Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ships I Fly - Mission Ishkur

Ah, my carebear plans seems to have hit two snags. Firstly, the corp I joined missions in space without a Republic Security Services agent, rather it is full of republic fleet agents. Secondly my corp has been war-dec'd. This has meant two things. Firstly I am having to grind up some standings with the republic fleet before I can get to Level 4 missions. Secondly I have to be careful with my mission ship. My main solution has been to grind level 2 and now level 3 missions with an Ishkur.

At first I started with a Jaguar but found that it was a bit of a PIA for missioning. It worked but it lacked the dps needed and, due to the fitting of multiple shield extenders and rigs, it took a lot of damage when I was doing some Level 3 missions. At this point I noticed that I now have the skills to fly an Ishkur.

The Ishkur is pretty sweet for my missioning style. It can get up close and lay into a target with close range/high damage blasters. From the blasters alone it can manage a respectable 150 dps. But what makes the Ishkur so ideal is the drone bay. Fitted with 5 Hobgoblin IIs these contribute an additional 99 dps (a bit less for me since my skills are far from max) which means the Ishkur can easily drop even BS sized rats. However what makes the drones so good is that they are autonomous. Once they start engaging the enemy they will switch targets all by themselves. This means I can point my ship at cruisers and larger ships, leaving the frigates to automatically be taken care of by my drones. Typically by the time I have taken care of the larger ships with my blasters, the frigates/destroyers have been destroyed.

The main risk to this ship is webifiers. If it gets webbed, and larger ships can get their DPS onto it, it will die quickly. Obviously it makes sense to prioritize any e-war frigs with webifiers and/or scramblers.

Others have managed to complete Level 4 missions with this ship. It apparently is quite doable (if a bit slow) with the addition of a bit of bling in the form of a dead-space afterburner to better speed tank. I have not done this yet but I will be trying it soon.

[Ishkur, mission ishkur]
Small Armor Repairer II
Magnetic Field Stabilizer II
Damage Control II

1MN Afterburner II
Cap Recharger II
Cap Recharger II

Light Neutron Blaster II, Antimatter Charge S
Light Neutron Blaster II, Antimatter Charge S
Light Neutron Blaster II, Antimatter Charge S
[empty high slot]

Small Capacitor Control Circuit I
Small Hybrid Collision Accelerator I

Hobgoblin II x5
Hobgoblin II x5


  1. If you're feeling brave, drop the repper add another mag stab, and switch out for a shield booster .

    This puppy will do L4s quite a bit faster than the armor rep version. Up to you how you manage the cap, but you can drop to ions and add a NOS if you want.

    But yes, battleships will not really touch you at all, so L4s are actually easier than L3s.

    Grab the aggro, orbit at range, and kill the frigates first (if they're the triggers it could get.... interesting).

    Otherwise it's an absolute blast to fly, and absolutely one of my favorite ships.

    Can be used for low sec escalations/sites too... though I tend to use the armor rep one for that.... ;)

  2. I used to use a Gisti or Pithi B-type shield booster too, the active shield tank on those, if you can get 'em stable, is pretty awesome.