Cobra MkIV
Cobra MK IV - Profile
ManufacturerFaulcon DeLacy
Years Produced3301-Present
TypeCombat Multipurpose
Cost764,720 CR
Insurance38,236 CR
ExpansionElite Dangerous: Horizons
Default Specifications
Landing Pad SizeSmall
Dimensions33.1m x 48.1m x 8.6m
Pilot Seats2
Fighter HangarNo
Hull Mass210 t
Mass Lock Factor8
Armour Hardness35
Shields125 MJ
Top Speed200 m/s
Boost Speed299 m/s
Unladen Jump Range9.37 ly
Cargo Capacity34 t
Fuel Capacity16 t
Hardpoints2x Utility Mounts
3x Small Hardpoints
2x Medium Hardpoints
Internals2x Size 1 Compartments
2x Size 2 Compartments
2x Size 3 Compartments
4x Size 4 Compartments
Maximum Non-Engineered Specs
Top Speed228 m/s
Boost Speed342 m/s
Unladen Jump Range24.91 ly
Cargo Capacity92 t

The Cobra MkIV is Faulcon deLacy's development of the famous Cobra MkIII. It's a heavier and bulkier ship than the MkIII, but packs an extra punch and its better weaponry placement makes it a more effective combat vessel. It's tougher, to improve survivability, and allows better upgrading, but at the expense of some of its agility.

— In-Game Description

The Cobra MkIV is a multirole ship manufactured by Faulcon DeLacy. In contrast with the versatile Cobra MkIII, the MkIV is designed with a greater emphasis on combat effectiveness.


The Cobra MkIV is extremely similar in concept to the Viper MkIV, having better armour, compartments and damage but having drastically reduced mobility.

As a combat vessel the MkIV has impressive shielding and armour as well as high damage output. This lets it easily deal with other ships and it can put up a fight against even large ships. This comes at a cost as it is much slower than the MkIII: even with fully upgraded thrusters it struggles to keep up with a Vulture. The manoeurvrability also suffers a huge deal, now at a lowly 3 making the MkIV very sluggish in combat. With all of its hardpoints at the front this makes it easy for nimble ships to take advantage of this weakness and take the MkIV out.

As a trader the MkIV has a very impressive 88t of cargo; putting it slightly behind the Keelback and Type-6. In fact the Cobra MkIV has the most internal bays of any ship that can land on a small size landing pad and the highest cargo capacity. This makes the ship a viable option for traders and it can be more beneficial for those looking to destroy incoming pirates, as the MkIV is more than capable of self-defense.

As an Explorer the MkIV has a lower jump range than its predecessor due to its higher weight so it is much less viable in the role. It can carry more cargo however so long range trading is more accessible; however the T6 is more useful at this role.

The Cobra MkIV has one more small hardpoint (three small, two medium total) and better hardpoint placement than the Cobra MkIII: Two medium hardpoints are located in the same place as on MkIII and three small hardpoints are in a tight group on top of the ship. The interior is identical to that on the MKIII.[1]

Purchase Locations

System Station Date Seen Discount
Shinrarta Dezhra Jameson Memorial Always available 10% discount
Brestla i Sola Prospect Always available 20% surcharge
Akkadia Hotel Vogelsang Outpost Jan. 20, 2019 15% discount
BD+49 1280 Laplace Orbital Jan. 20, 2019 15% discount
Maikoro Hawking Port Jan. 20, 2019 15% discount
Kalak Nobel Terminal Jan. 20, 2019 15% discount
Wolf 287 Boas Terminal Jan. 20, 2019
Gyton's Hope Gyton's Eyrie Jan. 20, 2019
Shente Mead Ring Jan. 20, 2019
Vanir McClintock Dock Jan. 20, 2019
Circios Mullane gateway Jan. 20, 2019
NLTT 46621 Wedge Market Jan. 20, 2019


Main article: Outfitting

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

Category Default System Default Rating Default Class Max Class
Small Hardpoint Empty -- -- 1
Empty -- -- 1
Empty -- -- 1
Medium Hardpoint Pulse Laser (L) F 1 2
Pulse Laser (L) F 1 2
Utility Mount Empty -- -- 0
Empty -- -- 0
Bulkheads Lightweight Alloys I 1 8
Reactor Bay Power Plant E 4 4
Thrusters Mounting Thrusters E 4 4
Frame Shift Drive Housing Frame Shift Drive E 4 4
Environment Control Life Support E 3 3
Power Coupling Power Distributor E 3 3
Sensor Suite Sensors E 3 3
Fuel Store Fuel Tank [x16] C 4 4
Internal Compartments Shield Generator E 4 4
Cargo Rack [x8] E 3 4
Cargo Rack [x8] E 3 4
Cargo Rack [x8] E 3 4
Cargo Rack [x4] E 2 3
Cargo Rack [x4] E 2 3
Cargo Rack [x2] E 1 2
Empty -- -- 2
Advanced Docking Computer E 1 1
Supercruise Assist E 1 1
Planetary Approach Suite (H) I 1 1


  • The Cobra MkIV is an exclusive reward for Elite Dangerous players who upgraded to Elite Dangerous: Horizons during its first year.[2] It is only available to PC players who purchased Horizons before February 5, 2016 (this also includes Lifetime Expansion Pass holders), and to Xbox One players who purchased the Horizons season pass before July 30, 2016. Players who met these requirements can obtain the ship in-game from stations using credits.[3] PlayStation 4 players currently do not have any means to access the Cobra MkIV. Frontier Developments have no plans to make the Cobra MkIV available to other players.




  1. Elite: Dangerous twitch stream Aug 6th
  2. Announcing Elite Dangerous: Horizons
  3. Frontier Support: Can I get the Cobra MkIV?
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