Imperial Cutter
Moar cutter
Faction Specific
Rank RequiredDuke[1]
Default version
Dimensions192.6L - 111.1W- 33.4H
Cost208,969,451 CR
Insurance10,448,472 CR
Top Speed202 m/s
Boost Speed323 m/s
Shields704.76 MJ
Hull Mass1100 t
Cargo Capacity164 t
Fuel Capacity64 t
Unladen Jump Range8.21 ly
Landing Pad SizeLarge
Hardpoints8x Utility Mounts
4x Medium Hardpoints
2x Large Hardpoints
1x Huge Hardpoint
Internals1x Size 3 Compartment
1x Size 4 Compartment
2x Size 5 Compartments
3x Size 6 Compartments
2x Size 8 Compartments
2x Size 5 Military Compartments
Maximum/Upgraded versions
Jump Range25.70 ly
Top Speed232 m/s
Top Boost372 m/s
Cargo Capacity792 t
Ship values
Mass lock factor27

The Imperial Cutter fulfils a similar role as the Corvette for the Imperial Navy. The design philosophy reflects Imperial sensibilities as it is faster and more elegant than the Corvette, but doesn't quite match it in firepower. As with other Imperial warships the Cutter is also used for projecting soft power, via diplomatic missions and support for friendly powers. It is possible, although rare, for a well connected client or patron to own one of these ships. Like the Corvette, some models can deploy two small fighter sized ships, although civilian models are restricted to one.

— In-game description

The Imperial Cutter is the Imperial Navy's counterpart to the Federal Corvette,[2] and requires an Imperial Navy rank of Duke in order to be purchased. With a base cost of almost 209 million credits, it is the most expensive ship in Elite Dangerous, followed by the Federal Corvette and the Anaconda. Comparing the Imperial Cutter with those two ships (sometimes collectively referred to as the "big three" by the community), the Imperial Cutter is a multipurpose-specialized ship, much like the Anaconda, while the the Federal Corvette is geared more toward the combat role. As it is a multipurpose ship, the Cutter excels in multiple roles. The Imperial Cutter is currently the second largest playable ship, behind only the Beluga Liner. It was added in the 1.5 "Ships" update in December 2015.[3]

The Cutter is a heavily armed ship, featuring four medium hardpoints: two on the nacelles and two on the chin; two large hardpoints on top of the ship and a single huge hardpoint on the chin. Notably, the exterior lights on the ship change color from blue to red once hardpoints are deployed. It has 8 utility mounts and is one of the 7 ships compatible with fighter hangar for ship-launched fighters as of the release of Horizons: Guardians.

With a staggering 792 tons of max cargo capacity, the Imperial Cutter has the largest cargo bay of all playable ships in the game, an almost 50% increase in size from the Type-9 Heavy, while having significantly better defensive and offensive capabilities and speed than the latter. This makes it an ideal ship for traders. However it is also the most expensive ship in the game at a cost almost three times higher than a Type-9, and requires very high rank with the Empire to purchase.

Unlike the Type-9, it is extremely well-shielded, very fast for its size, and heavily armed, giving it far greater survivability and allowing use of it as a combat ship, especially in the piracy role, as well as being more than capable of rivaling a Corvette or Anaconda in combat. In addition, with plenty of internals available to mount mining accessories while still leaving the largest open for cargo holds, excellent speed for moving from asteroid to asteroid, and a sufficiency of medium weapon mounts, the Cutter is an excellent choice for mining.

The pilot's station is offset to the right of the ship's centerline. Currently, the primary and secondary fire group HUD brackets are misaligned with their centerline being far above where the weapon reticles appear. This means that it is not possible to use the center of the side brackets to align the ship with a destination as doing so will cause the ship to fly under the target and not straight at the target. Instead, for alignment in supercruise, use the center space between the repeating series of bars that appear to indicate speed and movement as a general guide to line up the ship with distant destinations along with the nav compass.

Purchase LocationsEdit

System Station Date Seen Notes
Avalon Noctilux June 21, 2017
Achenar Bell Terminal June 06, 2017
V374 Pegasi MacKellar Hub May 15, 2017 Courier, Clipper and Eagle also here
Guuguyni Shen Terminal Nov 08, 2017 Clipper and Cutter here
Harm Gentil Hub 23 Sept. 2017 15% discount = 177,624,034 cr
Beta Caeli Lloyd Port 10 June 2017 10% discount = 188,072,505 cr
Nahua Fuller Vision 18 June 2017
Minanes Rutan Terminal 01 Sep. 2017

Outfitting Edit

All ships are highly customisable through the Outfitting menu of Station Services. Listed below is the default load-out for the Imperial Cutter.

Category Default System Default Rating Default Class Max Class
Medium Hardpoint Pulse Laser (L) F 1 2
Pulse Laser (L) F 1 2
Empty -- -- 2
Empty -- -- 2
Large Hardpoint Empty -- -- 3
Empty -- -- 3
Huge Hardpoint Empty -- -- 4
Utility Mount Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Bulkheads Lightweight Alloys I 1 8
Reactor Bay Power Plant E 8 8
Thrusters Mounting Thrusters E 8 8
Frame Shift Drive Housing Frame Shift Drive E 7 7
Environment Control Life Support E 7 7
Power Coupling Power Distributor E 7 7
Sensor Suite Sensors E 7 7
Fuel Store Fuel Tank [x64] C 6 6
Internal Compartments Shield Generator E 8 8
Cargo Rack [x128] E 7 8
Cargo Rack [x32] E 5 6
Empty -- -- 6
Empty -- -- 6
Empty -- -- 5
Empty -- -- 5
Cargo Rack [x4] E 2 4
BDS E 1 3
Empty (Military Compartment) -- -- 5
Empty (Military Compartment) -- -- 5
  • (L) = Loaned
  • [x#] = Capacity
  • BDS = Basic Discovery Scanner

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References Edit

  2. "The Imperial Cutter fulfills a similar role as the corvette for the Imperial Navy" -

Start a Discussion Discussions about Imperial Cutter

  • Anaconda or Imperial Cutter?

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    • Ok thanks for the information. See you in cyberspace.
    • Now the only thing left for you to do is get a tactical graphitte paint job red weaons and play the imperial march when you go into combat! :...

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