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The following information was uncovered by spankahontis, milytar, Jaxartes and ShoC.

Mk5 shields are available in Behemoth, Steady or Dashing configurations, just like the regular engines (Mks 1-4). They are offered for sale in pairs, in exchange for either of two collections of rare items found in unique lockboxes.

(warning) Warning (warning)

 If you're playing the campaign game start, try to find the Relics in Maelstrom before the plot has you attacking Xenon stations to avoid accidental destruction of the lockbox's contents. See SonOfToastie's explanation here.

Whilst the items are stored within indestructible lockboxes, their locks can be opened by stray fire or explosions if we are in the same area (same zone or neighboring zones) as the lockbox. If we don't find and collect the item after the lockbox is opened and the item is released into space, there's a chance they themselves could be destroyed and lost. So be careful with explosions, and avoid shooting the expelled item after the final lock is opened! 


The Skunk can equip two shields simultaneously and the completion of either mission allows the purchase of both. The duplicate mission can be considered a chance to reconsider an earlier choice or a second chance in case of misfortune. Although the MK5 shields are given to the player for free, old shields are still refunded at normal rates (as with any upgrade). This means that when upgrading from MK4 to MK5 shields you will still technically gain a few million credits, despite not having chosen money as the reward.

In freeplay starts there is no limit to how early one can get the shields, as all pieces can be obtained right from the start and most are in safe areas. As such it is possibly to go directly to MK5 shields from whatever shield you started with. The only difficulty one may encounter is with the pieces in Maelstrom as they are near Xenon bases.

In general, whether Long Range Scanning is required for the Exploration items or not, it can help since related lockboxes or loot crates have different ping sounds and colours (with a top-end scanner) than those of asteroids and ships

Mission details

The "A Piece of History" mission calls for the gathering of 5 Ancient Relics and the crafting of the "Ancient Relic Collection".

The "Treasure Hunt"  mission calls for the gathering of 5 Kha'ak Relics and the crafting of the "Kha'ak Relic Collection".

After returning to the NPC offering the respective missions, you can either exchange the item for the opportunity to purchase Mk5 shields or sell them for profitsss.


  1. Anonymous

    As a Sidenote it has to be said:

    The Player has to make a decision.

    While the Mk5 Dashing Shields have the fastest Recharge Rate, the Mk5 Behemoth has the highest capacity with Mk5 Steady Shields somewere between them.


    Also it has to be Noted that a mixture of both Shields, Dashing and Behemoth negates the Penalties of both Shields what results in a much higher Recharge Rate and more Shield Capacity than two Steady Shields can offer.


    Again, the Personal play Style and the preffered Loadout differs from Player to Player, make your decision wise and take your Time while doing it...

    These Shields are all Valuable and Unique.

  2. Anonymous

    Is there a way to re-enable either of those missions by editing a savegame?

    My gamestart placed 1 container from a mission in the zone boundary, and as soon as I get within 2km away from it, it dissapears due to zone transition. I've shot the container, hoping to somehow be able to extract it's contents, but to no avail. I left the zone, and mission obviously failed. The other one failed during maelstrom missions. Think the container probably got taken out by a station exploding or something.

    I've edited the gamesave, and added both of the missing pieces to the inventory, and was able to complete both Khaak and an Ancient relic collection, but I no longer have a mission to complete. Any suggestions?

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