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Eve Online Ships
All Flyable Ships Sortable by Name, Type, Tech, Race, and Typical Role (358 in Total)
ShipTypeTechRaceTypical RoleECM Priority Group
AbaddonBattleshipT1Amarr5
AbsolutionCommand ShipT2AmarrBooster6
AdrestiaHeavy Assault CruiserT2Gallente
AeonSupercarrierT1AmarrImmune, always0
AlgosDestroyerT1GallenteDrones2
Amarr ShuttleShuttleT1Amarr
AnathemaCovert OpsT2AmarrScout, Cloak0
AnsharJump FreighterT2GallenteHauler, Strategic0
ApocalypseBattleshipT1AmarrSniper5
Apocalypse Imperial IssueBattleshipT1AmarrSpecial5
Apocalypse Navy IssueBattleshipT1AmarrSniper5
ApostleForce AuxiliaryT1AmarrFighters0
ApotheosisShuttleT1JoveShuttle0
ArazuForce Recon ShipT2GallenteDampening, Tackler (long)7
ArbitratorCruiserT1AmarrTD/Tracking Disruption, Drones4
ArchonCarrierT1AmarrLogistics, Triage, immune if active8
AresInterceptorT2GallenteTackler, Scout (Skirmish)3
ArkJump FreighterT2AmarrHauler, Strategic0
ArmageddonBattleshipT1AmarrDrones5
Armageddon Imperial IssueBattleshipT1Amarr
Armageddon Navy IssueBattleshipT1Amarr
AshimmuCruiserT1AmarrNeuts, webbing (range)4
AstarteCommand ShipT2GallenteBooster6
AsteroFrigateT1GallenteExplorer?, Cloak2
AtronFrigateT1GallenteTackle2
AugororCruiserT1AmarrLogistics, cap chain7
Augoror Navy IssueCruiserT1AmarrDPS2
AvatarTitanT1AmarrImmune, always0
BadgerIndustrialT1CaldariHauler0
BantamFrigateT1CaldariLogistics5
BarghestBattleshipT1Caldari
BasiliskLogisticsT2CaldariLogistics, cap chain8
BellicoseCruiserT1MinmatarTP/Target Painter2
BestowerIndustrialT1AmarrHauler0
BhaalgornBattleshipT1AmarrNeuts6
BifrostCommand DestroyerT2Minmatar
BlackbirdCruiserT1CaldariECM9
BowheadFreighterT1ORE
BreacherFrigateT1Minmatar1
BroadswordHeavy Interdiction CruiserT2MinmatarTackler, Heavy (for capitals)4
BrutixCombat BattlecruiserT1GallenteDPS (Higher)4
Brutix Navy IssueCombat BattlecruiserT1Gallente
BurstFrigateT1MinmatarLogistics5
BustardDeep Space TransportT2CaldariHauler, DST0
BuzzardCovert OpsT2CaldariScout, Cloak0
CaedesCovert OpsT2Amarr
CaimanDreadnoughtT1Caldari
Caldari Navy HookbillFrigateT1Caldari3
Caldari ShuttleShuttleT1Caldari
CambionAssault FrigateT2Caldari
CaracalCruiserT1Caldari2
Caracal Navy IssueCruiserT1Caldari
CatalystDestroyerT1GallenteDPS (Higher), Ganker2
CelestisCruiserT1GallenteDampening7
CerberusHeavy Assault CruiserT2Caldari4
ChameleonForce Recon ShipT2CaldariSpecial1
CharonFreighterT1Caldari
CheetahCovert OpsT2MinmatarScout, Cloak1
ChemoshDreadnoughtT1Amarr
ChimeraCarrierT1CaldariLogistics, triage, immune if active8
ChremoasCovert OpsT1Minmatar
ClawInterceptorT2MinmatarTackle2
ClaymoreCommand ShipT2MinmatarBooster - Skirmish3
CoercerDestroyerT1Amarr2
CondorFrigateT1CaldariTackle1
ConfessorTactical DestroyerT3Amarr4
CoraxDestroyerT1Caldari2
CormorantDestroyerT1CaldariSniper2
Council Diplomatic ShuttleShuttleT1Gallente
CovetorMining BargeT1OREMining0
CraneBlockade RunnerT2CaldariHauler (DST)0
CrowInterceptorT2CaldariTackler, Scout (Skirmish/+1)2
CrucifierFrigateT1AmarrTD/Tracking Disruptor4
Crucifier Navy IssueFrigateT1Amarr
CruorFrigateT1AmarrNeuts1
CrusaderInterceptorT2AmarrTackle2
CurseCombat Recon ShipT2AmarrNeuts, TD/Tracking Disruptor5
CycloneCombat BattlecruiserT1Minmatar4
CynabalCruiserT1Minmatar4
DagonForce AuxiliaryT1Amarr
DamavikFrigateT1Triglavian
DamnationCommand ShipT2AmarrBooster - Armor2
