige robe.

Stats table

  • Prestige cataphract armor Prestige cataphract armor Sharp Blunt Heat HP Insulation
    - Cold
    - Heat
    Market Value
    Awful 72% 30% 36% 400 -28.8 °C (-51.8 °F) +9.6 °C (17.3 °F) 1965 Silver
    Poor 96% 40% 48% 400 -32.4 °C (-58.3 °F) +10.8 °C (19.4 °F) 2945 Silver
    Normal 120% 50% 60% 400 -36 °C (-64.8 °F) +12 °C (21.6 °F) 3930 Silver
    Good 138% 57.5% 69% 400 -39.6 °C (-71.3 °F) +13.2 °C (23.8 °F) 4430 Silver
    Excellent 156% 65% 78% 400 -43.2 °C (-77.8 °F) +14.4 °C (25.9 °F) 4930 Silver
    Masterwork 174% 72.5% 87% 400 -54 °C (-97.2 °F) +18 °C (32.4 °F) 5930 Silver
    Legendary 216% 90% 108% 400 -64.8 °C (-116.6 °F) +21.6 °C (38.9 °F) 6930 Silver

    For the full effects of qualities, see Quality.

  • Stat Increase
    Psychic Sensitivity +5%
    Neural Heat Limit +4
    Base Neural Heat Recovery Rate +0.033/s
    Effective Neural Heat Recovery Rate +0.054/s
  • Trivia[edit]

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

    Every set found on a Stellic Guard, be it Warden or Defender, will be red and of Excellent quality.

    Version history[edit]

    See Also[edit]

    • Cataphract armor - the base model. Identical protection, but not acceptable to nobles and offers no improvement to psychic abilities.
    • Phoenix armor - a variant of cataphract armor that is slightly more protective against heat and temperature but less protective otherwise, with an integrated incendiary launcher.