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"Eve Online" Anti-gank Barge Fits

Jon has been playing "Eve Online" since 2004 and has written about most aspects of the game.

Eve Online and Ganking

Eve Online and Ganking

Why a Special Anti-gank Barge Fit?

Ganking miners is a common pastime of such entities as CODE and Goonswarm. While being perfectly acceptable gameplay in Eve Online, it can cause some emotional stress to the otherwise relaxed gaming style of the common miner.

It is important to remember that the high sec ganking of miners can never be completely eradicated unless CCP intervenes directly by changing the game rules. However, there are ways to reduce this by clever play-style and proper fitting of the mining vessel.

High sec ganking is mostly a numbers game, if you have a stronger tank and are more aware of your surroundings than the next player, you are less likely to become prey to the gankers, and that "next" player gets ganked instead. Reason being that it takes more effort to gank a stronger tank with more ISK lost in the attempt. As a general principle, a ship's EHP (effective hit points) is the most important factor when tanking against high sec ganking attempts. You are simply trying to survive until Concord gets there and a regenerating tank just doesn't have the time to be effective.

Keep in mind that should you annoy someone enough there is no tanking fit in the game that can protect you perfectly. Remember that gankers can gank entire freighters in 1.0 sec systems, so what chances does a small barge have in comparison.

The best mining ship to fly for tanking purposes is the Skiff, followed by the Procurer, after that comes the Mackinaw and then Retriever; however, I strongly urge you to use the Skiff or Procurer as they have a much greater tankability while still having decent mining yields. The fits I give are a mixture of tanking ability and mining efficiency. The Skiff and Procurer get much higher EHP for almost no difference in mining efficiency. The Mackinaw and Retriever have a much better ore hold to compensate. The Covetor and Hulk have the best ore yield per hour but rubbish tanking ability and should be avoided in high sec.

The Anti-gank Skiff Barge Fit

High slotMedium slotLow slotRigs

Strip miner x 2

Survey Scanner

2x Mining Laser Upgrade II

2x Medium Core Defense Field Extender I

 

2x Adaptive Invulnerability Field

Damage Control

 

 

EM Ward Amplifier

 

 

 

Thermic Dissipation Amplifier

 

 

With max skills, Tech 2 mods, and Tech 1 rigs this setup gives EHP of 86.6k and mines 2.9K m3 every cycle. You can increase the tank at the expense of mining rate by swapping out the mining laser upgrades for armor membranes and vice versa, although by having an EHP of 86k that's hardly needed.

The Skiff. A mining barge with a strong tanking ability.

The Skiff. A mining barge with a strong tanking ability.

An Anti-gank Procurer Fit

High slotMid slotLow slotRigs

Strip miner x 2

Survey Scanner

2x Mining Laser upgrades

3x Medium Core Defense Field Extenders

 

EM Ward Amplifier

 

 

 

Thermic Dissipation Amplifier

 

 

 

Adaptive Invulnerability Field II

 

 

With max skills and Tech 2 mods this setup gives EHP of 47.8k and mines 2.9k m3 every cycle. As with the Skiff you can increase the tank at the expense of mining rate by swapping out the mining laser upgrades for armor membranes and vice versa.

The Procurer. The Skiffs little brother.

The Procurer. The Skiffs little brother.

A Mid Tank Mackinaw Fit

High slotMid slotLow slotRigs

2x Strip miners

Survey Scanner

2x Mining Laser Upgrade

2x Medium Core Defense Field Extenders

 

Adaptive Invulnerability Field

Damage Control

 

 

Thermic Dissipation Amplifier

 

 

 

EM Ward Amplifier

 

 

With max skills and Tech 2 mods this setup gives EHP of 28.3k and mines 2.9k m3 every cycle. Like before you can increase the tank at the expense of mining rate by swapping out the mining laser upgrades for armor membranes.

The Mackinaw. A decent miner with some tank and a large ore hold.

The Mackinaw. A decent miner with some tank and a large ore hold.

A Mid Tank Retriever Fit

High slotMid slotLow slotRigs

2x Strip miners.

Invulnerability Field

Damage Control

3x Medium Core Defense Field Extenders

 

 

Mining Laser Upgrades

 

 

 

 

 

With max skills and Tech 2 mods, this setup gives EHP of 16.1k and mines 2.9 K m3 every cycle. Like before, you can increase the tank at the expense of mining rate by swapping out the mining laser upgrades for armor membranes. You should keep in mind that an EHP of 16.1K is barely enough to protect against a single destroyer ganker in the 0.5-0.7 security zones. This setup is better suited for 0.8 security and above.

The Retriever. It used to be an effective mining vessel but sadly no more.

The Retriever. It used to be an effective mining vessel but sadly no more.

Other Ways to Avoid Ganking

There are also other things you can do to reduce the chance of getting ganked. Following these four tips will reduce your ganking chances regardless of what fitting you have on your mining ship.

  • First of all, do not to leave your mining ship unattended in space (AFK). If you notice a few destroyers or a single battleship creeping up on you in a high sec belt, it's almost certainly a gank attempt and you should try to warp back to your station.
  • Secondly, if you try to mine in a system with small traffic, preferably a dead end system which is far from a trade hub, you are much less likely to get ganked. As I said before, most gankers will go for the first easy kill spot, which is usually close to a trade hub. Reason being that they need to get new ships and modules after each attempt which are most often conveniently located at the nearest trade hub.
  • Thirdly, you can add known ganking organizations to your contact lists. That way you can quickly see in the local chat channel if anyone from those groups is present in your system.
  • And finally, you should try to stay away from ore anomalies as they tend to attract the gankers attention.

© 2015 Jon Sigurdsson

Have your say!

Captain Jeanluke Picard on July 12, 2017:

hull tank a retriever to 25khp, hypnosis ecm midslot, 4 ecm drones 1 light combat- might survive a 6 man cheap fit catalyst gank fleet in .7 space . you can also hull tank a proc put on afterburner/tackle/web or some 4 ecms for catalysts to protect other miners and save the day

Vlad from Romania on April 28, 2017:

hulk! :D

Jon Sigurdsson (author) from Iceland on April 22, 2016:

Sure, but having named modules on your mining ship will make it a gank magnet.

MCWildcat on April 22, 2016:

The skiff can reach much higher ehp then that. Depending on your disposable isk, you can reach as high as 210k ehp and still have a strip miner 2