Reinforced Power Drills

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Reinforced Power Drills
GearGraphic Drills.png
Equipment Details
Type Support Tool
Used by Driller
Slot Mobility
Availability Default
One of the classic workhorses of DRG, the twin-linked Power Drill makes short work of more or less anything unfortunate enough to be in front of it. That includes your team mates, mind.
~ Item Description

The Reinforced Power Drills are a Support Tool used by the Driller. They are a pair of massive handheld drills mounted up to the Driller's forearms. The Driller can be seen clenching his fists while the drills spin, implying they have a trigger on the grip found inside the arm mount.

Perhaps the Driller's most iconic tool, the Powerdrills are able to cleave through solid rock like butter. They are far more effective at breaking rock than the Pickaxes carried by the Driller and his teammates; digging not only faster but in a much wider space. The Drills rely on both Fuel and Heat meters. Using the Drills will deplete the former and raise the latter. Similar to the Gunner's Powered Minigun, the Powerdrills are vulnerable to overheating and will jam if their Heat exceeds 100%, and will become fully inoperable if their Fuel reaches 0. The Drills will automatically cool when not spun, even while holstered.

Obviously in a game all about cave exploration, the use of a pair of gigantic drills should be clear. The Driller excels at making pathways and clearing areas for his team. Since every environment in Deep Rock Galactic is fully destructible, the Driller can technically go anywhere he pleases – provided there's some rock to make a tunnel with. It is not uncommon to see Drillers carving a long pathway back to the Drop Pod during the Extraction Phase, forgoing following the M.U.L.E. altogether, as this is often quicker and safer for the team than navigating back through the caves.

There are many other uses for the Drills as well. They are great at creating advantageous environments for the Driller and his team. In gamemodes like Point Extraction and Salvage Operation, the Driller can clear out obstructions and make extra space to move around in. The Powerdrills can allow him to climb upwards through rock and collect resources found high up on the walls, which can somewhat substitute for an Engineer and Scout platform combo.

Asides from the terrain manipulation aspects the Powerdrills can also be used for combat, albeit with limited results. Getting into point-blank range of an enemy is already a bad idea, especially on higher hazard levels. More fuel is consumed while drilling an enemy and the damage is underwhelming, often making it fairly inefficient to use over the Driller's dedicated weapons – especially when his primaries are already meant to be used at close range. That said, the Drills are excellent at breaking armor and have a guaranteed Fear Factor and Stun chance, essentially stun-locking enemies in place while whittling their health down. As a result the Drills can be used in niche combat scenarios – nine times out of ten however, the Driller's actual guns are better to use in every situation.

Initial Stats
Damage 5 Melee
Overheat Duration 8s
Max Fuel 38
Cooling Rate
(per second)
Fear Factor 50%
Mining rate 1.5
Armor Break 10000%
Stun Chance 25%
Stun Duration 1s
Damage Rate
(Per Second)

Usage & Strategies

  • As a melee weapon, the Reinforced Powerdrills can trigger the Vampire perk, restoring a small amount of lost HP when killing medium-sized enemies (including Glyphid Grunts and anything bigger).
    • It is worth noting that the Driller's Impact Axe – which works at range and deals significantly more damage – can also trigger Vampire, from much safer distances. Even when fighting at point blank range, the Pickaxe Power Attack is a better tool to use since it will instantly take out any enemies in your immediate area.
  • Frozen enemies take triple damage, and are especially vulnerable to kinetic (melee) damage. As such, using the Cryo Cannon to freeze enemies solid and finishing them off with the Drills can occasionally be a useful strategy.
  • When using the Powerdrills for extended periods, try to let the drills get to 99% Heat and letting them naturally cool off. This is always faster than letting them overheat and waiting for them to un-jam.
  • The Powerdrills are also great at killing swarms of Naedocyte Shockers and Naedocyte Hatchlings.
  • Dwarves can climp very steep inclines when doing ledge climbing (80° limit). However, be aware that pipelines in On-Site Refining cannot go that steep.


There are four tiers of modifications and each tier has one to three upgrades. Only one modification can be equipped per tier.

Driller Upgrades
Mod Effect Description Price
Tier 1 Icon Upgrade DamageGeneral.png
Barbed Drills
+5 Damage More damage inflicted on enemies
Credit.png 420 Credits
Jadiz 10 Jadiz
Icon Upgrade Digging.png
Hardened Drill Tips
+0.75 Mining rate
+10% Movement speed while drilling
Drill faster.
Credit.png 420 Credits
Enor Pearl 10 Enor Pearl
Icon Upgrade Ammo.png
Expanded Fuel Tanks
+6 Max Fuel Carries more fuel.
Credit.png 420 Credits
Bismor 10 Bismor
Tier 2
Level 5
Icon Upgrade TemperatureCoolDown.png
Magnetic Refrigeration
+1 Cooling Rate Faster cooling for the drills when not in action
Credit.png 780 Credits
Croppa 22 Croppa
Icon Upgrade TemperatureCoolDown.png
Streamlined Integrity Check
-3s Overheat Duration Can use drills sooner after an overheat.
Credit.png 780 Credits
Umanite 22 Umanite
Tier 3
Level 10
Icon Upgrade Digging.png
Supercharged Motor
+0.75 Mining Rate
+10% Movement speed while drilling
Drill faster.
Credit.png 960 Credits
Jadiz 16 Jadiz
Magnite 12 Magnite
Tier 4
Level 15
Icon Upgrade Ammo.png
Increased Tank Pressure
+6 Max Fuel Carries more fuel.
Credit.png 1100 Credits
Croppa 24 Croppa
Enor Pearl 18 Enor Pearl
Icon Upgrade TemperatureCoolDown.png
Bloody Cold Drills
+Heat removal on Damage Your drills cool when drilling enemies!
Credit.png 1100 Credits
Magnite 18 Magnite
Bismor 24 Bismor