If the Borg were to attack the planet Vulcan, could Vulcans incapacitate Borg drones using the Vulcan nerve pinch?

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    I'd hazard a guess it'd depend on the Borg in question - how much of their biologic nervous system is still in place/in use. Commented Feb 28, 2019 at 20:37
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    @VBartilucci, as far as I know their bodies still have nerves so I think that means they have a nervous system and it could be affected by a nerve pinch
    – user111617
    Commented Feb 28, 2019 at 20:44
  • I think that the Vulcans would be busy being assimilated/wiped out, so they'd have no time for nerve pinches...
    – Hans Olo
    Commented Feb 28, 2019 at 20:46
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    My guess would be the pinch would work a couple-three times and then not. Such a specialized attack would be adapted and compensated for. New cyborg cable linkages and a nerve-rerouting and other argle-bargle would render the drones immune.
    – Blaze
    Commented Feb 28, 2019 at 22:45
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    @Blaze, or maybe just a piece of armor or a shield.
    – Zoredache
    Commented Mar 1, 2019 at 1:37

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A nerve pinch would (with reasonable certainty) work on a humanoid Borg.

Tuvok is just about to "attempt" it in VOY: Unimatrix Zero, Part II when he's interrupted. Given that he's the ship's Security Officer and has extensive hands-on knowledge of Borg physiology, it seems very unlikely that he'd try it if he wasn't reasonably confident that it'll work.

TUVOK: I will attempt to deactivate him.

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And we see Spock doing it (successfully) in the Star Trek comic Boldly Go #4

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For the record, it doesn't work at all in the non-canon Star Trek Online game, showing effectiveness only on (some) entirely biological organisms.

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    That looks like the lesser known "Spock Lee" in that comic Commented Mar 28, 2019 at 11:15
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    @GordonBennett - It's not unusual for comic-book artists to make their characters unreasonably buff; i.sstatic.net/nOMCc.png
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 28, 2019 at 11:20
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    If we're talking about non-canon games, I seem to recall that the nerve pinch does work on Borg drones in Star Trek: Away Team. Commented Mar 28, 2019 at 14:27

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