Transport Ship Changes

Several changes to Transport Ships (Blockade Runners and Deep Space Transports) were announced recently by CCP Fozzie.

BLOCKADE RUNNERS

For the Blockade Runners, it is a straight up buff (though nothing is final yet).  More cargo space, a 2nd high slot (3rd low for the Prowler which already had 2 high slots), Warp Speed bonus, and better resists.  About the only downside here is that the distinctions between the various faction versions have pretty much melted away.  My alt flies a Prowler, so basically he picked up more cargo space (or faster align with 3rd low) and faster warp speed.

(Forum Post)

Highlights are:

  • They all now have two highslots for a probe launcher or covert cyno alongside the cloak. The Prowler gets a third low.
  • A pretty significant cargohold increase across the whole line. They still have significantly less max cargo than any of the T1 haulers, but they can now all break the 10k threshold with T1 rigs.
  • Replaced the useless tanking bonus with +5% warp speed per level. This means that at Transport Ships level 5 they go 7.5au/s.
  • Their tanks still aren’t anything to write home about, but we have given them full T2 resists.

PRORATOR

Amarr Industrial Bonus per level:
+5% Cargo Capacity
+5% Velocity

Transport Ships Bonus per level:
+5% Warp Speed (was the useless tanking bonus)
-20% CPU requirements for Cloaking Devices

Note: Can fit covert ops cloaking devices and covert cynos. Cloak reactivation delay reduced to 5 seconds. Immune to cargo scanning.

Slot layout: 2(+1)H, 2M, 4L; 1 turret
Fittings: 150 PWG, 200(+5) CPU
Defense (shields / armor / hull) : 800(-255) / 2000(-109) / 2100(-150)
Base shield resistances (EM/Therm/Kin/Exp): 0 / 20 / 70(+15) / 87.5(+12.5)
Base armor resistances (EM/Therm/Kin/Exp): 50 / 35 / 62.5(+18.75) / 80(+20)
Capacitor (amount / recharge / cap per second) : 1375(+437.5) / 393(+112)s / 3.5
Mobility (max velocity / agility / mass / align time): 170(+10) / 0.52(-0.03) / 10,750,000 / 7.75s
Drones (bandwidth / bay): 0 / 0
Targeting (max targeting range / Scan Resolution / Max Locked targets): 35km / 240 / 2
Sensor strength: 14
Signature radius: 110(-5)
Cargo Hold: 2900(+400)m3

CRANE

Caldari Industrial Bonus per level:
+5% Cargo Capacity
+5% Velocity

Transport Ships Bonus per level:
+5% Warp Speed (was the useless tanking bonus)
-20% CPU requirements for Cloaking Devices

Note: Can fit covert ops cloaking devices and covert cynos. Cloak reactivation delay reduced to 5 seconds. Immune to cargo scanning.

Slot layout: 2(+1)H, 4M, 2L; 1 launcher
Fittings: 125 PWG, 285 CPU
Defense (shields / armor / hull) : 2100(+342) / 1000(-196) / 1900(-69)
Base shield resistances (EM/Therm/Kin/Exp): 0 / 80(+20) / 70(+15) / 50
Base armor resistances (EM/Therm/Kin/Exp): 50 / 86.25(+13.75) / 62.5(+18.75) / 10
Capacitor (amount / recharge / cap per second) : 1300(+456.25) / 371(+118)s / 3.5
Mobility (max velocity / agility / mass / align time): 160(-5) / 0.51(+0.03) / 11,000,000(-500,000) / 7.78s
Drones (bandwidth / bay): 0 / 0
Targeting (max targeting range / Scan Resolution / Max Locked targets): 45km / 225 / 2
Sensor strength: 17
Signature radius: 115
Cargo Hold: 4300(+800)m3

VIATOR

Gallente Industrial Bonus per level:
+5% Cargo Capacity
+5% Velocity

Transport Ships Bonus per level:
+5% Warp Speed (was the useless tanking bonus)
-20% CPU requirements for Cloaking Devices

Note: Can fit covert ops cloaking devices and covert cynos. Cloak reactivation delay reduced to 5 seconds. Immune to cargo scanning.

