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 


Gladius Driver I
DPS 18 Pr 25 Pr 32 Pr
Mass 320 t 513 t 820 t
Range 2,250-4,750 m
Speed 2,000 m/s
AoE Radius 280 m
Firing Cycle C: 0.0 / F: 0.0 / R: 5.0 / N: 1
Traits Proximity Trigger
Hull XP 765 XP 1,218 XP 1,653 XP
Farming Tier VEGA Tier I VEGA Tier III VEGA Tier IV
Fragments 4 5 6
Prerequisites Gauss Driver III Mass Driver II Mass Driver IV
Time 17m 30s 1h 13m 30s 3h 45m 30s
Helium-3 288,990 1,437,064 4,412,835
Antimatter 32,110 359,266 1,470,945


The Gladius Driver is a unique Projectile weapon with the ability to detonate for full damage if close enough to a target.

It fires a blocky white slug with a blue trail, detonating with a small explosion.

Strategy and Setup


Gladius Drivers are the first fleet-oriented Projectile weapon a player can unlock. They have high projectile speed, allowing the weapon to reliably hit moving targets especially when equipped with Iridium Magnets.

Their proximity detonation dramatically improves their accuracy, allowing them to still be viable when paired with Phased Projectiles, which ignore a portion of enemy shields and deal direct health damage.

As with other Projectile weapons, their long range enables ships to kite most others.


Gladius Drivers have a significant minimum range, making them useless in close quarters.

Gladius Drivers also have poor mass efficiency, they generally lose to Polaron Rays equipped with Focused Optics.


  • Despite the in-game description and the graphics, the "proximity detonation" really means that the Gladius Driver has a significantly larger hitbox, making it much easier to land hits than weapons with small hitboxes, like the Mass Driver and Wave Driver. See more here.


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