|“||The Rail Driver is a relatively inexpensive Projectile weapon with fairly long range. It accelerates projectiles with magnetic fields.||”|
|— In-Game Description|
|Projectile Speed||1,000 m/s|
|Firing Cycle||C: 0.0 / F: 0.0 / R: 3.6 / N: 1|
|Arms Lab Required||I||II||III||IV||IV|
Pulse Ray II
|Time||1m 30s||1m 30s||2m 30s||4m 00s||8m 00s|
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
The main advantage to the Rail Driver is its high range, being the first high ranged weapon a beginner can unlock. This allows it to outrange. This allows you to outrange the Pulse Ray or Scatter Missile which are very common on lower tier ships.
The Rail Driver is also easy to get and use as its rather cheap to research and build and it has a very low mass which make it suitable for lower tier ships like the Pathfinder Corvette aswell.
Rail Driver projectiles are incredibly slow and since lower level players usually don't have a very high level of Iridium Magnets almost any decent pilot can dodge its projectiles easily, it also has a low DPS.
It also is useless in closer range as it has a large minimum range arc. Since the projectiles are easy to dodge aswell it is very common for players to get into this arc.
On Longbow destroyers, the Rail drivers can be used as a sniping weapon, attacking base modules outside of their turret's range. Try to equip Strafe Thrusters and outfit the maximum amount of Rail Driver and put decent armor aswell.
Harrier Frigates can also use this weapon, Strafe Thrusters are recommended and your choice of shields and armor and perferably IV or III Rail Driver. When attacking strafe away from the enemy while still facing them, allowing early game kiting.
- 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.