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Missions are the main form of gameplay in Deep Rock Galactic. Missions must be selected from the Mission Selection Terminal, located in front of the green hologram of Hoxxes IV on the first floor of the Space Rig. When selecting a mission, the host must first select a Planetary Region, then select a mission type. Some Planetary Regions may be temporarily unavailable while Missions are being refreshed. Completing missions will yield the player both Credit.png Credits and Experience Points Experience. Any Crafting Materials obtained during a mission will also be awarded to the player to spend on Equipment Upgrades and Vanity items. A failed mission still has a reward, though only 25% of Credit.png Credits, Experience Points Experience and mined minerals will be retained.

Every Mission has a randomly generated name comprising of two parts, picked from two tables of words; a "First Name" table for the first half and a "Last Name" table for the second half.

Mission Types[edit | edit source]

There are currently seven mission types available to choose from. Each mission type has different objectives, generated cave systems will also vary based on mission type.
Each mission type becomes available for hosting after completing the probationary period assignment.

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Mining Expedition
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Main article: Mining Expedition


Mining Expeditions are the first mission available to new Miners. Mining Expedition missions are characterized by linear series of connected caves separated by dirt walls between them with a "treasure room" full of resources at the end.

The goal of a Mining Expedition mission is to collect the quota of Morkite icon.png Morkite and whatever optional Secondary Objective item has been called for.

The required quota of Morkite differs based off the mission length and complexity.

Primary Objectives:
Cave length 1 Cave complexity 1 — Collect 200 Morkite
Cave length 2 Cave complexity 1 — Collect 225 Morkite
Cave length 2 Cave complexity 2 — Collect 250 Morkite
Cave length 3 Cave complexity 3 — Collect 325/400 Morkite
Possible Secondary Objectives:
Fossil Collect 10 Alien Fossil Fleas Exterminate 10 Fleas
Apoca bloom Collect 15 Apoca Bloom Gunk Seed Collect 12 Gunk Seed
Boolo cap Collect 20 Boolo Cap Hollomite Collect 25 Hollomite
Ebonut Collect 14 Ebonut

Once the main objective of collecting the quota of Morkite has been met a button on the M.U.L.E. can be pressed which will call an escape pod down somewhere on the map. At this point players will have 5 minutes to make their way back to the pod and escape.

You are accompanied on the mission by the M.U.L.E. and either your fellow Dwarven companions (other players) or your drone, Bosco (when playing alone in a server or in Solo Mode).

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Egg Hunt
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Main article: Egg Hunt


Egg Hunt missions are characterized by a central starting room with several branching paths connecting to large, irregularly shaped caverns with a few small offshoot caves connected, usually via dirt walls.

The goal is to collect Alien egg icon.pngAlien Eggs that are hidden within the walls throughout the cave system, along with optionally collecting an assigned Secondary Objective material. Eggs are identified by small orange blisters on the surface of the walls they are buried within, a very notable organic mass, as well as a slight purple glow emitting from the egg itself. Upon digging an Egg free from a nest, a roar will sound and a group of angry bugs will spawn. There is also a chance that the extraction of an egg attracts a swarm.

The required amount of Alien Eggs changes based off the level length.

Primary Objectives:
Cave length 1 Cave complexity 1 — Collect 4 Alien Eggs
Cave length 2 Cave complexity 2 — Collect 6 Alien Eggs
Cave length 3 Cave complexity 3 — Collect 8 Alien Eggs
Possible Secondary Objectives:
Fossil Collect 10 Alien Fossil Fleas Exterminate 10 Fleas
Apoca bloom Collect 15 Apoca Bloom Gunk Seed Collect 12 Gunk Seed
Boolo cap Collect 20 Boolo Cap Hollomite Collect 25 Hollomite
Ebonut Collect 14 Ebonut

Once the main objective of collecting the quota of Alien Eggs has been met a button on the M.U.L.E. can be pressed which will call an escape pod down somewhere on the map. At this point players will have 5 minutes to make their way back to the pod and escape.

You are accompanied on the mission by the M.U.L.E. and either your fellow Dwarven companions (other players) or your drone, Bosco (when playing alone in a server or in Solo Mode).

