Source: The Drones - Flax and Iris from Official Forum written by ~ASTRAEA~
In DarkOrbit, the drones circle your ship and support you in what ever way you equipped them, extras, lasers or shield generators. It is on you to decide if you want to have a battle cruiser or all shield generators as protection.
You can buy the drones in the hangar section drones. The drone price goes up with every drone you purchase.
Flax and Iris
There are two kinds of drones, the credit drone and the Uridium drone.
The drones differ in number of slots and design. The credit drone is called Flax. The Uridium drone is called Iris.
The Flax has one slot. The Iris has two slots.
What can I do with the drones?
In the hangar section equipment you can equip your drones with lasers, shield generators and extras. You can not equip them with speed generators, since the drones are an escort ship it would not make any sense. With a higher drone level the strength of the laser or the shield generator will increase by a certain percentage.
How much is a drone?
The prices for drones are:
For the Flax:
Amount needed to purchase all 8 credit drones: 25.500.000 Credits
For the Iris:
Amount needed to purchase all 8 uridium drones: 647.000 Uridium
How much does it cost to repair the drones and how often do I have to do that?
The repair costs 500 Uridium for a regular player, a premium member only has to pay 250 Uridium per drone and repair.
When to repair is your choice, when the drone reaches 100% destruction it will be destroyed and you will loose the drone. The destruction of your drone will rise when your ship is destroyed. If you repair your drones they will loose one level.
What happens to the items on my drones?
If your drone is destroyed or you sell it, the items will go back into your hangar. You will not loose any generators, lasers or extras.
Can I have multiple extras?
You can not use the same extra at the same time. You can not use two repair bots or ammo doublers. Through the drones you can use more different extras at the same time.
What is the level of the drone and how do I get it higher?
The level of your drone consists of the experience the drone could collect, since you bought it. Every level of your drone gives it a different look. There are 6 different levels. A higher level gives your drone more fire power or shield strength, depending on how you equip them.
Do the drones fire on their on?
No. The drones only fire when you shoot an enemy. If you don't fire the drone wont fire.
Are my drones cloaked when my ship is cloaked?
Yes. When your ship is cloaked, your drones is also cloaked.
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