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Leadership skills for forming fleets, although not essential, are important. They allow players to confer bonuses on fellow fleet members, simply by being in the same fleet as them. Joining a fleet does not require any skills, and it is also important to note that being a squad, wing or fleet commander does not need any skills either. However, having the relevant skill for the position confers fleet bonuses onto the people beneath your command in the fleet structure.
---Fleet Commander (FC) | |----Wing Commander (WC)(up to 5) | | | |----Squad Commander (SC) (up to 5) | | | | | |--Squad Members (9 + SC) | | | |----Additional Squads | |----Additional Wings
Note that Squad Commander counts for the membership of his squad, but the wing commander and fleet commander do not count toward any squad. This means that the maximum fleet size is 256 pilots.
Also in the fleet structure, but not shown here, is the Boss. The Boss has all the abilities and command tools of the Fleet Commander, but may be any member of the fleet. By default, the FC is the Boss, but the FC may assign any other fleet member to be the Boss. You might want this if, for example, you are commanding the fleet but you do not have the Fleet Command skill. In order to use fleet bonuses, you could promote someone who does have the Fleet Command skill to be the FC, whilst you retain the Boss role, and overall command.
I have used the term "fleet bonus" so far, however a better phrase would be simply "bonus", since there are different levels of bonuses for the different levels in the command structure. EVE uses the terms "fleet bonuses" (and "fleet boosters") which can be confusing.
Leadership skills may be divded into two different types: those that generate bonuses, and those that permit these bonuses to be passed on to other fleet members.
There are 3 leadership skills that enable you to pass on bonuses to other members of your fleet. Again it is worth noting that you do not need these skills to hold these positions. However, if you intend to fleet a lot, and command fleets, then it is worth training these skills. Leadership is only a Rank 1 skill and does not take very long.
- As a fleet commander, this skill allows you to pass on bonuses to wing commanders below you, to a maximum of one wing per level of the skill (5 in total). This skill requires Wing Command trained to 5.
- As a wing commander, this skill allows you to pass on bonuses to squad commanders below you, to a maximum of one squad per level of the skill (5 in total). This skill requires Leadership trained to 5.
- As a squad commander, this skill allows you to pass on bonuses to squad members below you, to a maximum of two members per level of the skill (10 in total).
If you take up the FC, WC or SC positions without having the relevant skill, you will 'block' any skills passed on from a superior commander. To explain further:
- If you have the Leadership skill (and are SC of a squad that is a size you can pass bonuses on to) then you will pass bonuses from the squad booster and bonuses from the wing commander onto your squad members.
- If you are an unskilled SC, then your squad members will not receive any bonuses whatsoever.
- If you have the WC skill (and are WC of a wing with as many squads as you can pass bonuses on to) then you will pass bonuses from the wing booster and bonuses from the fleet commander onto your squad commanders.
- If you are an unskilled WC, then you will not pass on the bonus from the wing or the fleet booster, however your SCs, if they are skilled themselves, can still pass on their own bonuses.
- If you have the FC skill (and are FC of a fleet with as many wings as you can pass bonuses on to) then you pass bonuses from the fleet booster to all wing commanders.
- If you are an unskilled FC, then nobody in the fleet receives bonuses from the fleet booster, however the WCs and SCs may still pass on their own bonuses.
Note that bonuses only affect the players at the level at which they are generated or lower. FCs get no benefit from wing or squad boosters, for example. In addition, there is no partial passing-on of bonuses, e.g. if you have 7 pilots in your squad, you need at least Leadership 4 to pass on any bonuses - if you have Leadership 3, then none of your squad will receive bonuses.
The bonuses themselves are generated by the Squad/Wing/Fleet Booster, a position in the fleet that by default is assigned to each Squad/Wing/Fleet commander. However the commanders may assign their booster position to any other member below them in the fleet structure.
There are 6 booster skills that affect how much bonus you confer as a booster. Bonuses affect fleet members in space within the same solar system. If your SC/WC/FC is docked up, they cannot pass on (or provide) any bonuses. There is no distance limitation of the bonuses, so long as you are in the same system.
- Grants a 2% bonus to fleet members' targeting speed per skill level.
- (Since this skill also passes bonuses on to your squad, as explained above, if you are a skilled SC your squad always gets this bonus regardless of the state of the rest of the fleet.)
- Grants a 2% bonus to fleet members' armor hit points per skill level.
- Grants a 2% bonus to fleet members' targeting range per skill level.
