Drones are the only weapon that you can buy in good condition from the store. No tradeskillers required.
Droning has issues, and I can help you out as a new droner so that you can circumvent those issues.
What skills should I use?
Put all your points into Remote Control and Willpower as a new Droner.
What Drones should I use?
Starter Drones > TL17 Drone > TL27 Drone
Why use those drones?
Long story short, the game in it's current state is a half finished Beta from the Rebalancing in 2008ish. Drones have issues, such as aiming.
Every single Drone up until the TL17 Drone does the exact same damage. 2 per hit.
If you lose your Starter Drones, just buy the cheapest Drones you can.
The TL17 Drone DOES NOT require you to aim. The Drone automatically hits it's target.
TL27 Drone is your first AOE Drone, and as such, doesn't require aiming.
Why all this important on Aiming here?
The target Reticle for Drones are sh!t at low levels. You can do one of two things to circumvent this.
Put points into High tech Combat or get up close to your target.
Putting points into High Tech Combat early on is a waste because...
Which enemies should I hunt?
Until you can use the TL17 Drone, go to the Viarosso 3 level 1 Sewer next to the GeneRep. You can use your Starter Drones to shoot the plants which BARELY move, making aiming UNIMPORTANT to a low rank Droner.
And once you get the TL 17 Drone, you simply walk to the Cellar area next to the Subway in Viarosso 3 and hunt Mutants.
You don't need to aim to hit the Mutants with the TL17 Drone.
Hunt them until you get the TL27 Drone. Now that you can do AOE, go back to the same Mutant area and just hunt them.
DO NOT GO TO THE AGGIE CELLARS. Only newbies and ignorant runners go there. You will level faster sticking to the Plant > Mutant Formula here.
Okay, to recap
Starter Drone until TL17 Drone - Sewer Plants
TL17 Drone until TL 27 Drone - Mutants
TL27 Drone and up - Mutants
What about later on?
that is up to you. I jsut keep ranking up until I can get the next level auto aiming laser drone like the TL17 Drone. The next AOE Drone you should get is the Rk50 Drone.
Good luck, and keep your Drones out of the water!
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