Friday, August 30, 2013

Drones Five, Baby!

I reached my first level five skill, and not surprisingly for a Gallente, it is Drones!  I immediately bought a bunch of skill books for further drone enhancements, including the excellent Drone Interfacing, which gives a whopping 20% drone damage bonus per level. It's almost at level 3 now.

I fitted the Algos that I brought back from Jita the other day, like so. This was a quick fit, copied and down-sized from the Eve University suggested fit. I had to switch to lower tech stuff since I can't yet use Tech 2 shields. My to-do list includes getting a Drone Link Augmentor (+20km drone control range) and Drone Damage Amplifiers.

[Algos, Missioning]
[empty low slot]
[empty low slot]
[empty low slot]

Limited 1MN Afterburner I
Medium Shield Extender I
Adaptive Invulnerability Field I

75mm Compressed Coil Gun I, Iron Charge S
75mm Compressed Coil Gun I, Iron Charge S
75mm Compressed Coil Gun I, Iron Charge S
75mm Compressed Coil Gun I, Iron Charge S
75mm Compressed Coil Gun I, Iron Charge S
[empty high slot]

[empty rig slot]
[empty rig slot]
[empty rig slot]


Hobgoblin I x5
Hammerhead I x2
Salvage Drone I x3

I had probe scanners attached too, and after derping around for a while looking for a combat site and not finding any, I remembered (duh!) that I could just go ask a level 1 security agent for a mission.  Doing so, I was sent in to fight Blood Raider pirates. It wasn't until I got there and cleared the first room that I realized these weren't the usual Serpentis, and that Blood Raiders are most susceptible to EM damage, which I can't dish out.

Still, my 3 Hobs and 2 Hammerheads did well.  I had started with Antimatter ammo, but switched to Iron instead, so I could keep my distance (12km instead of 3.8km optimal range). It took about 45 minutes to clear the whole mission between the payout and the loot, it paid about 1.5M ISK. Not great, but a good experience for the first outing.

I had thought about putting some time into bringing some EM damage drones (i.e Acolytes) but net opinion seems to be that the Gallente Hobgoblin is still better because of the higher damage multiplier it has.