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Combat sites are one of two major types of player versus environment (PvE) combat activities that can be found in known space, the other being security missions. Combat sites can be found throughout New Eden, and like missions, the type and amount of enemy ships found in a particular combat site is consistent across all instances of the site, with only a small, pre-determined amount of variance. The rewards for completing a given site can also vary due to the nature of rare loot mechanics: most sites have a (largely unknown) percentage-based chance to spawn a uniquely named enemy ship, which in turn has its own chance to drop random Deadspace or Faction modules, or even unique blueprint copies.

The enemies present in a given combat site can belong to one of six factions in New Eden: Serpentis, the Angel Cartel, the Blood Raider Covenant, the Guristas Pirates, Sansha's Nation, or the Rogue Drones, and most combat sites are named for the faction found within. Unlike missions, combat sites do not feature any enemy ships from any of the four empires, nor are there combat sites guarded by ORE or the Sisters of EVE. Hostile NPCs from the Mordu's Legion pirate faction only appear in the Besieged Covert Research Facility. All enemy ships within a combat site have bounties that are paid to the player who kills them, and if that player is part of a fleet, the bounty is divided evenly among all fleet members on-grid. As a general rule, bigger ships (such as battlecruisers and battleships) or uniquely named ships (such as those belonging to pirate leaders or complex overseers) will award higher bounties, and will also be harder to destroy.

Combat sites are usually found via exploration using Core Scanner Probes, and most fall into one of two broad categories: combat anomalies and cosmic signatures. Combat sites found as cosmic signatures may be further divided into DED rated complexes, unrated complexes, and chemical labs. In general, cosmic signature combat sites are considered to be both more dangerous and more rewarding than combat anomalies found in similar areas of space.

Expeditions and COSMOS sites are unique combat sites that do not fall into any of the above categories. Expeditions are unique chains of combat sites that may be triggered when a player fulfills certain conditions in an Unrated Complex, and the associated sites can only be reached via the expedition's journal entry. COSMOS sites are static combat sites that can be found in several constellations across New Eden, and are marked by beacons that are automatically visible on the overview. These sites reward items required for COSMOS missions, materials for Storyline modules, Faction modules, and other rare items, but can be entered at any time.


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Combat anomalies

Combat anomalies are a subset of Cosmic Anomalies; they do not need any scanning equipment to locate, and instead will automatically appear in the scanning window after a short delay upon entering a system. Because of this, combat anomalies, particularly those found in high-security space, represent an entry-level set of combat sites that many new players will encounter. All anomalies consist of a single grid without acceleration gates that be entered by any type of ship. Combat anomalies will spawn multiple waves of hostile NPCs, and have a low chance to spawn a commander ship that can drop faction items; they also have a small chance of escalating into a DED rated complex.

With the exception of Rogue Drone sites, all combat anomalies follow a naming scheme of <faction> <anomaly>. The <anomaly> denotes the difficulty of the site, and follows an identical pattern for all factions except Rogue Drones. Generally, the higher the difficulty of the site, the higher the rewards for completing it. Each faction's sites will only appear in their designated regions (with the exception of Rogue Drone sites, which can appear anywhere). For example, the Heimatar region has Angel Cartel rats, and therefore only Angel Cartel and Rogue Drone combat sites can be found there. For a list of which pirate factions can be found in which regions, see Dotlan.

The difficulty of possible combat anomalies depends on the security status of the system, with higher security status equating to easier sites. Within high-sec (security status 1.0 to 0.5), sites in the lowest difficulty tier (in terms of difficulty/ value) will be found. Low-sec (security status of 0.4 to 0.1) contains the middle tier, and the highest tier will be found within nullsec. The security level of the space where Rogue Drone sites are found also affects the difficulty of the site.

