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Epic L4 PvE mission ship. Looking for advice.

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Junara
Malevelon Roe Industries
#1 - 2016-12-21 22:41:47 UTC
I am running normal L4 missions in a well fit Hyperion rail ship. I have no issues at all. I am reading about the 4 Epic L4 faction arcs. They seem like they are harder then normal L4's and I don't think my T1 BS even well fitted will be enough so I am looking to build a new ship specific to running the L4 epic factions arcs.

I have pretty solid skills (75m sp) and can fly almost any non cap ship. The ships I am looking at/ like are:

Navy Megathron
Vindicator
Kronos

Typhoon Fleet

Rattlesnake

My top choice would be a Navy/ Faction or T2 Hyperion which doesn't exist so, which of these ships would someone who has the experience of running the epic L4's suggest as a ship that can handle them? I am going to assume a Marauder like the Kronos (or the others) can handle it, but I was wondering what you all thought of some of these others?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Alasdan Helminthauge
AirHogs
Hogs Collective
#2 - 2016-12-22 03:35:32 UTC
my range-tanking Dominix works very well, though once got blown up in Gallentean one because of wrong jump direction (the rats can deal heavy damage at 50km+).
for Minmatar epic arc, a T3C is a better choice because it actually involves more hacking and travelling than combat.
you also need an interceptor for Caldari epic arc because it requires you to deliver something into null-sec.
DeMichael Crimson
Republic University
Minmatar Republic
#3 - 2016-12-22 07:49:27 UTC  |  Edited by: DeMichael Crimson
I use a Faction/Deadspace fit T3 Loki Cruiser to run all of the level 4 Epic Arcs.

The only mission I need help with is the very last one of the Caldari Epic Arc. Due to the Perma-Jam EWAR done by the 4 Elite NPC Cruisers, I usually just have a friend warp in and help take them out.

After that, the mission is completed very quickly.

Anyway, I suggest reading the comments posted at the bottom of the Epic Arc pages in Eve-Survival: Mission Reports. There's usually a lot more info added there.



DMC
Endecroix
Doomheim
#4 - 2016-12-30 10:51:44 UTC
Marauders work best for these but don't assume the tank will hold for all missions if you are planning on just bastioning up - I am thinking Intaki chase on the Gallente line here. Make sure you have a MJD and you will be fine. You will need to reposition some of the BS hit very very hard.

Kronos is arguably the poorest of the marauders though if I were you or you were to do as I do then Paladin for the Amarr and the Vargur for the rest (don't forget to put relic and data analyzers in the cargo you will need them for a few missions).

The downside to marauders is that some of the arcs have a fair bit of travelling involved. You will also need an interceptor or two well positioned at some points to make the journeys into lowsec/nullsec that bit safer.

T2 fits are absolutely fine on the Paladin and Vargur but don't forget boosters (eg blue pill for Vargur) are now legal so you'd be well advised to keep them in your cargo just in case you get stuck bastion midcycle when the Pator 6 are charging at you at over 1000km/s. You don't need a special fit at all but you will need a MJD.
Donnachadh
United Allegiance of Undesirables
#5 - 2016-12-30 18:28:24 UTC
Besides EvE Survival EvE University maintains pages on the epic arcs as well.
Syndication is the page for the Gallente epic arc and the only one I have a link for.

While there are many ships that can complete the epic arcs I prefer a Marauders in general and the Golem specifically.
The bastion mode means that ewar (except nuets) has no affect so even the jams DMC mentions are not a problem. And the ability to fit salvage gear has some advantages depending on your wants / needs and what the loot fairy decides to drop.
I prefer the Golem for it's consistency in killing all the things, not the fastest in some cases just the most consistent.
Tipa Riot
Federal Navy Academy
Gallente Federation
#6 - 2017-01-02 09:52:52 UTC
Was using my 3 year old Raven Navy with MJD just fine also in the arcs' combat missions. For the Drone AI hunt I recently switched to a HML Tengu, with significant better performance than the Raven, so I will use this one for the next arc runs.

I'm my own NPC alt.

Arthur Aihaken
CODE.d
#7 - 2017-01-14 20:59:02 UTC
Endecroix wrote:
Kronos is arguably the poorest of the marauders though if I were you or you were to do as I do then Paladin for the Amarr and the Vargur for the rest (don't forget to put relic and data analyzers in the cargo you will need them for a few missions).

Perish the thought... the Kronos is one of the best Marauders out there. You can tank the vast majority of missions with a T2 damage control and T2 armor rep. It has ample cap and a blaster fit version hits out well past 60km when in Bastion. Thermal and kinetic damage will dominate the majority of missions and you have 50mbit of drones to play around with. And it comes in black.

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