Intercept The Saboteurs, level 4

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Faction: Guristas
Mission type: Encounter
Space type: Deadspace w/gate
Damage dealt: Kin, Therm
Web/scramble: Dire Pithi
Extras: Jamming from Annihilator/Nullifiers
Recommended damage dealing: Kin
Recommended ship classes: Battleship, Command Ship, HAC, Strategic Cruiser.
Video: Paladin

Spawns may vary, this is just an example.


(Acceleration Gate)
3x Frigates (Pithi Destructor/Demolisher)
2x Destroyers (Pithior Guerilla/Terrorist)

Single Pocket

Attacking group 2a aggros entire pocket.
Attacking groups 1 or 3 will usually aggro that group and group 2a.
Drones might be aggroed by neutral groups due to proximity.
Attacking an elite frigate in group 2b or group 4 will only aggro that group, which can be sniped at leisure.

Confiscated Viral Agent is dropped by the last defeated ship in group 2a (mission completion trigger).

Picture to make it clear where which group is located
The 4 Guristas groups

Group 1 (51 - 82km)

2x Destroyers (Pithior Guerilla/Terrorist)
3x Cruisers (Pithum Annihilator) (Jamming)
3x Battlecruisers (Pithatis Assaulter/Assassin)
1x Battleship (Pith Eradicator)

Group 2a (55 - 75km)

3x Guristas Transport Ship
5x Frigates (Pithi Demolisher/Destructor/Guerilla) (Web/Scramble)
3x Cruisers (Pithum Mortifier/Inferno)
2x Battlecruisers (Pithatis Assassin/Assaulter/Enforcer)
1x Battleship (Pith Eliminator/Eradicator/Extinguisher) (Eliminator Jamming)

Group 2b (55 - 75km)

3x Elite Frigate(Dire Pithi Infiltrator/Invader) (Web/Scramble)
3x Frigates (Pithi Demolisher/Destructor)

Group 3 (45 - 65km)

2x Destroyers (Pithior Terrorist/Guerilla)
3x Cruisers (Pithum Mortifier/Inferno)
2x Battlecruisers (Pithatis Assaulter/Enforcer)
1x Battleship (Pith Obliterator/Eradicator)

Group 4 (55 - 75km)

3x Elite Frigates (Dire Pithi Imputor/Arrogator/Invader/Infiltrator) (Web/Scramble)
3x Frigate (Demolisher/Destructor)

Armory may drop T1 Ammo
Habitation Modules may drop Trade Goods


Kill ships at entry room, use gate.
Kill all ships in group 2a, collect viral agent, warp out. (Note: This method will trigger full room aggro)

3,245,442 ISK

Loot + Salvage
~2.9 mil

Standing hits
Killing one of the transports incurs a 2.4% standing penalty.

Comment by ChepeNolon
2008-05-26 17:11:15
Cut out from the old mission page:

Shot at the dire pithi frigs first, only agrroed some other frigs
Shot at cruisers on right side, agrroed, middle and right groups
Drones aggroed left group
Shooting at structures aggros left group, structures drop loot
Comment by ToirIn
2008-06-17 22:16:29
The transporters don`t drop Viral Agent.
After killing BS Pithi Obliterator from second group it has been dropped.
Comment by BlasTerd
2008-07-01 10:52:06
Transporters can drop the viral agent. In fact , it always was the case for me , because I always kill the transporters last (they're very close, so easier to loot the viral agent). Perhaps your mission session had a bug ToirIn
Comment by DarkiShi
2008-07-05 18:01:11
For me was the last ship to blow that droped the viral agents.
Comment by MaiYia
2008-07-17 10:04:54
I can confirm that the last rat killed drops the mission loot. Realized this when I killed a battleship 60-some km from me last and had to slowboat to the loot. :P
Comment by FadeXaran
2008-07-17 19:11:32
Sniped a frig in grp 2 for the pull, aggroed only grp 2? Viral agent was in the Battleship in grp 2
Comment by SenYn
2008-09-29 11:23:56
Dominix: pulled full stage aggro 1LAR, 1MAR, 1EANM, 2 Kin Hardener, 1 Therm Hardener, 1 Energized Mag Mem. I killed Incoming Frigs&Destroyer with rails. To reduce incomming dmg I killed BC´s and Cruisers first, with OgreII.
Comment by LordOfTheSheep
2008-10-28 22:18:00
the loot in the structures is low end ammo or people
Comment by BuilderAlphaOne
2008-11-08 21:17:54
The groups as discussed above are no longer true [Nov 8, 2008]. I found that the frigates and destroyers were segregated into two groups, each having about half of both and no larger ships. Both of these groups agro'd independently of all other groups. [I shot the jammers first. :-)]

Then the other ships formed two groups also, each with about half the ships, and each agro'd independently of the other.

