A few seconds of charge time on the supercruise drive can mean the difference between life and asset loss. But I've noticed that the time it takes to charge the supercruise drive seems to vary greatly. Sometimes it charges rapidly in under 10 seconds station, and other times it crawls forward. It seems like being successfully interdicted by another ship, greatly increase the charge period. But what else has an effect on supercruise charge times?

Can any of the modules, like power, reduce the supercruise charge period? Does the engine or the mass have an impact?

What are all the factors that go into supercruise charge times?

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An emergency drop out of supercruise, failing to interdict another ship, or the end of a successful interdiction (for both ships) all cause a long "cool down" period for your FSD. There is an FSD cooldown timer that appears below your fuel gauge and cargo scoop indicator.

Submitting to an interdiction results in a substantially shorter cool down period.

Being within 3km of a ship that has a higher mass lock factor than your own will slow down your supercruise charge rate. The mass lock factor is loosely related to the base mass of the ship, but it's really just a fixed property of each type of ship. I think if there is a large difference the supercruise charge time is slowed down more than if it's a small difference.

The system jump mode of your Frame Shift Drive overcomes that mass lock. That is, jumping into supercruise mode will be blocked by a large ship nearby, but jumping to a nearby system will not be blocked by that large ship.

If you're being interdicted, and can't win the interdiction, it's best to set your throttle to 0 to "submit" to the interdiction, so that your FSD cooldown time is minimized. If the other ship is larger than you, and you're not able to get 3km away from them by the time your FSD cooldown is finished, you can overcome the masslock factor entirely by jumping to another system.

If you do get into supercruise (instead of jumping to another system), it's likely that the ship that interdicted you will be right behind you and will interdict you again. If you jump to another system entirely, they will have to have a wake scanner and take (at least) 10 seconds scanning that wake in order to follow you, which is enough time for you to jump to a third system or to drop out of SC. It's extremely rare for NPCs or players to follow to a second system.

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    A couple notes about strategies mentioned in here. (1.) Another benefit of submitting to interdiction is you do not suffer the temporary loss of ship control like you would in a successful interdiction. Thus, you can immediately begin evasive maneuvers after the drop from supercruise.
    – Iszi
    Aug 3, 2016 at 16:11
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    (2.) As for jumping to other systems: If you're running an explorer or trader build - i.e.: a ship that's optimized for FSD efficiency and long jump distances - pick the system that's at the bottom of the navigation menu. That's going to be the farthest system you can jump to without having to use the Galaxy Map (which would force you to spend time out of the cockpit, when you should be taking evasive action). Even if they do scan your wake, combat-optimized builds (such as those likely used by the pirate/bounty hunter who interdicted you) probably can't reach so far..
    – Iszi
    Aug 3, 2016 at 16:13

Mass. The mass of other ships in the vicinity of yours prevent the drive from activating at the same speed. While smaller vessels may only hinder it in small measures a Type-9 or Anaconda pursuing even kilometers away can be enough to turn your frame shift drive's charge time into several minutes rather than a few seconds.


Every ship is assigned a certain mass lock value: "1.3 - Ship Mass Inhibition Factors", Reddit. If there is a ship within 2? kilometers of yours with a larger mass lock value, your charge will take several times longer.

Note that multiple ships do not stack, and the charge time penalty is always the same- there can be a dozen ships bumping your hull, and provided they all have a lower mass lock value than yours you will not be effected. Likewise, the penalty for having one ship with a higher mass lock value in range is exactly the same as 10 ships.

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