Elite: Dangerous players are putting together fragmented accounts of fighting the Thargoids

One of the first players to encounter the Thargoids in Elite: Dangerous provided a video of the encounter, and the bad news is that it doesn’t go well for the player. The craft was already sitting amidst the wreckage of NPC ships and quickly turned its destructive firepower upon the player’s vessel. Considering the barnacles observed throughout the galaxy, it’s clear that players are finding the Thargoids to be unapproachable and frightening threats as they silently pursue an unknown agenda. And the patch has only been out for a day.

Nevertheless, players are finding ways to fight back. One player already managed to rip an organic and highly corrosive chunk out of a Thargoid ship, while other players have noted some odd gravitational signatures around a Thargoid’s frame shift. There are even reports of a fleet taking on a Thargoid and surviving, developing battle tactics that could take one down even if they didn’t succeed on the first attempt (the fleet in question suffered no losses, however). It’s going to be interesting to see how the community continues to respond to these alien threats.

Source: Reddit (1, 2, 3), YouTube via PC Gamer
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PhoenixDfire

I must admit, I’m loving this so far. I spent an hour rescuing escape pods whilst under fire from these bugs. There’s now a barnacle forest that these thargoid ships seem to visit a lot and the hyperdictions have gone mental round the Plaidies.

There are research probes that you fire at them and get loads of cash if you survive long enough to get the data but when they turn red, make like the Doctor (or do a ‘Brave Sir Robin’) and just run!

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zeko_rena

Not sure why players are attacking them until we unlock the anti Thargoid weaponry, I guess it is something at least interesting to try in the mean time.

The two current CGG (Community Grind Goals) are both looking like they are related to starting to unlock said weaponry.

Those weird looking lasers from the Thargoid ship are bypassing the Federal Vette’s shields and hitting straight into the hull, that is pretty intense haha

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edangerous

Had loads of fun so far trying to figure out what these guys are up to, best thing is jettisoning humans inside escape pods and watching the Thargoids suck them up :)

The drones they deploy are really cool, a definite BSG vibe from them.

I see someone got pulled out of witch space 5000 light years from the bubble by a pair of Thargoids, it seems no one is safe….

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Alex Willis

Reading about the Thargoids for the past year has made me very jealous that I’m not playing. You have no Science Fiction Soul if you watch those videos and feel nothing!

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BalsBigBrother

The streams I have been watching have been interesting and with folks going in to be totally wrecked by the Thargoids before managing to escape by the skin of their teeth. Though with several million credits worth of repairs to look forward to once they limp away to a station. It looked really exciting and they seem to be having a load of fun.

Me I will probably poop my spacesuit and fly away as quickly as possible should I find myself in an instance with a thargoid. hehe :-)

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thirtymil

I’m a little surprised people are taking Anacondas and Corvettes to their first encounters with Thargoids. Those are some very expensive rebuys. I would have thought something smaller, faster and cheaper would be a better scouting option. It’s Frontier’s modus operandi to make sure the players hurt first and then (possibly) ease off later so taking your most expensive ship strikes me as a good way to increase the pain.

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Armsbend

Elite seems to be the only online game that really contains mystery or surprise in development right now. It rarely seems to get credit for it outside of it’s own circle. Well done.

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thirtymil

Unfortunately Elite suffers from the EVE problem – its mysteries are a lot more exciting to read about than they are to uncover. If you ignore the suggestions being bandied about that streamers are being pointed/nudged in the right direction to discover this stuff, for the average player intent on finding it out, it’s mostly about an awful lot of frameshift drive jumps and an awful lot of fuel scooping and not much else.

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PhoenixDfire

I think they’ve learnt from that. Once you know how to do something, visit guardian ruins or thargoid bases, they are certainly worth a visit in person, some of the streams don’t do it justice.

What was a rare event (the brown trouser educing hyperdictions) are coming quite commonplace in the Maia system, so that kind of content is becoming more available but (And this is the thing with Elite) if you go looking for it.

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chriskovo .

Don’t forget the part where you are always flying into the sun whenever you jump! Game mechanics were way annoying in this game.

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PhoenixDfire

There’s a simple way to stop that. Set your throttle to zero mid hyperspace jump and they’ve put in new mechanics to stop you jumping right in-between a binary star system, which for most pilots was a heat death trap.

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