Slot layout: 2(+1)H, 3M, 3L; 1 turret
Fittings: 135 PWG, 250 CPU
Defense (shields / armor / hull) : 1000(-266) / 1700(+1) / 2700(+98)
Base shield resistances (EM/Therm/Kin/Exp): 0 / 60(+20) / 85(+15) / 50
Base armor resistances (EM/Therm/Kin/Exp): 50 / 67.5(+16.25) / 83.75(+16.25) / 10
Capacitor (amount / recharge / cap per second) : 1300(+425) / 371(+109)s / 3.5
Mobility (max velocity / agility / mass / align time): 165(-5) / 0.54(-0.01) / 10,000,000(-1,150,000) / 7.49s
Drones (bandwidth / bay): 0 / 0
Targeting (max targeting range / Scan Resolution / Max Locked targets): 40km / 230 / 2
Sensor strength: 15
Signature radius: 120(+5)
Cargo Hold: 3600(+600)m3

PROWLER

Minmatar Industrial Bonus per level:
+5% Cargo Capacity
+5% Velocity

Transport Ships Bonus per level:
+5% Warp Speed (was the useless tanking bonus)
-20% CPU requirements for Cloaking Devices

Note: Can fit covert ops cloaking devices and covert cynos. Cloak reactivation delay reduced to 5 seconds. Immune to cargo scanning.

Slot layout: 2H, 3M, 3(+1)L; 1 turret, 1 launcher
Fittings: 130 PWG, 230(+5) CPU
Defense (shields / armor / hull) : 1500(-47) / 1500(+94) / 1700(+22)
Base shield resistances (EM/Therm/Kin/Exp): 75(+25) / 60(+20) / 40 / 50
Base armor resistances (EM/Therm/Kin/Exp): 90(+10) / 67.5(+16.25) / 25 / 10
Capacitor (amount / recharge / cap per second) : 1200(+418.75) / 343(+109)s / 3.5
Mobility (max velocity / agility / mass / align time): 185 / 0.49(-0.06) / 11,150,000(+1,150,000) / 7.57s
Drones (bandwidth / bay): 0 / 0
Targeting (max targeting range / Scan Resolution / Max Locked targets): 30km / 245 / 2
Sensor strength: 12
Signature radius: 105(-5)
Cargo Hold: 3500(+250)m3

 

DEEP SPACE TRANSPORTS

The changes to Deep Space Transports are a little more significant.  Before, they were nearly a useless ship.  Now they are a little more interesting, but I am still not sure they are useful (at least to me).  The biggest change is that they pick up a 50,000m3 Fleet Hangar (with a +5%/level of Transport Ship bonus).  I had to look up what a Fleet Hangar was.  I thought (hoped) it meant it could carry small ships, but I was wrong.  Instead, it is a storage space that can be shared and accessed by a fleet.  Since I fly solo, the fleet option isn’t useful.  The storage space might be though, as long as you don’t have to move it around a lot.  DST’s are still slow, but they come with a +2 warp strength and an improved overheating tanking option.  They also pick up the ability to use the new medium micro jump module, more slots, and more power/cpu to fit them.  As a log-off deep space storage option, they might be ok.  Keeping it aligned and loading it up with warp core stabilizers would make it difficult to tackle solo.  They can also tank like crazy for a short amount of time. I will probably play around with it a bit when it comes out.

(Forum post)

These ships have been largely overshadowed by Orcas and high capacity T1 haulers for heavy duty hauling, and of course they cannot compete with the amazing evasion abilities of Blockade Runners.

 So our plan for revamping them is to give them a strong and stable carrying capacity in the form of a large fleet hangar. Besides creating interesting options for group play, this fleet hangar does not pressure a pilot into fitting rigs or expanded cargoholds for max carrying capacity.

 The fleet hangar is intended to make DSTs a viable choice for many hauling situations, and allowed us to then add a series of options to the DST defensive toolbox. We know that once people start using a ship it will be inevitable that they get into bad situations with them and that it can be immensely fun gameplay to escape a dangerous situation when you have no guarantee of survival. For this purpose we have provided the Deep Space Transports with defensive tools that are much less consistent than the covert cloak on the Blockade Runners but that are powerful nonetheless.

 The key new addition is a role bonus that doubles the benefits from overheating tanking modules and propulsion modules. This means that Deep Space Transports can have obscene tanks for short periods of time and gain strong bursts of mobility, especially useful for fighting your way back to a stargate (or for playing bait).

They are also gaining the ability to use the new Medium Micro Jump Drive modules for extra escape and bubble evasion options.

