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K-Drives are Corpus-made hoverboards made from spare parts that Tenno can ride on to travel through large, expansive areas quickly. The K-Drives are provided by the Ventkids located in Fortuna, and can be used on both the Orb Vallis and the Plains of Eidolon.
Players will initially receive a K-Drive Launcher upon completing the Vox Solaris quest in Fortuna, which will allow players to call in a basic default Bondi K-Drive when out in an open world environment. This basic K-Drive cannot be modded in the Arsenal nor will it gain any Affinity. In order to gain their own actual K-Drives players must advance in rank with the Ventkids by earning Standing with them in order to unlock and buy the necessary parts.
Affinity and Standing
Players can earn Ventkids Standing by performing special moves and maneuvers called Tricks with their K-Drive. These Tricks also earn Affinity for assembled K-Drives, allowing them to rank up. Your standing gain corresponds to 1/4 of a successful trick score (for example a maximum score of 3,000 will gain you +750 Standing). Ventkids Standing and K-Drive affinity can be earned both on the Orb Vallis and the Plains of Eidolon.
Controls and Tricks
Useto move K-Drive forward, left, backwards, and right.
Hold(Sprint) to activate the K-Drive's boost. Boost has no limit; it can be activated indefinitely.
To ollie, press(Jump). Further, press and hold charge your jump and get extra height as well as timing your perfect jump. While activating Boost will not generate extra jump height, be on the lookout for certain environmental objects, such as ramps, that can send you further and higher.
Many objects in the environment can be grinded, such as guard rails, pipes, tree roots and vines. When approaching one, ollie the K-Drive up, and hold(Crouch) to perform this trick. To dismount the grind, just release or use to jump off.
Spin and Flip Combinations
While in the air, pressagain to perform a Copter trick (frontside 360). The following keys will also perform spins:
- + or + Copter (Frontside)
- + or + Copter (Backside)
The following key combinations will perform flips:
- + - Nose Planker
- + - Tail Planker
- + - Frontside Rollout
- + - Backside Rollout
While in the air, the following key combinations will perform style grabs on the K-Drive:
- + - Nose Clutch
- + - Tail Clutch
- + - Frontside Clutch
- + - Backside Clutch
While performing a grind, perform any grab combination (+ Direction) to add more style to your grind.
Combine grabs and spins and twists for even more stylish airtime antics:
- + , - Nose Spinja
- + , - Tail Spinja
- + , - Frontside Spinja
- + , - Backside Spinja
- + , - Nose Clutch Planker
- + , - Tail Clutch Planker
- + , - Frontside Skyrocker
- + , - Backside Skyrocker
The score received for a trick chain is determined by the duration counter and the trick multiplier. The duration counter is calculated using (seconds x 6.6) and is represented during a trick chain by the larger number on the bottom right side of the screen. However, if the player is grabbing the board, this multiplier increases to 8.6 over the duration of the grab. The trick multiplier is naturally increased by performing tricks, and it is represented by the "x [n]" next to the duration* counter. The multiplier starts at x1 and increased by x2 for every successful trick, however, in order to earn points, the player must perform a trick* (increasing the multiplier to x3), or grab the board for a certain amount of time. Doing the same trick multiple times in a row will not increase the multiplier, but a trick can be repeated in a trick chain. The score received from a trick chain is then calculated by multiplying the duration counter and the trick multiplier.
- Grinding is counted as a trick
- No charge jump + grab = No points
- No charge jump + any trick = 21 points
- No charge jump + 2 tricks = 35 points
- Fully charged jump + grab = 22 points
- Fully charged jump + any trick = 51 points
- Fully charged jump + 3 tricks = 119 points
Times used in testing:
- No charge jump: About 1.2 seconds
- Full charge jump: About 2.5 seconds
- More testing needs to be done to determine precise multiplier values
- All tests were done with the Bondi K-Drive (unmodded)
- The player must be moving to receive any points.
- The maximum amount of points a player can recieve in a single trick chain is 3000
K-Drives are assembled as a modular system, comprised of 4 different parts: the Board, Reactor, Nose, and the Jet, which are then constructed into a completed K-Drive. Unlike similar modular systems such as Zaws and Kitguns, K-Drive components are purely cosmetic, thus players can mix and match parts to achieve the appearance they desire.
Assembled K-Drives can be modded to improve their performance in various ways, which can help in earning more Standing as well as giving various offensive abilities to allow the K-Drive to be used against enemies. K-Drives can also be upgraded with Orokin Reactors and Forma to further improve their customization.