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Level 4 ship loadouts (all factions)

 
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2002 4:29 pm    Post subject: Level 4 ship loadouts (all factions) Reply with quote

First off, let's assume you've made it to level 4 by doing boring transport missions between stations. (and/or boring common mining missions if yer quantar)
    I'd recommend equipping your starting ship with the best economy class gear of your faction (Keep.It.Simple.Stupid)
Too that end i've created screenshots and pricing guides for economy class lvl4 ships for all three factions...prices shown are with tax included (rounded up to nearest 1000)

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SHIP UPGRADES 101
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FlashFire locations website. Get one brokered to you for 5k; Don't leave home without one.

OCTAVIAN
Octavian level4 economy class loadout screenshot (you can go 294v for 10 minutes)
You could even use the same gear on a Albatross (though i'd only suggest you do this if you are willing to give up the fluxxing abilities of the ape for the mining abilities of the alb; You do get size2 shield, but it's hardly useful until lvl 8 when you get access to the resistor. *shrug*)
    Apteryx Octavian only gear
    Centerfuge mk3=39kcr (upgrade to Quantar Rake asap); 1 Pusher=6kcr (impellers are okay, but why spend more when you're going to throttle down to fire 2 illuminator lasers with or without the power boost); Cyclops=11kcr (upgrade to solrain hallmonitor asap); Tank=15kcr (why not? you get 2 salvos off full thrust); Deflector=17kcr (upgrade to flatiron asap); BCU-OCT=5kcr (grey beek flipping; see below); 2 Illuminator lasers=20kcr (screw mining for now; i suggest you ignore skill stars and go straight to fluxxing *g*)
  • Total cost = 113kcr+5kcr for blackmarket FF and 10kcr for each blackmarket cutlass.
  • Sentry radar (~22kcr) and Protector shield (~64kcr) are available at lvl5
  • Guzzler engine (~149kcr) and Calefactor laser (~31kcr) are available at lvl6
  • Centerfuge mk3 pp (~264kcr) and Jug capacitor (~23kcr) are available at lvl7
  • Sledge missile (~10kcr) and Resistor shield (~193kcr) are available at lvl8

QUANTAR
Quantar level4 economy class loadout screenshot (you can go 312v for 5 minutes)
You could even use the same gear on a Gust (and i highly recommend you dump the mining lifestyle and check out this puppy. it eats flux for breakfast and politely asks for seconds...some people even fly this at lvl25+)
    Storm Quantar only gear
    Rake=33kcr (nummy!); 2 money engines=12kcr (why? cause i haul these puppies in from solrain. that's why!); Hallmonitor=11kcr (same deal. i haul this item to QC as well); Witness modx camera=1kcr; BCU-QUAN=5kcr (grey beek flipping; see below); 1 Warper laser=20kcr (hell, if you die you get a free mining laser. haha)
  • Total cost = 82kcr+5kcr for blackmarket FF and 10kcr for each blackmarket cutlass.
  • Liana radar (~24kcr) and Shelter shield (~65kcr) are available at lvl5
  • Cardoia engine (~94kcr) and Needle laser (~26kcr) are available at lvl6
  • Harvester pp (~204kcr) and Germ capacitor (~31kcr) are available at lvl7
  • Sirrus missile (~9kcr) and Canopy shield (~165kcr) are available at lvl8
SOLRAIN
Solrain level4 economy class loadout screenshot (you can go 316v on AfterBurner for 5 minutes)
You could even use the same gear on a premia XL (going faster ,though you'd be losing one gun slot and lots of cargo space; 145kcr cost too. On the bright side your current gear is transferred at no cost, nor are there taxes on ship chassis purchases, plus you could upgrade your powerplant with a Quantar Rake pp for the same price as a contender XL.)
    Premia Solrain only gear
    Contender XL=31kcr; 2 Travants=27kcr (too bad travant pluses lvl6 requirement); Hallmonitor=10kcr (too bad size2 radars are lvl9 requirement); Flatiron=13kcr (recommend buying this last); Optima modx camera=1kcr (useful; try the zoom key); BCU-SOL=6kcr (grey beek flipping; see below); 2 Excavator mininglasers=66kcr (why not? your cargo space rules; Though, for arguments sake, 2 Liar lasers cost 18kcr)
  • Total cost = 154kcr+5kcr for blackmarket FF and 10kcr for each blackmarket cutlass.
  • Chime radar (~20kcr) and Himelea shield (~113kcr) are available at lvl5
  • Travant Plus engine (~70kcr) and Dealer laser (~30kcr) are available at lvl6
  • Contender XPR pp (~219kcr) and Mana capacitor (~28kcr) are available at lvl7
  • Cutlass missile (~10kcr) and Rocky shield (~172kcr) are available at lvl8
Most recommended lvl5-7 gear are: Chime radar(size1), Shelter shield(size1), Calefactor laser(size1) and Germ capacitor(size1)...powerplants and engines are pretty straight forward (remember that octavian engines are powerful but very power hungry; utilize the simulator to test power consumption and max speed via the PowerGridAnalyzer. The max velocity shown is cruise. to find AB speed times that velocity by 1.14)


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2002 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At level 4 i tend to prefer switching to the combat gust and flaxxing flux...

NONFLASHFIRE COMBAT SHIP
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Level 4 Quantar Gust
Gust c160,000
Rake c~33,000 w/tax (Quantar made. no worries)
Impellers c~46,200 w/tax (for two; priority)
Hall Monitor c~10,500 w/tax (priority)
FlatIron c~13,500 w/tax (mmm...you could go with a pod shield in lieu)
Jar c~17,900 w/tax (well, it's not THAT important)
Warper c~19,100 w/tax (Quantar made. no worries)
Illuminator c~10,600 w/tax (recommend needle if no illums)
Witness c~1,210 w/tax (Quantar made. no worries)
QUAN-BCU c~4,640 w/tax (Quantar made. no worries)

TOTAL COST IS ~c317,000 (160kcr of which is tax free)
    so your tax cost each time you purchase these items (requipping after death) will cost you c~21,000

    (modx items aren't covered by insurance. period)
Recommendations are for upgrading radar (chime), shield (shelter), and guns (calefactor) once you level past 4th...once you reach high enough you can purchase a decent powerplant to finally power your engines at full thrust (centerfuge mk3)
    FlashFires are really nice in a tight spot, but since i'm updating this during the Amananth production strike there's none...

    They're above the usual n00b's level requirement to purchase, so i recommend asking around for a "broker" to help you buy them on the black market (though forget that currently, since there's no FFs being made at amananth)

    Once production resumes, and stocks are plentiful, the usual blackmarket price is c~5,000 each


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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2002 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amananth production of FFs has resumed. good news all around, especially for the Solrains.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2002 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

updated to account for www.mindphyre.com (pics) and www.special-unit.com (market lister) :)-
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