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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.

Acquisition

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.

Players can manage their K-Drives in the Vehicles section of the Arsenal, where players can select their active K-Drive as well as modify their Mods loadout.

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

Use WASD  to move K-Drive forward, left, backwards, and right.

Hold Shift  (Sprint) to activate the K-Drive's boost. Boost has no limit; it can be activated indefinitely.

To ollie, press Space Bar  (Jump). Further, press and hold Space Bar  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.

Grinds

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 Ctrl  (Crouch) to perform this trick. To dismount the grind, just release Ctrl  or use Space Bar  to jump off.

Spin and Flip Combinations

While in the air, press Space Bar  again to perform a Copter trick (frontside 360). The following keys will also perform spins:

  • Space Bar  + Uparrow  or Space Bar  + Leftarrow  Copter (Frontside)
  • Space Bar  + Rightarrow  or Space Bar  + Downarrow  Copter (Backside)

The following key combinations will perform flips:

  • Right Mouse  + Uparrow  - Nose Planker
  • Right Mouse  + Downarrow  - Tail Planker
  • Right Mouse  + Rightarrow  - Frontside Rollout
  • Right Mouse  + Leftarrow  - Backside Rollout

Board Grabs

While in the air, the following key combinations will perform style grabs on the K-Drive:

  • Left Mouse  + Uparrow  - Nose Clutch
  • Left Mouse  + Downarrow  - Tail Clutch
  • Left Mouse  + Rightarrow  - Frontside Clutch
  • Left Mouse  + Leftarrow  - Backside Clutch

While performing a grind, perform any grab combination (Left Mouse  + Direction) to add more style to your grind.

Grab Combinations

Combine grabs and spins and twists for even more stylish airtime antics:

  • Left Mouse  + Uparrow , Space Bar  - Nose Spinja
  • Left Mouse  + Downarrow , Space Bar  - Tail Spinja
  • Left Mouse  + Rightarrow , Space Bar  - Frontside Spinja
  • Left Mouse  + Leftarrow , Space Bar  - Backside Spinja
  • Left Mouse  + Uparrow , Right Mouse  - Nose Clutch Planker
  • Left Mouse  + Downarrow , Right Mouse  - Tail Clutch Planker
  • Left Mouse  + Rightarrow , Right Mouse  - Frontside Skyrocker
  • Left Mouse  + Leftarrow , Right Mouse  - Backside Skyrocker

Trick Score

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

Examples:

  • 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

Notes:

  • 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

Crafting

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.

K-Drives can be assembled by the Ventkids. Their clubhouse is located on the second floor of Fortuna above Legs' shop.

Board

The Board is the largest component of the K-Drive, comprising the main body upon which the Tenno ride on. ​​​​​​​There are three boards available: Bad BabyFlat Belly and Needlenose.

Reactor

The Reactor component is a large part on the K-Drives rear, which houses their main power plant. ​​​​​​​There are three reactors available: Arc Twelve, Coldfusor and Hothead.

Nose

The front of the K-Drive contains the Nose component. ​​​​​​​There are three noses available: Beaky, Dink-a-Donk and Wingnut.

Jet

The K-Drives are propelled by a pair of Jets, which are found to the sides of the Reactor component. There are three jets available: Fatboys, Sten Tens and Twin Kavats.

Mods

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.

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