Official Description: As the Vasari continue their long trek through space, it's the Jikaras that lead the way to safety. However, the Jikara is also used for quick strikes against unsuspecting mining installations and houses strike teams that can be deployed to capture enemy assets. Should it encounter enemy forces alone in unknown space, its unique Phasic Cloaking device can be used to either hide and observe enemy maneuvers or to avoid weapons fire, thereby giving it a high survivability without any support from the Exodus Fleet.
Slightly more expensive in both resource and fleet supply costs, the Navigator has a shining advantage over the other two scout frigates: it can crew neutral extractors. While this may not seem like a huge advantage at first, keep in mind that neutral extractors produce more resources than any other extractors and cannot be destroyed directly. This means that any of the other two factions will have to use one of their slow colony frigates to claim the extractor or allow the Vasari player a permanent resource advantage and a possibly advantageous scout post. In addition to scouting advantages, each neutral extractor is worth about as much as a trade port: do not underestimate them!
Like all scout frigates, when in a large enough group (8+), the Jikara is very effective at taking out enemy units with Light Armor, such as Krosov Siege Frigates.
The researchable ability, Selective Phasing, makes the Navigator more survivable against late game fleets that can quickly make short work of most scout frigates. Selective Phasing is excellent at providing a Vasari player with scouting information on an enemy planet for a few minutes until antimatter runs out.
Like all scout frigates the Navigator can be upgraded to be immune to Phase Jump Inhibitors.
In the early-game, scout frigates are the most cost effective at countering enemy players' light raiding parties of siege frigates or Ogrovs.
In the Sins of a Solar Empire manual, the description of the Jikara Navigator misspells Jikara as Jakara, but the unit name above it says Jikara. Likewise, the Selective Phasing ability is referred to as Phasic Cloaking in the manual, while the ability is referred to as Selective Phasing in-game.
|Ship Type:||Jikara Navigator|
|Primary Role:||Exploration / Reconnaissance|
|Weapons (Fore):||2 x Forward Plasma Pulse Guns|
Infallible Jump Drive
|Strike Craft:||TEC Fighter • TEC Bomber|
|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|
|Strike Craft:||Advent Fighter • Advent Bomber|
|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|
|Strike Craft:||Vasari Fighter • Vasari Bomber|
|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|