Abyssal Deadspace

From EVE University Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search

Abyssal Deadspace is an area of isolated space. It was added to the game in the Into The Abyss expansion that went live on May 29th 2018. It was further expanded in the Onslaught expansion that was released on the 13th November 2018.

It is accessible only with the use of filaments and even then only limited pockets are accessible for a limited time. The abyssal deadspace is filled with dangerous localized space effects and any ship that ventures away from the stable pocket or stays in for too long will be destroyed by these effects.

Site Basics

Tier 1 filament: The info of the filament shows what the properties of the site it opens are. That it is a tier 1 filament can be seen by the 1 glowing stripe on the icon.
Triglavian Bioadaptive Cache contains the loot for each pocket.
Triglavian Extraction Node also contains the loot for each pocket.

A new type of space can be accessed using filaments obtained from data sites and from abyssal deadspace. Five tiers of increasing difficulty exists. The Abyss is limited to a single Tech I, Tech II, Navy Faction or Pirate Faction cruiser and is accessed by activating a filament in space. When activated, a combat-probable beacon (named Abyssal trace) is created at your entry location that allows others to await your return from the pocket.

Activation can be anywhere in space, as long as the following conditions are satisfied:

  • No Gates, Stations or mobile depots at less than 100 km.
  • No other Abyssal trace at less than 1000 km.

An Abyssal Deadspace instance is composed of three pockets. Each pocket must be cleared of enemies for a gate to open to the next pocket. In addition to Triglavians, you may find rogue drones under their command. Drifters (without doomsday and rarely with overshield) may appear as well, accompanied by sleeper drones, engaged in combat with the Triglavians. However, no one will help you. You must fight your way out.

Within the Abyss, in each pocket is a structure called the "Triglavian Bioadaptive Cache" which has a scant 300 hit points and contains some of the loot for that pocket. There are also "Triglavian Extraction Nodes" which also contain loot.

The deadspace instance is stable for only 20 minutes. If you are still in the pocket after 20 minutes your ship and your pod will be immediately destroyed. Essentially, you must clear the three pockets and exit with the allocated time, or you will lose both your ship and your pod. The third pocket gate returns you to the location in space you activated the filament from.

Further site restrictions: you can not be warped to within the Abyss, nor can you warp out of it. You can not cloak nor deploy a mobile depot. There is no local. Core Probes and Combat probes launched will be removed from space shortly after launching and cannot be recovered. The Directional Scanner will not work. The map does not work. At the present moment, if a player is in Abyssal Deadspace when server downtime occurs, the player will return to the solar system they entered from.

Quick recap:

  • There are 5 tiers of Abyssal Deadspace combat sites.
  • There are 5 different types of weather effects in the sites, each with their own site bonus and weakness.
  • The NPCs you face inside the Abyssal Deadspace are random.
  • Once you enter an Abyssal Deadspace, a 20 minute timer begins. If the site is not completed within that time limit, you lose your ship and pod.
  • Loot is found in Triglavian Bioadaptive Cache (main loot for cruiser sites), Triglavian Biocombinative Cache (main loot for frigate sites), and Triglavian Extraction Nodes and SubNodes. NPCs leave no wrecks to loot or salvage, although cache wrecks can be salvaged for Triglavian materials.
  • With the Onslaught expansion, a player-versus-player element was added to Abyssal Deadspace, accessed optionally through a second exit gate (named Triglavian Proving Conduit)in the final room of Tier 3 sites and higher.
  • The Onslaught expansion also released 3 player co-op frigate Abyssal Deadspace pockets.
Three types of gates you will encounter are: Triglavian Origin Conduit, Triglavian Transfer Conduit, and Triglavian Proving Conduit. A gate with a triangle in the center means you still have more pockets to go!
Icon warning.png WARNING: Any ship and capsule should be considered lost the moment a player enters Abyssal Deadspace. The atmosphere is rather unforgiving to inexperienced, ill-equipped or unfamiliar pilots. If your ship is lost inside the site, you will lose your capsule, clone, and implants (if equipped) as well. Do not run Abyssal Deadspace complexes with a ship or with implants that you cannot afford to lose.

