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Lumberjackhammer
Caldari
Wildlands Heavy Technologies
FOUNDATI0N
Posted - 2006.12.04 00:29:00 - [1]
 

been using it on lvl 3`s alot and thats just silly easy :P so Im wondering if there are any pilots out there who uses the drake for lvl 4 missions?, if so, fitting, how do you actually do it etc etc.

Garesh Hardlight
Minmatar
Antipodean inc.
Posted - 2006.12.04 00:51:00 - [2]
 

dunno, but the new HAM's let me take down Battleships in a Caracal alot faster than I was doing with just Heavy missiles.

Pick one of the lower level lvl 4's and have a go I guess. It'd be nice to hear how it goes.

Lumberjackhammer
Caldari
Wildlands Heavy Technologies
FOUNDATI0N
Posted - 2006.12.04 00:58:00 - [3]
 

aye, but you got a range bonus on the cara, I dont wanna run lvl 4`s in a BC with 13km max range, thats just suicide :P

Militis Kolosok
Caldari
Di-Tron Heavy Industries
Atlas Alliance
Posted - 2006.12.04 01:17:00 - [4]
 

I was going to try it today, didn't reach the station with my level 4 agent because of lag, so I settled for the system I was in. First mission it gives me is L4 Guristas Extravaganza. I chickened out Embarassed

DiuxDium
GoonFleet
GoonSwarm
Posted - 2006.12.04 01:40:00 - [5]
 

It was possible in a ferox, it's possible in a drake. Raven is easier, and faster though. Go rat in 0.0 if you want a little more challenge. Have faith the challenge doesn't come from NPC's YARRRR!!

Malthros Zenobia
Posted - 2006.12.04 04:29:00 - [6]
 

Originally by: Lumberjackhammer
been using it on lvl 3`s alot and thats just silly easy :P so Im wondering if there are any pilots out there who uses the drake for lvl 4 missions?, if so, fitting, how do you actually do it etc etc.


I've yet to use a Drake for lvl 4s, but I've done so with a Ferox, so bear with me on this:

The Drake with kinetic missiles does close to 2x the damage of a ferox with kinetic. The Drake also has an extra slot for tanking, and slightly better base hp.

Using only a Ferox with t2 launchers and t1 kinetic drones, I was able to kill the Duo of death as the hardest things I'd fought. Blockade and a couple other lesser missions were soloable, but big ships, like in duo, took forever due to ****poor DPS, which the Drake does not suffer.

I would suggest Heavy Missiles, because unless you use an AB, you're not going to get into HAML range of most NPCs, plus you've still got a couple hundred DPS with kinetic heavies on an offensive setup, more than enough to kill a fair number of ships.

I would suggest a setup along the lines of(fit t2 where able):

7x Heavy Missile Launcher

3x large shield extender
2x kinetic hardener
1x thermal hardener

2-3 BCUS
1-2 fitting mods (if needed) or Shield power relays.

PDUs give more shields, but overall you have better regen with SPRs, and if your tank is barely breaking with PDUs, it will likely hold with SPRs as I've noticed. If/when SPR IIs are out, grab some they'll likely be far more worthwhile.

Ideally, if you were to ever find rigs, you'd want the shield recharge rigs, ads they're free SPRs (without the cap regen loss). Each one is a BIG help.

If you can fit T2 of all I listed, you're looking at very solid tanking (You're looking at Eagle-quality resists), and with 2-3 BCUs, t2 launchers, and support skills to 4, you'll have plenty of range, and over 300DPS with kinetic.


Personally I'd go for a Raven or Nighthawk for level 4s, but the Drake will likely do the just fine if you're bored with ripping apart level 3s left and right.

Malthros Zenobia
Posted - 2006.12.04 04:30:00 - [7]
 

Originally by: Militis Kolosok
I was going to try it today, didn't reach the station with my level 4 agent because of lag, so I settled for the system I was in. First mission it gives me is L4 Guristas Extravaganza. I chickened out Embarassed


Doing a GE with a Drake would be possible, but it would take an extremely long time, because you would be warping out a lot to recharge your shields, and the fastest way to recharge will be to dock and undock.

Kilwen
Posted - 2006.12.04 05:21:00 - [8]
 

Originally by: Malthros Zenobia
Doing a GE with a Drake would be possible, but it would take an extremely long time, because you would be warping out a lot to recharge your shields, and the fastest way to recharge will be to dock and undock.


doesnt work anymore, sheilds dont recharge in station. (not sure if you can pay to repair now or not)

Vladmirr
The Taining corp
Knights Of the Southerncross
Posted - 2006.12.04 07:25:00 - [9]
 

Originally by: Kilwen
Originally by: Malthros Zenobia
Doing a GE with a Drake would be possible, but it would take an extremely long time, because you would be warping out a lot to recharge your shields, and the fastest way to recharge will be to dock and undock.


doesnt work anymore, sheilds dont recharge in station. (not sure if you can pay to repair now or not)


It still works. Just checked it myself. Shields (and capacitor) still fully recharge when you dock.

Zantei
Posted - 2006.12.04 11:27:00 - [10]
 

Edited by: Zantei on 04/12/2006 15:05:56
I just attempted a level 4 in a Drake, I can't remember the mission name. My passive tank holds out very well with 15k shields and some happy resists. The only problem is doing enough damage. The drake can easily break the tank on most npc battle ships, it just takes a LONG time. Maybe fit some extra BCUs at the expense of passive shield tank efficiency.

Keep in mind that I have no rigs on it currently. Heavy missiles is on 3 atm, my priority is getting it up to 5. Squeeze everything you can out of those missiles.

Edit: Hah, I was also missing a launcher and 5 drones : )


 

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