I have had the game since Elite Dangerous Core first came out on X-Box but never really played it till about 6 weeks ago & since then I personally have never had an NPC blow Competent come after me & I would have to ran as I had no hope of fighting them. Even when all I was doing was Exploring or Trading. Yet this guy in the other group said that's not possible as your opponents are linked to your Combat Rank. So how can we both be telling the truth. My Combat Rank at the moment is Mostly Harmless. But at Harmless I was coming up against Dangerous Ranked enemy's in Anaconda's. I'd have to run for it as there was no way I could beat them, sometimes I was lucky & got away, other times not so lucky. I can't tell you how many ships I lost because of them.