Abyssal Deadspace

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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 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.
File:Triglavian Bioadaptive Cache.png
Triglavian Bioadaptive Cache 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. Activation can be anywhere in space, but it needs to be out of range of Gates, Stations and mobile depots by 100 km. When activated, a combat-probable beacon is created at your entry location that allows others to await your return from the pocket.

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 all the loot for that pocket.

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 still return to the Abyssal system, however the complex will have de-spawned and the player will be stuck in empty void space: the only way out is to self destruct.

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 timelimit, you lose your ship and pod.
  • Loot is only found in the Triglavian Bioadaptive Cache, not on NPCs.

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 Class 4 site with Exotic Particle Storm effect. A Fierce Dark Filament is a Class 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 -50%
4 Raging AbyssalFilamentL4.png -70%
5 Chaotic AbyssalFilamentL5.png -50% or -70%

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
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.

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

File:Abyssal Clouds.png
Filament Cloud (orange) and Bioluminescence Clouds (blue)
File:Deviant Automata Suppressor.png
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 penalty to shield booster duration (+40%). If you have active shield tank you must 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.
  • Caustic Cloud (yellow): Penalty to local and remote Armor Repair (-80%). If you are armor tanked, you will want to avoid these.

Triglavian Towers:

  • Deviant Automata Suppressor: Damages all missiles and drones within it area of effect. The larger does about the same damage to drones as a single medium smartbomb. 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 are 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.

Rogue Drones

Rogue Drones are perhaps the most common enemy type encountered in Abyssal Deadspace. The sub battleship drones deal single damage type EWAR based on their name. The battlecruiser sized rogue drones 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.

It is best to start out by killing EWAR ships that pose threat to your ship, meaning webbers, tracking and missile disruptors if your ship uses those weapons and target painters if the pocket has battleship. You should also keep eyes on the logistic drones. If you can't kill other frigates before repairs land you will need to kill the logistic drones first. After the dangerous EWAR and logistic drones are dead you can focus on the damage dealers in your preferred order.

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

Some of the Rogue Drone battleships have defensive webs making it difficult to get into sub 10 km orbit.

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 Missile 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
Plateweaver 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 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
Spearfish 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 dps they will also use webs and energy neutralizer.

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 Desintegrator 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 shield transporter i.pngIcon remote armor repair i.png Strong remote repairs
Blinding Icon remote sensor dampening.png Sensor Dampening
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.

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.

  • The Triglavian rats have resists from weakest to strongest: Ex, Kin, Th, EM
    • 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.
  • 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:
    • Benthic Abyssal Overmind: EM/Ex
    • Hadal Abyssal Overmind : EM
    • Bathyic Abyssal Overmind: Ex/EM
    • Twilit Abyssal Overmind: Kin/Ex (Kinetic is very large weakness. Bigger than from level 1-3 weather)
    • Photic Abyssal Overmind: EM (Very small weakness)

Abyssal Deadspace from the outside

File:Tiers of deadspace.png
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. Anyone who enters a Tier 4 or 5 Abyssal Deadspace will be flagged as suspects once they leave the site, and anyone are free to shoot them. Tier 1 to 3 does not trigger the suspect timer.

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.[1]


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 Cache:

  • Mutaplasmids that can be used to change the stats of certain modules.
    • What Mutaplasmid will drop depends on the Filament TYPE used,

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