DaredevilFrigateT1GallenteWebbing3
DeaconLogistics FrigateT2Amarr
DeimosHeavy Assault CruiserT2GallenteDPS (Higher)4
DevoterHeavy Interdiction CruiserT2AmarrTackler, Heavy3
DominixBattleshipT1GallenteDrone Boat4
Dominix Navy IssueBattleshipT1Gallente
DragoonDestroyerT1AmarrNeuts, Drones2
DraugurDestroyerT2Triglavian
DrakeCombat BattlecruiserT1CaldariTanky4
Drake Navy IssueCombat BattlecruiserT1Caldari
DramielFrigateT1Minmatar3
DrekavacBattlecriuserT1Triglavian
EagleHeavy Assault CruiserT2CaldariSniper4
EchelonFrigateT1Amarr
EchoCorvetteT1Minmatar
EnduranceExpedition FrigateT2ORE
EnforcerForce Recon ShipT2None
EnyoAssault FrigateT2Gallente3
EosCommand ShipT2GallenteBooster - Information2
EpithalIndustrialT1Gallente
ErebusTitanT1GallenteImmune, always0
ErisInterdictorT2Gallente3
EtanaLogisticsT2Caldari
ExecutionerFrigateT1AmarrTackle1
ExequrorCruiserT1GallenteLogistics, independent6
Exequror Navy IssueCruiserT1GallenteDPS3
FalconForce Recon ShipT2CaldariECM10
Federation Navy CometFrigateT1Gallente2
FenrirFreighterT1Minmatar
FeroxCombat BattlecruiserT1Caldari4
FiendHeavy Interdiction CruiserT1Amarr
FlycatcherInterdictorT2Caldari3
FrekiAssault FrigateT2Minmatar
Gallente ShuttleShuttleT1Gallente
GarmurFrigateT1CaldariTackle (Long range) ?
GilaCruiserT1CaldariDroneboat1
GnosisCombat BattlecruiserT1Jove5
Gold MagnateFrigateT1AmarrSpecial2
GolemMarauderT2Caldari6
Goru's ShuttleShuttleT1CaldariShuttle0
GriffinFrigateT1CaldariECM5
Griffin Navy IssueFrigateT1Caldari
GuardianLogisticsT2AmarrLogistics, cap chain8
Guardian-VexorCruiserT1GallenteSpecial3
Guristas ShuttleShuttleT1CaldariShuttle0
HarbingerCombat BattlecruiserT1Amarr4
Harbinger Navy IssueCombat BattlecruiserT1Amarr
HarpyAssault FrigateT2Caldari3
HawkAssault FrigateT2Caldari3
HecateTactical DestroyerT3Gallente4
HelSupercarrierT1MinmatarImmune, always0
HeliosCovert OpsT2GallenteScout, Cloak0
HematosCorvetteT1Amarr
HereticInterdictorT2Amarr3
HeronFrigateT1CaldariExplorer1
HoarderIndustrialT1MinmatarHauler0
HoundStealth BomberT2Minmatar3
HuginnCombat Recon ShipT2MinmatarWebbing (long range)5
HulkExhumerT2OREMining0
HurricaneCombat BattlecruiserT1Minmatar4
Hurricane Fleet IssueCombat BattlecruiserT1Minmatar
HyenaElectronic Attack ShipT2MinmatarWebbing, TP/Painting4
HydraCovert Ops FrigateT2Triglavian
HyperionBattleshipT1Gallente5
IbisCorvetteT1Caldari1
IkitursaHeavy Assault CruiserT2Triglavian
ImicusFrigateT1GallenteExploration1
ImmolatorCorvetteT1Amarr
ImpInterceptorT1Amarr
ImpairorCorvetteT1Amarr1
ImpelDeep Space TransportT2AmarrHauler (DST)0
Imperial Navy SlicerFrigateT1Amarr3
IncursusFrigateT1Gallente1
InquisitorFrigateT1AmarrLogistics5
InterBus ShuttleShuttleT1Gallente
IshkurAssault FrigateT2Gallente3
IshtarHeavy Assault CruiserT2GallenteSniper3
Iteron Mark VIndustrialT1GallenteHauler0
JackdawTactical DestroyerT3Caldari4
JaguarAssault FrigateT2Minmatar3
KeresElectronic Attack ShipT2GallenteDampening6
KestrelFrigateT1Caldari1
KikimoraDestroyerT1Triglavian
KirinLogistics FrigateT2Caldari
KitsuneElectronic Attack ShipT1TrECM8
KomodoTitanT1Caldari
KronosMarauderT2Gallente6
KryosIndustrialT1Gallente
LachesisCombat Recon ShipT2GallenteDampening, Tackle (Long Range), Cloak7
LegionStrategic CruiserT3Amarr6
LeopardShuttleT1Minmatar
LeshakBattleshipT1Triglavian
LeviathanTitanT1CaldariImmune, always0
