Haulers/Makers: is the Hoarder in a good place?

Might be the wrong category but here goes.

I’m currently living out of a Wreathe (#vanlife) and one of the things I noticed when I was planning was how poorly the Hoarder compared to the options that were available. Poor slot layout, poor tank, and slow, its saving grace was the enormous ammo bay. Useless to me, but I decided to look it up on zkillboard, and the Hoarder accounts for <1% of industrial losses in the last 7 days. Many industrials have more losses by an order of magnitude, so I considered that moving ammo was just not that popular an activity. But then, why a ship dedicated to moving ammo? You can fit a lot of charges in a standard cargo bay. There are other ships with special cargo bays that are much more popular (in terms of losses). Is that simply because those commodities are more frequently moved?

Kinda curious what others think about this ship. If nothing else, it looks cool.

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Years ago before the special cargo bays were added to certain mid size Industrial ships, Gallente had like 5 different standard Industrial ships whereas Minmatar had 3 and the other 2 major Factions, Amarr and Caldari, only had 2 standard Industrial ships.

These are the ships that were changed to have specific cargo bays.

  • Minmatar Hoarder = munitions cargo bay.
  • Gallente Kyros = minerals cargo bay.
  • Gallente Miasmos = asteroid ore, ice and gas cargo bay.
  • Gallente Epithal = planetary commodities cargo bay.

I don’t know why CCP decided to change the Minmatar Hoarder when Gallente clearly had plenty of Industrial ships available. In my opinion CCP basically made the Hoarder obsolete. Maybe they thought there would be massive battles needing supply lines filled with untold amounts of Hoarders carrying munitions to the front lines.

Anyway, before that change I actually used my Hoarder a lot. It had a fairly decent defensive tank on it and could carry a lot, especially when it’s cargohold was filled with Giant Secure Containers.

After that change I quickly skilled into Blockade Runners and Deep Space Transports. Most of the time now I just use a Prowler Blockade Runner, especially for moving valuable loot. However anytime I have really large quantities of regular basic loot, Ores, Minerals, etc to transport, I’ll use a Mastodon Deep Space Transport.