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The Patrol Bot is a defensive robot from a Rival Company with versatile traversal options in combat, covering both ground and air. It shoots a plasma laser from the particle accelerator placed inside its "head" - which is also more vulnerable due to the many vents. Its synthetic exterior makes this a durable, tough enemy, but the firewall protecting its AI software is easy to bypass, making it a perfect target for your state-of-the-art Hacking Device.
— Miner's Manual Description

The Patrol Bot will be found in places where a Prospector Drone has been attacked, or in Industrial Sabotage missions commonly accompanied by Shredders. It will hover around and evade attacks while providing gunfire with its turret acting as a head.

Being a part of the rival technology it has very distinct circuitry lining across its body, with the glowing orange circuitry being most noticeable on its head. The head has a barrel on the front which is used to deliver shots. The body structure consists of a sphere used used for hovering and flying and it has legs similar to the M.U.L.E.'s.

There is a somewhat rare chance that killing a Patrol Bot will not cause it to explode and it will instead simply float to the ground, emitting greenish light. If this happens, Dwarves have 30 seconds to approach the bot and use their Hacking Device to hack it and turn it into an ally. In this state, it will fly around and target enemies, similar to the tamed Glyphids when using the Beast Master perk. If the hacking is cancelled or the bot remains unhacked for longer than 30 seconds, it will regain a portion of its health, fly back up and continue to attack players until destroyed again. Patrol Bots spawned during the Caretaker fight cannot become hackable.

Even though the Patrol Bot's airborne nature gives it great advantage against most enemies native to Hoxxes IV, it still has health and can be destroyed. In addition, a hacked Patrol Bot constantly loses health at a slow rate, which naturally limits its lifespan.

There is no hard limit on how many allied Patrol Bots there can be at the same time, but the more of them the team has, the lower the chances are that another Patrol Bot will become hackable.

Combat[]

Patrol Bots are fairly mobile and will fly up to attack Dwarves like Mactera Spawn. They alternate between bursts of fire and aiming single fire shots at players from their head turrets. If damaged enough they will fly around erratically and reposition themselves. It is capable of using the hover ball device under it to perform a quick evasive roll across the ground when attempting to dodge return fire.

Once killed, a Patrol Bot will drop to the ground and quickly roll around randomly, exploding after a short delay (unless it becomes hackable).

Health and Armor[]

Effective

Health Scaling

Hazard Level
Normal Mission DD EDD
1 2 3 4 5 3 3.5 4.5 5 5.5
Player Count Dwarfcount1.png 405 585 720 900 1080 720 765 990 1080 1170
Dwarfcount2.png 495 675 810 900 1080 810 855 990 1080 1170
Dwarfcount3.png 630 810 900 1080 1260 900 990 1170 1260 1350
Dwarfcount4.png 765 900 990 1170 1350 990 1080 1260 1350 1440
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