Smash and Grab

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Each epic mission arc is a special series of missions tied together in a dramatic story. These are often more difficult than standard missions of "equivalent" level, but have better narrative and often better rewards. The last mission in each arc gives a significant faction standing boost - with no derived standings changes to other factions - and may also award a valuable item. Each epic arc has at least one branch point where your decision of how to continue will affect both the story and your rewards.

The epic arcs can involve a lot of travel, but many of the missions can be accepted and/or completed remotely to reduce travel time. Epic arc missions do not expire, and each arc can be repeated every three months.

Epic Mission Arcs -- Sisters of EVE | Amarr | Caldari | Gallente | Minmatar | Angels | Guristas

Smash and Grab is the Guristas epic arc. Like all pirate epic arcs this too takes place in null security space.

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Overview

Smash and Grab features enemy NPCs mostly in frigats and some in destroyers and cruisers. rather than the large fleets of cruisers, battlecruisers, and battleships found in the empire arcs. The rewards for Smash and Grab are in line with most of the other epic arcs, often totaling several hundred million ISK, including a Gila BPC and Dread Guristas ECM Multispectral Jammer.

Though most players won't care about their standings with the Guristas, completing this arc can improve standing by several full points. While epic arc faction standing gain does not cause derived standing gains or losses to other factions some missions involve very small Gallente standing loss due to ship kills.

Preparations

Smash and Grab takes place in null security space, so pilots will want to plan accordingly and be ready to escape any unexpected PvP. As the epic arc might suggest, the Venal region is is controlled by the Guristas pirate faction, so pilots will be able to dock up in systems that have stations if the need arises. But keep in mind that the region has very few NPC stations. While operating in nullsec does mean that warp bubbles may be present, interceptors are a suggested ship for the arc, so they may not end up posing a threat. Pilots should, however, still be familiar with how bubbles work and how they affect both inbound and outbound warps.

Ships and fits

On paper, any of the following frigate-class ships will meet the mission restrictions:

An interceptor is the most popular choice due to its immunity to warp bubbles. Prior to the Rubicon expansion in 2014, many pilots preferred a cloak-fit destroyer, and ran this arc successfully with those fits. However, those setups placed a much greater demand on the pilot, and were inherently riskier to fly. It can still be done, but it is not recommended.

Many of the NPCs hit hard and move fast, so ships will need a decent tank, good propulsion, and most likely a web -- the last item is especially important if you're flying a close-range setup such as hybrid blasters.


Pirate arc runner brawler
Taranis: Pirate arc runner brawler
EFT
[Taranis, Pirate arc runner brawler]
Light Ion Blaster II
Light Ion Blaster II
Light Ion Blaster II

1MN Afterburner II
Stasis Webifier II

Small Ancillary Armor Repairer
Magnetic Field Stabilizer II
Damage Control II

Small Hybrid Burst Aerator I
Small Hybrid Collision Accelerator I


Hobgoblin II x2

Void S x1

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FITTING DIFFICULTY
EVE VERSION
CITA 118.5
ALPHA CAN USE
UNSET
EFT
FLEET-UP
SKILLS
NOTES
RECOMMENDED SKILLS
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Pirate arc runner kiter
Crow: Pirate arc runner kiter
EFT
[Crow, Pirate arc runner kiter]
Light Missile Launcher II
Light Missile Launcher II
Light Missile Launcher II
Light Missile Launcher II

1MN Afterburner II
Target Painter I
Medium F-S9 Regolith Compact Shield Extender

Damage Control II
Micro Auxiliary Power Core II

Small Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
Small Ionic Field Projector I



Scourge Fury Light Missile

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FITTING DIFFICULTY
EVE VERSION
CITA 118.5
ALPHA CAN USE
UNSET
EFT
FLEET-UP
SKILLS
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RECOMMENDED SKILLS
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Epic arc Claw
Claw: Epic arc Claw
EFT
[Claw, Epic arc Claw]
200mm AutoCannon II, Phased Plasma S
200mm AutoCannon II, Phased Plasma S
200mm AutoCannon II, Phased Plasma S
'Malkuth' Rocket Launcher I, Scourge Rocket

Stasis Webifier II
1MN Afterburner II

Small Ancillary Armor Repairer
Adaptive Nano Plating II
Gyrostabilizer II
Tracking Enhancer II

Small Projectile Collision Accelerator I
Small Projectile Burst Aerator I



Phased Plasma S x1
Scourge Rocket x1

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FITTING DIFFICULTY
EVE VERSION
20161114
ALPHA CAN USE
NO
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FLEET-UP
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RECOMMENDED SKILLS
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  • The adaptive nano plating can be raplaced with energized variant if some of the other modules are downgraded to meta. But even with this tank you can survive if you are careful and skilled.