IMPEL

Amarr Industrial Bonus per level:
+7.5% Armor Repairer Effectiveness
+5% Velocity

Transport Ships Bonus per level:
+5% Fleet Hangar capacity
+4% Armor Resistances

Role Bonuses:
+2 Warp Core Strength
+100% bonus to the benefits of overheating Afterburners, Microwarpdrives, Local Repair Modules, and Resistance Modules

Note: Can fit Medium Micro Jump Drives

Slot layout: 2(+1)H, 2(+1)M, 7L; 2(+2) launchers
Fittings: 330(+80) PWG, 240(+65) CPU
Defense (shields / armor / hull) : 2000(-109) / 4300(+81) / 4500
Capacitor (amount / recharge / cap per second) : 3500(+2250) / 875(+563)s / 4
Mobility (max velocity / agility / mass / align time): 90(+10) / 1 / 19,500,000(+500,000) / 27.03s
Drones (bandwidth / bay): 0 / 0
Targeting (max targeting range / Scan Resolution / Max Locked targets): 45km / 205 / 3(+1)
Sensor strength: 16
Signature radius: 160
Cargo Hold: 1000(-3000)m3
Fleet Hangar: 50000m3

BUSTARD

Caldari Industrial Bonus per level:
+7.5% Shield Booster Effectiveness
+5% Velocity

Transport Ships Bonus per level:
+5% Fleet Hangar capacity
+4% Shield Resistances

Role Bonuses:
+2 Warp Core Strength
+100% bonus to the benefits of overheating Afterburners, Microwarpdrives, Local Repair Modules, and Resistance Modules

Note: Can fit Medium Micro Jump Drives

Slot layout: 2(+1)H, 6(+3)M, 3(-2)L; 2(+2) launchers
Fittings: 200 PWG, 290(+40) CPU
Defense (shields / armor / hull) : 4300(+784) / 2300(-91) / 4000(+62)
Capacitor (amount / recharge / cap per second) : 2900(+1806.25) / 725(+456)s / 4
Mobility (max velocity / agility / mass / align time): 80() / 1(+0.07) / 20,000,000 / 27.73s
Drones (bandwidth / bay): 0 / 0
Targeting (max targeting range / Scan Resolution / Max Locked targets): 55km / 195 / 3(+1)
Sensor strength: 20
Signature radius: 165
Cargo Hold: 1000(-4500)m3
Fleet Hangar: 50000m3

OCCATOR

Gallente Industrial Bonus per level:
+7.5% Armor Repairer Effectiveness
+5% Velocity

Transport Ships Bonus per level:
+5% Fleet Hangar capacity
+4% Armor Resistances

Role Bonuses:
+2 Warp Core Strength
+100% bonus to the benefits of overheating Afterburners, Microwarpdrives, Local Repair Modules, and Resistance Modules

Note: Can fit Medium Micro Jump Drives

Slot layout: 2(+1)H, 3(+1)M, 6L; 2(+2) turrets
Fittings: 290(+45) PWG, 260(+60) CPU
Defense (shields / armor / hull) : 2400(-131) / 4000(+203) / 5000(-203)
Capacitor (amount / recharge / cap per second) : 3100(+1943.75) / 775(+281)s / 4
Mobility (max velocity / agility / mass / align time): 110(+20) / 1 / 19,000,000(-500,000) / 26.34s
Drones (bandwidth / bay): 0 / 0
Targeting (max targeting range / Scan Resolution / Max Locked targets): 50km / 200 / 3(+1)
Sensor strength: 18
Signature radius: 165
Cargo Hold: 1000(-4000)m3
Fleet Hangar: 50000m3

MASTODON

Minmatar Industrial Bonus per level:
+7.5% Shield Booster Effectiveness
+5% Velocity

Transport Ships Bonus per level:
+5% Fleet Hangar capacity
+4% Shield Resistances

Role Bonuses:
+2 Warp Core Strength
+100% bonus to the benefits of overheating Afterburners, Microwarpdrives, Local Repair Modules, and Resistance Modules

Note: Can fit Medium Micro Jump Drives

Slot layout: 2(+1)H, 5(+2)M, 4(-1)L; 2(+2) turrets
Fittings: 230(+15) PWG, 270(+80) CPU
Defense (shields / armor / hull) : 4000(+906) / 2800(-13) / 3100()
Capacitor (amount / recharge / cap per second) : 2700(+1700) / 675(+425)s / 4
Mobility (max velocity / agility / mass / align time): 120(+20) / 1 / 19,200,000(700,000) / 26.62s
Drones (bandwidth / bay): 0 / 0
Targeting (max targeting range / Scan Resolution / Max Locked targets): 40km / 210 / 3(+1)
Sensor strength: 14
Signature radius: 150
Cargo Hold: 1000(-4250)m3
Fleet Hangar: 50000m3

 

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