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M5s are the absolute fastest ships in the game, many able to get in the 600-700m/s range after upgrades. Predictably, though, they are very lightly armed, almost all ships only having 2 or 4 forward weapon hardpoints, with a few notable exceptions (i.e. the Teladi Kestrel having a twin-gun rear turret). These weapons are mainly to defend the ship against other M5s, though, as the weapon generator tends to be low-capacity and slow to charge, making you choose between either the nearly-useless Impulse Ray Emitter for sustainable fire, or the stronger Particle Accelerator Cannon which you can fire for maybe 10 seconds straight -- if you even get the choice, as only the Explorer variants will possess the PAC compatibility.

Their cargo bay is tiny, making them incapable of using anything larger than S-size missiles (and very few of those, at that), and they mount only a few 5MJ shields (if you’re lucky enough to be able to carry more than one), meaning that they can’t take more than a hit or two from even medium-sized weaponry.

As a Player's ShipEdit

As an upside there are few ships that can scout sectors faster, so I suppose there’s that.

As an AI carrier-launched fighter or wingmanEdit

Using an M5 as a wingman or carrier-borne fighter tends to be a losing proposition, as even with the Bounce mod to keep them from running into objects (without which a flight of M5s will be about as functional against enemy capital ships as a Wasp missile, and have about the same visual effect) they don’t have the power to kill anything, and blow up if anything from M4 up so much as looks at it angrily.

Sortable ListEdit

M5 Scouts
Name Race Class Speed Accel Steering Hull Shields Shield Reactor Turrets Laser Cap Laser Rchg. Cargo Cargo Class Hangar Price
AGI Scout Drone Argon M5 556 97.6 1200 6 x 1MJ 200 0 2,000 50 62 S 0 Not for sale
Arrow Argon M5 1320 80 120 2000 2 x 1MJ 1000 0 10,000 500 35 S 0 Not for sale
Discoverer Argon M5 346.1 150 64.6 2,000 3 x 1MJ 100 0 1,000 25 50 M 0 88,041
Starburst Argon M5 1140 440 300 2000 2 x 1MJ 1000 0 10,000 500 35 S 0 Not for sale
Valkyrie ATF M5 470.7 134.5 61.4 2200 5 x 1MJ 140 0 1,000 25 96 M 0 1,029,422
Octopus Boron M5 427.8 202 60.7 900 2 x 1MJ 75 0 1,350 34 15 S 0 73,732
Kha'ak Scout Kha'ak M5 354.6 314 67.5 600 3 x 1MJ 100 0 600 15 27 S 0 Not for sale
Pegasus Paranid M5 375.6 171 60.8 1,000 3 x 1MJ 100 0 550 14 76 S 0 92,561
Pirate Harrier Pirate M5 375.6 135 52.7 900 4 x 1MJ 150 0 1,100 27 90 S 0 Not for sale
Jaguar Split M5 469.6 302 54.7 1,600 2 x 1MJ 85 0 1,200 30 30 S 0 133,095
Harrier Teladi M5 280 85 41.2 1200 1 x 5MJ 65 0 1,000 25 104 S 0 550,949
Kestrel Teladi M5 605.5 165 42.0 2,000 1 x 5MJ 130 0 1,500 37 55 M 0 224,611
#deca.fade Terran M5 480.9 190 80.5 1,200 2 x 1MJ 70 0 800 20 62 S 0 36,035
Keris Terran M5 480.9 190 80.5 1,200 2 x 1MJ 70 0 800 20 62 S 0 36,035
Rapier Terran M5 458.5 225 57.6 1,300 5 x 1MJ 130 0 5,000 25 100 S 0 61,802
N Xenon M5 360.7 142 80.5 2400 2 x 1MJ 70 0 800 20 62 S 0 Not for sale
Fujin Yaki M5 413.2 189 63.8 1,030 3 x 1MJ 100 0 550 14 87 M 0 211,758
  • Cannot use any weapons.

See Also Edit

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