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The Gharial Cutter is a well-armed ship often used for blockade running. Cutters are fast, but only in a straight line.
  — In-game Description 

Gharial Cutter
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Information
Faction VEGA Mining
Hull Tier 4
Weapon Slots 4
Armor Slots 2
Shield Slots 1
Special Slots 2
Health 950
Unladen Mass 650t
Max Mass 6,000t
Max Cargo 101,500t
Firing Arc 65 deg
Combat Speed 450 m/s
Turning Speed 25 deg/s
Strafe Speed 60 m/s
Sector Speed 300 AU/h
Modifiers None
Obtaining (Pre-built)
Available in None
Obtaining (Blueprint)
Farming Tier VEGA Tier III/IV
Fragments 8
Complete BP
Available in
Deception, Riot, Resurrection, Special Event,
Planet Strike
Requirements Ship Factory X,
Ship Lab X
Build
Build Time 3d 21h 05m 40s
Helium-3 19,386,976
Antimatter 4,846,744
Repair
Repair Time 15m 50s

Gharial Cutter MKII
Gharial Cutter MKII
Information
Weapon Slots 4
Armor Slots 2
Shield Slots 1
Special Slots 2
Resistance Slots 1 (+1)
Health 950
Unladen Mass 650t
Max Mass 6,300 t (+5%)
Max Cargo 126,250t (+20%)
Firing Arc 65 deg
Combat Speed 450 m/s
Turning Speed 25.0 deg/s
Strafe Speed 60 m/s
Sector Speed 330 AU/h
Modifiers +50% Battleship Damage
+5% Armor Health
-5% Armor Mass
+5% Shield Damage
+12% Stasis Resist
Unlocking
Requirements Workshop VI,
Nighthawk Frigate Mk II
Research Time
Mineral Ore
Craft
Craft Time 12h
Mineral Ore 3,125,000
Pattern x1 Gharial Cutter MKII
Cores x4 Cutter T4
Ship Parts x10 Gharial Cutter Parts
Faction Armaments x2048 VEGA Armaments

Gharial Cutter MKIII
Gharial Cutter MKIII
Information
Weapon Slots 4
Armor Slots 2
Shield Slots 1
Special Slots 2
Resistance Slots 1
Health 950
Unladen Mass 650t
Max Mass 6,600 t (+5%)
Max Cargo 151,500t (+17%)
Firing Arc 65 deg
Combat Speed 450 m/s
Turning Speed 25.0 deg/s
Strafe Speed 60 m/s
Sector Speed 330 AU/h
Modifiers +66% Battleship Damage
+10% Armor Health
-10% Armor Mass
+10% Shield Damage
+24% Stasis Resist
Unlocking
Requirements Gharial Cutter Mk II,
Nighthawk Frigate Mk III
Research Time
Mineral Ore
Craft
Craft Time 1d
Mineral Ore 6,250,000
Pattern x1 Gharial Cutter MKIII
Cores x4 Cutter T4
Ship Parts x30 Gharial Cutter Parts
Faction Armaments x2560 VEGA Armaments

Gharial Cutter MKIV
Gharial Cutter MKIV
Information
Weapon Slots 4
Armor Slots 3 (+1)
Shield Slots 1
Special Slots 2
Resistance Slots 1
Health 950
Unladen Mass 650t
Max Mass 6,900 t (+5%)
Max Cargo 176,750t (+15%)
Firing Arc 65 deg
Combat Speed 450 m/s
Turning Speed 25.0 deg/s
Strafe Speed 60 m/s
Sector Speed 330 AU/h
Modifiers +83% Battleship Damage
+15% Armor Health
-15% Armor Mass
+15% Shield Damage
+36% Stasis Resist
Unlocking
Requirements Gharial Cutter Mk III,
Nighthawk Frigate Mk IV
Research Time
Mineral Ore
Craft
Craft Time 1d 12h
Mineral Ore 9,375,000
Pattern x1 Gharial Cutter MKIV
Cores x4 Cutter T4
Ship Parts x90 Gharial Cutter Parts
Faction Armaments x3200 VEGA Armaments

Gharial Cutter MKV
Gharial Cutter MKV
Information
Weapon Slots 4
Armor Slots 3
Shield Slots 1
Special Slots 2
Resistance Slots 1
Health 950
Unladen Mass 650t
Max Mass 7,200 t (+5%)
Max Cargo 202,000t (+13%)
Firing Arc 65 deg
Combat Speed 450 m/s
Turning Speed 25.0 deg/s
Strafe Speed 60 m/s
Sector Speed 330 AU/h
Modifiers +100% Battleship Damage
+20% Armor Health
-20% Armor Mass
+20% Shield Damage
+50% Stasis Resist
Unlocking
Requirements Workshop VII,
Gharial Cutter Mk IV
Research Time
Mineral Ore
Craft
Craft Time 2d
Mineral Ore 12,500,000
Pattern x1 Gharial Cutter MKV
Cores x4 Cutter T4
Ship Parts x270 Gharial Cutter Parts
Faction Armaments x4000 VEGA Armaments

General

The Gharial Cutter is high level, tier four VEGA Mining hull. It was first available in the event Deception and later riot rotations before being available as a blueprint in level 35-45 VEGA Cargo Fleets.

Gharial cutters are tactical hulls as they are usually brought to counter a battleship fleet, though this isn't 100% of the time. Their fast speed and stasis resist (Marked up) can make it deadly against kiting fleets as they barrage them in weaponry.


Strategy and Setup

Advantages:

Gharial cutters is overall an upgrade over the Rebellion's Taipan Cutter having more mass and an extra weapons slot, in exchange for an armor slot. Overall, since it simply has more mass it is treated as an upgrade over the Taipan.

After the 2016 Rebalance it shares the cutter speed of 450 m/s base combat speed, the fastest in the game. This makes it an unavoidable ram due to how fats they are, this makes it good for running from enemies and scouting aswell.

Gharial Cutters, while almost unseen in higher levels can still be decent in mid-level combat. It is one of the most threatening fleets you can see in its tier, especially at Mk V which rips apart kiting hulls like battleships as they gain stasis resistance AND bonus damage to them.

Gharial Cutters can also equip the Strike Shield which is very powerful if your gharial can make it unscathed long enough for it to recharge. However, Metaphase Shield III is more valuable most of the time.

Disadvantages:

Gharial Cutters while a strong PvP hull are virtually unseen ever farming any cargo fleets. At that level range you take massive amounts of damage trying to blitz the fleet making it never worth it on high level event fleets.

Gharial Cutters, are still cutters and will fall to mark upgraded cruisers, their counter. Even then you can just run from them which is almost unstoppable if you do.

Since it is a brawler hull each victory leads to heavy damage most of the time leaving it super vulnerable to a second fleet attack. Their narrow firing arcs can also make squadrons a massive threat.

While Gharial Cutters had their prime long ago it is unseen in higher levels of combat as Komodo Cutters or Python Cutters severely outshine the Gharial in every aspect besides repair.

Setup:

See Gharial Cutter Builds for more info

Trivia

  • This event hull was the first to be introduced when Kixeye began using the Unity Engine.
  • The Gharial cutter can reach the second highest speed in the game. The only thing faster are Cutters with Armored Thrusters and its variants.
  • The Gharial cutter was the first cutter class ship to be introduced to the game.
  • Like all cutters, the Gharial is named after a reptile. It has a distinctively thin snout which is adept at catching fish, its main prey.
  • The Gharial cutter can be bought from The Market.

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