Spy (ver 2.0) is a Mission type where players are tasked with extracting confidential data from enemy data servers.
|Spy 1.0 since Update 15.13|
Spy missions require players to locate consoles found in Data Vaults, which are special rooms featuring heavy security and advanced defense mechanisms guarding the console access terminals. Each mission will have three separate Data Vaults, of which all three must be breached and attempted before extraction becomes available. Players must breach the Data Vault rooms and then hack the access console in order to extract the data. If a Tenno trips over the Data Vault's security features, or an enemy activates the Data Vault's alarm, the Data Vault's defense mechanisms and enemy reinforcements become active, and a countdown timer will initiate indicating the time until the data is wiped off the server, giving players 50 to 20 seconds (depending on difficulty) in which to attempt to reach the console and hack it.
Similar to Rescue Prison Complexes, Data Vaults often feature alternate paths and tunnels that can be used to stealthily bypass the Data Vault's defenses, allowing for stealthy completion of a Data Vault. Some vault variants, especially those on Grineer Sealab and Grineer Forest tilesets will also have alternate methods of reaching the vaults by activating special map features such as high-pressure vents, or flooding.
End-of-mission rewards for Spy missions depends on the number of Data Vaults successfully hacked, with at least one vault hack needing to be successful in order to accomplish the mission.
- Spy Alert missions will require a minimum number of vaults successfully hacked in order to be complete the mission: Normal Alert missions require a minimum of 2 vaults hacked, while Corpus Merchant Ship Alerts require all 3 vaults hacked.
- Spy Sortie missions always require all 3 vaults hacked, and do not allow the usage of Ciphers.
Apart from enemies patrolling the rooms, the Corpus and Grineer have different emplaced defenses set up around their Data Vaults, with the defenses present depending on the variant of Data Vault. The defenses present will initiate each vault's alarm if tripped. Some security measures can be disabled if nearby panels are hacked or deactivated.
- Security Camera: Security Cameras in Data Vaults will trigger alarms if they spot the player. It is possible to instantly destroy them without triggering the alarm.
- Laser Barriers: Tripping over laser barriers in Data Vaults triggers the alarms. Unlike the normal Laser Barriers, those found in Data Vaults have a variety of mechanisms to confuse players, such as laser barriers that move, and barriers that periodically deactivate. Invisible players will still activate the alarms, but players in the Rift Plane will not.
- Sensor Bar: Data Vault alarms can be triggered by passing through energy doors that deal Magnetic proc. Some energy doors in a Data Vault may not have Sensor Bars attached to them, making them impossible to deactivate, while others may blink on and off periodically, which can catch players unaware. Invisible players will still activate the alarms if they pass through.
- Motion Detector: Some Grineer vaults have defenses involving scanners that sweep a yellow energy curtain across the console, triggering the alarm if the curtain is touched. These scanners have to be deactivated using consoles within the Data Vault to ensure safe hacking.
- Sensor Regulator: These mobile Regulator variants patrol Data Vaults, and will trigger alarms if they spot a player or take damage and survive.
- Spark - A unique variant of the Bombard can appear as reinforcements if multiple Data Vault alarms have been tripped.
- Lynx - One particular vault layout for Grineer Spy missions has an idle Lynx suspended from the ceiling of the terminal room. Should the players trip the alarm the Lynx will activate and begin attacking nearby players and Grineer alike.
Some Data Vaults may also feature security doors and pit traps that will engage and close upon alarms being triggered, which can impede a player's movement through the vault.
Whether a player succeeds or fails in retrieving the data inside the Data Vault, the vault itself will become easier to exit from: Corpus Data Vaults will have their laser defenses and any pit traps deactivated, while Grineer Data Vaults can open alternate passages that lead to the exit.
- Upon successfully hacking a Data Vault without triggering an alarm or alerting enemies the affinity bonus is tripled.
- If all three Data Vaults have had their alarms triggered and data successfully retrieved, the objective will change into an Exterminate mission, where all remaining enemies must be killed before extraction. This change will not occur if only two or less vaults had their alarms triggered, or if two or fewer data consoles have been successfully hacked.
- Every Data Vault alarm tripped will cause subsequent vaults to implement enemy patrols with tougher enemies, or activate additional defensive systems.
- Data Vaults can randomly have variations on their alternate passages, where some passages may be impassable on a particular mission. Certain defenses may also be active in some missions while inactive in others.
- Failing or canceling the hack on the server access panel will set off the vault's alarm.
- With the exception of the server access panel, hackable consoles inside the vaults will be one difficulty easier than the rest of the level's consoles.
