Seeing as you start the game with 1500 creds, you can buy goods to trade
with and sell for profit right from the beginning. It is a good idea to
buy expensive things when you have enough money, rather than trading in
little goods to make profit. For instance, buying a Supercomputer at
Hiathra for 90 credits and selling it at Micon I for 115 credits is better
than buying Hybrid Grain for 20 credits and selling it for 25. This does
not always apply, however, as there is great demand for Brandy at Free
Guild Outpost in Bassruti, and they will pay nearly 200 creds for it!
My best trade route is : Buy full cargo of Brandy at DenebPrime Starbase.
Travel to Bassruti through Malir gate.
Sell Brandy at Free Guild Outpost.
Buy most expensive contraband on offer.
Travel to Deneb through Malir gate.
Sell contraband at DenebPrime Starbase.
Keep repeating this and you will be able to fully upgrade your ship and
have plenty of creds for Missiles, Repairs etc.
How do I trade in contraband? There's this droid named Robo-Crook who
appears in the bars all over the Far Arm. Talk to him and he will
ask for 100 credits and let you stick your hand in his sack and retrieve
an object. Most of them are useless, but if you keep trying, you will
get Forged Cargo Papers which fool the Cargo-checkers at Bases in to
thinking that you have legal goods onboard your ship. This doesn't always
work, so save your game just before you dock.
Anagathics: I don't know what these are, but I do know that you should save
your game just after you leave the place where you bought them,
as they sometimes spoil from just normal space flight.
Malir Gates: Be careful of trading certain merchandise between systems, as
some get spoiled in the Malir gates. I don't know all of them,
but my Antibiotics where spoiled, and I heard of Radioactives
This is one of the quickest and easiest ways of getting money. You must be
careful, however, not to let the Guild disklike you so much that they hate
you, because then traders will just attack you when you fly in a sector
that they are also in. That can be a hassle, but if you are a pirate
through-out the whole game, you will not be attacked by other pirate ships
(which stand more chance of killing you than the average Scow or Tanker)
and so you will not have too much trouble in space. Also, when you attack a
merchant ship, try not to kill them, as a bounty for your death will increase.
This causes Hunters and sometimes Imperial ships to attack you. Rather just
attack a merchant ship and bring its armour down to about 30 or 40. If it
hasn't surrendered to you already, it probably doesn't have any cargo
(and with that little armour it should be trying to flee) so let it go.
Probably the hardest route to follow to get credits, you will require a well
upgraded ship and a good amount of combat practise. Although at first you
can just blow up pirates with a single SM-1 missile without them attacking
you, sooner or later they are going to start disliking you and attacking
you if you enter a sector with one of their ships in, so be careful and
keep repairing and restocking your missiles. When you are hated by the
pirates, you will not be able to surrender to them, so you will always have
to fight them or run away (which is not so easy). The best system to hunt in
is Bassruti, as the Scarlet Brotherhood of Pirates have their Outpost there.
Because of this, pirates and rogues frequent the system. Another good system
for finding pirates is Sigure, which is also the most popular system for the
Manchi ships. Zed is also popular with both Manchi and Pirates, but it is
quite hard to dock for repairs and supplies at its Station because of
the asteroids around it.
The Non-Player Characters:
The duchess is on DenebPrime starbase, to the right of the entrance. She
gives you a test the first time you meet her. Answer the questions
honestly, even though the Green Cube is fake, and not poisenous as she says.
She sends you on your mission to find out what happened to Targon, but once
you finish that, you can not see her again, as she moves to the Imperial
To the north of Avenstar's room, her alien bodyguard Vengor talks to you
whenever you enter, and can give you some interesting information. Don't
insult him, or else he beats you up. He remains after the Duchess leaves
for her home planet, and gives you the messages she left for you.
He is situated on Hiathra base to the north of where you buy upgrades and
repairs. You can acquire a CRC-07 (used on the Koth for a tour) and a
Pilot's License from him. Here are the answers to the test that he asks
you when you apply for a License: 1) 3.26
2) Type O
3) F = ma
You also need to give him a statuette during the game, but he must be told
that it is not a bribe.
The master trader of the Micon I outpost, Eld gives you information on trading
and also asks you to do him the job of delivering the statuette to Orellian.
Once this is done, he gives you a Stealth Box for staying away from pirates,
and gives you some useful trading information. After this, you can't talk to
him because he si always busy.
Veda is a trading Alien who, like many of the other NPC's, is a randomly
appearing character. He sells rare items to you, but you only need to
buy the Contact Lenses from him (250 creds), which are used on the Koth.
