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Friday, August 23, 2013

Gas Harvesting in a Wormhole System

Ship Fits for Anoikis Carebears 
Gas Harvesting Domi in Action

Behnid Arcani left this comment on my Wednesday post:
"@ Mabrick
I'd love to see more on the carebear nature of WH space. Most of the time people only talk about the PvP of each area of the game, but very few people do that everyday. I want to know what people are actually doing day-to-day in WHs."
To be sure there are operational considerations that always take precedence in Anoikis. Don't share too much information about what you do and where you do it. It is difficult to find people in a wormhole system, but it is far from impossible.

Remember when HBHI launched the Chimera we built in our old class 3 and I posted about it? I was very careful not to mention what system we were in or anything else too specific. That didn't matter, I'd already wrote enough. Some very good pilots from Surely You're Joking had no problem finding us. That lead to a predictable outcome and a not so predictable outcome. But I learned the lesson. Operational Security is always the prime consideration in Anoikis.

With that in mind, I don't see why I can't shed a little light on carebear activities in Anoikis so long as I keep situational details to a minimum. I will start out with gas harvesting. Gas, known officially a Fullerite-C##/###, is available in all Anoikis systems. However, the really profitable stuff (C320 and C540) is in the C5 and C6 systems. I've never looked for gas in a C1 or C2 because the ISK to hour ratio is just not that good. C3/4 harvesting of C28 and C32 was acceptable and furthermore can be done by a single pilot.

And about that last comment, gas sites are protected. Once you land on site, there is a 10 to 15 minute delay before the Sleeper fleet will arrive. In our old C3 I handled these with my harvesting ship's drones. More on that in a moment. In the SYJ C6, I don't go in alone and I don't go in with anything less than a remote repair strategic cruiser. You can not clear these sites by yourself. Just don't try is my advice.

When HBHI was in the old C3, I used a Dominix as my gas harvesting ship. The Domi has a lot going for it as a gas harvester but it also has some drawbacks.

  • heavy tank
  • lots of combat drones
  • more than enough grid and CPU for five Gas Harvester IIs
  • slow to align
  • small cargo hold
  • relatively expensive
To overcome some of these cons you use a passive shield tank so your lows are free for cargo expanders and stabs. The tank is enough to absorb Sleeper fire while your drones deal with them. Sleepers love to shoot drones BTW. You will lose them so don't skimp and always keep a full backup set in the POS. Here is the fit I used for gas harvesting in our old C3.

    [Dominix, Gas]
    5x Gas Cloud Harvester II

    2x Large Shield Extender II
    Damage Control II
    2x Large Core Defense Field Purger I

    EM Ward Field II
    2x Adaptive Invulnerability Field II

    4x Expanded Cargohold II
    2x Warp Core Stabilizer II

    Large Anti-Thermal Screen Reinforcer I

    [Statistics - Mabrick]
    Effective HP: 88,190 (Eve: 75,786)
    Tank Ability: 124.75 DPS
    Damage Profile - <Omni-Damage> (EM: 25.00%, Ex: 25.00%, Ki: 25.00%, Th: 25.00%)
    Shield Resists - EM: 75.87%, Ex: 77.36%, Ki: 72.83%, Th: 69.98%
    Armor Resists - EM: 57.50%, Ex: 23.50%, Ki: 44.75%, Th: 44.75%
    Capacitor (Stable at 76.29%)

Gas harvesting in a C6 is a much more dicey proposition. The Sleeper fleet that will oppose your harvesting will kill you if you try it alone. Even if you take a wingman, you will have a tough time of it if your skills are not maxed. Once you clear out the Sleepers, you're free to go back to lone badger harvesting. But until then, get all your care-badger buddies into one of these and go in together. There is safety in numbers.

