Light Needler
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General Information
Mount Small, Ballistic
Primary Role Anti Shield
Ordnance points 8
DPS 150
Damage type Kinetic
Range 700
Flux/sec 120
Accuracy Medium
Turn rate Fast
Shots/min 176
Damage 50x15
Fires bursts of small flechettes at a high rate of fire. The volume of fire can quickly overwhelm shield projectors, but is generally ineffective against armor.

A Light Needler is a small-bore flechette gun, designed to fire caseless ammunition. Features an impressive feed system which can deliver hundreds of "needles" per second. There is no need for an ejector system, and the resulting space availability is instead used to provide additional cooling units, vastly enhancing the rate of fire.

Domain Naval doctrine holds that the weapon is to be used on enemy shields at long-range, but in a pinch, gunnery officers will train their Needlers on enemy fighter wings and long-range missile threats.

–In-Game Description

The Light Needler is a light kinetic weapon. It is the smallest of the needler series, which also includes the Heavy Needler and Storm Needler.

Notes[edit | edit source]

The Light Needler has a long range (tied with the Railgun), but also the highest OP cost (tied with the Antimatter Blaster). It offers a good alpha strike, and its fast projectiles are nigh-impossible to evade.

The Light Needler has a somewhat lower DPS and anti-armor capability than the Railgun, but sports greater flux efficiency and faster wind-up. Compared to the Light Dual Autocannon, the Light Needler is more efficient, turns faster, has longer range, a powerful burst and and is more accurate, but also costs 80% more OP.

Animation[edit | edit source]

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Ballistic Small Light Assault Gun · Light Autocannon · Light Dual Autocannon · Light Dual Machine Gun · Light Machine Gun · Light Mortar · Light Needler · Railgun · Standard Bomb Bay · Vulcan Cannon
Medium Arbalest Autocannon · Assault Chaingun · Dual Flak Cannon · Flak Cannon · Heavy Autocannon · Heavy Machine Gun · Heavy Mauler · Heavy Mortar · Heavy Needler · Hypervelocity Driver · Thumper
Large Devastator Cannon · Gauss Cannon · Hellbore Cannon · Hephaestus Assault Gun · Mark IX Autocannon · Mjolnir Cannon · Storm Needler
Energy Small Antimatter Blaster · Burst PD Laser · Ion Cannon · IR Pulse Laser · LR PD Laser · Mining Laser · PD Laser · Tactical Laser
Medium Graviton Beam · Heavy Blaster · Heavy Burst Laser · Ion Beam · Ion Pulser · Mining Blaster · Phase Lance · Pulse Laser
Large Autopulse Laser · High Intensity Laser · Paladin PD System · Plasma Cannon · Tachyon Lance · Thermal Pulse Cannon
Missile Small Annihilator Rocket Launcher · Atropos-class Torpedo (Single) · Atropos-class Torpedo Rack · Hammer-class Torpedo · Harpoon MRM · Harpoon MRM (Single) · Reaper-class Torpedo · Sabot SRM · Sabot SRM (Single) · Salamander MRM · Swarmer SRM Launcher
Medium Annihilator Rocket Pod · Harpoon MRM Pod · Pilum LRM Launcher · Proximity Charge Launcher · Sabot SRM Pod · Salamander MRM Pod · Typhoon Reaper Launcher
Large Cyclone Reaper Launcher · Hammer Barrage · Hurricane MIRV Launcher · Locust SRM Launcher · Squall MLRS

Change History[edit | edit source]


  • Light Needler: now costs 8 OP


  • Light, Heavy Needler: reduced flux/shot to 40 (was: 50)


  • Range reduced to 700 from 800
  • Burst size increased to 15 (was 10)
  • Reduced per-shot recoil
  • Rate of fire within burst doubled
  • Increased refire delay to keep same DPS as before
  • Flux per shot increased to 50 (was: 40)

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