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On-Site Refining
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Main article: On-Site Refining


On-Site Refining missions are characterized by one large cavern that you are dropped into that has a large central refinery platform dropped into the map shortly after all players have exited the Drop Pod, and an aggressive flow of enemies. The refinery platform is raised from the ground, has four ramps connecting it to the ground, two central deposit points for materials, a launch button that activates the extraction phase, headlights, and three pipeline access.

The first goal is to locate Liquid Morkite sites, easily identifiable by a dense burst of blue flames. After calling Pumpjacks on the found wells, coming back to the Refinery site via the pipeline access, it requires building a network of pipes to the Pumpjacks. Once all pumps are connected, the refining process can be activated via a button on the platform. During the extraction of the liquids, leaks will appear on the pipeline grid and will need to be fixed to progress the objective, as well as optionally collecting an assigned Secondary Objective material.

The required quota of Liquid Morkite does not differ based off the mission length and complexity. Only the distance between the wells and the Refinery vary.

Primary Objectives:
Cave length 2 Cave complexity 2 — Refine Liquid Morkite (3 Wells)
Cave length 3 Cave complexity 3 — Refine Liquid Morkite (3 Wells)
Possible Secondary Objectives:
Fossil Collect 10 Alien Fossil Fleas Exterminate 10 Fleas
Apoca bloom Collect 15 Apoca Bloom Gunk Seed Collect 12 Gunk Seed
Boolo cap Collect 20 Boolo Cap Hollomite Collect 25 Hollomite
Ebonut Collect 14 Ebonut

Once the quota of Liquid Morkite has been met, a launch button located on the refinery platform will become active. Once activated, the refinery head used for depositing minerals will detach from the platform and propel itself back to the space rig via a rocket.

At this point, a short time will pass until a drop pod arrives nearby for escape, during which swarms of enemies will attack. Players will have three minutes to make their way to the Escape Pod.

You are accompanied on the mission by your fellow Dwarven companions (other players) or your drone, Bosco (when playing alone in a server or in Solo Mode). In this mission you are not provided with the M.U.L.E.

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Salvage Operation
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Main article: Salvage Operation


Salvage Operation is characterized by a small starting room which branches out into one giant cave with many Mini-M.U.L.E. parts lying around and a broken Drop Pod.

The first goal is to search the tunnels for broken mini-M.U.L.E.s, easily identifiable by either a beeping noise or a green visual beacon. Around each broken M.U.L.E. there will be up to four mini-M.U.L.E. legs, each mini-M.U.L.E only needs three legs after which they have to be repaired. Repairing each M.U.L.E. rewards the team with what it was carrying, which is always Nitra and Gold.

After the mini-M.U.L.E.s have all been repaired, a button on the M.U.L.E. becomes available to press which recalls the M.U.L.E. to the drop pod. The team must then repair a communications uplink which, once repaired, allows mission control to triangulate the pod's position. During this time the team must defend themselves from a large swarm and stay within a green sphere around the uplink or else the progress will slow down or even decrease. Getting downed in the sphere will count as if a player has left the area, and if the progress completely depletes this mission will instantly fail.

After triangulation is complete the team gets a breather while waiting for the Fuel Pod to drop down. After it arrives the team must link up the fuel pod to the drop pod and then defend themselves within another green sphere, which players have to stay inside of for the fuel to fill the drop pod. Once this is completed the team will be free to move anywhere but will have to hold out for an additional two minutes until the drop pod is ready to leave after which the team can finally escape.

The number of Mini-M.U.L.E. to salvage is dependent on the length of the mission.

Primary Objectives:
Cave length 2 Cave complexity 2 — Salvage 2 Mules
Cave length 3 Cave complexity 3 — Salvage 3 Mules
Possible Secondary Objectives:
Fossil Collect 10 Alien Fossil Fleas Exterminate 10 Fleas
Apoca bloom Collect 15 Apoca Bloom Gunk Seed Collect 12 Gunk Seed
Boolo cap Collect 20 Boolo Cap Hollomite Collect 25 Hollomite
Ebonut Collect 14 Ebonut

You are accompanied on the mission by the M.U.L.E. and either your fellow Dwarven companions (other players) or your drone, Bosco (when playing alone in a server or in Solo Mode). After recalling the M.U.L.E. to the broken Drop Pod, it will not be available for the rest of the mission; players can still deposit directly into the mineral grinders on the sides of the broken Drop Pod.