Difficulty Found In Combat anomalies
Class Level High Low Null Angel Cartel Blood Raiders Guristas Pirates Sansha's Nation Serpentis Corporation Rogue Drones
1 1 Angel Hideaway Blood Hideaway Guristas Hideaway Sansha Hideaway Serpentis Hideaway Drone Cluster
2 Angel Hidden Hideaway Blood Hidden Hideaway Guristas Hidden Hideaway Sansha Hidden Hideaway Serpentis Hidden Hideaway
3 Angel Forsaken Hideaway Blood Forsaken Hideaway Guristas Forsaken Hideaway Sansha Forsaken Hideaway Serpentis Forsaken Hideaway
4 Angel Forlorn Hideaway Blood Forlorn Hideaway Guristas Forlorn Hideaway Sansha Forlorn Hideaway Serpentis Forlorn Hideaway
2 Angel Burrow Blood Burrow Guristas Burrow Sansha Burrow Serpentis Burrow Drone Collection
3 Angel Refuge Blood Refuge Guristas Refuge Sansha Refuge Serpentis Refuge Drone Assembly
4 1 Angel Den Blood Den Guristas Den Sansha Den Serpentis Den Drone Gathering
2 Angel Hidden Den Blood Hidden Den Guristas Hidden Den Sansha Hidden Den Serpentis Hidden Den
3 Angel Forsaken Den Blood Forsaken Den Guristas Forsaken Den Sansha Forsaken Den Serpentis Forsaken Den
4 Angel Forlorn Den Blood Forlorn Den Guristas Forlorn Den Sansha Forlorn Den Serpentis Forlorn Den
5 Angel Yard Blood Yard Guristas Yard Sansha Yard Serpentis Yard Drone Surveillance
6 1 Angel Rally Point Blood Rally Point Guristas Rally Point Sansha Rally Point Serpentis Rally Point Drone Menagerie
2 Angel Hidden Rally Point Blood Hidden Rally Point Guristas Rally Rally Point Sansha Hidden Rally Point Serpentis Hidden Rally Point
3 Angel Forsaken Rally Point Blood Forsaken Rally Point Guristas Forsaken Rally Point Sansha Forsaken Rally Point Serpentis Forsaken Rally Point
4 Angel Forlorn Rally Point Blood Forlorn Rally Point Guristas Forlorn Rally Point Sansha Forlorn Rally Point Serpentis Forlorn Rally Point
7 Angel Port Blood Port Guristas Port Sansha Port Serpentis Port Drone Herd
8 1 Angel Hub Blood Hub Guristas Hub Sansha Hub Serpentis Hub Drone Squad
2 Angel Hidden Hub Blood Hidden Hub Guristas Hidden Hub Sansha Hidden Hub Serpentis Hidden Hub
3 Angel Forsaken Hub Blood Forsaken Hub Guristas Forsaken Hub Sansha Forsaken Hub Serpentis Forsaken Hub
4 Angel Forlorn Hub Blood Forlorn Hub Guristas Forlorn Hub Sansha Forlorn Hub Serpentis Forlorn Hub
9 Angel Haven Blood Haven Guristas Haven Sansha Haven Serpentis Haven Drone Patrol
10 Angel Sanctum Blood Sanctum Guristas Sanctum Sansha Sanctum Serpentis Sanctum Drone Horde

In addition to their basic version, Hideaway, Den, Rally Point and Hub sites also feature three variants of progressive difficulty featuring elite enemies. These variants follow an extended naming convention as follows:

  1. <Faction> Hidden <anomaly> - Level 2; higher amount of triggered spawns.
  2. <Faction> Forsaken <anomaly> - Level 3; moderate difficulty, featuring elite enemy ships.
  3. <Faction> Forlorn <anomaly> - Level 4; featuring tougher enemies and elite ships.

Besieged Covert Research Facility

Besieged Guristas Covert Research Facility is an unique cosmic anomaly found in all low sec regions that spawns two waves of Mordu's Legion cruisers and battleships equipped with webifiers and warp disruptors. Unlike other enemies, these ships are able to switch damage types to find what is most effective against a given target (they do not deal omni damage). Notable loot includes higher-end implants and ship skin BPCs, as well as special module BPCs.

Faction Warfare

Main article: Faction Warfare

In faction warfare space, faction warfare complexes show up as combat anomalies. Once someone warps to a site, it will also show up as a beacon in the overview.