Transports were part of my first frigate group [toward the center as you warp in].

Blitz is now possible -- just shoot the center group of frigates and the transports.

[In case I'm wrong about this ... do it from 75km out like I did with my T1 Raven.]
Comment by HathorII
2008-12-13 16:29:20
i did it many times so easy way was :
Target 6x scramble frigs and kill them , you will get aggro of couple more frigs not others ( drones will get aggro of group 2 , so don't use drones)
attacking group 3 will aggro group 2 but not group 1
attacking Group 2 will aggro all groups
Comment by LynXeR
2009-01-09 11:52:50
No Asteroids in Mission
Comment by SethDeVeldrin
2009-04-11 15:09:29
Tanked groups 1 and 2 at the same time with a Drake (70% therm, 83% kin, 2LSE, 3SPR and 2 purger rigs). Shields went down to 38%, but by then all the BCs were down. First I shot the Dire Pithi frigs.
Comment by JuniorChief
2009-05-29 10:31:14
here is a tip to avoid getting aggroed both groups, worked for me hope it works for you to...
start with 6x Elite Frigates (Dire Pithi 1-Imputor/2-Arrogator/3-Invader/4-Infiltrator) (Web/Scramble) that order some other friggs will also aggro and you can just kill them all like you want the order is not that important only when you i said it worked for me and would also like someone to comfirm this.. cheers
Comment by ChloeClark
2009-06-18 00:15:21
Followed JuniorChief's suggestion, got no aggro when attacking Elite Frigates, but aggro from Group 2 and 3 when attacking Frigates. Tanked them in a Drake (76% therm, 82% kin, 2LSE, 2SPR). Took out Cruisers/Battlecruisers then Battleships, then Frigates/Destroyers, left Transports till last. Mission completed withour engaging Group 1.
Comment by EronaileDamodred
2009-06-24 11:21:45
Raven with T1 Therm+Kin Hardener, T1 Invul Field (1x) and passive Kin (1x). I shot group 3 first and got aggro from group 3 and 2. Kill all frigs with your drones and keep 1 or 2 larger ships targetted for your turrets and missiles. I had to warp out one time after all frigs of group 3 and 2 were killed. The damage of those cruisers/battlecruisers is low but sums up due to their large number.
Fortunately these guys do not overwhelm you with missiles like other gurista encounters you may know.
Comment by MapinTan
2009-07-13 02:51:51
I run this with Armageddon with beam lasers and rather average skills (T1 hardeners, weapons and drones).
1) Verified that you can shoot the scrambler Dire Pithis and only couple of more frigs are aggroing you.
2) Verified that the BS with largest bounty drops the viral agent and not the transports.
3) Verified that attacking group 2 aggroes all three groups BUT after warpout group 3 disengaged (or at least for me).
4) Pithum Annihhilator/Nullifier did not jam me but the Pithum Eliminator (is named Extinguisher in this page - the BS with the largest bounty) did jam me occasionally.
5) Loot and salvage was really crap.
Comment by Andy123
2009-08-02 22:48:07
I consider the following a Blitz because I didn't have to kill the entire room. But I am still sorta' new to solo L4 so some may not consider this a 'Blitz'.
Cruiser Raven with Large Booster II and 3x BCS. Drone Link Aug and Tractor. Lt and Med T2 Drones.
Did this mission yesterday and just now again. Same both times.
Upon warp in, Align yourself to a station or gate moving away from all groups. Target and fire on one of the frigs in group 3 and you will get aggro from both group 3 and group 2. The aggro will include the 3 Transport ships. (Do not target the Transports if your drones are set to aggressive). Kill all starting small and working your way up killing the 2 BS's (saving the 3 Transports for last). Mission objective drops from 3rd Transport killed.
There will be another spawn of Frigates in place of group 2 but they do not auto aggro. Group 1 does not auto aggro. Short and sweet.
Comment by JackUnderhill
2009-08-27 17:23:29
Easily completed Cerberus with full stage aggro.
Comment by BlackthornYugen
2009-09-05 14:17:32
Looks like it's just the last thing in group two because the mission item dropped from a Demolisher for me, last thing of group two that I killed.
Comment by MrT
2009-09-15 13:00:40
ca. 35 min + clean up
Pocket 1: Flew away from them in my T2 fitted Rokh. Read the guide (normal difficulty). Take out the jammers first.
Comment by KerDesh
2009-09-17 09:57:47
Mission Lewt dropped off the last Medium/large sized ship, frigates did not drop.
Comment by ArbiterReformed
2009-10-06 20:31:48
ran in max skilled ishtar (bar racial drone specs) mar, ken hardx2, therm hard, 1600 rt plate in teh lows all t2, went made borritos after releasing drones, easy afk
Comment by AmarrianCynicism
2009-10-29 15:50:51
Mission objective dropped from a frigate, was not the last ship either.
Comment by StrykeZor
2009-11-01 07:56:05
followed JuniorChief's post, only got aggro from the alite frigates and few others. After killing them i moved onto the 1st group, proceded to recieve aggro from groups 1 and 2. Aimed for the bcs first, while letting my drones take care of the cruisers and the frigs.

