Friday, February 18, 2011

‘Mantis Exterminator’

Cryonite, a Blueprint and Mantis to kill - I love this game
The preceding story mission was: ‘Facilitating Corruption’

The following story mission is: ‘Intel Delivery’

This could be the most significant mission of your career so far. Bill Darius wants to introduce you to Bruno Paine. You’ll get to know this chap well.

Bruno is an enigmatic pilot, face partially hidden by his helmet visor. He tells you that he hates Mantis and can’t accept that the Colonial Administration agreed to a truce with them. He comes close to letting slip details of some personal loss at the hands of the Mantis. Whatever his motivation, Bruno is prepared to pay cold hard crystals in return for killing Mantis.

When you reach the surface Bruno updates your map with the location of some Mantis Eliminators. If you kill 10 of them within the time limit then he’ll pay you 20 crystals. The timer starts when you land and you have 13 minutes.

It will take you 30 seconds or so to get to the area, but the location switches between a few different spots on the map each time you take the mission. Once at the designated spot you will find a swarm of Eliminators who will do their best to pod you. Get in there and start killing. So much fun, it’s better than cake.

Once you kill the first one you get a % completed message. This is useful because it’s easy to lose track in the middle of the action, particularly if you’re in a squad. If you’ve only got 30 seconds left and are at 90% then you need to go all out to get one more. If you’re still only at 50% then you’re probably not going to do it, so cut your losses and try again.

You should be able to complete this mission fairly comfortably in the time given. If you are getting badly damaged then Afterburn away and wait for your R2 unit (repair droid) to cool down and be ready for action again. You have time for one and perhaps two strategic withdrawals in this particular mission.

During this mission I collected a Blueprint (BP) for the Enhanced Ion Blaster. There’s no guarantee you will too, but I did also get promoted to level 5 and you should be close to that by now, or even higher.

Once you have completed the mission you can return to orbit, or stay and keep killing as I did. The Eliminators will keep spawning so there’s hours of fun to be had. When you do get to orbit take a look in the mission tab. You should now see two missions in a white font (hence the name ‘White Missions’), namely ‘Kill Scouts’ and ‘Steal Repair Droid Tech’. You now have the option of taking either of these missions, the next yellow story mission which is ‘Intel Delivery’, or going to the hangar and upgrading your ship if you have a new BP. You could go back to the surface to find Energy and enemies, or even fly to another planet and see what you find there.

I’m not going to advise you what to do next. Try what you fancy and do what you like. The tutorial is over and I declare the game open. Welcome to Pirate Galaxy.


  1. the chance on the enhanced ion blaster is pretty big, it drops 1:6 or something,

  2. Hello Pbhuh. Thanks for the added detail. If it's 1:6 (or close) then you are pretty likely to get the blaster.