LifForce AuxiliaryT1MinmatarFighters0
LoggerheadForce AuxiliaryT1Caldari
LokiStrategic CruiserT3Minmatar6
MacharielBattleshipT1Minmatar6
MackinawExhumerT2OREMining0
MaelstromBattleshipT1Minmatar5
MagnateFrigateT1AmarrExplorer1
MagusCommand DestroyerT2Gallente
MaledictionInterceptorT2AmarrTackler, Scout (Skirmish/+1)2
MaliceAssault FrigateT2Amarr
MallerCruiserT1AmarrTanky2
MammothIndustrialT1MinmatarHauler0
ManticoreStealth BomberT2Caldari3
MarshalBlack OpsT2None
MastodonDeep Space TransportT2MinmatarHauler (DST)0
MaulusFrigateT1GallenteDampening5
Maulus Navy IssueFrigateT1Gallente
MegathronBattleshipT1Gallente5
Megathron Federate IssueBattleshipT1GallenteSpecial5
Megathron Navy IssueBattleshipT1Gallente5
MerlinFrigateT1Caldari1
MiasmosIndustrialT1Gallente
Miasmos Amastris EditionIndustrialT1Gallente
Miasmos Quafe Ultra EditionIndustrialT1Gallente
Miasmos Quafe Ultramarine EditionIndustrialT1Gallente
MimirHeavy Assault CruiserT2Minmatar
Minmatar ShuttleShuttleT1Minmatar
MinokawaForce AuxiliaryT1CaldariFighters0
MoaCruiserT1Caldari2
MolokTitanT1Amarr
MonitorFlag CruiserT2None
MorachaForce Recon ShipT1Minmatar
MorosDreadnoughtT1GallenteImmune during siege mode3
MuninnHeavy Assault CruiserT2Minmatar4
MyrmidonCombat BattlecruiserT1GallenteDrones4
NagaAttack BattlecruiserT1CaldariSniper5
NaglfarDreadnoughtT1MinmatarImmune during siege mode3
NavitasFrigateT1GallenteLogistics5
NemesisStealth BomberT2Gallente3
NereusIndustrialT1GallenteHauler, Rarely fits weapons1
NergalAssault FrigateT2Triglavian
NestorBattleshipT1Gallente
NidhoggurCarrierT1Minmatar ???/Unrated; Immune if in triage mode ?
NighthawkCommand ShipT2CaldariBooster4
NightmareBattleshipT1Amarr6
NinazuForce AuxiliaryT1GallenteFighters0
NoctisIndustrialT1ORE
NomadJump FreighterT2MinmatarHauler, Strategic0
NyxSupercarrierT1GallenteImmune, always0
ObeliskFreighterT1Gallente
OccatorDeep Space TransportT2GallenteHauler (DST)0
OmenCruiserT1Amarr2
Omen Navy IssueCruiserT1Amarr3
OneirosLogisticsT2GallenteLogistics, independent7
OnyxHeavy Interdiction CruiserT2CaldariTackle (for Capitals)4
Opux Luxury YachtCruiserT1Gallente
OracleAttack BattlecruiserT1AmarrSniper5
OrcaIndustrial Command ShipT1OREMining Booster, Hauler0
OrthrusCruiserT1Caldari
OspreyCruiserT1CaldariLogistics, cap chain7
Osprey Navy IssueCruiserT1CaldariDPS2
PacifierCovert OpsT2None
PaladinMarauderT2Amarr6
PantherBlack OpsT2MinmatarDPS, Cloaky6
PhantasmCruiserT1Amarr2
PhobosHeavy Interdiction CruiserT2GallenteTackle (on capitals)4
PhoenixDreadnoughtT1CaldariImmune during siege mode4
PilgrimForce Recon ShipT2AmarrNeuts, Cloaky6
PontifexCommand DestroyerT2Amarr
PorpoiseIndustrial Command ShipT1Gallente
PraxisBattleshipT1Jove
PrimaeIndustrialT1ORE
ProbeFrigateT1MinmatarExplorer1
ProcurerMining BargeT1OREMining0
ProphecyCombat BattlecruiserT1AmarrDrones4
ProratorBlockade RunnerT2AmarrHauler0
ProspectExpedition FrigateT2OREScout, Cloak, Covert Cyno, Miner? ?
ProteusStrategic CruiserT3Gallente6
ProvidenceFreighterT1Amarr
ProwlerBlockade RunnerT2MinmatarHauler0
PunisherFrigateT1Amarr1
PurifierStealth BomberT2Amarr3
RabisuLogisticsT2Amarr
RagnarokTitanT1MinmatarImmune, always0
RapierForce Recon ShipT2MinmatarWebbing, Cloak6
RaptorInterceptorT2CaldariTackle3
RattlesnakeBattleshipT1CaldariDrones6
RavenBattleshipT1Caldari5
Raven Navy IssueBattleshipT1Caldari5
