|“||The Rail Driver is a relatively inexpensive Projectile weapon with fairly long range. It accelerates projectiles with magnetic fields.||”|
|— In-Game Description|
|Range||2,000 - 4,000 m|
|Projectile Speed||1,000 m/s|
|Arms Lab Required||I||II||III||IV||IV|
|Time||3m 20s||10m||1h 02m 30s|
|Time||40s||1m 30s||3m 45s||6m 15s||9m 22s|
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.
- 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.