- Data Vaults are unaffected by external alarms, i.e. alarms initiated outside of them. Enemies inside Data Vaults will not be alerted even if a map-wide alarm has been initiated before the player has initiated the entrance hack. However, if the player has initiated the entrance hack and an enemy on the map raises the alarm after that, guards inside the vault will be alerted and may subsequently trigger the vault's alarm if the player doesn't dispose of them.
- Rare Storage Containers have a chance to spawn inside Data Vaults, and even the console terminal rooms.
- Syndicate Death Squads have a significant delay between the red flicker and their actual attack when the target is in a Data Vault, much longer than normal. This does not affect Field Bosses such as Stalker.
- If the Cryogenic Leakage hazard is active on a Spy mission, certain ice formations may block some of the alternate passages leading to the data console.
- Since Phobos does not normally have Cryogenic Leakage, the ice will not reduce shields or affect the rest of the level, but will still block alternate passages. It seems Phobos has a higher likelihood of having this ice effect than other planets.
|Suisei||Grineer||5 - 7|
|Unda||Corpus||8 - 10|
|Vesper||Corpus||6 - 8|
|Cambria||Grineer||1 - 3|
|Adrastea||Corpus||11 - 13|
|Martialis||Corpus||10 - 12|
|Aegaeon||Grineer||15 - 17|
|Titan||Grineer||11 - 13|
|Scylla||Grineer||20 - 22|
|Tikoloshe||Grineer||18 - 20|
|Armaros||Corpus||21 - 23|
|Valac||Corpus||23 - 25|
|Grildrig||Grineer||16 - 18|
|Shklovsky||Grineer||18 - 20|
|Rosalind||Grineer||23 - 25|
|Umbriel||Grineer||21 - 23|
|Cyath||Infestation||26 - 28|
|Gnathos||Corpus||28 - 33|
|Laomedeia||Corpus||28 - 30|
|Sao||Corpus||28 - 30|
|Hapke||Grineer||33 - 35|
|Lex||Grineer||33 - 35|
|Oceanum||Corpus||33 - 35|
Each Data Vault will reward from 1000 to 4000 Affinity for a successful hack, which will be tripled if completed without triggering the alarms. The Affinity earned is dependent on the complexity of the Vault, and corresponds with enemy level.
Spy missions can reward the following items upon successful completion. Each Vault hacked will reward one item, regardless if done stealthily or not.
- Arrow Mutation
- Covert Lethality
- Credit Cache
- Cryo Rounds
- Deep Freeze
- Fast Deflection
- Fast Hands
- Frigid Blast
- Fusion Cores (All rarities)
- Hell's Chamber
- Hornet Strike
- Ivara Blueprint
- Ivara Chassis Blueprint
- Ivara Helmet Blueprint
- Ivara Systems Blueprint
- Metal Auger
- No Return
- North Wind
- Piercing Hit
- Pistol Ammo Mutation
- Point Blank
- Point Strike
- Power Throw
- Pressure Point
- Reflex Coil
- Reflex Guard
- Rifle Ammo Mutation
- Rime Rounds
- Scattering Inferno
- Shotgun Ammo Mutation
- Sniper Ammo Mutation
- Speed Trigger
- Steady Hands
- Target Cracker
- Thermite Rounds
- Trick Mag
- Tower I Capture Key
- Tower I Exterminate Key
- Tower I Mobile Defense Key
- Tower I Sabotage Key
- Tower II Capture Key
- Tower II Defense Key
- Tower II Exterminate Key
- Tower II Mobile Defense Key
- Tower II Sabotage Key
- Tower II Survival Key
- Tower III Capture Key
- Tower III Defense Key
- Tower III Exterminate Key
- Tower III Mobile Defense Key
- Tower III Sabotage Key
- Tower III Survival Key
- Tower IV Sabotage Key
- Vicious Frost
- Volcanic Edge
Level ≥ 25
- If there is a general alarm as you traverse the level, wait until you arrive at a vault to disable it. Any previously alerted enemies won't reactivate the alarm unless they were already in the process of doing so.
- When you enter a vault, the alertness levels of most enemies outside it will drop, and they will not follow you in (though they may patrol through the now unlocked doors.) It is advisable to wait a moment in the vault's antechamber in case you unknowingly encounter one of the exceptions. Exceptions include:
- Timing in the vaults is based on when you begin to hack the door. If you take longer on your hack, enemies will have progressed along their patrol routes.
- When enemies set off the alarms in the vault themselves, their trigger functioning is similar to that of a regular alarm, meaning if the map dedicated alarms haven't been activated in a while then they will have a good chance to raise the vault alarms.
