Rail Moas

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Rail Moas

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You would be forgiven for thinking that Rail Moas would be another Caldari Sniper doctrine, in the tradition of Longbow Cormorants, or Rail Feroxes. However the Moa lacks any range bonus, unlike the other two ships, making the Rail Moa more of a mid-range brawling ship than a pure sniper

While the Moa can be fitted with Blasters as a pure close range brawler, its relatively low speed, and lack of range projection in this form makes it relatively unimpressive versus alternatives such as Thoraxes or Omens. Fitting Rails however allows the Moa some flexibility in range, while still benefitting from its good tank and damage bonus

Implementation

The Rail Moa does its best damage at around 10-15km, with Antimatter ammunition. The twist for the Rail Moa though is that by loading T2 Spike ammunition, it can also project equally good damage out to 40-50km. T1 fit variants can match the range with Tungsten or Iron ammunition, however the falloff in damage is significant for T1 fitted ships

This flexibility makes Rail Moas a solid T1 Cruiser option for Null Sec combat, where range control can be difficult, and the flexibility to engage at long range is arguably more important than having the good tracking to deal with small ships, which will be a less frequent opponent in this space. In comparison to BLAP Caracals, which are the closest comparable for this style of fighting, the Moa carries a heavier tank, and more sustained (and instantly applied) damage, versus the Caracals’ high burst damage, and excellent application to small ships, but long reload times between clips

The Moa, like most T1 Cruisers, struggles for capacitor stability with a MWD fitted. While some fleets will fit an Afterburner to avoid this issue, this is usually a tactic used for fixed objective fights, and is less useful for roaming fleets where the speed to reposition on-grid and escape bubbles is very useful. Instead, a capacitor booster can be fitted in the mid slots to address the capacitor issues. This does detract from your shield tank, however the Moa’s innate tank bonus means that even with this compromise, its tank remains one of the best in its class, at around 42k EHP when overheated

The tactics for the Rail Moas are largely an extrapolation from that of Good Omens. When facing larger, or equally sized opponents such as Battlecruisers, you will want to fight at relatively close range, aim to use your higher damage, better tracking Antimatter ammunition, and take advantage of your mid-range to switch targets within a large fleet very quickly and easily, to break Logistics reps, or to target logistics ships themselves. Depending on the size of ship you are engaging, you may wish to try and get under their guns, or to maximize your own damage application by minimising transversal

Be aware that ships such as Feroxes or Harbingers will easily out DPS you at longer ranges, or simply out-range you entirely if allowed to, and therefore if they pull range, you should be looking to disengage, or at the least, reposition

Against smaller sized ships such as Frigates or Destroyers, where tracking could be a concern, or against rarer fleets of brawling fit battlecruisers, the Moas will most often burn away from an opponent, to minimize transversal, force them to chase you, and allow you to apply your medium guns from range

In either situation, the fleet will want to be anchored on a single anchor or the FC in order to ensure the fleet stays together, and remains at the preferred range for the engagement

The Moas do not carry any tackle of their own, due to the lack of mid slot space, plus the tendency of the doctrine to fight on the edge of tackle range. This means you rely on Interceptors, and Interdictors to prevent an opposing ship or fleet from leaving the grid. Once again, this makes Rail Moas optimal in Null Sec, while in Low Sec the lack of bubble mechanics means this fleet may struggle to catch opponents

Fleet Composition and Fits

Mainline DD

T2 Guns are strongly preferred due to the excellent damage which Spike gives you at long range. T1 fits lose a lot of DPS at the longer ranges when using Thorium or Iron ammunition, reducing your flexibility slightly

Rail Moa
Moa: Rail Moa
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[Moa, Rail Moa]
200mm Railgun II
200mm Railgun II
200mm Railgun II
200mm Railgun II
200mm Railgun II

Large Shield Extender II
Small F-RX Compact Capacitor Booster
Multispectrum Shield Hardener II
Multispectrum Shield Hardener II
50MN Quad LiF Restrained Microwarpdrive

Damage Control II
Magnetic Field Stabilizer II
Magnetic Field Stabilizer II
Magnetic Field Stabilizer II

Medium Core Defense Field Extender I
Medium EM Shield Reinforcer I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I


Warrior II x3

Javelin M x1000
Spike M x1000
Federation Navy Thorium Charge M x1000
Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge M x1000
Nanite Repair Paste x50
Navy Cap Booster 400 x25

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Rail Moa T1
Moa: Rail Moa T1
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[Moa, Rail Moa T1]
200mm Compact Gauss Gun
200mm Compact Gauss Gun
200mm Compact Gauss Gun
200mm Compact Gauss Gun
200mm Compact Gauss Gun

Large Azeotropic Restrained Shield Extender
Small F-RX Compact Capacitor Booster
Limited Multispectrum Shield Hardener I
Limited Multispectrum Shield Hardener I
50MN Quad LiF Restrained Microwarpdrive

Damage Control II
Magnetic Field Stabilizer II
Reactor Control Unit I
Magnetic Field Stabilizer II

Medium Core Defense Field Extender I
Medium EM Shield Reinforcer I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I


Warrior I x3

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Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge M x2000
Nanite Repair Paste x50
Navy Cap Booster 400 x25