- Grants a 2% bonus to fleet members' shield capacity per skill level.
- Grants a 2% bonus to fleet members' agility per skill level.
- Grants a 2% bonus to fleet members' mining yield per level.
- (For some strange reason, PvP pilots often forget to train this essential skill.)
These bonuses do not stack if more than one person is boosting them, however the highest will be used, possibly combining from different boosters to give the best overall effect. For instance, if your squad booster has 5/4/3/3 (read about the syntax here) and your fleet booster has 4/4/4/4, then these bonuses will combine and you will receive the highest of each bonus, i.e. 5/4/4/4.
This is the other type of fleet booster. All these modules will only provide a benefit if you are a booster in a fleet, and they act in the same way as the booster skills (e.g. they don't stack, they require proper skilled fleet structure, etc). If you are not in a fleet, or are not a booster, then they are useless.
The skills required to use these modules have the relevant fleet boosting skill trained to level 5 as a prerequisite. For example, to use an armored warfare link module requires at least level 1 in Armored Warfare Specialist, which in turn requires level 5 in Armored Warfare.
For convenience, the Tech 1 module's boosts are given below. Tech 2 modules also exists and will generally multiply the Tech 1 boosts by 1.25. Go to the Warfare_links guide for a detailed review of how these modules function.
- Allows the use of armored warfare links and increases the effectiveness these modules.
Armored Warfare Link - Damage Control - reduces the capacitor need of armor repairers and remote armor repairers by 2% per level.
Armored Warfare Link - Passive Defense - increases the fleet's armor resistances by 2% per level. This is a very useful module for armor fleets.
Armored Warfare Link - Rapid Repair - increases the speed (i.e. reduces the duration) of armor repairers and remote armor repairers by 2% per level.
- Allows the use of information warfare links and increases the effectiveness these modules.
Information Warfare Link - Electronic Superiority - increases the strength of electronic warfare modules. For each level, increases ECM jam strength by 2%, sensor dampener targeting range and scan resolution penalty by 1.2%, tracking disruptor optimal and falloff penalty by 1.2%, and target painter signature bonus by 2%.
Information Warfare Link - Recon Operation - increases the optimal range of electronic warfare modules by 2% per level.
Information Warfare Link - Sensor Integrity - increases the sensor strengths of all ships in the fleet by 3% per level.
- Allows the use of mining foreman links and increases the effectiveness these modules.
Mining Foreman Link - Harvester Capacitor Efficiency - reduces the capacitor need of mining lasers and gas & ice harvesters by 2% per level.
Mining Foreman Link - Laser Optimization - reduces the duration of mining lasers and gas & ice harvesters by 2% per level.
Mining Foreman Link - Mining Laser Field Enhancement - increases the optimal range of mining lasers and gas & ice harvesters by 4.5% per level.
- Allows the use of siege warfare links and increases the effectiveness these modules.
Siege Warfare Link - Active Shielding - increases the speed (i.e. reduces the duration) of shield boosters and shield transporters by 2% per level.
Siege Warfare Link - Shield Efficiency - reduces the capacitor need of shield boosters and shield transporters by 2% per level.
Siege Warfare Link - Shield Harmonizing - increases the fleet's shield resistances by 2% per level. As for its armor counterpart, this is a very useful module for shield fleets.
- Allows the use of skirmish warfare links and increases the effectiveness these modules.
Skirmish Warfare Link - Evasive Maneuvers - reduces the signature radius of the fleet's ships by 2% per level.
Skirmish Warfare Link - Interdiction Maneuvers - increases the optimal range of propulsion jamming modules by 3% per level.
Skirmish Warfare Link - Rapid Deployment - increases the speed of afterburner and microwarpdrive modules by 2% per level.
The final skill to cover in the Leadership section is Warfare Link Specialist, which increases the effectiveness of all warfare link and mining foreman modules by 10% per level. Note that it does affect the mining modules as well, despite its name. This skill is also a prerequisite for flying Command Ships. As an example, assume you have trained the Skirmish Warfare Specialist skill to IV, the Warfare Link Specialist skill to III, and are flying a ship equiped with the Rapid Deployment module. You'll therefore get a speed boost to afterburners and microwarpdrives of (4*2%)*(1+3*0.1) = 10.4%. Refer to the Warfare_links guide for details on how these modules, skills and the mindlink bonuses interact.
- Fleet Doctrine for the Ivy League Navy
- How to Properly Form a Fleet
- Fleet Formation and Intel
- Fleet Terminology