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A Fer-De-Lance in the Outfitting menu

Outfitting is a service available at most Stations and Surface Ports that allows pilots to buy, sell, store, install, remove, and swap different weapon and equipment modules for their ship. All pilotable starships are upgradeable and have customizable components for a self-chosen career.[1]

If a station has an Outfitting service, it will always have Livery customisation as well. Outfitting is only accessible once a ship has been fully secured within a sealed hangar. If a pilot attempts to access Outfitting while docked on an un-retracted Landing Pad, this will automatically cause the Landing Pad to retract before the Outfitting menu opens.


Main article: Ship Weapons

Weapons provide a ship with offensive capabilities and are required for combat activities. All weapons come in one of three varieties: Fixed, Gimballed, and Turreted. Fixed weapons fire directly at the pilot's targeting reticle, are not affected by chaff, and are generally the cheapest and most damaging. Gimballed weapons can track target's within the pilot's line-of-sight, but can be temporarily rendered ineffective by chaff. Turreted weapons automatically track and attack any target within the weapon's line-of-sight, are also affected by chaff, and are generally the most expensive and least damaging.

Weapons also vary when it comes to the type of damage they inflict. Most weapons can only inflict one type of damage, but some can inflict two or three types at once.

  • Thermal - Strong vs. shields, weak vs. armour.
  • Kinetic - Weak vs. shields, strong vs. armour.
  • Explosive - Very weak vs. shields, very strong vs. armour.
  • Absolute - Ignores all shield and armour resistances.

A subset of weapons are mining tools, which are designed specifically for mining activities. They can technically still be used as weapons, but are extremely ineffective in combat.


Main article: Equipment

Equipment modules are all non-weapon modules. They range from vital functions such as Thrusters and Life Support to useful tools like Cargo Racks and the Fuel Scoop, as well as Utility modules.

Most equipment modules are available in five variants per class, denoted by the ratings E through A.

Module grades
Rating Performance Price Power draw Mass Integrity Niche
E Worst Cheapest Lowest Balanced Low None
D Poor Cheap Low Lowest Lowest Exploration
C Balanced Balanced Balanced Balanced Balanced Best performance/price ratio
B Good Expensive High Highest Highest Combat
A Best Most expensive Highest Balanced High None

Utility modules and other specialized modules Do not use the E-A rating system, as they are usually only available in one rating.

Ship Module Slots



Shop categories for outfitting

Hardpoints are mechanized mounts where weapons can be installed and then deployed from or retracted within a ship's hull. There are four classes of hardpoints: Small, Medium, Large, and Huge. Each class of hardpoint denotes the maximum class of weapon that can be installed there.

Hardpoint Size Max Weapon Class
Small 1
Medium 2
Large 3
Huge 4

Utility Mounts

Utility Mounts are slots on the exterior of a ship where specialised Utility modules can be installed. Unlike Hardpoints, they cannot be retracted, but this does not interfere with other ship functions. Ships have between 2 and 8 Utility Mounts. All available Utility modules are listed below:

Internal Compartments

Ship Outfitting

Diamondback outfitting

Main article: Internal Compartment

Internal Compartments are module slots reserved for all other ship functions. They are divided into two types: Core Internals, which encompasses basic functions, and Optional Internals, which can expand the breadth of the ship's capabilities. A ship cannot operate without an appropriate module in each Core Internal slot, while Optional Internals can be left entirely empty if desired. Some Optional Internal compartments are restricted, and can only hold specific types of optional modules.


Main article: Livery

Cosmetics can be changed in the "Livery" section. Currently there are a variety of purchasable paint schemes, dashboard ornaments, external ship kits, and weapon colours in the official store. Decals are earned in-game.

Module Storage

Any module, whether Engineered or not, can be removed from a ship and stored at a station indefinitely at no cost. A pilot can store up to 200 total modules across all stations.

Since a ship requires all of its Core Internal modules to operate, if a pilot does not have a Core Internal module of the same type as they want to store already stored at a station that can be swapped into the ship, they are prompted to purchase and install an E-rated replacement first.

Stored modules can be transferred from one station with Outfitting to another for a fee. The fee and the transfer time vary depending on the distance between the two stations.

Module Malfunctions

When modules take significant damage, they may begin to randomly malfunction during use, with the nature of these malfunctions depending on the type of module. Additionally, modules that reach 0% health are typically disabled.

Module type Maximum health to start malfunctioning Malfunction effect(s) Effect(s) of module reaching 0% health
Power Plant Power generation reduced to 40% for malfunction duration Power generation reduced to 50% until repaired (malfunctions are still possible, during which power generation will be reduced to 20%)

Further power plant damage has a chance to instantly destroy the ship regardless of hull integrity

Thrusters (called "Drive" in target panel) Ship completely loses directional and velocity control, and will continue moving and/or spinning until halted by collisions or until it is destroyed (or despawned in the case of NPC ships)
Frame Shift Drive 80% Ship spontaneously drops out of supercruise
Laser 80% Fire Control Malfunction: Weapon continues to fire without input Module is disabled
Missile Rack Multiple Munitions Primed: Multiple missiles are fired from the rack at once. Seeker missiles and torpedos fired in this way will still track locked targets.