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Salpad
Caldari
Carebears with Attitude
Posted - 2009.09.04 12:03:00 - [1]
 

I've got jump clones with no implants. In a bit over 24 hours I'll have Cloaking at level 4, so I can use the advanced Tech 2 cloaking modules.

I have some Covert Ops skill, don't remember if it is level 2 or 3 or 4, and also Transports 2 or 3 (for the Crane Blockade Runner), and some Interdictor skill.

If I'd like to go exploring in low-sec, just for fun, what ship should I use, and what fittings? I can afford to lose a T2 frigate or Interdictor, but I'd like to not use a lot of expensive modules and rigs. In fact, apart from the T2 cloak, I'd prefer to fit only T1, and no rigs.

Is that doable? If yes, what should I fit? I literally have no clue.

I don't have any specific goal in mind. I just want to experiment with how the two types of cloaking modules work, and fly around in low-sec a bit because it's so naughty (I'm a CareBear, I'm not supposed to go there at all), and learn to use the directional scanner under pressure (OK to be honest, I do expect to try out the directional scanner in high-sec a few times, just to figure out the basics, first).

I might be able to bring a corp member with me. He'll have Cloaking at 4 too soon (in a couple of days, if he hasn't got it already), but I'm not sure if he can fly any T2 except the Crane.

Suggestions about survival tactics and so forth are welcome.

Since I don't expect to shoot at anything, would it make sense to fit some WCS to my ship?

vr0p
Gallente
Ivory Research LLC
Galactic Acqisition Specialists
Posted - 2009.09.04 12:33:00 - [2]
 

If you're looking to fly a covert ops, then it's going to be very very hard for anyone to kill you. You can pretty much set them up however you want, but have at least a MWD.

You'll be free to explore anything and everything with one. But you won't really be able to do anything other than look around. They are just scouts after all.

Undocking will be the most dangerous time for a covert ops, since you'll usually be too close to the station to cloak, and a quick locker or clever smartbomber could get you. Another tricky situation could be interdiction spheres with huge gatecamps. The few times that I've been caught in them though, I've been lucky and didn't land close enough to anything to drop my cloak, so I just slowly snuck my way out of the sphere to safety.

I wouldn't bother with WCS. If you fit Nano/Inertia Stab, then probably you will never get targeted. And if you land in a sphere, then WCS will be useless.

Akura kawanaka
-Mostly Harmless-
Posted - 2009.09.04 12:54:00 - [3]
 

I'd second that - MWD's are a must - always. if you're just out having a look arround, take something small, don't bring a crane out. even a rifter with a few inertial stabs and a mwd is better than an industrial for what you want to do with it.

your biggest problem will likely be bubbles in 0.0 and you're most likely to encounter them in choke points - get yourself a print out of ombey maps for the region that you're looking at going to and plan out a route.

some systems in 0.0 are npc systems so you can dock at their stations, some you cannot. look at the system sovereignty before warping to the station.

be careful of warping to moons uncloaked - pos's can target you if you're not cloaked - get a mate who can warp cloaked (or bring a covert ops ship yourself) to go there first.

careful of the asteroid belts, some of the rats warp scramble, but you should be fine.

something that's invaluable to do is to learn how to get out of bubbles - be prepared to loose your ship, but it's worth it to learn to not panic when you've found you've been pulled into a drag bubble or have jumped through into one covering a gate. stay calm, point your nose towards a celestial object, fire the mwd once and cloak up. warp when you're out of the bubble.

learn the directional scanner foo. if you think there may be a gate camp - warp to a near by celestial and point your camera at the gate and hit scan with a focused angle - check for ships and bubbles, if there's no bubbles and no HIC's/dictors on scan you should be pretty fine to warp to the gate and jump.

Good luck!

Merbusent
Posted - 2009.09.04 13:12:00 - [4]
 

You will shoot yourself in the foot using mwd

K'uata Sayus
Posted - 2009.09.04 16:24:00 - [5]
 

Don't dock at low-sec stations, period.

