The Hunt Goes Live in New Eden with New Implants

As announced last week, the Guristas focused holiday event The Hunt went live after downtime yesterday.

The Hunt is Live

One of the founders of the Guristas was known as The Rabbit while pods look something like eggs, so you can build an Easter theme around that I suppose.

But the event announcement made reference to new implant sets without spelling anything out.  It wasn’t until INN posted about an update to the patch notes that I saw there was more information to be had.

The March patch notes.  It is April, but CCP appended the update to the March patch notes.  I’m already a bit sour on CCP habit of appending things to the patch notes and then not mentioning it anywhere, but at least they used to be able to adhere to the standard date structure.  Not so much anymore I guess.

First up is information about the actual event.

  • Mysterious brightly colored Guristas Capsules are appearing all over New Eden! These capsules can be found at planets, moons, asteroid belts, and stargates. They are detectable through directional scanners and probe scanners.
    • When destroyed, each of these capsules will drop a Guristas Hunt Acceleration Gate Key required to pass to the final section of the Hunt and Huntmaster Outpost sites.
  • The new Guristas Hunt Outpost and Guristas Huntmaster Outpost sites are also appearing. These sites only allow access for T1 and T2 Frigates and Destroyers, and reaching the final room of these sites requires an acceleration gate key obtained from the mysterious capsules.
  • The Guristas Hunt Outpost sites can be found all over New Eden (Highsec, Lowsec, Nullsec, and W-Space).
    • Destroy the advanced fighter in the final area for a chance at valuable loot including implants, skins, clothing, modules, and blueprints for the powerful Gecko drone!
  • The Guristas Huntmaster Outpost sites are appearing in large numbers within Caldari Lowsec space and in lower numbers within the Venal region.
    • These more difficult sites also contain more valuable rewards including blueprints for the new Hydra implant set.

So that clarifies the event a bit.  I especially like this bit, so much so that I wanted to give it its own line:

  • During the Hunt event, capsuleer capsules will have a 50% chance of dropping as loot each of the implants that normally would have been destroyed by the capsule destruction.

So pod everybody, they might drop implants!

Then there are the new implant sets.  These Hydra sets improve drone and missile range and precision, which is appropriate as the Guristas are all about drones, with some missiles mixed in.  Blueprint copies for these implants will drop in Venal and low sec Caldari space from Huntmaster Outpost event sites.  They come in the usual low, mid, and high grade variations.

Low-grade:

  • Low-grade Hydra Alpha: +2 Perception, 1% bonus to drone tracking speed, drone optimal range, drone falloff range, missile flight time, and missile explosion velocity with 2.5% set bonus
  • Low-grade Hydra Beta: +2 Memory, 1.5% bonus to drone tracking speed, drone optimal range, drone falloff range, missile flight time, and missile explosion velocitywith 2.5% set bonus
  • Low-grade Hydra Gamma: +2 Willpower, 2% bonus to drone tracking speed, drone optimal range, drone falloff range, missile flight time, and missile explosion velocity with 2.5% set bonus
  • Low-grade Hydra Delta: +2 Intelligence, 2.5% bonus to drone tracking speed, drone optimal range, drone falloff range, missile flight time, and missile explosion velocity with 2.5% set bonus
  • Low-grade Hydra Epsilon: +2 Charisma, 3% bonus to drone tracking speed, drone optimal range, drone falloff range, missile flight time, and missile explosion velocity with 2.5% set bonus
  • Low-grade Hydra Omega 10% set bonus

Mid-grade:

  • Mid-grade Hydra Alpha: +3 Perception, 1% bonus to drone tracking speed, drone optimal range, drone falloff range, missile flight time, and missile explosion velocity with 10% set bonus
  • Mid-grade Hydra Beta: +3 Memory, 1.5% bonus to drone tracking speed, drone optimal range, drone falloff range, missile flight time, and missile explosion velocity with 10% set bonus
  • Mid-grade Hydra Gamma: +3 Willpower, 2% bonus to drone tracking speed, drone optimal range, drone falloff range, missile flight time, and missile explosion velocity with 10% set bonus
  • Mid-grade Hydra Delta: +3 Intelligence, 2.5% bonus to drone tracking speed, drone optimal range, drone falloff range, missile flight time, and missile explosion velocity with 10% set bonus
  • Mid-grade Hydra Epsilon: +3 Charisma, 3% bonus to drone tracking speed, drone optimal range, drone falloff range, missile flight time, and missile explosion velocity with 10% set bonus
  • Mid-grade Hydra Omega 25% set bonus

High-grade:

  • High-grade Hydra Alpha: +4 Perception, 1% bonus to drone tracking speed, drone optimal range, drone falloff range, missile flight time, and missile explosion velocity with 15% set bonus
  • High-grade Hydra Beta: +4 Memory, 1.5% bonus to drone tracking speed, drone optimal range, drone falloff range, missile flight time, and missile explosion velocity with 15% set bonus
  • High-grade Hydra Gamma: +4 Willpower, 2% bonus to drone tracking speed, drone optimal range, drone falloff range, missile flight time, and missile explosion velocity with 15% set bonus
  • High-grade Hydra Delta: +4 Intelligence, 2.5% bonus to drone tracking speed, drone optimal range, drone falloff range, missile flight time, and missile explosion velocity with 15% set bonus
  • High-grade Hydra Epsilon: +4 Charisma, 3% bonus to drone tracking speed, drone optimal range, drone falloff range, missile flight time, and missile explosion velocity with 15% set bonus
  • High-grade Hydra Omega 50% set bonus

In addition, new Valdimar’ drone and fighter hardwiring implants have also been introduced as part of the event.

  • Black Market ‘Valdimar’ Drone Navigation DN-701: 1% increase in drone and fighter max velocity
  • Black Market ‘Valdimar’ Drone Navigation DN-703: 3% increase in drone and fighter max velocity
  • Black Market ‘Valdimar’ Drone Navigation DN-705: 5% increase in drone and fighter max velocity
  • Black Market ‘Valdimar’ Drone Sharpshooting DS-801: 1% increase in drone and fighter optimal range
  • Black Market ‘Valdimar’ Drone Sharpshooting DS-803: 3% increase in drone and fighter optimal range
  • Black Market ‘Valdimar’ Drone Sharpshooting DS-805: 5% increase in drone and fighter optimal range
  • Black Market ‘Valdimar’ Repair Drone Operation DR-901: 1% increase in drone repair amount
  • Black Market ‘Valdimar’ Repair Drone Operation DR-903: 3% increase in drone repair amount
  • Black Market ‘Valdimar’ Repair Drone Operation DR-905: 5% increase in drone repair amount
  • Black Market ‘Valdimar’ Drone Durability DD-1001: 1% increase in drone and fighter hit points
  • Black Market ‘Valdimar’ Drone Durability DD-1003: 3% increase in drone and fighter hit points
  • Black Market ‘Valdimar’ Drone Durability DD-1005: 5% increase in drone and fighter hit points

I can imaging that both sets will be popular with Abyssal site runners, as the Gila drone boat remains the most popular choice for that activity.  The Valdimar hardwiring might also find a place with those who rat in super carriers.  Certainly velocity and hit points would be welcome.

The event runs through to downtime on April 21st.

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