Relatively easy mission, no warp outs

Completed in raven with 1x Therm, 1x Kin, 1x Invuln
Comment by AsCendancy
2009-11-26 12:25:13
done in a t2 paladin:
Comment by JackHolt
2010-03-22 03:48:08
Aggroed group 3 and group 2 aggroed me. No problem using drones--group 1 did not attack them.
Comment by CatsCanFly
2010-04-27 01:45:13
I warped in with 2xEM II and 2xTherm (forgot to fit Kin hardeners) and if I havent killed all Dire Pithi first, I'd be dead :) Thanks for advice.
With correct hardeners its easy mission, loot and salvage was crap :/
Comment by KaedonRevkesch
2010-05-21 11:01:35
Raven with 2xBallist2, 1xTherm2, XL Booster and Amp

Started off immediately flying away from all three groups. Sniped frigates in Group3, Both Group3 and Group2 aggroed, took out jammers and elite frigates first. Used drones to take out the rest of the frigates and destroyers and missiles to work on Battleships down. I left transports for last, last transport dropped the agent.

Received no aggro from Group1 or Reinforcement Group (drones or otherwise)
Comment by VaareA
2010-06-05 06:06:57
Drake with 2xBallist2, 1xTherm2, 7xT2 launchers

Blitz (accidental): Aiming for the elites, drove straight past the Transports until inside their group's aggro sphere (about 25-35 km). Was attacked by part of Group 2, including the BS - but NOT the elites or any ships in groups 1 or 3. Flew away, followed by all the attackers including the transports (easily tanked). Last transport dropped the objective. Drones were aggroed heavily, so took out the frigs/destroyers with Precision missiles.

'Group 2' seemed to be 3 groups - the transport ships and their escorts, and L & R frigate groups (elites were split between these). Attacking the frigate groups didn't draw any aggro from the other groups.
Comment by GreyStorm
2010-06-05 13:18:59
Confirmed- Primary aggro to Dire frig = only 5 frig aggro you from Group 2
proceeded to aggro BC from group 3, picked up all of Group 2 as well as Group3
cleared all BC, aggro'd Group 1, cleared *everything* but one BS and transports.
destroyed 3 transports, and then BS, agent required Item dropped then.
Standing loss of 3% due to transport kill.
btw, Faction fit Tengu = Overkill
Comment by LiviaCatarella
2010-06-21 18:29:16
Seems to be a little randomness to the grouping:
I warped in and remained stationary, then
- aggroed Dire Pithi Arrogator, got aggro from the other 2 plus 3 frigates
- aggroed Dire Pithi Invader, got aggro from the other 2 plus 3 frigates
Everything else remained silent in both cases.
- aggroed a Destroyer in group 3, got aggro from groups 2 and 3
- killed the 3 Transport Ships last, the required item dropped from the last one of them

So there might be 5 groups after all. And this looks more or less like a candidate for a (moderate) Blitz to me.
If it is repeatable, that is. Anyone?
Comment by AldaTeln
2010-08-08 11:08:19
Raven, T1 best named fitted, 4*hardener XL shield booster, permatank, light scout drones T1 for frigates and cruisers.

