Like most of the TEC fleet, the Hoshiko was not designed specifically for combat, but it did find a natural niche in battle due to its unique shape, which offers a near 360 degree launch angle for its droids. Using swarms of unmanned repair drones, the Hoshiko can quickly patch up a damaged vessel and keep it in the fight. They also carry a supply of demolition bots that can wreck havoc on the engines and weapons of even the most heavily armored frigates and cruisers. Crewed by perhaps the most eccentric of the TEC roster, the Hokoes‘ are obsessive tinkerers and take great pride in the unique role they fill and ability to engineer ultimate droids.
A pair of Dunov Battlecruisers and a compliment of Hoshikos can help any fleet stay alive: the Hoshikos repair any hull damage while the Dunovs replenish shields. With durable Kol Battleships and Kodiak Heavy Cruisers, a detachment of Hoshikos can keep a fleet in fighting condition for quite some time, synergizing with the TEC's already-spectacular armor. In addition, this repair effect helps offset the shield bypass damage of phase missiles and the damage propagation of the Advent's Progenitor Mothership.
In competitive games, Hoshikos are virtual must-haves for TEC. Every Hoshiko is a mobile repair platform which has the potential to repair 2100+ hull damage, the equivalent cost of many frigates after shield mitigation and armor are taken into account. Due to this and the Hoshiko's low cost and somewhat high durability, it is not uncommon to see 15 or more Hoshikos supporting a mid-game TEC fleet. A balanced fleet of LRM, flak, and Hoshikos can be devastating against many other mid-game fleets if handled skillfully.
Hoshikos can be employed almost anywhere: in support of defensive emplacements, in the wings of a carrier fleet (to shut down attackers who wander too close, allowing fighters to pick off crippled targets at their leisure), and, of course, behind a wall of capital ships, frigates, or cruisers. Hoshikos tend to be at their most valuable in support of large, durable, obvious targets.
Later in the game, especially with cultural antimatter upgrades researched, building massive swarms of Hoshikos in order to completely shut down the enemy fleet can be a very successful strategy. Your damage-dealing units will be able to pound the enemy to pieces, and most or all of your enemy's ships will be unable to even fire back due to Demolition Bots. (However, beware of capital ships and strike craft, which are not affected by Demolition Bots)
|Primary Role:||Repair / Support|
|Weapons:||Forward Heavy Pulsar Laser|
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|Corvettes:||Shriken Corvette (Loyalist) • Stilat Corvette (Rebel)|
|Frigates:||Arcova Scout Frigate • Cobalt Light Frigate • Javelis LRM Frigate • Krosov Siege Frigate • Garda Flak Frigate • Protev Colony Frigate|
|Cruisers:||Percheron Light Carrier • Hoshiko Robotics Cruiser • Cielo Command Cruiser • Kodiak Heavy Cruiser • Raloz Heavy Constructor • Ogrov Torpedo Cruiser • Neruda Envoy Cruiser|
|Capital Ships:||Kol Battleship • Sova Carrier • Akkan Battlecruiser • Dunov Battlecruiser • Marza Dreadnought • Corsev Battlecruiser|
|Titans:||Ankylon Titan (Loyalist) • Ragnarov Titan (Rebel)|
|Starbase:||Argonev Star Base|
|Corvettes:||Acolyte Corvette (Loyalist) • Vespa Corvette (Rebel)|
|Frigates:||Seeker Vessel • Disciple Vessel • Illuminator Vessel • Purge Vessel • Defense Vessel • Missionary Vessel|
|Cruisers:||Aeria Drone Host • Iconus Guardian • Domina Subjugator • Destra Crusader • Talion Savior • Solanus Adjudicator • Herald Envoy|
|Capital Ships:||Radiance Battleship • Revelation Battlecruiser • Progenitor Mothership • Halcyon Carrier • Rapture Battlecruiser • Discord Battleship|
|Titans:||Coronata Titan (Loyalist) • Eradica Titan (Rebel)|
|Starbase:||Transcencia Star Base|
|Corvettes:||Tosurak Corvette (Loyalist) • Sulsurak Corvette (Rebel)|
|Frigates:||Jikara Navigator • Ravastra Skirmisher • Kanrak Assailant • Karrastra Destructor • Junsurak Sentinel • Jarun Migrator|
|Cruisers:||Lasurak Transporter • Stilakus Subverter • Serevun Overseer • Skarovas Enforcer • Sivuskras Ruiner • Voruntak Envoy|
|Capital Ships:||Kortul Devastator • Skirantra Carrier • Jarrasul Evacuator • Antorak Marauder • Vulkoras Desolator • Rankulas Battleship|
|Titans:||Vorastra Titan (Loyalist) • Kultorask Titan (Rebel)|
|Starbase:||Orkulus Star Base|