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This guide gives you the way to create your personal Improved Solar-Powered Pistol, often referred to as Engi Pistol. By no means this shall tell you that it's only usable by Engineers! However since there are some quite high tradeskills involved this pistol is most often used by Engineers.
Mainly the reason is that each weapon apart of the Master version is level-able, meaning you can upgrade each pistol by right-clicking it untill a certain quality level is reached. The leveling ability requires you to have a certain (buffed) Weapon Smithing skill, increasing with the quality level of course.
Sadly the Solar-Powered Pistols are all nodrop, so you can't pass it on to someone else for the tinkering. Additionally most intermediate products are also nodrop, only the hacked items and the Notum Threaded Backpack are not so you can ask someone else with enough Break & Entry skill for help.

For easier reading the guide is divided into the 6 main upgrades, each sub-topic including drop location of the parts required and of course the process itself.
In case you missed to keep a Solar-Powered Pistol (basic model, not enhanced), please visit our guide here.

Index
a) Solar-Powered Tinker Pistol
b) Solar-Powered Mender Pistol
c) Solar-Powered Mechanic Pistol
d) Solar-Powered Machinist Pistol
e) Solar-Powered Engineer Pistol
f) Solar-Powered Master Engineer Pistol


a) Solar-Powered Tinker Pistol
Quality Level: 1-39

Items required:
Item Where to find
Robotic monster, in missions or Junkyards or Backyards of Neutrals. Quality level appears to not matter, combination of a 50% lower QL Preservation System worked.

or
various monster
Shops: Has to be at least 90% of the QL of the Notum Chip/Fragment, QL does not increase during the steps before applying on Notum Chip.
Shops: Tools for Electrical and Mechanical Engineering


Tradeskill process:
  +     =  
Requires 3.5x the QL of the Ore Extractor in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

  +     =  
Requires 3.5x the QL of the Modified Ore Extractor in Nano Programming

  +     =  
Requires 2.5x the QL of the Notum Chip in Nano Programming and 3.5x the QL of the Notum Chip in Mechanical Engineering

  +     =  
There may be requirements for this step, those are all below 15 though.




b) Solar-Powered Mender Pistol
Quality Level: 40-99

Items required:
Item Where to find
Tech-Scavenger Robotic monster, most common hunt area is an acidlake in Newland Desert, also the Tech-Scavenger for example at the junkyard east of Old Athen or near Live Metal in Greater Tir County drop them.
Quality level requires to be at least 90% of the Bio Analyzing Computer. Since the QL of the Bio Analyzing Computer varies, it's easier to find it at the according quality level.
Shops: for example Tools for Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.
Shops: Mechanical and Electrical Components.
Note: The quality level appears to not matter, the resulting Analyzer will be QL40.


Tradeskill process:
  +     =  
Requires 3.5x the QL of the Brain in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

  +     =  
Requires 3.5x the QL of the Brain in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

  +     =  
Requires the Tinker Pistol to be quality level 39 (Requires 180 Weapon Smithing)
Requires 3.5x the QL of the Mechanical Anaylzer in Mechanical Engineering
Requires 4.5x the QL of the Mechanical Analyzer in Weapon Smithing (180 like for leveling the Tinker Pistol)





c) Solar-Powered Mechanic Pistol
Quality Level: 100-139

Items required:
Item Where to find
Drops of "R-2000 Vermin Unit Disposal Unit" (Level 100) in Greater Tir County and by chance of a "Jack Legchopper Clone" in Varmint Woods
Shops: Superior Devices
Shops: Superior Bookstore


Tradeskill process:
  +     =  
Requires 3.5x the QL of the Tutoring Device in Break & Entry.

  +     =  
Requires 250 in Nano Programming and 350 in Electrical Engineering. (Fixed values since the Disposal Unit is always QL 100)

  +     =  
Requires the Mender Pistol to be at least QL95 (Requires 447 Weapon Smithing)
Requires 450 in Weapon Smithing
Requires 350 in Electrical Engineering




d) Solar-Powered Machinist Pistol
Quality Level: 140-179

Items required:
Item Where to find
Medusas, either in missions or one of their camps in EFP and DAV. Personally I have had more luck in EFP north-west camp, maybe that helps you...
Shops: Superior Devices
Shops: General Tools and Bases, 2 tools required in the tradeskill (QL91 worked)


Tradeskill process:
  +     =  
Requires 3.5x the QL of the Physics Tool in Break & Entry

  +     =  
Requires 2.5x the QL of the Hacked Field Quantum Physics Tool in Field Quantum Physics
Requires 3.5x the QL of the Hacked Field Quantum Physics Tool in Electrical Engineering


  +     =  
Requires 350 in Field Quantum Physics
Requires 490 in Mechanical Engineering


  +     =  
Requires the Mechanic Pistol to be at least quality 133 (621 Weapon Smithing required to reach that quality level)
Requires 350 in Field Quantum Physics
Requires 350 in Nano Programming




e) Solar-Powered Engineer Pistol
Quality Level: 180-199

Items required:
Item Where to find
Slayerdroids in missions (mission level 180+) or across RK, for example in Pleasant Meadows and Lush Hills
Chests in missions (QL>=90)


Tradeskill process:
  +     =  
Requires 630 in Electrical Engineering
Requires 450 in Nano Programming


  +     =  
Requires the Machinist Pistol to be at least quality 171 (800 Weapon Smithing required to reach that quality level)
Requires 810 in Weapon Smithing
Requires 450 in Nano Programming





f) Solar-Powered Master Engineer Pistol
Quality Level: 200

Items required:
Item Where to find
The Brood Champions on a Hollow Island raid (1st, 3rd & 4th Champion loot is confirmed)
missions (at least 90% of the QL of the NCU Memory)
missions (QL>=180)
Shops: Tools
Shops: Tools


Tradeskill process:
  +     =  
Requires 2.5x the QL of the Nano Formula Recompiler in Nano Programming
Requires 3.5x the QL of the Nano Formula Recompiler in Computer Literacy


  +     =  
Requires 3.5x the QL of the NCU Memory in Breaking & Entry and Computer Literacy Skills

  +     =  
Requires 2.5x the QL of the Disconnected NCU Memory in Nano Programming
Requires 3.5x the QL of the Disconnected NCU Memory in Computer Literacy


  +     =  
Requires 500 in Nano Programming
Requires 500 in Field Quantum Physics


  +     =  
Requires the Machinist Pistol to be at least quality 190 (889 Weapon Smithing required to reach that quality level)
Requires 500 in Nano Programming
Requires 900 in Weapon Smithing



Be aware that this last pistol will have a Title Level 6 requirement, so you won't be able to get it on a character which isn't at least level 190.

With owning the Solar-Powered Engineer Pistol you may want to take a look at Engineer Pistol Upgrade.

Last updated on 06.16.2015 by Llie
Written by Niodemus.
Original information from Engineering News
Many thanks Defekt (RK1) for helping during the tradeskilling!
Additional help provided by Uragon, Ukblizzard, Gimpeline, Kotts, Xeenah, Nadab, Yokarma, Memotech, Thegenerator, Moonshadow23 and Lyssandrah. Thank you for for your support.
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