Merlin

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Merlin
Merlin
Caldari State
Caldari State
ECM PRIORITY
LOW
Gravimetric
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LOW Priority Target

Refer to your best judgement or the FC instructions on jamming targets. The priority displayed here is meant only as a basic guideline for prioritizing targets on a theoretical level, actual field priority may differ depending on the circumstances.


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Merlin Class
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The Merlin is the most powerful combat frigate of the Caldari. Its role has evolved through the years, and while its defenses have always remained exceptionally strong for a Caldari vessel, its offensive capabilities have evolved from versatile, jack-of-all-trades attack patterns into focused and deadly gunfire tactics. The Merlin's primary aim is to have its turrets punch holes in opponents' hulls.

SHIP BONUSES

Caldari Frigate bonuses (per skill level):
5% bonus to Small Hybrid Turret damage
4% bonus to all shield resistances

Required Skills
Training Time what's this?
25m 0s
Estimated training time only for the listed skills based on zero implants and without neural remaps.
Grouping
▪ Role(s) unspecified
▪ Variations
Hawk
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Hawk
Hawk
Assault FrigatesMerlin Class
high slots5
(4/2)
middle slots5
low slots2
powergrid45 MW
cpu output190 tf
max. velocity273 m/sec
cargo capacity300 m³
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Harpy
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Harpy
Harpy
Assault FrigatesMerlin Class
high slots5
(1/4)
middle slots4
low slots3
powergrid50 MW
cpu output185 tf
max. velocity264 m/sec
cargo capacity165 m³
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Worm
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Worm
Worm
Pirate Faction ShipsMerlin Class
high slots3
(3/0)
middle slots4
low slots2
powergrid40 MW
cpu output160 tf
max. velocity320 m/sec
cargo capacity130 m³

Ship Attributes

Fittings
Powergrid
powergrid
40 MW
CPU
cpu output
180 tf
Capacitor
capacitor
350 GJ
High
high slots
3
Launchers
launcher slots
0
Turrets
turret slots
3
Medium
middle slots
4
Low
low slots
3
Rig
rigs
3
 
small
Calibration
calibration
400
Navigation
Max Velocity
max. velocity
310 m/sec
Inertia Modifier
inertia modifier (agility)
3.6
Warp Speed
inertia modifier (agility)
5 AU/s
Base Time to Warp
base time to warp
4.98 s
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Base Time to Warp is essentially the time needed for this ship to align and accelerate until it reaches 75% of its top speed and goes to warp. The time displayed here is the base calculated time with no account for any warp related skills, modules or any other effects.
Drones
No drone bay.
Targeting
Max Tgt. Range
max. targeting range
50.00 km
Max Locked Targets
max. locked targets
5
Gravimetric Sensor
Gravimetric sensor strength
11 points
Sig. Radius
ship signature radius
39 m
Scan Res.
scan resolution
580 mm
Structure
Structure Hitpoints
structure hitpoints
400 HP
Mass
ship mass
997,000 kg
Volume
ship volume
16,500 m³
Cargo Capacity
cargo capacity
150 m³
Shields
Shield Capacity
shields
500 HP
Shield Resistances
EM
shield electromagnetic resistance
0
THR
shield thermal resistance
20
KIN
shield kinetic resistance
40
EXP
shield explosive resistance
50
Armor
Armor Hitpoints
armor
350 HP
Armor Resistances
EM
shield electromagnetic resistance
50
THR
armor thermal resistance
45
KIN
armor kinetic resistance
25
EXP
armor explosive resistance
10


Summary

The changes brought to the Merlin in the Inferno release have made it one of the best (if not the best) Tech 1 frigates in the game, especially for running Level I combat missions. You may fit this ship to fulfil almost any need, whether it be a swift shield tanked tackler, a very tough shield tank, or an above-average damage dealer.

Skills

There is currently no additional information regarding recommended skills for specific or common roles of this ship. Feel free to edit this section if you have expertise in this area.

Fittings

For more info on fittings, please go here

Tactics

The Merlin is a powerful frigate in that it can be fit for either DPS or tackle, whilst maintaining a respectable tank for a T1 frigate (thanks to its shield resist bonus). A Merlin fit for DPS with Tech 2 Neutron Blasters firing Void can reach around 160 dps. Even with Ion Blasters and a fit more geared to tackling in a fleet, the Merlin can put out over 100 DPS with ease.

When flying a blaster Merlin, get in close. Your minuscule optimal ranges means you basically have to face hug your enemies. This can cause serious problems when fighting Kitey frigates or cruisers, especially since the Merlin isn't the fastest frigate out there. In these cases it's best to either run from the fight, or wait until an ally can web/scram down the enemy allowing you to catch up/warp to them.

Because Merlins are slow but tough, tackle Merlins usually serve as second tackle, applying a scram and web to hold a target still after faster frigates secure the initial point. Their significant DPS is a bonus in this role.

Notes

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