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Limpet Controllers are the controllers for drones. The drones can be launched from the ship to do various tasks depending on the type of limpet. The limpets are disposable, consumable items you have to replenish at a Starport under the Munitions section, or via Synthesis, and your maximum capacity is limited only by your cargo hold. All types of drones share the same disposable items; Limpets are programmed at time of launch, and so only a generic Limpet item needs to be carried - you don't need to worry about juggling the logistics of your various types of Limpets if you have multiple different Controllers installed.

Drone Types Edit

Manticore Drone

Limpet drone

Collector Edit

Main article: Collector

Collector limpets collect items in space and deliver them to their ships cargohold. Useful for pirates needing to gather cargo in a hurry and for miners with lots of ore to scoop.

Collection drones have two modes. The primary mode scoops the object or canister you're currently targeting. The secondary mode has an area effect, scooping everything it can before it expires. In the latter mode, Collector drones move more slowly, but can gather multiple items before expiring; otherwise, they self-destruct when the designated item has been retrieved.

Decontamination Edit

Main article: Decontamination

Decontamination limpets attach to a target ship's hull and remove any caustic residue left by Thargoid Interceptor missiles. At the same time, the drones also repair a portion of the target ship's hull, but are less effective at repair work than Repair drones.

Fuel Transfer Edit

Main article: Fuel Transferer

Fuel Transfer limpets let a player send one ton of fuel to another ship, while in flight. Ships can carry additional fuel for their escort fighters and extend the effective range of their Wings.

Hatch Breaker Edit

Main article: Hatch Breaker

Hatch Breaker limpets can be fired upon the targeted ship and upon contact break its Cargo hatch, thereby ejecting the target's cargo over time. It can be countered with Point Defence Turrets.

Prospector Edit

Main article: Prospector

Prospector limpets scan asteroids, scouting for mineable materials they contain. They are very useful when seeking rare ores.

Recon Edit

Main article: Recon

Recon limpets hack into data points, such as those found on Bulk Cruiser Megaships.

Repair Edit

Main article: Repair

Repair limpets repair the targeted ship's hull. If launched without an assigned target, they'll repair the hull of their parent ship instead. Only one repair limpet can be active on a ship at a time; additional limpets will cause the oldest active limpet on the target to self-destruct.

Research Edit

Main article: Research

Research drones attach to targeted Thargoid Interceptors and retrieve a research sample, such as a Thargoid Cyclops Tissue Sample, which is then stored as a commodity.

NotesEdit

  • Limpets are stored in the ship's cargo hold, unlike most other consumables. Each Limpet takes one "ton" of storage space.
  • Limpets are consumed when first activated, and cannot be recovered even once their task(s) are completed. The following conditions will result in Limpet (self-)destruction;
    • Task Completion. Limpets will self-destruct when their task has been successfully carried out.
    • Life-time Expiration. Limpets will eventually self-destruct when the control timer (as listed in the Controller's specifications) reaches zero.
    • Control Range. If the Mothership flies too far away from its Limpets, they will automatically self-destruct.
    • Enemy Fire. Point Defence Turrets may fire upon Limpets, especially Hatch Breakers, and subsequently destroy them.
    • Collision. Limpets do not attempt to maneuver around objects such asteroids, wrecks, or other ships; they can easily slam into something and will be destroyed as a result.