A Geth Dropship is a large, insect-like frigate capable of carrying large numbers of geth. Geth Dropships are designed to drop geth units from overhead, often dropping Geth Armatures and Geth Colossi mid-flight. They also occasionally provide air support for the ground-based platforms in the form of a powerful projectile attack. Geth Dropships also have a defensive role; they can power energy fields to block key strategic points by latching onto the objective through the use of three superstrong claws as durable as steel I beams. These claws are nearly impervious to damage by conventional weapons, but have been destroyed in one case by a malfunctioning hydraulic door.
The Geth Dropship appears almost organic in design, looking like an oversized hornet or wasp without wings, an aesthetic style akin to Sovereign itself. This might be characteristic of synthetic design, or a deliberate homage to their 'god' by the geth.
Like most Geth vehicles, and, in fact, that geth themselves, a dropship acts as a "mobile platform" for geth programs. The ship itself is a sentient mechanism similar to the ground based Geth Armatures or Geth Colossi. If a dropship is damaged, it can transfer its programs to a smaller mobile platform to enact repairs, transferring the programs back to another platform once repairs are complete.
Little else is known about Geth Dropships. The closest Commander Shepard's team gets to one is on the Feros mission in the main campaign of Mass Effect, but the group must additionally attack one on both Casbin and the Citadel in order to stop them from dropping reinforcements. During an engagement, Geth Dropships will usually attempt escape before being completely destroyed.
Mass Effect EditExoGeni Corporation headquarters, other vessels began dropping geth units directly onto the top of the tower that was home to Zhu's Hope, and landing heavy units on the Prothean Skyway. A Geth Dropship—described as a troop ship—was also used on Virmire to send emergency reinforcements to the bomb site during Shepard's attack.
During the Battle of the Citadel, Shepard's team was forced to engage one on foot but were able to activate a cluster of the Citadel's defense towers, allowing them to focus on the geth ground troops.
Mass Effect 2 Edit
Dropships also appear in 2185, deploying troops on Corang and Haestrom. On the latter world, it also provides air support, using heavy artillery to kill several quarian marines and collapse a pillar. Three dropships are later seen docked at Heretic Station. Geth Dropships can also be seen inside Prometheus Station on Aite.
Mass Effect 3 Edit
- It is easy to tell when a Geth Dropship is approaching by audio cues. Geth Dropship engines roar loudly, providing an early-warning.
- According to The Art of Mass Effect, the profile of a Geth Dropship was inspired by the position a hornet takes when it is about to sting.
- In the design galleries section for geth ships on the Mass Effect Platinum Hits and Limited Edition bonus disc, Casey Hudson identifies a design of geth cruisers similar to the design of dropships. The cruisers have a straighter and more elongated design, as well as a bank of what appear to be antennae on the dorsal ridge. The ships can possibly be those present in the Siege of the Citadel, or active in other skirmishes at the battle.