This is a lighter version of 5X - The Ultimate Balance Mod. This version includes all of the balance adjustments of 5X but with none of the added technologies or modifications to the tech tree. This mod is intended for those who like many of the balance adjustments 5X offers but don't like all of the added technologies, extra uber biomes, etc. Players should not use this mod at the same time as the full 5X mod. UCP is required for this mod. You should load this mod after UCP.

Major features from 5X included with this mod:

  • Rebalance of weapons and ship modules
  • Improved AI personality and ship designs
  • Stronger planetary defense structures and better blueprint designs for them
  • New galaxy types, galaxy ages, starting ages, planetary density settings, Impossible difficulty setting
  • Rebalanced races (based on 5X v2.3.1) and expanded custom race screen options
  • Tougher Antarans

Other minor changes:

  • Doubled battlefield size
  • Max spy level increased to 9
  • Can build ships in stacks of up to 100
  • Slightly shrunk planet appearance to prevent occasional planets overlapping (graphical change only)
  • Jump gates reduce travel time by 25% instead of 50%
  • Scrapped ships give 1 BC per production, scrapped structures give 2 BC per production (previously 1/8 both)
  • Pirates send first fleet turn 10, destroyers at turn 60, cruisers turn 110, bases stop spawning turn 150
  • Minor civs give 10 galactic council votes
  • Research treaties are cheaper but provide less benefit
  • Trade treaties last 40 turns and provide slightly less benefit
  • Planets can hold more marines/tanks but train them slower.
  • Trade goods gives more BC
  • Repeated terraforming isn't as expensive
  • Planets degrade by pollution 1 turn after hitting full
  • GNN gives state of the galaxy reports later into the game than previously
  • Leaders with empire research bonus no longer give ridiculous up to +50% empire research
  • Ship speed has more effect on beam defense
  • GMF economic victory thresholds transition more smoothly from 2 to 9 players.


It specifically does not include the following from 5X:

  • Added technologies
  • Pollution rebalancing
  • New uber biomes
  • New ship types
  • Adjusted tech tree
  • Adjusted/new planetary resources
  • Total overhaul of leaders
  • Improved minor races
  • Lithovore growth rate adjustments
  • Stronger pirate ships.


Feedback is welcome! If there's something in 5X you would like to see in this mod, or something in this mod you want me to remove to make this lighter version right for you, let me know and I'll see about doing it.

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