Pursuit is a Mission type exclusive to Archwing that has players pursue the enemy's ship to disable it and retrieve its Black box.


Anatomy of Grineer Courier.

When the mission begins, a Grineer Courier will appear and players must give chase. First, Tenno must disable the engine room, focusing their fire on the Courier's aft-mounted central exhaust to disable it for a short time. Note the engines' exhaust trail reveals that there are two engines (upper and lower) and where they are located, but the central weakpoint is more consistent to hit.

Once immobilized, the Courier will defend itself by deploying small heat-seeking mines, firing back with mounted turrets (either machine-guns or rocket launchers), and by summoning Dregs, Lancer Dregs, Dargyns, and Shield Dargyns as back-up.

To capture the Courier ship, there are four small orange shield generators located in eight possible positions on the ship that must be destroyed in order to take control of the ship. However, the Courier moves at a very fast pace and can make sharp turns to avoid gunfire, as well as dropping large mines to scatter pursuers, making it difficult to damage the generators. Additionally, shield generator positions may vary and some of them are simply out of the line of fire while pursuing.

The Courier's engines can be shot, which will dramatically slow down the ship after it takes enough damage and give an opening to eliminate the shield generators. However, the engines will eventually auto-repair and resume moving at full speeds; if this happens three times, the Courier will escape and the mission will fail.

Once all the Courier's shield generators are destroyed, players can focus fire on the ship itself, disabling it completely. Players must then defend the Courier ship for 60 seconds until the Lotus has retrieved the ship's black box. The Courier's turrets will become allied and fire at enemy ships for the rest of the mission once this mission phase has begun.


In addition to the mission reward, destroying components on the Courier will grant some affinity to the killer based on enemy level.

Main article: Pursuit/Rewards (edit)
EndoIconRenderLarge.png Endo x400 15.29%
Mod TT 20px.png Conductive Blade 5.06%
Mod TT 20px.png Furor 5.06%
Mod TT 20px.png Glacial Edge 5.06%
Mod TT 20px.png Poisonous Sting 5.06%
Mod TT 20px.png Sudden Impact 5.06%
Mod TT 20px.png Tempered Blade 5.06%
VoidRelicBronzeIcon64.png Meso A3 5.06%
VoidRelicBronzeIcon64.png Meso G4 5.06%
VoidRelicBronzeIcon64.png Meso H2 5.06%
VoidRelicBronzeIcon64.png Meso H3 5.06%
VoidRelicBronzeIcon64.png Meso O5 5.06%
VoidRelicBronzeIcon64.png Meso P8 5.06%
VoidRelicBronzeIcon64.png Meso V7 5.06%
Mod TT 20px.png Blazing Steel 3.16%
Mod TT 20px.png Cutting Edge 3.16%
Mod TT 20px.png Efficient Transferral 3.16%
Mod TT 20px.png Extend 3.16%
Mod TT 20px.png Superior Defenses 3.16%
Mod TT 20px.png System Reroute 3.16%


Module:DropTables/data last updated: Fri, 19 Aug 2022 21:50:40 +0000 (UTC) by User:Cephalon Scientia


Planet Mission Name Faction Wiki's DropTableAlias Level Tileset
Saturn Pandora Grineer AWPursuit 21 - 23 Free Space
There are a total of 1 Pursuit Missions


  • Archwing's blink maneuver can help players catch up to the Courier very quickly, as well as changing vantage points for destroying the shield generators.
  • Odonata's Energy Shell negates Courier defenses quite effectively.
  • Amesha's Benevolent Decoy can heal the Courier and distract potential attackers once the Courier has been secured.
  • The Itzal's abilities:
    • Penumbra can be used after the Courier is disabled to avoid enemy gunfire and the heat-seeking mines.
    • Cosmic Crush with its Augment, Mod TT 20px.png Cold Snap, can temporarily disable and repel enemy ships.
    • Fighter Escort can provide additional firepower while defending the Courier on the last phase.
  • The Grattler.png Grattler and KuvaAyanga.png Kuva Ayanga explosive shots can easily disable generators by firing near the engines instead of directly at it due to its AoE damage.
    • The Mausolon.png Mausolon and Cortege.png Cortege charged attacks are also effective at destroying Courier components.
  • The Velocitus.png Velocitus can make short work of the power cores but may be difficult for some to hit such a small target.
  • The courier is susceptible to DmgCorrosiveSmall64.png Corrosive damage.
  • The Fluctus.png Fluctus fires a horizontal beam and has an innate punch-through effect allowing players to fire shots that go through the Courier making it easy to bring down all systems with a few shots.


  • In Railjack missions, Outrider ships share largely the same model as Courier ships, including the shield generators.

Patch History[]

Hotfix (2020-04-17)

  • Fixed script error you could encounter as a Client playing an Archwing Pursuit mission.
  • Fixed script error you could encounter when joining an Archwing Pursuit mission in-progress.

Update 25.7 (2019-08-29)

  • Fixed ships in Archwing Pursuit missions flying in all directions except the one it’s supposed to be.

Update 23.10 (2018-10-12)

  • Improved the Grineer Courier’s flight navigation in Archwing Pursuit missions.

Update: The Silver Grove (2016-08-19)

  • Pursuit ship turrets are now randomized rather (to prevent one side of the ship having only rocket-turrets and the other side only auto-turrets).