Confirmed : 5 groupes : elite frigates aggroed with several other frigates. Other 3 groups easily tanked simultaneously, no web/scramble in those.
Comment by VaLTrantor
2010-09-02 05:51:22
I did this mission today and had the very last killed ship (a destroyer) drop the loot can. Will check again as soon as possible if there is another faster way. Seems to me like the groups and aggro are a bit like described by Livia: shooting the dires aggroed only some frigs and not even all dires, shooting the Transports aggroed all however.
Comment by OmegaTwig
2010-10-15 11:10:48
Completed in a Raven, T2 tank, large boster, 2 amps.

Shot @ group 3 and 2 aggroed as well... mission was flagged complete after killed the last ship from 2 and 3. (Didnt even lock anything in group 1). Last ship was a BS so had to slowboat 20k to get the loot.
Comment by EulyseesChelt
2010-10-20 20:29:04
There are 4 groups in this mission. The 4th being a group of frigates that defend the 6 armouries at the rear of the shipyard cluster. The cannister is released from the last non frigate killed, so if you leave the transport ships to the very last after you have dispatched all the other ships from groups 2,3 and 4, you will not have to travel more than 1-3 kms from your warp-in position because the transport ships like to get really close to you
Comment by EulyseesChelt
2010-10-20 21:32:40
There are 6 frigs guarding the armouries at the rear. There are 2 aggro groupings. If you attack group 3 first you will also be aggroed by group 2 but not group 1 or the frigs at the rear. So, as long as you leave them alone they will do likewise. Be aware though, that group 3 is drone / team mate unfriendly and they seem to have an aggro range of 50-60 kms. There is ammo and other items to be had from the armouries and the habitation modules but be careful to dump the illegal drugs if you dont want a fine and standings hit from the local police
Comment by GreyStorm
2010-10-22 20:42:55
2010.10.22 23:49 -3.0% Combat - Ship Kill
This penalty was incurred for destroying Guristas Pirates's Guristas Transport Ship in Sankkasen

would seem that the penalty has changed to 3.0% ( for every pilot in the mission- at the time of the kill) instead of 2.4%
Comment by DomInare
2010-10-29 12:14:25
Recommend using 2 kinetic hardeners, even though the page says kin/therm dealt, it's mostly kinetic damage (84%) with thermal making up the other 16%.
Comment by LiviaCatarella
2010-12-05 17:48:32
Just now the last ship I destroyed dropped the can. It was one of the transports, by the way.
Comment by ShadowUser
2010-12-06 19:03:01
Mission Objective seemed to drop out of the last ship killed from group 2 (which was a Pith Extinguisher, it was also the highest bounty battleship though.

Grabbed agro from group 2 and 3 with one LAR and 3 Kin and 1 Therm Hard, let out sentrys to pop battlecruisers then destroy group and pop the rest. simple mish
Comment by LiviaCatarella
2010-12-11 16:18:25
Two things became clear after my last run:
1. the grouping in the description is wrong. There are more groups than we currently have in the description. I aggroed 3 of the elite frigs (the 3 closer ones), and only they and 3 regular frigs returned fire. Then I aggroed the closest pair of destroyers (in group 3), and got return fire from group 3 and the transports and a few other ships.
2. there appears to be a blitz after all: I killed only the ships that returned fire. Of these I killed the 3 transports last, and the last of them dopped the can. So far it is, of course, not clear whether killing the elite frigs is necessary at all. However, if this proves to be repeatable you can reduce the time required for running this mission by a substantial percentage even in this way.
Comment by InfiniteZer0
2010-12-24 13:30:07
Grabbed full agro with Domi, Dual IN LAR's, 3 Kin and 1 Therm Hard and let my little friends loose :) Tank held fine as long as I was moving away from groups. Overall easy afk mission
Comment by ValhallurZerger
2011-02-02 03:52:42
6 of the frigates and three of the elite frigates in group 1 (wich is really several groups, at least three), are not needed at all.
Comment by ValhallurZerger
2011-02-02 03:54:03
And the objective drop of the last ship in a certain group. Exactly wich one I havent been able to determine, since its alot more groups then the three in the current guide.
Comment by JubisMoonjuice
2011-04-01 03:13:30
Just did this mission in a Raven, started by attacking group 3. Got aggro from groups 2 and 3, deployed drones and slowly killed everything flashing red. I left the Battleships and Transports until last (drones were on the Transports while I did the Battleships). Last Transport killed dropped the can for me.
Comment by JubisMoonjuice
2011-04-01 03:14:50
Oh and it appears by shooting group 3 first there were 6 frigates in group 2 that never aggro'd me or my drones.
Comment by TheAssimilator
2011-06-06 16:19:34
This mission fucked me over. Pulled full aggro, got permajammed by the cruisers and permascrammed by one of the frigs. Boom, there went my Vargur.