Raven State IssueBattleshipT1CaldariSpecial5
ReaperCorvetteT1Minmatar1
RedeemerBlack OpsT2AmarrDPS, Cloak6
Republic Fleet FiretailFrigateT1Minmatar2
RetributionAssault FrigateT2Amarr3
RetrieverMining BargeT1OREMining0
RevelationDreadnoughtT1AmarrImmune during siege mode4
RevenantSupercarrierT1Pirate
RheaJump FreighterT2CaldariHauler, Strategic0
RifterFrigateT1Minmatar1
RodivaCruiserT1Triglavian
RokhBattleshipT1Caldari5
RookCombat Recon ShipT2CaldariECM9
RorqualCapital Industrial ShipT1OREMining Support2
RuptureCruiserT1Minmatar1
SabreInterdictorT2Minmatar2
SacrilegeHeavy Assault CruiserT2AmarrTanky5
ScalpelLogistics FrigateT2Minmatar
ScimitarLogisticsT2MinmatarLogistics, independent7
ScorpionBattleshipT1CaldariECM10
Scorpion Navy IssueBattleshipT1Caldari
ScytheCruiserT1MinmatarLogistics, independent6
Scythe Fleet IssueCruiserT1MinmatarDPS2
SentinelElectronic Attack ShipT2AmarrTD/Tracking Disruption4
SigilIndustrialT1AmarrHauler0
Silver MagnateFrigateT1AmarrSpecial2
SinBlack OpsT2GallenteDrones, Cloak7
SkiffExhumerT2OREMiner (tanky)0
SkybreakerFrigateT1Edencom
SlasherFrigateT1MinmatarTackle1
SleipnirCommand ShipT2MinmatarBooster6
StabberCruiserT1Minmatar2
Stabber Fleet IssueCruiserT1Minmatar3
StilettoInterceptorT2MinmatarTackler, Scout (+1/Skirmish)2
StorkCommand DestroyerT2Caldari
StormbringerCruiserT1Edencom
StratiosCruiserT1GallenteExploration?, Cloak2
Stratios Emergency ResponderCruiserT1Gallente
SuccubusFrigateT1Amarr1
SunesisDestroyerT1Jove
SvipulTactical DestroyerT3Minmatar4
TaipanCorvetteT1Caldari
TalosAttack BattlecruiserT1GallenteBrawler5
TalwarDestroyerT1Minmatar2
TaranisInterceptorT2GallenteTackler2
TayraIndustrialT1Caldari
TempestBattleshipT1Minmatar5
Tempest Fleet IssueBattleshipT1Minmatar5
Tempest Tribal IssueBattleshipT1MinmatarSpecial5
TenguStrategic CruiserT3Caldari6
ThaliaLogistics FrigateT2Gallente
ThanatosCarrierT1Gallente ???/Unrated ?
ThoraxCruiserT1GallenteDPS (Higher)2
ThunderchildBattleshipT1Edencom
TiamatCruiserT2Triglavian
ThrasherDestroyerT1MinmatarInstalocker2
TormentorFrigateT1Amarr1
TornadoAttack BattlecruiserT1MinmatarSniper5
TristanFrigateT1GallenteDrones1
TyphoonBattleshipT1Minmatar5
Typhoon Fleet IssueBattleshipT1Minmatar
UtuAssault FrigateT2Gallente
VagabondHeavy Assault CruiserT2Minmatar4
VangelHeavy Assault CruiserT2Amarr
VanquisherTitanT1Gallente
VargurMarauderT2Minmatar6
VedmakCruiserT1Triglavian
VehementDreadnoughtT1Gallente
VelatorCorvetteT1Gallente1
VendettaSupercarrierT1Gallente
VengeanceAssault FrigateT2Amarr3
VentureFrigateT1OREMining0
VexorCruiserT1GallenteDroneboat2
Vexor Navy IssueCruiserT1GallenteDroneboat2
ViatorBlockade RunnerT2GallenteHauler, Cloak0
VictorForce Recon ShipT2Gallente
Victorieux Luxury YachtCruiserT1Gallente
VigilFrigateT1MinmatarTP/Target Painting3
Vigil Fleet IssueFrigateT1Minmatar
VigilantCruiserT1GallenteWebbing5
VindicatorBattleshipT1GallenteWebbing6
ViolatorCorvetteT1Gallente
VirtuosoStealth BomberT2Gallente
VultureCommand ShipT2CaldariBooster6
WhiptailInterceptorT2Caldari
WidowBlack OpsT2CaldariECM9
WolfAssault FrigateT2Minmatar3
WormFrigateT1CaldariDroneboat1
WreatheIndustrialT1MinmatarHauler, Rarely fits weapons1
WyvernSupercarrierT1CaldariImmune, always0
ZarmazdSupport CruiserT2Triglavian
ZealotHeavy Assault CruiserT2AmarrSniper4
ZephyrCompact Exploration ShipT1Gallente
ZirnitraDreadnoughtT1Triglavian

