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Maugrim
Posted - 2003.10.08 20:41:00 - [1]
 

I have just trained Drone Interfacing to level 4! Nine drones are hot Hot HOT! I am flying a Thorax with 2000m3 drone capacity. And I can now utilize heavy combat drones. It is a good feeling. Very Happy

It will take me 36 days to get the 10th drone and the unofficial title of "Droner". Shocked

I want to hear player's experiences with drones. Specifically, do you feel the value of drones in combat is worth it or overrated? Also, it is tough to beat mining with 6 lasers and 9 drones. Are all the best miners out there using 5+ drones in their line of work or what?

Droners and droner wannabes sound off!

Nevermore
Gallente
Viper-Squad
Posted - 2003.10.08 21:58:00 - [2]
 

I don't really see the point of training Drone Interfacing to level 5, especially when youre still in a Thorax. First, you'll only be able to fit 8 heavy combat drones in the bay, so training DI beyond level 3 for combat purposes in a rax is pointless. Second. . . even if you do eventually get a Megathron or a Dominix, where you are capable of holding 10 heavy drones, the 36 days you spend training DI lvl 5 could improve your combat even more if you trained gunnery skills for that entire period instead. Twisted Evil

Caius Beriat
Gallente
Aliastra
Posted - 2003.10.08 23:37:00 - [3]
 

Nevermore, I agree with you 100%. My goal is to train gunnery skills to an appropriate level--4 being optimal from my perspective--along with virtually all electronic and engineering skills. 36 days is too damn long to wait for any level 5 skill, until I can raise the appropriate attributes through the learning skills or augmentation.

One lesson to learn from this discussion for any new players is that you need to study the requirements for the various skills in the game and set up a plan appropriate to your style of play. Stick to your plan and don't wander too far, unless you want to branch out into other areas of play.

ChiefSully
Posted - 2003.10.09 00:36:00 - [4]
 

i have 9 drones to and i will train to 10 having drones helps out alot for every 5 drones you have mining its like haveing a miner II depending on your mining drones rank

Kennian
Gallente
Chosen Path
Posted - 2003.10.09 06:16:00 - [5]
 

this is one of those skills that truely shows how ****ed up their skill system is....level 10 is truely not worth the time invested

Xenovetica
Minmatar
Brutor Tribe
Posted - 2003.10.09 07:14:00 - [6]
 

Try training production efficiency 5 on an alt. who was originally created for combat.

::shiver::

George Cloney
Posted - 2003.10.09 11:15:00 - [7]
 

Face it, Gallente ships suck at fighting.
By the time your drones are working on a blackbird's shields, you are deaf, mute, blind and crippled.. and dead within the next 10 seconds.

Jojin
Gallente
Aliastra
Posted - 2003.10.09 13:54:00 - [8]
 

There is not a lot of direct effects given by a Level 5 ranking.

It is cool to wear the mantle of having the skill at level 5 and should something new come out with a level 5 prerequsite you are already setup.

Pralance Kibarso
Crux Republic Aerospace Navy Elites
Posted - 2003.10.13 06:55:00 - [9]
 

It is true the Thorax is not the greatest combat ship, but learning level 5 Drone Interfacing is not a waste for a miner.

You duck out to your local 0.3 sector in your Thorax with 5 CU mining lasers mounted. You have a selection of Harverster Drones (100m3) and a mix of 4 Heavy Combat Drones and a few spare Harvesters and Medium Scout Drones (50m3). You can put 5 mining lasers and a host of harvesters out to mine. Much cheaper than a battleship. You're indy buddy flies the ore back to the station and you can still deploy drones to take out the pirates without moving from your mining operation. (Deploy combat drones after pirates have locked you, that way they won't fire on the drones :)

Bodhisatva
Gallente
The Scope
Posted - 2003.10.13 09:02:00 - [10]
 

Drones rock! Not just because they boost you mining speed and defence capabilities. Personaly I think drones are the coolest feature from a RP:ing point of view. I just love the idea of having my own little armada of evil space mosquitos harassing away at my enemies.I can't wait until I get Drones lvl 5 (7 dadys of training left).

Voogru
Gallente
Massive Damage
We Are John Galt
Posted - 2003.10.13 15:12:00 - [11]
 

Drones are nice, I just hope they add some defenseive features to them (Ie, Shooting at incoming missles)

1 torp wiped out 8 of my ogres Crying or Very sad

Other than that, 8 Ogres took out 50% of a corpmate's MOA shields, in 3 seconds (According to him).

I was testing using smartbombs agiast missles, only problem is that you need to get the drones out of the way in time otherwise you will blow your drones.