Cosmic signatures

Combat sites that appear as Cosmic Signatures must be scanned down using Core Scanner Probes. These combat sites can be further divided into three groups: unrated complexes, DED rated complexes, and Chemical Labs. The differences between the three are relatively minor, the most notable being that Chemical Labs require the use of Data Analyzer modules to obtain all of their rewards.

Unrated complexes

Unrated complexes have a good chance to contain a commander spawn that can drop Faction items. They may also escalate into an expedition.

The sites contain multiple deadspace rooms separated by acceleration gates. The acceleration gates separating the rooms are usually locked, in which case some condition must be fulfilled, or a key must be found to proceed. The sites also have triggers for additional defender spawns and/ or an escalation. The size of ship allowed in Unrated Complexes does not follow a predictable pattern; each site, even of the same difficulty but from a different faction, may have a different ship size limit.

Found In Unrated complexes
High Low Null Angel Cartel Blood Raiders Guristas Pirates Sansha's Nation Serpentis Corporation Rogue Drones
Angel Hideout Blood Hideout Gurista Hideout Sansha Hideout Serpentis Hideout Haunted Yard
Angel Lookout Blood Lookout Gurista Lookout Sansha Lookout Serpentis Lookout Desolate Site
Angel Watch Blood Watch Gurista Watch Sansha Watch Serpentis Watch Chemical Yard
Angel Vigil Blood Vigil Gurista Vigil Sansha Vigil Serpentis Vigil -
Provisional Angel Outpost Provisional Blood Outpost Provisional Gurista Outpost Provisional Sansha Outpost Provisional Serpentis Outpost Rogue Trial Yard
Angel Outpost Blood Raider Outpost Gurista Outpost Sansha Outpost Serpentis Outpost Dirty Site
Minor Angel Annex Minor Blood Annex Minor Guristas Annex Minor Sansha Annex Minor Serpentis Annex Ruins
Angel Annex Blood Annex Guristas Annex Sansha Annex Serpentis Annex -
Angel Base Blood Raider Base Gurista Base Sansha Base Serpentis Base Independence
Angel Fortress Blood Raider Fortress Gurista Fortress Sansha Fortress Serpentis Fortress Radiance
Angel Military Complex Blood Military Complex Gurista Military Complex Sansha Military Complex Serpentis Military Complex Hierarchy
Angel Provincial HQ Blood Provincial HQ Gurista Provincial HQ Sansha Provincial HQ Serpentis Provincial HQ -
Angel Domination Fleet Staging Point Dark Blood Fleet Staging Point Dread Guristas Fleet Staging Point True Sansha Fleet Staging Point Shadow Serpentis Fleet Staging Point -

DED rated complexes

DED complexes are a type of cosmic signature that has been rated on a difficulty scale of 1/10 to 10/10 by CONCORD's Directive Enforcement Department. Lower rated sites contain weaker enemies, and limited ship class access. DED rated complexes are found using Core Scanner Probes, or are received as an escalation from a combat anomaly. There are no 9/10-rated DED complexes, however some consider the <Faction> Fleet Staging Point to be their equivalent.

The structure of a DED rated complex is very similar an Unrated Complex, and usually involve gated deadspace pockets with multiple groups of enemies.

Unlike other combat sites, DED rated complexes do not have additional enemy spawns; all enemies begin on-grid in each pocket. Many DED rated complexes also contain locked gates that may be unlocked by a certain trigger. This makes blitzing possible, as not all enemies need to be cleared to proceed. The sites also always contain one or more structures or overseer ships that can drop Faction items or Deadspace modules. Some DED complexes contain additional targets that have a low probability to drop a Faction module.

DED rated complexes do not normally escalate, but DED rated complexes that are received as an escalation from an anomaly may receive another escalation to the same site or a second part.

The difficulty rating of a complex determines maximum size of ship class that may be used to engage. Starting from frigates at level 1/10, the ship size that can enter a site goes up by one size category with each increase in rating, maxing out at battleships at level 5/10.