Enviromental Effects

Abyssal deadspace has several enviromental effects that will all apply to both the player ship and to the NPC ships. These effects will neutralize unprepared ships but they can also be taken advantage of. All effects applied to your ship will be shown in same location as EWAR effects. Hover your mouse over the icon to see what effect is applied to your ship.

Weather Effects

Each Abyssal Deadspace instance will have a weather effect that spans over all three pockets of the instance. Five types of environmental weather effects exist affecting both player and NPCs. The type is identified on the info of the filament and can be countered if desired by fitting choices. The name of the filament itself gives clues as to what tier and difficulty it is. A Raging Exotic Filament means that it is a Tier 4 site with Exotic Particle Storm effect. A Fierce Dark Filament is a Tier 3 site with Dark Matter Field effect.

The bonus modifier of the weather is always 50% but the strength of the penalty varies by the level of the instance.

Level Filament Name Filament Appearance Penalty Amount
1 Calm AbyssalFilamentL1.png -30%
2 Agitated AbyssalFilamentL2.png -30%
3 Fierce AbyssalFilamentL3.png -30% or -50%, random per room
4 Raging AbyssalFilamentL4.png -50%
5 Chaotic AbyssalFilamentL5.png -50% or -70%, random per room

The level of the filament can also be identified by the number of glowing stripes on the icon.

The five Abyss-wide environmental effects are outlined in this table below:

Weather Type Penalty Type (strength defined by level above) Bonus Provided
Electrical Icon resist em.png Penalty to EM Resist Icon capacitor capacity.png Bonus to Capacitor Recharge Time (-50% charge time)
Dark Icon target range.png Penalty to Turret Optimal and Falloff Range Icon velocity.png Bonus to maximum velocity (+50%)
Exotic Icon resist kin.png Penalty to Kinetic Resist Icon sensor resolution.png Bonus to Scan Resolution (+50%)
Firestorm Icon resist therm.png Penalty to Thermal Resist Icon armor.png Bonus to Armor HP (+50%)
Gamma Icon resist exp.png Penalty to Explosive Resist Icon shield.png Bonus to Shield HP (+50%)

When selecting ship you must consider the weather effect of the instance you are entering. For example using a turret ship or drone boat in dark matter field (range penalty) is very bad idea as you would likely not be able to hit anything.

The weather bonuses and penalties apply to all entities within the abyssal deadspace. This includes your ship, rats, missiles and drones. The environmental effects are stacking penalized.

As the resist penalty will apply to the rats too you should pick your damage type to match the resist weakness. How negative resist bonus is applied to a ship may seem confusing. The easiest way to think of it is that a -50% resist penalty means the ship will take 50% more damage. For more in depth explanation see negative resists on tanking page.

Localized Effects

Filament Cloud (orange) and Bioluminescence Clouds (blue)
Deviant Automata Suppressor

The pockets will also contain clouds and Triglavian towers that will apply effects to player and NPC ships in their immediate vicinity.

Localized Clouds:

  • Filament Cloud (orange): Penalty to Shield Booster boosting (-40%) and reduction to shield booster duration (-40%). If using a conventional (not Ancillary) shield booster, in effect this does not weaken your shield booster, it increases its capacitor cost/second by 66%. If you rely on a shield booster to survive, you should avoid entering these.
  • Bioluminescence Cloud (light blue): +300% Signature Radius (4.0x signature radius multiplier). Entering this cloud will make your ship easier target to hit but it will also make all rats easier to hit. If fighting small but accurate enemies like Damaviks, this cloud can actually be helpful to pull enemies through.
  • Caustic Cloud (yellow): Penalty to local and remote Armor Repair (-80%). If you are armor tanked, entering these clouds can be a death sentence.

