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Drones are the Chimera's robotic and unmanned flying units, first seen in Resistance 2, but appear earlier in the storyline, appearing in Resistance: Retribution and Resistance: Burning Skies. It appears that the Chimera abandoned the usage of Mines and replaced them with Drones.
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 the multiple eyes to allow thermal imaging or night vision.
Resistance: Fall of Man
Drones are never encountered in Resistance: Fall of Man, as the Chimera still uses Mines.
The Patrol Drones in Resistance 2 are lightly armed with a weapon similar to the Bullseye, which fire at a much faster rate than their earlier counterparts, but without the secondary ability, and attack in large swarms of up to 20. They may appear alongside other types of drones, which can cause difficulty.
These enemies are common and appear in any situations, 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.
In the cooperative campaign, they appear sometimes as mini-bosses and, unlike in Resistance 2 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. They first appear in Bryce Canyon when Hale and several soldiers fight several Ravagers and Hybrids on a bridge.
These drones appear 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.
They are very similar to the ones seen on Resistance 2 though they seem less advanced
Resistance: Burning Skies
Patrol Drones are the only ones seeing during the campaign of Resistance: Burning Skies
- Using the Hunter's secondary ammo makes it more effective against several 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, looking alone for enemy positions.
The Shock Drones are newly introduced in Resistance 3. As their name applies, the Shock Drones emit an arc of electricity as their main weapon.
- They can be easily destroyed with one shot of the Rossmore Shotgun or with a Bullseye Tag.
- EMP Grenades are extremely effective against a group of Shock Drones.
|“|| 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Bio killing weapons such as the Mutator or the Cryogun will have no affect on these machines so don't bother using them against drones.
- If the player knock out 25 Shock Drones with an EMP Grenade, they will earned the Bronze Trophy, "Electric Avenue".
Resistance: Burning Skies
- Patrol Drones are the only enemy drone encounter in Burning Skies.