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Generic drone.png 64px
Access: Everywhere
Additional Access: N/A
Difficulty: Easy
Supervisors: Your laws
Duties: Maintain the integrity of the station. Avoid any non-drone species.
Guides: Guide to construction, Guide to advanced construction, Singularity Engine, Solars, Guide to Telecommunications
Quote: Aww what a cute little- HEY THAT FUCKIN' DRONE JUST STOLE THE RCD!!

IMPORTANT: As a Drone you MUST NOT DISTURB THE ONGOING ROUND, you are bound to three simple laws. Understand what they mean and obey them to the letter.

Drones are non-human, insect-like creatures tasked with maintaining the integrity of Nanotrasen space stations. They are usually the result of cooperation between Robotics and RnD. Drones hold no loyalty to anyone but themselves, however their entire purpose is to maintain the integrity of their assigned space station. They cannot interact with any non-drone person at all, at risk of destruction.

Drones are played by players who are currently ghosted. In order to take control of a Drone, find a empty drone shell (usually these will be in robotics) and then left click it. See also building a drone

Drone Laws

Gavel.png These are rules

You will be banned from playing as a drone if you break these laws.

  1. You may not involve yourself in the matters of another being, even if such matters conflict with Law Two or Law Three, unless the other being is another Drone.
  2. You may not harm any being, regardless of intent or circumstance.
  3. Your goals are to build, maintain, repair, improve, and power to the best of your abilities, You must never actively work against these goals.

What This Means

Laws 1 and 2 prohibit you from interacting with living beings. This includes humans, lizardpeople, silicons, monkeys, pets, slimes, animals, xenos, and basically anything that is not an object, another drone, or part of the station. You cannot help them, you cannot hurt them, and you cannot interact with them at all, ever. This does not mean you have to go out of your way to avoid living beings; they simply do not exist to you. Person in crit? Walk on by. Traitor murdering someone in maint? Not your problem. Xeno infestation? Just fix the holes they leave in the station.

Law 3 gives your mandate: station upkeep. This is not the same as prevention! Upkeep can include repairing hull breaches, cleaning bloodstains or vandalism, repairing power issues, and generally what a Station Engineer or Janitor never does. This is intentionally somewhat broad. For example, setting up the solars is definitely okay. Building a fort in maintenance is probably okay. Dragging around the nuclear authentication disk like a party train is not okay. And interacting with living beings in the process is never okay. If you see an active bomb, you leave it alone. There is no damage yet after all. Once it goes off, the station is damaged and only then does your third law come into play. Use common sense or get banned.

Nanotrasen stations being what they are, gray areas might sometimes arise. When in doubt, ahelp.


Drones have two hands, and can pick up certain items around the station just like humans. They are also equipped with a built in wrench, screwdriver, wirecutters, welding tool, and crowbar. Drones also have built-in light sources, as bright as flashlights, for when they are working in dark areas.

Drones can climb through connected vents to quickly move around the station. To do that hold down the Alt key while left-clicking on a vent. Use this to access areas without opening doors and to gather tools or materials for repairs faster than any regular crew member could. Think about cleaning up your mess after a task is complete to minimize your possible interaction with the crew (law 1).

Drones can talk to and understand other drones with the special drone language, but otherwise cannot understand anyone else. Drones can also speak on the Drone Chat channel with ":b", like the Silicon binary channel, but just for drones.

Some humans will want to pick you up and wear you as a hat. This is of course of no concern to you.


A number of restrictions are placed on drones to limit their interaction with the world, which can help you keep your laws.

  • Cannot interact when within 4 tiles of a being.
  • Cannot interact in the Supermatter Engine or Atmospherics areas
  • Cannot interact with machines touched by a being less than 5 minutes ago.
  • Cannot use air alarms or computers.
  • Can only pick up certain items.

You should generally be able to perform your duties with these restrictions, but a good rule of thumb is you can't help beings repair a room, unless you keep your distance.