Triglavian Towers:

  • Deviant Automata Suppressor: Damages all missiles, drones, and rogue drone frigates within it area of effect. The larger does about the same damage to drones as a single medium smartbomb; the smaller does more than double that. Flying into the range of this Suppressor can help you take out pirate drones.
    • Short-Range Deviant Suppressor will attack all drones, missiles and rogue drone frigates within 15 KM
    • Medium-Range Deviant Suppressor will attack all drones, missiles, and rogue drone frigates within 40 KM
  • Multibody Tracking Pylon: +60% or +80% tracking to all ships in its area of effect.

Rat info

The Abyssal Deadspace contains variety of different kind of rats. Each rat will behave differently and taking the right approach in different situations is important. For a quick overview of which group of rats you can face go to the Possible rooms in Abyssal Deadspace page.

Rogue Drones

Rogue Drones are perhaps the most common type of rats encountered in Abyssal Deadspace. The sub battleship rats deal single damage type or EWAR based on their name. The battlecruiser-sized rats are notable for having very high damage combined with very short range and incredible tracking, they will easily be able to track and hit medium drones that are attacking them. If you can keep them at over 10 km from your ship they will deal very little damage.

The best strategy is to start out by killing EWAR rats that pose threat to your ship. Depending on your fit, this means webs, tracking/missile disruptors and, if the pocket has battleships, target painters. You should also pay attention on whether logistic rats are on grid. If you can't kill other frigates before repairs land, prioritize killing logistic rats first. After the dangerous EWAR and logistic rats are dead you can focus on the damage dealers in your preferred order.

The rogue drone frigates are susceptible to automata suppressors. Multibody tracking pylons and bioluminescent clouds will also help greatly when trying to hit small frigate swarms.

The Rogue Drone battleship found in Tier 5 sites, known as the Benthic Abyssal Overmind has a stasis webifier, making it difficult to maneuver around this enemy.

Rogue Drone Ship
Name Weapon
Spark Icon damage em.png EM Damage
Ember Icon damage therm.pngThermal Damage
Strike Icon damage kin.pngKinetic Damage
Blast Icon damage exp.pngExplosive Damage
Snarecaster Icon stasis webifier i.png Webbing
Fogcaster Icon track disruptor 64.png Turret and Launcher Disruption
Gazedimmer Icon remote sensor dampening.png Sensor Dampening
Spotlighter Icon target painter i.png Target Painting
Fieldweaver Icon shield transporter i.png Remote Shield Logi
Plateforger Icon remote armor repair i.png Remote Armor Logi

Drifters and Seekers

Drifters and seekers are sometimes encountered together but they can appear on their own too. They all deal omni-damage types and have flat omni-resist profiles.

Drifter ships most often start with damaged shields and armor. The battleship deals heavy damage but a cruiser can get under its guns to avoid taking hits. The battleship will also fly away from the player ship at a speed of around 300m/second and will try to drag the player to the boundary. The drifter cruisers all use some form of EWAR in addition to dealing damage.

Drifter Cruiser
Cruiser Name Weapon
Entanglement Icon stasis webifier i.png Webbing
Nullwarp Icon warp scrambler i.png Warp Scramblers
Nullcharge Icon energy neutralizer i.pngEnergy Neutralizers
Seeker types
Seeker Name Weapon
Lancer Generic Damage Dealer
Entangler Icon stasis webifier i.png Webbing
Spearfisher Icon warp scrambler i.png Warp Scramblers
Illuminator Icon target painter i.png Target Painting
Dissipator Icon energy neutralizer i.png Energy Neutralizers
Obfuscator Icon remote sensor dampening.png Sensor Dampening
Confuser Icon track disruptor 64.png Turret and Missile Disruption

Sleeper Drones

Every Sleeper drone is equipped with remote repairers so it is best to kill smaller ships first as they die before repairs land. In addition to damage, they will also use webs and energy neutralizer. The Sleeper drone battleship(Lucid Deepwatcher) deals rather high omni damage but cannot hit ships if they are around 10 km from it.

