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The Elite: Dangerous Patch Notes, update 2.2.03 is now available to download!

Let’s check what this update is made of.

I’m investigating about the following points. We did test them during the beta but they didn’t go through and we haven’t been notified yet.

  • We haven’t heard about the beta new Hardness values and shields values of the Big Three.
  • The Engineers commodities should been removed as well but it isn’t notified in the patch notes.
  • Shields changes isn’t live too.



General Enhancements

  • Fix for crash when dropping from orbit at Eafots LZ-H b10-0 D 1;
  • Added new DTS Headphone X functionality;
    • Set Windows to Stereo in your Sound settings of your Control Panel
      • Open the start menu
      • Type “sound” and select the Sound setting that appears
      • Find your active device
      • Click Configure to open the device settings
      • Ensure you have Stereo selected
    • Start Elite Dangerous – and make sure you’ve updated to 2.2.03
      • Go to your Audio Options and Enable DTS Headphone:X
  • Allow a mini USS bubble around Colonia;- Fix transaction server error when clearing a save that had lots of exploration data
  • Committing a murder while in a fighter now results in being attacked by the Authority following a scan
  • If saving or autosaving while in supercruise, move the player well clear of star Jet Cones. You shouldn’t ever reload back in after a hyperspace failure stuck in the cones anymore. Note that if you save/log out while in normal space, you will still be in the cone on your return, this safety check can’t be used to escape once you’ve already made a mistake, it’s just covering for failures that aren’t the player’s fault
  • Allow Reload time in Outfitting to be shown to the nearest 1 decimal place rather than rounded to whole seconds
  • Added some system metadata for the five starsystems holding refuelling bases between the Sol bubble and Colonia
  • Crew rank does not update on the contacts or ship GUI after ranking up fixed
  • Avoid tinting weapon impacts on environmental surfaces
  • Don’t clear legal state after a cargo scan! This will make the cockpit “Wanted” warning vanish!
  • Warning message now appears when player scans fighter or mothership with Kill warrant or Manifest scanner
  • Fixed descriptions for engineer related commodities
  • Various text fixes
  • Latest localisation updates included
  • Added passenger seating allocation to allow passengers to be assigned outside of mission board
  • Updated the timescale of the Long Distance Expedition template to be 28 days
  • Updated the bonus rewards from passenger demanded cargo – this makes the reward more worth while for the player
  • Tweaks to make NPCs less effective against silent running
  • NPCs should’t always be so accurate with rail guns
  • Network and Instances improved!

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  • Added a new mission type for investigating the ancient ruins
  • Make supply to demand overrides take max distance into account (Stops Colonia making missions which intend to only go 500ly into missions to pop back to the bubble with a ~24 time limit)
  • Reduce number of missions sent to clients as we’re only sending relevant missions now
  • Increased maximum mission duration to 28 days
  • Fix elite rank point calculations from missions so that they are a % of any mission profit earned
  • Fix the mission generation iteration limitor as it was preventing missions from spawning and thus decreasing board size
  • Make sure that missions are properly transferred to the ship transactions panel after boarding from an SRV
  • Fix for lack of Exquisite Focus Crystals as a mission reward
  • Fix data message IDs at all ancient sites for the associated mission so that the codex scans actually trigger an inbox message
  • Added mission limit to the ancient ruins mission
  • Fixed mission progress elements in the ancient ruins template to actually show the inbox messages as the data is discovered
  • Reduced the reputation reward for the ancient ruin mission when handed in and not fully completed
  • Added a bonus reputation reward for full ancient ruin mission completion
  • Massacre Conflict missions will only accept conflict zone targets
  • Add additional logging to inbox messages to try to find out why we’re receiving a reply for a message we don’t have anymore

