CCP has just launched another event: From 23.09.2021 until the 04.10.2021 you can aquire points by running Combat and Data-Hacking sites. As a reward you can get Boosters that increase your scanning strenght, Agency Boosters, Cerebral Accelerators, and of course SKINs. Check the screenshot gallery below for those.
You can find the original news item here.
The twist: Only T1 and Pirate/Faction Frigates are allowed inside the site as well as T1 Destroyers.
Highsec Combat Sites
Here is how I ran the sites so far rather successfully. I also won the DPS race most of the time by utilizing the quick application and Medium Drones.
- Warp to the Beacon on your overview or from the Probe Scanner Window. Their name is
“Rogue Drone Outgroth Colony“
- There are two rooms.
Once you land, kite away with the Algos and launch your Hornets.
- You primary should be anyting that adds E-War to you: First Webs, then Neuts.
- I greatly recommend to use Caldari Navy Hornets, as they have the best shield-tank and will actually tank the NPCs because they will split damage a lot.
- There will be three waves in the first room. Note that you can enter the second room before you have killed all the hostiles.
- Kite away in the second room as well. After three waves in the second room the Cruiser NPC will come in. This drops the shinies. Stay at ~15-20km from it and use your Caldari Navy Vespas (medium drone) alongside 3 Hornets for the most DPS.
The pricetag for this ship is about 40 million. As of now 2-3 sites will likely pay off the ship. If you lack some skillpoints for the Power Grid, you an either downgrade the Medium Shield Extender II to a Compact one or buy a stronger Power Grid implant.
Alpha pilots should be able to fly this fit as well, if you have the skills. Downgrade the T2 Shield Extender and Guns if you need to.
[Algos, Highsec Event Combat Sites] Damage Control II Drone Damage Amplifier II Drone Damage Amplifier II Medium F-S9 Regolith Compact Shield Extender 5MN Cold-Gas Enduring Microwarpdrive Medium Shield Extender II 75mm Gatling Rail II 75mm Gatling Rail II 75mm Gatling Rail II 75mm Gatling Rail II 75mm Gatling Rail II Small EM Shield Reinforcer II Small Thermal Shield Reinforcer II Small Core Defense Field Extender II Caldari Navy Hornet x8 Caldari Navy Vespa x2 Nanite Repair Paste x50 Spike S x3000 Javelin S x2000 Inherent Implants 'Squire' Power Grid Management EG-601 x1
In case you don’t want to kite, here is an Algos fitting that is focused on passive shield regeneration and should be able to run the sites without moving very much. It actually has no propulsion module, so it’s not like it even can move much…
Note: The NPCs have equal resistance profiles accross the board. Use whatever type of damage you can get the best skills for.
Note: You can find the Event sites in the Agency via the “Combat Anomalies” tab.
Note: While I’m writing this post, it seems the Scanning/Hacking-Sites seems still to be somewhat bugged.
Work in Progress: I will add a fit that can run the lowsec sites as soon™ as I get around and can test it. Disclaimer: It will likely be a Worm. :)
As promised, here the tested fitting. It works pretty much the same as the Algos: Keep your distance and let your Navy drones do the work. This has also the advantage that you won’t be sitting at 0 in the site and have a safe distance if someone comes in.
With the according skills, Alpha characters should be able to use this fitting as well.
Note that lowsec sites will spawn four waves instead of three. But you can enter the second room without clearing the fourth wave completely.
Also keep your distance to the boss Cruiser, as it will hit even harder in Lowsec. Or you can just dare it and dive in to add your Rage Rockets DPS. Since the fitting does not need any capacitor to deal damage and is completely passive tanked, that is actually an option. Especially so, because the rest of the fourth wave will warp off once the Nest Overseer has been destroyed.
Just keep your dscan going. The biggest threat are as always other players.
[Worm, Lowsec Event Combat Sites] Navy Micro Auxiliary Power Core Damage Control II 5MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive Republic Fleet Medium Shield Extender Republic Fleet Medium Shield Extender Missile Guidance Computer II Rocket Launcher II Rocket Launcher II Rocket Launcher II Small EM Shield Reinforcer II Small Core Defense Field Extender II Small Core Defense Field Extender II Caldari Navy Hornet x5 Missile Range Script x1 Scourge Javelin Rocket x2000 Inferno Rage Rocket x2000 Scourge Rage Rocket x1000 Nanite Repair Paste x100 Inferno Javelin Rocket x3000
Sadly, Worms are already spiking in price, so maybe you can make the Algos fit work in Lowsec as well. If you bring a friend, I’m confident you can do the Lowsec sites with the Gallente Destroyer too.
According to CCP, the sites in Nullsec are the same as in Highsec. So my daring guess: Both fits should work here.