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Don’t miss out! This is just one chapter of our full EVE Online Exploration guide.

If you ask the average bittervet what ship to use for exploration, you’ll probably get an answer like “T3 is the best, using anything else is a waste of time” or “T1 frig is good enough, anything else is a waste of ISK.”

What I’ve learned through experience is that pretty much every option has value; it’s most important that you choose the right ship for your skills, budget, and experience. It should be noted that while some ships cost a lot more, they’re also much more likely to facilitate your safe travel. If you’re routinely moving 100 million to 1 billion ISK in your cargo bay, spending an extra 20, 80, or 200 million is actually investing in your long-term fiscal health. Plus, you know… expensive ships are sexy.

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Now let’s examine the pros and cons of each option.

T1 Frigates: Heron, Imicus, Magnate, Probe

Each race has a starter-level scanning ship with racial frigate bonuses to probing. For a completely new player (under 1.5 million skill points), these will be the only real option. But that doesn’t mean they’re a bad choice. They’re also perfect for older pilots who are just getting into exploration.

While there are some minor differences between each hull, you’re better off choosing between them based on your long-term goals. If you intend to fly a Manticore or Buzzard later on, you might as well start training Caldari frigates now and pick up a Heron. If you think you’ll be upgrading to Sisters of EVE ships soon, an Imicus or Magnate will be a great start.

The Pros

T1 frigates have a very low skill floor, and will be somewhat capable with under 3 days’ training. They have just enough CPU to handle expanded probe launchers, allowing you to find hidden salvage or evade/scare off potential killers. They’ve got nearly cruiser-sized cargo holds, allowing you to haul back extra loot or carry mobile depots/siphon units if desired. Best of all, these little frigs are cheap as dirt, running less than half a million ISK each – something you’ll make back in under 3 minutes of exploration. You can easily fly these puppies with the assurance that they’re 100% disposable.

