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Faction Khitomer.png Bug Hunt
Given by:
60 (Elite)
Cooldown Timer:
30 min
Normal difficultyAdvanced difficultyElite difficulty
October 14, 2014
You will receive the following reward:
Plus one of the following:
Skill Dilithium Ore icon.png Elite mark R&D
Normal difficulty 480 x Normal Queue R&D Material Reward Package icon.pngCommon icon.png
Advanced difficulty 720 1 Ancient Power Cell icon.png Normal Queue R&D Material Reward Package icon.pngUncommon icon.png
Elite difficulty 1440 2 Ancient Power Cell icon.png Normal Queue R&D Material Reward Package icon.pngRare icon.png

In the Bug Hunt ground fleet action, which follows the story mission “The Dragon's Deceit”, a team of five players escorts an explosive expert to destroy the hive of the Bluegill neural parasites that possess the Vaadwaur leadership.


Following the events of “The Dragon's Deceit”, namely the realization that the Vaadwaur are being possessed by the Bluegills [1], the Alliance makes an effort to track down and neutralize them. The mission begins when Alliance operatives have tracked down their main hive to Paria III and a special squad is sent to destroy the hive and hunt the spawnmother within it. The squad is debriefed by an explosives expert - Lt. John VanDerveer - who will be in charge of removing obstacles while infiltrating the hive, and then setting off charges to destroy it from within. During the mission, the 5-man player team provides cover and hunts any parasite in sight. During the final battle, it is technically possible to kill the spawnmother before all the charges are set - in this case the mission ends without achieving all the possible goals of the mission.

Mission text[]

Our informants have revealed the location of a hive of Neural Parasites in hibernation. Your mission is to infiltrate the hive, find and eliminate the Spawnmother and then destroy the hive.


  • Assembling Assault Team (1:00)
  • Assault Hive Entrance
    • Protect Lt. VanDerveer
    • Clear Area of Hostiles
  • Kill Alarm Bugs (0/3)
  • Advance into the Hive
    • Jump Down the Cliff
    • Kill Jr. Queen and Attendants
  • Penetrate Lower Levels
    • Make an Entrance into the Lower Tunnels
    • Clear Area of Hostiles
    • Speak with Lt. VanDerveer
    • Cover Lt. VanDerveer While He Makes a Bridge
  • Speak with Lt. VanDerveer
  • Kill Spawnmother
    • Defeat Spawnmother Before Evacuation
  • Keep Lt. VanDerveer Alive


For a walkthrough of this mission, visit the Walkthrough page.





  • The mission requires the completion of “The Dragon's Deceit” – a Level 54+ mission – by at least a single character on the account in order to appear for all of them in the PvE queue list.
  • The mission seems to give a nod to the 1997 movie "Starship Troopers" that revolves around hunting evil alien bugs intent on destroying Earth. For example, the explosives expert in the mission bears some resemblance to the main protagonist of that film and he comes from the U.S.S. Buenos Aires, which incidentally is named after the same hometown of said protagonist. Additionally, the dialog prompts for getting more back story are all "I would like to know more" which is a take off of "Would you like to know more?" from Starship Troopers.


  1. The neural parasites who instigated a 24th century Starfleet conspiracy

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