The Uplink Drone is only used in the Uplink game mode. The Uplink Drone will spawn at a middle point in the map. It grants the player a minor health boost and extra speed, and can be thrown once picked up. It can also be used as a melee weapon, and will kill enemies in one hit. If thrown into the objective, 1 point is awarded, but if it is "dunked", then it 2 points are awarded. It is possible to pass the Uplink Drone to other players. This can be used as a tactic against enemy assailants, as the player can throw the Uplink Drone to them, rendering them near-helpless in a gunfight, and making them relatively easy to kill.
If the Uplink Drone is thrown out of bounds, the Uplink Drone will re-spawn where it originally started. This can be useful if the Uplink Drone is near a team's goal, as that team can simply advance the Uplink Drone upwards of half the map's distance with relative ease.
The Uplink Drone's behavior has been adjusted since the first patch for the game. The Uplink Drone used to be extremely easy to pass to other players, as it homed in on them and traveled in a straight arc. Since the patch, the Uplink Drone now flies in an angled arc, and is harder to throw at players.
In Exo Survival, there are Uplink Rounds, where the player(s) must deliver the Uplink Drone to the designated station, twice. The Uplink Drone can be used as a melee weapon to kill enemies.