The Lance (XG9) is a direct successor to the Javelin (XG8), and like its predecessor it represents a fusion of human and Guardian technology. The fighter is both agile and fast, but it has a relatively light hull, so once its shields are down it is comparatively vulnerable. This model is equipped with an integrated gauss weapon.
— In-Game Description
In contrast with human-manufactured Ship-Launched Fighters, the XG9 Lance is an all-rounder that relies on its unique Guardian weaponry. It is slightly slower than the F63 Condor, slightly less manoeuvrable than the Gu-97, and has significantly less armour than the Taipan, but its damage output is substantial, especially against Thargoid craft.
The Lance's Gauss Focus Cannon is a projectile weapon with the second highest damage-per-shot (94) of all three Guardian hybrid fighters. It has a moderate rate-of-fire, but limited ammo, high heat generation, and reduced effectiveness against shields. The latter two traits make the Lance better suited for anti-Thargoid combat; the high heat generation may help burn off the caustic effect from Thargoid weapons fire, and most Thargoid ships either have no shields or generate shields intermittently.
- 1 Guardian Starship Blueprint Fragment
- 25 Guardian Power Cell
- 26 Pattern Epsilon Obelisk Data
- 18 Guardian Sentinel Weapon Parts
- 25 Guardian Technology Component
- The XG9 Lance was introduced in the Chapter Three (3.2) update of Elite Dangerous: Beyond.