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Logistics refers to ships and modules that provide remote support to other ships. In real life, the term "logistics" is typically used to describe the coordination of military troops and supplies, and EVE University has a Logistics Division that serves this role. But in the EVE client, Logistics decribes remote assistance, and particularly:

  • Remote Shield Boosting
  • Remote Armor Repair
  • Remote Hull Repair
  • Remote Capacitor Transfer
  • Remote Tracking Support
  • Remote Sensor Boosting

One other type of on-grid remote boost module, the Command Burst, is not typically considered logistics and will not be described here. This guide summarizes the common mechanics of logistics modules; explains the differences between remote shield, armor, and hull repair in detail; and compares ships that are bonused for logistics.

Visual effects for the different types of logistics modules are shown on the Identifying Visual Effects page.

Contents

Logistics Modules and Mechanics

Remote Repair: Comparing Shield, Armor, and Hull

Most commonly, fleet logistics is about remote repair. "Local" repair—in which a ship repairs itself—is not considered "logistics" in EVE. Instead, logistics ships specialize in repairing other ships. In this way, logistics ships in EVE are similar to the "healer" character classes you find in many other online multiplayer games; logistics pilots usually assist their fleetmates by restoring their hitpoints (HP), during battle. Remote repair can be used to restore HP to a ship's shield, armor, or hull, via three types of high-slot, remote repair modules: Remote Shield Boosters, Remote Armor Repairers, and Remote Hull Repairers. (Technically speaking, shields are "boosted" rather than "repaired", but for the purpose of this Guide, shield boosters have been classified as repair modules.) These three types of remote repair modules have some important differences. The chart below illustrates these differences for medium-sized, Tech I modules of each type:

Remote Repair Modules
Item CPU
(tf)
Powergrid
(MW)
Cycle
Time
(sec)
Repair
Amount
(HP)
Repair
Rate
(HP/sec)
Activation
Cost
(GJ)
Cap
Demand
(GJ/sec)
Optimal
Range
Falloff Rep
Applied
At
Icon shield transporter i.png Medium Remote Shield Booster I 50 52 8 260 32.5 232 29.0 5.00 km 7.50 km beginning
of cycle
Fitted to a MinmatarScythe*
(Tech I shield logistics cruiser)
390 48.8 158 19.7 26.5 km 39.8 km
Icon remote armor repair i.png Medium Remote Armor Repairer I 20 120 6 196 32.7 155 25.8 8.75 km 2.50 km end
of cycle
Fitted to an GallenteExequror*
(Tech I armor logistics cruiser)
294 49.0 105 17.6 46.4 km 13.3 km
Icon remote hull repair i.png Medium Remote Hull Repairer I 68 115 6 96 16.0 244 40.7 8.75 km 5.00 km end
of cycle

Skills: Racial Cruiser IV, Icon skillbook2.png Shield Emission Systems III, Icon skillbook2.png Remote Armor Repair Systems III.

As the table above shows, fitting remote repair modules to bonused logistics ships makes them work much better, and pilot skills affect these numbers as well. In addition, there are meta versions of these modules with improved range ("Scoped"), CPU and powergrid requirements ("Compact"), or capacitor usage ("Enduring"). So, the specific values in this table are not so important. Nevertheless, the chart does illustrate some of the most important differences between remote shield, armor, and hull repair modules:

  • The icons for remote repair modules look like those of local repair modules, and armor and hull repairers look alike. Make sure you select the module you want! Most remote assistance modules are distinguished from local modules by a double arrow on the icon. The icons for remote armor and hull repairers show welding helmets with different colors: gold for armor, and silver for hull. If you find the symbols confusing, the names are much clearer, so you can mouse over the module icon to make sure you have the right kind.
  • Remote hull repairers are inferior to remote armor repairers and shield boosters, so remote hull repairers are never used in combat. Remote hull repairers require a great deal of CPU, powergrid and capacitor, and repair less HP than other repair modules. Unlike the other two remote repair types, there are no ships in EVE that are bonused for hull repair. As a result, remote hull repairers are not generally used in fleets, even for compositions focused on hull tanking. Remote hull repair is a convenient alternative to paying for hull repairs in station, however, and so these modules are used outside of combat.
  • Overall, remote shield boosters and armor repairers restore HP at the same rate. Neither of these repair modes is inherently better than the other. They do have differences, however, that make each one preferable under certain circumstances.
  • Remote armor repairers require less capacitor than remote shield boosters. Not only do armor repairers require less capacitor per cycle, they are also more cap efficient (requiring less cap per time) relative to shield boosters. This means that armor-repairing ships have more cap room for other active modules, and are less sensitive to enemy neutralizers and Nosferatus, than shield-boosting ships. Armor logistics ships have an easier time running all of their repair modules continuously, whereas shield logistics ships often have to cycle their boosting modules on and off to conserve capacitor. Because of their cap efficiency, armor logistics ships are more powerful for longer engagements (in which fleetmates don't die quickly), and in any PvE activity where cap stability may be an issue.
  • Remote armor repairers have longer optimal range than remote shield boosters. Armor logistics ships can stay farther away from the action, and still deliver 100% of their repping power, compared to shield logistics ships. As the chart shows, ship-bonused armor repairers have fairly long optimal range, and an GallenteExequror—a Tech I armor logistics cruiser—can apply full armor repairs from 50 km away. The optimal range of a MinmatarScythe, the matching Tech I shield logistics cruiser, is less than two-thirds as long. As a result, it is easier to keep armor-repairing ships out of harm's way than it is shield-repairing ships.
  • Because shield boosters deliver HP at the beginning of the module cycle, no cycles are wasted. Armor repairers, by contrast, deliver repairs at the end of the module cycle. One downside of flying armor logistics is that, sometimes, your armor-tanked fleetmates will die faster than the cycle time of your remote armor repair modules. When this happens, each module's repair cycle is lost; the target of the remote armor repairer no longer exists, and so when the module completes its cycle, nothing gets repaired. This never happens with remote shield boosters, because a shield booster delivers HP at the beginning of its module cycle. This may sound like an unusual situation—how is it possible that a ship is destroyed in just 6 seconds? In fact, this happens frequently in large fleet fights, where tens of opponent damage dealers are focusing fire on a single ship. But wasted cycles also affect longer fights, where each wasted cycle diminishes the overall, average efficiency of repairs. Not only does shield repair involve no wasted cycles, but because shield disappears before armor, shield logistics pilots have a little more time to rescue their fleetmates than armor logistics pilots do. As a result, shield logistics is better than armor in very large fleet engagements, or in any situation where you expect your fleetmates to die quickly.
  • Remote shield boosters deliver more HP/cycle, so they have more repair "alpha". Combat ships are sometimes judged by how much damage they can deliver in their first ("alpha") volley. Logistics ships can be compared by a very similar measure, by how much damage they can repair in their initial repair cycle. By this measure, remote shield boosters are better than remote armor repairers—they repair more damage, right away.

Logistics pilots seldom get to choose whether to fly armor or shield logistics; they are always expected to fly whatever logistics type matches their fleet's doctrine. Still, logistics pilots do have to pilot shield and armor ships differently, according to their strengths and limitations.

Remote Repair: Comparing Module Size

As can be expected, small, medium and large remote repair modules differ in the amount of HP they repair per cycle, and in their repair range. These characteristics are also affected a great deal by the ships they are fit to. The chart below compares remote repair modules that have been fitted to logistics ships of matching size:

Remote Repair Module Sizes
Item Repair
Rate
(HP/sec)
Optimal
Range
Falloff
Small Solace Scoped Remote Armor Repairer
fit to an AmarrInquisitor* (Tech I logistics frigate)
28 11.6 km 19.3 km
Medium Solace Scoped Remote Armor Repairer
fit to an GallenteExequror* (Tech I logistics cruiser)
61 51.0 km 14.6 km
Large Solace Scoped Remote Armor Repairer
fit to a Sisters of EVENestor* (Faction logistics battleship)
112 26.4 km 7.7 km

Skills: All V's.

Though this chart is focused on just armor logistics, and shows just a few of the ships that are bonused for remote repair, it illustrates something that is true across all sub-capital logistics ships and modules: logistics cruisers, and matching medium-sized logistics modules, represent a sort of sub-capital "sweet spot" in terms of repair amount and range. Medium modules fit to logistics cruisers repair much more effectively than frigates, and have a significant range bonus relative to battleships. (This is due to ship bonuses, not to module differences; unbonused large repairers have longer range than medium repairers.)

