Swift Heart Class Scout
The Swift Heart is the only single-engine cloaking ship in the standard game. This makes it a very inexpensive cloaking scout which you can build in large numbers. Having many of them scattered over planets can give you an information advantage over your opponent, especially with the Super Spy mission. Its fuel tank is relatively large for its size, giving it decent range and allowing it to stay cloaked in orbit of enemy planets for many turns.
Since the Swift Heart is inexpensive, you can mass-produce them and send them behind enemy lines to harass your opponent's weak points. Building a starbase at a Ghipsoldal planet is ideal for building swifties.
You can destroy the enemy's freighters effectively with a Swifty. To destroy them instead of capturing them, use plasma bolts since they are cheap in duranium. X-rays or lasers will capture the ship, which makes recapture by the enemy possible. Blasters, Positron Beams or Heavy Blasters will also destroy LDSFs instead of capturing.
You can destroy lightly defended colonies with the Swift by equipping the swifty with Blasters (or better). This allows it to destroy colonies with up to 12 defense posts without taking any damage. You can use the Super Spy mission to determine the planet's defenses before attacking. In this way, you can seek out and destroy your opponent's lightly defended colonies with a fleet of (comparatively cheap) swifties.
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- The Swift Heart Scout is equipped with a Nebula Scanner, which will automatically detect planets and ships inside a nebula up to 100 light years away, regardless of the nebula density.
- The Swift Heart Scout loses about 50% of the normal crew/clans while cloaked inside radiation.