Thursday, September 3, 2009

Sentry Drones

What I must admit, the best skill I have already trained for pve and I'm most proud of, is Sentry Drone Interfacing V. This skill allowed me to use T2 sentry drones, which are best pwn weapon for killing belt rats in sansha 0.0. I mean set of 5 Curators II. They are killing way faster rats than my standard T2 Raven with 6 cruise launchers. What is more, I can fit on my alt's Dominix 3x 350mm railgun, tractor beam and salvager. Guns nicely increase dmg of drones, and I am happy with that. Of course you can say that faction fitted Nightmare is triple as better, even T2 Pulse Schorch Apocalypse is better. I agree, but if you compare cost of the ship+fit and skills required, to its effectiveness, Dominix is best ratting ship for young characters. Another advantage is micromanaging effort while ratting. I'll eplain it in tactics below. But now look at my current ratting fit:

[Dominix, sentry isk maker]

Magnetic Field Stabilizer II
N-Type EM Hardener I
N-Type EM Hardener I
N-Type Thermic Hardener I
Large Armor Repairer II
N-Type Thermic Hardener I
Magnetic Field Stabilizer II

Patterned Stasis Web I
Heavy F-RX Prototype I Capacitor Boost, Cap Booster 800
Omnidirectional Tracking Link I
Omnidirectional Tracking Link I
100MN Afterburner I

350mm Prototype I Gauss Gun, Antimatter Charge L
350mm Prototype I Gauss Gun, Antimatter Charge L
350mm Prototype I Gauss Gun, Antimatter Charge L
Drone Link Augmentor I
Small Tractor Beam I
Salvager I
Large Capacitor Control Circuit I
Large Sentry Damage Augmentor I
Large Capacitor Control Circuit I

Curator II x5

This fit is cheap and effective. I can't use large T2 railguns yet.
drone dps: 338
guns dps: 128
drone range: 65km
guns range 26+23km

What is important: Drones spread full damage up to 65km (thank to Drone Link Augmentor I, which gives +20km range), pure EM type. And that is great in sansha space, because sansha rats have lowest resist on EM.

1. Warp to belt at 0.
2. If there is any rat BS present, lock it, hit guns and release sentry drones, and order drones to engage target.
3. Wait until rat is dead. Do not move.
4. If any drone is running out of shield, scoop it and release again and reengage target.
5. Tractor beam wrecks, salvage them, and collect valuable loot.
6. watch local, read intel.
7*. if you want to kill frigate rats at < 15km, use light drones.

You can make nice cash from salvage, and reprocessing loot for minerals, except few meta4 pearls.

1 comment:

  1. Do the Drone Link Augmentor I, which gives +20km range? I did not think that applied to Sentry Drones? Also do are the Curator t2s better than the Garde t2s? As I know the Garde t2 deliver higher damage. Have you tested both sets to see which is the most effective?