Drones, originally developed by the Gallente in the Caldari-Gallente War, have become a well-known presence in New Eden. Combat drones, in particular, are now established as a reliable primary weapon system.
This has led to the development of new drone support modules, expanding their power and versatility. To make drones more accessible to newer pilots in the wake of these advances, several drone skill requirements have been reduced.
Each faction's drones have their own strengths in combat. Gallente drones deliver thermal damage and are the slowest of the four faction drones, but their damage output is superior. Caldari drones deliver kinetic damage, dealing slightly less damage than the Gallente drones, but offer more speed. Amarr drones deliver electro-magnetic (EM) damage, with a good balance of speed and destruction. Minmatar drones deliver explosive damage. They deliver the lowest damage of the combat drones but make up for that with unrivaled speed.