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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 

General

The Taipan Cutter is a Tier 3 hull with advanced Miner Rebellion technology.

As a cutter, this ship has fair durability and superior forward speed, suitable for rushing into enemy formations.

Strategy and Setup

Advantages

Taipan Cutters have very high forward speed like that of other cutters. This enables them to catch every other ship as well as flee from battle should they be faced against upgraded cruisers that deal bonus damage to cutters.

Unlike frigates, cutters have poor strafe speed and a narrow firing arc, making them unsuitable for kiting. However, they are much better armored, allowing them to survive much longer against battleships as well as destroyers.

Disadvantages

Taipan Cutters, while stronger overall, may lose to frigates in a skirmish if they do not use homing weapons, since frigates can easily dodge most of the projectiles and mitigate damage. If your ships get too close, frigates can outpace your turning speed and manuever behind them, preventing you from focus-firing one ship at a time.

Cutters are most suitable for blitz attacks due to their forward speed. However, this also means fighting the enemy head-on and incurring lots of damage to your own fleet. As a result, cutters are seldom used for farming. Most players instead opt for kiting tactics using frigates or battleships.

Upgrading

Level II
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III
TaipanCutter3
IV
TaipanCutter4
V
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SLOT CONFIGURATION Spaceship
Armor Slots ArmorSlot 3 3 4 4
Resistance Slots ResistanceSlot 1 1 1 1
SPECIFICATIONS Notepad
Max. Mass 5,775 t 6,050 t 6,325 t 6,600 t
Cargo 118,750 t 142,500 t 166,250 t 190,000 t
MODIFIERS Wrench
Battleship Damage +50% +66% +83% +100%
Armor Health +5% +10% +15% +20%
Armor Mass -5% -10% -15% -20%
Shield Damage +5% +10% +15% +20%
Stasis Resist +12% +24% +36% +50%
RESEARCH ShipLabResearch
Prerequisites Previous level of Taipan Cutter,
Same level of Nighthawk Frigate
Workshop Required VI N/A VII N/A
Time Time 7h 58m 50s 15h 57m 40s 23h 56m 30s N/A
Mineral Ore MineralOre 3,220,775 6,441,550 9,662,325 N/A
CRAFT Crafting
Time Time 4h 51m 11s 9h 42m 23s 14h 33m 34s N/A
Mineral Ore MineralOre 1,123,063 2,246,125 3,369,188 N/A
Patterns Patterns 1 1 1 N/A
Cores Cores 3 3 3 N/A
Parts Parts 10 30 90 N/A
Armaments Armaments 256 320 400 N/A


Note: Mk V Taipan Cutters are exclusive to NPC Targets.

Trivia

  • Some players have jokingly nicknamed the Taipan Cutter the "Tampon" Cutter.

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