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. If a station has Outfitting available, it always also has Livery customisation as well. Outfitting can only be accessed 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 begin retracting before the Outfitting menu opens.
- Main article: 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 reticule, 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
Most equipment modules are available in five variants per class, denoted by the ratings E through A. E-rated modules are the cheapest, but are the least effective and have higher mass. D-rated modules have the least mass. C-rated modules often have the best price/performance ratio with moderate mass. B-rated modules have the greatest mass, but also the highest module integrity. A-rated modules have the best performance overall and moderate mass, but are considerably more expensive than even a B-rated module of the same class. Utility modules are the exception to this system, as they are usually only available in one class or one rating.
Ship Module Slots
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|
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:
- AX Xeno Scanner
- Chaff Launcher
- Electronic Countermeasure
- Frame Shift Wake Scanner
- Heatsink Launcher
- Kill Warrant Scanner
- Manifest Scanner
- Point Defence Turret
- Pulse Wave Analyser
- Shield Booster
- Shutdown Field Neutraliser
- 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.
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 120 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 Storage was originally capped at 60 modules. This was increased to 120 with Elite Dangerous: Beyond Chapter One (3.0). It will be increased a second time in a future Elite Dangerous: Odyssey update.