Pulverize the Pioneers

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Pulverize the Pioneers
Type Expedition
Rating Unrated
Found in High, Low
Max ship size Unknown
Faction Rogue Drones
Damage to deal Electromagnetic damage EM
Thermal damage Th
Damage to
Resist
Varied
Sig. Strength N/A
Expedition start message
Throughout this last fight, your radar equipment has been busy chewing on information about incoming and outgoing vessels and it seems it has traced a very large group of ships that left this place few minutes before you arrived. You have no clue why they left, were they fleeing? Or was it a coincidence? Either way, there is only one way to find out.

Pulverize the Pioneers is an expedition escalated from Haunted Yard.

Walkthrough

The first three locations are generally in high security space and last in low security space but this can vary.
The first three locations can be done in a T1 frigate at range, though for the last location a high DPS destroyer or a cruiser is advised.

Location #1


Example drop from Sentient drone
Initial defenders
WD EWAR L


Frigate 2-4 x Frigate Abandoned Drone Triggers wave #2
Commander Frigate 1 x Commander Frigate Sentient Decimator/... Alvi Escalation trigger Drone components and possible faction modules

Destroying the Abandoned Drones from initial defenders triggers wave #2.

Wave #2
WD EWAR L


Frigate 6 x Frigate Decimator/... Alvi
Elite Frigate 1-2 x Elite Frigate Strain Sunder Alvi Warp Disruptor Icon stasis webifier i.png
Escalation message
There is no trace of the ships themselves, but you pick up signals from a score of astrometric probes in the area. If this were not drones, one could think they were looking for a place to settle. Though faint, your instruments manage still to discern the current location of this mysterious group of ships.
Dead end message
There is no trace of the ships at the location, but you pick up signals from a score of astrometric probes in the area. If this were not drones, one could think they were looking for a place to settle. Sadly, all this electronic chatter seems to have confused your instruments to the point where you get no further information on the ships you were seeking.

Location #2


Initial defenders
WD EWAR L


Frigate 3 x Frigate Render/... Alvi
Commander Frigate 1 x Commander Frigate Sentient Hunter/... Alvi Escalation trigger Drone components and possible faction modules


Additional waves
WD EWAR L
After aggression on Commander Frigate
Frigate 2 x Frigate Render/... Alvi
Timed wave
Destroyer 2 x Destroyer Shatter/... Alvior
Escalation message
These ships which you seem to have caught off guard, represented only a fraction of the group indicated by the signal your radars have been picking up. Moreover now the origin of the main signal seems to be close, very close.
Dead end message
These few ships were nowhere near many enough to be responsible for the massive signal you had picked up before and you reach the conclusion that this was probably a small contingent that split and got lost from the larger group. Sadly it seems you have lost the main fleet as well.

Location #3



Initial defenders
WD EWAR L


Frigate 6 x Frigate Decimator/... Alvi
Frigate 3 x Frigate Research Drone
Commander Frigate 1 x Commander Frigate Sentient Hunter/... Alvi Escalation trigger Drone components and possible faction modules


Timed wave
WD EWAR L


Destroyer 2 x Destroyer Ripper/... Alvior
Escalation message
You don't remember having seen such a large and rabid swarm of rogue drones before, luckily they were gimpy as heck. You wonder what they were trying to defend in such a desperate manner, throwing themselves at you wave after wave until all were obliterated. The signal is weaker but still there...
Dead end message
When the battle is over, all is silent and you wonder why all these drones wasted themselves against your guns in such seemingly senseless manner. Not a single one left, not a single one seems to have escaped and your instruments sense nothing more out there. Even though you feel something is missing, you have no alternative but to call off the chase.

Location #4


Final location initial spawn
Initial defenders
WD EWAR L


Frigate 4 x Frigate Render/... Alvi
Elite Frigate 1-2 x Elite Frigate Researcher
Cruiser 2 x Cruiser Researcher


Wave #2
WD EWAR L


Frigate 3 x Frigate Barracuda/... Alvi
Destroyer 2 x Destroyer Dismantler/... Alvior


Wave #3
WD EWAR L


Frigate 0-3 x Frigate Barracuda/... Alvi
Destroyer 3 x Destroyer Dismantler/... Alvior

The Logistic Overseer has stronger tank than the usual cruiser NPCs and deals more damage.

Overseer wave
WD EWAR L


Overseer Cruiser 1 x Overseer Cruiser Logistic Overseer T2 salvage and possible faction modules
Expedition compelete message
The drone transports were easy prey after you had previously wasted most of their escort ships. You wonder what they were doing here in the middle of nothing and conclude that the only plausible reason is that you must have intercepted and destroyed a new rogue drone colony in the making.

Loot

The commander drones in sites drop drone components and have can also drop Rogue Drone 46-X Nexus Chip (astero) or a faction module. The container in last location contains T2 salvage.