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Point Extraction
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Main article: Point Extraction


Point Extraction missions are characterized by one large cavern that you are dropped into that has a large central mining platform dropped into the map shortly after all players have exited the Drop Pod, and an aggressive flow of enemies. The mining platform is raised from the ground, has four ramps connecting it to the ground, two central deposit points for materials, a launch button that activates the extraction phase, two headlights which slowly rotate, and three turrets each with 600 rounds of ammunition. The turrets will disappear once all of their ammo has been spent. Players should not spend too much time during point extraction missions, as the longer the player stays in the mission, the higher frequency of enemy spawns [citation needed].

The goal is to explore the large cavern and collect blue gems called Aquarq icon.png Aquarq that are hidden within the walls as well as optionally collecting an assigned Secondary Objective material. Aquarq are identified by blue flecks of crystal on the surface of the walls they are buried within, as well as a slight blue glow emitting from the gem itself. Once the gems have been unearthed, the gems must be carried back to the mining platform and deposited into one of two slots in the mining head at the center of the platform. This mission is the only mission type featuring a "collect Dystrum" Secondary Objective.

The number of Aquarq to collect is dependent on the length of the mission.

Primary Objectives:
Cave length 2 Cave complexity 3 — Collect 7 Aquarq
Cave length 3 Cave complexity 3 — Collect 10 Aquarq
Possible Secondary Objectives:
Fossil Collect 10 Alien Fossil Ebonut Collect 14 Ebonut
Apoca bloom Collect 15 Apoca Bloom Fleas Exterminate 10 Fleas
Boolo cap Collect 20 Boolo Cap Gunk Seed Collect 12 Gunk Seed
Dystrum Collect 100 Dystrum Hollomite Collect 25 Hollomite

Once the quota of Aquarq has been met, a launch button located on the mining platform will become active. Once activated, the mine head used for depositing minerals will detach from the platform and propel itself back to the space rig via a rocket.

At this point, a two minute timer will begin counting down until a drop pod arrives nearby for escape, during which swarms of enemies will attack. Once the two-minute timer ends, players will have three minutes to make their way to the Escape Pod.

You are accompanied on the mission by your fellow Dwarven companions (other players) or your drone, Bosco (when playing alone in a server or in Solo Mode). In this mission you are not provided with the M.U.L.E.

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Escort Duty
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Main article: Escort Duty


Escort Duty missions are characterized by a large starting room with several unconnected large, irregularly shaped caverns and rare small caves.

The goal is to maintain and escort a Drilldozer until it reaches the Ommoran Heartstone. During the drilling operation waves of enemies will continually attack the vehicle who will run out of fuel and stop in a large cave. Two fuel canisters will be accessible behind the Drilldozer, equipped with lasers they can collect Oilshale icon.png Oil Shale material, once both full and re-injected into the drill, it will continue it's operation after pressing the button. At the Ommoran Heartstone, the drill will start piercing and the players must complete four phases. The first one is a wave of enemies, followed by Flying Rocks trying to bombard the vehicle, an other wave of creatures will appear until the final stage with a various number of crystals emerging from the ground and emitting lasers, which can be destroyed with the Pickaxe. The Ommoran icon.png Ommoran Core can then be collected and put on the M.U.L.E.

The required number of refueling differs based off the mission length.

Primary Objectives:
Cave length 2 Cave complexity 2 — Protect the Drilldozer (1 Refuel)
Cave length 3 Cave complexity 3 — Protect the Drilldozer (2 Refuel)
Possible Secondary Objectives:
Fossil Collect 10 Alien Fossil Fleas Exterminate 10 Fleas
Apoca bloom Collect 15 Apoca Bloom Gunk Seed Collect 12 Gunk Seed
Boolo cap Collect 20 Boolo Cap Hollomite Collect 25 Hollomite
Ebonut Collect 14 Ebonut

Upon successfully collection the Ommoran Core, a button on the M.U.L.E. can be pressed which will call an escape pod down somewhere on the map.

At this point players will have 5 minutes to make their way back to the pod and escape.

You are accompanied on the mission by the M.U.L.E. and either your fellow Dwarven companions (other players) or your drone, Bosco (when playing alone in a server or in Solo Mode).

