Drones are the Chimera's robotic and unmanned flying units, first seen in Resistance 2 and also appear in Resistance: Retribution, Resistance: Burning Skies and Resistance 3. However, they do not appear in Resistance: Fall of Man. They seem to be a replacement to the Mines used by the Chimera.
Much like the Chimera, Drones have multiple yellow eyes, possibly used for purely aesthetic reasons, since the Drones could easily function with just one. Another possibility is that the machines use their eyes to allow thermal imaging or night vision.
It should be noted that Drones are more effective in large numbers and are mostly used by the Chimera during large scale attacks and battles.
Resistance: Fall of Man
Drones are never encountered in Resistance: Fall of Man, as the Chimera mainly uses Mines as a tactical weapon.
Patrol Drones in Resistance 2 are lightly armed with a weapon similar to the Bullseye, which fires at a much faster rate than their earlier counterparts, but without the secondary ability. Patrol Drones can attack in large swarms of up to 20 and they may appear alongside other types of Drones, which can cause some difficulty. They are also used in large assaults by the Chimera as they appear during the assault on SRPA Station Igloo.
These enemies are common and appear in any situation, whether its patrolling Gray Territory or going into combat.
In Co-op, these Drones make a unique engine-like sound when they are nearby. This can be used as a warning to their presence.
- These Drones are weak but appear in swarms. Use an automatic rifle on them (a Bullseye or Carbine will do) they don't take more than one hit to destroy, but they are small, moving targets.
- A very easy way to dispatch an attacking swarm of Patrol Drones in Resistance 2 is to use the LAARKs secondary fire ability, which fires a large number of miniature, self guiding rockets that target and destroy most, if not all of the Drones in one volley.
- The Bullseye is effective in destroying Patrol Drones at close and medium ranges, while the Carbine is suitable for destroying Patrol Drones at medium and long ranges.
The Attack Drones are large, heavily armed and armored, and are protected by a type of force-field. Attack Drones are armed with two weapons: a single barreled Bullseye look-alike and a triple barreled mini-rocket launcher. The mini-rockets are equipped with a sabot that can penetrate organic tissue and hard materials before exploding. Apparently, these Drones can be piloted as Sentinel Aaron Hawthorne managed to briefly pilot one in Orick, California. They are first encountered in SRPA III, and fought as bosses in Chicago and SRPA Station Igloo (second visit).
In the cooperative campaign, they appear sometimes as mini-bosses and, unlike in Resistance 2's campaign mode, they are unshielded due to being over-powered. They always appear from a Dropship in Orick if the players are trying to destroy the Stalker prototype in the lumber mill. In Chicago, if shutting down the beacons in the construction yard is the last objective, then two one-star Attack Drones will appear to defend the beacons.
- The Bellock's secondary fire is strong enough to destroy an Attack Drone even if it's shield is active, if close enough.
The Hunter Drones are medium sized Drones that have a weapon similar to the Bullseye, but fires with much more distance between shots at a fast rate. Like Patrol Drones, they normally attack in swarms, but in lower numbers. They first appear in Bryce Canyon when Hale and several soldiers fight several Ravagers and Hybrids on a bridge. They are then encountered in Chicago a few times, and a lone Hunter Drone appears in the Daedalus's Flagship.
These Drones also make an appearance in a concept art image from Resistance 3.
- 3 Fareye shots can take down a single Hunter Drone.
- The Splicer's secondary fire is useful when engaging these Drones.
- The Wraith can also be effective.
Featured only in Resistance: Retribution, these Worker Drones are simply cheap labor used to supplement the Menials and Boilers as the Chimeran workforce. They are mostly seen operating machinery with some sort of interface beam. They can also be destroyed to unlock some skill points.
The Patrol Drones in Resistance: Retribution are of an earlier variety, thus they are larger and their firing rate is much slower, using charged shots. When damaged enough, they eventually blow up. They use this to their advantage by approaching the player in an attempt to take him/her down with them. Further damage taken by the drone will hasten their destruction.
They are very similar to the ones seen in Resistance 2 but seem to be less advanced. However, they can take a lot of damage and they use miniguns, making them the strongest and deadliest type of Drone in Resistance: Retribution. Like the Patrol variant, they will also blow up shortly after being damaged enough, and will attempt to take down the player when this happens, in the same manner as well. Likewise, damaging it further will speed up it's destruction.
Resistance: Burning Skies
Patrol Drones can be seen during the campaign of Resistance: Burning Skies
The Patrol Drones in Resistance: Burning Skies are first seen attacking civilians on Staten Island.
- Using the Hunter's secondary ammo is more effective against Drones.
|“|| Nancy calls 'em flying garbage cans. And that's exactly what these drones look like. But watch out! When you spot one chances are that there are some more nearby. And nearby they're fast they're hard to hit.
Recon Drones are unarmed and high-flying Drones, looking alone for enemy positions.
The Shock Drones were introduced in Resistance 3. As their name applies, Shock Drones emit an arc of electricity as their main weapon, and normally attack in swarms. They are not encountered much in the game. They make an appearance only in Wrightsburg, St. Louis and New York.
- They can be easily destroyed with one shot of the Rossmore Shotgun or with a Bullseye Tag.
- EMP Grenades are extremely effective against groups of Shock Drones.
- It's a good idea to take them out at a distance before they get to you, as they can inflict considerable damage, especially as a swarm.
|“|| Shock Drones serve as small but relentless hunters. They typically move in groups, and
tend to scout the areas around larger mechanical hunters, such as the Goliath. Once a
Shield Drones act as support units for Chimeran infantry, in which they create an invincible force-shield by beaming an energy field that surrounds a Chimera, although they seem to only support Hybrids, Ravagers, and Steelheads. However, Shield Drones are vulnerable and can be destroyed in order to break their support on Chimeran enemies. Outside combat, Shield Drones will alert nearby Chimera to the presence of hostile forces upon detection. They are encountered more commonly than the Shock variant. They appear from St. Louis onwards to the rest of the game.
- The best weapon is the Auger Rifle, as its primary fire can kill a Hybrid even with the Shield Drone supporting it.
- Shield Drones are vulnerable to EMP Grenades.
- When a Shield Drone deploys it's shield on a Chimera, light will surround the latter. This can be used to the player's advantage, as it can giveaway the position of a cloaked Sniper Hybrid.
|“|| Shield drones work in tandem with Chimera, and may also summon additional
Chimera to the battlefield. During battle, a Shield Drone will seek out an unprotected
This Drone is much different from other variants, as they stay in place and support Humans rather than the Chimera, by fooling the latter in believing areas populated by Humans are empty of them. They do this by emitting an "all-clear" signal to nearby Chimeran patrols. There is a good chance they are actually captured re-programmed Shield Drones, given that the latter can alert nearby Chimeran forces, while the former does the opposite effect. They are only seen in the possession of the Wardens. It is unknown if there are other such Drones in use by other Humans.
- The Swarm, when zoomed in at with the L23 Fareye, is seemingly compose of a large group of Recon/Patrol Drones with a tail.
- The Hunter Drone is the last drone to appear in the campaign mode.
- Weapons such as the Mutator or the Cryogun will have no effect when using them agianst any type of enemy Drone.
- If the player knocks out 25 Shock Drones with an EMP Grenade, they will earn the Bronze Trophy, "Electric Avenue".
- The original name for the Shock Drone was Fighter Drone.
Resistance: Burning Skies
- Patrol Drones are the only enemy Drone encountered in Burning Skies.