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Konoko Tsero
Posted - 2011.08.10 13:32:00 - [1]

Hi all,

I'm brand new to Eve, been playing about 2 weeks and I'm enjoying the game immensely. I've been reading a lot on the forums, and my proximate goal is to make it to higher level missions and fly the Drake and then the Raven. I'm currently flying a Thorax (just thought it was cool, didn't really understand what I was doing) and doing level 2s, but now that I'm going to make the switch back to Caldari ships, I'd like to get a list of skills together that I should get to IV or V before I think about flying a Drake/Raven.

The forums seem very clear on not flying a BS until you have the relevant "support skills", and I'm not sure exactly what is entailed there. I have a list below of skills I was thinking of getting to IV before I hop into a Drake, and V before I hop into a Raven. Any additions/suggestions/improvements would be welcome:

Cruise Missiles
Energy Systems Operation
Energy Management
Electronics Upgrades
Evasive Maneuvering
Long Range Targeting
Hull Upgrades
Shield Management
Shield Operation
Shield Compensation
Caldari Cruiser
Caldari Battleship

Any others would be welcome.

Aperture Harmonics
Posted - 2011.08.10 13:37:00 - [2]

How about some actual missile and drone support skills? And heavy missiles of course. And you'll need the battlecruiser skill for the Drake.

Konoko Tsero
Posted - 2011.08.10 14:21:00 - [3]

Yeah of course I will train the requisite launcher and drone support skills - I've been using Hammerheads to date, and think I will probably stick with those for Drake/Raven. Of course BC skill will be required as well.

One question on the BC skill though, does it do anything to improve your performance in a BS? I know the BC skill is required to learn BS but I was wondering if it helped in any other way.

Nero Maxvell
Posted - 2011.08.10 15:35:00 - [4]

Edited by: Nero Maxvell on 10/08/2011 15:36:03
The battlecruiser skill has no effect on battleships and is not even a requisite for the BS skill. But the tier 2 BC are great ships so it's worth training in my opinion.

weapon upgrades and advanced weapon upgrades are also important.
but check out EVE uni, they have some good guides

Edit: Also, use 5x light drones for drake, you can't use 5x medium. Same goes for Raven

Shani Mangetsu
Posted - 2011.08.10 15:58:00 - [5]

Spaceship Command
Signature Analysis
Tactical Shield Manipulation
Weapon Upgrades

Posted - 2011.08.11 22:25:00 - [6]

Here are the Drake and Raven fits I used as a basis on my Caldari pilot with good success. Get Evemon and then download the ship skill plans from the export tab of the fits to see what you need to train.


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