Venom is a speed class that is featured in the Wipeout series, debuting in Wipeout. Initially designed as the beginner speed class, it was promoted to the intermediate speed with the addition of Vector in 2097/XL, but returned to its original position in Pulse. It was the speed class just before Rapier until the introduction of Flash class in the FX series, which sits between Venom and Rapier classes.
Venom class is not designed to be a fast class. Depending on what game you're playing, it is either the first class you will encounter or a step up from the beginner Vector class. Generally, this class would introduce you to some fundamental concepts of craft control, such as airbraking and craft control. This is also a good place to start thinking about track position as it can come quite handy if you want to move on to faster speed classes.
This class is available from the start of the game.
This class is available at the start of the game. However, you will be only able to race on the intermediate circuits (Valparaiso and Phenitia Park). Completing the Phantom Challenge will unlock this speed class for the other tracks. The race length in this class is 3 laps.
This class is available from the start of the game, and is recommended for intermediate players. The race length in this class is 3 laps.
This class, along with Vector, is available from the start of the game. Races in this class have 3 laps.
Venom is the first speed class available in these two games, returning as the beginner class. Races in this class typically have 3 laps. Ships in this class have a top speed of up to 462 km/h (287 mph).