EVE Online Solo Frigate PVP | Rifter vs. Tristan 2

In Minmatar Factional Warfare, I fought a lot of Tristans. There’s a good reason for this. Besides the Rifter, the Tristan has a reputation as one of the most versatile eve online ships. Throughout your tour in factional warfare, you’ll learn some of the strategies it takes to determine which targets are engageable.

The main reason so many of them are used in factional warfare is because it’s cheap, so cheap, compared to buying projectile ammo and autocannons, for instance. Drones don’t use the same type of ammo as the manned vessels do in Eve Online, so you don’t have to worry about reloading them. I might be able to help you with ammo acquisition, for a fee.

A disadvantage is that drones cost a lot more to replace than most small ammo, and typically offer lower damage at the entry level of EVE Online pvp in factional warfare low security space than the turrets. Drones can also be destroyed by enemies while in use, which results in even lower damage potential. Every strategy has an application, and a counter; a particularly robust Tristan can cause problems for the typical Republic Frigate, for instance. This constant fluctuation of tactics is a factor that contributes to the notoriously steep eve online learning curve, but enriches the experience of player versus player beyond the scope of any other space mmo.

On a standard assault against a Tristan, the crew and I were shocked to find the enemy ship easily breaching velocities beyond the capabilities of the mighty Rifter. At times, this is due to some extreme skill, but this wasn’t one of those times. Although that Tristan was much faster and more maneuverable than the 200mm plated Rifter, our superior ship piloting secured a narrow escape, and allowed a retaliatory strike against a clone of the original enemy Tristan. Although the first battle was lost, the second was clearly won. It’s likely the only reason the first Tristan escaped was due to some unseen, planned advantage anyway.

The Republic Frigate isn’t just for catching kiters. I beat up pleanty of plated Punishers using a similar tactic, in the same ship.

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