Embrace Hope
Posted - 2003.10.13 21:46:00 - [12]
 

Large Smartbomb + Drones(yours OR theirs) = dead drones.

Ive seen a heafty fireworks display of 1 EMP, Thermal, and Kinetic LSB against droners and their ships.. Te he he..Perhaps the single most powerful weapon in the game in this respect. Frigates dont even survive the second blast Twisted Evil.

Wink

Abandoned Child
Posted - 2003.10.14 05:28:00 - [13]
 

Edited by: Abandoned Child on 14/10/2003 05:28:28
I only have level 8 drones + interfacing, but I can see the point of having more...

It's all about planning for the future. You know that they're going to release wicked drones eventually...and they'll be a lot more diverse than they are now. Of course, 36 days is way not worth it, even for that. But level 9, maybe.

It'll be implants part 2.

Of course, in this game, nothing is guaranteed.

-AC

s0cks
The Scope
Posted - 2003.10.14 09:25:00 - [14]
 

Drones are evil against frigates. They are by far the best frigate defense ever made. 1 heavy drone (unmanned - computer controlled) can easily beat 1 frigate (manned with varying modules onboard).

Kinda doesnt make sense, but thats the case.

Only frigate that may beat it is a kestrel or missile frigate with cruise missiles, or a load of heavies.

Davian Windspear
Posted - 2003.10.14 23:51:00 - [15]
 

S0cks you suck at frigate combat if one drone can beat your frigate... you need to try more setups, thought you were the frigate queen!!!

Don Ramere
Caldari
Deep Core Mining Inc.
Posted - 2003.10.16 18:29:00 - [16]
 

For a dedicated miner there is always a reason to up your output hence always a reason to train those skills to level 5. My current drone skills levels are ...

Drones 5
Drone Interfacing 4
Mining Drone Operation 4

I'm about 6 hours away from Mining Drone Ops level 5 and I plan on getting to DI level 5 as well although I know that will be interrupted along the way by other skills as need arise.

It all depends on how dedicated you are to your chosen career. Can't comment on how useful drone are in combat as I'm a miner and have not done much past defending myself in fairly high sec level space (0.4 or above).


Tyrrax Thorrk
Amarr
Habitual Euthanasia
Pandemic Legion
Posted - 2003.10.17 01:52:00 - [17]
 

One heavy vs a nice Punisher is a dead drone :P

Xander Teg
Caldari
Caldari Provisions
Posted - 2003.10.17 13:18:00 - [18]
 

Nothing beats drones for taking down ships that get too close. Tracking speed on L turrets suck, so if a Frigate or cruiser manages to get inside 1000m in a big fight you can take them out with drones without worrying about splash damage from your cruise missiles or torps.

Drones are free offense. Say you are a missile specialist and fly a Raven. You still have 1500 capacity drone Bay. Its there, may as well use it.

The Major
Caldari
StateCorp
The State
Posted - 2003.10.17 18:11:00 - [19]
 

Aggree totally if you have drone space and you aren't using it then you aren't using your ship to it's full potential.

Also: A Thorax can carry 4 waves of ten light scout drones, drones that can cover the distance to their target far far faster than heavies and once in range can only be dislodged by smartbombs or large Area of effect missiles (even short range frigate guns have trouble keeping up with scout drones they move faster than most combat frigates with AB's) they may not do as much damage and may not have as much armor or shield as heavies but face it against a smartbomb even heavies are going down just as quick as scouts and scouts are cheap as chips and faster. They may not do as much dmage but you're carrying 40 of those things in your drone space on. You can afford to lose a wave or three.


Goturokian
Gallente
Doomheim
Posted - 2003.10.17 19:48:00 - [20]
 

Ive only got 1 Drone Neutral

Bobby Wilson
Gallente
Posted - 2003.10.17 20:25:00 - [21]
 

Quote:
I have just trained Drone Interfacing to level 4! Nine drones are hot Hot HOT! I am flying a Thorax with 2000m3 drone capacity. And I can now utilize heavy combat drones. It is a good feeling. Very Happy

It will take me 36 days to get the 10th drone and the unofficial title of "Droner". Shocked

Got a Dominix, DI 3. BPs for all the useful drones, lots of spare Harvs. Am NOT going to train lvl5 DI unless it's a prereq for a new skill. Even DI4 seems like a waste of time compared to Gunnery skills, or skills for a new BS...

I love drones, don't get me wrong. But DI5?

BW

I want to hear player's experiences with drones. Specifically, do you feel the value of drones in combat is worth it or overrated? Also, it is tough to beat mining with 6 lasers and 9 drones. Are all the best miners out there using 5+ drones in their line of work or what?

Droners and droner wannabes sound off!


 

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