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#1 Caboose

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 05:18 PM

I've acquired thermic lances and heavy thermic lances, as well as calcinite corpses. I've been on 2 calcinite missions thus far.

Who carries vibro blades/where can I find them?

Edited by Caboose, 09 August 2008 - 05:19 PM.


#2 chowchow

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 06:03 PM

the same type of aliens who dropped those thermic lances and heavy thermic lances. Namely technicians/medics. Try the lobsterman techs.

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 08:11 PM

The only place where you can get a Vibro-Blade is off of a Medic on a Cruiser mission. That's it. No other aliens ever carry this weapon. ^_^

I should probably note that not all alien races have a medic rank and if this is the case, the game substitutes a different rank in place of it. Here's the skinny:

Race				 Rank			Substitution
Gillmen			  Medic		   Squad Leader 
Gillmen			  Navigator	   Technician
Lobstermen		   Medic		   Technician
Tasoths			  Technician	  Squad Leader
Tasoths			  Navigator	   Squad Leader
Tasoths			  Commander	   Squad Leader
Tasoths			  Medic		   Soldier
The way the other HTH weapons are distributed is as follows:

Ship/Mission			Rank			HTH Weapon			   Loadout Date
Cruiser				 Medic		   Vibro-Blade			  Late (3)
Heavy Cruiser		   Medic		   Thermic Lance			Late (3)
Hunter				  Medic		   Heavy Thermic Lance	  Late (3)
Battleship/Terror Site  Medic		   Heavy Thermic Lance	  Late (3)
Dreadnought			 Medic		   Thermic Lance			Mid (2)
Dreadnought			 Medic		   Heavy Thermic Lance	  Late (3)
Fleet Supply Cruiser	Medic		   Thermic Lance			Mid (2)
Fleet Supply Cruiser	Navigator	   Heavy Thermic Lance	  Late (3)
Alien Colony/Synomium   Squad Leader	Heavy Thermic Lance	  Late (3)
The Loadout Date column is the time when the weapon first shows up - it ranges from 1 (initial loadout) to 3 (late in the game). Blades are usually dished out later on but there are a few places where you may be able to nab a Thermic Lance mid-game. Unfortunately, in order to use them you still need to research a Vibro-Blade which is later. Bummer. Since you've obviously recovered a Heavy Thermic Lance already, the Vibro-Blade should be ready to be recovered as well. You just have to find a Cruiser mission to get it. ;)

Edited by Zombie, 09 August 2008 - 08:22 PM.
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#4 Caboose

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 02:27 AM

Thanks Zombie! Awesome help!

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 04:57 AM

Hmm, I got it from a downed Gillman Cruiser. I didn't quite understand what you said about medics, but it doesn't really matter now :)

Edited by Caboose, 10 August 2008 - 04:58 AM.


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Posted 10 August 2008 - 12:08 PM

Let me try to explain it a little better. Like I mentioned before, the only place where you can find a Vibro-Blade is on a Crusier. The alien rank which is assigned this weapon is a Medic. So if you visit a crashed or landed Aquatoid Crusier USO, an Aquatoid Medic would be the rank which carries the Vibro-Blade. But say you visit a Gillman Crusier USO. Gillmen do not have Medics, therefore the game substitutes a Gillman Squad Leader in it's place. That squad leader would carry a Vibro-Blade even though squad leaders would normally not get that weapon. Hope that makes sense. ;)

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#7 Caboose

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 01:43 PM

Aha! :P

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Posted 15 August 2009 - 08:33 AM

I got heavy thermic lance from the first mission (a terror mission).. next I get the vibro blade from some downed sub, then I get the thermic lance from another terror mission... All this in the first two months. Not researched them yet though. Don't have what it needs.