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Access: None. Teleportation technology is superior anyway
Additional Access: Any place your specimens had access to
Difficulty: Hard
Supervisors: Mothership
Duties: Kidnap people, stuff them with organs of dubious origin
Guides: This is the guide
Quote: Ayy

Abductors are technologically advanced alien society set on cataloging all species in the system. Unfortunately for their subjects their methods are quite invasive.

The Truth is out there

Firstly, it is important to note: Abductors cannot speak in the conventional sense. Instead, they share a telepathic link with other member of the expedition ship (the UFO). Talking is automatically converted to telepathy. This is important because it means that regardless of the situation, you have a link to your partner that you can communicate through. Remember to communicate!

OH SHUCKS I'M AN AYYYLIEN WHAT DO? Well, my wonderful friend, here is a detailed and thorough guide to being the best alien duo in the galaxy.

Agents are the ones that will do the majority of the actual field work. With the help of the scientist, they can put on a disguise and locate a human to catch. Their main job is to find an isolated target, successfully stun them and put them to sleep, cuff them, and take them to a secluded area where the scientist can come in and do the rest.

The scientist is the operator behind the agent. He has a camera console which he will spend most of his time at, allowing him to see most of the station from above. His science tool, when set to SCAN mode, can be used on station crew that he sees through the cameras to steal their appearance and add it to the database of disguises for the agent. It is encouraged to scan as many people as you can when the opportunity presents itself. The science tool can also be set to MARK mode, which will add whoever you marked to your buffer. Anybody in your buffer can then be manipulated via your camera console, meaning you can teleport them to your UFO, or send them to anywhere on the station that you can see through cameras. Your agent can be marked through cameras! However, with human subjects, you must manually go to the station and stand next to them, as well as wait a few seconds while the marking tool adds them to the buffer.

What this essentially means is that the agent and the scientist are a tag team. The scientist finds a human to abduct, and gets a disguise that would suit the situation for the agent. The scientist marks the agent and warps him down to an area where he will be able to access the target. The agent then has to subdue the target and get him to an isolated area. Then, through his camera console, the scientist can warp himself down to the target and mark it. The scientist has an implant (with a minor cooldown) that instantly warps him back to the UFO. Once the target is marked, he uses this implant, then uses his console to bring the target to the UFO. Then, if needed, he can mark the agent through the cameras and retrieve him, as well. Once the target is safely in the UFO, the surgery can begin (for steps to complete the surgery, see the guide to it below). Remember that you can buckle cuffed subjects to the surgery table, should they wake up and attempt to resist.

During surgery, feel free to torment the subject or steal from it. The important thing is that you get an experimental gland into it and that it does not die. Once the surgery is done and the gland is in, put the subject into the Experiment Machinery (see more on that below, under Ship Equipment). Push some buttons to complete the experiment, and bam, the subject will be taken back to the station via teleporter and you earn one experimentation point. Experimentation points are the things you must collect to complete your objective. If you lose equipment, such as the agent's baton, you can spend your points to get new ones, but this subtracts the points from the total counting towards your objective.

In point format:

  • Scientist uses science tool in SCAN mode to collect disguises
  • Scientist tells agent where he'll be warped in to and who to try to abduct/watch out for
  • Agent is teleported in by scientist and stuns, sleeps, and cuffs the target
  • If the agent fails and is in danger, the scientist (if he has already marked the agent with the science tool in MARK mode) can recall him to the UFO
  • If the agent succeeds, he takes the target to a secluded area where scientist comes in and uses the science tool in MARK mode to mark the target
  • Scientist uses his implant and returns to the ship, then uses his console to recall the target and the agent
  • Surgery is done and agent loots whatever he may need off the target. Target is placed in experimentation machine and sent back to the station.
  • The process repeats as many times as necessary.

Important things you want to do before anything else: Scientist: Mark your agent by using your science tool in MARK mode. Gather disguises through the observation console by using your science tool in SCAN mode. Agent: Sync your agent armor up with the abductor console. Discuss a plan with your scientist. Agree on a safeword to use if the agent needs urgent warping out of danger.

