Looting frigate escape bays?

I was wondering if it is possible (or intended to be possible) to retrieve a frigate from a Battleship’s Frigate Escape Bay after said Battleship has blown up? I made a BS go boom and to my surprise, the KM indicated the Astero in the FEB survived the encounter. I could not find it in (or next to) the wreckage though.

On a sidenote, I was lucky the pilot did not actually use it as a countermeasure… as a PVP fitted Astero would have made mince meat of my flimsy Stealth Bomber. :sweat_smile:

Probably used it to escape

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an instawarp astero is a standard fit for frigate escape bay

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Hmmm, maybe there is a reason why it’s called the frigate escape bay and not the frigate loot drop bay. :slight_smile:

For real though, the battleship pilot will be put in the frigate when the BS pops.

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To expand on this: the frigate in the Frigate Escape Bay literally cannot be destroyed by blowing the hosting ship - instead of ejecting the pilot into a pod, they are ejected into the frigate in the FEB and thus can either continue combat or warp off.

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Thank you, this was the answer I was looking for!

Off course I would have liked to loot an Astero, but frankly I was just confused how the mechanic actually worked since the KM shows the frigate as a “green” drop.

I returned to the game after a long hiatus so I’m not exactly up to date in all new mechanics. I did find the article announcing the change (https://www.eveonline.com/article/q6087d/frigate-escape-bay-is-coming) after I asked.

Is it also possible to board the frigate before the ship is destroyed? Is it possible (in the case you succeed in fighting off the attacker) to dock it back in the BS again?

The pilot will automatically be jettisoned into the frigate if the BS is destroyed, so you can’t snake it, only kill it. Now, it is possible that you might be able to get the battleship. I sometimes see dudes jettison before their ship is destroyed. I don’t know if they’re trying to ensure their escape or what, but if you do see someone jettison early, try to stop firing (the real challenge is trying to get every asshole in your fleet to stop firing). Anyway, this is certainly a rare thing to see, but you seem curious about stealing ships, so I thought I would mention it.

I am! Why blow up a perfectly good ship if you can also steal it? I have good memories of our little crew “motivating” T3 pilots to leave their vessel in order to prevent skill point loss :laughing:


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