Posted - 2008.02.15 16:49:00 - [4
Drones are a weapon system, like turrets and missiles. Like any weapon system, they have their own skill group, with skills that allow you to use more drones, extend the range, double/increase the damage, and use various types of drones.
Typically, the Gallente have a majority of their ships use drones, but most races will also use drones in their bigger ships (battleships, for example), so drone skills are worth training.
Drones are a targetted system, so they don't work on your own ship because you cannot target yourself in EVE. Thus, support drones such as the repair drones can only be used on others.
Typically, ships will have high slots for turrets and missiles, and a drone bay. You can often choose how many turrets and missiles you put in the high slots, versus using other modules such as nosferatus, mining lasers, tractor beams, cloaking devices, etc, but you can only put drones in the drone bay, so if your ship has a drone bay, you might as well use it.
The size of the drone bay, coupled with the Bandwidth rating of the ship, control how many drones you can have out in space. Typically, your skills always limit you to a maximum of 5 drones, regardless of what the ship has, but ships with big drone bays and lots of bandwidth allow you to use 5 heavy drones instead of 5 light, for example. Ships with big drone bays but little bandwidth are designed so you can only launch 5 small drones, but you have plenty of replacements in the bay if they get destroyed.
Once you right-click on a group of drones and tell them to launch, then right-click and tell them to attack your current target, they'll go at it. Your target must be within the range that your skills allow; if you can't control drones past 40km, they won't function past that range. And also, drones work like ships; heavy drones will have trouble hitting small fast targets, and light drones of course can't do as much damage as heavy drones.
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Red Dragon Industries
Posted - 2008.02.18 17:14:00 - [12
Something to remember about drones: They don't use ammo and are pretty much immune to e-war. If you find yourself sensor damped and ECMed to the point of having to peer out a window for targetting, a few light drones can keep the fight going for you.
What's also effective for missile boats are Target Painter drones. Target Painting make targets larger for your sensors and weapons. Big targets take more damage from missiles....
Webber drones make those fast and close targets just a little easier to nail down and kill....
A pair of light drones can also take out small targets fairly quickly. (with a few skills up, that is)
One of the new features with drones: Focus Fire.
Focus fire (usually) links the drone swarm together so they all go after the same target unless otherwise directed. Nothing says "DIE!" like 5 T2 drones screaming in at a target while the turrets come to bear.