The Fuel Rats are a group of pilots who help ships that have run out of fuel[1]. They use fuel transfer limpets to transfer fuel.

About the Fuel Rats Edit

The Fuel Rats are a hierarchy-less collective. That means they have no leader and no assigned jobs within the organization. Members who disagree about something work it out by listening to each other, suggesting solutions, and (hopefully) deciding collectively what to do. Not having leaders does not mean chaos; it is not the dog-eat-dog world of a nihilist/survivalist. "Our collective is more like the communes of the ancient Greek philosophers Aristotle and Epicurus: they did not need government or leaders because they were basically in agreement about what needed to be done." The “collective” is more like a team, sharing a common goal. Military units have to resort to hierarchical command-structures in order to get people to do the right thing in a situation where disagreement is fostered by political pressure. The Fuel Rats prefer to expect people to do the right thing. If someone doesn’t fit in, they’ll get polite suggestions to find another hobby than Fuel Ratting.[2]

Fuel Rats ship

Fuel Rats ship

The Doctrine of Individual Excellence is "If we do our best, individually, then collectively we’ll be awesome."

Even though we are leaderless, we are a collective; the actions of each individual reflect on how others perceive the collective. (so, be Glorious!) Every member makes all the Fuel Rats collective look good. Which also means that if a member misbehaves, they make everyone look bad. If one Fuel Rat feels another is making the collective look bad, their starting move should be: “Hey, please think how your behaviour reflects on the collective.”

The Fuel Rats consider themselves the The Good Guys and first and foremost their job – their only job – is to save stranded pilots quickly, courteously, and professionally. Some of them are fairly serious role-players. By all means, role-play if you like. Or not. If a fellow Rat is role-playing, it’s probably nice if you play along.

Since the game hasn’t got a very good fee-structure or means of exchanging wealth, the Fuel Rats talk a lot about charging a 100t of platinum, an arm, or a liver. If you want to work something out or role-play something with a rescuee, have fun.

Members should not mix other game-play with their Fuel Ratting; while you’re out on a rescue, you represent the Fuel Rats. If you decide to get creative, just be thoughtful.

Fuel Rats Decal and Paintjob

Fuel Rats Decal With Orange Squadron Paint Job

The Fuel Rats are not a war guild. Yes, they'll equip good shields, fast ships, even guns, but it’s hugely unlikely that a Rat-pack will go to war. After all, many of the Rats are on different sides and factions. When they’re being Fuel Rats, they’re all on one side: The Fuel Rats. Otherwise… it gets complicated.

If you are interested in joining, Please use the button located in the get help section to chat with the rats and possibly join.


19 DEC 3303

The fuel rats go on their most daring rescue yet. 65,659 lightyears away from Sol, is the system of Beagle point, The farthest system from Sol known to man as of yet. They did this rescue to help CMDR Persera, who after getting stuck in a non-scoopable system, travelled for 48 hours straight on supercruise to reach her destination.

04 NOV 3304

  • After almost 3.5 years and 52,116 cases, we've successfully rescued 50,000 CMDRs with a 95.9% success rate (at 17:42 Universal Galactic Time).[3][4]

08 JAN 3303

  • The Fuel Rats rescue their 20,000th Client and it does not look like they will stop at any time soon.[5]

12 AUG 3302

  • With advances in their rescuing technology, The Tech Rats (Development Team behind The Fuel Rats) meet in Sweden, Earth, Sol to activate their new IRC Network and API to allow for quicker and more reliable Service.[6]

10 JUL 3302

  • In a highly unusual incident, CMDR Chris Soar had accidentally launched his SRV into orbit above Nervi 3 A, the spaceborne CMDR was returned to the surface after CMDR Gridwolf physically pushed the SRV planet-side [7]

01 APR 3302


10.000 rescues celebration poster

  • Whilst always improving their technology to help stranded pilots even faster, The Fuel Rats reach 10,000 rescued Pilots on April Fools Day of 3302. Even though some may have thought of it as a joke, the Data collected with every rescue has concrete proof that CMDRs Zatie and Hansa successfully rescued CMDR Ripa Moram in ICZ BQ-Y D111.[8][9]
  • To celebrate this, Frontier manually handed out exclusive In-Game Decals to anyone who had participated with The Fuel Rats before this date.[10]

12 JAN 3302

  • Ever growing, one of the most popular ads for The Fuel Rats gets made by CMDR RadLock and released to the public.[11]

29 NOV 3301

  • A joint venture between the Pilots Federation and the Fuel Rats resulted in a new colour scheme for search-and-rescue vessels. Commander Father Cool, who designed the livery, originally intended it to be used by the Fuel Rats.[12]

09 OCT 3301

  • Commander F-Zlim, pilot of the 'Korblah' and member of the exploration arm of the Olympus Corp, experienced a fuel emergency after losing consciousness due to a CO2 leak while on the home stretch of a six-month galactic tour. He had exactly two minutes and 48 seconds of air remaining when Commanders Orphius and Lokda Babybel of the Fuel Rats saved him. Olympus Corporation awarded them the first-ever Korblah Medal.[13]

21 JUL 3301

  • The Fuel Rats undertook a massive relay operation to rescue Commander Neospike, whose fuel scoop had broken on the way back from Sagittarius A*. The effort involved roughly 540 limpet drones and several ships, including those piloted by Commanders Domaq, Paul_Kavinsky, Rusticolus, Cpt_Shinobi, Surly_badger, and Anuranium.[14]

07 JUL 3301

  • The Fuel Rats rescued Commander Fionn Mac Cumhaill, who while returning from deep space ran out of fuel in the PRAEA EUQ SY-S B3-3 system, which has no scoopable stars. Commanders Beornfrið, Kerenn and Anuranium located the drifting Asp Explorer just as its oxygen level dropped to 41 seconds of sustainable life support.[15]

24 JUN 3301

  • The Pilots Federation backed the Fuel Rats.[16]

Videos Edit



  1. Community Spotlight: Kerenn and the Fuel Rats
  2. About the Fuel Rats
  5. Fuel Rats Rescue 20 Thousand Pilots in Elite: Dangerous - Gamegrin
  6. Release notes of the Fuel Rats' IRC Bot, v2.0
  7. [1]
  8. Fuel Rats Database, case #10000
  9. Reddit Post celebrating Rescue #10000
  10. Fuel Rats Knowledgebase, on In-Game Decals
  11. Fuel Rats: Case Red (Video, by "RadLock Recursion)
  12. Rescue Ships to be Given Bold New Livery
  13. Olympus Corp Thanks the Fuel Rats
  14. Fuel Rat Deep Space Relay Rescue
  15. Fuel Rat Rescue Operation Saves Millions of Credits
  16. The Pilots Federation Supports Fuel Rat Initiative
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