Blood Raiders Psychotropic Depot

One of the things I hardly ever did so far was running the higher DED sites. Within the Eve lore DED stands for Direct Enforcement Department, Concord’s police division which tracks down and attacks criminals. DED sites are rated by their difficulty from 1/10 to 10/10, with 10/10 being the most difficult. You have to scan them down and the more difficult ones are in Low-Sec and Null-Sec. They have the potential of dropping valuable faction loot and blueprints.

So when I scanned down a “Blood Raiders Psychotropic Depot” in Karan (Aridia) I decided it might be a good time to give one a try. Checking Eve Uni’s wiki I learned that it is rated 5/10. I wasn’t sure whether my Stratios could handle it but after some encouraging words from a friend it didn’t seem impossible.

The site consists of 3 pockets. The last pocket contains a ship (the Exsanguinator) which might drop faction loot. The composition of the rats can be found here. Bottom line:

  • 1. pocket: lots of ouch
  • 2. pocket: lots of ouch
  • 3. pocket: dayum….so much ouch

I usually fly a rather cheap active armor tanked Stratios (less than 20k EHP). It costs less than 400mil Isk and I break even with one or two evenings of exploration. So I knew that I had to be a bit more careful. The first pocket did not decloak me when landing. I slowboated away until the closest ship was about 60km away from me. I then decloaked, launched my sentries and took care of everything headed towards me. While rather slow, this method made sure that I never went into deep armor.

The second pocket has several sentry towers at the outgoing gate but from I read you can just ignore them (I killed them anyway). While using my sentry drones approach I noticed two pilots constantly jumping in and out of the system. Since my site has to be scanned down and there is no way to fly directly to the second pocket I wasn’t too worried. But I still kept an eye on dscan and not surprisingly one of the pilots soon launched probes.

Once the 2nd room was cleared I decided that I had to change my strategy. All sites I had checked mentioned 3 webbing towers upon landing plus a substantial amount of alpha damage. So I launched my Mobile Depot and swapped my medium armor repper with a 1600 steel plate. I am quite happy that I did that since at this point I noticed that I tanked at all for EM damage, the main type of damage of the local rats. I had simply forgotten about that. A few moments later the error was corrected. 60k EHP should be enough to survive the first seconds.

Just when I scooped up the depot an Astero landed on grid and burned towards me. In addition local started to spike and I saw a Legion, a Stiletto and a Vexor on grid. Not sure what the others were flying but I didn’t want to find out. But I also didn’t want to give up the site. So I took the gate.

Instantly upon landing I got redboxed and webbed. The Exsanguinator was 40 km off me and that was the only thing I cared about. The thing with these sites is that you can kill the boss and then just warp off. Return to the site after 2 min or so and the rats will have despawned and only the wreck remains (hopefully filled with loot). I launched my medium drones, bookmarked the site and started to align out. Local was now at 7 pilots and my armor started to melt rather quickly. When the boss finally popped I was at 5% armor and instantly warped out.

I am not sure if the others entered the room but I doubt it. They would not have been able to handle the damage. As soon as I landed I messed up big time: I launched my depot and decloaked. Not the best idea when the enemy might have combat drones around and to be honest I have no clue why I did that. The depot seemed to take extra long to online and when it finally did…I dc’d.

I hate my ISP. Of course it is Comcast. Over the next 5 min I spammed the launcher button only to be greeted by an error message. I worried about my ship. I worried about my loot. When I was finally back I was alone system. I refitted and started to warp to my loot bm. The can was still there! And so was the loot:

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Time to finish: 50 min

Cost: 4 Infiltrator drones and a heart attack

Loot:

  • Corpum B-Type Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane
  • Corpum B-Type Medium Energy Neutralizer
  • Corpum B-Type Energized Kinetic Membrane
  • 18th Tier Overseer’s Personal Effects (guaranteed drop), ~42mil Isk
  • Total worth: ~ 550mil Isk (Jita sell)

Not bad. Might do this more often.

 

Much ado about nothing

Undocking again felt good. After figuring out how to remove the dust from my ship I left the station and…well, didn’t really know where to go next. So I opened Dotlan and started looking for areas I haven’t seen before. Which are quite a lot since I spend most of my time in wormholes. In the end I decided to check out Aridia. No specific reason.

On the way I started scanning down the few signatures I encountered. The new scanning window felt weird but I had expected worse after reading all those comments on reddit. While I am not too happy with the dscan changes I appreciate the improvements in probe scanning. Moving the probes around has always been a bit annoying.

I couldn’t resist jumping into a C2. Dscan showed one Helios but when I tried to pinpoint it’s location I found it at a citadel and by the time I warped there the ship was gone and the Astrahus had one guest. Not in the mood for waiting I scanned the wormhole, hacked the one relic site (66mil, not bad) and left. Just before entering Lowsec I found a Superior Sleeper Cache but apparently 98 scan strength is not enough to resolve it. So I posted the system in a chat room I frequent and moved on.

Jumping into Lowsec was underwhelming. I had expected at least a tiny gate camp but saw only 1 person in local. Same with the next two systems. Then I found an “Outgrowth Rogue Drone Hive”, which according to Eve Uni was a 5/10 DED site. I had never tried a 5/10 before and I didn’t know if a Stratios could handle it. So I warped to it.

I wouldn’t call it a disaster but it wasn’t one of my proudest moments either. Clearing the rats was not a big deal but it took longer than expected. The rats kept on shooting my drones and I lost a bunch of them. When I entered the last room things got a big more complicated. The Drone queen was fucking annoying and webbed me and my drones so we couldn’t speedtank the incoming damage. She also repped her shields and was hull tanked so I had to maintain as much damage as possible. I lost my Geckos because it took them too long to get back. Now my pride was hurt and I decided to stay until the site was done. Almost 2 hours in I finally killed her and got a meh Overseer thingie and some junk. Definitely not isk positive and not a site I will try again.