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L4 sec missions ship and fit options ?

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Fluffy Moe
Royal Amarr Institute
Amarr Empire
#1 - 2017-06-05 02:12:00 UTC
Hi all

I'm currently looking at ships for L4 sec missions, but I really really hate battleships due to lack of movement speed. Just absolutely can't stand them. Their pace is just too slow for me to the point where I'd rather quit playing then have to run them.

Right now I can fly Gallente cruisers with good effectiveness, recon, assault, T3 (Proteus). Have pretty decent drone and hybrid skills along with the necessary support skills for them.

Caldari and Amarr ships less so, don't have T2 heavy missiles and above just yet, and my laser skills above small are abysmal.

Minmitar ships I completely ignore because I don't like the way they look and feel while flying. Likewise, my arty skills are non existant.

I can do some of the L4s in a "sniping" drake using T1 cruise launchers with faction ammo, but it takes forever and I can do only the easy ones.

In addition, I will be moving back to null / low, so it is highly preferable that whatever ships I end up training need to have some decent PVP variant fits available as well.

So.....

Throw some ideas at me, experiences, feedback, comments, fits

Alasdan Helminthauge
HC - Rebel's Without A Cause
#2 - 2017-06-05 02:34:15 UTC
Ishtar or Gila for you then.
Fluffy Moe
Royal Amarr Institute
Amarr Empire
#3 - 2017-06-05 03:49:17 UTC
Alasdan Helminthauge wrote:
Ishtar or Gila for you then.


I fly Gila as my main ship right now, its ideal for L3s, but on L4s it seriously lacks no matter how much I played around with fits and looked them up on sites like osmium etc., it just doesnt have the tank.

Ishtar I was kinda looking at and messing around with fits, but have not commited to it yet. I should have said my drone skills are pretty good, but up to heavies, dont have T2 sentries yet and won't for a fairly long time. So without the T2 sentries the Ishtar I am able to fit and fly offers only some improvement over the Gila. It will be problematic for me to do L4s in it.
Sobaan Tali
Caldari Quick Reaction Force
#4 - 2017-06-05 05:06:52 UTC  |  Edited by: Sobaan Tali
Sentry Domi's a pretty good starting point (and ending point actually) for some L4 mission runners. That would be my suggestion. Most of the top tier L4 runner ships are battleships, so no point in not starting to look into training some large weapons and racial BS skills. In the case of the aforementioned ship, you'll need armor, Gallente, and drone (specifically sentries) trained. I'd normally recommend the Rattler more so than the Domi, but the Domi more closely resembles what it sounds like you're looking for. Also, look into getting an MJD and spec into the Micro Jump Drive Operation skill. Works nicely with a sentry Domi from what I hear.

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ValentinaDLM
Godless Horizon.
Atlas. Alliance
#5 - 2017-06-05 06:59:00 UTC  |  Edited by: ValentinaDLM
Fluffy Moe wrote:
Alasdan Helminthauge wrote:
Ishtar or Gila for you then.


I fly Gila as my main ship right now, its ideal for L3s, but on L4s it seriously lacks no matter how much I played around with fits and looked them up on sites like osmium etc., it just doesnt have the tank.

Ishtar I was kinda looking at and messing around with fits, but have not commited to it yet. I should have said my drone skills are pretty good, but up to heavies, dont have T2 sentries yet and won't for a fairly long time. So without the T2 sentries the Ishtar I am able to fit and fly offers only some improvement over the Gila. It will be problematic for me to do L4s in it.


I have ran hundreds of missions in an Arbitraor, and a caracal lol, the Gila is more than sufficient to survive any l4 mission, or for that matter any null anom. 100mn AB gila can survive with very low skills, but 10mn works fine too, so long as you pay attention to where you are flying. if you are trying to sit still and face tank the damage, almost no cruiser works, but if you simply turn your AB on and get to range, almost any cruiser with a passive shield tank will breeze through any non gurista mission. This does ofc mean killig web frigates and towers to be the most important thing.

As to the Original question, especially if you are moving to null the ships you want are the VNI, Ishtar, and Gila. The 100mn shield buffer VNI is probably the most common entry level anom runner around, the Ishtar and Gila are very solid choices as well.

tl;dr: it is about damage rats can apply to you not how much you can tank.
Fluffy Moe
Royal Amarr Institute
Amarr Empire
#6 - 2017-06-05 09:17:09 UTC
ValentinaDLM wrote:
Fluffy Moe wrote:
Alasdan Helminthauge wrote:
Ishtar or Gila for you then.


