Elite Dangerous Wiki

A true multipurpose ship, the Cobra Mk III can fit comfortably into a range of roles. In combat it can hit hard and - if necessary - make a swift exit, while its spacious cargo hold allows it to carry more than other ships of similar price and size. The Cobra is also a solid choice for explorers, boasting an ample fuel tank and six internal compartments.

— In-Game Description

The Cobra Mk III is a ship manufactured by Faulcon DeLacy. A time-honoured and well-respected design, the Cobra Mk III debuted in 3100 under the banner of its original manufacturer, Cowell & MgRath of Lave. The company has since been acquired by Faulcon DeLacy, which produces the modern iteration of the Cobra Mk III. The ship is a popular choice among new pilots looking for a jack-of-all-trades at an affordable price, and even experienced and wealthy pilots are known to return to the Cobra Mk III later in their careers.


The Cobra Mk III is an exceedingly popular ship for good reason: it is a small, low-cost multipurpose vessel capable of performing very well in any role, and essentially serves as a much cheaper Python, making it a good stepping stone for every kind of pilot.

In combat the Cobra Mk III is quite potent. It has impressive damage output and defences for its price tier and it is very powerful when outfitted and engineered correctly, making it good at both Bounty Hunting and Pirating. The downside of this ship is the combat ability relative to other ships. For bounty hunters who are attempting to tackle skilled opponents the Cobra Mk III can be outmanoeuvred by Eagle Mk IIs and Viper Mk IIIs, however, its large cargo bay makes it more viable for pirates.

The Cobra's carrying capacity, being more than double that of the Hauler and Adder, and its cost, being almost one third that of the Type-6 Transporter, makes it a logical stepping stone for aspiring traders as there is no other ship capable of hauling more cargo at the Cobra's size and cost. If the Cobra Mk IV is not an option then it can remain viable due to its small landing pad requirement. In addition it has much better combat potential than freighters and can defend itself or run away from hostile interdictions.

The Cobra Mk III is also a good and affordable exploration ship due to the sizeable 16t Fuel Tank and the amount of Internal Compartments which allows for the placement of the necessary exploration modules such as a Detailed Surface Scanner, a Fuel Scoop and an Auto Field-Maintenance Unit without the need to remove the shield. The downside is its rather low jump range compared to other ships, which averages at 29 LY and can be surpassed by the much cheaper Adder and Hauler.

As a miner, the Mk III is very effective. The Mk III's additional hardpoints, compartments, and cargo space compared to the Adder make it very effective at its job, and it can even bring along Limpets due to the extra space. It is an excellent early choice for miners until they can afford a Keelback.

Convergence cobra3

Cobra MkIII hardpoints convergence

The weapon hardpoints are located as follows: two Class 2 hardpoints in front of the cockpit on the upper surface ship, and two Class 1 hardpoints on the underside of the ship. The distance between the two Class 1 hardpoints is sizable, which may cause some trouble when mounting multiple fixed weapons since it is hard to hit with all of them at the same time. The pilot's seat of the Cobra Mk III is to the left of the centre of the ship, and has the co-pilot's to the right.

