Dust 514: Dropsuit Command

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Dropsuit Command

In this branch of The Skill Tree we have the skills that give access to the various Dropsuits available to a Mercenary in Dust 514. They can be broken down into sub categories known as Frame Sizes. As development on the game progresses each Frame size will get a Racial variant for each of the four races in the game. As with the Weaponry of Dust 514 they come in Standard, Advanced and Prototype versions with greater capabilities as a player skills up into them.

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First shown at Dust 514 Keynote at the 2013 Fanfest, the full Racial Dropsuit lineup for Light, Medium and Heavy suit types.

Light Frame

The Light Frames have less CPU and PG as well as minimal armour and shielding. They make up for that with speed and agility on the battlefield.

Medium Frame

The Medium Frames have more CPU and PG than the Light Frames with the corresponding increase in Shields and Armour. They are slower and less nimble in the war zone than the Lights but are the mainstay of a corporations offensive capabilities.

Heavy Frame

The tank of the Dropsuits. They have the largest amount of Armour and Shield's and are the only Frame size capable of powering the heaviest weapons available to Mercenaries, The HMG and Forge gun. They are the slowest of the frame sizes and their turning ability is reduced by the extra armour they carry. They excel at point defence and suppression fire.

Basic Suit Types and Specialisation

Each of the Frame Sizes can also further split into two categories, Basic and Specialised.

Basic

Easier to skill into because of their lower Training Cost Modifier but more expensive to buy and they have no bonuses per level given to them. However, at Level III of the skill giving access to them you can then train into a Specialisation for that Frame size.

Specialisation

Each of the Frame Sizes can be split into two different Specialisations. Not all of these are yet available in the game but they are included here with a brief explanation of their planned role on the battlefield.

Light Frame-Pilot

Coming Soon TM. This role will provide bonuses to vehicle use for both ground based and flying types.

Light Frame-Scout

Provides 5% reduction to the scan profile of the suit per level, making it harder to detect on an opponents scanner. They also provide a second bonus based on the Racial variant. For example, the Gallente Scout dropsuit gives a 10% increase in the scan radius of the suit per level making it a good choice for Snipers. The Minmatar Scout dropsuit however gives a bonus of+5% to melee and nova knife damage per level, making it the choice of those players that like their kills up close and personal.

Medium Frame-Logistics

Have a larger number of Equipment slots with the Prototype version giving you three. These provide support to the other frames with repair, rearming and reviving downed team members. They provide a bonus of +1 HP to dropsuit armour repair rate per level across all racial variants with a race specific bonus as well. Gallente gives you a 5% reduction to equipment PG/CPU usage per level, while the Caldari version gives +5% to efficacy of shield extender modules per level.

Medium Frame-Assault

Meant for frontline fighting duties, these suits provide a bonus of +5% to dropsuit shield recharge rate per level across all races with the usual racial bonus as well. The Amarr provides a 5% reduction to laser weaponry heat build-up per level and the Caldari a +2% to hybrid weapon reload speed per level.

Heavy Frame-Commando

Arriving with Uprising 1.2, these Heavy suits can carry two light weapons instead of just one, giving them a lot more flexibility to change roles as needed during the course of a battle. As an example carrying an Assault Rifle for normal operations but can carry a swarm launcher to destroy or suppress sudden deployment of a vehicle by an enemy. Likely to do this at the expense of Armour and Shield.

Heavy Frame-Sentinel

The only class of suit capable of powering the heaviest Infantry weapons in the game. Gives a 5% reduction to weapon feedback damage per level across all races. Currently there is only the Amarr Sentinel in the game which gives a +2% to heavy weapon reload speed bonus per level.

Skills

Skill Unlocks Bonus Rank SkillBook
ISK
Prerequisites
Amarr Assault Dropsuits Assault Dropsuits Assault Suit Bonus: +5% to dropsuit shield recharge rate per level
Amarr Assault Bonus: 5% reduction to laser weaponry heat build-up per level
x8 787000 Amarr Medium Dropsuits III
Amarr Heavy Dropsuits Heavy Dropsuits x4 229000 Dropsuit Command III
Amarr Logistics Dropsuits Logistics Dropsuits Logistics Suit Bonus: +1 HP to dropsuit armor repair rate per level
Amarr Logistics Bonus: +5% to efficacy of armor repairer modules per level
x8 787000 Amarr Medium Dropsuits III
Amarr Medium Dropsuits Medium Dropsuits x4 229000 Dropsuit Command I
Amarr Sentinel Dropsuits Sentinel Dropsuits Sentinel Suit Bonus: 5% reduction to weapon feedback damage per level
Amarr Sentinel Bonus: +2% to heavy weapon reload speed
x8 787000 Amarr Heavy Dropsuits III
Caldari Assault Dropsuit Assault Dropsuits Assault Suit Bonus: +5% to dropsuit shield recharge rate per level
Caldari Assault Bonus: +2% to hybrid weapon reload speed
x8 787000 Caldari Medium Dropsuits III
Caldari Logistics Dropsuit Logistics Dropsuits Logistics Suit Bonus: +1 HP to dropsuit armor repair rate per level
Caldari Logistics Bonus: +5% to efficacy of shield extender modules per level
x8 787000 Caldari Medium Dropsuits III
Caldari Medium Dropsuits Medium Dropsuits x4 229000 Dropsuit Command I
Dropsuit Command Dropsuits x1 48000
Gallente Assault Dropsuits Assault Dropsuits Assault Suit Bonus: +5% to dropsuit shield recharge rate per level
Gallente Assault Bonus: 5% reduction to hybrid weaponry PG/CPU usage per level
x8 787000 Gallente Medium Dropsuits III
Gallente Light Dropsuits Light Dropsuits x4 229000 Dropsuit Command II
Gallente Logistics Dropsuits Logistics Dropsuits Logistics Suit Bonus: +1 HP to dropsuit armor repair rate per level
Gallente Logistics Bonus: 5% reduction to equipment PG/CPU usage per level
x8 787000 Gallente Medium Dropsuits III
Gallente Medium Dropsuits Medium Dropsuits x4 229000 Dropsuit Command I
Gallente Scout Dropsuits Scout Dropsuits Scout Suit Bonus: 5% reduction to scan profile per level
Gallente Scout Bonus: +10% to dropsuit scan radius per level
x8 787000 Gallente Light Dropsuits III
Minmatar Assault Dropsuits Assault Dropsuits Assault Suit Bonus: +5% to dropsuit shield recharge rate per level
Minmatar Assault Bonus: +5% to sidearm weaponry clip size per level
x8 787000 Minmatar Medium Dropsuits III
Minmatar Light Dropsuits Light Dropsuits x4 229000 Dropsuit Command II
Minmatar Logistics Dropsuits Logistics Dropsuits Logistics Suit Bonus: +1 HP to dropsuit armor repair rate per level
Minmatar Logistics Bonus: +5% to hacking speed per level
x8 787000 Minmatar Medium Dropsuits III
Minmatar Medium Dropsuits Medium Dropsuits x4 229000 Dropsuit Command I
Minmatar Scout Dropsuits Scout Dropsuits Scout Suit Bonus: 5% reduction to scan profile per level
Minmatar Scout Bonus: +5% to melee and nova knife damage per level
x8 787000 Minmatar Light Dropsuits III
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