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| Team Resources
10 / 200
|Abilities and Upgrades|
Enzyme Cloud, Hallucination Cloud, Mucous Membrane, Select Hallucinations, Grow, Move, Patrol, Follow Nearest Player
Place on Infestation
|Build Time:||7 seconds|
|Buy From:||Build Tab|
|Purchase By:||Alien Commander|
The Drifter is the Kharaa worker and support unit controlled by the Alien Commander. It is a floating, insect-like alien creature that hatches from a cocoon upon Infestation and helps establish the Kharaa habitat.
Drifter's body contains numerous enzymes that trigger various beneficial effects for all Kharaa lifeforms. Initially, the Drifter can produce enzymes to speed Kharaa structure growth. As specific Hive types are unlocked, different types of enzymes become available to all Drifters.
Grow is the Drifter's signature support ability that speeds up an unbuilt Kharaa structure's growth. Kharaa structures grow slowly without assistance from Drifters or Gorges, so it is important to always position Drifters near Hives and forward expansions.
|Sprays growth hormones on a Kharaa structure to speed up build time.|
|Hotkey||Z (select), Mouse1 (cast)|
|Speed||Build time x 100%|
|Max Amount||1 Drifter per structure|
Enzyme Cloud is the Drifter's Shift-Hive ranged support ability that creates a stationary cloud for 3 seconds. Entering the cloud grants Kharaa lifeforms a temporary boosts to their attack speed which lasts 5 seconds. Using Enzyme Cloud, the Alien Commander can aid his lifeforms to quickly dispatch Marines or demolish Frontiersmen structures. Enzyme Cloud and the Gorge have great synergy, as Heal Spray attack speed is also accelerated, thus allowing more healing for a short time.
While all 3 drifter sprays can occur simultaneously, only one of each type can exist at a time.
Also note that while the animation overrides/is overridden by Mucous Membrane, both effects do overlap properly.
|Spits a red cloud of enzymes that increases nearby lifeforms' attack and move speed.
|Hotkey||A (select), Mouse1 (cast)|
|Speed||Base attack/move speed x 125%|
Hallucination Cloud is the Drifter's Shade-Hive ranged support ability that creates mirror images of Kharaa lifeforms inside the cloud. These Hallucinations can be controlled by the Alien Commander to move around, confusing and distracting Marines from attacking the real lifeforms.
|Spits a black cloud that creates life-like hallucinations of nearby lifeforms.
|Hotkey||S (select), Mouse1 (cast)|
|Max Amount||33% of total Kharaa player count, 1 Drifter|
|Targets||Ground, Lifeforms, Drifter|
Mucous Membrane is the Drifter's Crag-Hive ranged support ability that creates a stationary cloud for 3 seconds. Entering the cloud grants Kharaa lifeforms a temporary Armor buff, unique from their base armor, for 15% of base HP(lasts 5 seconds)(Unaffected by biomass.) There is no indication ingame if alien structures are affected. This ability is strong when used alongside Crags, which must heal Health before Armor.
Most effective on higher lifeforms as the shield strength is based off base HP.(skulks only receive 10 armor while onos boosted by 135 armor)
Very effective on aliens at low % HP. If used on an onos with 10 HP remaining, the onos receives 135 temporary armor and his EHP is boosted to roughly 280 which is 2800% of it's unboosted life for the duration.
Also note that while the animation overrides/is overridden by Enzyme Cloud, both effects do overlap properly.
|Spits a green mist that heals nearby lifeforms and structures by a percentage of their maximum Armor.
|Hotkey||D (select), Mouse1 (cast)|
|Healing||Overheal +15% effective Health (5 second cool down)|
|Targets||Ground, Lifeforms, Structures|