Drones and You

Drones are here to repair your screw ups damage to the station. They are able to procure these resources on their own and may attempt to take them from your workplace. Most of the time this should not be a problem for you, but if it is, pick up the metal or glass and the drone will leave it (and you) alone.

Remember, drones will probably glitch out and steal your shit are very single-minded in their focus on their task and thus are likely to acquire supplies you need for yourself. They are not able to understand you, so often the only way to get them to stop is to give them a few whacks until they can't continue.

If you see a drone working, you will interfere by getting too close. Give them some space if you see one, so they can continue their work.

The repurposed W.I.Z Inc. machine-spirit hardware in drone tech is highly susceptible to hat based emanations. Stealing Borrowing of hats is an unfortunate side effect of this; do not be alarmed. If the glitchy little bastard valued robot helper refuses to give up your headgear, wear the drone as a hat instead. Some models of drone have an inbuilt holoprojector for headgear.

How do I make them?

Drones can be researched by R&D under the Dexterous Robotics Research node, and constructed at a mech fabricator under Control Interfaces.


Drones can customize both their appearances and the colors in which they appear in.

File:Drone.png File:Repairdrone.png File:Scoutdrone.png
File:Droneblue.png File:Dronegreen.png File:Dronepink.png File:Dronepink2.png File:Dronered.png File:Superdrone.png

Drone Types

Very rarely encountered, never naturally implemented. Still exists in the code, however.



Instead of the default drone laws, the syndicate drone receives a special syndicate lawset. It gets 10 telecrystals (which can be used to buy weapons), and can kill and eat other drones to increase its health. They also get access to the syndicate radio channel, and wears a syndicate spacesuit helmet as a hat. It has a default 30 health, but by consuming other drones, it can reach a maximum health pool of 120. Very powerful, as it has all access, and can ventcrawl around. This, combined with the fact that the little bugger is super hard to hit means that you can be a real menace to the crew.

Law 1: Interfere.

Law 2: Kill.

Law 3: Destroy.

Badass Syndrone

It's a regular Syndrone, except it has 30 telecrystals, which is plenty enough for you to go on a killing rampage. It is distinguished by normal syndrones by getting a special elite syndicate spacesuit helmet as a hat. Fancy. Unfortunately, it still has 30 default health and is still vulnerable to EMPs.

Snowflake Drone

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A maintenance drone with a built in holographic projector to display hats and masks. The possibilities are endless! This drone can also polymorph its own color.

Jobs on /tg/station


Command Captain, Head of Personnel, Head of Security, Chief Engineer, Research Director, Chief Medical Officer
Security Head of Security, Security Officer, Warden, Detective
Engineering Chief Engineer, Station Engineer, Atmospheric Technician
Science Research Director, Geneticist, Scientist, Roboticist
Medical Chief Medical Officer, Medical Doctor, Paramedic, Chemist, Virologist
Supply Head of Personnel, Quartermaster, Cargo Technician, Shaft Miner
Service Head of Personnel, Janitor, Bartender, Cook, Botanist, Clown, Mime, Chaplain, Curator, Assistant, Lawyer, Psychologist, Prisoner
Non-human AI, Cyborg, Positronic Brain, Drone, Personal AI, Construct, Imaginary Friend, Split Personality, Ghost
Antagonists Traitor, Malfunctioning AI, Changeling, Nuclear Operative, Blood Cultist, Heretic, Revolutionary, Wizard, Family, Blob, Abductor, Holoparasite, Xenomorph, Spider, Swarmers, Revenant, Morph, Nightmare, Space Ninja, Slaughter Demon, Pirate, Sentient Disease, Obsessed, Fugitives, Hunters, Space Dragon, Elite Mobs, Sentient Slime, Rat King
Special CentCom Official, Death Squad Officer, Emergency Response Officer, Chrono Legionnaire, Highlander, Ian, Lavaland Role