Remote Repair vs. Local Repair

One, very intuitive reason for including logistics ships in fleets is so that damage dealers can focus on their own role; by having logistics ships manage repair, the other, combat-oriented ships in the fleet can fit more modules, rigs, and implants dedicated to damage-dealing. But another, less intuitive justification is that logistics ships are often better at repairing other ships than those ships are at repairing themselves. The table below illustrates this by comparing local and remote armor repairers fit to cruiser hulls:

Local vs. Remote Repair Modules
Item Repair
Rate
(HP/sec)
Repair
Efficiency
(HP/cap unit)
Medium Remote Armor Repairer II
fit to an GallenteExequror*
69 4.3
Medium Armor Repairer II
fit to an unbonused hull
41 2.3

Skills: All V's.

Logistics ships often repair their fleetmates more effectively, and with less capacitor, than their targets can repair themselves. This comparison can become a bit more complicated with shield boosting, particularly for combat ships that can fit oversized local shield boosters. Nevertheless, remote shield boosters fit to logistics ships—like the remote armor repairers shown above—are more effective than local shield boosters of the same size.

Ancillary Remote Repair Modules

Ancillary Remote Shield Boosters and Ancillary Remote Armor Repairers are similar in function to local ancillary repair modules that consume charges in exchange for local repairs; the remote versions apply repairs to a fleetmate instead of locally. The attributes of ancillary remote repair modules are different from those of local repair modules, however, and are discussed further below. In general, both ancillary remote armor repairers and ancillary remote shield boosters are used to provide a quick burst of remote repair over a few module cycles, which consume all of the module's loaded charges. Once this happens, ancillary remote repair modules must undergo an extremely slow reload before they can be used in charge-boosted mode again. As a result, ancillary remote repair modules do not improve on the overall repair rate of standard remote repair modules—the combination of boosted repair and the long reload time results in an averaged HP/time that is similar to ordinary remote repair modules—but they can be used to front-load these repairs.

Ancillary Remote Shield Boosters

Ancillary Remote Shield Booster Comparison
Item Shield
Boost
(HP)
Activation Cost,
without charges
(GJ)
Activation Cost,
with charges*
(GJ)
# Cycles
Before
Reload
Reload
Time
(sec)
Boost Rate
(HP/sec,
including reload time)
CPU
(tf)
Powergrid
(MW)
Cycle
Time
(sec)
Optimal
Range
Falloff
Medium Ancillary Remote Shield Booster I 475 700 0 9 60 32.4 50 52 8 5.00 km 7.50 km
Medium Remote Shield Booster I 260 232 32.5 50 52 8 5.00 km 7.50 km

Navy Cap Booster 50. The Cap Booster 25 size may not be used with ancillary shield booster modules. Larger boosters can fit, but they offer no repair gain over Navy Cap Booster 50's, so the smallest possible booster should be used.

As the comparison chart above shows, ancillary remote shield boosters (ARSBs) have two advantages over standard, Tech I shield boosters: they deliver almost double the shield boost of a standard shield booster for 9 module cycles, and they require no capacitor when operated with cap booster charges. ARSBs also receive all of the ship bonuses that standard remote shield boosters do (and so, while the exact numbers in this table will change according to the ship they are fitted to, the comparison will not). These are pretty significant advantages. Shield logistics ships are often capacitor-limited, and so delivering repairs without the need for capacitor not only helps them contribute longer, but also makes them more resistant against enemy capacitor warfare. And an initial, powerful shield boost might be just what your fleet needs at the beginning of a fight, when incoming alpha damage is at its greatest.

Nevertheless, ARSBs have some clear drawbacks. When the ARSB module runs out of cap booster charges, the logistics pilot has two choices: either wait for a 60-second reload, or use the module without charges, which costs three times as much capacitor as the standard module. (Most shield logistics ships don't have enough capacitor for the second option.) As is true for local ancillary repair modules, only one ARSB can be fit to a ship, so logistics pilots with an ASRB fitted will also have to use standard shield boosters. And finally, while ARSBs compare well against standard Tech I modules, they don't look quite as strong compared to meta, Tech II, faction or deadspace shield boosters; they have shorter range, and sometimes worse fitting, than many of these other options. In particular, Tech II logistics ships are probably better fit with standard shield boosters, because Tech II ships are less capacitor-limited. On the other hand, groups of Tech I MinmatarScythe pilots could benefit significantly by fitting ARSBs, so that they can boost each other through the initial wave of damage that is frequently aimed at logistics. Although ARSBs are very new and rare—they can only be manufactured from blueprint copies found via exploration or ratting—they may still find a niche in low-skill logistics.

Ancillary Remote Armor Repairers

Ancillary Remote Armor Repairer Comparison
Item Repair Amount,
with charges*
(HP)
Repair Amount,
without charges
(HP)
Activation Cost # Cycles
Before
Reload
Reload
Time
(sec)
Repair Rate
(HP/sec,
including reload time)
CPU
(tf)
Powergrid
(MW)
Cycle
Time
(sec)
Optimal
Range
Falloff
Medium Ancillary Remote Armor Repairer I 435 145 155 8 60 32.2 20 120 6 8.75 km 2.50 km
Medium Remote Armor Repairer I 196 155 32.7 20 120 6 8.75 km 2.50 km

Nanite Repair Paste.

Ancillary Remote Armor Repairers (ARARs) are similar to ARSBs in that they deliver more HP repair—more than double that of a standard, Tech I remote repair module—at the expense of charges. ARARs consume nanite repair paste instead of cap boosters, and they can only be loaded with eight cycles worth of charges instead of nine. More significantly, ARARs consume capacitor whether they are loaded with paste or not, but they only repair 1/3 as much HP when they are operated without paste. Just like ARSBs, ARARs have a 60-second reload time that limits the average repair efficiency of the modules. You can only fit a maximum of one, and ARARs compare poorly against meta, Tech II, faction and deadspace repairers in fitting and overall efficiency. But, as with ARSBs, they can be used for a short burst of repairs at the beginning of an engagement.

Logistics Drones

See also: Logistics drones

Logistics drones (also known as "Maintenance Bots") are an important component of logistics piloting. All sub-capital logistics ships have drone bays that can fit one or more maintenance bots. In addition, nearly all Tech I and Tech II logistics cruisers (except the CaldariOsprey and AmarrAugoror) receive a 100% bonus to maintenance bot repair amount. To put the importance of this bonus into perspective, about 25% of the repping power of a standard, Unista Fleet-Up Fit MinmatarScythe comes from its drones.

Logistics Rigs

There are two sets of rigs dedicated to assisting logistics ships:

Remote Repair Augmentors: Reduce the capacitor demand of remote armor repairers (by 20% for Tech I rigs, 25% for Tech II). These do not affect shield boosters.
Drone Repair Augmentors: Increase drone repair amount (10% for Tech I, 15% for Tech II).

Given the cap demand of remote repair modules, and the value of logistics drones, it might seem as though logistics pilots should always fit one or more of these rigs. But Capacitor Control Circult, Trimark Armor Pump, or Ancillary Current Router rigs may be preferable, depending on the fit.

Remote Capacitor Transfer

Remote Capacitor Transmitters consume capacitor on the fitted ship, and transfer that capacitor to a targeted fleetmate. On unbonused ships, remote capacitor transmitters can be used to counter the effects of capacitor warfare, but local options (such as cap battery or booster modules) are often more effective at this job. However, as explained further below in the logistics ships section, Caldari and Amarr logistics cruisers have significant bonuses to remote capacitor transmitters that create an unusual situation: when these ships activate a remote capacitor transmitter, they transfer more capacitor than they consume. In effect, Caldari and Amarr logistics cruisers can use remote capacitor transmitters to generate capacitor from nothing.

Effects of Ship Bonuses on Remote Capacitor Transmitters
Medium 'Regard' Remote Capacitor Transmitter:*
(meta 4)
Activation
Cost (GJ)
Capacitor
Transferred
(GJ)
Optimal
Range
unbonused 85 108 6.0 km
fit to an CaldariOsprey (Tech I logistics cruiser) 85 324 66.0 km

Skills: All V's, including Capacitor Emission Systems V.