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  • Rather than permanently disabling guidance on torpedoes, ECM now gives an enormous kick onto a new trajectory and scrambles them for a short time (randomly between 5 and 10 seconds), after which they will re-acquire a lock and turn back in to engage
  • Fixed multicannon Clips increased to 100 (from 90)
  • Fixed/gimbal multicannon reload times adjusted for consistency (generally buffed), fixed are now 4s, gimballed 5s (from an inconsistent 4s/5s mix)
  • Fixed cannon damage increased by 25%
  • Fixed cannon clip size increased to 6 (from 5)
  • Fixed cannon reload time reduced to 3 (from 4)
  • Fixed cannon ammo reserve size increased to 120 (from 100)
  • Gimbal/Turret cannon damage increased by 15%
  • All fixed pulse/burst/beam weapons have 10% reduced WEP drain
  • WEP draw of burst lasers reduced by 10-15% (on top of fixed weapons as mentioned earlier). This has been adjusted so that pulse and burst weapons have essentially the same final DPE, and represent a tradeoff between DPS and power/heat
  • Plasma Accelerator reload times reduced to 6s (from 8)
  • Plasma Accelerator damage increased
  • Damage split for Plasma accelerators changed from a kinetic thermal split to 60% absolute/20% kinetic/20% thermal (reduced from 100% absolute in beta), this means they partially ignore any damage resistance
  • Reactor power draw for beams reduced 10%
  • Frag Cannon base damage and hardness piercing adjusted to maintain the same damage against large ship hulls, but get a 15% bonus against small ships and shields
  • Frag Cannon ammo reserve doubled (to 180 from 90)
  • Clip size modifications now always round the clip up to avoid overly punishing small-clip weapons, and the modifier is not shown if it will have no effect
  • Increased fighter weapon hardness piercing
  • Internal statistics panel now has a combat defences section which should show:
    • Shield health
    • Armour health
    • Armour rating
    • plus the damage resistances to all 3 types for both
  • Railgun Ammo increased from 30 -> 80 (90->240 for the Imperial Hammer)
  • Railgun Firing heat reduced by 20%
  • Cytoscrambler improvement: 50% damage increase, damage falloff/range increased from 300/600 to 600/1000

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  • Module Reinforcement Pack (MRP) added, in the same sizes/classes as HRPs, designed to protect modules against external attacks piercing the hull
  • Integrity of all MRPs approximately 15% higher than beta. MRPs now have a multiplier to make them much more easy to repair with an AMFU to offset their huge health pools, each unit of AFM ammo repaired restores 10x as much health to an MRP as it will to other modules
  • Regeneration rates have been increased for the larger shields when broken. Size 1 & 2 have no effect, size 8 is double what it was
  • Regeneration rates when shields are active but have not recently taken damage are increased. It is now the maximum between what is was before (a fixed value for all sizes) and 25% of their broken regen (40% for biweave). This is lower than is was in beta
  • Reboot-repair now Bump-starts shields when it completes, reducing downtime waiting for them to return. The focus of this is out of combat, so it does not work if you move at above 50m/s or take a shot during the reboot
  • Improved gold paintjob shader
  • Improved chrome paintjob shader
  • Fix for cockpit ambience ducking artifact
  • Doubled hull health for:
    • Hauler
    • Type 6
    • Keelback
    • Type 7
    • Type 9 Heavy
  • Vipers across the galaxy have received lightweight chassis upgrades, reduce viper hull mass by 10 tons
  • Added new military slots to the following ships. These new modules allows Shields Boosters, Module Reinforcements and Hull Reinforcements only:
    • Eagle: 1x size 2
    • Imperial Eagle: 1x size 2
    • Viper Mk III: 1x size 3
    • Viper Mk IV: 1x size 3
    • Vulture: 1x size 5
    • Federal Dropship: 2x size 4
    • Federal Gunship: 3x size 4
    • Federal Assault ship: 2x size 4
    • Imperial Cutter: 2x size 5
    • Federal Corvette: 2x size 5
    • Anaconda: 1×5 size 5

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  • Auto loader improved and ammo penalty removed
  • Dispersal field damage penalty removed
  • Overload Munitions ammo capacity penalty removed
  • Smart rounds flight time penalty removed
  • Concordant sequence regeneration amount doubled and lasts twice as long
  • Emissive Munitions duration reduced to 30% of what it was, and capped much shorter for missiles
  • Emissive Munitions Scale reduced vastly, it will still guarantee visibility but no longer maxes out gimbal tracking at all ranges
  • Feedback Cascade no longer provides a fixed 90% reduction to healing, instead each hit reduces the healing rate by an amount proportional to damage capped at -90% as before. Exact number of hits to reach the cap varies based on size of weapon and shield cell, but will typically be 2-3 (requiring either high skill or multiple railguns) and up to 5 for smaller weapons against size 8 cell banks
  • Overcharged and Efficient Blueprints now available for Beam weapons
  • Plasma Slug now available on Plasma Accelerators
  • More improvements to restocking weapons with engineer modifications
  • Ensure the latest version of recipe ingredients are used when crafting, regardless of how long ago a recipe was pinned
  • Automatically update modified modules to the latest version of the recipe
  • Fix engineer names in inbox messages
  • Make default items slot aware to prevent modules that are usually core (basically just fuel tanks) having to be replaced when stored from an optional module slot
  • Removed option to remove modification when the module is stored
  • Reduce multiplier on Phasing sequence by 20%
  • When scaling Weapon Range up in a blueprint, we now display that the projectile speed has increased.
  • When scaling down the fire rate of beams, lower their DPS correctly rather than having no effect. this will slightly nerf efficient beams, with a noticeable effect to lower levels, but G5 sees very small difference


