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It's hard to keep a secret these days, with datamining, YouTube videos and jerks like us determined to crack open every game and make a scramble out of every hidden secret and bit of information they can find, most easter eggs in don't last long.

The Mysterious Aliens Of 'Elite: Dangerous'

The alien ship resembles a sort of giant biomechanical flower. [Credit: Frontier Developments]
The alien ship resembles a sort of giant biomechanical flower. [Credit: Frontier Developments]

Players of , the crowdfunded competitor to the ambitious but trundling leviathan , are no different. But this time, they're flummoxed, on the 6th of January, player DP Sayre, known in real life as Robert Bettig, stumbled upon first contact with a mysterious alien vessel.

The event was simultaneously awe-inspiring and terrifying, as Bettig was yanked out of hyperspace to find himself face-to-giant with an octo-tentacled leviathan. The alien ship scanned him, made some ominous noises and then fled, moving too fast for Bettig to catch up.

The Top Theories On How To Contact The Aliens

You must have encountered an Unknown Artefact for the aliens to appear. [Credit: Frontier Developments]
You must have encountered an Unknown Artefact for the aliens to appear. [Credit: Frontier Developments]

Since then, players all throughout the systems have been searching desperately for a way to recreate Bettig's experience. So far no one has figured out a 100% sure way to recreate the alien contact, though several have managed to stumble upon similar events. In the mean-time, fans have figured out a few things that might increase your chances.

The first, and most important factor, is that you must have been scanned by an Unknown Artefact at some point. From what player's have worked out, the more recent your scan, the more likely you are to get interdicted (pulled out of hyperspace).

The Aliens will scan your ship for their own enigmatic purposes, but so far haven't engaged anybody. [Credit: Frontier Developments]
The Aliens will scan your ship for their own enigmatic purposes, but so far haven't engaged anybody. [Credit: Frontier Developments]

Unconfirmed rumors also speculate that carrying an Unknown Artefact and Meta Alloys will further increase the odds. Be careful though, as getting interdicted by the mysterious aliens sometimes results in your Unknown Artefact getting removed from your hold.

Unknown Artefacts will show up on scanners as an Unidentified Signal Source with a threat rating of 4.1. They're exceedingly rare, but the Elite: Dangerous Wiki contains the locations where they're most commonly found, along with advice on how to capture one.

The Most Common Locations To Encounter The Aliens

Before encountering the live aliens, players found isolated crash sites that resemble the alien ship. [Credit: Frontier Developments]
Before encountering the live aliens, players found isolated crash sites that resemble the alien ship. [Credit: Frontier Developments]

There's no one set location for the aliens to pull you out of Hyperspace, but the inquisitive folks over at the Elite: Dangerous subreddit have compiled a list of Hyperdiction locations that have the highest incidences of contact.

Asterope

  • Aries Dark Region DR-M B7-2
  • Aries Dark Region FR-V C2-17
  • Aries Dark Region ZP-O B6-3
  • HIP 11154
  • HIP 17403
  • Pleiades Sector BR-M B7-0
  • Pleiades Sector IX-K B8-O
  • Pleiades Sector OI-S B4-2

Aries Dark Region EW-M B7-1

  • Aries Dark Region FW-W D1-47
  • Aries Dark Region XU-O B6-3
  • COL 285 Sector QR-U B3-3
  • HIP 15954
  • Hyades Sector VD-B B4
  • Pleiades Sector HR-W D1-57
  • Pleiades Sector JC-U B3-2
  • Pleiades Sector XU-X B1-1

Players are currently collating their experiences in the subreddit, so further updates may be available as we discover more, currently, it appears the hyperdiction hotspots may be expanding and headed towards Sol, which spells ominous things for the future of the galaxy.

If you haven't tried Elite: Dangerous yet, now may be the perfect time to jump in and go alien hunting yourself!

Have you had an encounter with the aliens of Elite: Dangerous? Got some theories as to what they might be doing? Let us know in the comments.

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