Returning vet after long (5+ years) absence: HAC/Cruiser du jour?

Title says it all - have returned to the game (but not forum warrioring yet!), and looking at getting back into cruiser solo pvp.

Assume that I know nothing or next to nothing about the current state of ships, as I’m fairly sure things have been changed almost beyond recognition since 2015…what cruiser sized hull would be good for soloing in low sec? Assume that I can fly and fit anything (except for the new stuff) :slight_smile:

Fittings would also be appreciated - thanks for your time!

o/ Bumble

My Raven was equipped with the following:

HIGH
06 x Cruise Missile Launcher I
01 x SMALL TRACTOR BEAM 1
01 x SALVAGER I

MEDIUM
04 x LARGE SHIELD EXTENDERS
01 x ‘HYPHNOS’ ECM
01 x MEDIUM SHIELD BOOSTER

LOW
01 x EMERGENCY DAMAGE CONTROL
01 x ARMOR KINETIC HARDENER I
01 x ARMOR THREMIC HARDENER I
02 x WARP CORE STABILIZER I

DRONES
02 x WARRIOR I DRONES
03 x HAMMERHEAD I DRONES

UPGRADES
01 x ROCKET FUEL CACHE PARTINTION I
01 x BAY LOADING ACCELERATOR I

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People like to blop you, so you need something that can keep its range, so you can moonwalk out.
Great cruisers are Stabbers (cheap), Orthrus, Omen Navi Issue. T3Cs are good but expensive.
The Kikimora is a super strong new ship and you should skill it.
Selflink kity BC can work (rail Brutix, drek)

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Ahaha yes indeed

The oldie fits are the best o7

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Great advice, thanks!

Why are you running shield and armour tank?

You’re sacrificed damage bonus modules to get dual tank.

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Basic Spiderfleet HAC.

Est. 853.2m
[Ikitursa, rr]
Reactive Armor Hardener
Entropic Radiation Sink II
Syndicate 1600mm Steel Plates
Coreli A-Type Adaptive Nano Plating
Corpum B-Type Energized Kinetic Membrane
Assault Damage Control II

Federation Navy 10MN Afterburner
50MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive
Caldari Navy Warp Scrambler
Thukker Medium Cap Battery

Heavy Entropic Disintegrator II
Coreli A-Type Small Remote Armor Repairer
Coreli A-Type Small Remote Armor Repairer
Coreli A-Type Small Remote Armor Repairer

Medium Trimark Armor Pump II
Medium Trimark Armor Pump II

Acolyte II x5
Infiltrator II x5

Occult M x500

Add T1 ammo for Rats, and maybe remove remote reps foe neuts. But have a play with the fit till you get what suits you.

Though word of warning the Trig HAC can get well into the 8bil mark depending on your fit, and easily handle T3TC one on one.

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Yip a well fitted Drek is a deadly beast.

Est. 473.7m
[Drekavac, Drekavac-Fleet]
Corpum C-Type Energized Explosive Membrane
800mm Steel Plates II
Damage Control II
Coreli A-Type Adaptive Nano Plating
Corpum C-Type Energized Kinetic Membrane
Reactive Armor Hardener
Coreli A-Type Adaptive Nano Plating

Cap Recharger II
50MN Microwarpdrive II
Cap Recharger II
Tracking Computer II

Armor Command Burst II
Information Command Burst II
Veles Heavy Entropic Disintegrator
Medium Energy Neutralizer II

Medium Thermal Armor Reinforcer II
Medium Command Processor I
Medium Trimark Armor Pump II

Hornet II x6
Light Hull Maintenance Bot I x1
Medium Armor Maintenance Bot II x3
Medium Shield Maintenance Bot II x1
Salvage Drone I x5
Acolyte II x5

Optimal Range Script x1
Tracking Speed Script x1
Tetryon Exotic Plasma M x1709
Armor Energizing Charge x492
Rapid Repair Charge x297
Sensor Optimization Charge x294
Electronic Hardening Charge x503
Meson Exotic Plasma M x1457
Occult M x457

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you are to young little padawan. just google the first phrase.

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Judging by recent Cruiser group KB stats, Osprey Navy Issue might be worth trying, if 80-200M is in your price range. I don’t have missile skills myself, but the fits that handle everything from frigates to HACs typically include RLML and Neuts in the highslots, Nanos and BCSs in the lows, and a mix of buffer and injected shield tank. You could probably first go with Caracal if you wanted a cheap approximation of the same experience.

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That is a clear, concise suggestion - thank you very much, in particular for the generalised fitting advice. Bumble appreciates it!