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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Fit of the Week: Brick Flycatcher

Let's spend the next few weeks on Rubicon-focused ships. An age ago, I talked about a double-bubble Flycatcher fit that I liked. Now that "double bubble" has gone the way of "double MWD" (yes, this was a thing), here's its replacement:

[Flycatcher, Suicide Squeeze]
Damage Control II

Limited 1MN Microwarpdrive I
Medium Shield Extender II
EM Ward Amplifier II
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
Medium Shield Extender II

Prototype Cloaking Device I
[empty high slot]
Interdiction Sphere Launcher I, Warp Disrupt Probe
[empty high slot]
125mm Gatling AutoCannon II, Republic Fleet EMP S
[empty high slot]
125mm Gatling AutoCannon II, Republic Fleet EMP S
[empty high slot]

Small Core Defense Field Extender I
Small Core Defense Field Extender I


This ship is about as straightforward as they come, but it's now the preferred go-to dictor for medium-size shield fleets. Main reason? The thing is a freakin' brick: 20k EHP, off a dictor, the large majority of it in a high-resist shield tank. In the past, dictors haven't had the CPU to go super tanky, particularly shield dictors given the high CPU requirements of most shield tanking mods. No more. As you can see, there's plenty of room for double MSE, Invul, Damage Control, and double rigs, in addition to a passive shield mod to close the ship's EM hole. Your minimum resist is still EM, but it's 63% before bonuses.

In short, this is a dictor that can take reps, and stay alive long enough to work under them. For dictors, particularly shield dictors, this is pretty huge. It's one of the major game-changing effects of Rubicon.

Of course, once you do that there isn't much left for anything else: a cloak, the bubble launcher, and a pair of guns for getting on kill-mails completes the package. You've got surprisingly good cap to keep the Invul running even under MWD so dictor tactics haven't changed that much despite the three-round limitation of the new bubble launcher. In a typical fight, you'll be bubbling one side of the gate, jumping through, bubbling the other, then saving your third bubble for a target of opportunity, then swooping well outside the fight during the 60 second reload period. In the past, Flycatchers have been slow... no more of that, either. This one goes 3300m/s plus when overheated, which makes this boat one of the fastest things flying with a shield tank.

X-Instinct booster of some kind is a good choice to carry in this ship to mitigate the signature radius which will be around 100 meters.

There isn't much more to say about this one so here's a bonus fit:

[Flycatcher, Light Missiles]
Co-Processor II

Limited 1MN Microwarpdrive I
Medium F-S9 Regolith Shield Induction
X5 Prototype Engine Enervator
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
EM Ward Amplifier II

Prototype 'Arbalest' Light Missile Launcher, Caldari Navy Scourge Light Missile
Prototype 'Arbalest' Light Missile Launcher, Caldari Navy Scourge Light Missile
Prototype 'Arbalest' Light Missile Launcher, Caldari Navy Scourge Light Missile
Prototype 'Arbalest' Light Missile Launcher, Caldari Navy Scourge Light Missile
Prototype 'Arbalest' Light Missile Launcher, Caldari Navy Scourge Light Missile
Prototype 'Arbalest' Light Missile Launcher, Caldari Navy Scourge Light Missile
Interdiction Sphere Launcher I, Warp Disrupt Probe
Prototype Cloaking Device I

Small Core Defense Field Extender I
Small Core Defense Field Extender I


This one isn't nearly as tanky: about half the tank, in fact. But it trades that tank for actual DPS potential: about 120 DPS. In what is becoming the common interceptor gangs, that's not too terrible. But even better, the range of that DPS is almost 60km. So you can swoop around the battlefield exactly like the Flycatcher above... only you can also add a little bit of damage to the proceedings as well. Feel free to trade the defensive web for a meta target painter if you like. Or if you insist on maximizing tank, a second meta Invul fits as well though you'll have cap trouble running both for very long.

That said, this fit requires near-perfect fitting skills so it might be a bit beyond a lot of players. But it gives you an entertaining idea to think about...

Bubble up!


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.

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