Situated on Micon I outpost, he talks to you about music and he is able to
be bribed. When you buy him a drink, ask him about important people such as
Koth and Avenstar. Bribing him costs 10 credits.
Kale is an RAC (randomly appearing character) Bounty Hunter who asks you
of your proffesion. By selecting either Bounty Hunter or Merchant he gives
you advice, and you can talk to him again and choose the other proffesion
to read advice on it.
He is an RAC who has lots of information on NSB's (Nuero Stabilising Boosters)
and the Bassruti incident, so be sure to talk to him.
Flitch is an RAC rogue who offers you information on ships, info on pirates
and offers you a job. These cost 25 credits each. Be careful: Once the pirates
start to dislike or hate you, you won't be able to talk to him.
This droid is situated on Hiathra. He doesn't have any really important info,
but he can tell you about Titan ships (and about himself).
This alien student is in the Hiathra bar. She offers you the job of saying
"RAKBIT" to Shizaz, an alien on Ross in Nar'See. Once you have done this,
she gives you a Malir Artifact as a reward.
Borf is a Shizaz alien who hangs around in the bar on Ross Station. You need
to buy him a drink and then say "RAKBIT" to him. If you say anything else
while he is drinking he attacks and kills you. Be careful, because he is a
member of the Black Hand and will kill you after you have talked to Janus
about the mission Avenstar gave you.
Ichiki, a RAC, sells you information about certain things, but I only found
out about the Manchi and Targon (which he will say nothing about). Offer him
the Ruby Cube (you get it from Robo-Crook) or the Dilithium gem (on Hiathra)
as payment for information on the Manchi.
Robo-Crook, another RAC, offers to let you stick your hand in his sack of
items and retrieve one for 100 credits. I got some very good stuff from
him, most of it useful, such as the Forged Cargo Papers and the Ruby Cube.
Cebak lives on Hiathra, to the right of Orellian, and tells you about HIVE
and about her sister, Tiwa, who lives on Legrange. There is a Key-Card in
the pocket of one of the Vac-Suits in her room.
Tiwa, Cebak's sister, lives on Legrange mining station. She gives you a letter
to take to Cebak.
Droughton Gut is the leader of the pirate group The Scarlet Brotherhood,
situated on Free Guild Outpost in Basrutti. He becomes your ally after you
destroy a Titan, and he helps you very much near the end of the game.
He also has plenty of information for you as well, and he does all this
even if you are hated by the pirates.
Omar is Gut's right-hand-man, and he allows you to see Gut once you have
destroyed a Titan. Don't blow up a Titan before he asks you to, because
it won't count.
Nycen meditates in the garden-lounge on the Sigure outpost. She tells you a
little about Priestess Vilanie.
She is to the top-right of the bar on the Sigure outpost. Vilanie is plotting
against the Empire along with Koth, and she holds the cause of the Manchi
attack: the Queen-Egg. This is in the locked room to the right of where she
is. She also probes your mind, but I don't know what that's meant to do.
Dr. Elanius Ferah:
Dr. Felsane is on DenebPrime Starbase, to the top left of the bar. She is
a blind facial surgeon. She operated on Rayson, altering his appearance and
giving one of his eyes a milky blind look. Ask her about Rayson.
This droid is on the Station in the Deneb system. He is looking for his
`girlfriend', a droid named MAID, and asks you to try and find her for him.
MAID is posing as a female rogue on Free Guild Outpost in Basrutti, in the
bar. You must tell her you are either a rogue or a merchant, not a Bounty
Hunter, or else she won't talk to you. Say LUX-23A to her and she joins you
by becoming a repair droid on your ship. You should give her back to LUX-23A
just to make them happy, and also (because of some programming bug, no doubt)
you can go back to Free Guild and pick her up again, as a repair droid.
There is a one-legged soldier on the Koth carrier, in the bottom left corner
outside. He gives you information on Koth, aswell as information on the war
such as weapons and tactics. I never found out his name, though.
Janus is on the Koth in Arcturus, acting as the tour guide and information
officer there. Like Vilanie and Koth, she is also in on the plan to overthrow
the Empire. For a tour of the Koth, you must give her the CRC-07 slip that
you got from Orellian. Once you are on Avenstar's mission to find Targon,
she asks you if you are the one she sent. Say yes, but refuse the bribe.
Toom, a RAC, is an off-duty soldier who has some information you can ask him
about, but otherwise he is not important.
Targon is the insane man in the bottom left corner of the Arcturus station.