As shown in the chart, an unbonused transmitter transfers about the same amount of capacitor as it consumes. (A bit more at high skills, a bit less at low skills.) When fit to a Caldari or Amarr logistics cruiser, on the other hand, these modules can generate hundreds of capacitor units for other ships in the fleet, at significant ranges. Most commonly, this extra capacitor is transferred to other logistics ships in a capacitor chain (or "cap chain"). In cap-chain logistics, a squad of logistics ships simultaneously give and receive capacitor to each other as a means of increasing their available capacitor. (Cap-chain logistics is described further in the tactics section.)

Remote Tracking Computers and Sensor Boosters

The GallenteOneiros and the MinmatarScimitar—both solo (non-cap-chain) Tech II logistics cruisers—are bonused for remote tracking computers. These are primarily used to support battleship fleets, and to help their battleship fleetmates hit cruiser-sized targets. Although remote tracking support is probably not the first thing that EVE players think of when they consider logistics ships, remote tracking computers are often fit to these two specific logistics hulls.

No logistics hulls receive bonuses to remote sensor boosters (RSBs), but they are a form of on-grid remote assistance, and RSBs are sometimes fit to logistics ships as a counter to enemy electronic warfare (EWAR). In particular, cap-chained logistics ships can combine RSBs to help counter focused EWAR that is aimed at breaking the cap chain; in this scenario, multiple RSBs can be used to shore up the sensor strength of the targeted chain member.

Logistics Ships

Racial Specializations

Race Armor or Shield? Cap-Chain
or Solo?
Amarr Armor Cap-Chain
Caldari Shield Cap-Chain
Gallente Armor Solo
Minmatar Shield Solo

Each of the four player races specializes in the type of logistics that their ships are naturally tanked for. Caldari and Minmatar ships are ordinarily shield-tanked, and so these two races specialize in shield logistics; and Amarr and Gallente ships are typically armor-tanked, so these two races specialize in armor logistics. In addition, each race either specializes in cap-chain logistics, or not, as shown by the chart at right. It is important to note that capacitor chaining only works for cruisers and force auxiliaries; all frigate logistics ships, of all races, are "solo" logistics ships.

Tech I Logistics Frigates

Each of the four empire factions has a Tech I frigate dedicated to logistics, and these frigates are good starting ships for Unistas looking to begin training into the logistics role. The bonuses for the two Tech I shield logistics frigates—the CaldariBantam and the MinmatarBurst—are identical, as are the bonuses for the two Tech I armor logistics frigates, the AmarrInquisitor and the GallenteNavitas. The most common fits for the four ships are also very similar. In general, the Burst and Inquisitor are slightly favored over the other two because of advantages in speed (Burst) and capacitor and tank (Inquisitor).

Logistics frigates have the least repping power and shortest optimal range out of all the logistics ships, but they do have the advantage of being very inexpensive and difficult to hit (like any other Tech I frigate). The charts below illustrate statistics for Tech I shield and armor logistics frigates (using fits that can be shown by mousing over the corresponding table headers):

Bantam.jpg Burst.jpg

Caldari/Minmatar Frigate bonuses (per skill level):

10% bonus to Remote Shield Booster amount
10% reduction in Remote Shield Booster activation cost

Role bonus: (applies regardless of skill level)

300% bonus to Remote Shield Booster falloff

CaldariBantam MinmatarBurst
Burst
(mouseover for sample fit)
Eve University
Burst, Low-Skill
H I G H   P O W E R
high slot

Small S95a Scoped Remote Shield Booster
Small S95a Scoped Remote Shield Booster
Small S95a Scoped Remote Shield Booster 

M E D I U M   P O W E R
medium slot

5MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive
Medium F-S9 Regolith Compact Shield Extender
Cap Recharger II 

L O W   P O W E R
low slot

Damage Control II
Mark I Compact Capacitor Power Relay
Mark I Compact Capacitor Power Relay 

R I G S
rigs

Small Capacitor Control Circuit I
Small Capacitor Control Circuit I
Small Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I 

D R O N E S   &   C H A R G E S
D R O N E S
drones

C H A R G E S

 
Shield Boost Rate Optimal Range Falloff eHP
73 HP/sec 4 km 29 km 4000

Calculated using UniWiki minimum recommended skillplan, plus Icon skillbook2.png Shield Emission Systems III.

Inquisitor.jpg Navitas.jpg

Amarr/Gallente Frigate bonuses (per skill level):

10% bonus to Remote Armor Repairer amount
10% reduction in Remote Armor Repairer activation cost

Role bonuses:

50% bonus to Remote Armor Repairer optimal range
600% bonus to Remote Armor Repairer falloff

AmarrInquisitor GallenteNavitas
Inquisitor
(mouseover for sample fit)
Eve University
Inquisitor, Low-Skill
H I G H   P O W E R
high slot

Small Solace Scoped Remote Armor Repairer
Small Solace Scoped Remote Armor Repairer
Small Solace Scoped Remote Armor Repairer 

M E D I U M   P O W E R
medium slot

5MN Cold-Gas Enduring Microwarpdrive
Small Electrochemical Capacitor Booster I 

L O W   P O W E R
low slot

Adaptive Nano Plating II
Prototype Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane I
400mm Crystalline Carbonide Restrained Plates
Damage Control II 

R I G S
rigs

Small Ancillary Current Router I
Small Ancillary Current Router I
Small Trimark Armor Pump I 

D R O N E S   &   C H A R G E S
D R O N E S
drones

C H A R G E S

Navy Cap Booster 400

 
Armor Repair Rate Optimal Range Falloff eHP
73 HP/sec 12 km 19 km 6800

Calculated using UniWiki minimum recommended skillplan, plus Icon skillbook2.png Remote Armor Repair Systems III.

As these tables show, a Tech I logistics frigate can repair the damage caused by one or two opponents at most, at short range. (These tables shows HP repaired, rather than eHP repaired. HP can be converted to eHP by dividing by the resist remainder; so, if a MinmatarBurst was boosting the shields of a fleetmate MinmatarSvipul that had 75% resists across the board, you would be providing [73 / 0.25] = 292 eHP/sec. That means that the repair rate numbers shown above are not as low as they may appear.)

Shield logistics frigates have very short optimal ranges, so they can almost never apply their full repair capacity. Pilots with poor capacitor skills, or low skills in the appropriate racial frigate skill or in Icon skillbook2.png Shield Emission Systems or Icon skillbook2.png Remote Armor Repair Systems, will have trouble with capacitor even if they use all "Enduring" meta versions of all active modules. For a freshman Unista, as a result, Tech I logistics frigates demand higher skills than analogous Tech I EWAR or tackle frigates.

Still, there are a few roles that Tech I logistics frigates fill uniquely well. Logistics frigates are better than logistics cruisers in gangs of frigate and destroyer damage dealers, because they have the speed to keep up, particularly when fitted with microwarpdrives. And the AmarrInquisitor (along with the Tech II AmarrDeacon, described in the next section) is the preferred logistics hull for small-ship wormhole PvE. In general, however, logistics pilots fly cruisers much more often than frigates.

Tech II Logistics Frigates

Tech II logistics frigates were designed to improve on their Tech I counterparts in a number of ways. They have considerably more CPU and powergrid, and one more fitting slot, relative to the Tech I frigates above. Tech II logistics frigates also have some unique bonuses relative to Tech I frigates. Flying a Tech II logistics frigate requires a dedicated skill, Icon skillbook2.png Logistics Frigates. Because this skill contributes significantly to bonuses in this ship class, pilots are encouraged to train it to IV or V before flying a Tech II logistics frigate. The charts below show data on Tech II shield and armor logistics frigates (and, specifically, the CaldariKirin and AmarrDeacon, fit in distinctly different ways) piloted by a high-skill logistics pilot*:

Kirin.jpg Scalpel.jpg

Caldari/Minmatar Frigate bonuses (per skill level):

10% bonus to Remote Shield Booster amount
10% reduction in Remote Shield Booster activation cost

Logistics Frigates bonuses (per skill level):

5% reduction in Remote Shield Booster duration and activation cost
For Kirin: 7.5% bonus to shield hitpoints
For Scalpel: 4% reduction in signature radius

Role bonus:

300% bonus to Remote Shield Booster falloff

CaldariKirin MinmatarScalpel
Kirin
(mouseover for sample fit)
Eve University
Kirin, Low-Cost
H I G H   P O W E R
high slot

Small Remote Shield Booster II
Small Remote Shield Booster II
Small Remote Shield Booster II 

M E D I U M   P O W E R
medium slot

5MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive
Medium Azeotropic Restrained Shield Extender
Limited Adaptive Invulnerability Field I
Upgraded EM Ward Amplifier I
Small Capacitor Booster II 

L O W   P O W E R
low slot

IFFA Compact Damage Control
Power Diagnostic System II 

R I G S
rigs

Small Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
Small Capacitor Control Circuit I 

D R O N E S   &   C H A R G E S
D R O N E S
drones

Light Shield Maintenance Bot I

C H A R G E S

Navy Cap Booster 400

 
Shield Boost Rate Optimal Range Falloff eHP
123 HP/sec 5 km 31 km 9700

Calculated usng UniWiki advanced recommended skillplan +1 at each skill, plus Logistics Frigates IV, Shield Emission Systems V.

