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Faster-than-light travel, often abbreviated to FTL, is the method by which ships traverse the vast emptiness of space between star systems. Advancements in technology can grant improvements to the speed at which ships jump to FTL and even unlock experimental FTL drives.

A fleet will initiate FTL travel when its first ship reaches the edge of a system or bypass, regardless of the current position of other ships.

Hyperlanes[edit | edit source]

A hyperlane network predates all other known construction in the galaxy and connects the star systems together to allow interstellar travel, although some systems may be more isolated than others. Ships move at sublight speed until they reach a hyperlane entry point (shown as an arrow on the system map). The Hyperlane Density setting determines the number of hyperlanes individual systems can have. A double value creates a very unrestricted game where interdiction is next to impossible. Conversely, a half value connects the galaxy linearly, with most systems having only two hyperlanes, allowing for a highly defensive game.

FTL drive Alloys.png Cost Power Power Time FTL charge time Fleet action button jump.png Tactical jump Required technology Crisis date Description
Ship part hyper drive 1.png Hyper Drive I 5 10 No.png regular Ships equipped with Hyper Drives travel swiftly between the edges of star systems along interstellar hyperlanes.
Ship part hyper drive 2.png Hyper Drive II 10 15 −25% No.png Tech hyper drive 2.png Hyperlane Breach Points regular
Ship part hyper drive 3.png Hyper Drive III 15 20 −50% No.png Tech hyper drive 3.png Hyperspace Slipstreams regular
Ship part jump drive 1.png Jump Drive 20 30 −70% Yes.png Tech jump drive 1.png Jump Drive 50 years earlier The Jump Drive tears ship-sized holes in the very fabric of reality, allowing for near-instantaneous movement between systems. The nature of the space the ship passes through on this journey is still poorly understood.
Ship part psi jump drive 1.png Psi Jump Drive 20 30 −80% Yes.png
+50% range
Tech psi jump drive 1.png Psi Jump Drives 50 years earlier The Psi Jump Drive harnesses the psionic potential of the ship's crew to warp the local space-time continuum, eliminating the distance between the point of origin and the destination. Supposedly.

Systems that are restricted because of closed borders are shown in red on the galaxy map. Home systems of Space Creatures that haven't been investigated with the initial special project are also restricted.

Hyper Relays[edit | edit source]

Hyper Relays can be constructed once the Hyper Relays Hyper Relays technology is researched and allow ships to jump to Hyper Relays in adjacent systems instead of using the existing hyperlane connections, thereby avoiding having to traverse systems at sublight speeds. They are constructed directly in a single stage, taking one year and costing Influence.png 25 influence, Alloys.png 500 alloys, and Rare crystals.png 100 rare crystals. Hyper Relay links are shown on the galaxy map as a thicker hyperlane. Potential (inactive) links are shown as yellow connections on the galaxy map. A link may be inactive because of closed borders, war, or if the relay is ruined. A ruined Hyper Relay can be restored for Energy.png 500 energy, Alloys.png 500 alloys, and Rare crystals.png 100 rare crystals, taking 6 months to complete.

Hyper Relays can grant additional effects based on Menu icon edicts.png edicts and subject specializations. Hyper Relay edicts require the empire's capital system to be part of the network, while the benefits granted by subject specializations require a connection between the overlord's capital and the subject's capital. Subjects do not benefit from their overlord's network effects.

Hyper Relays can be built from the galaxy view, and will be placed semi-randomly within the system. In systems with wormholes or existing gateways, it is recommended to go into the system view to manually place the Hyper Relay near to the wormhole or gateway to better facilitate travel. However, Hyper Relays cannot connect through wormholes or gateways.

FTL Inhibitors[edit | edit source]

FTL magnet.png FTL Inhibitors are devices present inside Fortress buildings and upgraded starbases once the Tech aura snare.png FTL Inhibition technology is researched. Hostile fleets can only leave a system with an FTL inhibitor through the same hyperlane they entered from.

Tactical Jumps[edit | edit source]

Ships equipped with Ship part jump drive 1.png Jump Drives or Ship part psi jump drive 1.png Psi Jump Drives can execute Tactical Jumps. Tactical Jumps allow a ship or fleet to instantly travel to any system within a large range indicated by a yellow dotted circle. After jumping, the fleet spends 200 days recharging, during which time it suffers −50% Mod ship speed mult.png Sublight Speed and Mod ship weapon damage.png Weapons Damage.

Quantum Catapult[edit | edit source]

The Quantum Catapult megastructure can launch fleets across vast distances, up to 5 times the distance possible with Jump Drives; however, there is a chance that the fleet will arrive in a nearby system rather than the target destination. If a fleet arrives in a system with closed borders, it will immediately go MIA.

Experimental Subspace Navigation[edit | edit source]

The Tech experimental subspace navigation.png Speculative Hyperlane Breaching technology enables science ships led by a scientist Leader to travel directly to a destination, ignoring the hyperlane network. During the transit the ship is considered MIA. Experimental Subspace Navigation can be used to bypass impassable areas such as a guarded system, a closed empire's borders or the galactic core.

Rolling subspace tides[edit | edit source]

The L-Cluster as well as the system housing the Corrupted Avatar guardian cannot be entered via either Experimental Subspace Navigation or Tactical Jumps and attempting to do so will show a notification about rolling subspace tides allowing only conventional travel. Both Experimental Subspace Navigation and Tactical Jumps can be used to leave the said systems however. The rolling subspace tide around the Corrupted Avatar system will recede once the system has been entered at least once via its wormhole.