Purchase Locations

System Station Date Notes
Shinrarta Dezhra Jameson Memorial Always available 10% discount, Founders Permit needed
Brestla i Sola Prospect Always available 20% surcharge
HIP 6978 Plucker Dock July 27, 2016 15% discount
Itza Ellison Station Nov 10, 2015
Bamu Tiedemann Dock Jan 07, 2017
Calor Julian Hub Aug 06, 2015
44 B Ophiuchi Feustel Gateway Jun 12, 2015 10% discount
AC +26 37030 Culbertson Port 2015-12-27
Afli Pu City Feb 15, 2015
Afli Quetelet Dock Feb 15, 2015
Alioth Irkutsk 1.06
Arque Austen Town Oct 5, 2015
Aryak System Garneau Port Mar 31, 2015
Asgaa Wheeler Horizons Apr 20, 2015
Biliri Fan City Aug 23, 2015
Branglal Skripochka Gateway Gamma 1.05
Breksta Legendre Ring Gamma 1.02
Cao Yans Nordenskiold Hub Feb 26, 2015
CD-52 187 Nojiri Dock May 16, 2015
Cebalrai Hornblower Dock Version 1.04
Ceos New Dawn Station Aug 13, 2015
Chamunda Gidzenko Ring Apr 28, 2015
Chemaku Crampton Port Gamma 1.0
Chick Bara Israel Station Jun 18, 2015
Chlevit Leonov City
Chona Smoot Terminal Aug 17, 2015
Chowei Swigert Port Dec 16, 2015
Corycia Piper Hub Aug 20,2015
Cubeo Medupe City Aug 17, 2015
Dangtei Harrington Station Aug 17, 2015
Dulos Wilson Ring Feb 15, 2015
Ededleen Godel Ring Apr 10, 2015
Eravate Cleve Hub July 9, 2017 10% Discount
FK5-2550 Samokutyayev Dock 2014-12-21
Folna Lorentz Dock 2015-10-20
Fornacis Helms Hub 2015-04-28
Frigga Henson Ring 2015-01-20
GD 219 McKee Ring Version 1.03
Gliese 563.1 Matteucci Ring Jul 23, 2015
H Draconis Brislington Aug 15, 2019
Hanggardi Soddy Market Feb 22, 2015
Hel Jones Orbital Nov 4, 2016 22% discount
HIP 20998 Louis de Lacaille Orbital July 8, 2015
Hyperion Joliot-Curie Port
Iota Persei Walker City Jan 1, 2016 10% discount
Kappa Fornacis Harvestport 2015-01-04
Kats Truman Hub 2015-08-20
Keliuona Wenzel City 2015-08-19
Kemuru Delucas Station 2015-10-20
Kolyawa Remec Gateway Sept 2016 22% discount
Kremainn Wohler Terminal 2015-07-23
Kui 11 Behnken Port Dec 23, 2017
Kurmodiae Covey Terminal May 26, 2017 10% discount
Lambda-1 Tucanea Riess Hub Aug 17, 2015
Lave Lave Station Jan 1, 2016 10% discount
LHS 336 Klimuk Station Full release
LHS 3447 Wordlidge Terminal April 5. 2015
LHS 3505 Olivas City Version 1.03
LHS 371 Cavendish Station Dec 29, 2017
Lo Pegasi Garcia Station
LP 445-22 Trevithick Horizons Jul 23, 2015
LTT 7979 Steinmuller Gateway Mar 4, 2015
Lung Hopkins Landing Dec 25, 2015 10% discount
Magec Trumpler Dock Gamma 1.04
Mullag Garfinkle City Gamma 1.04
Opala Onizuka's Hold Aug 15, 2019
Orrere Sharon Lee Free Port Version 1.03
Ovid Bradfield Orbital Gamma 1.04
Parnut Meyrink Dock June 17, 2016
Rakapila Stone Enterprise Version 1. 2
Ross 151 Kuhn Gateway Feb 23, 2015
Ross 667 Alexander Terminal Apr 15, 2015
Ross 718 Birkeland Enterprise Jun 26, 2015
Ross 754 Dana Gateway 2015-01-20
Sol Mars High Gamma 1.05
Sol Titan City Gamma 1.0
Sorbago Hencke Orbital Version 1.0
Sui Guei Pascal Orbital May 25, 2015
Tetek Balog Refinery May 27, 2015
Tote Whitelaw Enterprise Gamma 1.03
Turir Brooks Terminal
Ualapalor Rochon Ring 2015-01-20
Una Hoard Orbital Feb 19, 2015
V1688 Aquilae Littlewood Terminal
Wapiya Brothers Station 06-05-2015
Wyrd Gareth Edwards Park Version 1.03
Zhao Jin Wilson Ring 2015-08-18
HIP 20737 Korlevic Port 8-1-2016 15% discount
Raksha Boswell 17-1-2017 22% discount
Akkadia Hotel Vogelsang Outpost Sep. 09 2022 15% discount


Main article: Outfitting

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

Category Default System Default Rating Default Class Max Class
Small Hardpoint Empty -- -- 1
Empty -- -- 1
Medium Hardpoint Pulse Laser F 1 2
Pulse Laser 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 Cargo Rack [x8] E 3 4
Cargo Rack [x8] E 3 4
Shield Generator E 4 4
Cargo Rack [x2] E 1 2
Empty -- -- 2
Empty -- -- 2
Advanced Docking Computer E 1 1
Supercruise Assist E 1 1
(PAS) I 1 1


  • The Cobra Mk III has the most amount of Livery options of any ship. Somewhat ironically, the Cobra Mk IV has the fewest.
  • The Cobra Mk III has gone through several design iterations. An example of an older iteration from over a century ago can be found at a crash site at the coordinates -54.3, -50.3 on HIP 12099 1 B. It was the personal ship of the famed CMDR John Jameson, who was hired by the Intergalactic Naval Reserve Arm near the end of the first Thargoid conflict to deploy the mycoid bio-weapon against the alien invaders. CMDR Jameson's ship was secretly sabotaged by INRA to ensure he did not return from his mission, however.
  • As of December 16, 2019, the Cobra Mk III was one of the three most popular ships in Elite Dangerous, the other two being the Asp Explorer and the Python.[1]