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The Rail Driver is a relatively inexpensive Projectile weapon with fairly long range. It accelerates projectiles with magnetic fields.
  — In-Game Description 
Rail Driver I II III IV V
Mass  45 70 105 160 240
DPS  5 6 8 10 13
Range 2,000 - 4,000 m
Projectile Speed 1,000 m/s
Sound Effects
Weap fire rail 01
Weap fire rail 02
Weap fire rail 03
Weap fire rail 04
Weap fire rail 05
Weap fire rail 06
Weap fire rail 07
Weap fire rail 08
Arms Lab Required I II III IV IV
Time 3m 20s 10m 1h 02m 30s
Helium-3 7,452 29,808 476,901
Antimatter 0 0 0 0 0
Time 40s 1m 30s 3m 45s 6m 15s 9m 22s
Helium-3 2,906 8,719 34,873 92,996 371,982
Antimatter 0 0 0 0 0

Rail Driver

General Edit

The Rail Driver is a ship projectile weapon. It is the first projectile weapon available for research.

It fires a slow moving white/blue bullet at its targets. When the bullet or slug strikes its target, it makes a heavy metallic collision sound.

Strategy and Setup Edit

The Rail driver is very common among beginner level players, they have relatively low firepower and the slugs fired can be easily dodged. The main advantage of Rail drivers is its range, being able to fire at opponent ships and targets outside of the weapon's range.

However, Rail drivers are best suited for beginner level ships and ones that don't have high usable mass.

On Longbow destroyers, the Rail drivers can be used as a sniping weapon, attacking base modules outside of their turret's range.

Rail drivers are also useless in close range combat, they have a minimum range and cannot fire at targets too close to them. Scatter missiles is another weapon with similar range, but has no minimum range, more firepower and splash damage as well.

Rail drivers should be quickly replaced by more advanced weapons because of its numerous disadvantages such as low firepower and lack of accuracy.

Trivia Edit

  • You get one free Harrier frigate equipped with Rail Driver I x2 at the beginning of the game as part of your first fleet.
  • VEGA's Longbow destroyers are no longer equipped with Rail Drivers, as of a patch early in Closed Beta. They are equipped with Gauss drivers which hit harder and have better range than the Rail Driver.
  • The Rail driver was once called the Railgun.

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