The Mordus Headhunters, Level 4

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Faction: Mordus
Mission type: Encounter
Space type: Deadspace

Damage dealt: Kinetic (70%)/ EM (30%)
Recommended damage dealing: Kinetic/ EM

Webifier/ Warp Disruptor: Interceptor

Recommended Close Range Projectile Ammo (-50% to 0%): T2, Fusion, EMP, Titanium Sabot. Avoid: Phased Plasma, Depleted Uranium
Recommended Long Range Projectile Ammo (+60% to +80%): T2, Carbonized Lead, Proton. Avoid: Nuclear

Recommended ships: Raven, Dominix, Ishtar, Paladin, Megathron, Kronos, Sleipnir, Tengu.
Video: Cerberus, Rattlesnake, Nightmare, Vargur, Kronos

No Hostiles at the initial gate.

1st Pocket

Auto aggro. Attack draws group 2 aggro.
5x Cruisers (Mordus Leopard/ Lion)
3x Battleship (Mordus Phanti/ Gigamar/ Sequestor)

4x Frigate (Mordus Gladius)
2x Interceptor (Bounty Hunter)
5x Cruiser (Mordus Puma/ Lion)

6x Frigate (Mordus Katana/ Gladius)
4x Cruiser (Mordus Bobcat)
2x Battleship (Mordus Sequestor)

2nd Pocket

8x Frigate (Mordus Sabre/ Katana)
2x Interceptor (Mordus Bounty Hunter) Webifier/ Warp Disruptor

5x Frigate (Mordus Gladius)
12x Cruiser (Mordus Bobcat/ Cheetah/ Lepoard/ Lion/ Puma)
5x Battleship (Mordus Sequestor/ Phanti/ Gigamar)

4x Frigate (Mordus Katana)
5x Cruiser (Mordus Leopard/ Lion)
3x Battleship (Mordus Sequestor/ Mammoth)

7x Frigate (Mordus Katana/ Mordus Bounty Hunter)
8x Cruiser (Mordus Cheetah/ Mordus Katana)

1st Pocket: Kill all the ships.
2nd Pocket: Kill the 3rd group (with the Mordus Mammoth). To avoid getting stage aggro, fly towards the right edge of the group and wait until the group aggro your ship. You can then attack the ships without aggro from the rest of the room.

Using Sentry drones within ~80km of a group causes the whole room to aggro. However, in each stage it's possible to position yourself so that you can happily take out at least the first group without aggro from the others (except as noted).

Optional Approach
For pilots using Abbadon, Apocalypse, and Paladins w/ Megapulse lasers there is a very safe way of doing this mission:
  1. Get into optimal range to take out both Bounty Hunters (~55km) with Radio. This will aggro the entire room, turn left and fly transversal to the incoming group.
  1. Target priority should be Frigate (Light Drones), Cruiser and then Battleship once they reach 20- 25km.

1st Pocket: 14x Plagioclase, 8x Pyroxeres, and 29x Veldspar asteroids (~26- 81km).
2nd Pocket: 21x Veldspar asteroids (17- 101km).

Loot and Bounty
Loot + Salvage: ~17.4 mil.
Bounty: ~10.6 Mil.

Comment by ZargosLord
2008-06-18 11:01:51
In Pocket 1, if attacking group with Bounty hunter aggro both groups.
In pocket 2, attacking center pocket with fregs dont aggro other 2 groups, but after, attacking one group aggro both groups.
Comment by RamZahn
2008-07-09 07:02:15
This is quite some hardware shop.

It seems difficult to really manage the aggro in the first room and something has obviously been changed there. In the first group I counted: 4 Gladius, 2 Bounty Hunters, 3 Puma, 2 Lion. - But -! If you shot one them, you aggro the complete room. Full to the brim with angry mordus. Thankfully they are slow. Two friends: Distance and Run Like Hell.

The second room behaves. Aggro does not propagate between groups.
Comment by KismetEer
2008-07-27 22:38:03
It might be best to avoid sentries in both of these pockets. I was getting sentry aggro repeatedly, from multiple distances, in the first room. Once I got beyond a 100km in the second room, it started to behave. What was worse is that they wouldn't aggro me, just the drones, and then would fly back to their starting positions.

