buying drones for mining ship?

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buying drones for mining ship?

Post by ColManiac » Sat, 20. Oct 18, 16:52

Hi, although I have played this game since it came out I have never done anything except for the broken campaign. Now its been updated and seems to be working, so I thought, how do you buy the drones for the mining freighters I captured from the PMC? Im at the URV BTO Line (in Straining Coppice) according to a wiki site is has all the ship drones I need, I have scanned the station and has a good supply of drones in its cargo holds, yet I cannot find the trade icon/window, :evil: I have tried the trade deals/offers on the UI yet I cannot find the trade for any drone. I have completed the trades I needed to do for the campaign, easy enough as the trading icon comes up on screen, energy cells for the 1st one then food rations for the 2nd part. So far I have run out if ideas to find any drones. I have tried the ship yards, but only hold very few and dont supply mining collector drones. thanks for any help

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Re: buying drones for mining ship?

Post by radcapricorn » Sat, 20. Oct 18, 16:58

Contact a Capital Ship dealer and ask them to modify ship; there you can add the necessary drones.

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Re: buying drones for mining ship?

Post by ColManiac » Sat, 20. Oct 18, 17:05

already done that, they only have a limited supply and dont stock mining drones for the mining ship

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Post by radcapricorn » Sat, 20. Oct 18, 17:14

Nevertheless, that is the way to directly buy usable drones. EDIT: I.e. if there are no drones on that screen, then the shipyard is out of stock. It may still physically have drones in it's holds, just doesn't sell those.
The other option is to buy drones as wares, and then transfer them to the target ship, selecting the appropriate transfer option (there are two for drones, one is transfer as freight, the other one is the one you need, I forget how it's called). But for that you need an extra freighter that will do the buying. For some reason, there's no option in game to just transfer drones from the cargo hold to the drone bay within one ship.
It's probably better to put a trade agent (smalltalk) on the drone producer plant, that way you don't have to scour the station for all the trade offers.
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Re: buying drones for mining ship?

Post by GCU Grey Area » Sat, 20. Oct 18, 17:17

Advise checking trade offers for the shipyard, they may have run out of mining drones.
If this is the case go buy some, sell them to the shipyard, then contact the dealer & get them to install the drones.
By the way trading drones between URV BTO stations & shipyards can be some of the most profitable trade runs in the game.
Might be well worth your time to check what other types of drones they might need & get them too when you fetch the miners.

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Re: buying drones for mining ship?

Post by Alan Phipps » Sat, 20. Oct 18, 17:18

I think I know what the problem may be. The mining ships are bulk or liquid carriers that can equip drones as active drones. However, they cannot trade for drones as those are container wares. Choose a container-ware capable ship when looking for drone offers from URV suppliers and then use that ship to buy them and then transfer them 'as drones' to your miners.

You don't *need* to go via a shipyard for the trade and transfer route. Good luck.
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Re: buying drones for mining ship?

Post by radcapricorn » Sat, 20. Oct 18, 17:20

Alan Phipps wrote:
Sat, 20. Oct 18, 17:18
I think I know what the problem may be. The mining ships are bulk or liquid carriers that can equip drones as active drones...
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Re: buying drones for mining ship?

Post by ColManiac » Sat, 20. Oct 18, 17:29

The problem is I cannot see the buy icon to buy the mining drones, I can see all the other icons to sell wares to the station, but no icon to buy them. I have tried the buy/offers tab in the UI, the only ones available are the fighting drones but in a different sector

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Re: buying drones for mining ship?

Post by Alan Phipps » Sat, 20. Oct 18, 17:33

Do a bit of small-talking on the URV station or try killing enemy ships near it and so get a Trade Agent on there. Then you can see all the offers as they appear.
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Re: buying drones for mining ship?

Post by radcapricorn » Sat, 20. Oct 18, 17:34

Addendum: Trade Agents can only be non-hireable NPCs (mechanics, drone dealers, etc.). "Win" smalltalk with one, ask for trade offer updates.

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Re: buying drones for mining ship?

Post by ColManiac » Sat, 20. Oct 18, 17:41

ok ty, ill give that a try :)

Also, what ship do I need to transport them with, it seems the other types of drones fighters etc cant be transported on any of my ships. What type of ship do I need. I have the common ones in game terannus for example.

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Re: buying drones for mining ship?

Post by radcapricorn » Sat, 20. Oct 18, 17:43

See Alan's response above.

All capital ships can equip drones in their drone bay. But only Container ships can actually carry them as cargo. Check the encyclopedia entries in game to see which ware requires which cargo capability. It also appears in the trade offers/deals screen.

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Re: buying drones for mining ship?

Post by Alan Phipps » Sat, 20. Oct 18, 17:46

A freighter (not a warship or miner) that has Container or Container+Energy in its description. Rahanas or Styrvok C or C+E, Sanahar or Lepton C for L size ship examples, or any of the smaller regional M size freighter container variants (although the latter might have issues transferring drones to your miners). You need to go up to expensive XL size freighters before you get Universal freighters that carry any ware.
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Re: buying drones for mining ship?

Post by ColManiac » Sat, 20. Oct 18, 18:26

I have a Rahanas but says cant transport the miner drones. I managed to get the trade deals for them ;). But still there should still be a trade icon around the station to buy direct instead of using the UI.

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Re: buying drones for mining ship?

Post by Alan Phipps » Sat, 20. Oct 18, 19:07

Is your Rahanas a C or C+E? (E, B, L or B+L will not do in this case.)

There are lots of trade docks at a typical station, but you could look specifically on the station modules that produce and sell the drones (there could be more than one that do that and only one of those may host the offer).
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