Virai Warriors, Defenders and Assault Drones

Virai Warrior Drones

Virai Hive Defender squad
Virai Hive Defender squad

Combat Level: Tactical

Where: The Dronescourge Returns

The primary function of Virai Warrior drones is defence of the colony. However, the Virai are pragmatic and avoid wasting resources if they can, so both warriors and constructors cooperate in work such as demolition and mining as well as in combat. Compared with other constructors, warriors are more homogenous in style and design – given the variability that may naturally occur given environment and materials available for construction.

Warrior drones weapons are relatively consistent, the architectors long ago settling on a basic design that can be reproduced from whatever materials are available. Their power source for weapons and locomotion is essentially a miniature fusion reactor and a readily adaptable design for protection long ago produced a complex structure that is more akin to the Ghar armour – multi-layered, mixed alloy and ceramic honeycomb shells rather than the advanced hyperlight or reflex armour of the IMTel nations.

All Virai warrior drones are strong, well-armed and heavily armoured and are intended to have a dual-purpose heavy lifting and defensive role. Despite their strengths, they depend on planning and co-ordination from their architector leaders, so lack initiative. They are very occasionally specialised into Assault drones – almost purely militaristic drones – with combat heuristics and stronger armour and actuators.

Like all Virai, warrior drones rely on their architectors for in-flight battlefield repairs and substantial amounts of command and control. Not being dependent on nanospore, they are immune to Scramble munitions and, of course, being artificial beings, Scoot munitions have no effect.

Virai Defender Drone Blueprint
Virai Defender Drone

Virai Warrior game statistics:


Virai Warrior Ag Acc Str Res Init Co Special
Bodyguard Warrior Drones with ripclaws and fusion flamer 5 5 7 7 5 7 Virai
Hive Defender drones with ripclaws and fusion flamer 5 5 7 7 5 7 Virai
Assault Drones with ripclaws and fusion flamer 5 5 7 8 5 7 Virai, Savage Strike**

** The Assault Drone is programmed to assault irrespective of any other factors affecting it. They only fail order tests for an assault on a ’10’.

Virai Assault Drone Blueprint
Virai Assault Drone

‘Rocky’s War Room’ has a video on assembling the warrior Hive Defender/Assault drones.

In store

The assault and warrior drones are together in a single pack and also as part of the Starter Swarm. A single warrior is available in the First Contact preview pack.

Virai Dronescourge Defender Squad
502216503 Virai Dronescourge Hive Defender/Assault Squad