The AI in these rooms is messed up, so be careful.
Comment by NewbieNed
2008-08-01 19:49:07
I don't understand the comment about EMP for projectile users. Why not just use Phased plasma that does Kinetic and thermal?
Completed easily in a Maelstrom, didn't even need the AB to keep enough range.
Comment by CreatPosudol
2008-08-03 14:01:44
Second room does approx. 1760 DPS (including the frigs that can be killed seperately), 2/3 of the Damage is Kin, rest Therm.
Since there doesn't seem to be a way to aggro only a part of the room, you're gonna have to either tank or outrun it all...
Comment by DeimosBarret
2008-08-06 05:46:40
Ran this through with a raven. The shoot from a distance and run like bloody heck method works well. fit a sensor booster and hit them from about 115-130km out. you can kill all the frigs before they get into range, and what passes your missiles have drones clean up. Then kill off the cruisers because they melt fast to drop dps. Toggling between boosting and just hardeners you can balance cap very well and not have to warp out much.
Comment by DaFlox
2008-09-05 17:17:22
Easy going in a Typhoon: LAR II, 2x kin II, 2x therm II, EANM II, DC II

Just let them come, no warp out necessary. First the frigs using drones, then cruisers, than battleships. Didn't even move in 2nd pocket.
Comment by KurullSkullsplitter
2008-10-30 15:31:32
I'm with NewbieNed. Phased Plasma is the best ammo for turret guns on the smaller ships. Many of the BS's look to be best with Titanium Sabot. EMP does not make any sense.
Comment by ChokoDango
2008-11-08 02:00:55
Done it with a raven... Just know how to control the shield boosting, and this mission is as easy as pancakes ;D

but to take note on the highest bounty ship... the mordus mammoth... as it's the last ship.. i went afk with my boosting off, fired a total of 126 volley's of cruise missles (malkluth cruises X6), and the only thing i managed to take down is it's shield and 70% of it's armor... having level 3's on sub skills, and level 3 on cruise missles..., this ship is one of the hardest BS's i never seen :), even thou i know there's more other shippies that has a harder armor :D
Comment by ForteEXE
2008-11-15 15:23:55
Quantum Rise's changes made this mission much easier to handle.

One group auto-aggros now, and you warp in nearly on top of the gate. The other group doesn't aggro unless you attack them. The fear of Room 1 DPS is no longer evident. Please note I did this post-QR test with a Paladin using all faction gear, thusly your results may vary.
Comment by SilentSkills
2008-12-11 14:16:31
Done with a Megathron:
2xKin & 2xTherm
Sniper mission, use high transversal to negate most of the railgun damage while you snipe them. Kill order Frigs, Cruisers and then aim for the cheapest BSes to shave off dps quickly.
Comment by NightF0x
2008-12-13 00:14:55
This mission is a lot easier in QR with the aggro changes. I used both of my accounts and on the initial warp in my alt drew room aggro when he fired upon group 1. Once he warped out they returned to their group and stopped firing.

Completed with 2 Hyperions but only tanked with one.
2 kin T2 hardeners
2 therm T2 hardeners

Payout break down was 15m for bounties and 18+ for loot and salvage. Not a hard mission and worth the time if you have it. The Mammoth is a PITA and had to break my alt off of looting to take him down. I had 5x T2 Hammerheads and 7x 425's and still wasn't able to break his shield tank.
Comment by OdiTogre
2008-12-26 23:29:45
For anybody that cares, the ore is about 118k m3 Veld, 16k m3 Pyro, 87k m3 Plag.

Adds an extra 15 - 20mil isk onto the mission, if you're into mining.
Comment by AhajaAegra
2009-01-11 09:51:00
blitz: Killing Mammoth triggers mission complete.
Comment by ShukakuGaara
2009-01-16 01:45:04
done in dominix with dual LAR, x2 aux nano pumps and 4 hardeners (2 kinetic and 2 thermal). first pocket is easy to tank with that setup, armor was never compromised. killed the frigs fast with Wardens I and the rest with ogres II. second pocket is a bit harder to tank and you better kill things fast or put yourself at good distance to pop out shit with sentrys. with this setup i got enough time to kill the frigs/cruiser before the dps killed my armor, just allign and kill the webbers and you should be ok

DR: easy to medium (if you can't tank it all)
Comment by SpLendid
2009-01-30 08:10:51
Completed With CNR, (7x CN cruise missile launcher, 4x resist, 1x TP, 1x DG X-Large SB, 1x DCII, 3x CN BCU, 2x PDU), but anyway.. i couldn't kill the Mammoth...had to come back with my Mega.
Comment by KhurI
2009-02-16 04:37:30
Completed with a AC Sleipnir - only had to warp out once in start of room 2, as I messed up and stood still too much. Setup:

