Cataphract CTF-1X Damage Brawler (5xLazers!)

Caution, old build!

Please note: This guide may still be viable, but is very old.
You will probably find better ones or will need to tweak a few things. In addition, some or all meta game information and play style/hints may include outdated information. As soon as an updated version is available, it will be shown here. If you have up-to-date information on how to improve this build, please leave a comment below. Thank you.

The Cataphract CTF-1x offers 5 energy slots (and one ballistic slot). It will occur to most people to use some mixture of a smaller ballistic weapon (UAC5, AC5, AC10, LB10X) and multiple Large Lasers. However, if you don´t need the range and just want to dish out loads of damage with ease, a Medium Laser centered build usually brings nicer results in regards to the endgame screen. This build provides a successfully tested allround build with an emphasis on high damage dealt utilizing Medium Lasers and a complementary Gauss Rifle as a heat efficient secondary weapon.

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Build Info and Engine

  • Cataphract CTF-1X
  • XL Engine 255
  • Max Armor except legs (~39 each) and cockpit (~10)


  • 5x Medium Laser
  • 1x Gauss Rifle (~4x ammo)
  • 1x Anti-Missile-System (1x ammo)

Playstyle and Hints

  • Despite being a heavy and having a considerable amount of armor: play save, do not lead the charge. Use the increased speed from the engine to outmaneuver your opponents.
  • If you find your Gauss Rifle destroyed a lot before you can use up all the ammo, remove 1-3 ammo and replace them with heat sinks.
  • If you are at high heat levels, do NOT fire your lasers again and overheat. Instead, fire your Gauss Rifle which produces almost no heat.
  • If you overheat and face a strong but slow opponent (Atlas, Stalker, other heavys oder assaults), do the following: override shutdown immediately (hotkey “o”), do not fire, and run for it. Take the fight back to them if you are behind something solid and recovered.

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2 comments to Cataphract CTF-1X Damage Brawler (5xLazers!)

  • Draecos  says:

    You say: “If you find your Gauss Rifle destroyed a lot before you can use up all the ammo, remove 1-3 ammo and replace them with heat sinks.”

    You realize that, with an XL engine and the gauss in the torso, if that gauss gets destroyed, you’re done, right? It’s exploding in a body section with engine in it, meaning you’re done. Game over.

    I’ve seen you do this with other Phract builds and it makes me wonder if you’re aware of this critical weakness. Ammo/Gauss Rifles do NOT go in the torso if you have an XL engine. Unless you want to be hammered dead.

    • blackcud  says:

      Jeah, it is not ideal. However, this build is very old (dec 2012) and GR explosions where not as frequent back then in addition to GR explosions doing less damage. The overall meta was totally different then. When I find some time, I will try to find a more up-to-date build and move this one to outdated. Thanks for mentioning it.

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