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Type Escalation complex
Number of sites 5
Deadspace Varies
Gated First site only
Probe signature 0.100 (approx)
Loot type T2 salvage
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A drone complex. Initial site is difficult but possible to solo in a well tanked Raven. As with all drone complexes you get absolutely nothing except for a few T2 salvage parts from the first four sites; the payout is in the final site where a Hive Mother rat drops a few hundred million's worth of T2 salvage. Every single part of this chain can be run solo with a Raven if you kite them.


6x 'Arbalest' Cruise Launcher I/Cruise II (Paradise, Paradise Fury)
2x Wildcard (Heavy NOS to help with cap)
1x Quad LIF-Fueled Booster Rockets MWD
1x X-Large Shield Booster II
1x Shield Boost Amplifier I (or named)
3x Invulnerability Field II
1x Damage Control II
3x Ballistic Control System II
1x Power Diagnostic System II
3x Capacitor Control Circuit I (+15% Cap Recharge)
3x Core Defence Capacitor Safeguard (-10% Cap use for the Shield Booster)
5x Hammerhead II
5x Hobgoblin II

For the initial site, warp in and take out stationary batteries first, then pulse the booster when needed. For escalations, use a pod to warp in, bookmark, warp out, then warp back in with your BS at 100km. Plenty of time to kill drones before shit gets too crazy. Hobgoblins can tear through any scramming rats if you get scrammed. Heavy NOS help keep your cap up when you're pulsing the shield booster.

Initial site

The first room is easy; it spawns a few waves of frigates and cruisers. There's about 15 ships at warp-in and another 2-3 waves when you approach the gate (it's 60km out and they trigger about 20km off.) Nothing spectacular.

The second room has another 15 drones or so (frigs and cruisers - a few frigs stasis web and neut) and a half dozen heavy and cruise missile batteries right on top of the warp-in. Take any stasis webbers out and immediately focus on the missile batteries, since they're most of the DPS here, before going through the rest. After you kill everything, look for two groups of leaking containers. The first group on the left doesn't trigger anything, but going near the second group spawns nukers and some other small drones, about 2-3 waves' worth. After killing these, look for another object, a warning sign. Bumping into that results in 2-3 more waves of small drones, and then two battleship spawns of 3-4 BS each, including a faction drone (Sentient). Every single thing here spawns within 20km or closer and all of the battleships will appear right on top of your head, so if you are solo, you either need to have the cap to MWD out to kiting range or good tanking skills to keep from having to run off mid-plex.

Killing the sentient drone gives you a chance for an escalation. Do not warp out without bookmarking this drone to loot it later as the site vanishes when you kill it.

The message 'On board computer: Drone Distress Signal received, message is coded.' will appear if the site did not escalate. It will still say it in the case of an escalation but a pop-up will appear with more information.

8/9/09 - there were no leaking containers; after killing the initial spawn in the second room the group with the sentient drone (3 BC, 2 BS, and the Sentient BS drone) immediately spawned. Killing the Sentient drone gave me the escalation.

4/23/2011 - First wave missing. Second wave appeared when approaching sign. Final wave appeared after second wave died, Escalation upon killing sentient BS.

7/11/2011 - Same as above

4/21/2012 - First room empty, second room empty, second wave in final room took a couple minutes to spawn, but other waves were back to back. Damage was laughable.

First escalation: Molting Season (part 1)

Site is not gated and not deadspace. On warp-in, it spawns about 20 small and medium drones, 4 Swarm Preserver Alvus, and 1 Sentient Domination Alvus. 2nd wave spawn included 4 Alvus Queen's and about 7 more small drones. They all jump you right away, so make sure you can tank it. Normal drone droppings, except the Sentient Domination Alvus, which drops T2 salvage & advanced drone parts. The site can escalate upon killing the sentient BS. Can be done with a BS + priest, a carrier, or with a kiting long-range BS.

Second escalation: Molting Season (part 2)

Not gated, not deadspace. On warp-in there are about 10 drone frigates/cruisers that aggro right away. After a minute or so, another 10 or so spawn, and a minute after that a further spawn of four Alvus Queens BS and a sentient drone BS (drops faction drone components and salvages into T2 rig parts). On killing the battleships, another wave of frigs and cruisers spawn. Killing the sentient BS triggers the next escalation. Site is soloable in a single long-range kiting BS, but as it is ungated you could drop a carrier into it if you were so inclined.

Third escalation: Molting Season (part 3)

Not gated, not deadspace. Much like part 2, there's about 10 frigs/cruisers on the warpin point. One minute later, the site spawns two more waves of about 10 more smaller ships plus 4 battleships. Killing the battleships only spawns about eight BC's + frigs, but killing off the small stuff spawns another dozen small fry, a sentient BS and 6 more drone BS. The escalation triggers when you kill the sentient battleship. Can be done with a BS + priest, a carrier, or with a kiting long-range BS.

Final escalation: Molting Season (part 4)

Not gates, not deadspace. Upon warping to the site, you get a message about it being a dead end. There are about 5 battleships and 10 odd support that aggro immediately, and within a minute or so further waves of ships spawn, up to a total of 10 battleships and about 20 frigates and cruisers. Killing most of the rats spawns more support waves, but no more battleships. One of the battleships is a "Radiant Hive Mother" which drops a ton of T2 salvage. Kill it as soon as you can and BM the wreck. Kill more if you want, or warp off for the site to despawn.

This is perfectly doable with the cap stable dual rep complex dominix and a 3xLarge rep Oneiros on space priest duty, or the Raven fit above. The drones won't aggro you if you're 70km on the opposite side of the tank.


4/23/2011 - 204 mil t2 salvage, 40 mil min, 5 mil t1 salvage

11/1/2011 - 200 mil in t2 salvage

6/18/2012 - warped out after killing the Hive Mother. Site did not despawn.

NOTE: All of the above posts are pre-Retribution. Drone salvage drops were changed with the release of Retribution so the above information may be inaccurate.

4/21/2013 - 453 mil t2 salvage from Hive Mother, 69 mil t1/t2 salvage from all other wrecks, 50 mil bounties.

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