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Bentusi tradeship
Bentusi Tradeship
Classification and cost


Mothership Class




3200 RUs

Technical specifications


1,209.6 metres

Max. acceleration

1000 m/s2

Max. speed

10,000 m/s

Hyperdrive rating

Short jump


Other systems

  • Hangar bay


  • Transport
  • Fleet command



The Bentusi Tradeship or Bentusi Exchange was the most common type of Bentusi starship in the Homeworld series. They were mainly responsible for conducting trade or defending themselves or others.

Overview Edit

The primary role of the Bentusi Tradeship was to gain resources which were used by the Bentusi. Each ship had at least one Exchange Unit, which allowed the player to trade with the Bentusi starship. Resources could be transferred from any ship to a Bentusi Tradeship, and technologies could be transported back from the Tradeship to the other ship.

Tradeships were also used to defend the Bentusi - whether it was the Tradeship itself or another Bentusi ship. Each tradeship was armed with three powerful, long range ion cannons, with white or yellow beams. These guns were used for defense against both strike craft and capital ships. Additionally some of the Tradeships were supplied Super Acolytes. The first known use of a Tradeship for defence of another Bentusi ship was in the Exile Era, during the Battle of Hiigara when the Tradeships were wrenched by Harbor Ship from a nebula near Hiigara. In the Cataclysm Era Tradeships used their onboard Super Acolytes to neutralize the Kuun-Lan fleet.

Bentusi tradeship firing

Tradeship using its 3 Ion Cannons

It was very uncommon to see multiple trade ships at any one time, as they were autonomous units trading mostly on the Outer Rim Trade Routes. However, they were seen also in the Inner Rim, over Hiigara and in the Great Wastelands and various other locations around the galaxy. During the Homeworld 2 Era, Karan S'jet stated that the Great Harbour Ship of Bentus was the "last of the Bentusi".

Behind the scenesEdit

AK Bentusi ship

Early concept of Bentusi Tradeship

  • In early concept art of the Bentusi Exchange ship, the vessel seems to have an external dockyard and an extra docking arm.
  • Another piece of concept art/storyboarding refers to it as a 'Bentusi Mall', portraying it as a more money-driven, mall-like entity, with large billboards for 'Ammo', 'Guns' etc.
  • The Tradeship is the first Bentusi ship which the player encounters in the Homeworld series, and the only Bentusi capital ship seen until the introduction of Bentus.
  • Although introduced as a Mothership class vessel, the game files label it as only a carrier.


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