Attack of the Drones, Level 4

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Faction: Drones
Mission type: Encounter
Space type: Normal (MWD works)
Damage dealt: Thermal / Kinteic/ Explosive
Web/ Warp Disruptor: Elite Frigate
Recommended damage dealing: EM/ Thermal
Recommended ships: Sleipnir, Raven, Dominix, Abbadon, Drake, Apocalypse
Video: Ishtar (Blitz), Raven Navy Issue, Dominix, Paladin, Maelstrom (Arty)

Single Pocket

Initial group appears and auto aggro after a delay.
Each ship killed from the initial group triggers one of the spawns.
All spawns auto aggro and may aggro Drones and Fleet Members, keep an eye on your drones.
You may [Fleet] warp at a preferred range and snipe.
The order, ship amount and names of the spawns will vary.

Initial Group (20- 28km)

1- 2x Cruiser (Bomber Alvum) Trigger
2- 3x Battlecruiser (Defeater Alvatis) Trigger

Frigate Reinforcement Spawn (23- 27km)

2- 3x Elite Frigate (Strain Infester/ Strain Splinter Alvi) Web/ Warp Disruptor
2- 3x Battleship (Supreme Alvus Parasite/ Alvus Ruler)

Destroyer Reinforcement Spawn (23- 27km)

2- 3x Destroyer (Predator Alvior/ Marauder)
2- 3x Battleship (Supreme Alvus Parasite/ Alvus Ruler)

Cruiser Reinforcement Spawn (23- 27km)

2- 3x Cruiser (Nuker Alvum)
2- 3x Battleship (Supreme Alvus Parasite/ Alvus Ruler)

Battlecruiser Reinforcement Spawn (23- 27km)

2- 3x Battlecruiser (Striker Alvatis/ Enforcer Alvatis)
2- 3x Battleship (Supreme Alvus Parasite/ Alvus Ruler)

No blitz, you must kill all drones to complete the mission.

To manage aggro, do not kill the trigger ships all at once. Eliminate the incoming reinforcement spawn first, before you trigger the next spawn.
You can snipe or out run the Supreme Alvus Battleships. Their max attack distance is around 35 km, and they move very slowly.

60 Veldspar asteroids (21- 31km, ~2,2 mil units).

Loot and Bounty
No loot.
Salvage: ~2.2- 3.6 mil
Bounty: ~7.6 to 10 mil (depends on spawns)

Ship Detail

QtyName Orbit
Max (m/s)
Shield Resistance (%)Armor Resistance (%)DPS (hp/s)
4xBomber Alvum17.64501,600650
3xStrain Infester Alvi1.8900125350
12xSupreme Alvus Parasite33.73503,5006,500
3xPredator Alvior11.9500275650
3xNuker Alvum16.84501,600650
3xStriker Alvatis5.04001,0002,000
28 Ships Total Average/ Total57,40091,550


Comments [Hide comments]
Comment by TomSchlong
2008-06-08 13:23:07
I used T2 Kin/Expl/2 Invul hardeners on a Raven with a Large SB II and one Boost Amp. Sitting at 90km away from the beacon I had to tank virtually no damage at all except the tiny bit from the remaining triggers. Even at 40km away from the beacon the setup just did fine.

Easy mission for L4 beginners.
Comment by SyndicateUK
2008-06-09 01:13:09
I recommend taking just EM Missiles as these definatly did the most damage.
Comment by BlasTerd
2008-07-01 10:32:19
Recommended tank fit for Abaddon : 2x Explo hardeners , 1x kin , 1x therm , 1x Em. One heat sink and a LAR.
Comment by MrMike
2008-07-02 13:21:26
A) Don't pop all of the tiny drones when you warp in, or you'll aggro everything.
B) Yeah, don't think of using explosive damage. That was just useless.
Comment by Sp4rt4nII70
2008-07-07 15:58:39
You can initialize warp, then cancel it (Ctrl + Space) and then warp in at the desired range.