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Elimination
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Main article: Elimination


Elimination mode is characterized by a central starting room with multiple branching interconnected tunnels and dirt paths leading from the starting room.

The goal is to search the tunnels to locate the two to three cocoons containing the mini-bosses Glyphid Dreadnought, fight and kill all Glyphid Dreadnoughts, and optionally collecting an assigned Secondary Objective material.

The number of targets to kill is based on the length and complexity of the mission.

Primary Objectives:
Cave length 2 Cave complexity 2 — Kill 2 Targets
Cave length 3 Cave complexity 3 — Kill 3 Targets
Possible Secondary Objectives:
Fossil Collect 10 Alien Fossil Fleas Exterminate 10 Fleas
Apoca bloom Collect 15 Apoca Bloom Gunk Seed Collect 12 Gunk Seed
Boolo cap Collect 20 Boolo Cap Hollomite Collect 25 Hollomite
Ebonut Collect 14 Ebonut

Upon successfully eliminating the Dreadnought targets, a button on the M.U.L.E. can be pressed which will call an escape pod down somewhere on the map.

At this point players will have 5 minutes to make their way back to the pod and escape.

You are accompanied on the mission by the M.U.L.E. and either your Dwarven Companions (other Players) or Bosco the drone (when playing alone in a server or in Solo Mode).

DeepDive Icon.png Deep Dives[edit | edit source]

Main article: Deep Dives


The Deep Dive is a collection of three missions which are pre-seeded, meaning that they will be the same layout every time you play. The missions require two primary objectives to be completed before the Drop Pod can be summoned, with Mutators having a much higher chance of occurring whereas other features such as Crafting Materials and Machine Events are disabled. All three levels must be played in sequence with each mission granting extra rewards if completed. The status of the Dwarves including each player's individual health and ammo as well as the Team Depository is carried over between missions. There are also Elite Deep Dives, which are significantly more difficult but offer better rewards.

Hazard Bonuses[edit | edit source]

Main article: Hazard Bonus


Each mission will have a Hazard Bonus, a multiplier for the total Credit.png Credits and Experience Points Experience earned during a mission. This bonus is calculated based on the Hazard Level of a mission, its Cave Complexity, its Length, and any Warnings the mission has. The sum of each of these elements will be the final Hazard Bonus, which can be seen at the mission end screen.

Mutators[edit | edit source]

Main article: Mutators


Mutators were released in Update 15: Mutation Warning. Missions may have Mutators, which are special events that may modify the mission for better or worse. Warnings are negative mutators and Anomalies are positive or neutral mutators.
A mission currently can have at most one Warning and one Anomaly. Warnings will increase the Hazard Bonus from 15% up to 30%.

Warnings
Cave Leech Cluster Warning Cave Leech Cluster+15% Hazard Bonus
"Watch out for the ceiling, there is an unusual density of Cave Leeches."
Exploder Infestation! Warning Exploder Infestation!+30% Hazard Bonus
"You will be attacked by an almost constant flow of Glyphid Exploder packs."'
Haunted Cave Warning Haunted Cave+30% Hazard Bonus
"A slow, but invulnerable and deadly creature has been detected in this area. It will relentlessly chase you, throughout the mission. Do not let it get close."
Lethal Enemies Warning Lethal Enemies+25% Hazard Bonus
"Melee damage from all enemies hurts a lot more than usual."
Low Oxygen Warning Low Oxygen+20% Hazard Bonus
"The mission area has particularly low concentrations of breathable air. Dwarves must frequently replenish their O2 by standing near one of the tanks attached to the M.U.L.E. and other devices."
Mactera Plague Warning Mactera Plague+20% Hazard Bonus
"Most threats in this mission will come from the air, the caves are full of Mactera."
Parasites Warning Parasites+15% Hazard Bonus
"Something is eating the creatures from the inside out, and will go after you as soon as their hosts die."
Regenerative Bugs Warning Regenerative Bugs+15% Hazard Bonus
"After a few seconds of not taking damage, the creatures will start recovering health."
Shield Disruption Warning Shield Disruption+30% Hazard Bonus
"Magnetic interference is causing all shields to malfunction."
Anomalies
Critical Weakness Anomaly Critical Weakness
"Hitting Weak Points hurts even more than usual."
Triple XP Anomaly Double XP
"Success will grant double the Experience Points of a standard mission."
Gold Rush Anomaly Gold Rush
"We're rich! The mission area is full of extra rich gold veins."
Golden Bugs Anomaly Golden Bugs
"Every kill is worth gold, literally."
No Fall Damage Anomaly Low Gravity
"Mysterious gravitational irregularities result in lowered overall gravity in the mission area."
Mineral Mania Anomaly Mineral Mania
"The mission area is home to unusually high concentrations of regional mineral resources."
Rich Atmosphere Anomaly Rich Atmosphere
"A special mix of gasses in the air makes both Dwarves and aliens faster. As a side effect, everyone's voice is funnier than usual."
Volatile Guts Anomaly Volatile Guts
"The odd composition of local food sources means all enemies violently combust upon death, causing area damage."

