"The scattered survivors of this infestation have barricaded themselves in safe areas throughout this galleon. Escort the crew to the waiting escape ship.

Don't be alarmed by the crew, they're Grineer defectors, rescued by Steel Meridian, but too broken to join their ranks. Instead, they banded together in search of a more peaceful life. They call themselves, Kavor."

Defection is an Endless Mission type introduced in Update 19.12 for the The Pacifism Defect event. This game mode tasks players with escorting small squads of Kavor Defectors to an extraction point while defending against the Infested.

Originally introduced under the name "Evacuation", this mission type was renamed as part of Update 21.0, and is now the source for HarrowIcon272.png Harrow's Systems component. All three Defection nodes are Dark Sectors.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

Players start near a shuttle bay room, which the Kavor defectors must reach in order to escape the ship. The mission begins and timers for periodic events begin to elapse once a player hacks the door leading out of the shuttle bay.

Kavor defectors will spawn in 4-man squads (3-man squads for solo play) 30 seconds after the mission officially begins, and every 40 seconds after the previous group is rescued, though this countdown can be set to zero instantly if one player activates a rush panel indicated by an orange icon. These Kavor defectors will then head towards the nearest Med Booster, a structure that will heal nearby Kavor defectors with a green beam. Med Boosters start at 50% power (60% power for solo play) and will consume power as they heal Kavor defectors, with more survivors resulting in faster energy drain. To keep the Med Boosters powered, players can acquire Power Cells dropped by Mutalist Osprey Carriers, which they can carry to a Med Booster to recharge its power by 20% (40% for solo play) per Power Cell. Players must issue a Move Out command on the Kavor defectors to make them proceed to the shuttle bay for extraction.

After two squads of survivors have been evacuated, the player's extraction point will be opened up, and the second Med Booster will spawn in a different location of the map (B). After two more squads have been evacuated, a third Med Booster will spawn along with opening up more of the map (C). From this point on, points B and C will both begin hosting a squad of Kavor defectors, with them both pathing to A's Med Booster, and then to their evac location. (In solo play, squads will still spawn one at a time, but spawns will alternate between points B and C.)

Kavor defectors will slowly take damage over time from the Infested spores in the air while they are not within range of a powered Med Booster. Downed Kavor defectors will enter bleedout, and will turn into Carrion Chargers unless revived by players or a powered Med Booster; a Kavor defector who has been revived once will turn instantly if their health is depleted a second time. (In Arbitration Defection, players are not given a chance to revive downed defectors before they turn.) If 10 Kavor defectors are killed, the Lotus will abort all further evacuation efforts; no more Kavor defectors will spawn, any Kavor defectors still alive on the map will not count toward the player's totals if they reach the shuttle, and the players will have five minutes to extract.

While 10 Kavor defectors have not yet been killed, players may choose to extract individually at any time once two squads of defectors have been evacuated. Any player entering the extraction zone will trigger a countdown timer, at the end of which all players in the extraction zone will be extracted while remaining players continue playing and can extract later any time they choose.

Periodic Events[edit | edit source]

Several events are slated to occur during specific segments of each 8-squad cycle. These events also have fail-safe timers that force them to trigger at specific times after the time at which the shuttle bay door was hacked open, which is referred to in this section as time [T], if players are not rescuing squads fast enough to trigger the events normally.

  1. Manic Attack: Once the 3rd squad of the first cycle has arrived at point A, a Grineer Manic will spawn and attempt to attack the Kavor defectors. Killing a Manic will make it drop two Large Power Cells; these cells, identifiable by their white energy glow, can instantly restore a Med Booster to 100% power.
    • The game first checks for fulfillment of the Manic spawn condition at time [T + 6 minutes] and will force the first Manic spawn at time [T + 11 minutes] if the condition has not been met by then.
    • For subsequent cycles, Manics will spawn again, in greater numbers than in the first cycle, once the 3rd squad of that cycle has arrived at point A and 10 minutes have passed since the last Manic spawn (confirmation needed).
  2. Infested Spawn Pods: Once 4 squads have been rescued, Infested spawn pods will appear all over the map, including near squad spawns and around the Med Boosters, which will burst open when players or defectors are in close proximity. Small pods will spawn Maggots while large ones will spawn heavy Infested enemies (usually Ancients).
    • The game first checks for fulfillment of the pod spawn condition at time [T + 11 minutes] and will force initial pod spawns at time [T + 16 minutes] if the condition has not been met by then.
    • Destroyed pods will grow back every few minutes, ready to spawn new enemies.
  3. Red Veil Attack: Once the 8th squad of the first cycle has arrived at point B or C, three enemy Red Veil Operatives or Fanatics will spawn at the defector extraction point in the shuttle bay. They are essentially the same units encountered during the Chains of Harrow Quest. They will primarily target the Kavor defectors during the mission and scale in level as the mission progresses (confirmation needed). This will occur regardless of player standing towards that Syndicate; killing them will not lower Standing towards them either.
    • The game first checks for fulfillment of the Red Veil spawn condition at time [T + 16 minutes] and will force the first Red Veil attack at time [T + 21 minutes] if the condition has not been met by then.
    • In cycles after the first, Red Veil enemies will spawn again, in greater numbers than in the first cycle, once the 8th squad of that cycle has arrived at point B or C and 20 minutes have passed since the last Red Veil attack (confirmation needed).