DED Rating Maximum Ship Class Size Allowed
1/10 Frigate class
2/10 Destroyer class (including Tactical Destroyer)
3/10 Cruiser class (except for T3)
4/10 Battlecruiser class (except for T3 Cruiser)
5+/10 Battleship class and T3 Cruiser


DED Rating Found In DED complexes
High Low Null Angel Cartel Blood Raiders Guristas Pirates Sansha's Nation Serpentis Corporation Rogue Drones
1/10 Minmatar Contracted Bio-Farm Old Meanie - Cultivation Center Pith Robux Asteroid Mining & Co. Sansha Military Outpost Serpentis Drug Outlet -
2/10 Angel Creo-Corp Mining Blood Raider Human Farm Pith Deadspace Depot Sansha Acclimatization Facility Serpentis Live Cargo Distribution Facilities Rogue Drone Infestation Sprout
3/10 Angel Repurposed Outpost Blood Raider Intelligence Collection Point Guristas Guerilla Grounds Sansha's Command Relay Outpost Serpentis Narcotic Warehouses Rogue Drone Asteroid Infestation
4/10 Angel Cartel Occupied Mining Colony Mul-Zatah Monastery Guristas Scout Outpost Sansha's Nation Occupied Mining Colony Serpentis Phi-Outpost -
5/10 Angel's Red Light District Blood Raider Psychotropics Depot Guristas Hallucinogen Supply Waypoint Sansha's Nation Neural Paralytic Facility Serpentis Corporation Hydroponics Site Outgrowth Rogue Drone Hive
6/10 Angel Mineral Acquisition Outpost [1] Crimson Hand Supply Depot Guristas Troop Reinvigoration Camp Sansha War Supply Complex Serpentis Logistical Outpost [1] -
7/10 Angel Military Operations Complex Blood Raider Coordination Center Gurista Military Operations Complex Sansha Military Operations Complex Serpentis Paramilitary Complex -
8/10 Cartel Prisoner Retention Blood Raider Prison Camp Pith's Penal Complex Sansha Prison Camp Serpentis Prison Camp -
9/10 - - - - - -
10/10 Angel Cartel Naval Shipyard Blood Raider Naval Shipyard The Maze Centus Assembly T.P. Co. Serpentis Fleet Shipyard -
  1. ^ a b There is no rating displayed in warp in popup text.

Expeditions

Expeditions (also known as escalations) cannot be found by scanning, instead they "escalate" from Unrated Complexes. When a certain trigger condition is met, there is a small chance that a pop up window will open explaining that the details of the location of another enemy site has been found. This site's information is then added to the Journal under the Expeditions tab.

When the site listed in the Journal is completed, there is a chance that it will escalate further, leading to yet another site. Most expeditions have four such parts.

The locations of the sites provided by an expedition are random, often appearing several jumps away from where the expedition was obtained. Many expeditions may spawn their fourth site in lower-security space than where they began.

Unrated Complex Expeditions
Angel Cartel Blood Raiders Guristas Pirates Sansha's Nation Serpentis Corporation Rogue Drones
High Sec Expeditions may appear in lower security systems.
<Faction> Hideout
Haunted Yard
Blue Pill Frentix Sooth Sayer Drop Mindflood Pulverize The Pioneers
<Faction> Lookout
Desolate Site
Chasing the Dragon Following the Blood Trap? Slave Breeding Plants Angel Kickbacks Mare Sargassum
<Faction> Watch
Chemical Yard
The Nuclear Small Arms Project Medical Twilight Terrorist Plot! Nation on the Rise Jet-Set Hooligans Hunting the Drudge Factory
<Faction> Vigil The Big Blue The Rewards of Devotion Kidnapped! True Power Shipyards Booster R&D -
Low Sec Expeditions may appear in lower security systems.
Provisional <Faction> Outpost
Rogue Trial Yard
Domination Surveillance Squad Blood Surveillance Squad Gurista Surveillance Squad Sansha Surveillance Squad Guardian Angels Surveillance Squad Moving Day
<Faction> Outpost
Dirty Site
Salvation Angel's Shipment Save The Slaves Gurista Productions Shipment Hidden Riches Elite Playground Loose Ends
Minor <Faction> Annex
Ruins
Angel Owned Station Blood Owned Station Guristas Owned Station Sansha Owned Station Serpentis Owned Station Menacing Mechanics
<Faction> Annex Angel Powergrid Blood Raider Powergrid Guristas Powergrid Sansha Powergrid Serpentis Powergrid -
Null Sec
<Faction> Base
Independence
Toxic Waste Scandal! Religious Fury Consequences Smonsequences True Power HQ Contract Killers The Drone Roulette
<Faction> Fortress
Radiance
Operation Spring Cleaning Dubious Assignment Hired Gun Shady Operation Suspicious Job Molting Season
<Faction> Military Complex
Hierarchy
Pioneers Peril Frontier in Flames Pirate's Path David V Goliath Colony Under Fire Trouble in Paradise
<Faction> Provincial HQ Special Forces Fountain of Youth No Quarter The Ancient City Serpentis Secrets -
<Faction> Fleet Staging Point Angel Domination Fleet Staging Point 2 - - - Shadow Serpentis Fleet Staging Point 2 -

