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Movement Block
Weapons
Special Block
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Type
Weapons
Purpose
Long-range precision burst damage.
Extreme damage Rail Cannon with a Scope.
~ In-game description

The Rail Cannon , also commonly called the railgun, is a type of weapons in Robocraft. The Rail Cannon fires extremely fast projectile shots that deal heavy damage in a penetrative sort of fashion.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Rail Cannons are the long range weaponry of Robocraft. Being the most accurate when on the ground, they deal high amounts of damage to specifically targeted areas on enemy robots. Rail Cannons are unique in that they have the best zoom enhancement and have a penetration mechanic, where the projectile will deal a third of it's damage for up to three layers of blocks, splitting the damage evenly and creating large holes in enemy robots.

While Rail Cannons have high long range capabilities, they are easily outclassed by many other weapons when in close quarters combat, thus require careful positioning and timing to remain effective on the battlefield.

Pro and Cons[edit | edit source]

Statistics[edit | edit source]

Image Name Price
Robit.png
Base Health
Health.png
CPU
Microchip24x20.png
Mass
Weight.png
Damage Per Hit Power Consumption Single Gun Fire Rate Max Fire Rate Max Fire Rate Count
T3Rail.png
Piercer 720 15,795 18 14 33,387 1,260 0.3 2 4
T5Rail.png
Penetrator 2,200 19,305 22 17.2 42,397 1,630 0.26 1.71 4
T7Rail.png
Decimator 2,600 22,815 26 20.3 57,236 2,222 0.22 1.5 4
T9Rail.png
Erazer 7,500 26,325 30 23.4 77,269 3,063 0.2 1.33 4
RailImpaler.png
Impaler 130,000 67,080 260 1040.0 154,537 6,000 1 1 1

Pros[edit | edit source]

  • High and specific burst damage
  • Excels at long ranges, and is the overall best weapon for long range engagements
  • Powerful scope, shoot and spot enemies before they see you
  • Double the projectile velocity of Laser weaponry
  • While not ideal for close range, if need be, Rail Cannons can provide a 'shotgun type' of damage by quickly firing rounds into an enemy one after the other in close proximity

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • All Rail Cannons are quite power inefficient, and can run out of power much quicker than other standard weapons
  • Very inefficient in close range engagements, and are easily outclassed by most other weapons when in Close Quarters Combat
  • Accuracy while airborne is very bad, and most of the time shots will veer off from where you actually aim them (However, while tricky, to maintain accuracy while in the air, do not move your mouse and the rail will fire with standard accuracy)
  • Quite a large build box, making them rather tricky to build with

Shooting Sequence[edit | edit source]

When mounting multiple railguns, they will shoot in a persistent sequence. For instance, when mounting 2 railguns, the one closer to the central block shoots before the other one.

Larger number indicates further from the central block:

Amount Sequence
2 1-2
3 1-3-2
4 3-1-2-4
5 5-1-3-4-2
6 5-3-1-6-2-4

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Basics[edit | edit source]

A nice place to snipe.
Rail Cannons are the long range weapon of the game, and remain effective when kept at a distance from your opponents. Their high accuracy and large damage per shot make them ideal for crippling opponents and taking off large components of enemy robots. This high damage per shot is compensated by a very slow rate of fire when compared to other weapons. However, don't let this slow rate of fire put you off, as the larger Rail Cannons excel at long range burst damage, allowing you to successfully put in a large amount of damage which will render your opponent crippled and unable to retaliate due to your superior range capabilities.

One trick with Rail Cannons is to aim for the centre of the enemy bot and repeatedly strike there. With enough shots, this will 'split' the robot and reduce their health by at least half, which will either heavily cripple or kill them.

Another trick is to aim for enemy weakpoints, places where a single precision shot can chop off large segments of an enemy bot. Most well-built bots will not have many of these, but fliers tend to be littered with them.

Be aware of your surroundings when attacking from long range, as rails, while they can keep an enemy pinned, will also tempt other opponents to come around and flank, thus getting the jump on you and most of the time winning the engagement. Do not tunnel vision on one segment and remain immobile for the whole game, an effective Rail Cannon user will support the team and will know when it is time to reposition.

Know the best locations on each map. While map knowledge is important, it is crucial for a Rail Cannon user to know what points will give them an advantage over their enemy.

Specific Builds[edit | edit source]

Large Health/Tanky Robots: As previously stated, it is effective to aim for the centre of the robot and repeatedly strike the same spot to split components indirectly from the robot. This will allow for a large segment of the robot to simply fall off which will render the enemy tank much less mobile and healthy.

Flying Robots: Rails are almost ideal for taking down flying robots, due to a flying robots relatively more frail design when compared to beefier ground units. Aiming for critical components on a flying robot will help disable it from action and cause the robot to come tumbling to the ground.

