Guristas Pirates

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The Guristas Pirates are one of the four major criminal cartels in New Eden. They were formed by two former members of the Caldari Navy, Fatal and The Rabbit, and are a constant thorn in the side of the Caldari State.

The Guristas are traditional pirates in the sense that their operation is not rooted in ideology, but rather in plain and simple greed. They have bases close to Caldari space from which they embark on daring raids, often into the State itself. Though the Guristas are considered more honorable than many of their counterparts, they are still extremely dangerous and not to be taken lightly.


Founded by the charismatic Fatal and technologically-minded Rabbit, the Guristas are a professional and highly-organized outfit operating out of their home region, Venal. Unlike other rogue factions, the Guristas focus primarily on old-fashioned piracy, although they're not afraid of making surgical strikes deep into Caldari space if they think doing so will achieve something worthwhile.

The Guristas control a notable share of the “grey market” smuggling of competing products into megacorporate enclaves in the Caldari State. They also run one of the largest illegal currency exchanges of Caldari corporate scrip.

Guristas in PvE

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Guristas rats are a common sight in Caldari State space and regions north of it. In these areas, Guristas rats can be found on asteroid belts and combat sites. Guristas are also present in many missions.

Guristas rats deal kinetic and thermal damage, with emphasis on kinetic damage. Their battleships deal almost completely kinetic damage. Their defenses are weakest against kinetic damage, followed by thermal damage. They are largely shield-tanked, and actively recharge shields.

The EWAR of choice for Guristas is ECM. This can make it very annoying to fight against Guristas rats, as they can break your target locks. To counter this, you can consider fitting your ship with a sensor booster loaded with an ECCM script, and/or targeting jamming ships first. Ships using drones as a primary weapon system are also less affected, as the drones will keep on fighting even if the ship is unable to target anything, and can be set to aggressive behavior.

Faction Ships

The Guristas have a full line of faction ships available for capsuleers. The Guristas ships use a small number of highly bonused drones, together with kinetic and thermal missiles. In addition to offensive bonuses, the Guristas ships also have bonuses to all shield resists which let them mount powerful active or passive shield tanks. These qualities have made the Worm, Gila, and Rattlesnake very popular ships for efficient PvE combat. The Worm and Gila also see use in Abyssal Deadspace.

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