Engine Upgrade 3

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Engine Upgrade 3
Privateer - Ship Modification Bay - Engine 3.PNG

An Engine Upgrade 3 or Engine Level 3 is a type of generator or series of generators that can be installed on spacecraft on top of their standard engines to increase the power available to guns and shields. They are available for sale to privateers at ship dealers. Gabriel Quentin wrote about engine upgrades in GEMINI SECTOR: AN OVERVIEW, recommending that spacecraft owners have one higher level of engine upgrade than shield.


Version Regen Limit Cost Resale Resale Damaged Repairs
Privateer 90 GW 130 GJ 60,000 credits 40,000 credits 6,000 credits 49-4753 credits


An Engine Upgrade 3 may be installed on the stock Orion, Galaxy and Centurion. By 2670, the upgrade supported the Tarsus.



Wing Commander Privateer Player's Guide

Engine Upgrades

There are five levels of engine upgrade. Each upgrade is a generator or series of generators that powers your guns and shields. It is our recommendation that you have at least one more level of engine upgrade than levels of shield. Power drain is an important concern that is answered with a sufficient level of generator. Also be aware that the ship you are in may not be able to support as many engine upgrades as you would like. Buy your guns and shields with this in mind.

Privateer Playtesters' Guide


There are three main functions on the ship that require energy to run: the guns, the afterburners and the shield generators. The tractor beam also requires energy, but is less likely to drain your energy stores quickly. Each engine level provides a discrete amount of energy which is shared by all four functions. Therefore, you need to care-fully balance your weapons loudest and your shield upgrades with your engine level so you will always have sufficient energy resources at your disposal.


Possible Ship Upgade Levels Tarsus Galaxy Centurion Orion
Maximum Engine Upgrade 1 3 3 5
Maximum Shield Upgrade 2 3 3 5

You will begin flying each mission with all shields activated. This uses a sizeable por-tion of your energy resources. Pressing S cycles through all possible shield usage levels, from high to low. (Pressing S with shields off brings them back on at full power.)


Steps in Usage Level
1 Off Full Shields
2 Off Level 1 Full Shields
3-5 Off Level 1 Level 2 Full Shields


Shield Upgrades
1 2 3 4 5
Engine Upgrades
1 Good Not advisable Doesn't work Doesn't work Doesn't work
2 Ideal Good Not advisable Doesn't work Doesn't work
3 Not advisable Ideal Good Not advisable Doesn't work
4 Not advisable Not advisable Ideal Good Not advisable
5 Not advisable Not advisable Not advisable Ideal Good

Each Ideal shield and engine combination allows you to fly and fight at nearly all times with all shields activated. With Ideal combinations, it takes about 2.5 seconds for your guns to recharge to full firing power.

For Each Good shield and engine combination, it is advisable to keep your shield usage at level 1 or 2. With Good combinations, it takes about 4 seconds for your guns to recharge to full firing power.

  • Ideally, you should keep your shields on Level 1 or 2 at all times. If you turn them off completely and then decide to toggle back through to a different level, your shields will take several seconds to regenerate. During this time you will be vulnerable to all enemy attacks. — "Deetchman"
  • If you're a good pilot, you could risk turning off your shields and immediately turning them back on when your enemy is turning away from you. This will give you a tremendous boost of energy for your guns and your afterburners. Pray that your enemy doesn't turn around and shoot at you too soon or you might take serious damage. This strategy is only advisable for the brave pilot. — "Lord Emperor"


Behind the Screens

Righteous Fire did not add new paper doll graphics for the ship modification screen; ships that purchase newly added engine upgrade options simply display the highest upgrade from the base game.

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