Since the launch of Deep Rock Galactic’s first season, Rival Incursion, we have been introduced to the new Rival Tech faction of robots. The second season has only expanded on the new robotic enemy’s capabilities. If you have ever gotten a challenge to retrieve a data rack in Deep Rock Galactic, we will quickly show you how to get one by defeating The Caretaker.
Stealing a Data Rack from an Industrial Sabotage Mission in DRG
The new mission type focuses on opposing Rival Tech’s new robots by hitting one of their primary locations. While there is a quest you must complete before being able even to access this new mission type, the assignment never makes you complete an Industrial Sabotage. Players primarily focused on quests from the Assignment Board are likely never to experience one of these missions.
The goal of the Industrial Sabotage mission in Deep Rock Galactic is to steal a data rack. Yet, there are several stages to this mission, much like an Escort mission.
The data rack is held inside a vault guarded by a unique boss called The Caretaker. The first step in this mission is to lower the forcefield to expose The Caretaker. This will let you engage and fight it.
Releasing the Caretaker’s Forcefield
From the platform in which the forcefield protects, two large cable strips will lead into different cave sections. Following either cable will lead you to a Power Station, which must be disabled. Disabling each Power Node will require you to call down a robot named Hacksy to hack and disable the node.
To help Hacksy set up you will need to connect the robot’s pod to the Power Node with Transmitter Nodes. After you set up a connection with transmitter nodes Hacksy will be connected to the Power Node. The hacking can then start.
During their hacking, you must defend them from enemies. If the robot takes too much damage, it will pause the hack and hide inside the pod they were sent in. Once you complete this event twice and disable both Power Nodes, head back to the center area and prepare for the upcoming boss fight.
How to Defeat the Caretaker Boss
Before players came to know about The Nemesis in Deep Rock Galactic, there was The Caretaker. It is a floating pyramid with four eyes and appendages with lots to their arsenal. This makes The Caretaker a very formidable boss. Unlike the rest of the Rival Tech’s robots, The Caretaker has high fire and cold resistance, so using heat damage won’t hasten their defeat too much.
Phase One of the Boss Fight Against the Caretaker
To start the boss fight, you need to remove the batteries from the platform’s base. Doing so starts Phase One.
At the start of the fight, The Caretaker will rotate slowly, exposing all four corners of the pyramid while robotic appendages extend from its platform below. Unlike The Nemesis’ arms, they don’t grab players, which is a relief. However, each arm will shoot like Burster Turrets and lunge at you like Stabber Vines, making even Gunner’s Shield generator defenseless against their stab attacks.
While the fight continues, The Caretaker will periodically summon Patrol Bots and Shredders to swarm players during the battle. We recommend bringing a good precision weapon and possibly some heat damage to combat the mobs in this fight.
Shoot each corner of The Caretakers pyramid; afterward, it will start to expose some of its eyes. It cascades a red light whenever an eye opens, indicating what side to rotate to attack. Be careful; whenever you step on The Caretakers platform, there is a slight delay before electric coils stick up from the ground and electrocute you.
How to Beat the Caretaker Robot’s Second Boss Phase in Deep Rock Galactic
After damaging the open eyes enough to drain The Caretaker of one of the three HP bars the boss has, it will shift into the next phase. Patrol Bots become more of a frequent occurrence and the boss’s extra moves. The robot’s arms return more frequently than in the first stage, and also, Sniper Turrets begin to spawn far outside The Caretakers platform.
The Bomb Barrage is another move that dwarfs will be familiar with because of repeated encounters with the Nemesis. Whenever you defeated a Nemesis, its death cry would call in a Bomb Barrage around its corpse. The Caretaker has the same ability and will use it during any later stage of the fight.
The last trick up the boss’s sleeve is projecting massive force barriers like the Repulsion Turrets, but much larger.
Finally, Defeating the Caretaker to Earn a Data Rack in Deep Rock Galactic
The third and final phase of the fight doesn’t add any additional moves, but the boss becomes increasingly more aggressive.
Additional Tips on How to Beat the Caretaker in Deep Rock Galactic to Obtain Data Racks
Bring a Precision Weapon Good at Hitting Weak Points
Again, we recommend that you bring a weapon with high weak point damage to give yourself an advantage in this boss fight since both the eyes and corners of The Caretaker count as weak points. Using a precision weapon with a weak point bonus will increase your damage further. The robot’s arms also have weak points but can be instantly destroyed with heat damage, much like the Patrol Bots.
Call in Ammo Supplies in the Boss Room with The Caretaker
This fight is long enough that you are almost guaranteed to run out of ammo. Suppose you happen to call down a resupply during the early stages of hacking the Power Nodes. Call for your resupplies in the boss room to save yourself from running back into the extra rooms to receive ammo since you will revisit the area multiple times.
Don’t Waste Time on Explosives
Lastly, don’t try to use explosives. Aside from having complete immunity to poison, The Caretaker has 45% resistance to explosives. Don’t expect much from the explosive weapons of the different classes in Deep Rock Galactic, such as the Engineer’s grenade launcher, Gunner’s grenades, or Driller’s C-4.
Where to Find the Data Rack after Your Defeat the Caretaker in Deep Rock Galactic
Once you have defeated The Caretaker, the vault underneath the boss will open, and the data rack will be yours for the taking.
We hope this guide has made it easier for you to venture into the rival territory and steal that data rack for your quests or for management’s approval. If you are interested in seeing any of the extra changes that Deep Rock Galactic’s second season, Rival Escalation, has added, you can read them here.
As always, Rock and Stone, fellow dwarfs!