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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 

Stats

Rail Driver I
RailDriver1
II
RailDriver2
III
RailDriver3
IV
RailDriver4
V
RailDriver5
STATS
DPS 5 Pr 6 Pr 8 Pr 10 Pr 13 Pr
Mass 45 t 70 t 105 t 160 t 240 t
Range 2,000-4,000 m
Speed 1,000 m/s
Firing Cycle C: 0.0 / F: 0.0 / R: 3.6 / N: 1
Hull XP 7 XP 15 XP 30 XP 45 XP 60 XP
RESEARCH
Prerequisites Previous level of Rail Driver,
Coil Driver Turret I, Pulse Ray II
Arms Lab Required I II III IV IV
Time 6m 00s 7m 00s 11m 00s 28m 00s 1h 54m
Helium-3 800 4,000 19,400 103,600 493,240
Antimatter 0 0 0 0 25,960
BUILD
Time 1m 30s 1m 30s 2m 30s 4m 00s 8m 00s
Helium-3 180 840 3,960 20,840 98,819
Antimatter 0 0 0 0 5,201

General

The Rail Driver is a primitive Projectile ship weapon that is commonly seen in beginner-level combat.

It fires a small white shell at its target, leaving behind a short trail of blue. Upon impact, it makes a heavy metallic collision sound.

Strategy and Setup

Advantages

Rail Drivers have the longest range out of all beginner weapons, allowing you to kite most other ships at that level. To do so, turn your ships such that the enemy is just within your firing arc, then strafe away from them.

In base attacks, the Rail Driver's long range combined with the range modifier of destroyers and battleships can be used to snipe outside the range of enemy defenses.

Disadvantages

Rail Drivers are very slow, allowing enemies to easily dodge them and enter your minimum range. Destroyers can somewhat overcome this with their innate predictive aiming ability.

Rail Drivers also have rather poor DPS, stay out of range of your enemies to achieve victory.

They are also succeeded by Gauss Drivers, which have more range and firepower.

Trivia

  • The Rail Driver was once called the Railgun.
  • You get one free Harrier Frigate equipped with Rail Driver I x2 at the beginning of the game as part of your first fleet.
  • NPC Longbow Destroyers were once equipped with this weapon instead of Gauss Drivers. The change was made early in closed beta.
  • It has a base counterpart hinted inside the game files in the form of sprite tables and icons. This was likely scrapped.

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