This works for every Encounter btw.
Comment by TomSchlong
2008-07-09 10:34:27
Blitz note: when you try to find the initial drone you need to kill for blitzing, look at the four drones and try to see how three of them form a semi-circle. The one your looking for is out of this semi-circle. In the picture above it would be the one up north. I did this mission three times and it never has been the Bomber Alvum, it's always been one of the others (Defeater Alvatis e.g.).
Comment by SturmWolke
2008-07-09 12:32:10
Can anyone confirm that the "mission trigger is the closest drone" at warp-in? It typically sits about 20km, while the others are at 24-27km. I'm farming this mission (for a few days) to confirm, but it'll be nice if anyone else can post a note on it. The original visual method is a little unwieldy, imo.
Comment by CreatPosudol
2008-07-12 12:52:58
Yes SturmWolke, was the same for me everytime as well
Comment by McRuder
2008-07-19 10:44:41
I found the triggers to be random. A couple of times it even triggered on the small ships from the reinforcement spawn.
Comment by BoomShaka
2008-07-22 02:02:26
Trigger worked for me on the blitz. in the picture it was the far top left trigger.
Comment by NeoXr2i
2008-09-20 16:45:53
To confrim the drone closest to u 20k away and as said top left in picture is the trigger
Comment by ChepeNolon
2008-11-23 08:06:38
Great zydrine income from this one: 21 condensed alloy, 16 crystal compound, 23 dark compound, 88 gleaming alloy, 151 glossy compound, 69 lucent compound, 291 lustering alloy, 355 motley compound, 34 opulent compound, 203 plush compound!, 102 precious alloy, 66 sheen compound.
Comment by DanRayson
2008-12-14 17:55:40
what good is "All Types"? Get rid of it - I'd rather have no help at all.
Comment by KurullSkullsplitter
2008-12-22 20:22:58
You can look up the damage types yourself at

Supreme Alvus Parasite 90hp/s
EM: 0hp/s, Expl: 30hp/s, Kin: 12hp/s, Therm: 48hp/s

Alvus Ruler 128.73hp/s
EM: 24hp/s, Expl: 32.73hp/s, Kin: 48hp/s, Therm: 24hp/s

Siege Alvatis 57hp/s
EM: 0hp/s, Expl: 25hp/s, Kin: 6.40hp/s, Therm: 25.60hp/s

Defeater Alvatis 48.59hp/s
EM: 0hp/s, Expl: 31.09hp/s, Kin: 17.50hp/s, Therm: 0hp/s

Bomber Alvum 39.80hp/s
EM: 0hp/s, Expl: 35.40hp/s, Kin: 4.40hp/s, Therm: 0hp/s
Comment by LynXeR
2009-01-11 19:22:19
59 Veldspar roids - 2,221,119 Units
1 Scordite Roid - 49,119 Units
Comment by AhajaAegra
2009-02-03 17:14:01
Alvus Rulers are no longer slow - speed varies form 180 to 260 m/s (most of the time the higher speed)
Comment by OneShot
2009-03-08 23:33:38
Confirming that the nearest initial cruiser is the blitz spawn. Took maybe 10 minutes in a passive tank Drake and never went below 90% shields (1 Photon, 2 Invuln, 3 LSE, 2 SPR).
Comment by MedWay
2009-03-12 15:49:25
yep nice easy one this one

just shoot one then kill its spawn move on to next
Comment by MaciejSimm
2009-07-18 23:50:05
ishkur/nemesis dual run, finished in 20min.
Comment by SpLend0r
2009-10-07 09:40:31
same mission as "Duo of Death"
Comment by GreenGimp
2009-10-10 01:39:42
Golem running Attack of the Drones
Comment by MagDovus
2009-10-18 12:44:38
In my experience, it's always a Defeater Alvatis that triggers the battlecruiser wave.
Comment by Hobbes3
2009-11-05 04:16:50
Here is a tip, before you start pewpewing, form a fleet by yourself (unless you're already in a fleet with friends), and tag each of the 4 triggers as A, B, C, and D. Make sure you have the tag column visible in the overview. Then it won't be as confusing.
Comment by KnorKor
2009-12-22 05:10:01
Completed with Gila. Not a problem at all. Shot all Triggers first, but did not take any serious damage.
2x Faction Caldari Amps EM and Therman, 1x V-15 Invul, EM-Missiles and Amarr Heavy and Light Drones for EM-Damage.
Very easy.
Comment by LaIvasse
2010-01-10 09:28:54
Was led to believe this was a walkover from past comments, but the first time I did it I thought it was surprisingly spicy in terms of DPS. Turns out I forgot my therm hardener that time. A corpie also nearly lost his Raven by omitting to fit therm hardeners for this mish recently. Should go without saying, but for the more senile among us, get your resists right!

Piece of cake with 1xLAR, 2xExp, 1Kin & 1Therm hardeners in an Abaddon.
Comment by AsCendancy
2010-01-26 22:11:22
Done in T2 Paladin:
Comment by KenzRider
2010-02-06 20:26:20
About 11.5 mil ISK from the minerals (90% refine) at immediate sales prices in my mission system.
Comment by TjanitN
2010-02-17 11:19:26
AhajaAegra says the Alvus Rulers are no longer slow. I dont know what he calls slow but my Hybrid Tank Drake (2xInvuln2, 2xLgExt2, 2x Sheild Recharger2..note there's no AB/MWD) easily outruns them.
Comment by WikiThaedius
2010-02-19 20:28:10
Wasn't paying attention, got distracted in my Domi right after locking and destroying the first trigger. Careful! My drones were aggressive and popped the other 3 triggers at once, putting me face to face with 12 BSes dealing my weakest damage type (due to the very low base explo on the Domi).