Comment by ImNewbie
2011-06-15 16:42:08
My notes;

1) Highest bounty battleship seems to drop the mission item; Confirm?
2) Sniping the frigates at a distance doesn't aggro all of them, bug you are able to aggro the rest without aggroing anything else than frigs.
3) Decent Reward for a couple of minutes with a tengu.
Comment by QianzingYanshu
2011-09-08 08:04:45
how to Blitz 101
1. kill everything necessary to enter pocket 2
2. approach a transport, when you do this for the first time. keep approaching until the group around the transports aggros you. Stop your ship (just in case you get too close to another group. Start killing the ships in the group around the transport. The last ship in that peticular group will drop the mission-item.

Slightly delayed after the ships in the transport-group, a group of cruiser/BCs on your left will aggro you, too. They are not necessary to finish the mission.
You will also see 2 groups of frigs/destroyers (didn't check thoroughly) that will NOT aggro you, if you do it right.
Comment by BobbyTheCount
2011-10-27 05:38:39
did in a tengu.
can't report any jammers, nor any webber.
i pullen group 3+2. and elite frigs did not aggro.
then i attacked elite frigs and pulled stage aggro.
eft says i've got 1k defense vs 75/25 guristas.
this pocket did not even scratch my shield anytime.
so you can snipe out easily or speed tank without any problems.
Comment by IrodEllen
2011-12-24 07:07:05
Did the usual clear of the Dire * frigs first, then started mopping everything up. At some point I aggro'd Group 3 which included a Pith Eliminator BS that jammed (possible change with Crucible? 12/24/11).
Comment by RoperKlax
2012-04-16 13:00:18
All five (there are five) groups can be aggro'd separately. First, I flew to the right to get proximity aggro from the rightmost group and was able to pull only that group. Then, I flew to the left and pulled only that group. Then I approached the left side of the center and was able to pull only that group. One of the ships in this group dropped the mission objective. This left the two groups of frigates in the center. There is one group guarding the outpost, and one on the armory. They can be pulled separately as well. If you have a good tank, it's much quicker to take several groups, or the whole room, at a time, but it can be done this way. Just be sure to get proximity aggro and don't target/shoot anything untill the group has been pulled.
Comment by TheGrimlife
2012-05-29 15:55:36
last frigate droped mission objective. 2012/05/29
Killed - cruiser,bc 1st. bs 2nd. transport ships 3rd. let me drones clean up the frigates at the end. ;)
Comment by ReaverGlitterstim
2012-09-02 20:33:53
Group 4 had 3 elite frigates and 3 regular frigates.

Group 2 had 6 regular frigates, 2 destroyers, and 3 elite frigates. Attacking one of the regular frigates (should have been group 2b) caused stage aggro.

I recommend doing this mission with railguns. The frigates took long enough to get to me that I was able to take most of them out with the rails. Even with stage aggro, I was able to take out several cruisers before having to warp out. The cruisers and battleships all stayed at a good shooting distance, while the transports ran right up next to me. I never got scrambled. Completed in megathron with 425mm rails, strong kin/therm tank, and ECCM.
Comment by BasBoshoven
2013-02-24 04:41:34
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: Intercept The Saboteurs (Guristats Pirate)
Mission Time: 24 Minits
Mission LP/Bounty/Reward: 1708LP - 3.8M

Salvage Time: 12 Minits
Salvage Value: 4M
Comment by AbadonnOne
2014-07-23 09:27:21
**July 2014 **
3mill in loot. barely worth it.
Comment by ArrekLemmont
2015-01-29 07:18:23
Just ran this in my Dominix with sentries. Many of the enemy ships took them out. I'm now wishing I'd run with a remote armor repairer, or sat on my sentries so I can recall them. I lost about 6 or 7 drones.
Comment by SteppinRazor
2017-03-31 14:07:13
Mission+Time Reward: 1.2M ISK, Bounty 3.2M ISK, Salvage: 2.4M ISK, 3404 LP
Comment by SteppinRazor
2017-04-04 11:25:26
Mission+Time Reward : 1.4M ISK, Bounty : 3.2M ISK, Salvage+Loot : 2.2M ISK, LP : 3404
30min. including travel+salvage (with alt)
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