The Cons

On the other end of things, T1 frigates have low skill caps and require longer training for high efficiency. Their maximum scan strength bonus is only +37.5%, and that requires training your racial frigate skill to V, which is time-consuming for newbies or players who don’t typically fly frigates. They also grant relatively weak bonuses to relic/data virus strength.

Structurally, these little toasters can’t fit covert ops cloaking devices, making infiltration and exfiltration (yes, that’s a word) difficult in well-guarded areas of lowsec/nulsec. They are also extremely fragile, making them easy targets for pirates and wholly incapable of running combat sites they scan down.

Recommendations

Ultimately, T1 frigates are best for learning the basics of exploration with minimal ISK and SP necessary. Once you’ve gotten the money and time put in, you should upgrade to an Astero or T2 ship. These options will offer you more flexibility, faster scanning, and the all-important covert ops cloak.

T2 Frigates: Anathema, Buzzard, Cheetah, Helios

As with T1, each race has a T2 ship specifically labeled covert ops that’s designed with advanced exploration and scouting in mind. These ships are a natural progression for players who have skilled up from flying their T1 counterparts, or players who have previously flown stealth bombers (since they share requirements and trait bonuses).

The Pros

Covert ops ships have the highest efficiency ceiling in EVE Online, with a maximum scan bonus of +50%, not to mention solid bonuses to probe flight and virus strength. They can easily equip expanded probe launchers and covert cynosural field modules, giving the pilot access to all manner of sneaky space bullshit. They are relatively affordable, costing just 15 to 25 million ISK each… what you’ll pull in just one nullsec relic site. And if the name didn’t give it away, you can equip a covert ops cloaking device. Paired with an insanely high warp speed, you’ll be able to navigate New Eden with 90% impunity.

The Cons

If you want to fly a T2, you will need a lot of annoying skills trained, including racial frigs and electronics upgrades (a nearly useless stat outside of covops) to V and Cloaking to IV. And if you want to outclass T1 or faction scan bonuses, you will also need your actual Covert Ops skill to at least IV. This is weeks of training for anyone who hasn’t previously started along covops/stealth bomber training.

T2 frigates have half the cargo space of their T1 counterparts, making them significantly less suited to extended deployment, drone/ninja salvaging, or structure deployment. They did however inherit their li’l sisters’ paper-thin structures, excluding them from most PvP or PvE.

Recommendations

Covert ops frigates are great for established explorers or bomber pilots who want to safely run data/relic sites or perform fleet scouting/intel, but don’t care about combat or salvaging. And if you haven’t piloted a bomber yet, these ships will set you up for an easy cross-train. Overall, they deliver the highest return per ISK spent, a major plus for EVE’s min/maxers.

Sisters of EVE faction ships: Astero, Stratios

With 2013’s Rubicon expansion, CCP Games added three Sisters of EVE “pirate” ships specifically built for long-rang exploration. The Astero frigate, the Stratios Cruiser, and the Nestor battleship. These hulls all grant substantial bonuses to scanning and hacking, though I’ve excluded the Nestor because if you’re rich and experienced enough to spend 1.5 billion ISK on such a toy, you probably don’t need this guide.

Shared SOE Pros and Cons

The Astero and the Stratios share extremely low skill requirements and a strong baseline efficacy. As long as you can pilot either, you’ll get the full +37.5% bonus to scanning, which would require racial frigates V for T1 ships or covert ops IV for T2. Each ship can fit a covert ops cloak for stealthy shenanigans, not to mention insane agility to align on a dime. And they’ve both got massive drone capacity and bandwidth, making them powerful for class-appropriate PvE or PvP, not to mention salvaging operations.

On the downside, they’re both expensive as fuck. As of this writing, the Astero will run you 70-90 million ISK, the Stratios 275-300 million. You will need a good bankroll and high confidence in your wits to justify flying them into dangerous space. And while their skill requirements are relatively low, training is split between Gallente and Amarr skills, potentially doubling your mastery time.

SOE Differences

If you’re trying to choose between the Astero and the Stratios, almost all their differences are related to size. Since the Stratios is a cruiser, it has more cargo room, fitting slots, and drone projection than the Astero. The Stratios can also easily equip an expanded probe launcher while such a fitting would stretch the Astero’s capabilities. This means the Stratios is, overall, a more flexible ship, capable of staying out in nullsec longer and engaging a wider variety of content more easily. But it’s not an easy choice by any means. The Astero is still faster, cheaper, and easier to train than its bulkier sister. It can warp nearly instantly without the need for pre-alignment, a welcome blessing when you’ve got a billion in cargo.

