Rifter

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Rifter
Rifter
Minmatar Republic
Minmatar Republic
ECM PRIORITY
LOW
LADAR
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LOW Priority Target

Refer to your best judgement or the FC instructions on jamming targets. The priority displayed here is meant only as a basic guideline for prioritizing targets on a theoretical level, actual field priority may differ depending on the circumstances.


Standard Frigates
Rifter Class
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The Rifter is a very powerful combat frigate and can easily tackle the best frigates out there. It has gone through many radical design phases since its inauguration during the Minmatar Rebellion. The Rifter has a wide variety of offensive capabilities, making it an unpredictable and deadly adversary.

SHIP BONUSES

Minmatar Frigate bonuses (per skill level):
5% bonus to Small Projectile Turret rate of fire
10% bonus to Small Projectile Turret falloff

Required Skills
Training Time what's this?
25m 0s
Estimated training time only for the listed skills based on zero implants and without neural remaps.
Grouping
▪ Role(s) Combat Frigate
▪ Variations
Wolf
Wolf
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Wolf
Assault Frigates Rifter Class
high slots5(1/4) middle slots2 low slots5
powergrid48 MW cpu output135 tf
max. velocity375 m/sec
cargo capacity165 m³
,Jaguar
Jaguar
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Jaguar
Assault Frigates Rifter Class
high slots4(3/1) middle slots5 low slots3
powergrid39 MW cpu output180 tf
max. velocity368 m/sec
cargo capacity130 m³

Ship Attributes

Fittings
Powergrid
powergrid
41 MW
CPU
cpu output
130 tf
Capacitor
capacitor
250 GJ
High
high slots
3
Launchers
launcher slots
2
Turrets
turret slots
3
Medium
middle slots
3
Low
low slots
4
Rig
rigs
3
 
small
Calibration
calibration
400
Navigation
Max Velocity
max. velocity
365 m/sec
Inertia Modifier
inertia modifier (agility)
3.2
Warp Speed
inertia modifier (agility)
5 AU/s
Base Time to Warp
base time to warp
4.73 s
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Base Time to Warp is essentially the time needed for this ship to align and accelerate until it reaches 75% of its top speed and goes to warp. The time displayed here is the base calculated time with no account for any warp related skills, modules or any other effects.
Drones
No drone bay.
Targeting
Max Tgt. Range
max. targeting range
22.50 km
Max Locked Targets
max. locked targets
4
LADAR Sensor
LADAR sensor strength
8 points
Sig. Radius
ship signature radius
35 m
Scan Res.
scan resolution
660 mm
Structure
Structure Hitpoints
structure hitpoints
350 HP
Mass
ship mass
1,067,000 kg
Volume
ship volume
27,289 m³
Cargo Capacity
cargo capacity
140 m³
Shields
Shield Capacity
shields
450 HP
Shield Resistances
EM
shield electromagnetic resistance
0
THR
shield thermal resistance
20
KIN
shield kinetic resistance
40
EXP
shield explosive resistance
50
Armor
Armor Hitpoints
armor
450 HP
Armor Resistances
EM
shield electromagnetic resistance
60
THR
armor thermal resistance
35
KIN
armor kinetic resistance
25
EXP
armor explosive resistance
10


Summary

The Rifter is the primary Minmatar damage-dealing frigate. For tackling, a Slasher is a safer bet, as it has tackling bonuses.

Skills

As a basic Tech 1 frigate, the Rifter is a forgiving and undemanding ship. New pilots will get more out of it, though, if they train at least a few levels of relevant gunnery skills to back up its bonuses for projectile turrets.

Tactics

The Rifter is not an outstanding frigate, but it does have a balanced 3/3/4 slot layout, which allows pilots some tactical flexibility.

PvE

With no need to tackle the kind of enemies faced in new-player PvE combat and Level 1 missions, Rifter pilots can try mounting a small shield tank and putting a Damage Control and Gyrostabilizers (for more damage) in the low slots. The Rifter is a perfectly good ship for most or all Level 1 mission work, but pilots will probably soon move on from the Rifter to the Thrasher and then (for Level 2 missions) the Rupture.

PvP

The Rifter sees some use in small-scale Faction Warfare battles. With its speed and its falloff bonus (and especially with T2 autocannon, which can use the falloff-boosting Barrage ammo), the Rifter can try to kite at the edge of warp scrambler range. Artillery fits are a squeeze, but can attempt kiting beyond scram range and within point range.

In PvP fleets, the Rifter is not a bad choice for a new Minmatar character who wants to bring some small-sized DPS to the table, but it is worth checking with your FC whether or not a tackling Slasher might offer more utility to the fleet.

Notes

For more than a decade of Eve Online's history, the Rifter was the best of all Tech 1 frigates, highly popular for solo PvP and for cheap, low-SP "swarm" fleets. It was regarded as "EVE's AK-47": an affordable and reliable weapon wielded by many. This popularity, and perhaps its iconic silhouette when seen from above, gave it pride of place in publicity material and player memes.

Since a major frigate rebalancing in the middle of the 2010s, the Rifter has become a significantly weaker ship, and one seen much less often in PvP. Its iconic silhouette is still used in game for the fitting window icon and the cargo hold button within the Fitting window, however, and outside the game itself a picture of the Rifter is used as the icon for the popular third-party fitting tool PYFA.

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