Question about Raging/L4 Abyssal fit

[Ishtar, T2 Abyssal]
Armor Explosive Hardener II
Assault Damage Control II
Drone Damage Amplifier II
Drone Damage Amplifier II
Medium Armor Repairer II
Medium Armor Repairer II

10MN Afterburner II
Republic Fleet Large Cap Battery
Medium Electrochemical Capacitor Booster I, Navy Cap Booster 800
Omnidirectional Tracking Link II, Tracking Speed Script

Small Focused Beam Laser II, Aurora S
Small Focused Beam Laser II, Aurora S
Small Focused Beam Laser II, Aurora S
Small Focused Beam Laser II, Aurora S

This is what I’ve been using to run Level 1-3 Abyssals. Fit is recommended here:

Second DDA is replaced by another hardener for L3+. Would a reactive armor hardener be more helpful? Creator claims he runs 4’s in this, but I wanted to check before getting my Ishtar popped. Thing is, a few level 3’s gave me a run for my money, at least in terms of timer. I had just 2-3 mins remaining on a few of these runs and I’m concerned by a sudden spike in level 4 difficulty. Thx.

p.s. while I can run the Gila if I want to, I’m trying to make the Ishtar work.

There is a significant difficulty gap between T3 and T4. Go test on SiSi first, I would recommend.

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thanks. i think that’s my best bet.

Can you still test Abyssal fits on SiSi? I thought CCP removed the filaments that allowed you to access the abyss from SiSi.

dunno i guess i’ll find out when i try it tonight. if not, then i’ll sacrifice one Ishtar for science. I’ve already made that money after 2 days of L3’s.

Looks like they have been removed.

You can get them the usual way, or ask other players to sell some.

Just noticed that. Nice!

Quick update. I did a Raging Electrical for science. No problems with timer, but in the third room i got greeted by 5 BS’s, 2 of which were Striking Leshaks. Had to overheat everything, burned out my hardeners. made it 20% into hull; the ADC and Praetor II’s saved my ass. I had good transversals.

Definitely the scariest PVE encounter I’ve ever had. Loot was complete garbage, but I guess it was fun. This build definitely can’t touch L5’s. I would say use drugs and implants for L4’s (I don’t use any…yet).

I would recommend replace AB with web (T2 or better), cap booster with a medium cap battery.
Also, use optimal range script instead of tracking speed and always have a set of Navy Wasps in your drone bay.
Reactive armor hardener may work, but I use a nano membrane.

Hope this helps.

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