Warp to planets to begin your exploration, no one is ever at the warp in points.

Keep looking at local, click info on all the pilots. Those with big negative security ratings are the ones you've got to be careful of. Those with high security ratings are probably going about doing their business, and aren't out on a hunting party.

When going to another system, warp to 0 and keep your cloak on. The gate will uncloak you and by that time you can click jump. When on the other side, warp to planet immediately, cloaking as soon as you start to warp.

Just a few tips I use, have fun!

Salpad
Caldari
Carebears with Attitude
Posted - 2009.09.04 17:48:00 - [6]
 

Originally by: Akura kawanaka
your biggest problem will likely be bubbles in 0.0 and you're most likely to encounter them in choke points - get yourself a print out of ombey maps for the region that you're looking at going to and plan out a route.


Interdictor bubbles only work in 0.0 and lower?

Originally by: Akura kawanaka
be careful of warping to moons uncloaked - pos's can target you if you're not cloaked - get a mate who can warp cloaked (or bring a covert ops ship yourself) to go there first.


Are Covert Ops ships the only ones that can warp cloaked?

I'm mostly inclined to buy and fit a Covert Ops ship (Buzzard, or perhaps a Manticore?), I just mentioned the Crane and Flycatcher because I wasn't sure if they'd be of any use for the purpose.

Kahega Amielden
Minmatar Ship Construction Services
Ushra'Khan
Posted - 2009.09.04 18:16:00 - [7]
 

Quote:
Interdictor bubbles only work in 0.0 and lower?


Correct. The lack of bubbles in lowsec is the biggest thing that differentiates it from 0.0

Quote:

Are Covert Ops ships the only ones that can warp cloaked?

I'm mostly inclined to buy and fit a Covert Ops ship (Buzzard, or perhaps a Manticore?), I just mentioned the Crane and Flycatcher because I wasn't sure if they'd be of any use for the purpose.


Covert ops, stealth bombers, force recons, and blockade runners.

Gavin DeVries
Posted - 2009.09.04 18:35:00 - [8]
 

Stealth bombers are pigs compared to covert ops, though. They aren't nearly as maneuverable. Somewhere here is a low sec survival guide; I consider this recommended reading. Try EVE-search, or look in the eve wiki.

False edit - "You're going too fast! Wait five minutes and try again."

FIVE MINUTES?

Dracthera
Minmatar
Posted - 2009.09.04 18:57:00 - [9]
 

Edited by: Dracthera on 04/09/2009 18:57:25
Originally by: Salpad

If I'd like to go exploring in low-sec, just for fun, what ship should I use, and what fittings? I can afford to lose a T2 frigate or Interdictor, but I'd like to not use a lot of expensive modules and rigs. In fact, apart from the T2 cloak, I'd prefer to fit only T1, and no rigs.

I don't have any specific goal in mind. I just want to experiment with how the two types of cloaking modules work, and fly around in low-sec a bit because it's so naughty (I'm a CareBear, I'm not supposed to go there at all), and learn to use the directional scanner under pressure (OK to be honest, I do expect to try out the directional scanner in high-sec a few times, just to figure out the basics, first).



Test server.

Grann Thefauto
Brutor Tribe
Posted - 2009.09.04 19:00:00 - [10]
 

Best way to experience low sec is to fit a T1 frigate for PVP and go fly around belts. I wouldn't bother with a T2 ship until you know how to survive low sec.

If you follow my advice you will lose a few ships, but you really don't learn how to do low sec until you've done that a few times. Low sec is all about pvp, if you don't get involved in that you're missing out on the main part.

Salpad
Caldari
Carebears with Attitude
Posted - 2009.09.04 23:44:00 - [11]
 

Originally by: Dracthera
Test server.


Thanks for the suggestion, I know it's well meant, but my balls are a bit too large for that. I want to try it for real.


 

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