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The Taipan Cutter is a rebel-built ship, based on stolen technology. Cutters are fast, and ideal for blockade running.
  — In-Game Description 

Taipan Cutter
1 Taipan
Information
Faction Miner Rebellion
Hull Tier 3
Weapon Slots 3
Armor Slots 3
Shield Slots 1
Special Slots 2
Health 800
Unladen Mass 650 t
Max Mass 5,500 t
Max Cargo 95,000 t
Firing Arc 45 deg
Combat Speed 450 m/s
Turning Speed 25 deg/s
Strafe Speed 60 m/s
Sector Speed 300 AU/h
Modifiers None
Unlocking
Requirements Ship Lab IX, Ship Factory IX
Blueprint Fragments 8 Pieces
Blueprint Tier Tier II
Build
Build Time 2d 18m 50s
Helium-3 8,086,050
Antimatter 898,450
Base Repair Time 13m 20s

Taipan Cutter MKII
2 Taipan Cutter
Information
Weapon Slots 3
Armor Slots 3
Shield Slots 1
Special Slots 2
Resistance Slots 1 (+1)
Health 800
Unladen Mass 650 t
Max Mass 5,775 t (+5%)
Max Cargo 118,750 t (+20%)
Firing Arc 45 deg
Combat Speed 450 m/s
Turning Speed 25 deg/s
Strafe Speed 60 m/s
Sector Speed 300 AU/h
Modifiers +50% Battleship Damage
+5% Armor Health
-5% Armor Mass
+5% Shield Damage
+12% Stasis Resist
Unlocking
Requirements Workshop VI
Research Time
Mineral Ore
Craft
Craft Time 4h 51m 11s
Mineral Ore 1,123,063
Pattern x1 Taipan Cutter MKII
Cores x3 Cutter T3
Ship Parts x10 Taipan Cutter Parts
Faction Armaments x256 Rebel Armaments

Taipan Cutter MKIII
3 Taipan Cutter
Information
Weapon Slots 3
Armor Slots 3
Shield Slots 1
Special Slots 2
Resistance Slots 1
Health 800
Unladen Mass 650 t
Max Mass 6,050 t (+5%)
Max Cargo 142,500 t (+17%)
Firing Arc 45 deg
Combat Speed 450 m/s
Turning Speed 25 deg/s
Strafe Speed 60 m/s
Sector Speed 300 AU/h
Modifiers +66% Battleship Damage
+10% Armor Health
-10% Armor Mass
+10% Shield Damage
+24% Stasis Resist
Unlocking
Requirements Taipan Cutter Mk. II, Workshop VI
Research Time
Mineral Ore
Craft
Craft Time 9h 42m 23s
Mineral Ore 2,246,125
Pattern x1 Taipan Cutter MKIII
Cores x3 Cutter T3
Ship Parts x30 Taipan Cutter Parts
Faction Armaments x320 Rebel Armaments

Taipan Cutter MKIV
4 Taipan Cutter
Information
Weapon Slots 3
Armor Slots 4 (+1)
Shield Slots 1
Special Slots 2
Resistance Slots 1
Health 800
Unladen Mass 650 t
Max Mass 6,325 t (+5%)
Max Cargo 166,250 t (+15%)
Firing Arc 45 deg
Combat Speed 450 m/s
Turning Speed 25 deg/s
Strafe Speed 60 m/s
Sector Speed 300 AU/h
Modifiers +83% Battleship Damage
+15% Armor Health
-15% Armor Mass
+15% Shield Damage
+36% Stasis Resist
Unlocking
Requirements Taipan Cutter Mk III, Workshop VI
Research Time
Mineral Ore
Craft
Craft Time 14h 33m 34s
Mineral Ore 3,369,188
Pattern x1 Taipan Cutter MKIV
Cores x3 Cutter T3
Ship Parts x90 Taipan Cutter Parts
Faction Armaments x400 Rebel Armaments

General

The Taipan Cutter is a mid level, tier three Miner Rebellion hull of Miner Rebellion origin. It can be built by finding eight blueprint pieces dropped level 27-33 VEGA cargo fleets.

They are effective ships at mid level combat when they have been upgraded to MK IV if they are fighting battleships or damaged fleets. They are rather common amongst low level and mid level players because of their short build time, and ease to procure crafting materials for it.


Strategy and Setup

Taipan cutters are the weakest cutters available, like all cutters, they have a narrow firing range but a very high forward speed. They have slow strafing speeds and moderate rotation speed. However, the rotation speed is commonly viewed as less than it is - Cutters have a higher base rotation speed than all but frigates and corvettes.

Because of the nature of the their manoeuvrability, they are exclusively useful only in PvP scenarios. Build these only if you intend to kill other players or to protect yourself.

Because of the cutters high speed, they are able to escape most fleets pursuing it with the exception of other cutters.

Taipan cutters are most effective when they are upgraded to MK IV.

Advantages:

Taipan cutters are the fastest to build of all cutters and effective at destroying battleships when upgraded to MK IV and equipped correctly. They are fast, and are durable in combat, but not not as durable as Revelation cruisers.

Taipan cutters can be equipped to have more armour than Gharial cutters, the superior VEGA Corporations cutter because of an extra armour slot.

Crafting materials are relatively easy to obtain.

While hunting for the blueprint is difficult, as in all cases, the Taipan blueprint can be obtained by attacking the readily level 27 rebel cargo fleets, and thus can be unlocked long before the player actually possesses the capacity to construct it.

Disadvantages:

Cutters have a narrow range and oriented for direct close range combat. They rarely emerge from a battle unscathed, they usually take significant damage fighting any fleet, even battleships.

Players require a level 9 ship factory to produce Taipan cutters.

Hunting for blueprints is an arduous task.

Taipan cutters are comparatively light weight with many other ships and are too weak when fighting against stronger warships higher up in tier. This is especially true as even a fleet of MK IV Taipan cutters may struggle to defeat a fleet of Zeal battleships and in the event they are victorious, they usually suffer grave damages.

SETUP

Taipan cutters should be oriented for pursuing and destroying weakened fleets or hunting battleships. They should be upgraded to MK IV. Common weapons to use are Aurora rays, Burst rays and Thermal beams.

It is strongly recommended to equip a Fusion thruster.

Spectral shields V or Metaphase shield III are most ideal.

Because of the high armour typical on a Taipan cutter, placing a damage resistor is worth your Blood Amber.

Trivia

  • Like all cutters, the Taipan cutter is named after a reptile. The Taipan is very fast and one of the most deadly known snakes.
  • Some players have jokingly nicknamed the Taipan Cutter the "Tampon" Cutter.

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