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Smartbombs are point-blank area-of-effect weapons. When fired, they do damage to everything in a short distance (~10km) around the activating ship, friend or foe. They fill a very niche role within EVE, since they have very specific characteristics that limit their usefulness as a general weapon system.

There are very few ways to improve their performance outside of good piloting.

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Fitting

A smartbomb is a ship module that is fitted in a high slot. They come in micro, small, medium, and large sizes, with each size using more power grid and CPU, with increased range and damage output. Smartbombs use considerably more CPU than most turret weapons for the same sized ship, but do not take up a turret or missile hardpoint. This means that they fall under the 'utility' category for high slot modules, meaning that they are most sometimes used in an extra high slot available on a ship when all of its turret and missile hardpoints are used.

Characteristics

Smartbombs are different than most damage-dealing ship modules for three reasons. As already mentioned, smartbombs do not use hardpoints, like turrets or missile launchers. Secondly, they are not targeted, much like bombs. However, unlike bombs, the explosion they create originates from the ship, rather than a launched warhead. They damage all ships within the explosion radius apart from the ship which used the smartbomb. Finally, the damage that smartbombs inflict is not affected by the damaged ships signature radius or speed. Smartbomb damage is only mitigated by resistances and simply not being in the blast radius.

Both friends and foes are damaged by smartbombs. Care must be taken in high and low security space not to unintentionally damage structures or ships protected by CONCORD, since this will affect the user's security status, and in high security will result in CONCORD intervention (ie. the destruction of the offending ship). Your own drones, if they are within range, will also be damaged by a smartbomb. In order to activate smartbombs in high security space, you need to set your safety settings to red.

Usage

The main use of smartbombs is by larger ships, such as battleships, to destroy small, weak targets, like capsules or drones. These small targets are very difficult to hit with large turrets or missiles due to explosion radius and tracking problems, and take a very long time to lock up in the first place. See Tracking and Missile Characteristics if you are unfamiliar with these problems. Pilots will fit one or more smartbombs, which will be able to hit with perfect accuracy and damage so long as the targets are within range. For smaller ships, like frigates, destroyers, and to a lesser degree cruisers and battlecruisers, their turrets and missiles can track and hit these small, fast-moving targets better, so pilots will save the steep CPU costs of smartbombs to fit other or better modules.

Some organizations like Rooks and Kings have used smartbombs to great effect by pipe bombing, which consists of using a titan to jump bridge a fleet of smartbomb equipped battleships while an enemy fleet is in warp. The enemy fleet lands in the newly bridged battleships, which activate all their smart bombs, dealing massive damage to the whole fleet at once with no lock on time.

Modules

Smartbombs are categorized by size (Micro, Small, Medium, and Large), and damage type (EM, Thermal, Kinetic, and Explosive). The means to acquire new micro smartbombs were removed long ago, and they exist today only as collector's items, and so will not be listed here.

Tech 1 and Tech 2 smartbombs have identical stats across their size class, regardless of damage type; a Large EMP Smartbomb has the same stats as a Large Concussive Smartbomb, except for the damage type. Additionally, all Faction smartbombs are identical within their size and damage type; Medium Amarr Navy EMP Smartbombs are identical to Medium Dark Blood EMP Smartbombs.

All smartbombs have a cycle time of 10 seconds. Overheating a smartbomb reduces its cycle time by 15%.

Naming convention

Smartbombs follow a naming convention of (size) (damage-descriptor) Smartbomb, with an optional (faction) preceding the name.

Damage
type
T1 & 2 Meta 1 Factions
Icon damage em.png EM EMP 'Vehemance' Shockwave Charge Amarr Navy,
Ammatar Navy,
Dark Blood,
Khanid Navy,
True Sansha
Icon damage therm.png Thermal Plasma YF-12a Smartbomb Gallente Navy,
Shadow Serpentis
Icon damage kin.png Kinetic Graviton Rudimentary Concussion Bomb Caldari Navy,
Dread Guristas
Icon damage exp.png Explosive Proton 'Notos' Explosive Charge Republic Fleet,
Domination

Small smartbombs

Name/Category Tech Meta CPU required (TF) Powergrid required (MW) Capacitor
Use
Icon target range.png Range Damage
All small T1 smartbombs I 0 30 8 30 3 50
Small 'Vehemence' Shockwave Charge I 1 24 8 30 3 60EM damage
Small YF-12a Smartbomb I 25 60Thermal damage
Small Rudimentary Concussion Bomb I 27 60Kinetic damage
Small 'Notos' Explosive Charge I 28 60Explosive damage
Icon tech2.png All small T2 smartbombs[1] II 5 30 8 30 3 70
Icon storyline.png'Pike' Small EMP Smartbomb 6 24 7 30 3 60EM damage
Icon storyline.pngSmall Degenerative Concussion Bomb 6 17 5 15 2.4 25Explosive damage
Icon faction.pngFaction small EM smartbombs[2] 9 30 8 20 4.5 75EM damage
Icon faction.pngFaction small thermal smartbombs[3] 21 4.05 68Thermal damage
Icon faction.pngFaction small kinetic smartbombs[4] 24 3.75 63Kinetic damage
Icon faction.pngFaction small explosive smartbombs[5] 23 3.9 65Explosive damage
  1. ^ Requires Energy Pulse Weapons III to use.
  2. ^ Includes Amarr Navy, Ammatar Navy, Dark Blood, Khanid Navy, and True Sansha modules
  3. ^ Includes Gallente Navy and Shadow Serpentis modules
  4. ^ Includes Caldari Navy and Dread Guristas modules
  5. ^ Includes Republic Fleet and Domination modules