Locations[edit | edit source]

Planet Mission Name Faction Level Tileset
Phobos Memphis (Dark Sector) Infested 15 - 25 Grineer Asteroid
Saturn Caracol (Dark Sector) Infested 26 - 36 Grineer Galleon
Neptune Yursa (Dark Sector) Infested 30 - 40 Infested Ship
There are a total of 3 Defection Missions

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Rescuing a squad of Kavor defectors grants up to 1600 base objective affinity to all players based on mission level and the number of squad members which were not killed. In addition, reviving a downed defector grants 50 base objective affinity to the reviving player. (Actual affinity gains will be greater due to objective affinity being boosted by Dark Sector "kill" affinity bonuses in addition to any active universal affinity multipliers.)

Besides the bonus amounts of resources, affinity, and mods from the increase in enemies compared to normal missions, certain rewards can be awarded as the mission progresses. Mission rewards will vary depending on mission tier (based on starting enemy level, and listed in the above table), and mission rotation, based on the number of squads evacuated.

  • Drop Rotation (rewards cycle every 8 squads):
    • Rotation A: 2, 4 squads; 10, 12 squads; etc.
    • Rotation B: 6 squads; 14 squads; etc.
    • Rotation C: 8 squads; 16 squads; etc.
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Rotation A Rotation B Rotation C
Credits64.png 2000 Credit Cache 13.92% VoidProjectionsIronD.png Lith B7 Relic 10.84% VoidProjectionsIronD.png Lith B7 Relic 11.06%
Credits64.png 2000 Credit Cache 13.92% VoidProjectionsIronD.png Lith D3 Relic 10.84% VoidProjectionsIronD.png Lith D3 Relic 11.06%
Credits64.png 2000 Credit Cache 13.92% VoidProjectionsIronD.png Lith N5 Relic 10.84% VoidProjectionsIronD.png Lith N5 Relic 11.06%
Credits64.png 2000 Credit Cache 13.92% VoidProjectionsIronD.png Lith N6 Relic 10.84% VoidProjectionsIronD.png Lith N6 Relic 11.06%
Endo64.png 100 Endo 13.92% VoidProjectionsIronD.png Lith P4 Relic 10.84% VoidProjectionsIronD.png Lith P4 Relic 11.06%
Endo64.png 100 Endo 13.92% VoidProjectionsIronD.png Lith P5 Relic 10.84% VoidProjectionsIronD.png Lith P5 Relic 11.06%
Endo64.png 100 Endo 13.92% VoidProjectionsIronD.png Lith T4 Relic 10.84% VoidProjectionsIronD.png Lith T4 Relic 11.06%
FusionCorePackSilversingle.png Smite Corrupted 2.58% FusionCorePackSilversingle.png Bane of Corrupted 5.53% Systems.png Harrow Systems Blueprint 7.52%
FusionCorePackSilversingle.png Cleanse Corrupted 5.53% FusionCorePackSilversingle.png Enduring Strike 7.52%
FusionCorePackSilversingle.png Expel Corrupted 5.53% FusionCorePackSilversingle.png Quickening 7.52%
FusionCorePackSilversingle.png Intensify 5.53%
Systems.png Harrow Systems Blueprint 2.01%

Locations:

Up to date as of Update 29.3

Rotation A Rotation B Rotation C
Credits64.png 2500 Credit Cache 16.24% VoidProjectionsBronzeD.png Meso C6 Relic 10.84% Systems.png Harrow Systems Blueprint 11.28%
Credits64.png 2500 Credit Cache 16.24% VoidProjectionsBronzeD.png Meso E4 Relic 10.84% FusionCorePackSilversingle.png Enduring Strike 11.28%
Credits64.png 2500 Credit Cache 16.24% VoidProjectionsBronzeD.png Meso G2 Relic 10.84% VoidProjectionsSilverD.png Neo D2 Relic 11.06%
Endo64.png 150 Endo 16.24% VoidProjectionsBronzeD.png Meso I1 Relic 10.84% VoidProjectionsSilverD.png Neo E2 Relic 11.06%
Endo64.png 150 Endo 16.24% VoidProjectionsBronzeD.png Meso K3 Relic 10.84% VoidProjectionsSilverD.png Neo I2 Relic 11.06%
Endo64.png 150 Endo 16.24% VoidProjectionsBronzeD.png Meso N10 Relic 10.84% VoidProjectionsSilverD.png Neo N13 Relic 11.06%
FusionCorePackSilversingle.png Expel Corrupted 2.58% VoidProjectionsBronzeD.png Meso P2 Relic 10.84% VoidProjectionsSilverD.png Neo S14 Relic 11.06%
FusionCorePackSilversingle.png Bane of Corrupted 7.37% VoidProjectionsSilverD.png Neo T2 Relic 11.06%
FusionCorePackSilversingle.png Cleanse Corrupted 7.37% VoidProjectionsSilverD.png Neo Z6 Relic 11.06%
FusionCorePackSilversingle.png Smite Corrupted 7.37%
Systems.png Harrow Systems Blueprint 2.01%

Locations:

Up to date as of Update 29.3

Rotation A Rotation B Rotation C
Credits64.png 3000 Credit Cache 24.35% VoidProjectionsSilverD.png Neo D2 Relic 10.84% Systems.png Harrow Systems Blueprint 11.28%
Credits64.png 3000 Credit Cache 24.35% VoidProjectionsSilverD.png Neo E2 Relic 10.84% FusionCorePackSilversingle.png Life Strike 11.28%
Credits64.png 3000 Credit Cache 24.35% VoidProjectionsSilverD.png Neo I2 Relic 10.84% VoidProjectionsGoldD.png Axi A10 Relic 11.06%
Endo64.png 250 Endo 24.35% VoidProjectionsSilverD.png Neo N13 Relic 10.84% VoidProjectionsGoldD.png Axi A11 Relic 11.06%
FusionCorePackSilversingle.png Expel Corrupted 2.58% VoidProjectionsSilverD.png Neo S14 Relic 10.84% VoidProjectionsGoldD.png Axi B3 Relic 11.06%
VoidProjectionsSilverD.png Neo T2 Relic 10.84% VoidProjectionsGoldD.png Axi C5 Relic 11.06%
VoidProjectionsSilverD.png Neo Z6 Relic 10.84% VoidProjectionsGoldD.png Axi T4 Relic 11.06%
FusionCorePackSilversingle.png Bane of Corrupted 7.37% VoidProjectionsGoldD.png Axi W1 Relic 11.06%
FusionCorePackSilversingle.png Cleanse Corrupted 7.37% VoidProjectionsGoldD.png Axi Z1 Relic 11.06%
FusionCorePackSilversingle.png Smite Corrupted 7.37%
Systems.png Harrow Systems Blueprint 2.01%

Locations:

Up to date as of Update 29.3

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Destroying containers and opening lockers can drop additional power cells, including Large ones.
  • TrinityIcon272.png Trinity's Blessing130xDark.png Blessing affects defectors, making her a mobile healing beacon. A maximum efficiency and energy capacity build can make for a better experience in the later stages of a defection run. Note that while Blessing130xDark.png Blessing is active, casting it again will not heal or refresh the ability on defectors. If one wishes to keep refilling the defector's health without much wait, a low duration build can be useful.
    • Trinity's WellOfLife130xDark.png Well Of Life can also be used to create a temporary healing beacon. Given the enemy density in Infested tilesets, a resourceful Trinity can create healing beacons along the defectors' path.
  • LokiIcon272.png Loki's SwitchTeleport130xDark.png Switch Teleport affects individual defectors, and can be used to cover ground very quickly given a clear line of sight. Loki can also save defectors who are stuck in the environment. The augment Mod TT 20px.pngSafeguard Switch seems to protect from defectors from damage, but not from health drain.
    • Loki's Decoy130xDark.png Decoy can be used to distract the Infested from defectors, provided it is within their vicinity. This can prove useful in a mid-tier scaled stretch of a defection run, if things go south.
    • Loki's RadialDisarm130xDark.png Radial Disarm Radiation b.png Radiation procs can create breathing room if need be, though it is risky. Use with caution when surrounded by Infested, as they may still target the defectors if close enough.
  • NovaIcon272.png Nova's WormHole130xDark.png Worm Hole can be used to speed up travel for groups of defectors, but can be tricky to use. In some cases, defectors may get stuck in environment terrain and must be freed again with additional portals. Note that certain rooms have 'checkpoints' which defectors will go to, even if teleported beyond them.
    • A slow Nova build can be quite useful for keeping Infested off the defectors.
  • MirageIcon272.png Mirage's Eclipse130xDark.png Eclipse with the Mod TT 20px.pngTotal Eclipse augment can help defectors survive longer defection runs. An extended duration and range build is recommended to ensure a whole cluster of defectors gets the bonus per individual cast.
  • OberonIcon272.png Oberon's Renewal130xDark.png Renewal can give defectors very high health regeneration, allowing them to out-heal most of health drain. This can also allow them to out-heal other damage sources such as toxin clouds, etc.
  • EquinoxIcon272.png Equinox's MendMaim130xDark.png Mend & Maim is a powerful damage dealer and crowd control against Infested, and provides a great amount of healing for whole clusters of defectors. Coupled with PacifyProvoke130xDark.png Pacify & Provoke's damage reduction potential, she can allow defectors to outlive even Syndicate attacks. This is extremely useful against melee enemies.
  • FrostIcon272.png Frost's SnowGlobe130xDark.png Snow Globe can be used to protect the area over healing stations. With the added benefit of slowing down Infested that may enter, it makes them easier targets for yourself and allies to attack.
  • KhoraIcon272.png Khora's Venari130xDark.png Venari can be used to heal defectors, following them until they reach the evacuation area, regardless of the distance between Khora and the Venari.
    • Strangledome130xDark.png Strangledome is an excellent way of dealing with the Infested. 
    • KhoraIcon272.png Khora's movement speed boost passive is useful for traversing to and from objectives.
  • LimboIcon272.png Limbo's Banish130xDark.png Banish affects defectors for the duration, and defectors in the Rift won't be damaged from enemies not in the Rift. As defectors can't be healed by Med Boosters in the Rift, it may be necessary to remove them from the Rift by casting Banish on them while you're in the Rift yourself. Other ways of healing, like Limbo's Mod TT 20px.pngRift Haven augment or Vazarin's Protective Dash, are possible.
    • Defectors in the Rift will still take damage over time from the air.
    • A variant of this usage (banishing all nearby enemies into the Rift, but not defectors) will also work.
  • GarudaIcon272.png Garuda's BloodAltar130xDark.png Blood Altar can quickly heal defectors by leveraging Infested in their path.
    • Blood Altar can be used to temporarily disable manics and Red Veil operatives, preventing them from killing defectors.
    • SeekingTalons130xDark.png Seeking Talons is a powerful damage dealer and crowd control against Infested.
  • NezhaIcon272.png Nezha's WardingHalo130xDark.png Warding Halo with the Mod TT 20px.pngSafeguard augment can help protect defectors from enemy damage and status effect, such as Ancients' knockdown attack. Additionally, it continuously staggers and damages nearby enemies.
    • Health drain from the air still passes completely through this shield.
    • Warding Halo must be cast on each defector separately. Therefore, it must be used at least 3 times per squad, making this strategy highly dependent on energy. Due to this, increased Ability Efficiency and Ability Strength is recommended. Ability Strength influences the durability of the shield, as well as periodical damage it deals to nearby enemies.
    • DivineSpears130xDark.png Divine Spears can be used as crowd control.
  • HydroidIcon272.png Hydroid's Mod TT 20px.pngCurative Undertow can be used to heal Defectors at a rapid rate, reducing time and energy required at med-stations, as well as healing Defectors along the way if Hydroid positions himself in their path.
    • Note that Hydroid may have to mod for some range to ensure that a traveling Defector receives a tick, otherwise they may run through a small Undertow puddle between procs.
  • GaraIcon272.png Gara's SplinterStorm130xDark.png Splinter Storm is able to be cast on Defectors. Combined with Mod TT 20px.pngMending Splinters, it offers extremely potent damage reduction and modest health regeneration, with the bonus of being able to be boosted to deal significant AoE damage to any infested approaching the Defectors.
    • Defectors are valid beneficiaries of MassVitrify130xDark.png Mass Vitrify, allowing Gara to refresh SplinterStorm130xDark.png Splinter Storm buffs on Defectors.
      • A recommended strategy is to refresh SplinterStorm130xDark.png Splinter Storm with MassVitrify130xDark.png Mass Vitrify at med-stations, trigger the Defectors to move on to their next point, then wait for them to leave Vitrify's walls before triggering it to explode with ShatteredLash130xDark.png Shattered Lash, ensuring that the bonus damage is added to their AoE ticks.
  • Stims are one of the few ways to increase movement speed of defectors. However, their high build cost and underwhelming effect make them questionable for use.
  • Vazarin's Protective Dash will both heal and provide brief immunity to defectors.
  • WispIcon272.png Wisp's Reservoirs130xDark.png Reservoirs can apply all their effects on defectors; Vitality to increase their max health and health regeneration, Haste to increase their movement speed, and Shock to apply Electricity b.png Electricity procs against nearby attackers.
  • HarrowIcon272.png Harrow's Penance130xDark.png Penance will heal defectors regardless of range.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • A squad of defectors will count as "rescued" and contribute progress toward mission rewards if at least one defector in the squad reaches the shuttle; however, all defectors in the squad must be dead or rescued before the objective will update.
  • Infested will only target squads of defectors which are in the general vicinity of players, ignoring any defectors located elsewhere on the ship.
  • Sortie Defection tasks players with rescuing 5 squads, then proceeding to extraction within 5 minutes of objective completion. The mission will end in failure if 6 defectors die before the fifth squad is rescued.
    • Point B is unlocked at 1 squad rescued while point C becomes available at 2 squads rescued.
    • Non-endless extraction rules (timer starts with at least half the squad at extraction and all players extract simultaneously) apply to this Defection variant.
    • Sortie Defection missions only generate as part of Grineer Sorties; as a result, this mission variant cannot occur on the Infested Ship tileset.
  • In the Heads-Up Display, each living Kavor defector is represented in the objective interface by a blue icon which will turn red if the defector is downed. Additionally, the blue waypoint on each defector will flash red if their health is low.
  • The doors to points B and C, which look like unused doors (i.e. doors which do not lead to a room) before they are unlocked by mission progression, can be distinguished from unused doors by the presence of an inactive console on the right side.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Shuttle Bay room used as the evacuation point is the same room used on Capture missions as the target's escape room.
  • The special Infested Carrion Chargers that spawn from pods produced by dead defectors have their own codex entry that requires 3 scans.