Enemy Snipers: A competent enemy Rail Cannon user will be able to keep you pinned and take large portions off of your robot before you can. One simple strategy is to reposition and fire at their flanks. This will allow you to get the first, and most crucial shot, off, allowing for a much less risky scenario for you.

Agile Ground Units: Agile ground units, such as sprinters or hovers, can be a nuisance due to their agility which can make them hard to target. Keeping at a comfortable range is ideal, as they will have the upper hand in a close range engagement and can easily cripple you and finish you off well before you can dispatch them efficiently. When you notice that they may be on the prowl and coming after you, try and hit critical movement points to slow them down, or try and deal as much damage to them as possible.

Against[edit | edit source]

  • Stay on the move and close the gap. Railgun users don't like wasting shots and will often try to get behind cover rather than engage directly. If they do, stay on them and keep firing.
  • Sneaking up on a rail gunner is a great tactic due to the fact that they will try to run. do not engage until you are close enough to make sure the rail gunner cannot escape easily, and his guns are not pointing your way when he sees you.
  • Railgun players rely on their target to move in the way that they expect them to. If you turn your craft frequently then they cannot get the result that they want and will have a large cooldown after just a few shots.

History[edit | edit source]

Before the new spotting update/aim update, the rail cannons were extremely strong, being able to oneshot people from across the map. Luckily, in the spotting updates they added many things that made the rail cannon more fun to play against. Some of the changes to the rail cannons include: Accuracy, Aim Time, Damage output, Reload time.

Rail guns became the weakest gun type in the game after their nerfs. While their strategy has certain strengths like long-distance low risk damage, they are made relatively weak by their long reload time, large gun footprint, low DPS, and stable base requirement which make rail tanks extremely vulnerable.

After the latest buffs and changes the rail gun in now on par with the other guns but needs a lot of practice and knowledge about bots in general. A skilled sniper must know where the weak spots are, even though every bot looks different. In the hands of an unexperienced player this gun is by far the weakest.

Before the Electromania Update, Rail guns had to reload after respawning in Battle Mode, which made them very weak in defending the base after they respawned.

In the past when fully rails were depleted of shots, Rail Cannons reloaded simultaneously in 12 seconds, regardless of amount. Manually reloading (initiated by pressing R) a single cannon takes 6 seconds. No cannon may fire until reloading is complete, even if some are already loaded.

Shotgunning[edit | edit source]

Prior to the Dawn of the Megabots update of the 30th of April, 2015, it was possible to hold down the fire button and unload all loaded rail cannons within a very short time, albeit at greatly reduced accuracy. This allowed for a non-sniping approach to rail use where the user sneaks up close on targets, and fires rapidly at close range in an attempt to kill the target in a single strike. Failing that, the shooter will retreat, as even without a kill this technique will severely cripple most enemy craft. This could be surprisingly effective since the total damage 6 rails can deliver will often be sufficient to punch straight through even the strongest armor if they hit close together.

Assuming the use of 6 rail guns, the total time needed to fire all 6 shots can be calculated as follows:

Sequence Total time after DOTM Total time after R&O, OC13
Rail 1 fires 0.00 seconds 0.38 seconds
Rail 2 fires 0.95 seconds 0.76 seconds
Rail 3 fires 1.90 seconds 1.14 seconds
Rail 4 fires 2.85 seconds 1.52 seconds
Rail 5 fires 3.80 seconds 1.90 seconds
Rail 6 fires 4.75 seconds 2.28 seconds

Sounds[edit | edit source]

Image Name Firing Sound Impact Sound
T3Rail.png
Piecer
T5Rail.png
Penetrator
T7Rail.png
Decimator
T9Rail.png
Erazer
RailImpaler.png
Impaler No sound file available No sound file available

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Railguns were added at 08/05/2014
  • Holding down the fire button will cause the accuracy to be severely affected, independent of the fire rate, but clicking as soon as the gun is ready (thus firing at the same speed as holding the mouse) won't
  • When moving the aim will fully expand, but no accuracy penalty is given (bug?)
  • The general name for Rail cannon is refereed in code as KUBE_rail_cannon
  • Full tier matching armor cubes were added at the release of the Rail Cannon.
  • Railgun mechanics were changed in the release of Aerofoils
  • It used to be possible to use the lower reload of low tier guns to quicker fire high tier guns, this was known as Proxy rail.
  • The railguns used to be available in all tiers and used a different firing mechanic.
  • When the railgun was first introduced, you held left mouse to charge the gun. You could fire the railgun with just one gun charged, or wait for all six. However, you only had a set amount time before it overheated.
  • The old sound files are no longer used, but still exist in the game
T1,T2 railgun firing
T1,T2 rail impacting
Railgun overheat warning
Railgun overheated
  • Railguns lost their hitscan behavior in the Maximum Loadout Update on the 2nd March 2016.
  • Rails have perfect accuracy when the robot they are mounted on is touching the ground, however they lose accuracy when the robot is flying or hovering.