You must give him a dose of NSB (it is on Basrutti station) for you to be
able to talk to him. He gives you a lot of information about Koth and Vilanie's
plan, but then goes crazy again. Once this is done you, must go back to Gut
and tell him of the plan. Also, your ship used to belong to Targon, and so
all the log messages you read are what he has written.
He is the owner of the Arcturus mining station Micon II. He doesn't tell
you much, other than complain about mining workers.
Blutous is the trader on the Convec East station in Gryphon. He has some
information on trading and the Basrutti incident.
Omas is the seemingly crazy character in the south-east corner of the Convec
East mining station in Gryphon. He seems insane, but has lots of information
on the Malir.
Teb is a miner, or rock-picker, on Micon IV station in Zed. He tells you a
bit about mining, but I think you can learn something else from him,
although I don't know what (I know this because of the "Other..." command).
The scientist Prosk is working on Micon IV inventing things, the latest of
which is a Warp-Drive which can jump you to other systems. You find out that
he needs a Transmutation Coil in order for it to work, so you must go about
finding one. It is on the Koth carrier, in the power-unit in the locked room.
You need the contact lenses from Borf to get the coil, or you will be blinded
from the light. Return to Prosk with the Coil, and select the Null Damper
instead of the Stealth Box, as you can get one from Sir Eld. At the end of
the game when you have the Manchi egg, go to Prosk and use the co-ordinates
GC 3409 to get to Ja-Karn, the Manchi home system.
The barmen through-out the Far Arm have information for you most of the times
that you buy drinks. As you progress through the game, their information
changes, so visit them often because there might be clues or just gossip
waiting for you.
Obtained from Orellian, this certifies you as an official Imperial citizen
and legal Pilot's rights (whatever they are). See the section on Orellian
for the answers to the test.
Also obtained from Orellian, this enables you to go on a tour of the Koth
when you give it to Janus.
Obtained from Sir Eld on Micon I to be taken to Orellian on Hiathra. Tell
Orellian that it is not a bribe.
One of Robo-Crook's items, you can trade this for information with Ichiki.
Forged Cargo Papers:
Also from Robo-Crook, these fool the cargo inspectors into thinking that you
have only legal goods onboard your vessel. They don't always work, so save
your game just before you dock.
Ameobic Contact Lenses:
Obtained from Borf for 250 credits, these allow you to look at bright lights
without your eyes being injured. They are used on the Koth when you retrieve
the Transmutation Coil from the power unit.
Borf sells you this aswell, but I can't remember for how much. I also didn't
find any use for it. Maybe you can trade it with Ichiki, I don't know.
Found in the power unit in the locked room aboard the Koth, this must be given
to Prosk so that he can finish his Warp Drive.
Nuero Stabilising Booster (NSB):
This is in a drawer in an office on Basrutti Station, and is given to Targon
(on Arcturus Station) to make him sane. It only lasts a short while, so read
what he has to say very carefully, as it is needed to complete the game.
You get this from Dr. Felsane once you have done the job for her. I didn't
find any use for it tin the game, but maybe you cn trade it with Ichiki for
information. I didn't try it though.
You can obtain this either from Robo-Crook, or from one of the Vac suits in
Cebak's room. It lets you open some locked doors, but not all of them.
This is in the locked room to the right of where Vilanie is. You must pick it
up and then take it to Gut for information. After this you must go to Prosk
and be transported to Ja-Karn, the Manchi home system, where you give it to
the Manchi automatically when you land on their planet.
There may be more equipment through-out the game, but this is all I found:
Obtainable from Sir Eld once you have done the job for him, or from Prosk when
you give him the Transmutaion Coil. It (supposedly) hides you from the long
range scanners of Pirate vessels. I didn't notice too much difference, but
I'm sure it works a little.
You can choose either this or the Stealth Box when you give the Transmutaion
Coil to Prosk. It prevents your armour from being depleted while you are in
Beam Auto-Lock Device:
I didn't notice what this did, but I assume it automatically locks your beam
weapon. Maybe it lets you hit the enemies easier. Duchess Avenstar gives it
to you after you have spoken to her and given her information about yourself.
This is actually MAID, LUX-23A's `girlfriend'. To get her to join you, you must
say LUX-23A to her, using the other command (she is on Free Guild Outpost).
She poses as a repair droid while you are giving her transport back to LUX
on Ross Station, Deneb. You should let LUX have his girlfriend back, as
you can go back to Free Guild Outpost and pick her up the same way, and the
second time round you get to keep her.
The Quests, Jobs and Missions:
Sir Eld's statuette:
Sir Eld gives you a statuette to be taken to Orellian. Simply fly to Hiathra
and give it to him. Be sure to tell him it's not a bribe, and return to Eld
for your reward: a Stealth Box and trading information.
