The drones are able to adapt to energy weapons, but what about kinetic weapons like bullets or rail guns?

  • I've edited your question to hopefully clarify it and make it more on topic. You can revert my edits if you don't agree with my revisions.
    – Alarion
    Jan 21, 2020 at 2:58
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    Only example that I can think of is in First Contact on the Holodeck where Picard turns the safety features off and uses a holographic machine gun against a drone Jan 21, 2020 at 7:07
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    Not very well, according to "Star Trek: First Contact" when Picard lured Borg drones into the Holodeck, disabled its safeties, and killed them with holographic bullets. Jan 21, 2020 at 7:07
  • Remy. Yes, but it’s been shown it takes 5-6 phaser shots (and dead drones) before they adapt to them when they alternate the frequencies. The Tommy Gun instance was we unpredictable and happen really fast. They would have probably adapted their shield generators to compensate soon afterward.
    – user76329
    Jan 21, 2020 at 12:13
  • Projectile weapons are something they probably encounter infrequently. (1) Any species technologically advanced enough to counter their ships will probably not use projectile weapons, (2) any species not advanced enough to counter their ships won't pose any threat to them. They can just transport a drone in behind each person on the target ship and zap them all, without a shot being fired.
    – user38763
    Jan 21, 2020 at 19:34

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This depends on how you define adapt and also depends on what shields in Star Trek would actually do to projectile weapons since I do not recall projectile weapons ever being used against shields

Presumably a shield would vaporize a projectile which would still be deadly to the drone behind the shield and no shield adaptation could change this

However Borg have some kind of armor what this is made of currently is somewhat weak but the Borg could most likely alter the armor material to protect against projectiles which technically is adapting this presumes that Borg would deign to adapt to such a primitive form of attack

  • Can you explain what you mean by "vaporize a projectile which would still be deadly"? That seems somewhat self-contradictory.
    – DavidW
    Jan 22, 2020 at 4:15
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    Oh, and a shield doesn't need to vaporize a projectile; it would seem much easier to redirect it. You might even call that something like a "deflector."
    – DavidW
    Jan 22, 2020 at 4:17
  • @David A vaporized projectile is vapor moving at the same speed as the projectile this would eventually cause damage and death if slightly slower than an actual bullet, As to deflection it is a matter of power requirements while an energy shield can conceivably cancel an energy attack with very little power usage redirecting matter would be much more energy intensive its doubtful a drone would have the onboard energy capacity to deflect a great many projectiles
    – Revenant
    Jan 22, 2020 at 4:35

Haven't seen anything canon, but common sense would seem to suggest they would. The drones themselves produce a force field that blocks energy weapons fire, so it seems to reason they would just change the frequency until it stopped the projectiles.

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