Chemical Labs

Chemical Labs are Cosmic Signatures, and may be found by scanning with Core Scanner Probes. Even though the probe scan window categorizes these as "gas sites", they are actually combat sites. To access all possible rewards, the site needs to be cleared of all hostiles and the containers hacked using a Data Analyzer module.

The Production Facility spawns in null security space only, while all other sites spawn in low security space.

Details of these sites are not well documented. Most contain two waves of enemies and containers that need to be hacked, and certain sites are restricted to specific regions, though the region in which each site spawns is not entirely known. The regions listed here may not be the only region containing the particular site.

Faction Site Location
Angel Cartel Angel Chemical Lab Heimatar
Angel Gas Processing Site Heimatar
Elohim Sooth Sayer Distribution Base Molden Heath
Elohim X-Instinct Distribution Base Heimatar
Elohim Sooth Sayer Production Facility Wicked Creek
Elohim X-Instinct Production Facility Feythabolis
Blood Raiders Blood Raider Chemical Lab Aridia
Blood Raider Gas Processing Site ?
CHAIN Mindflood Distribution Base Aridia
CHAIN Mindflood Production Facility Delve
Guristas Pirates Guristas Chemical Lab The Forge
Guristas Gas Processing Site The Forge
H-PA Crew Blue Pill Distribution Base The Forge
H-PA Crew Crash Distribution Base Lonetrek
H-PA Crew Blue Pill Production Facility Vale of the Silent
H-PA Crew Crash Production Facility Tenal
Sansha's Nation Sansha Chemical Lab ?
Sansha Gas Processing Site Derelik
PDW-09FX Frentix Distribution Base Derelik
PDW-09FX Frentix Production Facility Catch
Serpentis Corporation Serpentis Chemical Lab Solitude
Serpentis Gas Processing Site Placid
Core Runner Drop Distribution Placid
Core Runner Exile Distribution Base Solitude
Core Runner Drop Production Facility Cloud Ring
Core Runner Exile Production Facility Fountain

COSMOS sites

Main article: COSMOS

Certain constellations contain COSMOS combat sites, which are connected to COSMOS missions but may be accessed at any time. These sites appear as a static complex beacon that is visible in the Overview. COSMOS sites can be located using the Star Map and the "DED deadspace reports" or combat signatures tag setting. Not all static DED sites are combat sites, some of them are landmarks or Epic Mission Agent locations.

COSMOS sites are static and do not move. Even the ones that can be scanned are always in the same location.

The static COSMOS sites re-spawn periodically (some only at downtime). These offer reward items, which may be required for COSMOS missions and/ or be materials used in building Storyline modules, Faction modules and/or rare items.[1]

Gated COSMOS sites follow the same ship size restrictions as DED rated complex sites. Un-gated COSMOS sites have no restrictions.

COSMOS sites can be found in COSMOS constellations:

See Also

References

  1. ^ Rakogh Citadel in 3GD6-8 drops Pashan’s Turret Handling Mindlink
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