[Sleipnir, Mission running]
Capacitor Flux Coil II
Capacitor Flux Coil II
Capacitor Flux Coil II
Damage Control II
Gyrostabilizer II

10MN Afterburner II
Large Shield Booster II
Shield Boost Amplifier II
Ballistic Deflection Field II
Invulnerability Field II

425mm AutoCannon II, Phased Plasma M
425mm AutoCannon II, Phased Plasma M
425mm AutoCannon II, Phased Plasma M
425mm AutoCannon II, Phased Plasma M
425mm AutoCannon II, Phased Plasma M
425mm AutoCannon II, Phased Plasma M
425mm AutoCannon II, Phased Plasma M
'Arbalest' Heavy Assault Missile Launcher I, Terror Assault Missile

Capacitor Control Circuit I
Capacitor Control Circuit I

Hornet II x2
Vespa II x3

Now, this takes a lot of skill to fly, because you have to more around, keep speed up to get hit less by guns and rails. So kill webbers off quickly, leave frigs to drones, and go to next closest target thats above frig size. Once in range, melt target, and go to the next.

Now, so far I've been able to complete nearly every, nos = bad, level 4 mission in this ship, and it's more interesting than the standard raven action.
Comment by AsdayXyfu
2009-02-25 10:23:18
I'm not sure why everyone's bothered about the mammoth. It's a 1mil BS, and I took it down easily in my Raven, of which I have poor skills.
Comment by WolfBiss
2009-05-05 20:28:04
The Mammoth BS is easy nowadays.
Spawns come one by one, biggest problem: if your drones come too close to the next group they open fire. Watch your drones HP! (Aggroreset once drones are back in dronebay)
Nice Bonus: All ships have loot. :)
Comment by MartinN
2009-05-23 04:30:58
This was easy in a passive Drake with 81% therm 84% kin resists and 91 hp/s. Just keep shooting on the run so they dont get close. Full room aggro dont matter, just shoot the headhunters first.
Comment by TotalNewbie
2009-06-11 15:21:40
Just a small point: A "Katana" is a frigate vice cruiser.
Comment by MaciejSimm
2009-06-13 20:43:41
in room 1, group 3 was 14Km away, not 90.
Comment by Abdaar1
2009-06-20 17:28:56
emp ammo is far worse than titanium sabot - use the latter!
Comment by KismetEer
2009-06-21 11:08:01
In a dual rep domi, had to fly 90km to 100km away from other group to get them to stop attacking my drones, even normal drones. Had to watch aggressive fire as well so it didn't start to aggro the other group. I ended up with loot scattered everywhere as well, took a long time to salvage.
Comment by TotalNewbie
2009-07-10 14:24:11
Fleet Member attacking group 1 will aggro group 2 on them. They can use drones, but drone aggro applies. Missles will bring Aggro though.
Comment by UmbraArmanis
2009-07-18 20:24:25
blitz: Killing Mammoth triggers mission complete.

FALSE. I went straight for the mammoth, killed it, and no mission complete, unfortunately everything DOES have to be killed
Comment by SharriAtal
2009-08-11 11:58:01

It is nice to see someone else using a Sleipnir for mission running. I've just completed this mission, having had to warp out twice. It's hard not to agro other groups. My drones got agro too. It's one of those times when I wished I had taken the Maelstrom out. Range would be good on this one.
Comment by HirnoK
2009-09-17 05:33:13
I killed the last caracal (maybe Mordus Katana) in the pocket 1 and arrived a Mordus Puma in the beacon of the Group 2.
Comment by HirnoK
2009-09-17 06:53:50
...or used MWD? :) maybe
Comment by ExileZero
2009-10-21 17:34:26
A Kinetic/Thermal Hardened Raven walks through this mission pretty easily, especially the last pocket where there is no auto-aggro, create distance then make it rain.
Aggregate Bounties: 9.542 mill ISK
Comment by MrTetsuo
2009-11-09 17:10:36
Done using Megathron with 2x CCC, 1 Auxiliary Nano Pump, 1x LAR II, 1x Armor Kinetic/Thermic Hardener II, Damage Control II, 7x 425mm Railguns, Faction Ammo, 2x Magnetic Field Stabilizers II. Bring Vespas/Hornets (Caldari drones).