Sleeper Drone Frigates Icon red frigate.png
Name Weapon
Escort Generic Damage Dealer
Aegis Higher Damage Dealer
Warden Icon stasis webifier i.png Webbing
Firewatcher Icon energy neutralizer i.pngEnergy Neutralizers
Preserver Icon shield transporter i.pngIcon remote armor repair i.png Strong remote repairs
Sleeper Drone Cruisers Icon red cruiser.png
Name Weapon
Watchman Generic Damage Dealer
Upholder Icon stasis webifier i.png Webbing
Sentinel Icon energy neutralizer i.pngEnergy Neutralizers
Sleeper Drone Battleship Icon red battleship.png
Name Weapon
Deepwatcher Icon target painter i.pngTarget painting

Triglavian Collective

Triglavian ships can appear in any pocket and regardless of size will have remote armor repair capability along side their unique Entropic Disintegrator weapon system. Their weapons deal Explosive and Thermal damage, and their dps can be very high. They will also use drones as supplemental weapon system. All Triglavian ships will also use remote repairs.

Damavik frigate
Vedmak cruiser
Leshak battleship
Triglavian Ships
Name Weapon
Starving Icon energy neutralizer i.pngEnergy Neutralizers
Striking Generic Damage Dealer
Harrowing Icon target painter i.png Target Painting
Anchoring Icon warp scrambler i.png Warp Scramblers
Renewing Icon remote armor repair i.png Strong remote repairs
Blinding Icon remote sensor dampening.png Sensor Dampening
Tangling Icon stasis webifier i.png Webbing
Ghosting Icon track disruptor 64.png Turret and Missile Disruption

Icon red drone.pngVila Swarm Drones - Can be combined with any of the above. The Vila drones deactivate when the ship they are linked to is destroyed so you shouldn't waste time killing them. Focusing on these may cause you to run out of time. Icon red battleship.pngWarding Leshak - Similar to regular Striking Leshak but has more hull damage. Icon red frigate.pngShining Vila Damavik - Similar to Harrowing variants but is only present for Vila Damaviks.

Best damage to deal

The Abyssal Deadspace resist penalties apply to both the player ship and to the rats inside Abyssal Deadspace. Due to how resist penalties are calculated this means that damage matching with the penalized resist will effectively receive damage bonus equal to the resist penalty (smaller damage increase if the target has too low resist). So in general you should select your damage to match the weather. But sometimes the natural resist hole of the rat is equal or even greater than the resist hole caused by the weather. In level 1-3 electric storm pockets the weather induced resist hole is equal to explosive resist hole. In all other pockets the weather induced weakness is greater.

Drifter ships, seeker drones and sleepers have uniform resists.

Damage to deal to Triglavian ships
Weakest Strongest
Icon damage exp.pngExplosive Icon damage kin.pngKinetic Icon damage therm.png Thermal Icon damage em.png EM

The rogue drone ships have wildy varying resists. Generally the weather induced weakness is the greatest resist hole to hit. Hitting natural resist hole of the battleship drone deals approximately 10%-20% more damage than not hitting any weakness. Rogue drone battleship weaknesses are:

Rogue Drone Battleship Icon red battleship.png
Name Damage to deal
Benthic Abyssal Overmind Icon damage em.png EM Damage Icon damage exp.pngExplosive Damage
Hadal Abyssal Overmind Icon damage em.png EM Damage
Bathyic Abyssal Overmind Icon damage exp.pngExplosive Damage Icon damage em.png EM Damage
Twilit Abyssal Overmind Icon damage therm.pngThermal Damage Icon damage exp.pngExplosive Damage
Photic Abyssal Overmind Icon damage em.png EM Damage

Abyssal Deadspace proving grounds (PvP)

When all pockets are cleared in a filament Fierce (Tier 3) level or above, there will be two gates to choose from: the normal Triglavian Origin Conduit, and an alternate Triglavian Proving Conduit. Taking the Proving Conduit will send your ship into a 1v1 combat arena against another capsuleer ship. The Proving Conduit contains an additional reward cache with greater value than the normal caches, along with any loot dropped by your opponent's ship.