Deacon.jpg Thalia.jpg

Amarr/Gallente Frigate bonuses (per skill level):

10% bonus to Remote Armor Repairer amount
10% reduction in Remote Armor Repairer activation cost

Logistics Frigates bonuses (per skill level):

5% reduction in Remote Armor Repairer duration and activation cost
For Deacon: 7.5% bonus to armor hitpoints
For Thalia: 4% reduction in signature radius

Role bonuses:

50% bonus to Remote Armor Repairer optimal range
600% bonus to Remote Armor Repairer falloff

AmarrDeacon GallenteThalia
Deacon
(mouseover for sample fit)
Eve University
Deacon, Deadspace-Fitted
H I G H   P O W E R
high slot

Coreli C-Type Small Remote Armor Repairer
Coreli C-Type Small Remote Armor Repairer
Coreli C-Type Small Remote Armor Repairer 

M E D I U M   P O W E R
medium slot

5MN Cold-Gas Enduring Microwarpdrive
Small Capacitor Booster II 

L O W   P O W E R
low slot

Damage Control II
400mm Rolled Tungsten Compact Plates
Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II
Adaptive Nano Plating II
True Sansha Energized Thermal Membrane 

R I G S
rigs

Small Trimark Armor Pump II
Small Trimark Armor Pump II 

D R O N E S   &   C H A R G E S
D R O N E S
drones

Light Armor Maintenance Bot I

C H A R G E S

Navy Cap Booster 400

 
Armor Repair Rate Optimal Range Falloff eHP
136 HP/sec 14 km 24 km 17600

Calculated usng UniWiki advanced recommended skillplan +1 at each skill, plus Logistics Frigates IV, Remote Armor Repair Systems V.

The repair bonuses, repair range and base velocity of Tech II logistics frigates aren't dramatically better than those of their Tech I relatives. When Tech II logistics frigates were introduced, developers argued that the signature radius bonus of the MinmatarScalpel and GallenteThalia might be useful for "signature tanking", by which ships can evade damage. Signature tanking works poorly against opponents with light drones, though, and so this strategy has not been widely successful.

Increased CPU and powergrid do mean that Tech II logistics frigates can fit better repair modules than Tech I ships. Tech II modules increase the repair rate of Tech II logistics frigates, and deadspace repair modules increase it further still, as shown in the charts above. Nevertheless, even fit with rare modules, a Tech II logistics frigate repairs no faster than a Tech I logistics cruiser, with shorter range and higher cost. These frigates—and particularly the AmarrDeacon, the most popular of the four—are still used in small-ship gangs and in wormhole PvE. But Tech I logistics cruisers are used far more often for logistics than Tech I or Tech II frigates.

Tech I Logistics Cruisers

Tech I logistics cruisers are powerful platforms for remote repair. They receive better range bonuses than any other logistics ship (including Tech II cruisers), and considerable bonuses to repair amount. They are also inexpensive, and relatively easy to skill into. Unistas interested in flying logistics ships are advised to focus their initial training on this ship class. As shown in a chart at the beginning of this Ships section, logistics cruisers can either be "solo" or cap-chain ships; this Guide will deal with these subtypes separately.

"Solo" Logistics Cruisers

The MinmatarScythe and the GallenteExequror are the two Tech I logistics cruisers that are not bonused for remote capacitor transfer. New logistics pilots often begin flying one of these first, because they are simpler to pilot than the cap-chain cruisers. But the performance of all of the logistics cruisers is sensitive to pilot skill, and pilots with different skill levels sometimes have to fly even these simpler hulls differently. The charts below illustrate statistics for the Scythe and Exequror, fitted with somewhat different priorities, and piloted by Unistas with different skill levels:

Scythe.jpg

Minmatar Cruiser bonuses (per skill level):

12.5% bonus to Remote Shield Booster amount
5% reduction in Remote Shield Booster activation cost

Role bonuses:

430% bonus to Remote Shield Booster optimal range and falloff
100% bonus to Logistic Drone transfer amount

MinmatarScythe
Scythe
(mouseover for sample fit)
Eve University
Scythe, AB, Tech-I-Fit
H I G H   P O W E R
high slot

Medium Murky Compact Remote Shield Booster
Medium Murky Compact Remote Shield Booster
Medium Murky Compact Remote Shield Booster 

M E D I U M   P O W E R
medium slot

10MN Monopropellant Enduring Afterburner
Large F-S9 Regolith Compact Shield Extender
Large F-S9 Regolith Compact Shield Extender
Limited 'Anointed' EM Ward Field
Limited Adaptive Invulnerability Field I 

L O W   P O W E R
low slot

Damage Control II
Mark I Compact Capacitor Power Relay
Mark I Compact Capacitor Power Relay
Mark I Compact Capacitor Power Relay
Mark I Compact Capacitor Power Relay 

R I G S
rigs

Medium Core Defense Field Extender I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I
Medium Anti-Thermal Screen Reinforcer I 

D R O N E S   &   C H A R G E S
D R O N E S
drones

Medium Shield Maintenance Bot I (x4)
Light Shield Maintenance Bot I

C H A R G E S

 
Pilot Skill Level Shield Boost Rate
(3 Boosters,
plus Drones)
Optimal
Range
Falloff Capacitor Duration,
3 Boosters Active
(other mods off)
Capacitor Duration,
2 Boosters Active
(other mods on)
eHP
Low* 155 HP/sec 27 km 40 km 1m 14sec 2m 54sec 30,500
Intermediate** 219 HP/sec 27 km 40 km 2m 47sec stable (48%) 31,900
High*** 235 HP/sec 27 km 40 km stable (50%) stable (62%) 32,900

Low Skill: UniWiki minimum recommended skillplan, plus Icon skillbook2.png Minmatar Cruiser III, Icon skillbook2.png Shield Emission Systems III. Logistics drones cannot be used at this skill level, and an all-Tech-I fit is still 12 MW short on powergrid.
∗∗ Intermediate Skill: UniWiki advanced recommended skillplan, plus Icon skillbook2.png Minmatar Cruiser IV, Icon skillbook2.png Shield Emission Systems IV.
∗∗∗ High Skill: UniWiki advanced recommended skillplan +1 at each skill, plus Icon skillbook2.png Minmatar Cruiser V, Icon skillbook2.png Shield Emission Systems V.

Exequror.jpg

Gallente Cruiser bonuses (per skill level):

12.5% bonus to Remote Armor Repairer amount
5% reduction in Remote Armor Repairer activation cost

Role bonuses:

430% bonus to Remote Armor Repairer optimal range and falloff
100% bonus to Logistic Drone transfer amount

GallenteExequror
Exequror
(mouseover for sample fit)
Eve University
Exequror, AB, Tech-I-Fit
H I G H   P O W E R
high slot

Medium Solace Scoped Remote Armor Repairer
Medium Solace Scoped Remote Armor Repairer
Medium Solace Scoped Remote Armor Repairer 

M E D I U M   P O W E R
medium slot

10MN Monopropellant Enduring Afterburner
Medium Electrochemical Capacitor Booster I
Medium Compact Pb-Acid Cap Battery
Alumel-Wired Enduring Sensor Booster 

L O W   P O W E R
low slot

Damage Control II
Mark I Compact Reactor Control Unit
800mm Rolled Tungsten Compact Plates
Prototype Armor Explosive Hardener I
Prototype Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane I
Prototype Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane I 

R I G S
rigs

Medium Trimark Armor Pump I
Medium Trimark Armor Pump I
Medium Trimark Armor Pump I 

D R O N E S   &   C H A R G E S
D R O N E S
drones

Medium Armor Maintenance Bot I (x5)

C H A R G E S

Navy Cap Booster 800
Targeting Range Script
ECCM Script

 
Pilot Skill Level Armor Repair Rate
(3 Repairers,
plus Drones)
Optimal
Range
Falloff Capacitor Duration, all modules active eHP
Low* 154 HP/sec 51 km 15 km 6m 56sec 24,400
Intermediate** 223 HP/sec 51 km 15 km stable (60%) 25,700
High*** 240 HP/sec 51 km 15 km stable (79%) 26,200

Low Skill: UniWiki minimum recommended skillplan, plus Icon skillbook2.png Gallente Cruiser III, Icon skillbook2.png Remote Armor Repair Systems III. Logistics drones cannot be used at this skill level.
∗∗ Intermediate Skill: UniWiki advanced recommended skillplan, plus Icon skillbook2.png Gallente Cruiser IV, Icon skillbook2.png Remote Armor Repair Systems IV.
∗∗∗ High Skill: UniWiki advanced recommended skillplan +1 at each skill, plus Icon skillbook2.png Gallente Cruiser V, Icon skillbook2.png Remote Armor Repair Systems V.