Joining the Scarlet Brotherhood:
To join the Brotherhood and be able to talk with Gut, you need to talk to
Omar, who tells you to destroy a titan. Here is the best strategy I could
think of: Fly closely behind the titan, and then turn off your TAC so that
you have targeted yourself. Fire a Nova missile straight into the rear of
the titan, and once it has hit you must start firing slow powerful shots with
your beam weapon. Stay behind the titan and keep firing until you can fire
another missile, with your TAC off again. The reason I do this is because it
becomes a straight flying dumbfire missile which isn't affected by ECM,
but still has the same firepower. The titans have strong ECM, and homing
missiles are very often diverted from it. Keep doing this and you should
defeat the titan a bit quicker and easier than usual. This tactic works on all
the ships that have (or don't have) ECM, and I use it just about all the time.
Finding the Transmutation Coil:
The Coil is aboard the Koth carrier, in the locked room. Walk to the power
unit (don't walk on the block directly under it - it's an alarm plate) and
select inspect. You must be wearing Ameobic Contact Lenses to retrieve it,
or your eyes will burn up. Once you have it, you must take it to Prosk,
who rewards you with either a Stealth Box or a Null Damper.
Onboard Basrutti Station are a dosage of NSB's and a safe with a few credits
in it. Once you leave your ship, walk to the landing strip to the top left of
where you start off. Walk around the bottom left corner there for a few seconds
and then (quickly) walk down to the southern entrance. Don't waste any time
standing around as the monster could attack you if you are standing in one
place too long (walking there on the landing strip makes the monster move
to the top left of the building, away from where you want to be). Walk to the
room to the left of where you entered and stand between the safe and the
chest of drawers. Inspect the drawers, get the NSB's, and then pick the lock
of the safe and take the credits. Now leave quickly the way you entered. After
this, you have no reason to land on Basrutti Station again.
Finding MAID for LUX-23A:
LUX-23A, the droid on the Deneb Station, asks you to find MAID, his girlfriend.
She is posing as a female rogue in the Free Guild Outpost cantina. You must
tell her you are either a rogue or a merchant so that she talks to you, and
then say LUX-23A (by selecting the Other... option). She joins you secretly
as a repair droid, and you must fly back to LUX-23A and give her to him.
Don't worry about losing your repair droid, as you can go back to Free Guild
and pick her up again (the same way) without having to give her to LUX.
Finding Targon for Avenstar:
The Duchess aks you to find out what you can about Captain Targon, the previous
owner of the Jolly Roger, who was on a secret mission, Operation Ferret, for
her. He is in the bottom left corner of the Arcturus station, and needs to be
given a dosage of NSB's to be made sane for long enough to talk to you and
tell you all about the Black Hand's plots and secret information. You must
tell him the name of his secret mission from Avenstar in order for him to tell
you these things. After you have spoken to him, he goes insane, and
(as far as I know) can't be helped again.
Retrieving the Manchi egg:
After you have spoken to Targon, return to Gut, and he will assist you with
getting the egg from Vilanie by sending his Pirates to attack the Outpost
while you are aboard, distracting the guards. The egg is in the locked room
to the right of where Priestess Vilanie is. You need just pick it up and leave
the station, and return again to Gut.
Taking the egg to the Manchi home-world:
After you have given the Transmutation Coil to Prosk, and you have the egg,
return to Prosk and explain to him about the egg. He will let you use his
Warp Drive to transport you to Ja-Karn, the Manchi home system once you have
given him its co-ordinates - GC 3409. Note: Before you go to Ja-Karn,
make sure you have fully repaired your ship and have a full supply of missiles.
Once you are in the system, go to your Nav screen and select Helm. You will
most probably be attacked on the way, but that's why you repaired yourself
and bought missiles. When you arrive in the sector with the home-world, just
land as you would on a normal station, and you've finished the game!
If you are tired of having to fly so slowly to dock, I found that you can
dock at a speed of 18 m/s, but any faster and you will ram, losing armour.
If you enter a sector where you want to dock and your target, such as a
station, is quite far away, you can fly (using the Nav screen) to another
sector, and then return to wherever it was you wanted to dock, and you could
start off much nearer your target.
Congratulations on finishing Space Rogue. Although it is an old game,
(released in 1989) I bought it the other day and like other classics
such as BattleTech, the TSR gold box RPG's and the old Sierra games, I enjoyed
it very much and I am sure I will play it over and over. Also, if you discover
anything about the game that isn't in this file, please feel free to type it in.
Thanks once more,
The Spoiler Centre