Recommendations

I would recommend SOE faction ships to three groups of people. The first is players with a lot of ISK, but not enough SP to fly T2 or T3 ships. The second is players who are looking to embark on extended exploration roams (40+ jumps) into unsafe space. Finally, the Astero/Stratios are strong choices for players who want to engage in some form of salvage or combat while exploring.

T3 (Strategic) Cruisers: Legion, Loki, Proteus, Tengu

At the tippy-top of the tech tree lies each race’s strategic cruiser. Since these ships are modular by design, it should come as no surprise they can be powerful exploration vessels when built with the right subsystems. In essence, they can be pretty much anything you want them to be… except for perhaps inexpensive.

The Pros

As some of the most advanced tech in EVE, T3 cruisers have an awful lot of pros. With emergent locus analyzers, they tie covops ships in scan power and virus strength. Covert reconfiguration subsystems will enable – you guessed it – covert ops cloaking devicesand a paltry 5-second cloak deactivation timer. On the propulsion side, you can choose a gravitational capacitor for faster warping, or the ridiculously powerful ability to simply shrug off warp bubbles with the interdiction nullifier system. If all these plusses weren’t enough, consider the fact that you could trade any of these capacities for improvedcombat or salvage.

The Cons

So, is there any reason not to pick a strategic cruiser for your exploration adventures? Well, the most obvious would be the huge skill requirements both for minimal operation and maximal efficiency. From scratch, you’d need 8 to 10 weeks just to fly a T3 ship, and once you’re in the cockpit you’ll need to train your subsystem skills to IV or V to gain bonuses equal to or greater than those available to T1, T2, or SOE hulls. That is a lot of training, training that will come at the expense of other vital exploration skills if you haven’t already gotten them to where they need to be.

Strategic cruisers are also pretty hefty in the ISK department, running 100+ million for the hull alone, then several tens of millions for all the subsystems. And then you have to fit the goddamn thing. The end result will probably rival a Stratios in cost, though a Stratios doesn’t require 20 weeks of training for maximum exploration efficiency. Oh yeah, and if you happen to die in a T3 cruiser, you won’t just lose your ship. You’ll also lose skill points: one level of a randomly selected subsystem train. Mind you, something like a Tengu is not easy to catch and kill, but you should be prepared for massive losses if you happen to slip up.

Recommendations

Ships

Strategic cruisers are incredibly powerful, but also represent a huge financial and temporal investment. They should only be used by players who are very experienced in both exploration and general gameplay. Players who are new to either T3 ships or deep space scanning are likely to end up dead.

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Other ship considerations

Outside of the most obvious picks listed above, there exist a few niche hulls you may consider for your exploration career. It would be way too time-consuming to cover each one individually, so I’ll just cover two important schools of thought.

One reason you may go with another ship for exploration is that you’d like exploration to be secondary to another activity. Perhaps you’re a miner looking for gas sites to ninja-vacuum. Or you’re a ganker who wants to hunt down wardec alliance targets. For purposes like these, you will generally be fitting a probe launcher (most like a core probe launcher) and possibly not even a cloak. That’s absolutely fine, just remember that your probe scanning will be painful if you don’t have scan rigs, faction modules, high-level skills, implants, or any combination thereof.

Another reason you might pick a niche ship is simply because you want to be a friggin’ weirdo. You’d like to fly around in a wholly impractical or needlessly expensive, limited vessel because why not? I certainly can’t stop you from such a pursuit, so here are some ways to throw ISK away:

  • Nestor: This beautiful battleship is worse at exploring than its frigate counterpart
  • Gnosis: A Jovian ship that’s good at scanning and fighting, and attracting gankers
  • Echelon: Really good at hacking data sites, but not finding or navigating to them!
  • Zephyr: It’s immune to Wormhole sleepers, though not to Wormhole capsuleers

Conclusion

Ultimately, the ship you choose will not be the primary factor in exploration success. Your skills (both in-game and real life experience) are much more important to the actual nuts and bolts of making ISK. With that said and the guidelines provided here, it should be easy to choose your first adventuring vessel.

(Just admit you picked a Nestor, you greedy bastard).

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