NPC damage types
There are four different damage types in EVE:
- Electromagnetic (EM)
All weapons in EVE do at least one (often two) of these damage types, and every ship has different resistances against each. Understanding damage types helps you to survive longer and deal more damage to enemy ships:
- If you know that your enemy uses weapons which deal a particular damage type, you can fit modules to your ship to increase your resistance to that damage type, making your enemy's weapons less effective against you.
- Conversely, if you know that your enemy's ship has a low resistance to a particular damage type, you can use weapons which deal that specific damage type, making them more effective.
|Native resistance||Weapon damage|
|EM||- -||+ +||Yes (60%)||Yes||Yes (Amarr)||Yes|
|Thermal||-||+||Yes (40%)||Yes (40%)||Yes||Yes (60%)||Yes (Gallente)||Yes|
|Kinetic||+||-||Yes (60%)||Yes||Yes (Caldari)||Yes|
|Explosive||+ +||- -||Yes||Yes (40%)||Yes (Minmatar)||Yes|
Some points to note:
- "Native resistance" is a tech 1 ship's resistance to damage before any modules or rigs are fitted. For instance, without any modules or rigs, shields are most susceptible to EM damage and most resistant to explosive damage. However, keep in mind that it's possible (with the right modules) to compensate for a ship's weaknesses; and tech 2 ships follow their own patterns of native resistance.
- Thermal damage is not to be confused with heat damage, which is caused by overloading modules.
- Energy turrets (often called "lasers") do about 60% EM and 40% thermal damage. The exact proportions depend on the frequency crystals used.
- Hybrid weapons do about 60% kinetic and 40% thermal damage. The exact proportions depend on the ammunition type used.
- Each type of projectile weapon ammunition does two (sometimes three) different damage types (one of which is always kinetic).
- Entropic Disintegrators deal about 60% thermal and 40% explosive damage. The exact proportions depend on the plasma charge used.
- Drones from each of the four factions do one damage type each, but they have slightly different stats (for example, Caldari drones (kinetic) do less damage than Gallente drones (thermal), but are slightly faster).
- Each missile type comes in four variants, each doing one damage type. The variant have otherwise identical stats, although some missile-using ships have bonuses to one damage type (notably, many Caldari ships have a bonus to kinetic missile damage).
- The more "exotic" weapons in EVE (such as smartbombs, bombs, and doomsday weapons) have variants for each damage type, which are generally otherwise equivalent.
NPC damage types
Just like player ships, NPCs have different resistances for different damage types. However, NPCs tend to ignore the native resistance conventions of shields and armor, and in stead have damage resistances which are specific to their faction. If you are running missions or ratting, it is helpful to know towards which damage the NPCs are weak and what damage they deal. This way you can can fit your ship accordingly and maximise your effectiveness against your chosen targets. You can see the resistances and damage types dealt in the attribute tab of an NPC if you open its info window.
In general, all NPCs from a certain faction have similar damage profiles, making them much more predictable than player ships. Additionally, each faction only uses particular types of electronic warfare; this is also noted in the table below. Ship fitting tools like PYFA can simulate combat against rats of different factions, giving you even more fine-grained control over your fit. Please note that a few special NPCs don't follow the pattern of their faction.
|Faction||Damage to deal||Damage to resist||Electronic Warfare|
|Angel Cartel||Explosive / Kinetic||Explosive (62%) / Kinetic (22%)||Target Painters|
|Blood Raiders||EM / Thermal||EM (50%) / Thermal (48%)||NOS/Neut, Tracking Disruptor|
|Guristas Pirates||Kinetic / Thermal||Kinetic (79%) / Thermal (18%)||ECM|
|Mordu's Legion||Kinetic / EM ||Kinetic (70%) / Thermal (30%)|
|Rogue Drones||EM/Thermal||(varies) |
(missions / anomalies)
|EM / Thermal||EM (53%) / Thermal (47%)||Tracking Disruptor|
|Serpentis||Kinetic / Thermal||Thermal (55%) / Kinetic (45%)||Sensor Dampener|
|CONCORD ||Kinetic / Thermal||(Omni) |
|Equilibrium of Mankind||Kinetic||Kinetic (74%) / Thermal (26%)|
|Khanid Kingdom||EM / Thermal||Thermal / EM|
|Mercenaries||Kinetic / Thermal||Kinetic / Thermal|
|Sleepers||(Omni) ||(Omni) ||(all)|
|(Omni) ||(Omni) ||(all)|
|Explosive / Thermal ||Thermal (60%) / Explosive (40%)||(all except ECM)|
|Explosive / Thermal||(Omni) ||(all except ECM)|
|Amarr Empire||EM / Thermal||EM (47%) / Thermal (42%)||NOS/Neut, Tracking Disruptor|
|Caldari State||Kinetic / Thermal||Kinetic (51%) / Thermal (48%)||ECM|
|Gallente Federation||Kinetic / Thermal||Kinetic (60%) / Thermal (39%)||Sensor Dampener|
|Minmatar Republic||Explosive / Kinetic||Explosive (50%) / Kinetic (31%)||Target Painter|
- ^ Kinetic damage is best, EM and thermal are both ~75% as effective as kinetic but EM is better against shields and Mordu's ships have active shields so it is better overall. EMP is best projectiles to use.
- ^ Rogue Drones have a tendency to vary wildly in what damage type they deal and are vulnerable to. Low-level missions seem to lean towards EM/Thermal while high-level missions lean towards Explosive/Kinetic. Consult mission reports about the specific mission or exploration site before undocking.
- ^ This refers to CONCORD enemies found in certain missions (particularly in low- and null-sec). CONCORD ships patrolling high-sec are invincible, so the damage types they do is not relevant.
- ^ a b c d e f "(Omni)" means that the ships do all damage types equally, or are equally vulnerable to all damage types.
- ^ Em/Th approx 75% as effective as kinetic. Explosive around 60% compared to kinetic. EMP the best projectile ammo
- ^ Unless in an Electrical or Exotic filament, in which case use EM or Kinetic respectively
|A long, long time ago...|
June 2019 release: "An 'Attributes' tab has been added to the show info window for NPCs. This tab will list their damage resistances as well as showing what damage types they deal."