  • Grade 5 Burst Laser from Broo Tarquin
  • Grade 5 Beam Laser from Broo Tarquin
  • Grade 5 Mines from Juri Ishmaak
  • Grade 5 Missiles from Liz Ryder
  • Grade 5 Torpedos from Liz Ryder
  • Grade 5 Railguns from Tod ‘The Blaster’ McQuinn
  • Grade 4&5 Hull Reinforcement Thermal/Kinetic/Explosive resistance Blueprints from Selene Jean
  • Grade 4&5 Armour Thermal/Kinetic/Explosive and Advanced Blueprints from Selene Jean
  • Grade 4&5 Shield Booster Thermal/Kinetic/Explosive Blueprints from Didi Vatermann


  • Efficient no longer increases firing interval (reducing rate of fire)
  • Efficient heat reduction reduced (from -50-90% to -50-60% at G5)
  • Efficient WEP draw reduction range reduced and maximum reduced slightly (-15-40% to -25-35% at G5)
  • Overcharged damage increased (+30-35% to +35-45% at G5)
  • Overcharged Rate of fire increase removed
  • Overcharged now reduces clip size (-15-25% at G5)
  • (Changes to focused during beta were reverted entirely)
  • Rapid Fire Rate of Fire range reduced, maximum still 40%
  • Rapid Fire Damage penalty increased
  • Rapid Fire WEP draw reduction reduced, (-30-50% to -30-40%)
  • Rapid Fire Hardness piercing increase removed
  • Rapid fire now speeds up reload times (-50-65% at G5)
  • Increase damage buff for Short Range to 45% (+5%) so that it is competitive with Overcharged and Rapid fire for raw damage,but with different tradeoffs
  • Short Range: When scaling Weapon Range down in a blueprint, we no longer scale down the Damage Falloff start, nor the projectile speed
  • Short Range no longer increases WEP draw of the weapon
  • Long Range now removes damage falloff from range on the weapon
  • Long Range no longer increases WEP draw
  • Long Range no longer reduces raw damage
  • Light Weight no longer reduces damage
  • Light Weight now reduces reactor power draw (-10-20% at G5)
  • Light Weight now reduces WEP power draw (-10-20% at G5)
  • Sturdy health increase doubled to +100-250% at G5
  • Sturdy now reduces heat when firing (-20-30% at G5)
  • Optimised Shields Reactor power draw reduction improved (20%-40% from 13-30%)
  • Optimised Shields Mass reduction doubled (16-40% from 8-20%)
  • Thermal/Kinetic Shields Module health increase added (+20%-40% at G5)
  • Kinetic/Thermal/Explosive Hull Reinforcements: Penalties for off-types reduced (to 10%-15% from 10%-20% at G5)
  • Kinetic/Thermal/Explosive Shield Boosters: Penalties for off-types on all single-type resistances reduced ( 4%-6% from 12%-13% at G5)
  • Resistive (Shield Booster): Resistance to all types reduced by 2% (to 10-13% from 12-15% at G5)

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  • Powerplay consolidation feature added;
  • Powerplay assassins removed;
  • Powerplay pirates no longer spawn in exploited systems;
  • Powerplay pirates must align with an opposing superpower to that of the controlling power;
  • When a crime worthy of an authority response is committed between two ships (NPC or player) who are each pledged to a power, effectively reduce the security level of the system for the purposes of considering strength of response and delay;
  • Power security and pirate ships must now scan for powerplay vouchers, to check for powerplay cargo, and concerning which powers will get involved based on the player’s power
    • Power Security NPCs attack ships of opposing powers (different major faction) if they are locally wanted, they have powerplay vouchers issued by the controlling power of the system, or are carrying any powerplay commodity relevant to the controlling power of the system. They can not be appeased with cargo drops
    • PowersPirate NPCs attack ships of the same power as the controlling power of the system if they are wanted, carrying any powerplay vouchers, or carrying any powerplay cargo (any power). They can be appeased by cargo drops as long as the attack was due to cargo, not bounty or vouchers
    • Ships not meeting these criteria will be left alone, even if pledged to a power
  • New chatter lines added to support changed behavious;
  • Ensure PowersSecurity ships are given an FSD interdictor by the auto-loadout system;
  • Updating the balance on AI ambient power play ships, as well as tweaking some of Famine and Outbreak AI ships;
  • When Opposing Control or Undermining a hostile power, vouchers will only be issued when destroying NPC ships from the defending power;
  • Cargo used for Opposing Control or Undermining a friendly power will now only count for 1 merit when delivered;
  • Voting for logistics consolidation becomes available at Rank 2 after supporting a power for 4 weeks. The number of votes increases to 5 after supporting a power for 16 weeks;
  • Replaced the 18 second threaten timer on PowersSecurity ships with a 2 second one (they appeared to be broken right after scanning, which was undesirable behaviour). Also adjusted standard Bounty Hunter AI to be the same.

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Official Elite: Dangerous forums – 2.2.03 patch notes