Entering the Proving Conduit ends the original 20-minute abyssal timer and starts a new timer for the fight. The Origin Conduit within the Proving Grounds will not unlock until one of the two ships inside has been destroyed. After half of the Proving Grounds timer has elapsed, both ships will receive a 25% penalty to all damage resistances. If the Proving Grounds timer expires, both ships inside will be destroyed.

Proving Grounds Gate for PvP

Absyssal Deadspace Co-op for frigate fleets

Co-op frigate Abyssal Deadspace can be run by a group of up to 3 T1/T2 frigates. This requires three of the appropriate filaments of the same type the fleet desires to run, which all need to be in a single ship's cargo hold. The pilot can then activate a fleet abyssal site by right clicking on the stack of filaments selecting and then selecting "Activate For Fleet" in the window that pops up. Once activated an acceleration gate will appear in space and each member of the fleet (up to three T1/T2 frigates) can each activate the gate and enter the deadspace pocket to run the sites as described above.

Abyssal Deadspace from the outside

As of August 14th, 2018, the suspect timer given upon exiting T4 and T5 Abyssal Deadspace has been "temporarily" removed.
Orange glow means it is a tier 1-3 Abyssal Deadspace. Yellow glow means it is a tier 4 or 5 Abyssal Deadspace.

When you enter the Abyssal Deadspace, you will be removed from local and from directional scanner. You cannot see who is in the system outside the deadspace, and they cannot see who is inside or in what ship. But that does not mean you are safe. Once the filament has been used, a rift appears that can be combat scanned by anyone in the system and can be warped to. It also appears on the directional scanner of anyone who has not filtered it out. This makes it easy for people to camp the exit and shoot whoever comes out.

This means that you have to consider where you use the filament, especially in low security and null security space. But even in high-security space you are not safe. It used to be the case that Tier 4 and 5 filaments would give you suspect timer, but that has been "temporarily" disabled as of August 14th, 2018.

You will be invulnerable for a short time, so be patient if you leave the rift and find yourself being camped. A survival tactic could be to quickly activate a new filament - especially a tier 1-3 filament that you run in order to run down a suspect timer in hisec - but beware, many players have now got wise to this and will anchor a mobile depot which will prevent you activating another filament.


The Abyssal Deadspace is dangerous but the rewards can make it worth for those who can complete the pockets. The abyssal space is the only source for many valuable items and materials, which are found in the Triglavian Caches and Extraction Nodes:

  • Mutaplasmids that can be used to change the stats of certain modules.
    • What Mutaplasmid will drop depends on the Filament TYPE used,
      • Gamma Filaments will drop Shield related Mutaplasmids.
      • Dark Matter will drop tackle Mutaplasmids.
      • Plasma Firestorm will drop Armor related Mutaplasmids.
      • Electrical Filaments will drop Energy Neutralizing related Mutaplasmids.
  • Triglavian ship blueprint copies.
  • Entropic Disintegrators blueprint copies. Weapons only usable by the Triglavian ships.
  • Blueprint copies of ammunition for Entropic Disintegrators.
  • Triglavian ship and module skill books.
  • Blueprint copies of Entropic Radiation Sinks. The weapon upgrade module for Entropic Disintegrators.
    • Crystalline Isogen-10. Material needed for manufacturing of Triglavian ships, Entropic Disintegrators, and Entropic Disintegrators Ammunition.
    • Zero-Point Condensate. Material needed for manufacturing of Triglavian ships, Entropic Disintegrators, and Entropic Disintegrators Ammunition.
  • Meta alternatives to Radiation Sinks and Entropic Disintegrators
  • Red loot that can be sold to NPCs for ISK.
    • Triglavian Survey Database
  • You can also find additional filaments in Abyssal Deadspace allowing you to go in again to acquire more items.
    • This is how higher tier filaments are acquired.

Note: The rewards are only found in the Triglavian Cache and Extraction Nodes, not on NPCs.