Other stuff you should think about doing but don't have to (tips): Consider warping into medbay stealthily to steal a medkit or two in the event that the agent gets harmed. Consider warping into the armory stealthily to steal weapons if needed. Consider warping to the AI core to take it out if it proves to be an issue.


Your overall objective is to kidnap and experiment on given number of station inhabitants and acquire the designated number of experimentation points.

Beginning of any Operation

Step 1: Operating Table Place the patient onto the operating table using grab intent

Step 2: Drapes Place drapes & select "Organ Manipulation"

Step 3: Help Intent Switch to help intent.

Step 4: File:Hud target torso.gif Target: Chest (important!).

Step 5: Scalpel Do the surgery (see the steps below!).

Experimental Dissection

Procedure Ghetto Analogues
Step 1: Scalpel Scalpel: make an incision. Kitchen Knife (65%) Shard (45%)
Step 2: Hemostat Hemostat: clamp bleeders. Wirecutters (60%) Cable (15%)
Step 3: Retractor Retractor: retract the skin. Screwdriver (45%) Wirecutters (35%)
Step 4: Scalpel Scalpel: make an incision. Kitchen Knife (65%) Shard (45%)
Step 5: Hands Remove unnecessary organs / Use your hands to find the organs removed organs are garbage and can be placed wherever.
Step 6: Gland Gland: Insert the chosen gland from gland storage.

Ship Equipment

Name Icon Purpose
Ship Console Console Use this to set teleporter destination or retrieve people marked by scientist tools. Also used for buying replacement gear and linking the agent's vest.
Experiment Machinery Experiment This is the device that rewards you with experimentation points. Put in human with replaced organs and select one of the options to finish the experiment. Note that the subject will be sent to teleporter destination immediately if experiment succeeds.
Telepad Telepad Stand on this if you want to be sent to the station. People that have been marked and teleported to the UFO by the scientist appear here.
Gland Storage Storage Contains replacement organs needed for experimental dissection. You have limited supply of each gland, so try to pick a new one on each subject you experiment with.
Surgery Table OpTable Perform dissection on this. If the subject is cuffed, you can buckle him down to prevent resistance by dragging his sprite to it.
Observation Console Observation The scientist's main base of operations. Use this to find secluded humans, mark agents or gather disguises. Also used for warping marked people (including the scientist) in or out of the UFO.

Abductor Agent



You're the strong arm of the team, you're the one who will spend more time station-side kidnapping humans. Teleport in, incapacitate a human and secure the area for scientist arrival. Keep in mind that while you are the one that will frequently be in combat, communication with your fellow scientist is still very important, as they control what disguises are available to you, the mode of your vest, and are able to warp you out of danger in a pinch. Remember to communicate!


Name Icon Purpose
Agent Vest Vest The most important part of your equipment, this vest is surgically grafted to your body and works in two modes : Stealth and Combat. Remember: Modes are controlled remotely by your ship console! Communicate frequently and let the scientist know when you need to change modes.
Stealth Vest Mode Vest Using this vest mode will allow you to take on form of any human your scientist teammate added to the database. Be careful however this disguise is very fragile and any damage will reveal your true identity. Disguise is chosen using ship-side console. This vest mode is more commonly used, as it allows you to be more stealthy, and is more useful for sneaking up to isolated targets to abduct them.
Combat Vest Mode Vest This mode significantly increases armor values of the vest and allows you to use inbuilt anti-stun injector. You can't maintain the disguise in this mode. Use it if you're ready to go loud and take down several crewmen at once!
Silencer Silencer Use this device to silently turn off radios and headsets around the targeted human. Especially useful during abductions, in the event of the subject waking up or screaming for help before you can put them to sleep.
Decloner Decloner Your self-defense sidearm, deals radiation damage but needs to be recharged using station rechargers. Remember you need your specimens alive! Holds ten energy rounds. This is a last resort, meaning you should only find yourself using it if you're without any other options or tools (or if you decide to go loud).
Stunbaton & handcuffs Alien Baton Use these to capture the specimens for research. You must use an intent other then 'Help' for this to work. It has several different modes that can be toggled through and can't be used by humans, making it very useful as your main abducting tool. It has a stun mode which acts as a regular stun baton would, a sleep mode which will cause an already stunned human to go unconscious, a cuff mode which applies disposable alien handcuffs, and a probe mode, which tells you more details about the subject it's used on. Remember, when abducting: Stun, Sleep, Cuff.

