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The Fuel Rats are a group of pilots who help ships that have run out of fuel[1]. They use fuel transfer limpets to transfer fuel.

About The Fuel Rats Edit

We are a hierarchy-less collective. That means we have no leader and no assigned jobs within the organization. If we disagree about something, we’ll work it out by listening to each other, suggesting solutions, and (hopefully) deciding collectively what to do. Not having leaders does not mean chaos; it is not the dog-eat-dog world of a nihilist/survivalist. Our collective is more like the communes of the ancient Greek philosophers Aristotle and Epicurus: they did not need government or leaders because they were basically in agreement about what needed to be done. The “collective” is more like a team, sharing a common goal. Military units have to resort to hierarchical command-structures in order to get people to do the right thing in a situation where disagreement is fostered by political pressure. In the Fuel Rats we prefer to expect people to do the right thing. If someone doesn’t fit in, they’ll get polite suggestions to find another hobby than Fuel Ratting.[2]

Fuel Rats ship

Fuel Rats ship

The Doctrine of Individual Excellence: If we do our best, individually, then collectively we’ll be awesome.

Even though we are leaderless, we are a collective; the actions of each individual reflect on how others perceive the collective. (so, be Glorious!) Every one of us makes all the Fuel Rats collective look good. Which also means that if one of us is misbehaving, they make all of us look bad. If one Fuel Rat feels another is making the collective look bad, your starting move should be: “Hey, please think how your behaviour reflects on the collective.”

We are The Good Guys and first and foremost our job – our only job – is to save stranded pilots quickly, courteously, and professionally. Some of us are fairly serious role-players. By all means, role-play if you like. Or not. If one of your fellow Rats is role-playing, it’s probably nice if you play along.

Since the game hasn’t got a very good fee-structure or means of exchanging wealth, we talk a lot about charging a 100t of platinum, an arm, or a liver. If you want to work something out or role-play something with a rescuee, have fun.

Please do not mix other game-play with your Fuel Ratting; while you’re out on a rescue, you represent the lot of us. If you decide to get creative, just be thoughtful.

Fuel Rats Decal and Paintjob

Fuel Rats Decal With Orange Squadron Paint Job

The Fuel Rats are not a war guild. Yes, we’ll equip good shields, fast ships, even guns, but it’s hugely unlikely that a Rat-pack will go to war. After all, many of the Rats are on different sides and factions. When we’re being Fuel Rats, we’re all on one side: The Fuel Rats. Otherwise… it gets complicated.


08 JAN 3303

  • The Fuel Rats rescue their 20.000th Client and it does not look like they will stop at any time soon.[3]

12 AUG 3302

  • With advances in their rescuing technology, The Tech Rats (Development Team behind The Fuel Rats) meet in Sweden, Earth, Sol to activate their new IRC Network and API to allow for quicker and more reliable Service.[4]

01 APR 3302

  • Whilst always improving their technology to help stranded pilots even faster, The Fuel Rats reach 10.000 rescued Pilots on April Fools Day of 3302. Even though some may have thought of it as a joke, the Data collected with every rescue has concrete proof that CMDRs Zatie and Hansa successfully rescued CMDR Ripa Moram in ICZ BQ-Y D111.[5][6]
  • To celebrate this, Frontier manually handed out exclusive In-Game Decals to anyone who had participated with The Fuel Rats before this date.[7]

12 JAN 3302

  • Ever growing, one of the most popular ads for The Fuel Rats gets made by CMDR RadLock and released to the public.[8]

29 NOV 3301

  • A joint venture between the Pilots Federation and the Fuel Rats resulted in new colour scheme for search-and-rescue vessels. Commander Father Cool, who designed the livery, originally intended it to be used by the Fuel Rats.[9]

09 OCT 3301

  • Commander F-Zlim, pilot of the 'Korblah' and member of the exploration arm of the Olympus Corp, experienced a fuel emergency after losing consciousness due to a CO2 leak while on the home stretch of a six-month galactic tour. He had exactly two minutes and 48 seconds of air remaining when Commanders Orphius and Lokda Babybel of the Fuel Rats saved him. Olympus Corporation awarded them the first-ever Korblah Medal.[10]

21 JUL 3301

  • The Fuel Rats undertook a massive relay operation to rescue Commander Neospike, whose fuel scoop had broken on the way back from Sagittarius A*. The effort involved roughly 540 limpet drones and several ships, including those piloted by Commanders Domaq, Paul_Kavinsky, Rusticolus, Cpt_Shinobi, Surly_badger, and Anuranium.[11]

07 JUL 3301

  • The Fuel Rats rescued Commander Fionn Mac Cumhaill, who while returning from deep space ran out of fuel in the PRAEA EUQ SY-S B3-3 system, which has no scoopable stars. Commanders Beornfrið, Kerenn and Anuranium located the drifting Asp Explorer just as its oxygen level dropped to 41 seconds of sustainable life support.[12]

24 JUN 3301

  • The Pilots Federation backed the Fuel Rats.[13]



  1. Community Spotlight: Kerenn and the Fuel Rats
  2. About the Fuel Rats
  3. Fuel Rats Rescue 20 Thousand Pilots in Elite: Dangerous - Gamegrin
  4. Release notes of the Fuel Rats' IRC Bot, v2.0
  5. Fuel Rats Database, case #10000
  6. Reddit Post celebrating Rescue #10000
  7. Fuel Rats Knowledgebase, on In-Game Decals
  8. Fuel Rats: Case Red (Video, by "RadLock Recursion)
  9. Rescue Ships to be Given Bold New Livery
  10. Olympus Corp Thanks the Fuel Rats
  11. Fuel Rat Deep Space Relay Rescue
  12. Fuel Rat Rescue Operation Saves Millions of Credits
  13. The Pilots Federation Supports Fuel Rat Initiative

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