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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 Corporation
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
Unlocking
Requirements Ship Factory X, Ship Lab X
Event Points Required 1,250,000 Data Cores/Loot
Available in Deception, Riot, Resurrection, Planet Strike
Build
Build Time 3d 21h 5m 40s
Helium-3 19,386,976
Antimatter 4,846,744
Base Repair Time Unknown

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 ?, Gharial Cutter
Research Time
Mineral Ore
Craft
Craft Time  ?
Mineral Ore  ?
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 Workshop ?, Gharial Cutter Mk II
Research Time
Mineral Ore
Craft
Craft Time 1d
Mineral Ore  ?
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 Workshop ?, Gharial Cutter Mk III
Research Time
Mineral Ore
Craft
Craft Time 1d
Mineral Ore  ?
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 ?, Gharial Cutter Mk IV
Research Time
Mineral Ore
Craft
Craft Time 1d
Mineral Ore  ?
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 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.


Strategy


Hunt down even the fastest enemies with the Gharial Cutter. its heavily armed and has the highest forward speed of any hull.
  — Event Store 
Like all cutters, Gharial cutters are suited particular for close range combat only, they must be upgraded to MK V for substantially improved effectiveness in combat.

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.

Advantages:

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 have the option of equipping strike shield, a very efficient recharging shield suited particularly for defending itself against explosive weapons.

Disadvantages:

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.

Setup

Fleet vs. Fleet: Metaphase shield III or Spectral V shields.

Common weapons used for hunting battleships are Aurora rays, Thermal beams and Impulse beams. If you are only a mid level player, Disruptor rays are acceptable, but greatly lack raw firepower.

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.

Trivia

  • 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.

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