Is this an okay dragoon fit?

[Dragoon, DragoonDroneBoat]

Small I-a Enduring Armor Repairer
Drone Damage Amplifier I
Damage Control I
Drone Damage Amplifier I

5MN Microwarpdrive I
Cap Recharger I
Small F-RX Compact Capacitor Booster

Arbalest Compact Light Missile Launcher
Arbalest Compact Light Missile Launcher
Dual Modulated Light Energy Beam I
Dual Modulated Light Energy Beam I
Dual Modulated Light Energy Beam I

[Empty Rig slot]
[Empty Rig slot]
[Empty Rig slot]

Acolyte I x5
Acolyte I x5
Acolyte I x5

I’m looking to do lvl. 4 pve encounters with a battleship escort. Is this okay? I have a ~15m isk budget, so how could I make this as good as possible with the money I have?
Thanks! - Continuum

My suspicion is it will come down to how well your battleship escort can hold and maintain aggro of the rooms on themselves. If you’re taking any aggro from cruisers on up, or any aggro from the elite frigates, you’re likely to struggle regardless of your fit. Don’t be afraid to warp out.

Since a lot of the rooms are proximity-triggered, that means your battleship escort will need to take acceleration gates first into the rooms, and move further into the room first – or shoot the enemy npcs first to draw aggro first.

This piloting strategy implies you might need to hang back, and therefore might need increased range. For guns that indeed means beams (which you have) and long range crystal ammo. For drones, that means 1) increasing drone control range (don’t remember the module name off the top of my head) and maybe 2) increasing target lock range. But! I give you this advice as things to keep in the back of your mind as you iterate, not intending you to change fit. And don’t be afraid to iterate: try new things out, as you learn through experience.

Don’t get discouraged. When ships blow up, you’re converting your 15M ISK into valuable knowledge worth 15M ISK. Try and try again.

Yes it is.

  • switch the Microwarpdrive to an Afterburner. Your Battleship Escort will always need to fly in first and you will be a lot faster than him anyway, there is no need for an MWD on your ship in this scenario. An Afterburner gives you great advantages in Capacitor and Signature (you might want to orbit your Escort Battleship with running AB).

  • tank on shield, that ship has no armor bonus and a nice slot layout for just tanking passive. It will give you more buffer, more passive recharge than a small armor repper would repair and less cap drain than the armor variant. The benefit of armor fits to use ewar in the medslots is not useful for you, because ewar makes the NPCs aggro you a lot more often, and you don’t want that.

try this:
[Dragoon, DragoonDroneBoat]

IFFA Compact Damage Control
N-JM Compact Omnidirectional Tracking Enhancer
Drone Damage Amplifier I
Drone Damage Amplifier I

1MN Y-S8 Compact Afterburner
Medium F-S9 Regolith Compact Shield Extender
Compact Multispectrum Shield Hardener

Arbalest Compact Light Missile Launcher, Nova Light Missile
Arbalest Compact Light Missile Launcher, Nova Light Missile
Dual Modulated Light Energy Beam I, Standard S
Dual Modulated Light Energy Beam I, Standard S
Dual Modulated Light Energy Beam I, Standard S

Small Core Defense Field Extender I
Small Core Defense Field Extender I
Small EM Shield Reinforcer I

Acolyte I x5