I fly Gila as my main ship right now, its ideal for L3s, but on L4s it seriously lacks no matter how much I played around with fits and looked them up on sites like osmium etc., it just doesnt have the tank.

Ishtar I was kinda looking at and messing around with fits, but have not commited to it yet. I should have said my drone skills are pretty good, but up to heavies, dont have T2 sentries yet and won't for a fairly long time. So without the T2 sentries the Ishtar I am able to fit and fly offers only some improvement over the Gila. It will be problematic for me to do L4s in it.


I have ran hundreds of missions in an Arbitraor, and a caracal lol, the Gila is more than sufficient to survive any l4 mission, or for that matter any null anom. 100mn AB gila can survive with very low skills, but 10mn works fine too, so long as you pay attention to where you are flying. if you are trying to sit still and face tank the damage, almost no cruiser works, but if you simply turn your AB on and get to range, almost any cruiser with a passive shield tank will breeze through any non gurista mission. This does ofc mean killig web frigates and towers to be the most important thing.

As to the Original question, especially if you are moving to null the ships you want are the VNI, Ishtar, and Gila. The 100mn shield buffer VNI is probably the most common entry level anom runner around, the Ishtar and Gila are very solid choices as well.

tl;dr: it is about damage rats can apply to you not how much you can tank.


I understand sig tanking, movement, transversal etc. and have done both 10mn and 100mn fits. Problems I ran into is that on many L4s I get webbed / scrammed too much for that to work. Can't take out all the sources of the webs fast enough thus severly limiting my mission choices.

I do not need a tank as big as a battleship, just some more then I am currently getting to take those out.

I'm really hoping there are some other options I haven't thought of just yet.

Tam Arai
Garoun Investment Bank
Gallente Federation
#7 - 2017-06-05 09:33:58 UTC
battleships are the best ships for lv4 mission running

no other ship type is as good

if you refuse to fly BS then you should accept that running them will be harder/slower/ more annoying than it could have been

try a machariel for speed and handling- you might like it
Uriam Khanid
New Machinarium Corporation
#8 - 2017-06-05 10:00:04 UTC
post your fits and describe your "mission way".
Kitty Bear
Deep Core Mining Inc.
Caldari State
#9 - 2017-06-05 11:44:03 UTC
Passive AB Gila with RLML's
Use the missiles for the frigates & cruiser spawns, drones for the BC's & BS's
L4 missions are not hard in a Gila
you wont be doing the AE4 bonus room however

easy way to fit a Gila

high slots
- Missile Launchers

mid slots
- 2 shield hardeners
- some shield extenders
- an AB
- #optional drone navigation module + script
- #optional target painter

low slots
- some dda's
- #optional drone tracking module
- #optional shield recharge-rate module

rig's
- Purgers
Abaddon primi
Primi Enterprise
#10 - 2017-06-05 11:54:40 UTC
Tam Arai wrote:
battleships are the best ships for lv4 mission running

no other ship type is as good

if you refuse to fly BS then you should accept that running them will be harder/slower/ more annoying than it could have been

try a machariel for speed and handling- you might like it



Yes!
Although once you go Machariel you can never go back :P
Machariel agility and speed seems like in a cruiser. Especially with few implants.
Tried Raven just for nostalgias sake and it was frustratingly slow.
Muffinmixer
GoonWaffe
Goonswarm Federation
#11 - 2017-06-05 18:59:44 UTC
The Gila shouldn't have any issue tanking L4 missions. Just don't sit still, orbit something or just move around at all times and let your signature radius do most of the tanking for you.

Also, if you are disgruntled with the slowness of L4 missions, you should check out Anomic Missions aka Burners. You need to run those in frigates mostly, sometimes cruisers, and they are very fast and arguably waaaay more profitable than regular L4s.
hmskrecik
TransMine Group
#12 - 2017-06-05 19:43:57 UTC
Tam Arai wrote:
battleships are the best ships for lv4 mission running

no other ship type is as good

if you refuse to fly BS then you should accept that running them will be harder/slower/ more annoying than it could have been

try a machariel for speed and handling- you might like it

She beat me to this. Some time ago I too thought battleships are meh... until I trained all necessary skills and gained some actual experience.

But if you're still hell bent on cruiser sized hull, I might recommend Proteus, which you mentioned you can fly. Depending on subsystem configuration you can make it almost-Ishtar or Deimos-on-steroids. Both options with crazy tank, good speed and damage application. Though it may change with the upcoming T3C rebalance so have fun while it lasts.

