Elite Dangerous – Ship Reviews

This is not a complete lift of all the ships in Elite Dangerous - these are just the ones I have tried until now.

For a complete ship list with sortable stats please visit Roguey's ship list.

Ship Price Range Cargo Size* Comment
Sidewinder 32.000 23.62 10 S Your starter ship (Multipurpose)
Eagle Mk. II 44.800 23.91 14 S Light fighter - fast and agile, and affordable.
Hauler 52.720 32.48 22 S Freighter - nice upgrade from Sidewinder for trading. Great for exploration until you can afford a Diamondback
Adder 87.808 27.79 26 S Multipurpose - nice upgrade from Sidewinder for trading or exploration. Better for combat / self protection than Sidewinder or Hauler
Imperial Eagle 110.831 23.55 16 S Light fighter. Faster and better weapons compared to Eagle Mk. II but less agile.
Viper Mk. III 142.931 19.78 22 S Medium fighter. The fastest ship but not as agile as the Eagle Mk. II
Cobra Mk. III 379.718 26.32 60 S This is the probably the best multipurpose ship until you can afford an Asp! 🙂
Viper Mk. IV 426.990 25.29 50 S Medium fighter with good shields and more cargo than Viper Mk III but less agile
Diamondback Scout 426.990 27,84 28 S Exploration
Cobra Mk. IV 745.610 23.16 88 S  Multipurpose. One extra Class 1 weapon and 28t more cargo  than Cobra Mk III but less jump range, speed and agility.
Type 6 1.045.945 30.32 112 M Small freighter - good for starting some serious trading
Diamondback Explorer 1.635.691 33,65 52 S Best ship for long range exploration! 🙂
Keelback 3.048.000 26.62 96 M Combat freighter - good for trading or mining
Vulture 4.925.615 21.13 40 S Heavy fighter, very powerful, lot of fun! 🙂
Asp
Explorer
 6,661,153 33.84 128 M Very good multipurpose ship - very versatile.
Federal
Dropship
14,313,210 18.22 164 M Terrible steering - don't buy this!
Imperial Clipper 22.295.860 24.63 284 L Fast and agile multipurpose ship that can defend it self
Fer-de-lance 51.232.230 18.33 70 M Powerful combat ship - like a Vulture on stereoids! 🙂
Python 56,978,179r 24.54 292 M Very versatile and powerful ship!

*Ships of size Small and Medium can land on outposts; Large ships can only land at space stations (and planets).

Multipurpose ships can be used for exploration, transport, passengers, mining and also some fighting. But be careful - they are not true combat ships.

Discounts on ships and outfitting

  • Asp Explorer and Orca sold with 20% discount at Irkutsk station in Alioth star system (require permit)
  • 15% discount on outfitting in all systems controlled by Li Yong-Rui (you don't need to pledge to get the discount)