Took several warp-in/warp-outs to finish it after that point.
Comment by AceGarp
2010-03-30 19:05:56
I'm sure this is harder than before - bombers hit hard probably best to get rid of em first (along with elite frigs).
Comment by SusurrousEve
2010-04-07 17:27:18
Total drone loot:
21 Condensed Alloy
11 Crystal Compound
28 Dark Compound
63 Gleaming Alloy
137 Glossy Compound
53 Lucent Compound
258 Lustering Alloy
296 Motley Compound
22 Opulent Compound
180 Plush Compound
74 Precious Alloy
40 Sheen Compound

Refined without Scrapmetal Reprocessing skill, but high standings and Refining 5:
581,561 Tritanium
151,202 Pyerite
50,496 Mexallon
22,856 Isogen
13,849 Nocxium
397 Megacyte
1815 Zydrine
43 Morphite
Comment by CatsCanFly
2010-04-20 00:52:03
Easy mission.
Abaddon 8xMMPEB, 4xCR II, DC II, 2xExpl II, 1xKin II, 1xCPR, 1xHS II, 1xLAR II, 3xCCC I
17mil ISK
Comment by AsdayXyfu
2010-04-25 07:51:20
That ships info box is super-fucking-awesome, and it needs to be on every mission.
Comment by RuFen
2010-04-26 18:46:29
yeah, it is really nice! and would be a nice feat to have on every mission description.. :)
Comment by KaedonRevkesch
2010-05-21 11:24:56
Each time, the blitz trigger has been the trigger closest on my overview (when warping to 0). I tag the triggers (to avoid accidentally killing them), then kill the Battlecruiser spawn trigger, warp out, warp back to 70, and snipe the ships to complete the mission.
Comment by FalRen
2010-07-28 22:04:59
Done in an active tanked raven with EM and therm hardeners and an invul field. This mission really was much more difficult than the comments made it seem, but I accidentally triggered all 4 spawns, and ended up with 8 BSs hitting me. The DPS is very very high if you pull all of them at once- its the first time I've actually had to warp out in ages.
Comment by CarolusLovita
2010-07-31 19:48:25
Done in Raven: 6x arbalest cruise launchers, 1x x-large booster I, 2x shield boost amplifiers I, 1x therm I, 1x explo I, 1x invul I, 1x dc I, 3x bcs II, 1x cap flux coil II; pilot = 1.8m sp
Warped to 0, no warp-outs, no problems.
Comment by ShadowBuns
2011-01-25 06:14:28
Easy mission for any long range ship, 100km~ is plenty to snip everything smaller than a BS ignoring spawns. Align and kite to finish off the rest, nothing can hit effectively beyond 60m~ in the entire mission.
Comment by MagiX
2011-03-18 11:39:51
Non-blitz/Full clear according to current Jita prices

Loot: 10.21M
LP: 3885 x 1000 = 3.89M
Reward: 1.72M
Salvage: 0.57M
Bounty: 0M
Sum (no salvage): 5.61M
Sum (excl. LP): 12.5M
Sum: 16.39M

Mission (undock - reward): 20 min
Salvage (undock - dock): 10 min
Sum: 30 min

Ship: Raven (T2 some faction)
Pilot: 17.35M skill points

ISK/h: 32.78M/h
ISK/h (no salvage): 16.83M/h
ISK/h (blitz): ?
Comment by ProgHouseDJ
2011-03-24 23:05:55
I think this mission's mechanics may have changed from having one mission complete trigger spawn to having the entire room cleared to complete. I always run missions to achieve the objective first, then clean up additional ships just in case I have to leave(daughter may need attention or something). So on this mission I always completed the mission complete trigger chain first. The last time I ran it however, I did not get mission complete after that chain was destroyed, I only completed the mission after every last ship was gone.
Comment by JubisMoonjuice
2011-04-07 10:53:06
Confirming that the BC group still triggers the mission as complete.
Comment by DrRoic
2011-05-31 04:44:16
And yet another confirmation for the Blitz still working.
Comment by ZikatArzi
2011-08-20 23:03:16
The completion wave was 2 BCs and 3 BSs for me. I killed the 2 BCs, and warped out and in at 100km and sniped the BSs easily. A lot of damage if you tank em up close.
Comment by KartofiusAlAndalus
2012-05-06 11:41:25
9.3m bounty after drones stopped dropping alloys
Comment by VaerahVahrokha
2012-09-03 11:26:03
2221119 Veldspar as said above, but also 49119 Scordite
Comment by KharDargo
2012-10-26 11:37:20
The suggested Abaddon fit is ok but dropping the EM hardener for a DC II is preferable. Had no trouble tanking the entire thing without even caring about spawns. 6.7 mil bounty and around 1 mil in salvage.
Comment by CofDeath
2012-12-14 13:04:00
Was running a reactive armor hardner on this one today 12/14/2012, and they did 0 explosive damage. The hardner was at almost 60% kinetic, with very little EM/Them.
Comment by BasBoshoven
2013-02-24 15:09:59
Mission Ship: Scorpion Navy Issue
Omni Tank: 1014 (cap stabble, lazy fittings.)
Cruise Missles: 400ps - 130km range.
Drones: 5*Hobgoblin II - 78Dps

