Thanks for the pointers. I eventually let my melee stuff catch dust a few levels after maxing the Labrys because it got too expensive at the time to buy weapons in that range. Creeping up slowly towards Philosopher's though. Was skilling all weapon classes in the beginning, but eventually opted for BLP only after seeing I wasn't getting anywhere soon. Best compromise between eco and fun factor for me, noisy and fast at least. So by now I'm lvl 33 sniper, 32 pistoleer/dmg. Currently I'm after a specific pistol which is a bit rare... you'll see it in the logs when/if I manage to get what I want. Purpose of targeting Hadraada of course is the evade bonus. I'm Evader lvl 15 now, find I should have some more for bigger game. Melee would help with that too, of course. Had actually planned to do the epic chains on Cyrene by now, but turned out just too expensive yet as the things there are real armour shredders. So Ark will have me for a little longer after the break. Pet question: It doesn't decay, but if I understand correctly the ped value reflects its energy "content", i.e. the amount of nutrio bars it has not yet consumed. Since I used it on my Halix melee runs with the acceleration buff from Resolute Stable, it was part of the total cost and of course got included. The time saved running between targets is noticeable and quite worth the 2 ped imo esp. when you do thousands in one go.