Media[edit | edit source]

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Patch History[edit | edit source]

Hotfix 27.3.13

  • Fixed a script error that could break Defection missions that had already failed because too many Kavor Defectors had been killed - if a Defector evacuated during the countdown to extraction the script would break and not be able to force the mission to fail.

Hotfix 27.3.11

  • Fixed a script crash that could occur during a Defection mission.
  • Fixed a script error in Defection missions.

Hotfix 27.3.8.2

  • Fixed a script error occurring during a Host migration when playing a Defection mission.

Hotfix 27.3.6

  • Fixed a script error that could occur when playing a Defection mission.

Hotfix 27.3.5

  • Fixed a crash that could occur in a Defection Rescue mission.

Update 25.7

Update 25.3

  • Fixed AI traffic jams in the Grineer Asteroid Defection tileset as reported here

Update 25.0

  • Non-Endless Survival/Excavation/etc missions (i.e. Alerts, Sorties, Syndicate dailies, etc) now disable individual extraction as it leads to unnecessary Host migrations

Update 24.4

Individual Extraction - Non-Wave Endless!

You are now able to extract from Survival, Excavation, and Defection missions independent of your squad.

  • Once the 'mission complete' interval is met, players can head to extraction any time they choose (i.e 5 minutes for Survival).
  • Any player at extraction triggers a countdown timer.
  • If all players leave the extraction zone, the countdown timer is cancelled.
  • When the timer is up, the extraction ship arrives and any players in the extraction zone leave.
  • Anyone still playing can extract later any time they choose.

Hotfix 24.2.7

  • As per feedback, Harrow’s Systems Blueprint has been added as a Rare drop in Rotation B for Defection missions. This means you have 2 chances in the Endless loop to obtain Harrow, not just one at Rotation C. To maintain balance, a Bane of Corrupted Mod has moved to Rotation A.

Update 19.12

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