Intercept The Saboteurs, level 4

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Mission type: Encounter
Space type: Deadspace
Faction: Serpentis (minor Sansha presence)
Damage dealt: Kinetic/ Thermal
Web/ Scramble: Coreli Guardian Spy/ Agent.
Extra: Dampening
Recommended damage dealing: Kinetic/ Thermal
Recommended ships: Hyperion, Raven, Abbadon, Astarte, Nighthawk, Ishtar, Gila, Dominix
Video: Dominix

Warp In

Single Group (10- 16km)

3x Frigate (Coreli Protector/ Defender)
2x Destroyer (Corelior Sentinel/ Cannoneer)

Single Pocket

Engaging any portion of the center left group will trigger full aggro.
Remember to set your drones to passive.

Right Group (52- 58km, Coral Rock Formation)

2x Destroyer (Corelior Cannoneer/ Sentinel)
3x EW Cruiser (Corelum Chief Safeguard/ Guard) Damp
2x Battlecruiser (Corelatis Squad Leader)
1x Battleship (Core Baron/ Commodore)

Center Right Group (57- 60km, Shipyard)

3x Frigate (Coreli Protector)
3x Interceptor (Coreli Guardian Agent/ Spy) Web/ Scramble

Center Left Group (57-80km, Freight Pad)

3x Frigate (Coreli Defender/ Protector)
2x Destroyer (Corelior Cannoneer/ Sentinel)
3x Heavy Assault Cruiser (Corelum Chief Defender/ Protector)
2x Battlecruiser (Corelatis Squad/ Platoon Leader)
1x Battleship (Core Rear Admiral)
3x Industrial Transport (Serpentis Transport Ship)

Center Rear Group (60- 71km)

3x Frigate (Coreli Protector)
3x Interceptor (Coreli Guardian Spy/ Agent) Web/ Scramble

Far Left Group (60- 80km, Rock Formation)

2x Destroyer (Corelior Cannoneer/ Sentinel)
3x EW Cruiser (Corelum Chief Guard) Damp
2x Battlecruiser (Corelatis Squad/ Platoon Leader)
1x Battleship (Core Baron/ Commodore)

Habitation Modules may drop random drugs.
Small Armories may drop generic ammo.

The viral agent drops from the last ship killed in the center left group (such as the Core Rear Admiral or Serpentis transport). Please provide any information in commentary for now.
The center right and far left group doesn't have to be engaged to complete the mission.
Note: I wasn't able to blitz this mission in the video.

The right and center right groups can be attacked separately.

Loot and Bounty
Loot & Salvage: ~10.6 - 12.4 mil
Bounty: ~3.2 mil

Standing Hits
Killing one of the Transporters incurs a 2.4% standing penalty.


CategoryNeedInfo - Need blitz verification and can location drop information; please put general commentary in comments, not article.
Comment by ChepeNolon
2008-06-01 13:58:23
Need some clarification regarding the Blitz / who drops the can.
Comment by ChepeNolon
2008-06-27 09:54:59
From Somal Thunder:

The ship that drops the cargo container is the Core Rear Admiral. It orbits at 37 km.
Comment by SerranoBalthar
2008-07-23 04:10:43
The can have always drop with the LAST ship of the right group, so leave 1 ship alive and kill the 37Km BS and the can appear near you
Comment by RussLee
2008-08-22 17:22:07
I discovered today at warp in, if you target the 3 scram spy frigs in middle group, only those 3 and 3 other frigs (butchers) aggro you. Did the mission in a Domi. Never even used my LAR.
Comment by AremonMoonserpent
2008-09-20 09:37:32
Confirming this last comment about the spy frigs. Just tried the same, shot one of them at 89 km range, only the 3 scrammers and the other 3 frigs aggroed. Nice way to make the mission even easier :)
Comment by MissionDude
2008-11-12 16:37:10
For me the can has always been dropped by the transport ship, Always leave them till last when they are nice and close.....
Comment by TreeFingers
2008-12-10 12:35:49
Switched things up the last 3 times I did this mission. Can consistently drops from the last 1 or 2 ships killed. This remained true even when I saved cruisers and intys for last. Pretty sure blitzing isn't really an option here (unless finishing with one ship left counts as a blitz).

As for Cleanup, it seems I warp in at slightly different position each time. This seems to affect chain aggro unless I reposition first (which adds time, so I don't do it). More evidene that this one's unblitzable IMO.
Comment by OdiTogre
2008-12-27 21:09:24
Easy in Nighthawk. 2x Inv Field II - just aggro everything and kill them as they get within 20km (to make looting easier); dps is negligible. Can dropped from Core Rear Admiral for me.
Comment by SkinGrapht
2008-12-31 10:23:21
agroing right most group agro's center group as well. can dropped from the last rat of center group.

