Description of the Drone Bunny Role (DDD)
The DDD is the person responsible for killing all the frigates on the field. As soon as you land, people assign drones to you up to a maximum of 50 drones. Most of these drones are light drones, which are fast and able to reach any target you attack quickly. Your objective is to kill the frigates as fast as you can, especially those frigates that do bad things to the fleet, namely ECM, Points (Scrams) and Webs. To help you with your task, your fleet members will provide you with Remote Sensor Boosters ("resebos") to increase your lock speed and remote tracking computers ("links") to boost your gun tracking and range.
You cannot directly instruct the 50 assigned drones to attack a particular target, but instead they follow your shots and attack what you attack. They will follow whatever aggressive module you last activated on a target (this includes your guns, webs, or paints) and attack that same target.
If you receive more drones assisted to you, stop the cycle on an aggressive module and re-activate it on the same target to engage the remaining drones.
Minimize drone travel time and wasted DPS by keeping them on one target as long as possible.
Once a target dies, quickly activate one or more modules on a new target to send the drones there.
You can split your guns into multiple stacks, or even use 1 gun specifically for directing drones.
Strategically time and minimize your ship movements to optimize your tracking against frigates as they are small targets. It is better to pick a few places to stop and shoot from rather than try to chase down each target individually.
Always follow directions from your FC. In particular, the command "Full fleet shoot the XXX" includes you, the Drone Bunny, unless otherwise directed.
YOU WANT 50 DRONES AT ALL TIMES TO MAXIMIZE YOUR DPS. (Ask for more drones if you think you aren't capped at 50.
Accepted Drone Bunny Ships
Other DPS ships
How to fit: ideally the DDD has 2 Webs to slow your targets and multiple Tracking Enhancer lowslots to enhance your range and tracking against targets.
What kind of enemies do I primarily shoot? MONSTER
The "MONSTER" acronym helps you remember the most common enemies you will need to focus on as the DDD. Keep in mind, depending on the site you are usually not killing them in this specific order; instead, refer to each site's kill sequence as listed in detail further below.
These are small, fast Sansha cruisers with the signature of a frigate that act as Logi ships for the Sansha fleet. These are most often Sniper targets, but in some circumstances the FC will tell you to specifically go after these.
The Outuni has dangerously powerful large neuts, and must be killed quickly by the fleet. Never shoot the first tagged Outuni unless specifically instructed to, as the fleet will be shooting it and the first one dies very rapidly. Shoot the second or third tagged Outuni instead so you can apply your damage and assigned drones the best.
Niarjas are only present in TCRCs. They are your primary target at all times when they are present. The Niarja neuts and jams pilots.
Nasty little frigates, they point and web. Usually your first target in most of the HQ sites. Killing these quickly removes scrams and helps to get your fellow fleet members safely to the next gate and not being slowed down.
Tamas deal high DPS and also point. Try not to let too many of these stack up, especially in a TPPH.
Normal Frigate. Has webs.
Lastly, if you have cleared all of the necessary frigates, you will usually move on to help the HHH with the Uitra and Romi cruisers in reverse tag order and then with the remaining DPS targets.
For each site, what should I do, where do I go, what do I kill?
In general, the DDD should try to be at the VVV anchor spot at the start of each new wave spawn to be close to the new targets. During the wave, you may have to pick a second or third position to stop and shoot from. In the TCRC, there is a special job to be done described in more detail below.
Romis (reverse order of tags)
Special note: in the 3rd room, you will be working hard to clear a large number of frigates. Towards the end of each wave, you need to stop shooting these frigates and attack the last Ostingele Tectum, as this helps reduce the risk of drones being shot on each new wave spawn. Listen for the FC to call this swap but try to anticipate it for yourself.
Romis (Furthest from DPS ships)
Romis (Furthest from DPS ships)
Last Tagged Outuni
Romis (Reverse Tag Order)
The most important site as a drone bunny. This is the only site where the Niarja spawns. The Niarja jams and neuts people and is your highest priority target. If the Niarja attacks a Logistics pilot, they are unable to lock the person who has the aggro and their cap gets drained.
Kill all the Niarjas on the field. This is your #1 job without delay. There are two Niarjas when we start the site. Once killed, one will respawn behind the Shield Transfer tower every 30 seconds or so. Position yourself directly between the Sansha Battletower and the Shield Transfer array (9 bubbles) to be in optimal position to kill the Niarja every time as soon as it respawns. You will get multiple remote sensor boosters and tracking links to help with this task and make this a near-instant kill if done correctly.
Between killing Niarjas, you should work on killing the untagged Schmaeels. Two Schmaeels near the MTAC factory will respawn if killed, which the FC should tag J; do not kill these.
Once the tower is destroyed, no Sansha will respawn. Align to the FC's broadcast and help killing the remaining Schmaeels and the Auga, as well as any late respawning Niarja. Warp off grid when the FC says "DPS/Snipers/Battleships Warp!". Good job!