These lateral Strafe Thrusters allow a ship to travel faster sideways, an advanced technique known as strafing.
  — In-Game Description 
Strafe Thrusters I II III IV V
Mass (% ship mass) 2% 4% 6% 8% 10%
Strafe +20 m/s +40 m/s +60 m/s +80 m/s +100 m/s
Turning -5% -10% -15% -20% -25%
Tech Lab Required III IV VI VIII IX
Prerequisites --- --- --- --- ---
Time 11m 1h 14m 5h 33m 16h 21m 1d 11h 50m
Helium-3 16,000 239,305 1,123,560 3,181,635 6,598,400
Antimatter 0 12,595 124,840 561,465 1,649,600
Time 2m 30s 6m 00s 17m 30s 43m 00s 1h 28m 00s
Helium-3 3,270 47,994 224,928 636,591 1,319,992
Antimatter 0 2,526 24,992 112,340 329,998

Strafe Thrusters I, II, III, IV, and V Respectively


Strafe Thrusters are a Miner Rebellion engine researched in game. It provides increased strafe speed allowing kiting to be done more effectively. Its drawback however, is that it also decreases turning speed aswell, they are commonly found in sniper fleets.

Strategy and Setup


The Strafe Thrusters boost in strafing speed make it quite useful when preforming kiting maneuvers. Although its disadvantages make it very uncommon in fleet combat it excels when equipped with sniper fleets as strafing is extremely important to avoid being destroyed. In PvP it can also sometimes be decent, Frigates with Strafe Thrusters can also be rather annoying in mid level combat as they will usually be able to kite cruisers or slower hulls most of the time.


However, Strafe Thrusters decrease Rotation speed which makes it not very effective in PvP. Unlike base combat, the enemy will move and not stand still requiring many precise speedy turns to avoid being destroyed. A prime example would be cutters attacking battleships.

It also loses more effectiveness in fleet combat as it does not boost forward/overall speed in any way. This means almost any hull with Fusion Thrusters III will catch or outrun you.


Strafe Thrusters aren't recommended on any fleet combat oriented fleet. However, for sniper fleets you should try to equip levels IV or V on both your decoys and destroyers to allow effective kiting.

Frigates, if you wish to put it on there, will always need a level V or IV Strafe Thruster to be useful in kiting, though this is unpopular for many reasons.



  • Since only Binary Thrusters also offer bonus strafe speed (And since it was only offered a few times during events), no real alternative is there if you don't have Binary.
  • Strafe Speed on the thruster is marked with a bronze color.
  • When frigates were extremely popular in combat back then, these thrusters were very popular
  • By equipping a frigate with strafe thrusters V, it becomes more efficient to strafe than to move straight forward. This is further exaggerated in the Osprey frigate.

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