In Elite: Dangerous 1.3, two new ship statuses were added in addition to "clean" and "wanted": "enemy" and "lawless". Obviously one has a green light to shoot down enemy ships, but what about lawless ships? Can I shoot them too without getting fined? Do I get anything out of shooting them?

  • I think lawless ships (except Corrupt System Defense) might have a bounty, but not in the current system (so it's like a prompt to KWS them). I'm not positive though.
    – Tim Stone
    Jun 26, 2015 at 6:16

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You can shoot anything with a red name without being fined by the pilot's federation. Lawless, for example, appears in Arrissa's expansion system areas and it is similar to a conflict zone.

Depending on the situation these statuses appear in, you could acquire Merit Points and/or PowerPlay Points(for expansion, control, undermining, and some Powers may even offer prep).

But! If the ship you are attacking is in a different power than you but still in the same major faction (Arissa and Aisling are both Empire), you will lose Merit points for attacking an ally.

  • So shoot away but still pay attention to who they're working for (since lawless imperial ships are perfectly OK). Got it.
    – Unionhawk
    Jun 9, 2015 at 13:38

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