In the space missions, some of the targetable points on the capital ships (destroyers and frigates) seem to include the bridge and other points on the hull that are shielded (blue when hit by blasters). Likewise, on the bottom of the space-station there is also a targetable point.
Is there any point to shooting these? Does it disable the ship any more than by just killing turrets? Some of them (the bridge and bottom of the station at least) seem nearly indestructible, as I can throw perhaps a dozen missiles (not enough?) at them and nothing happens.
Addition: As there seem to be hidden bonus missions, what are they and what do you need to destroy? Do all of these “high-value” targets give their own bonus? Just one per mission?
Yes! They are a pain to take out, but when you do, you will likely complete a bonus mission (all of the ones I’ve managed to blow up so far have) in addition to providing a nice chunk of XP. The bottom of first cartel listening station for example will give you 500 points for the kill and just under 3000 for completing the bonus mission. I try to save my missiles for those items in particular since they are definitely hardened targets.
Edit for additional info: The space stations and capital ship bridges I have destroyed so far have been bonus missions all by themselves with no other targets. Blow them up and you instantly get both the base experience and the bonus mission experience. There can certainly be multiple bonus missions per encounter. One listening station had the fighter ships, the communications relay (the hard point at the bottom), as well as satellites plus turrets. Essentially, if you can target it, it CAN be blow up. I try to blow up everything I can, and make a mental note of what triggers a bonus mission. I haven’t come across a good guide to all of the bonuses yet. Only one way to find out – blow up ALL the things!
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