This is a Random Event. Occurs in:

  1. Civilian Sector
  2. Engi Controlled Sector
  3. Engi Homeworlds
  4. Pirate Controlled Sector

The intro text for this event varies, and could be any of the following:

  • As you jump into the system a pirate advances on your position. They are refusing all hails. Prepare for a fight.
  • Soon after arriving in the system you are hailed by a small cruiser. "What good fortune that we happen to run into each other. Nothing personal, but you have some information we need!"
  • At first it appears you've arrived in an empty system, but a ship appears from behind a planet and hails you: "Haha! I am the dread pirate Tuco, prepare to die!"
  • The only other ship at this beacon messages you: "Finally, after months of waiting, someone has fallen into our trap!"
  • You barely have time to register jump completion before your ship warns you of an incoming ship with weapons hot.


This event is called "PIRATE" in the datafiles.

Dread Pirate Tuco may be a reference to:

  • The movie and novel The Princess Bride: Instead of Tuco, it is The Dread Pirate Roberts.
  • Tuco, the dirty gunslinger from The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.
  • Breaking Bad's Tuco Salamanca.