Also mentioned Ishtar. It is possible to run missions with heavies but you have to be very cautious with them getting aggro.

Lat but not least, maybe consider battlecruisers or command ships? With your drone skills Myrmidon and Eos should be natural progression.
Eleanor Roscommon
Bleu Femme Felis
#13 - 2017-06-05 23:08:54 UTC
Look into a active tanked Tengu, with Fury heavies.

They used to be very good before the nerf, but will still work today.

A Raven will do L4s faster though, and moving around in the mission is not necessary.
Lord Rolfski
Pandemic Horde Inc.
Pandemic Horde
#14 - 2017-06-21 11:12:09 UTC
As an alpha clone I've done a lot of searching for T1/faction cruiser fits that can do Lvl4 missions and I've come to the conclusion that it simply can't be done. At least not all of them and definitely not effectively. Nor did I read about T2/T3 cruiser variants that were widely highly recommended for this.

Maybe use battecruisers?
Wombat65Au Egdald
R I S E
#15 - 2017-06-21 14:08:13 UTC
Rolfski, if you are asking for yourself, the only battlecruiser an Alpha can fly is the Gnosis. Every other battlecruiser has minimum skill requirements that an Alpha cannot train for.

The good news is that the Gnosis is a decent battlecruiser. It has bonuses for every weapon system in the game that a player can use, it can be shield or armour tanked, it has decent speed and it has enough drone bandwidth to control 5 medium drones (Alphas cannot train for heavy or sentry drones AFAIK).

The bad news is that the Gnosis is more expensive than the tech 1 battlecruisers from the main empires. The Gnosis is not built by players, it's given to players by CCP for special occasions, which limits how many of them are in the game. The other bad news about the Gnosis is that it costs more to insure one than you will get back as an insurance payout if you lose it, so a Gnosis Is really not worth insuring.

As for the OP, maybe try a battlecruiser. Some L4 missions have fairly intense incoming DPS at the start of the mission, so if you don't have a battleship class tank or close to it, you might want to be careful which missions you accept.

Even so, most battlecruisers will not handle all L4 missions equally well. As I said to the OP, some L4's throw a lot of DPS at you early in the mission, and an Alpha will not be able to unlock the full potential of a Gnosis due to limits on skill training. You would need to be careful while you are learning which L4's you should avoid.
Muffinmixer
GoonWaffe
Goonswarm Federation
#16 - 2017-06-22 12:34:33 UTC
You really want to be a Gallente or Amarr Alpha to make the most out of the Gnosis. Those two races can actually use both of their Alpha Weapons simultaneously (Hybrids/Lasers in the hislots + drones from the drone bay), while minmattar and caldari must choose between their primary racial weapon (projectiles/hybrids) and missiles for the Gnosis.
guigui lechat
the no fock given
#17 - 2017-06-22 13:55:13 UTC
give the AC mach a try.

something like

https://o.smium.org/loadout/147213
Caleidascope
Republic Military School
Minmatar Republic
#18 - 2017-06-24 16:43:37 UTC
Fluffy Moe wrote:
drake using T1 cruise launchers

when did this happen?

Life is short and dinner time is chancy

Eat dessert first!

Caleidascope
Republic Military School
Minmatar Republic
#19 - 2017-06-24 16:50:10 UTC
Fluffy Moe wrote:

I understand sig tanking, movement, transversal etc. and have done both 10mn and 100mn fits. Problems I ran into is that on many L4s I get webbed / scrammed too much for that to work. Can't take out all the sources of the webs fast enough thus severly limiting my mission choices.

I do not need a tank as big as a battleship, just some more then I am currently getting to take those out.

I'm really hoping there are some other options I haven't thought of just yet.


Did they take micro jump drives out of the game?

Life is short and dinner time is chancy

Eat dessert first!

Mark Remillard
The Mental Man Project
#20 - 2017-06-26 21:40:30 UTC  |  Edited by: Mark Remillard
I am seeing a bunch of unfortunate irony in your situation.

1) You want to Level 4 missions efficiently but...

2) You don't want to use the best choice (Battleships) because...

3) Battleships move to slow.

4) There is an exception to this (The Machariel moves faster than some battlecruisers), unfortunately...

5) You don't like the aesthetics of Minamatar design so you have not trained its weapon system.


My general impression of ship design is that the minnie ships tend to be slightly faster. The alternative for sustaining higher speed is downgrading to smaller hulls (command ships and cruisers). Downside there is that you lose damage and become more fragile.

Would a battleship fitting with near stable MWD usage be sufficient speed for you?
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