Medium smartbombs

Name/Category Tech Meta CPU required (TF) Powergrid required (MW) Capacitor
Use
Icon target range.png Range Damage
All medium T1 smartbombs I 0 50 200 200 4 100
Medium 'Vehemence' Shockwave Charge I 1 40 200 200 4 120EM damage
Medium YF-12a Smartbomb I 42 120Thermal damage
Medium Rudimentary Concussion Bomb I 45 120Kinetic damage
Medium 'Notos' Explosive Charge I 47 120Explosive damage
Icon tech2.png All medium T2 smartbombs[1] II 5 50 200 200 4 140
Icon storyline.png'Lancer' Medium EMP Smartbomb 6 40 180 75 4.8 140EM damage
Icon storyline.pngMedium Degenerative Concussion Bomb 6 43 180 75 4.8 100Explosive damage
Icon faction.pngFaction medium EM smartbombs[2] 9 50 200 49 6 150EM damage
Icon faction.pngFaction medium thermal smartbombs[3] 53 5.4 135Thermal damage
Icon faction.pngFaction medium kinetic smartbombs[4] 60 5 125Kinetic damage
Icon faction.pngFaction medium explosive smartbombs[5] 56 5.2 130Explosive damage
  1. ^ Requires Energy Pulse Weapons IV to use.
  2. ^ Includes Amarr Navy, Ammatar Navy, Dark Blood, Khanid Navy, and True Sansha modules
  3. ^ Includes Gallente Navy and Shadow Serpentis modules
  4. ^ Includes Caldari Navy and Dread Guristas modules
  5. ^ Includes Republic Fleet and Domination modules

Large smartbombs

Name/Category Tech Meta CPU required (TF) Powergrid required (MW) Capacitor
Use
Icon target range.png Range Damage
All large T1 smartbombs I 0 80 1000 200 5 250
Large 'Vehemence' Shockwave Charge I 1 64 1000 200 5 300EM damage
Large YF-12a Smartbomb I 68 300Thermal damage
Large Rudimentary Concussion Bomb I 72 300Kinetic damage
Large 'Notos' Explosive Charge I 76 300Explosive damage
Icon tech2.png All large T2 smartbombs[1] II 5 80 1100 220 6 300
Icon storyline.png'Warhammer' Large EMP Smartbomb 6 64 900 200 6 350EM damage
Icon storyline.pngLarge Degenerative Concussion Bomb 6 68 900 200 6 250Explosive damage
Icon faction.pngFaction medium EM smartbombs[2] 9 80 1000 130 7.5 375EM damage
Icon faction.pngFaction medium thermal smartbombs[3] 140 6.75 338Thermal damage
Icon faction.pngFaction medium kinetic smartbombs[4] 160 6.25 313Kinetic damage
Icon faction.pngFaction medium explosive smartbombs[5] 150 6.5 325Explosive damage
  1. ^ Requires Energy Pulse Weapons V to use.
  2. ^ Includes Amarr Navy, Ammatar Navy, Dark Blood, Khanid Navy, and True Sansha modules
  3. ^ Includes Gallente Navy and Shadow Serpentis modules
  4. ^ Includes Caldari Navy and Dread Guristas modules
  5. ^ Includes Republic Fleet and Domination modules

Additionally, large smartbombs have various officer modules which have increased performance at the cost of increased fitting stats.

Skills

Basic Skills

  • Energy Pulse Weapons (2x, 130k ISK): Allows you to equip smartbombs, and reduces their cycle time by 5% per level, which increases both DPS and cap usage.

Fitting Skills

  • Weapon Upgrades (2x, 80k ISK): Decreases the CPU needs of smartbomb modules by 5% per level. A fairly important skill, as smartbombs are very cpu intensive. Note that Advanced Weapon Upgrades does not affect smartbombs, only turrets and launchers.
  • Basic fitting skills are important when working with smartbombs, due to their high fitting requirements. Make sure you train CPU Management, and less importantly for smartbombs, Power Grid Management to V.

Implants

The Inherent Implants 'Squire' Energy Pulse Weapons implant range is the only way to improve the performance of smartbombs. These plug in to slot 7, and decrease the cycle time of smartbombs by 1-6%. They are available from various military LP stores.

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