The Scythe and Exequror are very similar, with roughly the same ship bonuses and repair capacity. As is true for all logistics ships, the shield-boosting Scythe has a shorter optimal range and a longer falloff, whereas the armor-repairing Exequror has a much longer optimal range, but shorter falloff. The role bonuses that logistics cruisers receive to repairer range makes both of these cruisers excellent at repairing from a distance, and the bonuses do not depend on pilot skill level. Repair rate, on the other hand, is very sensitive to pilot skill. Unista logistics pilots are encouraged to target the "Intermediate" skill level above before flying Tech I logistics cruisers.

Tech I logistics cruisers offer more flexibility in fitting than logistics frigates. As a result, pilots with different skill levels may find that they need to fit their ships differently. (You should expect to modify any campus re-ship logistics cruiser you purchase on corp contracts; the pre-made fit you buy may not be appropriate for your skill level.) The fits and data in the charts above illustrate some of the relationships between tank, capacitor, repair capability and pilot skill for solo logistics ships. The Scythe fit sacrifices some capacitor for tank, by filling its mid slots with shield modules. This results in a ship that has greater eHP, but is chronically short on capacitor, especially for low-skill pilots. A low-skill Unista flying this Scythe might need to constantly cycle modules on and off, choosing what to activate and what not to activate at any given moment, depending on circumstances. In this way, a Tech I logistics cruiser can be more challenging to fly than a damage-dealing ship.

The Exequror fit appears to address this problem, by using both a capacitor booster and a capacitor battery in its mid slots. (Capacitor boosters provide more cap, in general, but capacitor batteries offer inherent resistance to enemy neutralizers and Nosferatus.) Sure enough, the Exequror fit shown above is cap stable even with all modules active, and would probably be easier to fly than the Scythe. But this Exequror has a different problem: it has significantly less tank than the Scythe fit. This is particularly bad for logistics ships, because they are typically the initial primary target of enemy fleets. This comparison illustrates the uncomfortable choice that low-skill logistics pilots often have to make between capacitor and tank, and that choice affects how easy it is to fly the ship. Higher-skill logistics pilots, on the other hand, often get the best of both worlds. They have the luxury of fitting plenty of tank, and still having enough capacitor to activate all modules simultaneously.

Unista logistics pilots are encouraged to use out-of-game fitting programs, like Pyfa, to explore the logistics fits that work best for them.

Cap-Chain Logistics Cruisers

Three Augorors organized into a capacitor chain. Each arrow corresponds to remote capacitor transfer from one Augoror to a neighbor. Each Augoror donates capacitor to and receives capacitor from the same two neighbors. Though this chain contains just three members, cap chains in large fleets can contain many more members than this.

The CaldariOsprey and the AmarrAugoror are the two Tech I logistics cruisers that are bonused for remote capacitor transfer. As described above in the modules section, these bonuses allow the Osprey and Augoror to activate their remote capacitor transfer modules, transfer more capacitor than they spend, and thus effectively create capacitor from nothing. In order for a logistics pilot to benefit from this, the pilot must simultaneously give capacitor to and receive capacitor from one or more logistics partners. In principle, the minimum number of partnered logistics pilots is two, but cap-chain logistics is less vulnerable to enemy interference when larger groups of pilots are matched up. So, Osprey and Augoror pilots are typically organized into a capacitor chain (illustrated at right), in which each pilot gives and receives capacitor with two neighboring partners in the chain. (More information on how to organize cap chains is given in the tactics section.)

Cap chaining solves the capacitor challenges discussed above for solo logistics cruisers. The charts below show bonuses for both the Osprey and Augoror, and then illustrates the advantage of cap-chained cruisers by comparing an intermediate-skill* fit for the Augoror with the solo GallenteExequror:

Osprey.jpg

Caldari Cruiser bonuses (per skill level):

12.5% bonus to Remote Shield Booster amount
5% reduction in Remote Shield Booster activation cost

Role bonuses:

1,000% bonus to Remote Capacitor Transmitter range
200% bonus to Remote Capacitor Transmitter transfer amount
430% bonus to Remote Shield Booster optimal range and falloff

CaldariOsprey
Augoror.jpg

Amarr Cruiser bonuses (per skill level):

12.5% bonus to Remote Armor Repairer amount
5% reduction in Remote Armor Repairer activation cost

Role bonuses:

1,000% bonus to Remote Capacitor Transmitter range
200% bonus to Remote Capacitor Transmitter transfer amount
430% bonus to Remote Armor Repairer optimal range and falloff

AmarrAugoror
Ship Capacitor Consumption Capacitor Peak Recharge Capacitor Duration (all modules active) Remote Capacitor Transfer Range
Augoror
(mouseover for sample fit)
Eve University
Augoror, Intermediate
H I G H   P O W E R
high slot

Medium Solace Scoped Remote Shield Booster
Medium Solace Scoped Remote Shield Booster
Medium Solace Scoped Remote Shield Booster
Medium 'Regard' Remote Capacitor Transmitter
Medium 'Regard' Remote Capacitor Transmitter 

M E D I U M   P O W E R
medium slot

10MN Afterburner II
Alumel-Wired Enduring Sensor Booster
Alumel-Wired Enduring Sensor Booster 

L O W   P O W E R
low slot

Damage Control II
800mm Steel Plates II
Armor Explosive Hardener II
Armor Kinetic Hardener II
Armor Thermal Hardener II 

R I G S
rigs

Medium Trimark Armor Pump I
Medium Trimark Armor Pump I
Medium Anti-EM Pump I 

D R O N E S   &   C H A R G E S
D R O N E S
drones

Light Armor Maintenance Bot I (x4)

C H A R G E S

Navy Cap Booster 800
Targeting Range Script
ECCM Script

 
-97.8 GJ/sec +148.4 GJ/sec** stable (100%) 66 km
Exequror
(mouseover for sample fit)
Eve University
Exequror, Intermediate
H I G H   P O W E R
high slot

Medium Solace Scoped Remote Shield Booster
Medium Solace Scoped Remote Shield Booster
Medium Solace Scoped Remote Shield Booster 

M E D I U M   P O W E R
medium slot

10MN Y-S8 Compact Afterburner
Medium Electrochemical Capacitor Booster I
Medium Compact Pb-Acid Cap Battery
F-90 Compact Sensor Booster 

L O W   P O W E R
low slot

Damage Control II
Mark I Compact Reactor Control Unit
800mm Steel Plates II
Armor Explosive Hardener II
Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II
Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II 

R I G S
rigs

Medium Trimark Armor Pump I
Medium Trimark Armor Pump I
Medium Trimark Armor Pump I 

D R O N E S   &   C H A R G E S
D R O N E S
drones

Medium Armor Maintenance Bot I (x5)

C H A R G E S

Navy Cap Booster 800
Targeting Range Script
ECCM Script

 
-55.7 GJ/sec +60.5 GJ/sec stable (55%)

Calculated using UniWiki advanced recommended skillplan, plus Icon skillbook2.png Gallente Cruiser V/Amarr Cruiser V, Icon skillbook2.png Shield Emission Systems IV.
∗∗ Assuming Augoror is part of a cap chain, partnered with two other Augorors.

