Taking on a hydra is exceedingly difficult. While elite npcs are skilled, they still follow similar programming as other npc types. Even a wing of 3 elite anacondas (IMO) is much easier to take down than a hydra given the right equipment. Thargoid combat is intended to be endgame content though, so there is that to consider.
Hello, Cmdr. Sorry for the late response. If you’re still looking for an answer, yes specialized SCB’s provide more shield reinforcement than unengineered SCB’s. Additionally, the experimental effect boss cells further increases the shield reinforcement. Using both specialized with boss cells exp. effect is recommended for shield tanks and AX combat
Howdy, I recognize I’m 5 days late to the party but ah well. I totally endorse anti-xeno (or zeno lol) combat. If you’re bored, get in contact with the Anti-Xeno Initiative and join up. It’s a great group of players looking to help each other out with the most difficult combat in the game! If you’re interested I can share discords o7