X3TC A Question About Fighter Drones

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X3TC A Question About Fighter Drones

Post by cobra mk2 » Sat, 29. May 10, 00:35

Hi, I was thinking about carrying fighter drones with me in future to releive the pressure when i'm under attack.

I want to know if you can still pick them up after they have been ejected and used .
And if you can use them again does their power level go back up to max after you have picked them back up.

I was thinking about building a factory (does an advanced fighter drone factory exist?) to produce them for me, as i think if used en masse they can be useful.

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Re: X3TC A Question About Fighter Drones

Post by Nanook » Sat, 29. May 10, 00:38

cobra mk2 wrote:....
I want to know if you can still pick them up after they have been ejected and used .
Yes.
And if you can use them again does their power level go back up to max after you have picked them back up....
And yes.

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Post by Threesixtyci » Sat, 29. May 10, 00:42

you can pick them back up but you must tell them to stop first. I don't know if there is an easier way, but I use the property menu and give them the stop command there.... one by one. (It's probably best, if you have it set to sort by ship class, they'll be on the bottom of the list in that case....)

They go to full power once you run over them.... but they will explode once their power runs out, so you are against the clock once you deploy them.

And, yeah there is a factory that makes the MKII's, but there is only one place that will buy them... A boron HQ in a sector that begins with Queen's...
They also don't sell on their own that I've noticed. You can't use the Equipment Dock exploit, either.... they just aren't listed.

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Post by cobra mk2 » Sat, 29. May 10, 01:32

Cheers for the quick replys.
And, yeah there is a factory that makes the MKII's, but there is only one place that will buy them... A boron HQ in a sector that begins with Queen's...
They also don't sell on their own that I've noticed. You can't use the Equipment Dock exploit, either.... they just aren't listed.
Thats ok as i wasn't planning on selling them, just use them for myself. I can imagine filling a transporter with them and then jumping it in somewhere and unleashing thousands of the little buggers.

btw... How do you rate the keris drone against the MK II drone?
Which is better?

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Post by Nanook » Sat, 29. May 10, 02:10

Keris are the best. Think PAC's vs EMPC's. :)
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Post by Reimu Hakurei » Sat, 29. May 10, 02:33

PAC is superior to EMPC in my books (faster shot, bigger bullet, faster fire rate), plus the MkII has two of them, no competition. I won't deny if in practice the Keris is actually better though, as I've never used it, but the odds certainly appear to be weighed against it. Perhaps someone could englighten me to what it offers...

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pac vs empc

Post by cheetahhawk » Mon, 16. Oct 17, 16:06

Reimu Hakurei wrote:PAC is superior to EMPC in my books (faster shot, bigger bullet, faster fire rate), plus the MkII has two of them, no competition. I won't deny if in practice the Keris is actually better though, as I've never used it, but the odds certainly appear to be weighed against it. Perhaps someone could englighten me to what it offers...
Depends on the target ship speed, at lest with empc, its hard for me to hit the fast ships if im using the saber with empc's, ire's seem to work better for those but not as much damage. as for fighters im going to get the Keris and try them out, pac's might hit fatster targets easier.

although were talking about faster more agile fighter drones that can get up close so they can deliver the payload at a closer range, empc's have a higher damage ratio over the ire and pac

im seeing Keris is hard to come by in the game, but you can make advanced fightger drones (MK2 fighter dones) if you build your own factory. i just wish i can make them dock at my Cerberus or Elephant instead of having to chase them down.

Had a fleet of 40 fighter drones taking down a xenon invasion force, most survived till after the battle i only managed to scoop up 7 before they self destructed.
on the positive side they only cost as much as some of the higher end missiles and wreak a lot more damage per cost.

I prefer the Keris myself if i can mass produce them they make a killer swarm.

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Post by RAVEN.myst » Mon, 16. Oct 17, 16:59

@cobra mk2 (btw, I take it that name is an Elite reference? :) )
If you fly in a ship with docking bays, and at least one of those is available (ie. empty), then if you order your drones to follow you they will eventually dock, so long as there are no valid (ie. hostile) targets nearby. However, collision detection tends to sabotage the docking procedure, with the drones often getting close and then, before they can dock, getting scared of colliding and veering off as a result.

In X3TC, in the early game the most viable ships to use as drone-boats are TMs. Later in the game, anything with docking bays will also do (Hyperion Vanguard, TLs, most M7s, all M1s, Aran...)

As for drone effectiveness, it all depends on what you're trying to achieve. The Mk.Is are fast and pack the high-speed though weak IRE, thus they are best against M5s and M4s, though in numbers they are ok against almost anything. Mk.IIs have the heaviest firepower, but are also much more expensive (also take longer to build, therefore) and also are the slowest and least nimble, though their guns still hit reliably even against small targets; in sufficient numbers these will take out anything. Keris are an in-between choice - they fall between the other two in terms of speed and cost, but their guns are the least accurate - good against heavy targets, not the best vs light targets; also, their guns are more effective against hulls than are IREs and PACs (good for sheer killing, less good if you want to control enemies' shields while boarding.)

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Post by RainerPrem » Mon, 16. Oct 17, 18:28

RAVEN.myst wrote:@cobra mk2 (btw, I take it that name is an Elite reference? :) )

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Hi,

perhaps you didn't notice, but your predecessor just dug up a 7-years-dead thread...

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Post by Timsup2nothin » Mon, 16. Oct 17, 18:43

Zombie drones are the best drones of all!
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Post by Alan Phipps » Mon, 16. Oct 17, 18:55

RIP necro'd thread.
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