Keto icon.png Keto Westgate Security icon.png
Keto.jpg

Characteristics Aggressive and Militaristic
Personality Aggressive
Diplomatic Actions Civil Defense, Shipping Agreement
"You are the target. Nothing more, nothing less."
—Keto


Keto is a non-expanding NPC that appears in Continuous Games (should you choose to add her) and in some Single Missions. She is part of Westgate Security, and her job as a mercenary is to eliminate expanding parties. Her nickname is The Raider.

Background[edit | edit source]

"Used to be in the Military. It was tough at first... My "nice" colleagues thought they could give me a hard time. But it was soon clear just who was gonna give whom a hard time around here. [Laughs] All of a sudden I had lots of friends..."
—Keto


Almost nothing is known about Keto. She doesn't appear in the Campaign.

"That Strindberg asks me almost daily to get rid of you! Well… unfortunately I can't say at present if I have accepted his assignment..."
—Keto


Or does she, indirectly?

Activities[edit | edit source]

The Anaconda

When the map starts, a timer will appear on screen. When this timer reaches zero, Keto will appear with the Anaconda (her flagship) and a large number of unique warships called Sharks. The time limit for her arrival is dependent on the map difficulty level which is set by the player. This also determines the hitpoints and attack power of her flagship as shown below:

  • On easy difficulty, she arrives after 4:30:00 hours, with 50/50/50 attack power and 4.500 hitpoints.
  • On medium, she arrives after 3:30:00 hours, with 75/75/75 attack power and 10.000 hitpoints.
  • On hard, she arrives after 2:30:00 hours, with 150/150/150 attack power and 20.000 hitpoints.

Keto will not colonize any islands, but her sharks will immediately start attacking the player's harbor and ships. If there are other human players in the sector, she will attack their harbors as well. Therefore, it is recommended that players team together from the moment the map starts to formulate a plan to destroy her. The Anaconda is immobile, but defeating it is the only way to end the shark raids and shut down Keto for the rest of the game.

One important note: Keto is able to replenish her Sharks over time, so destroying just a few of them is not the recommended tactic. The Sharks must be destroyed in total. Once the player commences an attack, they must hold nothing back while at the same time keeping their own ship losses to a minimum. If there are other human players in the sector, joining forces with them and attacking Keto in force may be a cost-effective strategy.

Once Keto is defeated, her technology becomes available allowing the player to build Sharks. Bear in mind, however, that this is restricted to the current game. The technology does not transfer to other games.

Interaction with other NPCs[edit | edit source]

Keto does not interact with any other computer players on the map. Her only focus is on destroying the player.

Diplomacy[edit | edit source]

Keto cannot be influenced by the usual diplomatic channels which eliminates any peace treaty with her. She only offers the following actions: Civil Defense and Shipping Agreement.

  • Civil Defense stops Keto from firing upon harbor buildings. Turrets, however, can still be attacked.
  • Shipping Agreement prevents Keto from firing upon unarmed ships.

How to Defeat[edit | edit source]

"That's what my client meant when he said you were capable of anything."
—Keto when destroyed


There are several methods to defeating Keto and these will vary from player to player. However, the following method can be used as a guide on the Hard difficulty level:

The timer for Keto's arrival is 2:30 hours. The best strategy found was working with the Tycoons. The trick is to build a large population base of Tycoon Employees and Tycoon Workers over as many islands as possible (As these population types can be provided for by a self sufficient island). While in the process of amassing a large population, you should try and max your relationship out with Rufus Thorne, Yana Rodriguez and Professor Dr. Salman Devi - all of whom can provide auxiliary fleets for the final battle.

The large population base has two benefits:

  • Large tax income to draw upon.
  • Huge fleet capacity: more people = a bigger military.

Industrial production other than for building modules and tools should be focused almost entirely on armaments production, which leads on to the last part of this plan - the expensive part.

Once you have a large population, you hopefully have maintained a large budget surplus which is where the final bit of the plan kicks in. Commando ship spam. Ideally you should have 3 or 4 shipyards, depending on how close to Keto's arrival you plan to build them (1 Commando ship/min). If you have any licences left, check with the NPCs for ark or ship combat upgrades - they will come in handy.

Hopefully a fleet of 30 above commando ships can be reached before she arrives, push your ship cap to the very limit and then call in your preferred auxillary fleet from one of the NPCs (Rufus, Yana or Salman). Build harbour turrets to distract Keto's attack fleet aswell, make sure you have lots of things she can shoot at.

When Keto arrives, do NOT engage her sharks. Keep your fleet ideally in the centre of the map and outflank all her sharks to the best of your ability, although you may win an initial battle against her you will lose the war. The advised strategy is to flank her sharks and let them attack your cities and sink your trading ships - if you see them doing this, this is a good sign. Upon a successful flanking engage her battleship directly and fire everything on it, even if she brings sharks back to defend when they run out of things to blow up. If all goes well she will sink. This strategy is proven - it probably will work for you as well.

Good luck!

Final Note: Although possible in Single Player, it is recommended to do this with a friend, where it is easily possible.

Exploits[edit | edit source]

  • In versions 1.0 and 1.1 of Anno 2070, Keto's ship could be destroyed with a single EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse). This was however fixed later.
  • If Keto is defeated in the Power Games mission and the player then starts a hard continous game where she's pre-added to the session, he may occur a glitch which makes it possible to add Keto twice to the session instead of just once, further described in the Exploits article.
  • Its possible to spawn commando ships in unlimited amounts from the Ark by repeatedly buying a ship and than quickly move the Ark to another location. This is proved to work with up 32ships (2fleets @ 16ships), and can make it possible to spawn much more ships than this. This will however not be the most ideal strategy when Keto's on hard difficulty, so its recommended that you use another more effective strategy like the one described above.

Bonus Content[edit | edit source]

Defeating her on hard difficulty grants an achievement:

Which in turn gives you acces to her portrait, the player colour Rose and the title "Mercenary".

Its also worth to note that if several players plays a continous game with Keto on Hard, and one of them defeats her, they will all receive the above achievement along with Keto's portrait and color.

We also have her thoughts on her fellow NPCs.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In Ancient Greek mythology, Keto was the goddess of the sea monsters.
  • The name "R.A.GEARISBURG" is painted on the side of Keto's flagship; this may be it's original name, or related somehow to her background or to Westgate Security, or possibly some Easter Egg reference to the member of the programming team who made or textured the battleship model.
  • "Sic transit gloria mundi" is Latin for "thus passes the glory of the world." It is used in the inauguration ceremony for Popes, and more generally as a reminder that worldly power is fleeting.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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