Regardless of the chosen ship and fitting, pilots should carry modules for travel and combat:

  • Nanite Repair Paste or Cap Booster chargers (if the fit requires them)
  • Nanofibers
  • Warp Core Stabilizers
  • Damage modifiers (Ballistic Controls, Magnetic Field Stabilizers, etc.)
  • Warp Disruptor/Scrambler

Mobile depot is required to refit due to low number of stations.

For some missions pilots may feel the need to swap out agility for tank, or vice versa. While traveling home with loot, warp stabilizers may provide some peace of mind. For pilots who are supremely confident in their piloting skills and don't mind the risk, there are fights to be had in Venal, so those pilots may wish to bring a warp scrambler/disruptor. However, PVP is strongly discouraged during this arc. Losing a mission item will result in failure, and pilots must wait three months to start the arc over again.

General Tactics

  • Think of this like a PVP mission with some PVE sprinkled in. The big difference here is that you're not going to be PVP'ing head-on -- you're going to be PVP'ing by out-piloting, outsmarting, and avoiding your enemies.
  • Periodically check your star map for ship kills, pod kills, and jumps in the last hour. Compare these systems against your mission route to see if you can avoid those systems, or wait until the action has subsided.
  • Keep an eye on local, but never speak. You don't want to give away the fact that you're active.
  • The D-scan button is hotkeyed these days, so there's no excuse not to mash it constantly. Do a 360 scan every few seconds while running your missions. Look for combat scanner probes first and foremost (this is the only way pirates can find you inside a mission's deadspace pocket), but also keep an eye out for other ships so you know who's active in the system. You'll see lots of assault frigates and interceptors flown by other missioners and those hunting them.
  • Some missions include waves of frigates and destroyers that can be quite punishing. Don't be afraid to cherry pick a few, dock up, repair, rinse, and repeat.
  • Once you accept a mission you should minimize the agent conversation window instead of closing it. This way, once your objectives are complete the window will pop back up, giving you a clear indication that your work is done.

Starter Agents

Pick any one of these agents below. Those running this arc should be well versed in the mechanics of effective standing already so all you need is 3.0 effective standing with the stating agent, the agent's corporation or the agent's faction. You will also need to have over -2.00 standing with the agent, agent's corporation and agent's faction.

All these agents will lead you directly to the first chapter.

Arment Caute

  • Federal Intelligence Office - Gallente Federation
  • Mission name: Enemy of my Enemy
  • Location: Orvolle System (Beacon in space: Arment Caute's Lachesis)
  • Mission type: Report to given agent.

Atma Aulato

  • Ytiri - Caldari State
  • Mission name: Turning Coat
  • Location: Obe System (Beacon in space: Atma Aulato's [shiptype])
  • Mission type: Report to given agent.


Yada Vinjivas

  • Guristas - Guristas
  • Mission name: Recruitment Drive
  • Location: Taisy System (Beacon in space: Yada Vinjivas's [shiptype])
  • Mission type: Report to given agent.

Chapter 1: Probation

Probation is the first chapter of Guristas epic arc. You will be doing missions for Kori Latamaki in H-PA29 IV - Moon 2 - Guristas Assembly Plant.

Chapter 2: For Fun and Profit

For Fun and Profit is the second chapter of Guristas epic arc. You will be doing missions for Cilis Leglise in 6NJ8-V VII - Moon 2 - Guristas Logistic Support. Near the end of this chapter in mission seven you will receive one Dread Guristas ECM Multispectral Jammer. In the last mission you will also choose between two paths for the third chapter.

Chapter 3: Internal Security

Internal Security is the third and last chapter of Guristas epic arc. This chapter has two parallel paths. You will either do mission to Irichi Tsunikabda in PF-QHK VII - Moon 6 - Guristas Logistic Support or to Cilis Leglise in 6NJ8-V VII - Moon 2 - Guristas Logistic Support. Both paths will give the same one run Gila blueprint copy and Guristas Pirates faction standing bonus.


Rewards

At the end of Mission 7 you should have a nice reward:

  • Reward: 1 Dread Guristas ECM Multispectral Jammer


At the end of Mission 11b or 12a you should have your final mission reward:

  • Reward: 1 one run Gila blueprint copy + Guristas Pirates faction standing

Each mission will also give Guristas corporation standings.


Be careful getting your loot out. It was a lot of work to get through all this and it would be a pity to lose your =rewards on your way back to highsec.

External Links/Guides

Complete Guide on EVE Files

EVE-Survival

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