Prestige cataphract helmet

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Prestige cataphract helmet

Prestige 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.
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
1155 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
52,500 ticks (14.58 mins)
Resources to make
Plasteel 75 + Advanced component 1 + Gold 90
Has Quality

A prestige cataphract helmet is a full-head power armor helmet introduced by the Royalty DLC that forms a full set along with the prestige cataphract armor. It combines the defensive ability of the cataphract helmet with additional the psychic boosts and noble-pleasing of eltex apparel.


Prestige 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 75 Plasteel, Advanced component 1 Advanced component, Gold 90 Gold, 52,500 ticks (14.58 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 Stellic Guards.


The prestige cataphract helmet 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 helmet that the prestige Cataphract helmet replaces, but in exchange it is significantly more protective.

Protection-wise, the prestige cataphract helmet is exactly as defensive as the regular cataphract helmet. Cataphract helmets provides the best protection of any helmet in the game, especially against blunt, and can block heat damage. Like recon helmets and marine helmets, and unlike the simple or flak helmet it covers the entire head, including the Jaw, Nose, Ears and Eyes to provide comprehensive protection. 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. It also allows a pawn to reach the cap of 200% sharp protection at Legendary quality.

Unfortunately, it 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. Unlike the armor however, it offers no penalty to movement speed, meaning that should one be available, it will be a straight upgrade to any other available helmet of similar quality.

Prestige cataphract helmets also appease the headwear requirements of all nobles.

Stats table

  • Prestige cataphract helmet Prestige 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) 575 Silver
    Poor 96% 40% 48% 180 -3.6 °C (-6.5 °F) +1.8 °C (3.2 °F) 865 Silver
    Normal 120% 50% 60% 180 -4 °C (-7.2 °F) +2 °C (3.6 °F) 1155 Silver
    Good 138% 57.5% 69% 180 -4.4 °C (-7.9 °F) +2.2 °C (4 °F) 1445 Silver
    Excellent 156% 65% 78% 180 -4.8 °C (-8.6 °F) +2.4 °C (4.3 °F) 1730 Silver
    Masterwork 174% 72.5% 87% 180 -6 °C (-10.8 °F) +3 °C (5.4 °F) 2885 Silver
    Legendary 216% 90% 108% 180 -7.2 °C (-13 °F) +3.6 °C (6.5 °F) 4155 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 one found on a Stellic Guard, be it Warden or Defender, will be black and of Excellent quality.

    Version history[edit]

    • 1.1.2647 - Added and replaced the use of the regular cataphract helmet on Stellic Guards.
    • 1.2.2753 - Icons of spacer armor now display as off-white instead of dark gray.

    See Also[edit]

    • Cataphract helmet - the base model. Identical protection, but not acceptable to nobles and offers no improvement to psychic abilities.