As stated before, make sure to kill Frigates/Cruisers first, leaving the few BS for later.

About 3500m3 of loot, salvage includes circuit boards, ward consoles and some junk, 13M isk of bouties/rewards.
Comment by ChepeNolon
2010-01-23 14:23:39
About the projectile choice: Most battleships have a really high Therm resistance. (70-80%) Exp is second highest. But armor has an exp hole. EMP, Fusion and Titanium Sabot has approx the same ammount of damage after resistances.

Versius shields on the Mammoth the ammunition is ranked (best to worst):

Quake (20,8), Hail (19,2) , EMP (18,8), Barrage (17,2), Fusion (16), Titanium Sabot (14,4), Tremor (13,6), Phased Plasma (12), Depleted Uranium, Carbonized Lead, Proton L, Nuclear L

Versius the armor, Hail, Quake, Fusion, and Barrage is the best choice. EMP deals close to half the damage of Hail, Quake and Fusion. Phased plasma a bit better, but not much. But it doesn't repair armor, so this is not as important as penetrating the shield.

Cruisers have a high therm resistance, but not as severe as the battleships. So phased plasma may be used against them. Frigs have even resists.
Comment by ChepeNolon
2010-01-23 14:41:42
Vs Shields on the Lion EMP is the best. EMP L deals close to 30 damage. The T2 close range ammo 20-25 (quake, barrage, hail), Fusion 19, Titanium Sabot 17 and Phased plasma 22.

This means T2 and EMP is one of the first ammo types you should consider for close range battles, since it's the battleships that will receive the most damage. If t2 is not an option, Fusion is also worth a try as it removes armor pretty fast.
Comment by AlSyth
2010-02-20 13:31:13
Done in a 12M SP TII (and dual Gistii B-type small shield booster) Tengu, very easy.

Even with full room aggro in second pocket orbiting a wreck, no need to turn the second booster on. Passive recharge is enough in first pocket.
Comment by CoBradley
2010-02-25 18:00:58
No problem in the drake... all 4 hardeners active in first pocket until I got some of the BS cleared... then down to two ballistics to finish everything off. 85% Therm, 89% Kin.
Comment by ForteEXE
2010-03-04 09:36:40
Did this in a Nighthawk with T2 HMLs, very easy to tank. 1x Kin, 1x Thermic, 1x Invuln (due to the low midslot amount) and you should have 90+ resists.

Also did it faster than a Paladin Marauder, for comparison. Same character, more gunnery than missile launcher SP.
Comment by ForteEXE
2010-03-04 09:37:42
Oh, and contrary to the report, Thermic works fine. The only spawn it doesn't work fine on is the Mordus Mammoth who has an 80% thermic resist, but 50% kinetic.
Comment by ThaThanka
2010-03-08 08:38:27
Easy mission in an averagedly skilled Drake with T1 launchers. Warped out once in the second pocket but was never in any danger throughout. Took 55 mins in total.
Comment by QianzingYanshu
2010-06-16 06:50:29
Mordus Katanas are Frigates!
At least, they are shown with a picture of a frigate and have a model of a frigate.
Comment by MiritaMoley
2010-07-06 16:52:38
You don't have to kill all the ships in the second pocket. Only the group of frigates right in front of you and the very right group with the Mammoth. Not a real bliz but at least faster.
Comment by DocWilco
2010-08-15 17:32:40
To Blitz just killing the Mammoth doesn't work, indeed. But you only need to kill group 3. Not even the group of frigates as MiritaMoley mentioned.
Comment by AtalonFenrus
2010-08-22 05:44:33
Confirmed only group 3 kill completes mission flag
Comment by Soapy5
2010-12-29 20:10:02
second room is an absolute PITA for drones. I lost 2 ogre II's, 3 beserker II's, and a hobgoblin II in one sitting. groups will repeatedly deagress you and aggro your drones, which get chewed up before they can make it back. shooting the deagrees groups works sometimes, but by the time they re aggro you (if that), your drones are already in structure...
Comment by SaikouAkuma
2011-05-30 11:30:05
Agro for second room - target painting the closest BS (Group 2) agro'd Groups 1 & 4. I don't like 40+ ships after me at once.

