The drone was the primary tool used in the previous game, Wildlands. This gadget appears again in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint. The only difference is that the drone isn't available right from the beginning of the game. Read this chapter to learn how to unlock it.
How do I unlock a drone?
As noted in the introduction, in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint, the drone isn't available from the beginning of the game. To access it, you must complete the Eagles Down main mission by reaching the resistance headquarters in Erewhon and talking to the wounded member of the Ghost squad. After that, you get access to the drone - you can use it from now on.
To activate the drone, just press the "X" key (or hold up on the d-pad if you are playing with a gamepad or on XONE/PS4). Once activated, you can start using it in the same way as in Wildlands.
How to use a drone effectively?
The main purpose of using the drone is scouting. By aiming the drone at the target, you are able to determine the positions of enemy units - they will be visible until the target is eliminated or you move away from them. In addition, you can find interesting objects (such as boxes with equipment or intelligence data), as well as new locations (marked with a "?" sign) or a camping spot.
You can increase the efficiency of the drone by acquiring several skills for it. These are the following:
- Recon Mastery in the Recon section - thanks to it, each enemy marked by the drone will reward you with additional experience points. The value may seem small, but when a location is large, you can get even 1/3 of the experience bar!
- Drone Visions from the Recon section. This will allow you to use the night vision mode, which is useful at night, or thermal vision mode, which will make it easier to track down enemies hidden in, e.g. vegetation.
- Drone Mark Area from the Recon section - this makes it easier to track enemies with a drone as you will no longer need to target an enemy directly to mark them.
- You can also decide to unlock Drone Cooldown (reduces recovery time after drone's destruction by 50%), Drone Range (increase drone's range) or Drone Speed (increase drone's speed of movement). These abilities are useful but you should save them for later parts of the game - the number of skill points is limited, and there are other, more useful, abilities.