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Drone Cage
Drone Cage (CivBE)
Ranged Unit in Beyond Earth
Required 3 Supremacy (CivBE) Supremacy
3 Purity (CivBE) Purity
1 20xFiraxiteBE Firaxite
Autonomous Systems (CivBE) Autonomous Systems
Moves Moves (CivBE) 2
Base Unit Strength 20xStrengthBE 22

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Game infoEdit

The Drone Cage is a Supremacy-Purity Purity - Supremacy hybrid unit consisting of a single human engineer and two remote repair drones that heals itself and allied troops adjacent to it for 10HP at the beginning of a player's upkeep. This makes Drone Cages a far earlier-to-acquire form of healing for the massed troop formations that Supremacy-oriented armies specialize in. They are also useful in continued attacks on aliens with Purity-based armies that suffer from a lack of sustainability. They require 1 20xFiraxiteBE Firaxite to be built. Drone Cage healing also affects units of your allies, so you can use them to assist an ally.

Unit Upgrades Edit

Tier 1Edit

Drone Cages are available early-game - they can be obtained even by rushing Computing and picking up two of the leaf technologies along the way (you will need robotics for the firaxite), which can be useful in many situations. Drone Cages require 1 20xFiraxiteBE Firaxite up front which impedes their usefulness, but their Strength is fairly high for the time and they assist cheaper units such as Gunners and Marines greatly through their Aid drones. Be sure to scatter them about an army to ensure your army remains durable and resilient.

Drone Cage portfolio (CivBE)

Drone Cage in fortification (left) and their upgrade pose (right)

Subject Tier 1 (Drone Cage)
Tech Prerequisites Autonomous Systems
Affinity Prerequisites 3 Purity (CivBE) Purity

3 Supremacy (CivBE) Supremacy

Resource Cost 1 20xFiraxiteBE Firaxite
Production Cost 265 20xProductionBE Production
Combat Strength 22 20xStrengthBE Strength
Movement 2Moves (CivBE)
Passives Deploy Aid Drones
  • Deploy Aid Drones - Heals adjacent allied units for 10HP at the beginning of your upkeep.

Tier 2Edit

Tier 2 Drone Cages come with no extra gadgets, however their perks are still quite useful. You can double the effectiveness of Deploy Aid Drones to 20HP per turn, which dedicates them into Combat Medics, or you can double them as frontline attackers with bonus mobility or ranged defense. While their resource cost is the same as a CNDR which is arguably better as a defensive unit, the Drone Cage has plenty of utility that allows it to strive well into the late game.

Subject Tier 2 (True Drone Cage) Tier 2 (Master Drone Cage) Tier 2 (Prime Drone Cage)
Tech Prerequisites Autonomous Systems Autonomous Systems Autonomous Systems
Affinity Prerequisites 10 Purity (CivBE) Purity

4 Supremacy (CivBE) Supremacy

8 Purity (CivBE) Purity

8 Supremacy (CivBE) Supremacy

4 Purity (CivBE) Purity

10 Supremacy (CivBE) Supremacy

Resource Cost 1 20xFiraxiteBE Firaxite 1 20xFiraxiteBE Firaxite 1 20xFiraxiteBE Firaxite
Production Cost 395 20xProductionBE Production 395 20xProductionBE Production 395 20xProductionBE Production
Combat Strength 60 20xStrengthBE Strength 60 20xStrengthBE Strength 60 20xStrengthBE Strength
Movement 2Moves (CivBE) 2Moves (CivBE) 2Moves (CivBE)
Perk Choice A Double effectiveness of utility actions Double effectiveness of utility actions Double effectiveness of utility actions
Perk Choice B 1Moves (CivBE)Movement 50% 20xStrengthBE Strength when defending against ranged 30% 20xStrengthBE Strength when next to friendly unit
Passives Deploy Aid Drones Deploy Aid Drones Deploy Aid Drones
  • Deploy Aid Drones - Heals adjacent allied units for 10HP at the beginning of your upkeep

Civilopedia Entry

The Drone Cage is a lone trooper accompanied by remote-controlled, multi-purpose machines capable of both combat and first-aid. The machinist operating the drones is also equipped with genetic modifications and neural enhancements, making them uniquely capable of maintaining control and understanding of all of the placement and actions of themselves and the drones all at once.

This understanding of the robots as an extension of themselves, and delicate understanding of their structure and function allows the drone cage to be an incredibly effective combat participant.

The armor of the Drone Cage operator is made of a highly durable silicon-based polymer, and every inch of the suit is covered in sensors, communicators, and computerized systems. Altogether, this is an immensely versatile unit.

See also Edit

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