|Gladius Driver||Gladius Driver Turret|
|Gladius Driver||Boosted Gladius Driver|
|“||The Gladius Driver is an experimental VEGA ship Projectile weapon that includes a proximity-triggered detonation.||”|
|— In-Game Description|
|Projectile Speed||2,000 m/s|
|AoE Radius||280 m|
|Firing Cycle||C: 0.0 / F: 0.0 / R: 5.0 / N: 1|
|Farming Tier||VEGA Tier I||VEGA Tier III||VEGA Tier IV|
|Requirements||Gauss Driver III||Mass Driver II||Mass Driver IV|
|Time||17m 30s||1h 13m 30s||3h 45m 30s|
The Gladius driver is a ship projectile weapon. It is a blueprint weapon found in level 20-27 rebel cargo fleets or level 27-45 level VEGA cargo fleets. As the in-game description says, it possesses the ability to detonate for 100% of its damage value if it is close enough to a target.
They are more fleet combat oriented projectile driver. They fire a white/blue slug at their target with a unique shape. Upon reaching its hull, like the base variant the Gladius Driver Turret, it will detonate with a small AoE. This makes it almost impossible to dodge with Iridium Arrays V.
Strategy and Setup
Gladius drivers have a proximity detonation, they can strike high speed targets more easily and potentially damage two ships if they are close enough. The proximity detonation makes them more accurate at long ranges and even today it is the only weapon to have this effect.
Gladius drivers coupled with its light weight, proximity detection, and base range and speed can make it a very effective farming weapon with Iridium Magnets and a very good low level PvP weapon when paired with Mags IV or V, with V almost always hitting the target.
Gladius drivers like all projectile weapons have a minimum range, they are not suitable at all in close range combat and cannot fire at targets that are at point blank.
Gladius drivers while are great weapons at low and mid levels, greatly lack in firepower at high level engagements at long range combat. Many high level players prefer to choose weapons like the Vector Torpedo or Xeno/Infernal Weapons later on due to their high DPS.
It is also worth noting that Gladius drivers are not very effective at destroying carriers. The constant squadrons will cause it to detonate before hitting the carrier resulting in alot of back and forward stale mates.
Also for low levels they can fit a fleet of instant repaired Rancor battleships outfitted with 4 Gladius I Driver making them capable to destroy VSec Fleets up to 37 with the right formation.
- Despite the in-game description and the graphics, the "proximity detonator" really means that the Gladius driver has a significantly larger hit box, making it much easier to land hits than weapons with small hit boxes, like the Mass driver and Wave Driver. See more here.
- Gladius drivers used to be extremely popular in combination with Phased projectiles, this was before crafting system was introduced and battleships became the Meta.
- There is an upgraded version of the Gladius Driver, which is the Boosted Gladius Driver.