Guide to better understand how crafting drones work.
Crafting Drones Guide
Machines depend heavily on their equipment, and modules. Both need to be crafted. This means you will have to farm and buy materials to make equipment and modules. You can start crafting Drones as soon as you recruit Kylie. When you decide to craft a drone, you will have to choose the Frame, SP type, Operating System, and all of its equipment. The Frame and SP type cannot be changed after they are first made. Whenever you replace the machine's equipment, the replaced piece of equipment will be lost.
For the most part, Machines cannot be healed. Some exceptions are Kylie's support protocol, and anything the machine has that says it heals the machine. Kylie's hacking protocol can cause Recognition Disruption (Confuse enemies and allies), Shutdown (cannot act, dodge, or block for 3 turns), or she can steal the robot, until the end of the mission. Shutdown can also be applied in an area using an EMP grenade.
Modules are masteries for machines. Modules use output instead of training points to determine what they can equip. They also have module slots and property limits for each type of module slot. They also have Module sets. These module sets can be see in RexEvil's mastery set guide. Max output can be increased by certain pieces of equipment, OS type, modules, personal masteries, and they increase with level as well. Very little increases with level, and when they do increase, it isn't by much. Hit chance, block chance, dodge chance, and the 2 ESP resistances you get from your SP type are the only other stats that increase each level.
Machines start out with their max fuel and they lose fuel for actions and at the beginning of their turns. The amount they lose per turn is based on their fuel consumption. Fuel can be recovered through some modules/module sets, Solar panels, and by using the fuel filling action of a EV charger or Gas Pump. When a machine has no fuel it will gain the debuff Fuel Exhaustion. Fuel Exhaustion prevents blocking, dodging, move abilities, attack abilities, support abilities, and heal abilities.
Machines have a durability that seems to be linked to Kylie's Level. From what I can tell a machine's max durability at creation is equal to 70 plus Kylie's current level. You will lose 1 max durability each time the machine goes out of action. The machine will lose current durability based on the lowest percent HP it had during a mission. Current durability can be increased by going to the machine and pressing the repair button at bottom of the machines description page while between missions. This will cost some Vil to do. At certain durability thresholds, the machine may get a debuff or may not be able to be used. When below 20 durability the machine cannot be used. Between 20 and 40 durability, the machine will have massive damage. That causes the machine to get 60% less armor, resistance, Attack power, and ESP from equipped items. From 40 to 60 durability, the machine will have serious damage. This causes the machine to get 40% less armor, resistance, Attack power, and ESP from equipped items. From 60 to 80 the machine will have light damage. That causes the machine to get 20% less armor, resistance, Attack power, and ESP from equipped items. When above 80 the machine will have no debuff.
When a machine is made it will have a personal mastery starting with Performance Improvement or Compatibility Increment. These can only be obtained at creation (maybe could be changed after creation, but before 1st AI reinforcement, not sure). Each time you do AI reinforcement, you will get a choice of a few personal masteries, and they can be changed with some blueprints to one from a short list. As you level, you will also unlock the ability to craft new modules at every 1st, 8th, and 16th class level. These are based on the machine's frame and SP type.
Building a Drone
First you will want to decide which frame you are going with each will give the machine 10 speed, a certain Maximum Loadage, various module slots, and some other stats like move distance and Maximum output. Maximum Loadage determines the maximum weight the machine can carry. If you go over this amount, you will not be able to make the machine. This will also determine which modules will be unlock at the 1st and 16th class level at each AI reinforcement.
Next will be the SP type of the machine. This will determine how the machine gets SP and what bonuses it gets per 5 SP. It also will give the machine an additional module slot. The SP type will determine which modules will be unlocked at each 8th class level for each AI reinforcement. The machine will also gain resistance to 2 different ESP types based on the SP type of the machine, and one will be high than the other.
The OS has a wide range of effects that can be changed between missions, as long as any bonuses lost won't cause the machine to not be able to be built. Generally, you get an effect related to fuel and some additional effect(s).
All pieces of equipment will affect the machines fuel consumption, speed, and current weight. Some may get bonuses based on the Frame or SP type of the machine. Weapons will determine the ESP power, attack power, hit chance, crit chance, and crit damage. It will also give the machine it's main attack and its SP attack. The Power Unit, unlike all other main parts, will give the machine Speed. The Armor will give the machine its max HP, Armor, and Resistance. The Driving device will give the machine its move distance. The sensor will determine the machine's sight, night sight, hit chance, and crit chance. The fuel tank will determine the machine's max fuel.
After crafting a machine, you can equip the modules Sub Attack Equipment or Sub Support Equipment. These will allow sub equipment to be equipped, but they still affect the machine's Fuel consumption, Speed, and current weight. Sub Attack equipment will allow you to equip the attack aim device (hit chance) or attack reinforcement device (crit damage). Sub Support Equipment will allow you to equip sub armor (HP), Sub engine Havoc (Max Loadage and increased speed), Sub engine PhysX (Max Output and increased speed), Magnet coating (decreased damaged per tile away from attacker), Nano Skin (repair HP some % when below 50% HP 5 times in a mission), Solar Panel (regain fuel based of daytime and weather), and fuel tanks (you cannot pick the same type of fuel tank as the main fuel tank).
- Turning Over a New Leaf
- Fire Veil
- Blessings of earth
- Furious Lightning Gale
- Poisonous Gas
- Venom Cloud
- Severe Bleeding
- Severe Bruise
- Magic Backflow
- Bad Smell
- Severe Burn
- Wind chain
- Starlight Prison
- Polluted Water
- Icy Road
- Increase speed by 20.
- Increase move distance by 1.
- Increase Frame module slots by 1 (Increase Frame property limit by 2).
- Increase max output by 6.
- Increase damage dealt by 4% per reinforcement program.
- Reduce damage taken by 4% per reinforcement program.
- Increase Armor and Resistance gained from items by 15%.
- Increase Attack power and ESP from items by 15%.
- Increases the Fuel from equipped items by 50%.
- Increase sight and night sight by 1.
- Increase hit chance and critical hit chance by 5%.
- Increase Block and Dodge chance by 10%.
- Increase property limit for each module by 3.
- Reduce the Damage Taken by 1% for every 50 total frame weight.
- Upon consuming fuel, reduce action time by 5 for every 50 fuel spent.
- When HP is less than 50%, recover 25% HP and consume fuel equal to 10% of that recovery.
- Increase hit chance and critical hit chance by 10%.
Auto Revenge Fire
- If you dodge a ranged attack from an adversary in sight, Couter attack with a ranged attack.
- Uses 50 fuel and increase your action time by 20.
Performance Improvement and Compatibility Increment
Performance Improvement - Critical hit chance
- Critical hit chance increased by 5%.
Performance Improvement - Speed
- Increase Speed by 10.
Performance Improvement - HP
- Increase HP by 200.
Performance Improvement - Hit Chance
- Hit chance increases by 5%.
Compatibility Increment - Fuel Consumption
- All Abilities have 10% less Fuel consumption.