- On high-level Grineer Spy missions, be careful when triggering your Syndicate weapon effects. If it unexpectedly occurs when you are in a vault, it is likely to trigger Sensor Regulators across the entire vault, as the proc damage will not be enough to kill them. Consider temporarily switching to a weapon without one, especially if your squad is doing multiple vaults simultaneously (the Affinity earned from a completed vault is instant and enough to fill up an empty effect meter).
- Sentinels and Kubrows do not trigger Sensor Regulators or Laser Barriers, allowing free usage inside Data Vaults, however they can still trigger the alarms if they attack enemies.
- Various Frames can use their powers to assist in completing vaults faster:
- Limbo can make various parts of both Corpus and Grineer spy vaults trivial, as being in the Rift Plane allows you to walk through laser barriers and energy doors without triggering an alarm. Cataclysm can be used to destroy cameras on the other sides of walls. Banish is silent, allowing silent kills on vault guards from within the Rift Plane.
- Loki can use Decoy and then Switch Teleport to bypass barriers and obstacles.
- However, Decoy appears to be able to trigger Grineer Sensor Bars if it passes through them, ie. when placed on the conveyor belt.
- Loki can also use the cloaking ability to evade guards sight, however beams will still be set off if you pass through them.
- Valkyr can use Rip Line to quickly navigate obstacles, as well as silently destroy Security Cameras.
- Mirage's Sleight Of Hand can be used to disable Cameras in Corpus vaults. This will also affect consoles however (on both Corpus and Grineer maps), prompting enemies to try and raise the alarm, which may be an intended effect, as the resulting explosion may kill the guard, or at least prevent them to use the console until Sleight of Hand expires. Note that Sleight of Hand does NOT affect laser barriers in Corpus vaults. It also seems that activating Sleight of Hand too close to a Sensor Regulator can cause it to trigger the alarm.
- A Nova using Worm Hole can also easily bypass parts of various vaults, especially Corpus ones, as going through Worm Holes does not trigger Laser Barriers or Sensor Bars.
- An Equinox in Night Aspect using Rest can put Sensor Regulators to sleep, allowing for easy evasion during the duration of the ability.
- Wukong can use his Cloud Walker to easily traverse unseen, although he will still set off alarms if you make contact with Laser Barriers.
- Ivara's Sleep and Noise arrows are all of great help. Sleep arrows put enemies to sleep for few seconds, Noise arrows will attract enemies to the arrow's location without alerting them.
- Ivara's cloaking ability, Prowl, allows her to move around unseen, however lasers will still trip the alarms if you touch them.
- If you don't mind setting off alarms, just stock up on Ciphers, bring a frame with immunity to knockdown like Atlas, Rhino or Valkyr and simply smash-and-grab your way through.
- If you are having trouble solving advanced Corpus consoles, try this user guide.
- Oddly, the Spy 2.0 Codex entry still shows the previous Grineer Spy 1.0 terminal, although it has been completely discarded from the game.
- The Grineer vault with Lynx is roughly identical to the room that was only available in Grineer Spy 1.0 missions.
- Before Spy 2.0 was added, the room used to contain a Jackal instead of Lynx. The Jackal however, served no purpose and could not be activated.
- Neptune Laomedeia has a bug which does not unlock the last door before the extraction point, so even with all 3 data packs the mission cannot be completed.
- Spy missions sometimes fail even if no data is lost.
- Occasionally hitting a barrier directly outside the vault will trip the alarm.
- Occasionally, in the Grineer "conveyor belt" vault, the visual effect for the blast effect walls will not render. They still behave normally. Their location can be identified by the frame in place where it normally is, with a yellow tint to it.
- In solo mode, triggering the alarm, then dying and using revive will freeze the timer, giving unlimited time to hack the console.
- Before Update 16.4, the reward from the first would be duplicated at the end, giving the impression that a 4th extra reward would be given if the vaults were stealthily hacked.
- It is possible to trigger a data deletion alarm even after the data is extracted. This causes the timer to continue counting down, and leads to mission failure.
- Occasionally, in Corpus/Infested spy vaults with the walls of lasers that flash on and off, an opening that does not appear to have a laser grid will still cause knockdown and trigger the alarm when passed through.
|PvE||Assassination • Capture • Crossfire • Deception • Defense • Excavation • Exterminate • Hijack • Interception • Mobile Defense • Recovery • Rescue • Sabotage (Orokin, Hive, Sealab) • Spy • Survival • Trial|
|PvP||Duel • Solar Rail Conflict|
Cephalon Capture • Annihilation • Team Annihilation
|Alert • Hazards • Invasion • Nightmare Mode • Quest • Sortie • Tile Sets|