The Augoror fit used to generate the chart above has mostly active modules that consume capacitor, including active armor resist modules. So the Augoror consumes a lot of capacitor. Nevertheless, when cap-chained, the Augoror has more than enough capacitor to run all these active modules simultaneously. The Augoror can even periodically break the chain in order to transfer capacitor to damage-dealing fleetmates that need the help. Pilots of all skill levels receive this benefit, because the role bonuses to remote capacitor transfer do not depend on skill level. The Osprey has the same advantages as the Augoror; it can fit more active resist modules and still retain a considerable capacitor advantage over the MinmatarScythe.

But in order for cap-chain logistics cruisers to be cap-stable, they must be partnered, and this represents a vulnerability for these ships. Enemy fleets can break the cap chain, either by isolating chain members using electronic warfare, or by splitting them up using command destroyers and micro jump field generators. Cap-chain logistics ships are often specially fit to counter some of these strategies. For example, the Augoror above has sensor boosters to counter EWAR, but one of these can be replaced with a warp scrambler to counter micro jump fields. In any case, cap-chain logistics pilots are dependent on their fleetmates, and keeping cap chains intact under enemy fire can make them challenging to fly.

Unistas interested in flying cap-chain logistics ships are advised to attend Logistics 102 before flying an Osprey or Augoror in an E-UNI fleet. This class covers how to fly these cruisers in fleets, and how to respond to changes in circumstances.

Tech II Logistics Cruisers

Tech II logistics cruisers are the most powerful sub-capital repair ships in EVE. Tech II logistics cruisers have increased tank, CPU and powergrid, and better bonuses compared to Tech I logistics cruisers. Flying these ships requires training in a dedicated skill, Icon skillbook2.png Logistics Cruisers. Unistas are encouraged to train this skill to IV before attempting to fly Tech II logistics cruisers. When flown by pilots with sufficient skills, Tech II logistics cruisers have considerably more repair capacity than their Tech I relatives. They also have even more fitting flexibility than Tech I cruisers, and are typically fit specifically to their role. Unique among logistics ships, Tech II cruisers can fit over-sized, large remote repair and remote capacitor transfer modules instead of medium ones, if the fit makes compromises in other areas. As a result of this diversity, specific comparisons of Tech II logistics cruiser fits are beyond the scope of this Guide.

Tech II logistics cruisers follow the same racial specializations as their Tech I relatives. The MinmatarScimitar and GallenteOneiros are "solo" logistics ships, and the CaldariBasilisk and AmarrGuardian are cap-chain specialists. This is illustrated below in the ship bonuses for these hulls.

Solo Tech II Logistics Cruisers

Scimitar.jpg

Minmatar Cruiser bonuses (per skill level):

60% bonus to Remote Shield Booster optimal range and falloff
20% bonus to Logistic Drone transfer amount
5% bonus to Remote Tracking Computer falloff

Logistics Cruisers bonuses (per skill level):

15% reduction in Remote Shield Booster activation cost
10% bonus to Remote Tracking Computer effectiveness

Role bonus:

50% reduction in Remote Shield Booster CPU requirement

MinmatarScimitar
Oneiros.jpg

Gallente Cruiser bonuses (per skill level):

60% bonus to Remote Armor Repairer optimal range and falloff
20% bonus to Logistic Drone transfer amount
5% bonus to Remote Tracking Computer falloff

Logistics Cruisers bonuses (per skill level):

15% reduction in Remote Armor Repairer activation cost
10% bonus to Remote Tracking Computer effectiveness

Role bonus:

65% reduction in Remote Armor Repairer powergrid requirement

GallenteOneiros

The solo Tech II logistics cruisers are like the solo Tech I cruisers, in that they are intended to operate independently, and often have to make tradeoffs between capacitor and tank in their fits. The MinmatarScimitar and GallenteOneiros are strongest in smaller gangs of Tech II and Tech III damage dealers, where there is only room for one or two logistics pilots.

Cap-Chain Tech II Logistics Cruisers

Basilisk.jpg

Caldari Cruiser bonuses (per skill level):

60% bonus to Remote Shield Booster optimal range and falloff
20% bonus to Logistic Drone transfer amount
150% bonus to Remote Capacitor Transmitter range

Logistics Cruisers bonuses (per skill level):

15% reduction in Remote Shield Booster activation cost
15% reduction in Remote Capacitor Transmitter activation cost

Role bonuses:

50% reduction in Remote Shield Booster CPU requirement
50% reduction in Remote Capacitor Transmitter powergrid requirement

CaldariBasilisk
Guardian.jpg

Amarr Cruiser bonuses (per skill level):

60% bonus to Remote Armor Repairer optimal range and falloff
20% bonus to Logistic Drone transfer amount
150% bonus to Remote Capacitor Transmitter range

Logistics Cruisers bonuses (per skill level):

15% reduction in Remote Armor Repairer activation cost
15% reduction in Remote Capacitor Transmitter activation cost

Role bonuses:

65% reduction in Remote Armor Repairer powergrid requirement
50% reduction in Remote Capacitor Transmitter powergrid requirement

AmarrGuardian

The cap-chain Tech II logistics cruisers are like their cap-chain Tech I relatives, in that they must work in groups, and they have enough capacitor to sustain a fit full of high-capacitor-demand modules. These cruisers have the broadest array of options in terms of modules they can fit. Tech II logistics pilots can fit faction, deadspace, or large-sized repair modules to the CaldariBasilisk and AmarrGuardian comfortably. These ships are strongest in large Tech II/III fleets, in high-skill PvE, and in medium-sized wormhole gangs where the group is expected to be able to handle incoming DPS.

Bonused and Unbonused Battleship Logistics

In contrast to the variety of bonused logistics hulls available in frigate and cruiser sizes, there is only one battleship bonused for logistics: the Sisters of EVENestor. The bonuses of this battleship are not that great, however, and the hull can be expensive. The Nestor is used very rarely.

Remote repair modules are sometimes fitted to unbonused battleship hulls as part of "spider-tanking" fleet doctrines. The GallenteDominix, in particular, has plenty of high-slot room for remote repairers, because its bonuses to drones don't match up well with high-slot weapons modules.

Capital Logistics: Force Auxiliaries

Introduced in the Citadel expansion of Apr 2016, Force Auxiliaries are a new class of capital ship dedicated to logistics. CCP created force auxiliaries by dividing the two roles previously fulfilled by Carriers—logistics and fighter support—into two separate capital ship classes. Force auxiliaries are now the only capital ship class to receive bonuses to remote repair. They are also the only capitals able to use triage modules, which enhance the defensive and remote repair capabilities of the ship for five minutes, but also make the ship incapable of receiving remote assistance. Force auxiliaries and triage modules are discussed in more detail in Logistics 103, and in the UniWiki ship class page on Capital Ships.

Recommended Logistics Pilot Skills

As mentioned above, logistics ships are more skill-intensive than many other ship classes in EVE. Flying these ships requires training some skills that are broadly useful across many ship classes, but also some other skills that are uniquely useful to logistics pilots. But there is a logistics hull in EVE to match almost every pilot skill level, and Unistas interested in flying logistics are encouraged to start with Tech I logistics frigates and work their way up.

The chart below makes some skill recommendations for pilots interested in flying different logistics hulls, and explanations of why some specific skills are so critical:

Skill Recommended skill level for: Why is this skill important?
Tech I
Logistics
Frigates
Tech I
Logistics
Cruisers
Tech II
Logistics
Core pilot skills:
Capacitor Management Level4.gif Level4.gif Level5.gif
Increases total capacitor.

Remote repair modules consume a lot of capacitor. Having this skill to IV or V helps logistics hulls meet this cap demand.

Capacitor Systems Operation Level4.gif Level4.gif Level5.gif
Increases capacitor regeneration rate.

Similar to Capacitor Management above, having this at IV or V helps meet the cap demand of logistics modules. The skill benefit also stacks with the benefit from cap rechargers.

CPU Management Level4.gif Level5.gif Level5.gif
Increases ship CPU.

Allows "Compact" meta Tech I modules to be replaced with Tech II modules.

Evasive Maneuvering Level3.gif Level4.gif Level5.gif
Improves ship agility.

Similar to Spaceship Command, helps logistics ships align to warp and maneuver in combat.

Long Range Targeting Level1.gif Level5.gif
Increases targeting range.

Somewhat helpful with keeping fleetmates locked, though lock range of logistics ships is typically much longer than repair range. Long Range Targeting I is required for Tech I sensor boosters; Long Range Targeting IV is required for Tech II sensor boosters, and for Logistics Frigates. Long Range Targeting V is required for Logistics Cruisers.

