- Main article: Jaeger/Uprising#Rogue Jaegers
Rogue Jaegers, mechs built without the consent of the Pan Pacific Defense Corps, were designed with a “single neural load” to sustain one pilot. The designs of Rogue Jaegers vary from bipedal to vehicular, but most are small enough to have been built by a single person. Most pilots of Rogue Jaegers are connected to the Jaeger with a vest-like harness, gloves or helmet that allows them to interface with the body of the mech.
- Main article: Drone Jaeger
Drone Jaegers are unmanned Jaegers designed for the use of a single pilot from a safe distance. Information from the neural uplink is fed through a quantum data core that allows the pilot control of the Jaeger without harm to their mind. Because the operating systems remote controlled drones can be compromised via hacking, the neural link of the pilot controlling the Drone Jaeger can be overloaded. The Rogue Jaeger, Scrapper, would later be retrofitted with software that would allow Liwen Shao to remote-pilot the mech from Shao Industires.
Jaegers constructed and designed by the PPDC were originally designed to allow single pilot control over a Jaeger. However, initial tests with single pilots using the early Pons design resulted in violent seizures that resulted in death. Though Caitlin Lightcap inadvertently created the solution for the Pons when she saved Sergio D'Onofrio from a deadly seizure by connecting her mind with with his, pilots were generally advised against attempting to pilot a Jaeger on their own.
Stacker Pentecost sustained a neural link during a battle with Onibaba in Coyote Tango in 2016. Following the death of his brother at the hands of a Category III Kaiju in 2020, Raleigh Becket was able to pilot Gipsy Danger long enough to kill Knifehead and return the damaged Jaeger to shore. During the Battle of the Breach in 2025, Raleigh would solo pilot Gipsy Danger long enough to arm its self-destruct sequence inside the Anteverse to destroy the Breach.
Jake Pentecost attempted to pilot a Mark-4 Jaeger on his own and collapsed after one step. When Nathan Lambert is injured following the battle with the Mega-Kaiju in 2035, Jake attempted to pilot Gipsy Avenger on his own, and was unable to. Lambert was later relieved of his duties by Amara Namani, who operated as Jake's temporary co-pilot. How long a pilot can last without a co-pilot varies, but is not a mark of exception or special skill. Injuries sustained during solo piloting were burns from earlier circuitry suits, and increased risk of tearing the mind apart.