The rank 4 evolution of the Defense Drone says that it increases the Duration by 100%. However...

defense drone

As you can see from the image above, it doesn't list the base duration at all on the upgrade screen. Since it obviously isn't 0 seconds, does anyone know the base duration for the Defense Drone?

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Coalesced.bin lists the effectduration for the protectordrone (Defense Drone) object as having a base value of 45, so the default duration should be 45 seconds.

  • Hm, are you positive the value is in full seconds? After leveling Tali up, it definitely is not lasting anywhere near to that...
    – FAE
    Commented Mar 15, 2012 at 13:34
  • It should be, yep. Tactical Cloak has a known base duration of 8 seconds, and its value is 8. Were you using the drone in combat, or just trying it out in safety? There's an additional noncombattimeout_length that indicates it might go away more quickly in non-sustained combat, but I'm not positive.
    – Tim Stone
    Commented Mar 15, 2012 at 13:58
  • Ahha, I think that might be it! I was indeed testing outside of combat. Thanks much! :D
    – FAE
    Commented Mar 15, 2012 at 14:20
  • Sure thing! For completeness, that timeout value is 5, so my guess is that it's only five seconds of safety before it disappears.
    – Tim Stone
    Commented Mar 15, 2012 at 14:24

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