Deadspace items consist of a group of items added to the game as part of the expansion that added static, DED-rated complexes to the game. Though these complexes no longer exist in static locations, their old loot is still extant, and the complexes still respawn within the exploration system. Additional complexes that were never a part of the original set of statics also now exist, as well as escalation encounters that can drop deadspace items that cannot be acquired by any other means.
Deadspace items are easy to identify based on their naming convention. The naming formula is: [(Gist|Corp|Pith|Cent|Core)][(|i|li|ii|lum|us)] [(C|B|A|X)]-Type [item name]. Examples: Pithi A-Type Small Shield Transporter, Gist X-Type X-Large Shield Booster. They have meta levels ranging from 9 to 14.
Note that there's also a small chance of faction ship BPCs of the type of the complex (i.e., 1-3 = faction frigate, 4-6 = faction cruiser, 7-10 = faction battleship) in the final overseer's cargo (confirmed by your author), faction item drops (confirmed by your author), and officer spawns occurring (possibly apocryphal).
There were a couple of bugs in the original static complexes. For example, Serpentis frigate-class complexes dropped Gistii loot (which should be from Angels).
The number of deadspace item drops for each run of a DED complex can vary, from zero items to three or more. A given run of a complex will never drop more than one of a single item, however (so a 100MN AB and 100MN MWD might drop together, but two 100MN MWDs would not).
For simplicity in comparing and evaluating deadspace items, there is a mapping between deadspace items and officer gear that drops from named pirates:
It is worth noting, however, that not all items have an exact equivalent. For example, while each of the Angel/Domination officers has a stasis webifier, no equivalent deadspace module exists. Similarly, officers drop only the large size of armor repairers and shield boosters, so there is not, for example, a "Vepas' Modified Small Shield Booster" to go along with the Pithi A-Type Small Shield Booster. Occasions also exist, such as with Domination officer shield boost amplifiers and Angel deadspace boost amps, where these relationships don't line up correctly, but such instances are widely regarded as bugs. One last note: when both exist (see deadspace nosferatu for one case where they don't), Sansha officer/deadspace items and Blood officer/deadspace modules are exactly interchangeable with one another.
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