Storm Needler
Flechette storm turret base
General Information
Mount Large, Ballistic
Primary Role Assault
Ordnance points 28
DPS 750
Damage type Kinetic
Range 700
Flux/sec 650
Accuracy Good
Turn rate Medium
Shots/min 600
Damage 75
Fires Multitudes of needles in a tight arc, creating a withering hail of projectiles that rip apart anything in their path.

The Storm Needler is a flechette weapon, which fires caseless 15mm ammunition. Having reached the practical limits of medium sized cooling systems, the designers of caseless weapons blazed a path into the large weapon category with the Storm Needler's advanced nano coolant recyclers, per-barrel magnetized rifling and automated operation. An AI core-controlled autoloader unpacks and loads just the right amounts of ammunition from the magazines allowing for almost nonstop operation.

The good range and speed of projectiles put a great strain on enemy shields and can also be used effectively versus point defense threats.

–In-Game Description

The Storm Needler is a heavy kinetic weapon. It is the largest weapon in the needler series, which also includes the Light Needler and Heavy Needler.


This is the weapon with the highest DPS in the game (tied with Plasma Cannon), giving it unmatched shield-killing capability. However, it also has the highest OP cost of any ballistic weapon and somewhat short range for a heavy weapon. High flux output limits the number of ships that can use it effectively.


Storm Needler

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 · Guardian PD System · High Intensity Laser · 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


  • Reduced flux cost/shot to 65 (was: 75)
  • Increased shot speed, added a bit of inaccuracy
  • Removed windup time
  • Reduced range to 700 (was: 800)

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