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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Fit of the Week: Cruise Typhoon

Choosing my favorite from among the Caldari battleships was actually kind of hard.  I almost went with the Scorpion.  That fifth low slot does really nice things for the ship.  But picking the other three battleships is very easy.  And that starts with this one:

[Typhoon, Cruise Skirmish]
Damage Control II
Signal Amplifier II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Ballistic Control System II
Ballistic Control System II
Ballistic Control System II

Prototype 100MN Microwarpdrive I
Large Shield Extender II
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
Large Micro Jump Drive

Heavy Unstable Power Fluctuator I
Cruise Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Mjolnir Cruise Missile
Cruise Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Mjolnir Cruise Missile
Cruise Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Mjolnir Cruise Missile
Cruise Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Mjolnir Cruise Missile
Cruise Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Mjolnir Cruise Missile
Cruise Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Mjolnir Cruise Missile

Large Core Defense Field Extender I
Large Core Defense Field Extender I
Large Core Defense Field Extender I

Warrior II x5
Valkyrie II x5
Hornet EC-300 x5
Salvage Drone I x5


I've been a fan of the "garbage can" for a while anyway, and when it became clear how intersting the newly upgraded cruise missiles were going to be as a weapons platform, I got busy training both Ripard and my second PvP main into them.  Even more so than the Raven, the Typhoon is a murderous cruise missile platform.  Six launchers and three BCSs provides 650 DPS out to 138 kilometers with faction missiles.  Even scarier is the Phoon's missile velocity bonus, which at Minmatar Battleship V skill raises that velocity to 129m/s (compared to a more typical 100m/s from most platforms).  Combined with a 247m explosion radius, that means that if you're under MWD and the cruises hit, you'll take full signature damage.  If you're not under MWD, you'll probably take full velocity damage.  Either way, it's going to hurt.  Still, carry some Crash booster in this ship to emphasize the effect.

The Typhoon hurts things, particularly things smaller than it is.  And if you load Precision Cruise missiles, the effect is emphasized even more.  At that point, you're doing 600 DPS to 74km, explosion velocity 156m/s, radius 223m.  Even frigates will feel that.

Tank is provided by three CDFEs, a Damage Control, a single LSE, and two Invuls.  That provides a base tank of 78k EHP, most of it in a thick shield buffer.  Overheat both Invuls and your resists jump to 62/70/77/81 without needing gang links.  For a T1 shield-tanking ship, that's not too bad.  It will also help your logi a great deal... don't forget to bring a few.

Like last week's screen Raven (and I assure you I was serious about that), the Phoon gets around very quickly for a battleship with a base MWD speed of 1390m/s and a base align time of 7.5 seconds thanks to the full nano fitting.  Gang links will cut a full second off the align time, and add 400+m/s to the speed, so consider them another requirement.  While you're fitting out your comp, add a couple of Lachesises for point, and a single Rapier wouldn't go amiss either.  The link Loki can provide closer-range webs.

With these support ships in hand and with them carrying faction points and webs, you'll be able to do most of your fighting at around 100km.  That's why you're carrying the Signal Amplifier: that will help the Typhoon's relatively anemic lock range, boosting it to 116km.  There are lots of interesting drone possibilities.  The most aggressive is four sentry drones (Curators are advised) and five Hornet EC-300s.  What I've actually listed is quite a bit more conservative and will give you additional options when tacklers come calling.  The lack of sentries also keeps you more mobile and eliminates the remorse you may feel at leaving sentries behind.  Your mobility is much of your defense.

Finally, as with all of the battleships I'm going to showcase, fit a MJD.  There are so many uses for it in this sort of ship, particularly since your lock range is extended.  It's entirely possible to decloak, lock a target, start firing, MJD away, then keep firing on it from 100km farther down range.  You can then use the included MWD to maneuver tactically.  Catching you is going to be problematic for all but the most well-prepared hard counter fleets.  Feel free to add a Quafe Zero booster to make yourself that much more annoying: it will speed both your ship and your lock speed.