if you save the transports for last... it drops 4k from you ;)
Comment by KismetEer
2009-01-04 20:59:42
Discussion from [[AnathemaMatou]]:

there is a lot of wrong info here. first of all, it's 4 groups: right, middle front, middle back (6 frigates), left group. shooting the right one aggroes the middle-front as well, and apparently the middle-back group can be aggroed standalone (see comments). however the middle-back and right group aggroed my second gang member after the right group was dead and he started to shoot the middle-front group. the can did not drop from the right group, which i finished first. it dropped from the last ship of the middle-front group for me (unfortunately this was the last group standing, so I can't say anything definitive about a blitz).
Comment by SpLendid
2009-01-29 14:31:46
The container was dropped by Core Rear Admiral for me.
Did this in a faction/t2 fitted CNR. Difficulty: easy.
Comment by LeetusSeduli
2009-04-03 00:00:42
To further clarify, especially the blitz. There are 4 groups, 2 groups of 6 frigates. The far right and what people are referring to as Group 3 is actually one group, thus when you shoot either one you get all of them. This is the group that drops the mission item. You need only aggro the right front group of 6 frigates after warping in, once you kill them shoot anything in the far right group. Kill the ships coming at you from the right, then start targeting the other ships. I finished the mission with 14 ships still alive, the rear group of 6 frigates and the far left group. Well then I killed them just to collect the bounties, but yes you can blitz this mission without killing every ship.
Comment by FenceJumper
2009-06-15 12:23:57
Yes, I agree with Leetus, I completed this mission without touching the 6 frigs in the back, and the entire left group was left untouched as well.
Comment by MrT
2009-08-22 10:23:48
Pocket 1: Flew away from them in my T2 fitted Rokh (easy).

Bounty: 2,7 mill
Mission: 1,3 mill
Loot and salvage: 4,6 mill
Total: 8,6 mill
Comment by LifeHatesMe
2009-09-09 16:12:59
I killed the Serpentis Transport Ships to get the item to drop. (There where three of them.)

Also, all those transport ship structures dont drop anything :(
Comment by SpLend0r
2009-10-07 08:29:34
Item dropped by: Rear Admiral.
Comment by BuilderAlphaOne
2009-10-27 23:35:23
I warped out to get more ammo in the middle of doing the Right-Center group. when I returned, only half the remaining ships aggroed on me, which just made things easier.
Comment by AsdayXyfu
2009-11-21 05:17:46
Just did this in a Raven and a Brutix. It was crazy easy, I only turned on my shield booster to give the impression of invincibility to the Brutix pilot.

Therm damage all the way, "kite" the enemies, shoot what you damn well like, and everything should go as well for you as it did for me.
Comment by FenceMover
2009-11-23 16:10:40
I tried the blitz, shot a cruiser from the center-right group, looked funny to me, the center right and center left groups were switched, anyways, i shot the cruiser, and i got aggro of the entire room :/ not exactly what i would call blitzing, almost had to warp out in the loki. but some distance and it went fine otherwise, let drones do cleanup on frigs and focus on other stuff :)
Comment by ArbiterReformed
2009-11-26 23:48:59
did this in a t2 fit domi, pulled full agro went afk silly easy mission
Comment by MatriX
2009-12-10 15:04:52
also completed in a t2 fitted domi with only drones and 3 x 425mm II's
only ran med armor rep II half way into full agro and never fell below 70%
very easy mission
Comment by MaciejSimm
2010-04-01 22:07:31
to test this blitz vs no blitz question, I went in with a proteus (94/96 th/kin resists, 1200 HP repaired every 10s, etc.) I went straight for the transport ships ignoring or droning anything else that got in the way - the transport ships just dropped drugs if you did that.

so then I went on to target the BS's- nope.

so then I went on to target the brutixy looking ones - nope.

02:02:13 Combat Core Flotilla Admiral hits you, doing 18.8 damage.

by this point I realized I had better ISk to make in nullsec so I clonejumped back there, fuck this mission.
Comment by JeroNica
2010-04-05 09:50:44
Just did this in a AC Sleipnir, extremely easy.

I agroed right group and got whole room agro, except far left. Was able to tank at 100% shield the whole time.
Comment by NeoReeves
2010-05-21 02:45:27
Did this in a Geddon, was very easy !!
Comment by MrTravis
2010-05-24 23:50:32
Domi, T2 fit, cake.
Comment by LiviaCatarella
2010-07-30 17:08:36
For me the groups were more or less swapped laterally as well. Also, the far left and the far right were the same and equal to what is described as "far left" above, i.e. 1BS, 2BC, 3EWC, 2D/2F. What is described as the right group was missing. The Right-Center group was split into two separately killable groups equal to the far left / far right groups.

This looks like it needs a little further refinement ...
Comment by RaikoOsburn
2010-08-09 15:51:20
Very easy mission, you can snipe scramblling frigs (agent, spy) without agroing other groups. Once they are dead I have started with closest group and kill them one buy one. If you are in BS, you dont have to be carefull and can agroo whole room. I moved back about 20km while fighting closest group, the rest was easily sniped from place. Just dont snipe small low bounty frigs. Drones will take care of them and you can start shooting bigger targets.

