Any good resources for learning how to use drones in combat? I’ve read the wiki, watched some videos, etc. But a lot of these resources don’t delve much into the micromanaging that’s required during fights.
Last night I tried my first T0 Tristan Electrical in Abyss (per Uriels guide) and the first room had three lancers that killed all 8 of my drones (Acolytes, as recommended). They took damage very quickly so it was hard to manage the injured ones…
Second room had one ship that could out- DPS my two guns so I died.
So apart from better drone skills or buying more pricy faction drones, I’m curious what the best drone ship pilots use as groups, hotkeys, strategy, etc.
Also… Why does that fit use Acolytes specifically?
There are two reasons to use a specific faction of drones.
One is that each of the drone factions have a different dps versus speed balance (warriors really fast but lower damage, hobgoblins higher damage but slow, hornets and acolytes in between) and the acolytes may be a good combination of enough speed and damage.
Another possible reason is that each of the drone types deal another type of damage. I don’t know from the top of my head if electrical abyssal site enemies have a resistance hole, but it could very well be that the acolytes are chosen to deal that type of damage. Most likely this is the reason.
As to drone management: keep an eye on their hitpoints, stay close to the drones and when you see one start taking damage recall it. Better drone skills will help.
In case you do this in combat: Keep in mind when you eject from your ships it will lose all bonuses provided by your character (skills based, implants based, running combat boosters / drugs based and so on) and I assume your active modules shut down too (hardeners, shield boosters / armor reps and so on) thus your ship’s resistances, buffer and most if not all stats go downhill (not to mention your ship will become stationary significantly increasing incoming damage to begin with) to the point it might make your ship explode pretty fast even if with you flying it it can tank everything easy.