The Mamba is a very fast M3, but is also very lightly shielded, meaning that it will not last long in a fight with another ship of its class. However, it is not to be taken lightly due to its agility. It is very capable when used as a heavy interceptor for chasing down smaller fighters.
A long-serving and deadly fighter developed by the Split Military. It has been only in recent years that this ship has been made available to the public. The current Split Patriarch has a small fleet of these ships that act as escort ships that accompany the primary destroyer of the fleet. In the hands of an experience pilot, this ship can survive the darkest of battles, due to the ship's high speed it can avoid most of laser beams and missiles.
The Mamba shares its triangular, dagger-shaped fuselage and short, pointed wings with the other Split fighters. Like all Split vessels, it is painted a rusty red color.
In many ways the development of the Mamba heralded the design of the M4+. However, as an M3, the Mamba features a more powerful weapons generator, wider weapons compatibility and a larger weapons capacity.
Not featuring any fancy title, the basic version of the ship is the standard by which other variants are measured.
The Advanced Mamba takes the best features of every Mamba variant and rolls them into one. It adds the shielding power of the sentinel, the speed of the raider, the firepower of the vanguard, and the cargo space of the standard model in one package. This turns it into an M3 with average shielding, above average firepower, and devastating speed. It is absolutely lethal against anything smaller than it is and can hold its own against other M3s.
The Mamba Raider is often regarded as the deadliest common version of the Mamba. It's much faster than the standard Mamba, and can easily chase down M4s. However, it completely gives up any hint of extra protection an M3 would have over an M4 with only 25MJ maximum shields.
The Sentinel variant downgrades the speed of the base model by a whopping 37.8m/s, making it slow for an M3, along with a moderate decrease in cargo space. In turn, it can mount an additional shield and has improved shield regeneration. This is one of the worst variants, as it takes away the best feature of the Mamba and turns it into a bland and mediocre fighter.
The vanguard is a good improvement over the regular version. It has bigger energy reserves and recharge rates, giving it better sustainability in battle, along with improved speed. This is at the small expense of 12 units of maximum potential cargo space.
Fighting in the Mamba requires careful attention given to evasion, as the ship will not survive long if caught in a volley of fire. Strafing tactics are often employed by Mamba pilots; shoot until the target shoots back, break off and evade until you get out of range, turn around and repeat.
Absence of a rear turret makes several Mamba variants vulnerable to missiles. Relatively light shielding puts it at risk against weapons fire it can't evade effectively, like flak bursts or kyon weaponry.
At least one Mamba Variant is available at every Split Shipyard.
|Variant||Cho's Defeat||Family Njy||Family Pride||Family Rhy||Family Tkr||Patriarch's Conclusion||Rhonkar's Might||Rhonkar's Trial||Zyarth's Dominion|
A standard Mamba is also available as an ownerless vessel.
The Mamba Sentinel is not in production and must be captured.
A very powerful M3, the Mamba's usefulness comes into its own as a player ship, particularly the Advanced Mamba. With high speed and a large weapon generator, the Mamba is extremely good at not getting hit. This speed makes it an ideal mercenary's ship. It also has a surprisingly large cargobay, so can carry a reasonable amount of missiles or jump fuel.
While it can be a good fighter to use on carriers, its lack of shielding compared to most other M3s means they may need replacing relatively often.
|Ships by Class|
|Capital||M1 • M2 / M2+ • M7 / M7M / M7C|
|Escort||M6 / M6+ • M8|
|Fighter||M3 / M3+ • M4 / M4+ • M5|
|Transport||TL • TS / TS+ • TP • TM|
|Argon||Nova (Raider) (Sentinel) (Vanguard) (Prototype)|
|Boron||Barracuda (Raider) (Sentinel) (Vanguard) (Advanced) (Prototype)|
|Paranid||Perseus (Raider) (Sentinel) (Vanguard) (Advanced)|
|Pirate||Blastclaw (Prototype) • Nova (Raider) • Falcon (Vanguard)|
|Split||Mamba (Raider) (Sentinel) (Vanguard) (Advanced)|
|Teladi||Falcon (Hauler) (Sentinel) (Vanguard) (Prototype)|
|Terran||#deca.cefa • Scimitar • Spitfyre • Xperimental Shuttle|
|Yaki||Susanowa (Hauler) (Raider) (Prototype)|