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Thargoid Scout
Thargoid-Scouts
Overview
ManufacturerThargoids
TypeScout
Default Specifications
Dimensions39.1m x 38.8m x 21m
Mass Lock Factor9

The Thargoid Scout is an alien vessel used by the Thargoids. Four Scout subtypes have been identified: the Marauder, the Berserker, the Regenerator, and the Inciter.

HistoryEdit

The wreckage of a lone Thargoid Scout was first discovered on September 28, 3303, on the planet HIP 17125 A 3 A in the HIP 17125 system.[1] The circumstances of the discovery are somewhat mysterious, as the original discoverer of the wreckage is unknown.[1] It is hard, but possible to scan it to create a "Crash Site" POI in the Nav panel - the problem is to find appropriate location; it was scanned with shown distance 510m at the edge where rocks and bottom of the ship meet.

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Thargoid Scout crash site

SRV analysis of the wreckage identified it as a Thargoid Scout by comparing it to existing knowledge databases. High concentrations of mycoid particle, the bioweapon used by INRA against the Thargoids during the first conflict in the mid-3100's, were also detected. Scattered near the wreck were green canister-like objects identified as Thargoid Biological Matter.

A second Thargoid Scout crash site was discovered on January 6, 3304 by CMDR Sileo (Wing Atlantis), on planet 2 A in the Pleiades Sector LN-T C3-4 system.[2]

On February 27, 3304, following several weeks of Thargoid Interceptor attacks on stations equipped with Aegis laboratories throughout the Pleiades Nebula, pilots began reporting encounters with active Thargoid Scouts both in the Pleiades and in the fringes of the Core Systems. The Pilots Federation designated these vessels "Marauders". The ships demonstrated greater agility than Interceptors, but proved vulnerable to conventional weaponry.[3] Unlike Thargoid Interceptors, all encountered Thargoid Scouts were immediately hostile to human vessels, and they were always found in groups of two or more.

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A Thargoid Scout Berserker (center), Regenerator (left), and Inciter (right)

On June 28, 3304, three new variants of Thargoid Scouts were sighted for the first time as the Thargoids launched a counterattack into the Core Systems focused on Deciat. The Berserker is a more powerful iteration of the Marauder that can release an energy pulse that enhances the damage output of other nearby Scouts and causes them to fire a barrage of caustic missiles, while the Regenerator can restore the hull of other Thargoid ships, and the Inciter improves the movement and maneuverability of the other scouts.

CapabilitiesEdit

VariantsEdit

Variant USS Threat Level Special Ability Notes Image
Marauder 3-9 More agile than the Interceptor. Immediately hostile. Encountered in groups of 3-12 or more, depending on Threat Level. Sometimes accompanied by Thargoid Interceptors. Thargoid-Scout-Close-Up-Side
Berserker 3-9 More powerful than the Marauder. Periodically unleashes a pulse that increases the damage of nearby Scouts. The pulse also causes a coordinated barrage of caustic missiles Immediately hostile. 1-5 random special scouts appear alongside marauders, depending on threat level. Thargoid-Berserker-Sideview
Regenerator 3-9 Launches pulses that heal nearby Scouts. Immediately hostile. 1-5 random special scouts appear alongside marauders, depending on threat level. Thargoid-Scout-Regenerator
Inciter 3-9 Increases speed/maneuverability of other scouts. Immediately hostile. 1-5 random special scouts appear alongside marauders, depending on threat level. Thargoid Scout Inciter 2

DesignEdit

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Thargoid Scout

The Thargoid Scout has obvious organic characteristics, but not to the same extent as a Thargoid Interceptor, and it has an octagonal configuration reminiscent of both Interceptors and Thargoid Surface Sites. It is also much smaller than an Interceptor, and comparable to an Eagle in size.

WeaponryEdit

Thargoid Scouts have two weapons: a rapid-fire energy weapon that partially breaches shields and can inflict damage directly to a ship's hull, but modules are safe from the phasing damage. They occasionally fire caustic missiles at their target, though this is rare unless a Berserker is present in the instance. These missiles are similar to those used by Thargoid Interceptors; which cause caustic damage. The energy weapon is weak, and a well-shielded ship should have no issue shrugging off multiple salvos and because of the low threat bringing along Decontamination Limpets will easily deal with any damage or caustic residue. Overheating your ship to 250% will immediately burn off the caustic damage, otherwise it will stay on your ship until you dock at a station. [4]

VulnerabilitiesEdit

In sharp contrast with Thargoid Interceptors, Scouts are weak both offensively and defensively, relying on attacking in numbers to make up for the deficit in combat capability. Scouts lack the ability to deploy Thargons, have no Thargoid Hearts to target, cannot regenerate, and are not especially durable. Only the Regenerator variant can heal nearby scouts with pulses. Both standard weapons and AX weapons are effective against them. Scouts lack any form of shield making ballistic weapons extremly effective. While they are highly mobile they lack any form of Chaff Launcher or Silent Running, making turreted weapons very effective in destroying them quickly. Small and medium ships operating alone may struggle while confronting large numbers of Marauder Scouts, but large ships with enough weapons and shields can take on these encounters with relative ease. Scouts should be dealt with quickly, however, as a large group of Scouts can inflict heavy damage during prolonged combat. Scouts can deflect missiles, so explosive weapons are not advised. [5]

The best way to take out a group of Thargoid Scouts is to first kill the Berserkers, then Regenerators, then the Inciters and save the Marauders for last.[6]

Crash Site LocationsEdit

System Planet Surface Coordinates Notes
HIP 17125 A 3 A -65.8193, 48.8662 Discovered on September 28, 3303, original discoverer is unknown[1]
Pleiades Sector LN-T c3-4 2 A -60.8915, 42.5718 Discovered on January 6, 3304 by CMDR Sileo (Wing Atlantis)

Notes Edit

  • Destroying Thargoid Scouts has been determined to be the most effective means of preventing Thargoid attacks on stations that Eagle Eye has identified as potential targets. Only Scouts destroyed in the two systems that are targeted each week count towards repelling the attacks.
  • On Frontier's 24 hour charity live stream for SpecialEffect, David Braben hinted that active Thargoid Scouts would be introduced in early 2018. Braben said "some of you would have seen some Thargoid ships in the game that crashed on the surface. Those ships might well date back to 3250 or thereabouts so it's quite possible early next year you might see those in a slightly different form."[7]

TriviaEdit

  • The Scout's design and movement are based on a Flying Saucer; a concept the Thargoids have retained since the first Elite.

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GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 r/EliteDangerous: Elite Dangerous 2.4 new Unknown Ship (crashed) Hip 17125 A 3 A -65.8193 | 48.8662
  2. https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php/398645-Second-thargoid-scout-has-been-found
  3. GalNet: Week in Review (March 3, 3304)
  4. YouTube: Thargoid Scout Attack!!!! Elite Dangerous Beta!
  5. Elite Dangerous Beta
  6. Sagittarius Eye Bulletin - New Thargoid Variants Hit Hard
  7. https://clips.twitch.tv/WanderingFaintCheetahTwitchRaid