One of the most amusing things you can do in this ship, properly supported, is prey on other skirmish ships.  I myself have been on-hand to kill untanked super-Sensor Boosted artillery Tornados sitting 100km off gates looking for cheap blaps in null-sec.  It's fun to imagine the horror of the pilots when the Lach points them and they have a good 12-24 seconds to contemplate their deaths at the hands of the incoming cruise missiles...  ;-)

Happy skirmishing!


All Fits of the Week are intended as general guidelines only.  You may not have the skills needed for this exact fit.  If you do not, feel free to adjust the fit to suit to meet your skills, including using meta 3 guns and "best named" defenses and e-war.  Ships can also be adjusted to use faction or dead-space modules depending on the budget of the pilot flying it.  Each FOTW is intended as a general guide to introduce you to concepts that will help you fit and to fly that particular type of ship more aggressively and well.

19 comments:

  1. Caldari battleship?

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    1. Choosing my favorite from among the Caldari battleships was actually kind of hard. I almost went with the Scorpion. That fifth low slot does really nice things for the ship. ***But picking the other three*** battleships is very easy.


      Emphasis mine.

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  2. I will take it as some kind of achievement that I've come up with the exact same fit.

    I huge fan of that ship, I'm happy that it's getting some love again.

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  3. Um, the Typhoon is not a Caldari battleship, unless they've done some serious revamps of late that I've missed...

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    1. Choosing my favorite from among the Caldari battleships was actually kind of hard. I almost went with the Scorpion. That fifth low slot does really nice things for the ship. ***But picking the other three*** battleships is very easy.


      Emphasis mine.

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    2. Sorry, Jester, but fail.

      The wording is clumsy enough that it wasn't just one person who misread what you intended. Since you mention Caldari, and then do not indicate that you're switching races, you can "emphasis mine" all you want, but it's still damn clumsy.

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    3. Jesus, you can spell it out for some people and they still can't read. The wording is perfectly fine, He even said "That starts with this one:", clearly referring to the other three battleships mentioned in the previous sentence.

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    4. Sorry, Heretic, butt fail.

      I, along with the majority of people, read this just fine. Mentioning a noun does not mean that everything in the remainder of the paragraph must be about that given noun. More so when the word "But" appears at the beginning of a sentence. This is an indicator that the topic is about to change, or that a comparison to some other named object is about to commence. Which was the case here.

      If you *read* it, it's pretty clear.

      Sure, something like; "But picking my favorite from each of the other three races' battleships is easy.", would've been better, it in no way indicates a poor writing style. Merely a poor reading technique.

      Just my two ISK.

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    5. Ummm. His grammar is spot on. Reading comprehension is a skill lost on many.

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    6. no he just assumes that people actually read all the words

      silly jester......

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  4. You want to fly a nano bs without a cap booster?

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  5. A nano battleship should have a heavy cap injector (and by some extent, any PVP battleship). Don't forget the cap consumption on a BS-sized MWD is huge.

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    1. And what would you swap out to fit it on this *skirmish* battleship?

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    2. Either one of the hardeners, or the MJD

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  6. Caldari battleships Typhoon?

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    1. Choosing my favorite from among the Caldari battleships was actually kind of hard. I almost went with the Scorpion. That fifth low slot does really nice things for the ship. ***But picking the other three*** battleships is very easy.


      Emphasis mine.

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    2. Choosing my favorite from among the Caldari battleships ***last week*** was actually kind of hard. I almost went with the Scorpion. That fifth low slot does really nice things for the ship. But picking the other three battleships is very easy.


      FTFY

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  7. Why Curators? I thought Amarr drones had never been in favour?

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    1. I assume he's intending to hit an EM hole; the alternatives are Gardes which have the best damage (and Thermal to boot) but pretty low range, and Bouncers which have the second best damage and great range, but it's Explosive damage.

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