In X3 Albion Prelude, you can find crates containing engine and rudder, collecting which can overtune your ship, increasing its speed and handling far beyond what is normally possible for a given model. Where can I find them? If they are random, is there a trick to locating them, like the BBS of X3 TC?

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The pandora crates are randomly generated during a new game. There are a total of 8 crates per game, and they always spawn in pirate sectors. Their locations are totally random. And as far as I know, there are no in game hints to their whereabouts. Worst yet, some of them may end up being destroyed so you lose the contents.

There's a script on the egosoft forms somewhere that can locate them for you, but that will result in having a *modified* game.

As a semi-cheat:

If you save your game then run the script and write down the coordinates you can then go fetch them without being flagged as such.

Other than that, I suggest taking a fast M5 (like a kestrel) and then run the "map sector" command centered on 0,0,0 with a radius of 200km. Keep the sector map open and keep an eye on the list of items, if your Kestrel is close enough it'll pop up there as containers.

Also, someone on the forum noted that some crates might not show up when you are at the coordinates until you drop an advanced satellite nearby.

  • Can I get a link to that script? Also, is there always the same total number of tunings, or is that random too?
    – kotekzot
    Jan 29, 2013 at 20:54
  • @kotekzot there are a random # of tunings per crate. I added the script link to my answer.
    – l I
    Jan 29, 2013 at 20:57
  • Excellent script, thanks! My game has 15 engine tunings and 11 rudder tunings, sweetness.
    – kotekzot
    Jan 30, 2013 at 7:04
  • @kotekzot wow, nice. That'll be one souped up hype for sure. Throw on a turbo boost and you'll be faster than a kestrel, lol
    – l I
    Jan 30, 2013 at 11:52

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