I warped out since I was aligned, came back, and only painted Group 4 for agro. After that I shot the Group 2 BS's, but that didn't agro Group 1.
Comment by QianzingYanshu
2011-06-08 13:05:45
How to blitz without stage-aggro in room 2:
Step A - warp through first gate
Step B - Wipe out everything in room1
Step C - Approach the ship in group 3 positioned most to the right until group 3 aggroes. After that, killing group 3 does NOT activate any of the other groups. Beware: flying in a straight line towards that ship still might get you into the aggro distance of other groups depending on your warp-in, so better double-click near it to head into that direction. aggro distance is about 35km, if I guess correctly
Comment by AceStriker
2011-11-30 22:23:27
Done with a Rokh. Easy. Warp in, about-face, railgun anything far and sic drones on anything close. Got no stage aggro, but never had to warp out. Max skills on all 'cept drones & defenders: therm amp 2, kin amp 2, invuln field 2, dam con 2, XL booster 2, cap recharge 2 keeps shields up and cap balanced, 2x defender missiles in rocket launchers for good measure.

Total bounties: ~10,594,500 ISK
Comment by ReaverGlitterstim
2012-04-30 03:00:48
I used sentry drones throughout the whole mission and never once got stage aggro. It might be because I always hit them first with my ship weapons, or perhaps because there was another fleet member present.

(done in Megathron with rails, fleet member in catalyst)
Comment by TechReviewsAndHelp
2013-02-15 01:13:07
can someone put the total bounty on this page
Comment by CaptNemo
2014-01-31 19:00:45
Ran with Vexor Navy Issue and Sentry drones, active armor tank with high resists (up to 92% with Reactive Armor Hardener). Only had to pulse my rep once or twice.

In the second room only drones got aggro (there was no ship aggro at all). Very easy mission.
Comment by JoshThomas
2014-08-03 02:11:47
Confirming that killing the entire group with the Mammoth will complete the mission.

Took 20 minutes to blitz in a T2 Tachyon Paladin.

Mission reward+bonus: 3.66m
Bounties: 6.7m
LP: 8836 x 1k=8.83m
Total: 19.2m or ~96m/h (52m/h if you ignore LP)
Comment by AbadonnOne
2014-08-14 08:58:01
**August 2014 **
Easy to do. Snipe at Range.
Est. 26mill in loot for me. 10.5mil in Bounties. 12mill approx in LP and Reward.
Comment by AribethThiesant
2015-03-02 19:42:05
Dominix, T1 Light+Heavy Drones, 2 reps, 3x350mm guns.. This was average hardness if careful and methodical.
Pocket 1. Aligned on initial warp and took everything out as they approached one by one.
Pocket 2, take your time picking your position and order to kill each group as nothing is agro. Had to jump out once as I got overwhelmed with 2 groups. They were none agro again when I jumped back in.

I like to kill, loot and salvage everything. 2hours

Loot + Salvage = 15m
Bounties = 10m
Mission Reward + Bonus = 3.9m
Total = 28.9m
Comment by AribethThiesant
2015-03-09 02:41:20
I lose a lot of light+heavy drones on this one.
Comment by SargonMatrix
2015-10-04 19:47:48
Tengus with target painters might be OP for this mission.
Pocket 1: Group 1 agros. Just move away and pick off the incoming frigates with a target painter. Pick off group 2 at range. Rinse and repeat for group 3.
Pocket 2: No agro on warp in but you will have a cluster of frigates in your face at 15Km. Don't touch, move away and to the left along the outside of station. Don't shoot anything until you start to get agro. (about 70Km ). Heavy Caldari Scourge missiles will take care of the Mammoth in a couple of min. Mission's over when group 3 finished but you can pick off the rest for the bounties.
Couple of Invul IIs, a faction Kinetic, Med Shield xtender II and 4 Ballistic IIs in the low. Supplemental Screening, Augmented Cap, and Accelerated Ejection in the subsystems.
12.6 Mil in loot and salvage
10.5 Bounty
3.17 Reward - Taxes
Comment by hal9k
2018-11-22 14:06:54
alpha clone flying raven pocket 1 on warp in turned round and got distance from group 1 100km and picked them off same with other groups distance is your friend.pocket 2 flew right to group 3 took out bs,s first then rest of group mission done
Comment by Taggo
2020-07-16 22:51:31
All minerals seem to have been removed from this mission. Ran on July 16 2020, and there was nothing to mine.
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