I've been out of the Elite: Dangerous universe for quite awhile. Before I left, the Thargoids had just started showing up.
Back then, they would occasionally interdict pilots during hyper-jumps in certain regions of space. During these "hyper-dictions", the ship's systems would malfunction for about a minute as the Thargoid ship scanned them and then left peacefully. Near the end of the encounter, the ship would reboot and return to normal functionality.
Or, at least, that's what I've heard on GalNet. Since I spend most of my time nowhere near inhabited space, I never had an encounter of my own. Even when I did return to The Bubble, shortly before I stepped away from the game, I still wasn't in the areas known for Thargoid activity.
Last night, I finally got back in the cockpit of my trusty Asp Explorer. Before I did though, I got caught up on the GalNet news I'd missed while I was away. That's when I found out that the Thargoids weren't just scanning ships any more - they'd turned hostile.
This presents a bit of a problem for me, as I generally play non-combat roles such as Explorer, Fuel Rat, or Miner (in that order of preference). I nearly never fly with any weapons (other than mining lasers, if you can count those) or counter-measures, and I even dump my shields now and then for power/weight savings. When I do have shields, they're the lowest class and size that I can fit on the ship - just enough to handle the occasional scrape with a mail slot, or planetary landing missteps.
I don't plan to wander near regions known for Thargoid activity any time soon, but the news I've read seems to indicate they're spreading. So, now I'm wondering what I should expect when I eventually do run into a Thargoid.
- Are there any conditions where Thargoids are known to be friendly, or at least non-hostile after you've encountered them?
- If all Thargoid encounters are hostile now, what do I need in order to survive (preferably with little to no damage) without weapons?