If you are looking to play a couple of free games, online MMORPG titles seem to be the best option at your disposal. EVE Online is an intriguing space simulation MMORPG that even though not your 50 buck place title like No Man’s Sky will still let you pilot EVE ships and drones across the galaxy, take part in mammoth battles, explore the solar systems, do trade and mine the asteroids.
Since it is a full-fledged space battle game, you will have to heavily rely on your space ships to conduct business. The ships will vary from dreadnoughts like the Chemosh to smaller recon ships like the Enforcer and sometimes tiny but functional units like the EVE Online drones.
Being Helpful to the Even Online Community
The best way to master your drones is by running them through different battle scenarios on the many test or game servers EVE Online has on offer. Finding bugs or errors in a variety of deployment scenarios is a normal nuisance. While some of the errors will range from common glitches that cheats could exploit to unexpected drone reactions, you can also come across server outage errors.
Reporting any of these errors is a great service to the Eve Online community. Almost all online massively multiplayer games have a server issue or unanticipated glitches every now and then. It is your responsibility as an Eve Online enthusiast to report them as you discover them. You could put your combat drone testing into good use by looking out for such errors as you try out the drones.
Types of Drones in EVE Online
Your EVE Online drones will help you accomplish a wide range of goals that are in tandem with your overall mission of fighting, exploring and perhaps conquering the galaxy as you go. You will either have battle drones, utility drones or maintenance drones. Here is a quick breakdown of all the drone classes, their members and what they do.
Light Scout Drones
Light scouting drones come in up to four variants, each of which has different resistance and damage healing characteristics. The best light scout drones will vary depending on he kind of mess you’re in. You’ll want to match the possible damages with their healing speed to avoid running out of drones mid combat.
Measuring in at 5m cubed, they will fit in almost any ship that has a drone bay. Upon launching the drones, they will circle your ship waiting for instructions. To use your light scout drones, lock onto targets and issue the ‘engage’ command. They will fly to accomplish the mission after which they will come back to orbit their mother ship.
What you should be monitoring after deploying your light scout drones in EVE Online are the drone tab and the aggression (aggro) reading. This is indicated by shield damage and actual drone damage. Recall the drones before it is too late and draw attention to your ship giving them a chance to heal and deploy again.
Alternatively, hold off the attack until your enemy locks onto you before deploying the drones. They will freely tear the enemy apart as the enemy focuses on you. Be keen in case there is a second enemy wave.
Tech 1 Scouting Drones
These are cheaper and easier to control thanks to low skill requirements
|Tech 1 Drone Name||Skill Required|
|Acolyte I||Scout Drone Operation I|
|Hobgoblin I||Scout Drone Operation I|
|Hornet I||Scout Drone Operation I|
|Warrior I||Scout Drone Operation I|
Tech 2 Scouting Drones
More expensive and versatile. You’ll need more drone flying skills to deploy and use them
|Tech 1 Drone Name||Skill Required|
|Acolyte II||Scout Drone Operation V & Amarr Drone Specialization I|
|Hobgoblin II||Scout Drone Operation V & Gallente Drone Specialization I|
|Hornet II||Scout Drone Operation V & Caldari Drone Specialization I|
|Warrior II||Scout Drone Operation V & Minmatar Drone Specialization I|
How to Best Use Scout Drones
The best thing you could do to your scout drones is learned the shortcut keys and issue commands swiftly. They are your shock troops and their efficiency depends on how fast you deploy or call them back.
EVE Online Medium Scout Drones
Medium scout drones are you light scout drones on steroids. They are heavier and can withstand damage better than the light scout drones. They pay for their chunk with slower response rates, something you will notice when you deploy them together with the light scout drones.
The drones specialize in different types of damage hence knowing each drone will help you choose the perfect one for each scenario. The drones are twice the size of your light scouting units hence you will only carry half as much and sometimes the drone might not fit in the smallest of the ships.
|Medium Scout Drone Name||Skill Needed to Fly|
|Hammerhead I||Scout Drone Operation I|
|Infiltrator I||Scout Drone Operation I|
|Valkyrie I||Scout Drone Operation I|
|Vespa I||Scout Drone Operation I|
|Hammerhead II||Scout Drone Operation V & Gallente Drone Specialization II|
|Infiltrator II||Scout Drone Operation V & Amarr Drone Specialization II|
|Valkyrie II||Scout Drone Operation V & Minmatar Drone Specialization II|
|Vespa II||Caldari Drone Specialization II|
EVE Online Heavy Attack Drones
Heavy attack drones are the cavalry that always turns the tide of war when you are determined to stand and fight. While they are mean looking and hard hitting units, the best EVE Online attack drones will be anything above the Siege Launchers. As big as they are, they can easily tango with big ships like frigates and cruisers, using their power in numbers to turn the tide of battle in your favor.
It goes without saying that your heavy attack drones don’t come cheap. You have to employ your drone driving skills and wit to ensure that you call your assets back just before they are blown into space dust and scavenged by someone else.
They will respond slowly and it is rarely wise to deploy them together with the light drones. Always recall them with some damage resistance in stock to ensure that they make it to your drone bays intact.
|Heavy Attack Drone Name||Skill Needed to Fly|
|Berserker I||Heavy Drone Operation I|
|Ogre I||Heavy Drone Operation I|
|Praetor I||Heavy Drone Operation I|
|Wasp I||Heavy Drone Operation I|
|Berserker II||Heavy Drone Operation V & Minmatar Drone Specialization IV|
|Ogre II||Heavy Drone Operation V & Gallente Drone Specialization IV|
|Praetor II||Heavy Drone Operation V & Amarr Drone Specialization IV|
|Wasp II||Heavy Drone Operation V & Caldari Drone Specialization IV|