There are two types of ships in PlanetWars: dropships and bombers. Dropships increase Influence gain and bombers can destroy influence and infrastructure on a planet without the need for a ground battle. There is a factory for each ship type which provides an income of 0.5 ships per turn. Ships are usable by the owner of the factory as well as players with a military power role. Each factory also increases the deployment limit (number of ships that can be sent at once) of that ship type by 3.
To use dropships click on a planet in the main view, select the Starships tab and enter a number of dropships to attack with. You can only send dropships to neutral or opposition planets adjacent to your own (unless you have warp cores). The dropships will be used in your faction's next invasion of that planet and provide a +1 Influence bonus.
Usually dropships and invasions can only be sent to adjacent planets. With a warp cores any planet without warp jamming can be attacked by a dropship. Factions can use dropships over distant planets to launch one time invasions to attempt to gain a foothold deep in enemy territory. Dropships also affect the default invasion options given provided when a faction gains the initiative.
Groups of bombers can be sent to planets through the Starships tab. Like dropships they must be sent to planets adjacent to your own unless you use warp cores. Also like dropships they are single use only.
Bombers work best when used in groups:
- Each bomber has an additive 10% chance to destroy a structure and an additive 80% chance to remove 1.2 IP.
- Bombers will not destroy IP belonging to their own faction.
- Anti-bomber structures destroy a fixed number of bombers on approach.
- Bombers can bomb a planet.
For instance; 15 bombers will destroy one structure, have a 50% chance to destroy another, and remove approximately 14.4 IP.
Each Warp Core Fabricator produces 1 Warp Cores every 4 turns. Each Warp Core can send one dropship or bomber anywhere in the galaxy. The Warp Jammer and Ancient Artefact structures prevent warp attacks on their planets.