Each ship has a base speed that can be increased by adding Speed Generators . However, you do not need to purchase one to actually move, it simply adds to the total of your ship's speed. But keep in mind, Speed in DarkOrbit is a must and is required to chase after or run from enemies at any time. To new players, don't aim to have only Speed on your ship, it's not as useful when you can't do nothing but go fast.
The Speed you go at can be calculated by this:
- Go to the edge of the screen (when it is on full screen), it's about 650 units. While moving to that location, it goes by per second a unit, so a Goliath's max speed is 450 per second, that's nearly the edge of where you were 1 second ago.
The best way to increase your speed is to get a faster ship. This might not always be desirable, but ships with faster base speed generally have the best maximum speed too. Adding Promerium and Speed generators will increase your base speed. Some ship abilities also affect speed. Refer to the following table for common ships used for speed
|Ship name||Generator slots||Base speed||With G3N-7900||Promerium boost||Ability||Wheel drone formation|
|Vengeance||10||380||480||576||748 for 5 seconds Lightning skill only||
785 for 5s
|Citadel||20||240||440||520||540 for 5 seconds||???|