|“||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|
The Gharial Cutter is high level, tier four VEGA Corporation 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 uncommon high level cutters, often usually seen used by players who enjoy PVP. They are still effective at pursuing fleeing fleets that have been weakened in combat and ability to neutralise strong battleship fleets. They are exclusively seen in PvP combat only and not used in fighting VEGA fleets.
|“||Hunt down even the fastest enemies with the Gharial Cutter. its heavily armed and has the highest forward speed of any hull.||”|
|— Event Store|
They have a narrow firing range and very high forward speed. They close in on enemy ships fast and destroy them. They are not as durable as cruisers but slightly better armoured than frigates.
Gharial cutters are exclusively PvP ships, build these if you intend of fighting other players or protecting yourself from them.
Gharial cutters while similar to Taipan cutters, have more mass and more weapon slots. They do not have as many armour slots however.
They are mainly used to hunt down damaged fleets fleeing from sector space. When upgraded to MK IV+, they are capable of chasing and eliminating battleship fleets quickly.
Their high forward speed negates any range of engagement advantage from destroyers, battleships and cruisers as they can quickly close in and render hit and run tactics ineffective.
In addition, they are able to escape from any fleet combat unscathed, except from other cutter fleets.
Gharial cutters can be upgraded to MK V, and it is strongly recommended to do so, they receive bonus armour, bonus armour slot, a resistance slot, significant bonus damage to battleships and resistance to stasis weapons, tailoring MK V cutters in general capable of delivering swift death to vicious MK V battleship fleets.
Single cutters can be used for scouting enemy bases and fleets.
Gharial cutters are not guaranteed to destroy battleships, even upgraded to MK V. They should have fusion thrusters III, supported by an agility field and a medium range weapon such as Aurora rays for best effectiveness. Burst rays are not as effective because it is suited for point blank combat, do not use this weapon if you intend of fighting battleships exclusively, Burst ray is better suited for destroying other cutters.
Gharial cutters are not suited for fighting against cruisers that have been upgraded through the crafting system, they do not have enough durability and firing arc to be effective at destroy cruisers reliably.
Often, even in fleet combat where Gharial cutters are fighting against a MK V battleship fleet, the cutter fleet will usually emerge victorious, but too heavily damaged to engage with another fleet. They are close quarters combat ships and taking damage is unavoidable.
Because of their narrow firing range, cutters are not very suitable for shooting down squadrons.
Players who use their Gharial cutters to hunt down and destroy other cutters should use Burst rays, or 2x Burst rays + 2x Aurora rays.
It is strongly recommended that you equip fusion thrusters III.
When engaging battleship fleets with explosive or stasis weapons, make sure to spread out your cutters. This is critical.
- This event hull was the first to be introduced when Kixeye began using the Unity Engine.
- The Gharial cutter is the fastest ships in the game in terms of forward speed, tied with the Komodo Cutter.
- 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.