Star Pirates Help FAQ

NOMs

  1. What are NOMs, and how do they work?
  2. Can I find NOMs in the debris/asteroid belts etc?
  3. Can I Put NOMs or Upgraded Items into the Fleet Armory?
  4. How much does it cost to upgrade an item using NOMs?
  5. How Rare Are NOMs?
  6. I Found a NOM Instead of an Item!
  7. Cool! So can I Upgrade my Research Gear and Make a Mega Research Item?
What are NOMs, and how do they work?
NOMs are Nanometer-scale Optimization Modules.

They allow players to increase the power of Rare, Rare+ and Very Rare items by upgrading them. Upgraded items are bound to a single captain and AI system and cannot be traded, placed in armories, or sold, except back to the game, at severely reduced cost.

Each item has the potential to increase by five levels, going from Mk "0" (basic item) to Mk V (fully upgraded). The upgrade path is linear, meaning that you need to go through steps 0-V to get to a Mk V - it is not possible to do all the steps at once.

NOMs are item-specific. ie: Fusion Blaster Array - NOMs can only upgrade Fusion Blaster Arrays, etc.
Can I find NOMs in the debris/asteroid belts etc?
NOMs are findable in debris - they are not findable in the Asteroid Belt, Deep Belt nor Missions.

The only ways to get NOMs without searching for them is to convert them from items, through the [Sell] menu or to get them from other players (i.e. Item Market).
Can I Put NOMs or Upgraded Items into the Fleet Armory?
No. Upgraded items cannot be put into a Fleet armory. At this time, NOMs themselves also may not - that was a conscious decision at the time of the automation.

A later upgrade may allow for this - for the NOMs only - but this functionality was not built into the initial release. We have not decided if NOM units themselves will be allowed to be stored in fleet armories.

How do I Upgrade an item using NOMs?

To Convert items to NOMs:

In your inventory, click [Sell] under the item you want to convert into NOMs. Select "Convert", and create your NOMs. Each upgradeable item can be converted into 5 NOMs.

To Upgrade Items using NOMs:

In your inventory, scroll down to the bottom section: "Upgrades". Select the NOM for the item type you wish to upgrade, and click [Use Upgrade]. Make sure you have all the items/cargo required to do the upgrade, or it won't work.

If you have more than one of the same item at different "levels", you will be shown a complete list of those items from the [Use Upgrade] menu.

The cargo for the upgrades is withdrawn directly from Galactic Credit - you do not need to have the money in your hold.
How much does it cost to upgrade an item using NOMs?
The cost to upgrade changes with each upgrade level obtained. When upgrading items of different rarities, the number of items required (NOMs and Duct Tape) does not change - only the cargo costs increase with item rarity.

The costs to upgrade an item are as follows

Normal to Mk I
NOMs: 5
Cargo: $0(All Rarities)
Duct Tape: 50

Mk I to II
NOMs: 10
Cargo: $1Mil(Rare)/$1.5Mil(Rare+)/$2Mil(Very Rare)
Duct Tape: 100

Mk II to III
NOMs: 25
Cargo:$2Mil(Rare)/$3Mil(Rare+)/$4Mil(Very Rare)
Duct Tape: 250

Mk III to IV
NOMs: 65
Cargo:$3Mil(Rare)/$4.5Mil(Rare+)/$6Mil(Very Rare)
Duct Tape: 650

Mk IV to V
NOMs: 100
Cargo:$5Mil(Rare)/$7.5Mil(Rare+)/$10Mil(Very Rare)
Duct Tape: 1000

Note: Costs are cumulative, so to fully upgrade an item to Mk V, the total cost is 205 NOMs, 2050 Rolls of Duct Tape, and $11Mil(Rare)/$16.5Mil(Rare+)/$22Mil(Very Rare) Cargo.
How Rare Are NOMs?
NOMs for an item are one rarity less than the item and on a different search path.
I Found a NOM Instead of an Item!
Incorrect - NOMs are found instead of a 'you found nothing' result. You found a NOM instead of nothing.

Simplified Search Turn Logic: Found Item? No, failed chance - try for cargo. Cargo? no, failed chance - try for NOM. NOM? No - 'you found nothing'.
Cool! So can I Upgrade my Research Gear and Make a Mega Research Item?
Yes and No. You will be allowed to upgrade research items (though the upgrade path is not ready at this time) however Fuel, Research and Energy are unaffected by the upgrades. Upgraded lab equipment becomes more powerful in other ways so they are less of a liability while worn.