Bypasses[edit | edit source]

Humanoid Empire using a wormhole

There are two types of Bypasses in Stellaris: wormholes and gateways. Both offer instantaneous travel but require research in order to be usable. The number of Bypasses can be adjusted at settings before the start of a game session. Ships will automatically use Bypasses if the route is shorter, shown on the starmap by a blue travel line.

Wormholes[edit | edit source]

Wormholes are natural formations that come in pairs and link two random systems across the galaxy. Initially, wormholes are too unstable to allow passage through them, but once an empire obtains the Tech wormhole stabilization.png Wormhole Stabilization technology, that empire's science ships can stabilize wormholes for that empire by right clicking on the wormhole or its system, opening them permanently for their empire. This only allows passage through that wormhole for ships of that empire; other empires must research the tech themselves, and then also "stabilize" that wormhole, before being able to use it. Clicking on a wormhole will shift the camera to the connecting system. Like hyperlanes, a wormhole cannot be used if the other end lies within an empire with closed borders except if war is declared.

One of the wormholes will always lead to the Sealed System, a trinary system with no hyperlane connection containing a Gaia planet that is guarded by a Corrupted Psionic Avatar. This wormhole will be present in the galaxy even if wormholes have been disabled.

Shroud Tunnel[edit | edit source]

A Shroud Tunnel is a special wormhole created by building a Sb shroud beacon.png Shroud Beacon, which can only be constructed once per empire by empires that reached an agreement with the Shroud-Touched Coven enclave or have the Origins teachers of the shroud.png Teachers of the Shroud origin. It costs 500 Alloys.png Alloys, 25 Rare crystals.png Rare Crystals, and 3 Monthly Energy and cannot be built in systems that already have a wormhole. Shroud Tunnels work similarly to L-Gates, as each Shroud Tunnel connects to the Shroud-Touched Coven system with the Shroud Tunnel nexus, which then connects to all other Shroud Tunnels. If the Shroud Beacon is dismantled, fleets will no longer be able to use the tunnel in that system until it is rebuilt. Empires that have purchased and built a Shroud Beacon or have researched Tech psionic theory.png Psionic Theory can use any Shroud Tunnel, if they have access to the destination.

Each time a fleet travels through the Shroud Tunnel, the following may happen:

  • 74% chance nothing happens.
  • 10% chance a leader changes appearance and gains 200 experience. Xenophobe.pngFanatic Xenophobe.png Xenophobe and Gestalt consciousness.png Gestalt Consciousness empires have the option to dismiss the leader for a small amount of Society research Society Research.
  • 10% chance a leader gains the Adaptive.png Adaptive, Leader trait carefree.png Carefree, Leader trait meticulous.png Meticulous, Leader trait paranoid.png Paranoid, or Leader trait stubborn.png Stubborn trait.
  • 5% chance the fleet is randomly enhanced.
  • 1% chance a Corrupted Avatar guardian attacks the Shroud Beacon system.

Wormhole generation events[edit | edit source]

The Alien Machine event can be triggered by investigating an anomaly with the same name that can appear on asteroids. One of the two event options will lead to the creation of a new wormhole pair, one end in a system 2-8 hyperlanes away and the other in a system 15-50 hyperlanes away.

If Earth is destroyed with a World Cracker there is a 50% chance of creating a wormhole in the system leading to another newly created wormhole.

Gateways[edit | edit source]

Real scale of a Gateway
Real scale of a Hyper Relay

While exploring the galaxy, empires may find abandoned gateways that were once part of a massive, galaxy-spanning network. The number of abandoned gateways can be scaled by galaxy settings.[1]

Once an abandoned gateway is discovered, the Tech gateway activation.png Gateway Activation technology will always have a chance to appear, which allows abandoned gateways to be repaired. Repairing an abandoned gateway takes 2 years and costs Energy.png 6000 energy and Alloys.png 2500 alloys. When a gateway is reactivated for the first time in the galaxy, another random gateway will also reactivate along with it.

Once the Tech gateway activation.png Gateway Activation technology is researched, the Tech gateway construction.png Gateway Construction technology will always have a chance to appear, which allows new gateways to be constructed. The construction site is built in 3 years and costs Influence.png 75 influence and Alloys.png 2500 alloys. Upgrading it into a fully functional Gateway takes 3 years and costs Energy.png 6000 energy and Alloys.png 2500 alloys.

Gateways allow travel to any other gateway instantly, so long as the borders are open and the destination is not controlled by an enemy empire. As a bypass, Gateways generally act like a hyperlane connection between systems, such that claims and trade can be extended through them, however sectors don't extend through gateways.

L-Gates are a special type of gateway, which have a separate network from regular gateways. Instead of jumping from any to any, L-Gates all jump to the Terminal Egress system in the L-Cluster, then from there to any other L-Gate so long as its borders are open, or you are at war. L-Gates are opened through a special project, and new L-Gates cannot be constructed.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Setting abandoned gateways to 0 will block the use of gateway technology as an empire must discover at least one gateway to unlock the research. The Galactic Doorstep origin will still spawn a pair of abandoned gateways if the setting is otherwise 0.
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