Abductor Scientist



You're the support member of the team. The observation console is your main base of operations: Use it to gather disguises, control agent's vest, warp people in and out of the station/UFO, warp yourself to the station, and also to simply monitor station activity and look for an isolated target. You are also generally the one in charge of experimental surgeries. You will also have to go to station to mark humans secured by the agent for retrieval. Be vary careful, as you are the only link back to the UFO, and if you are caught and die while on station then your mission has failed. Remember to use your teleporter implant if danger presents itself for a quick retreat.


Name Icon Purpose
Teleporter Implant Implant Using this implant will allow you to return to ship straight away. Has a minor cooldown. Mainly used for getting back to the UFO after you've warped yourself to the station to mark an abductee.
Science Tool
Science Tool : MARK mode Science Tool In this mode the tool will mark humans or agents for retrieval. You must be immediately next to a human/lizard if you're marking them for abduction, and the marking process takes a good few seconds in which you are vulnerable. With your agent, however, the marking process is instant and can be done through the observation console, meaning that you can warp your agent out of danger in a pinch without putting yourself at any risk.
Science Tool:

SCAN mode

Science Tool This mode will add the targeted person's look to disguises database. Can be done through cameras. If you scan the same person again after they've changed clothing, their appearance will update in the database. Keep in mind that if you cuff someone for abduction and then scan them, the handcuffs will appear in the disguise, which looks very suspicious.

Abductee or Insanity 101

So you were kidnapped and experimented on by aliens? Who'd have expected that! Your mind did not get through this even unscathed and you feel like there's something wrong with your body. Try to complete your objectives and maybe you'll learn what's going on here.

In other words, you have been given a ticket to make the round more fun. This is somewhat reliant on roleplay. Just go along with it and be the crazy alien-lunatic that you now are.

Possible Glands

Name Effect
Healing Gland Heals the abductee every so often
Spider Gland Makes the abductee exhale spider pheromones and spawn spiderlings
Slime Gland Produces slimes friendly to the abductee
EMP Gland Makes abductee emit EMP every so often
Species Gland Makes abductee change species rapidly.
Egg Gland Makes the abductee lay acid-filled eggs.
Stretch Gland Allow the abductee to crawl through vents without trouble
Mindshock Gland Makes the abductee emit a confusing psychic wave every so often
Viral Gland Makes the abductee carrier of a serious disease - abductee is NOT affected
Bloody Gland Sprays blood on everything in sight and deals medium brute damage to abductee
Bodysnatcher Gland Turns the abductee into a cocoon from which bodysnatchers hatch
Plasma Gland Explodes the abductee in a cloud of plasma

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Jobs on FTL13


Command Captain, Executive Officer, Bridge Officer
Security Head of Security, Security Officer, Master-at-Arms, Detective
Engineering Chief Engineer, Ship Engineer, Atmospheric Technician
Supply Quartermaster, Cargo Technician, Shaft Miner, Munitions Officer
Science Research Director, Scientist, Roboticist
Medical Chief Medical Officer, Medical Doctor, Chemist, Geneticist, Virologist
Service Janitor, Bartender, Cook, Botanist, Clown, Mime
Civilian Assistant, Lawyer, Chaplain, Librarian
Non-human AI, Cyborg, Positronic Brain, Drone, Personal AI, Construct, Adamantine Golem, Ghost
Antagonists Traitor, Changeling, Nuclear Operative, Wizard, Shadowling, Abductor, Xenomorph, Revenant, Space Ninja, Holoparasite, Swarmers, Blob, Devil, Clockwork Cult
Special Centcom Official, Death Squad Officer, Emergency Response Officer, Ian
Races Humans, Lizardperson, Flyperson, Plasmaman, Podman, Miscellaneous