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Logistics

Given you are, or should be, anchored on one ship when fighting, cap chaining Logi such as Ospreys can work well here, and in general, are more forgiving of low skills than independent Logi such as Scimitars. Either can work, however Uni FCs may wish to call for Osprey Logi to fit with the BLAP Skillplan which many pilots will have trained

E-UNI BLAP Osprey T2
Osprey: E-UNI BLAP Osprey T2
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[Osprey, E-UNI BLAP Osprey T2]
Medium S95a Scoped Remote Shield Booster
Medium 'Regard' Remote Capacitor Transmitter
Medium S95a Scoped Remote Shield Booster
Medium 'Regard' Remote Capacitor Transmitter
Medium S95a Scoped Remote Shield Booster

Large Shield Extender II
50MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive
Sensor Booster II
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II

Signal Amplifier II
Signal Amplifier II
Damage Control II

Medium Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
Medium Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
Medium Anti-Thermal Screen Reinforcer I


Light Shield Maintenance Bot I x3
Warrior II x1

Targeting Range Script x1
Scan Resolution Script x1
Nanite Repair Paste x40
ECCM Script x1

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E-UNI BLAP Osprey
Osprey: E-UNI BLAP Osprey
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[Osprey, E-UNI BLAP Osprey]
Medium Murky Compact Remote Shield Booster
Medium Murky Compact Remote Shield Booster
Medium 'Regard' Remote Capacitor Transmitter
Medium 'Regard' Remote Capacitor Transmitter
Medium Murky Compact Remote Shield Booster

Limited Adaptive Invulnerability Field I
Alumel-Wired Enduring Sensor Booster
50MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive
Limited Adaptive Invulnerability Field I
Large Azeotropic Restrained Shield Extender

Damage Control I
F-89 Compact Signal Amplifier
F-89 Compact Signal Amplifier

Medium Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
Medium Anti-Thermal Screen Reinforcer I
Medium Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I


Warrior I x1
Light Shield Maintenance Bot I x3

Targeting Range Script x1
Scan Resolution Script x1
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Nanite Repair Paste x40

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  • If only training the base BLAP Logistics plan, Drones may not be usable.
  • If both BLAP plans have been trained, Repair Drone Operation should be a minimal training investment.


Support Ships

Your primary scouts and tackle remain Interceptors as always. However due to this being an almost exclusively Null Sec doctrine, and given the tactics noted above, it would be frankly negligent to not have at least 2 Interdictors with the fleet. Sabres are (as usual) your best bet, due to the combination of speed, shield tank, and low signature radius

Standard Sabre
Sabre: Standard Sabre
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[Sabre, Standard Sabre]
125mm Light Compact Automatic Cannon
125mm Light Compact Automatic Cannon
125mm Light Compact Automatic Cannon
Compact Cloaking Device I
Interdiction Sphere Launcher I
125mm Light Compact Automatic Cannon
125mm Light Compact Automatic Cannon
125mm Light Compact Automatic Cannon

5MN Quad LiF Restrained Microwarpdrive
Medium Azeotropic Restrained Shield Extender
Medium Shield Extender II
Initiated Compact Warp Scrambler

Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Damage Control II

Small Core Defense Field Extender I
Small Core Defense Field Extender I



Republic Fleet EMP S x1500
Republic Fleet Proton S x1000
Warp Disrupt Probe x78
Nanite Repair Paste x50

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Your second best support ship (after a Sabre) is a Command Destroyer. The MJFG helps with fleet repositioning, and the command bursts can increase tank, or decrease signature radius, amplifying the existing strengths of the doctrine. The Bifrost offers better flexibility of Command Bursts, with a useful bonus to Skirmish boosts as well as the standard Shield boosts, while the Stork generally carries a larger DPS threat. There is little to choose from, however if you already have sufficient DPS in fleet, the Bifrost is probably marginally more suitable

BiBiFrost
Bifrost: BiBiFrost
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[Bifrost, BiBiFrost]
Skirmish Command Burst II
Shield Command Burst II
Arbalest Compact Light Missile Launcher

Micro Jump Field Generator
Multispectrum Shield Hardener II
J5b Enduring Warp Scrambler
Republic Fleet Medium Shield Extender
5MN Cold-Gas Enduring Microwarpdrive

Damage Control II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II

Small Command Processor I
Small Core Defense Field Extender II



Caldari Navy Nova Light Missile x2000
Caldari Navy Mjolnir Light Missile x2000
Nanite Repair Paste x75
Active Shielding Charge x120
Shield Harmonizing Charge x120
Shield Extension Charge x120
Evasive Maneuvers Charge x120
Interdiction Maneuvers Charge x120
Rapid Deployment Charge x120

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Finally, as tracking is a constant concern for this doctrine, webbing ships can be very useful to maximize damage application. The Hyena is your best option here, as it can hold a decent shield tank, compared to an Ashimmu. A Huginn would also be viable, but is a considerable cost investment compared to the rest of the fleet

Shield Hyena
Hyena: Shield Hyena
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[Hyena, Shield Hyena]
125mm Gatling AutoCannon II, Barrage S
125mm Gatling AutoCannon II, Barrage S

5MN Microwarpdrive II
Medium Shield Extender II
Stasis Webifier II
Stasis Webifier II

Damage Control II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II

Small Core Defense Field Extender I
Small Polycarbon Engine Housing II



Barrage S x1

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