Lowsec Ratting

So ratting in Lowsec has proven to be a decent bit of isk with an indecent amount of risk.  The new tags are highly lucrative.  I’m dropping off about 100 mill for a couple hours of work as I type this.  It is definitely not for the faint of heart.  You HAVE to go into lowsec, the rats you fight against are quite tough, and the toughest of them not only take a while to kill but tackle you and do quite respectable damage on their own.  While you are in lowsec.  That’s a fun thought.

It offers plenty of opportunities.  If you know what you are doing and build the right ship you can make a great amount of isk pretty fast.  It also offers new life to what I like to call Proxy mining.  You can tool around for long hours, hunting these rats, killing them, or you can find something suitably cloaky, find an area where OTHER people hunt rats, wait till they are well and truly engaged (ideally with something that tackles them itself) and wallop them.  Thus you can avoid the hazard of killing rats, and go straight to collecting the tags from some poor sap who probably isn’t quite up to handling the rat AND you.

This method of money making doesn’t have a ton of appeal, but it is fun.  It leads to a fair amount of cash, as well as some chances at a fight.  It’s actually amazingly good at repairing your sec status as the rats themselves offer a HUGE boost to sec.  It also encourages people to seek out new space.  The best places to do this kind of ratting are nearly deserted, as you will be trolling asteroid belts anyone can head to.  Many of the rats can be killed by a straight forward Cruiser or BC, The toughest ones will require something a little beefier to kill.  Personally I like my pilgrim for where I rat.  Being cloaky helps a lot, being tough helps a lot.  Being something people generally don’t want to catch too bad helps too.

Fly dangerous, score kills.

I'm using it every time I can

I’m using it every time I can

About Corelin

An Eve playing Fool who occasionally writes about the shenanigans he and his minions get up to.

Posted on June 23, 2013, in Lowsec, PvE, PvP. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I’m not sure what ship you’re using or where you’re going but I’ll be honest it seems like something is going wrong.

    A cloaky t3 or stealth bomber or force recon (pilgrim) can easily destroy the rats with basically no risk. If you got with a cloaky t3 you can even be more risk averse and do a 2 warp core stab build which means the rats don’t scram you. I’ve made about 2.5b since they were added using a tengu, with no stabs.

    This requires strong fitting skills and some implants. If, god forbid, you get caught you have decisions to make. 1 person and no friends in local, switch to right ammo and fight. Pulsing the reppers enough to make it through the others reload cycle gives you about 400-500dps tank depending on what your enemy is shooting. If you suspect trap, overheat web, point and ab. You’ll go about 1km/s and hold most people down.

    I’ve engaged bait drakes and cyno gnosis’s on gates and survived long enough to jump through with both reppers overheated.

    High power
    1x Covert Ops Cloaking Device II
    5x Heavy Assault Missile Launcher II
    Medium power
    1x Republic Fleet 10MN Afterburner
    1x Khanid Navy Stasis Webifier
    1x Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
    1x Shadow Serpentis Warp Scrambler
    2x Large Ancillary Shield Booster
    Low power
    1x Damage Control II
    3x Ballistic Control System II
    Rig Slot
    1x Medium Ancillary Current Router I
    2x Medium Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer II
    Sub System
    1x Tengu Electronics – CPU Efficiency Gate
    1x Tengu Defensive – Amplification Node
    1x Tengu Propulsion – Fuel Catalyst
    1x Tengu Engineering – Augmented Capacitor Reservoir
    1x Tengu Offensive – Covert Reconfiguration

    • If you can fit a cloaky T3, or a good Pilgrim, or what have you, then yeah you have nothing to worry about except the actual pirates lurking around. For a new player, an Omen ain’t gonna cut it. A Drake will if it’s well fit, but most new folk are going to be struggling in 0.2 and 0.1 against those rats.

  2. What kind of Pilgrim fit do you use to rat?

  3. What size are the rats? I have seen one so far, and it was cruiser sized, which went down pretty quick (using a Talos).

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