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General Data
Faction Substrate
Type Cruiser
Cost 5 Logistics, 450 Metal, 80 Radioactives, 40 seconds
Hit Points 1250
Shields 40

The Masochist is a cruiser class ship for the Substrate.

Heavy anti-frigate unit. Attacks become more powerful as it takes damage.


This anti-frigate ship is aptly named. As the Masochist becomes damaged, its attacks become even more powerful, often to the point where it can take out enemy cruisers easily. Its plasma flail is powered by all of the Masochist's absorbed damage; the more damage this unit takes, the more beams it can use at once.

Weapon Specs

Plasma Flail

This plasma weapon is powered by damage the Masochist absorbs. The more damaged the Masochist is, the more beams it can use at once.

  • 119 DPS per unit
  • 300 meters range

Game Usage

  • The Masochist can be considered an upgraded version of the Avenger, with good frigates clearing capability (albeit with a trigger condition), almost twice the durability and no reliance on energy. It's slightly slower than the Avenger, but faster than the slow cruisers, such as Drone Hive.
  • The Masochist is basically a moving bomb, dealing more and more damage (in an AoE manner) the closer it gets to dying. This is particularly dangerous to close range frigates and cruisers, but is usually not an issue for range cruisers, such as Nemesis or Hera.
  • Overall, the Masochist is underused as it's hard to justify its cost when it could be spent on building other cruisers that could potentially live through the fight and gain more value in the next combat. The Masochist is the opposite of this longevity idea, and is designed to suicide with having mostly HP durability and next to no shield durability, making it unable to regenerate the damage taken. Also, the availability of heavy cruisers and Nemesis, all of which have good range, greatly reduces the Masochist effectiveness as it dies before it can get close enough to unleash the damage.