Bounty: 3.25mil (0% tax rate)
Salvage and loot: 6 mil
Misison reward: 1.84mil

Total: over 11 mil ISK
Comment by DocWilco
2010-08-15 13:37:39
The can didn't drop from the battleships for me, but from one of the cruisers.
Comment by DiFuz
2010-12-26 07:00:51
I blitzed the mission all right, with a large amount of NPCs remaining (The Group with the Core Baron in it never aggroed).
I started by aggroing the rightmost group. Other NPCs aggroed and then I killed them one by one using sentries exclusively (Ishtar with Garde IIs, 1 MAR active for the lulz).
Out of all aggroing ships, I kept the Rear Admiral for last. When it died it dropped the can with Viral Agent.
Very easy mission indeed. 14 NPCs left on the battlefield.
Comment by CrazyCraven
2011-03-19 16:37:56
The can dropped from the LAST transport ship for me - killed everything else in room first - then the transports as I could not finish mission without killing them! (I got no standing loss)
Comment by SychthysRashka
2011-04-04 11:46:50
I can confirm DiFuz's method. I aggroed the rightmost group, slaughtered everything that aggroed back, and found the agent after popping the last Transport. 14 NPCs left.
Comment by BioHaZZarD99
2011-05-06 23:57:03
Can dropped from Rear Admiral, he was 2nd last killed. Mission rating as EASY with a tanked Hyperion.
Comment by TiffanyAsques
2011-08-03 01:17:08
Can dropped 4th from last enemy. I killed the Read Admiral first, nothing happened. I recommend skipping this mission, due to the amount of time spent.

Maelstrom: T2 arty fit
Comment by Dethbringer1
2011-10-22 23:45:40
I shot at the right group and got aggro from about 3/4ths the ships. I was at 50k so maybe too close. I used a T1 fitted mega with mwd and 425mm railguns. I found this mission extremely easy. I recommend this mission to any beginner Battleship pilots that like to kite. Much more bounties than lvl 3 and just as easy. At 40 - 100k I was never touched by them. One sensor dampener from a thorax.
Comment by RoperKlax
2012-09-13 15:59:53
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 slightly to the left and pulled the center group with the core admiral and the transports. One of the ships, the last one for me, in this group dropped the mission objective. Loot the can and got the mission complete. This left the group on the far left and two groups of frigates/destroyers 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. Each group can be pulled separately as long as you get aggro without shooting first.
Comment by ReaveToralen
2012-10-18 10:51:23
Less than 10 minutes in Navy Geddon, T2 fit, T1 guns.
Align and start to shoot when closest rat is at about 45 km.(my worst targeting range after dampening starts)
Kill frigs first. Sweet and easy mission. Even a scratch on the paint...
Comment by EloisePasteur
2013-01-09 07:25:19
Since Retribution at least, this is expensive on drones - lots of small ships that will target them even if not aggroed.

Also, be careful when engaging groups. Some or all aggro based on range. If you need to approach, particularly one of the flank groups, be careful not to get too close to the central groups.
Comment by AbeDoo
2013-04-10 17:10:03
Done this mission twice this week. First time I had bad problems with drones being targeted. Lost six and withdrew about 15.

This time my drones didn't get targeted at all. The only difference I can see is that this time I had the drones on Passive whereas last time they were set on aggressive.

Although on aggressive last time I didn't let them do their own thing. I directed them to targets all the time. This, if it means anything, tends to indicate that merely being on aggressive attracts aggro. Needs more testing and analysis
Comment by EveMir
2013-09-13 10:30:30
Waste of time
Bounty 3,1 mil
Salvage/loot: 1,5 mil
Comment by LolesChech
2013-11-13 10:42:28
Mission is a waste of time as EveMir said.
Done this mission a few times lately. Shooting the left-most group did not aggro whole room. Shooting the right-most group aggroed whole room.
Comment by AribethThiesant
2015-03-09 05:18:14
Domi Navy - Easy
Lost a couple of T2 light drones before I could call them back.. damaged others.
Definatly have your drones on passive and pick your targets carefully.
Bounties = 2.1m
Loot + Salvage + Structures = 3.5m
Waste of time as others have said.
Comment by JeanInkura
2017-03-05 22:00:17
the group layout is quite different as depicted in this report, as can be seen on this picture:!AlFC4kRC8vTQkBsUE96_Hf6p3Ur2

The "right" group is center-right - a good portion of the ship listed in the "right-center" group are actually on the right - the "Center-left" group of frigs is the the Center-rear - only the left group seems accurate.

Next time I'll see if I can get the names of the ships in the groups.
Comment by EuroNymos
2017-08-15 18:27:42
core rear admiral droped the shit vvas able to blitz it but vvith luck probably as its hard to see trough the havoc once u attack the left center's the all start to poor all anyvvays
Comment by Schnizzel
2021-06-23 06:24:41
In 2021 I killed all ships except the transport ships but no viral agent. After killing the transport ships it dropped.
Comment by BumRusher2
2022-03-31 17:51:10
Running this for Sisters of Eve out of Osmon, there was no blitz. I had to kill every ship in the pocket before the cargo container with the Viral Agent dropped, all the way down to the last cruisers and frigates. The container finally dropped from the last cruiser.
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