(low damage lazy farm ship, aggro full rooms.)

Salvage Ship: Noctis
High slots: 4*Small Tractor Beam I
High slots: 4*Salvager I
Mid slots: Experimental 10MN Afterburner I
Mid slots: Experimental 10MN Microwarpdrive I
Low Slots: 3* Expanded Cargohold II
Rigs: 3* Medium Salvage Tackle I
Cargohold: 3.000m3 +-

Tractor Beam Range: 80km
Mission: Attack of the Drones
Mission Time: 22 Minits
Mission LP/Bounty/Reward: 2254LP - 8.6M

Salvage Time: 7 Minits
Salvage Value: 0.3M
Comment by KhurI
2013-12-04 16:18:30
I took:
em 1% - Expl 62,4% - Kin 13,3% - Therm 23,3%
Take care, it seems to vary alot with what spawns you get.
Comment by YadoT
2014-01-10 04:13:00
Confirm that Blitz still works post Rubicon. Drone closest beacon triggers BC/BS wave. Mission complete once they are eliminated.
Comment by PawelloSolette
2014-04-04 04:26:23
BS start atack about 45-50km
Comment by JoshThomas
2014-08-11 21:12:07
As of 204.08.11, the spawns have changed; each wave may spawn frigates, cruisers, or battleships. All spawn waves must be killed to finish mission.
Comment by DrakeMcCann
2014-09-01 21:13:47
As of 02-Sep-2014, I can confirm that the Blitz still works, Killed the closest cruiser/BC then 3 cruisers/BC spawned along with 2 BSs, as soon as these 5 were killed the mission was done.
Comment by BryndonRivers
2015-08-28 09:04:43
Just did the mission with my Stratios. It was relatively easy, just have to kill one Bomber Alvum at a time, and then clean spawns, just as described. Used my curators to kill BSs. No loot unfortunately. Got 9 mil of bounty and 500 thousand salvage.

My fitting for this was as follows:
[Stratios, N7]
Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II
Medium Armor Repairer II
Armor Thermic Hardener II
Drone Damage Amplifier II
Armor Explosive Hardener II

Omnidirectional Tracking Link I
Cap Recharger II
Cap Recharger II
Cap Recharger II
10MN Y-S8 Compact Afterburner

Focused Modulated Medium Energy Beam I
Focused Modulated Medium Energy Beam I
Focused Modulated Medium Energy Beam I
Focused Modulated Medium Energy Beam I
Drone Link Augmentor I

Medium Nanobot Accelerator I
Medium Anti-Explosive Pump I
Medium Auxiliary Nano Pump I

Curator I x4
Hammerhead I x6
Berserker I x1
Warden I x4
Ogre I x2
Hobgoblin II x5

Microwave M x4
Tracking Speed Script x2
Gamma M x4
Optimal Range Script x1
Comment by InfiniteDestruction
2015-12-19 07:07:11
19 Dec 2015 - tried the blitz method - no luck. Had to kill all the spawns to get the completion.
Comment by InfiniteDestruction
2015-12-28 09:48:29
28 Dec 2015 - confirmed no blitz possible. Got the mission again just now. Popped the BC spawn (2 BS and 2 Enforcer Alvatis BCs). No completion. Popped the Frig spawn, Destroyer spawn and Cruiser spawns in that order and got the completion when the last rat in the cruiser spawn popped.
Comment by SteppinRazor
2017-03-22 12:45:07
Less than 1M ISK in salvage .. laughable
Comment by SteppinRazor
2017-04-02 23:31:53
Mission+Time Reward : 1.8M ISK, Bounty : 9.2M ISK, Salvage+Loot : 2.2M ISK, LP : 4217
Quick LP Mission !?
Comment by hal9k
2018-04-21 22:09:36
alpha clone gnosis balls up on the triggers needed to warp out a few times but got it done.
Loot 0
Salvage 1.4m
Bounties 8.6m
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