Mechanics Level4.gif Level4.gif Level5.gif
Increases ship structure HP.

Mechanics III is required for Remote Armor Repair Systems, Jury Rigging.

Navigation Level3.gif Level4.gif Level5.gif
Increases ship velocity.

Important for keeping up with repair targets, which are often faster than logistics ships. Navigation I, II or III is required for other propulsion skills (Evasive Maneuvering, Warp Drive Operation, Afterburner, High Speed Maneuvering, Fuel Conservation).

Power Grid Management Level4.gif Level5.gif Level5.gif
Increases ship powergrid.

Similar to CPU Management above; permits Tech II modules to be fit in place of meta Tech I versions.

Signature Analysis Level3.gif Level4.gif Level5.gif
Increases lock speed.

Helps with switching repair targets. Signature Analysis V is required for Logistics Cruisers and Logistics Frigates.

Spaceship Command Level3.gif Level4.gif Level5.gif
Improves ship agility.

Helpful for aligning to warp out of combat, which logistics ships sometimes have to do in order to reposition themselves. Spaceship Command III is required for Logistics Cruisers and Logistics Frigates.

Warp Drive Operation Level2.gif Level4.gif Level5.gif Reduces capacitor cost of entering warp.
Valuable to all logistics pilots:
Advanced Target Management Level3.gif
Increases maximum number of locked targets.

Required to increase number of targets beyond 6 allowed by Target Management.

Afterburner Level3.gif Level4.gif Level5.gif
Reduces cycle time and capacitor cost of afterburners.

Important for cruiser logistics, which often have afterburners fitted. Skill bonus not important for microwarpdrive-fit frigates, but Afterburner III is required for High Speed Maneuvering (which is required for microwarpdrives). Afterburner IV is required for Tech II afterburners.

Capacitor Emission Systems Level1.gif Level4.gif
Required for remote capacitor transfer modules.

Capacitor Emission Systems I is required for Tech I remote capacitor transfer modules; Capacitor Emission Systems IV is required for Tech II transfer modules. The skill does not offer any advantages to the operation of these modules, so feel free to train to the minimum level. However, if you plan to use neutralizers or Nosferatus on other ships, the skill does affect those modules.

Drones
Level5.gif Level5.gif
Increases number of controllable drones.

Drones V is required for maintenance bots.

Energy Grid Upgrades Level3.gif Level4.gif Level5.gif
Reduces CPU need of capacitor and powergrid upgrades.

Different levels of Energy Grid Upgrades are required for all capacitor support modules, including cap batteries, cap rechargers, and capacitor power relays, as well as powergrid modules such as reactor control units. Higher skill levels in this skill enable Tech I modules to be replaced with Tech II variants.

Fuel Conservation Level4.gif Level5.gif Reduces capacitor cost of afterburners.
High Speed Maneuvering Level3.gif
Reduces capacitor cost of microwarpdrives.

High Speed Maneuvering I is required for Tech I microwarpdrives, and High Speed Maneuvering III is required for Tech II microwarpdrives.

Hull Upgrades Level4.gif Level4.gif Level5.gif
Increases armor HP.

Different levels of Hull Upgrades are required for armor plates and energized armor membranes. Hull Upgrades IV is required for the Damage Control II module, which is fit to nearly all logistics hulls.

Jury Rigging Level3.gif Level3.gif
Prerequisite to other rigging skills.

Jury Rigging offers no benefits other than enabling training of other rigging skills. Do not train past Jury Rigging III. (Unless you do rig manufacturing.)

Racial Cruiser Level4.gif Level5.gif
Tied to cruiser ship bonuses.

Critical for flying Tech I logistics cruisers. The effect of this skill on remote repair amount and capacitor cost is huge. Racial Cruiser V is required for any Tech II logistics cruiser.

Racial Frigate Level3.gif Level5.gif
Tied to frigate ship bonuses.

Critical for flying Tech I logistics frigates. The effect of this skill on remote repair amount and capacitor cost is pretty dramatic. Racial Frigate V is required for any Tech II logistics frigate.

Repair Drone Operation Level1.gif Level5.gif
Increases logistics drone repair rate.

Repair Drone Operation I is required for Tech I maintenance bots; Repair Drone Operation V is required for Tech II bots.

Target Management Level3.gif Level4.gif Level5.gif
Increases maximum number of locked targets.

Useful for quickly switching between multiple repair targets.

Thermodynamics Level2.gif Level3.gif Level5.gif
Reduces heat damage from overheating.

Thermodynamics I is required to overheat modules. Overheating is valuable for logistics pilots; one or two overheated cycles of a resist or repair module may mean the difference between survival and death for you or a repair target.

Important for shield logistics:
Shield Emission Systems Level3.gif Level4.gif Level5.gif
Reduces capacitor cost of remote shield boosters.

Shield Emission Systems I is required for Tech I remote shield boosters, including ancillary remote boosters. Shield Emission Systems III is required for both Tech I shield maintenance bots and small Tech II remote shield boosters; Shield Emission Systems IV is required for medium and large Tech II remote boosters, and Tech II shield maintenance bots. Remote shield boosters consume a lot of capacitor, and so high levels in this skill help meet the cap demand of shield logistics ships.

Shield Management Level3.gif Level4.gif Level5.gif Increases shield HP.
Shield Operation Level3.gif Level4.gif Level5.gif Increases shield recharge rate.
Shield Rigging Level3.gif Level4.gif Reduces signature radius penalty of shield rigs.
Shield Upgrades Level3.gif Level4.gif Level5.gif
Reduces powergrid need of shield extenders.

Shield Upgrades I is required for Tech I shield extenders and shield resistance amplifiers. Shield Upgrades IV is required for Tech II versions of these same modules.

Important for armor logistics:
Armor Rigging Level3.gif Level4.gif Reduces velocity penalty of armor rigs.
Remote Armor Repair Systems Level3.gif Level4.gif Level5.gif
Reduces capacitor cost of remote armor repairers.

Remote Armor Repair Systems I is required for small Tech I remote armor repairers, including small ancillary remote repairers, and Remote Armor Repair Systems II is required for medium-sized versions. Remote Armor Repair Systems III is required for large Tech I remote armor repairers, small Tech II repairers, and Tech I armor maintenance bots. Remote Armor Repair Systems IV is required for Tech II armor bots. Remote armor repairers consume a lot of capacitor, and so high levels in this skill help meet the cap demand of armor logistics ships.

Advanced skills:
Logistics Cruisers Level4.gif
Tied to Tech II logistics cruiser bonuses.

Important for flying Tech II logistics cruisers. This skill reduces remote repair module capacitor cost, and for cap-chain cruisers, remote capacitor transfer cost.

Logistics Frigates Level4.gif
Tied to Tech II logistics frigate bonuses.

Important for flying Tech II logistics frigates. This skill contributes both to repair capacity and either HP or signature radius.

Sensor Linking Level3.gif
Reduces capacitor cost of remote sensor boosters.

Sensor Linking I is required for Tech I remote sensor boosters and remote tracking computers. The train time to level III is short, and the cap benefit is okay. Might as well.

Bonuses from Implants and Boosts

Implants

There are three sets of implants that directly affect the capacitor efficiency of logistics modules:

Slot Implant Bonus
7 Inherent Implants 'Noble' Remote Armor Repair Systems series (RA-70x) 1% to 6% reduced capacitor need for remote armor repair modules.
8 Zainou ‘Gnome’ Shield Emission Systems series (SE-80x) 1% to 6% reduced capacitor need for remote shield boosting modules.
9 Zainou ‘Gypsy’ Sensor Linking series (SL-90x) 1% to 6% reduced capacitor need for sensor linking modules.

Command Burst Boosts

See also: Command Bursts

Remote shield boosting and remote armor repair are directly improved by a nearby fleet member utilizing Command Burst modules dedicated to armor or shields. These include:

Warfare Link Module Effect
Icon rapid repair.pngArmored Command Burst - Rapid Repair Charge Reduces cycle time and capacitor need of fleetmates' remote armor repairers.
Icon active shielding.pngShield Command Burst - Active Shielding Charge Decreases the cycle time and capacitor need of fleetmates' remote shield boosters.

The magnitude of the effects of these modules depends on booster skills, on the ship the link modules are fit to, and on whether the module is Tech I or Tech II.