Random Events[edit | edit source]

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Cargo Crates can occasionally be found and must be repaired in a similar manner to a Mini M.U.L.E. -- there are two batteries encased into the ground nearby which emit a pulsing sound to assist with their location. Once both batteries are inserted and the Crate is repaired, it will dispense a huge cache of crafting materials and award a Cosmetic item such as a special Framework Weapon Skin or Victory Move.
Main article: Cargo Crate


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Lost Packs can occasionally be found after retrieving a helmet with coordinates. The helmet emits the same pulsing sound as the Cargo Crate batteries to assist with its location. Once activated, the player's map will be updated with a purple marker. At this location will be a hidden room that requires digging to get to. Inside it is a cache of crafting materials and gold as well as a Lost Pack containing a Cosmetic item (such as a special Armor Paintjob or Pickaxe Customization part).
Main article: Lost Pack


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Machine Events are tertiary objectives which can be activated once the player has at least one promoted Dwarf. There are currently four kinds of Machine Event in the game: Ebonite Mutation, Kursite Infection, Omen Modulator Exterminator and Tritilyte Crystal. Upon completion they can be used to infuse a Matrix CoreBlank Matrix Core with either a Weapon Overclock or a Matrix Core Cosmetics, as well as providing a Credits and XP reward to all Dwarves (even if they did not infuse a Core or if they are not promoted).
Main article: Machine Events


Creature Encounters are rare unique and special denizens of the depths that the player may encounter while on a mission. There can be multiple encounters of different types during a given mission, but never more than one of each. All of these encounters are decided upon at mission generation.

Creature Encounters
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BET-C
6% spawn chance
An autonomous Battle M.U.L.E. -- a killer robot that has been parasitized by a pair of Xynarch Charge-Suckers. Now it is hostile to Dwarves when roused from its slumber. When the Charge-Suckers have been forcibly removed, BET-C can then be repaired and reprogrammed to follow the players around, attacking enemies with its arsenal of weapons.
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Korlok Tyrant-Weed
6% spawn chance
An organic, stationary threat with a protected core and regenerating shooting sprouts. When damaged, it can release healing pods that will regenerate its health. After it is destroyed, the Tyrant-Weed rewards Tyrant shardTyrant Shard gems that are worth a significant amount of Experience Points Experience and Credit.png Credits.
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Glyphid Crassus Detonator
3% spawn chance*
When killed, the Crassus will generate a massive crater of GoldGold. It is much tougher than a normal Bulk Detonator and can be distinguished by its golden sheen. It will cover a larger area in gold (up to around 1500 worth) if it is killed in a confined area, such as a tunnel.

*Crassus Detonators will not appear on Hazard 1 missions until the Conquer Hoxxes IV Assignment has been completed.

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Huuli Hoarder
15% spawn chance
An evasive creature that will noisily flee from the player when disturbed. If it manages to get away, the Huuli Hoarder will burrow and disappear, taking its minerals with it. When hunted down and killed, it rewards a large amount of crafting resources.
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Golden Loot Bug
15% spawn chance
This glowing, plump creature can be popped for 120 GoldGold.

Additionally, special enemy swarms can consist of a large group of Praetorians, Macteras creatures, Glyphid Grunt species, Swarmers or even a Glyphid Dreadnought.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

As of update 23, the 18th song in the soundtrack "Beneath the Crust" will play on the results screen upon mission completion.