    [Tengu, RR]
    Tengu Electronics - Dissolution Sequencer
    Tengu Propulsion - Intercalated Nanofibers
    Tengu Offensive - Accelerated Ejection Bay
    Tengu Defensive - Adaptive Shielding
    Tengu Engineering - Capacitor Regeneration Matrix

    Large S95a Partial Shield Transporter
    5x Heavy Missile Launcher II

    2x Large Shield Extender II
    Explosive Deflection Amplifier II
    2x EM Ward Amplifier II

    Damage Control II
    2x Capacitor Power Relay II
    2x Ballistic Control System II

    Medium Capacitor Control Circuit I
    2x Medium Core Defense Field Extender I

    [Statistics - Mabrick]
    Effective HP: 83,721 (Eve: 70,307)
    Tank Ability: 110.00 DPS
    Damage Profile - <Omni-Damage> (EM: 25.00%, Ex: 25.00%, Ki: 25.00%, Th: 25.00%)
    Shield Resists - EM: 76.86%, Ex: 80.48%, Ki: 77.95%, Th: 85.30%
    Armor Resists - EM: 57.50%, Ex: 23.50%, Ki: 68.13%, Th: 88.31%
    Capacitor (Stable at 54.95%)

This is a tinker type fit. A small fleet of these ships are self-supporting for shield reps and have the tank of the harvesting Domi above. They are also nimble enough to minimize Sleeper damage.

Speaking of nimble, you don't want to mine C5/6 gas in a Domi. Not only is at a huge signature for Sleepers to lock onto, C320 and C540 gas seems to be one resource PvP pilots happily loot. They'll even come back in a hauler to get it. The Domi kill is just icing on the cake. I've seen it happen. In HBHI's C6 home, I use this ship to harvest gas (and mine ore too!)

     [Venture, Trilophosaurus G]
     2x Gas Cloud Harvester II
     Improved Cloaking Device II

     1MN Microwarpdrive II
     2x Cap Recharger II

     Nanofiber Internal Structure II

     3x Small Low Friction Nozzle Joints I

     [Statistics - Mabrick]
     Effective HP: 840 (Eve: 670)
     Tank Ability: 2.07 DPS
     Damage Profile - <Omni-Damage> (EM: 25.00%, Ex: 25.00%, Ki: 25.00%, Th: 25.00%)
     Shield Resists - EM: 0.00%, Ex: 50.00%, Ki: 40.00%, Th: 20.00%
     Armor Resists - EM: 60.00%, Ex: 10.00%, Ki: 25.00%, Th: 35.00%
     Capacitor (Stable at 62.96%)

This is a Papier-mâché ship to be certain. The only tank it has is a speed tank and that's not even very speedy. What this ship does do is get in and get out quickly and not cost you an arm and a leg if you lose it - and you will sooner or later lose it. But you can buy 13 of these for every Domi harvester - and that isn't even counting drone cost! You can bring these in by the Iteron V load. Keep a dozen on hand and you will be far better off than having that single Domi. This goes for any class of wormhole. Before I brought in the Domi (because I lost the first one moving into the C3) I used a Drake to clear the sleepers and I harvested in a Catalyst. Replace the Catalyst with a Venture and you've got it made in lower class wormhole space. For clearing Sleepers, the Drake is a quarter the cost of the Domi and you can actually get those into a C1/2 system.

Well, this post is long enough so I'll bring it to a close. If you have any questions please leave a comment on the blog. I'll answer as best I can.

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  1. In C2s, a venture kitted up for gas harvesting can pretty much clear a pocket before the sleepers show up. Don't know if it'd be considered profitable enough (it probably isn't), but it's a diverting activity and sometimes that's enough :)

    1. We do the same thing for Ninja Harvesting. Raid the cloud for the best stuff and then get out before the owners show up! *LOL*

  2. As a noob, I've found ninja harvesting C50 to be pretty good value, certainly compared with some other noob activities, and it's found in pretty much any hole accessible from highsec. What's probably more valuable than the ISK though is the practice in keeping my wits about me and working the dscan.

  3. Any chance you guys have a wormhole corp i can try to join?

    1. There is always a chance. SYJ (ticker HAHA) corporations that are actively recruiting say so in the corporation description. Just look through them and send in an application. The alliance requires a full API and there is an alliance vetting process you must pass.


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