Logistics organization and tactics

Logistics pilots have the greatest impact when they work well within their fleet. As a result, understanding fleet organization, fleet mechanics, and the fleet interface is critical for logistics pilots. Prospective logistics pilots should be familiar with The Rookie's Guide To Fleet Ops, as well as the UniWiki's guides on the Fleet User Interface and Fleet Watch Lists. Logistics pilots should also try to attend Fleets 101, and to participate in a few fleets as a damage dealer or EWAR pilot, to get used to fleet operations before joining a fleet with multiple logistics partners.

General Guidelines

In the Fleet window, Ctl-click on your fleetmate's broadcast for reps to target them and provide support. If you are the one that needs support, click on the appropriate symbol at the bottom of the Fleet window. (It is also possible to bind these broadcasts to hotkeys in the game's General Settings window.
  • Prepare and use your fleet window. If your gang is small enough, your fleetmates may be able to request repairs in comms. ("Hey, Antei! Tasti needs reps!") But in even a medium-sized fleet, comms are intended for communication between FC's and the rest of the fleet. Under these circumstances, fleetmates "broadcast for reps" via the Fleet window, and you can see their requests under the window's History tab. As described in the Fleet User Interface guide, use the Broadcast Settings window to make the "Need Armor", "Need Shield", and "Need Capacitor" broadcasts show up with distinct color backgrounds. When one of these broadcasts is listed in the Fleet History window, you can Ctl-click the broadcast to lock that pilot and immediately provide repairs or cap. Once your fleetmate no longer needs assistance—maybe because the enemy fleet has shifted targets—they will broadcast "In Position At" to indicate this. You will need to watch the Fleet window for this signal, and be prepared to switch the focus of your remote support. The only time this won't be true is when you are the enemy's primary target, in which case you will be the one broadcasting for reps.
From the Fleet window, open the Broadcast Settings sub-window to adjust the appearance of your fleetmates' broadcasts, and to make them stand out against other fleet events. Use the dropdown boxes to the right of armor, shield and capacitor broadcasts to set their colors to something other than gray.


An example of a fleet watchlist. The three horizontal bars correspond to shield, armor, and hull for each pilot. Pilots that are off-grid don't show any bars. The symbols to the left of the bars correspond to the latest broadcast from that pilot.
  • Fill your watchlist. The Watchlist is a window that allows you to monitor the shield, armor and hull HP of fleetmates that are on grid with you, without having to lock them. In addition, clicking on names in the Watchlist window has the same effect as selecting them in space or in the Overview window, which makes interacting with these particular pilots very easy. The Watchlist is an extremely important tool for logistics pilots, and will allow you to identify fleetmates that need repairs even before they identify themselves.
Fleetmates can be added to your Watchlist by right-clicking on the pilot name and selecting "Add to Watchlist". Unfortunately, the Watchlist can only hold 15 pilots. If you are flying logistics in a small gang, this may be enough space to list your entire fleet. But if you are in a larger fleet, you will need to choose who to include (or you will need to follow the FC's or logi captain's instructions on who to add). In general, you will be asked to include fleet, wing, and squad commanders on your watchlist first, because they are critical to passing fleet boosts to the fleet. You will then probably add your fellow logistics pilots, because they are so often the primary targets of the opposing fleet. Finish out your list with any critical damage dealers or other pilots you expect to need early repairs.
  • Know your optimal and falloff ranges, and what distance you and your fellow logistics pilots plan to repair from. As described above, different logistics hulls and modules have different characteristic repair ranges. Know how far from your damage-dealing fleetmates you plan to be.
  • Warp into the engagement at the appropriate range, opposite the enemy. The FC will likely warp the fleet's damage dealers at their weapons' optimal range. You will need to be behind those damage dealers, so ignore the FC's fleet warp instructions to the damage-dealing group. (You might do this by canceling the fleet warp once it starts, or the FC may have organized wings and squads so that the logistics group warps separately.) You will warp at your own range to your fleetmates, with them in between you and the enemy. If you are flying armor logistics, this will probably be at your repair modules' optimal range. If you are flying shield logistics, your range will be dictated by the FC, but (optimal + half-falloff) is a good rule of thumb.
  • If there are multiple logistics pilots, orbit the nominated logi anchor. Before the fleet gets underway, the FC should have named a logistics "anchor"—a pilot that logistics ships should orbit at close distance. In this way, only the anchor pilot is responsible for positioning the logistics group, and all the other pilots simply follow that anchor. (The logi anchor may or may not be the same as the logi captain.) The situation can get more complicated if your opponents field Command Destroyers, which use Micro Jump Fields to separate clustered logistics ships from their fleetmates; if the FC orders you to spread out, that might be why. But at least initially, stick to your anchor.
  • If you fall behind the rest of the fleet, out of repair distance, warp out and back in. Logistics ships are sometimes slower than the rest of the fleet, especially when they are fit with afterburners instead of microwarpdrives. If you fall behind, try to warp to a tactical bookmark behind the logistics group, and then warp back to a damage dealer at closer range than you need. (This ensures that your fleetmate won't just race away from you again.)
  • Watch your capacitor. Capacitor regenerates fastest when it is at 25% of maximum, but very slowly at 0%. Don't allow your capacitor to drop to 0%. You may need to deactivate one repair module for a while, deactivate an active resist module that you realize you don't need vs. the opponents' damage type, or be more conservative with your propulsion module. If you cap yourself out, you won't be able to activate anything, or even warp out—you'll be a sitting duck. Don't let that happen!
  • Stagger your repair modules' activation, if you can. Repair modules can have pretty long activation times. If you activate them all at once, it might be 8 seconds before you can re-target them to a different fleetmate who calls for emergency reps. By staggering your repair modules, you can gradually shift the target of your repairs. Staggering also evens out the load on your capacitor.
  • Don't forget to launch and use your maintenance bots!
  • If you are the target of a specialized ship or tactic, communicate that with the logi leader or FC. If you find that a specific enemy ship is taking you out of the fight with neuts or EWAR, tell the FC (preferably in fleet/logi chat); the fleet may be able to switch targets to take out threat, or your FC may have other instructions for you.

Cap-Chain Logistics

Cap-chain logistics groups are often organized in a chat channel. The current member list is used to figure out who transfers cap to who. In the case of a 1-up, 1-down configuration (very common), John Smallberries both gives and receives cap with the channel members above and below him on the list.

As explained in the section on Cap-Chain Logistics Cruisers, cap-chain ships have the advantage of abundant capacitor and they seldom have to worry about having to cycle modules on and off. But cap-chain logistics pilots do have an extra layer of complexity to deal with: maintaining the capacitor chain. There are a few ways to do this, but the most common method in EVE University fleets is to organize cap-transfer partners in a dedicated logistics chat channel set up by the logi captain. Once you are in this channel, the names above and below yours in the Member List are your transfer partners (assuming a 1-up, 1-down transfer scheme—your FC could choose a different one). Members at the very top and very bottom of the member list are also partnered. The advantage of using a chat channel is that members can drop out of the channel when they are destroyed or otherwise incapacitated, and the remaining, neighboring pilots can adjust by obtaining a new cap-transfer partner from the member list.

Logistics and Crimewatch

Assuming their safeties are set to the appropriate level, logistics pilots inherit the timers of the pilots they repair, and may receive new ones. If the repaired ship is engaged in combat, the logistics pilot will almost certainly receive PvP, Weapons, and Limited Engagement timers. In addition, if repair occurs in low- or high-security space, and the logistics pilot is not legally allowed to engage all of the repaired ship's combat targets--say, the logistics pilot is not at war with the other party in the engagement--the logistics pilot will become suspect, even if neither of the engaged pilots are. As a result, logistics pilots occasionally have to think about how repair affects other, non-aligned pilots in system. Your logistics ship may end up attackable by parties in system that you did not expect. E-UNI's high-sec war targets will often exploit this mechanism by using out-of-corp logistics ships to repair their attackers. The logistics ships become suspect and flashy (attackable), but their destruction does not register on the WT corp killboard.

On the other hand, repairing a ship that is not engaged in combat does not tag you in any important way. (You could still inherit a limited engagement timer, but this does not bind your actions.) So if a pilot has a corpmate that undocked from a station and is taking fire, but the corpmate has not fired a shot, the pilot may undock in their logistics ship and repair their corpmate without significant consequences; they could immediately dock afterwards to avoid getting hit by the opponent. But this is only true if the corpmate has not engaged the opponent. If they have, the logistics pilot would inherit a PvP timer that prohibits them from docking for 1 minute.

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