|“||The Gauss Driver is a Projectile weapon that uses multiple magnetic coils to achieve long range and high damage.||”|
|— In-Game Description|
|Projectile Speed||1,000 m/s|
|Firing Cycle||C: 0.0 / F: 0.0 / R: 4.0 / N: 1|
|Arms Lab Required||V||VI||VII||VIII||VIII|
|Other Requirements||Rail Driver I||Rail Driver II||Rail Driver III||Rail Driver IV||Rail Driver V|
|Research Time||4h 59m||9h 58m 20s||1d 1h 02s||2d 14h 19m 35s||4d 20h|
|Time||2m 30s||4m||9m 30s||37m||2h 23m 30s|
Gauss drivers are long range projectile weapons. They are the second projectile weapon to be researched. Its projectile texture is slightly different to that of Rail Driver or Mass driver projectiles. It also has distinctly different sound effects compared to the Rail driver.
They are somewhat uncommon amongst players. They are mostly used by low level players on specialized fleets that need the extra range advantage.
Strategy and Setup
The Gauss Driver has a extremely high range, higher than the Rail Driver this makes it the first real sniping weapon unlocked by a beginner level player. The range can also be used in combat aswell for various kiting purposes outranging even Rail Driver Harriers.
It is rather cheap to unlock and build. It is also very light weight allowing much more equipment for your hulls, especially since lower level hulls don't have much mass.
However, like the Rail Driver the projectile is very weak and unimaginably slow allowing basic hulls like battleships or destroyers to even dodge them if fired without any speed booster. This makes it a very poor choice in combat without Iridium Arrays but that could make the hull too heavy. It also has a large minimum range arc easily exploited by enemies. Since the projectiles are so easy to dodge without any speed booster your hull will become defenseless when rushed up too.
Destroyers can use this as a early game sniper tool. Since bases cannot dodge only Strafe Thrusters are needed, and max out your ability to equip the Gauss Driver but balance it with shields and armor. Use a Exodus Cruiser or Genesis Cruiser decoy to kite the enemy projectile turrets aswell.
Frigates or Battleships can also use this as kiting the enemies, this is preformed by strafing at the opponent staying in your firing arc and running when they get too close.
Precise Gauss driver is a more powerful variant of the Gauss driver. It possesses a greater degree of firepower and significantly higher range. It indeed has the most range out of all ship weapons together with the new Shatter Driver in the game at 5,200 metres. Its firepower, projectile speed however remains unchanged. Despite its name, it is not any more accurate than the default version.
- Early in Closed Beta, NPC destroyers were changed to mainly Gauss drivers as opposed to Rail Drivers.
- The Gauss Driver was once called the Gauss Gun.