Edited by: Kenji Kikuta on 20/05/2008 20:21:45
Today I took out my Cerberus for the first time. I was really excited to see how it would perform, especially as the virigin mission was Worlds Collide level 4 Guristas/Serpentis
The only troubles I had was with the Angel Spies (damn piranha missiles) in the second pocket on the Serpentis side. Otherwise, that mission was cake, in particular on the Guristas side...hardly had to turn on the shield booster.
My previous ship was the Drake and thus my cap skills are at level3/4. The following setup reflects that.
HIGHs: 5 HMLII (with fury ammo), 1 tractorbeam
MEDs: 1 Pithi B Small Shield Booster (less than 20mill), 1 medium cap injector (100s), 3 shield hardeners
LOWs: 4 BCSII
RIGS: 1 kinetic shield resist, 1 thermal shield resist
With my missile skills and implants this baby delivers some 400 dps. Kinetic/Thermal resists are somewhere 93-95%.
I still have to encounter Blood/Sansha, for which i will have 2 EM resist (77% resist) and 1 thermal (93% resist). I think this will suffice as these rats are cake in level 4 missions.
Many players probably want to fit a few PDU's in low slots and CCC rigs, but i simply dont see the point. The injector charges are very cheap, 1-2k isk, and a full rack of BCSII gives a nice boost to dps. Why sacrifice dps for a perma tank? Micromanaging wont hurt you. However, if you have a crappy internet connection and fear disconnects...perhaps you should go with the perma tank anyways.
Regarding the fury missiles, sure they cost some, but the total cost per mission is equal to or less the bounty of one typical npc battleship. Also, with level 3 in missile projection/bombardment and level 4 heavy assault ship your effective range is 63 km. The max range is 91 km with relevant skills at level 5.
When I get more familiar with this ship, I'll most likely swap one of the hardeners for an AB. Speed is nice. As it is now, it's a miniature Drake...a brick standing still and spewing missiles :)...but way cooler!
All in all, I doubt i'll ever go back to the Drake for missions/complexes. The cerberus has alot of potential and imo is wortwhile training for!
EDIT: Regarding the Pithi B small shield booster, i got this advice from Ragnor Dayton in another thread...thanks man! It works like a charm. 2 of them active should save your from the fatal mistake of aggroing a whole pocket while warp scrambled.