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Tristan
Tristan
Gallente Federation
Gallente Federation
ECM PRIORITY
LOW
Magnetometric
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LOW Priority Target

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Standard Frigates
Tristan Class
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Often nicknamed The Fat Man, this nimble little frigate is mainly used by the Federation in escort duties or on short-range patrols. The Tristan has been very popular throughout Gallente space for years because of its versatility. It is rather expensive, but buyers will definitely get their money's worth, as the Tristan is one of the more powerful frigates available on the market.

SHIP BONUSES

Gallente Frigate bonuses (per skill level):
7.5% bonus to Small Hybrid Turret tracking speed
10% bonus to Drone hitpoints and tracking speed

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) Droneboat
▪ Variations
Nemesis
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Nemesis
Nemesis
Covert OpsTristan Class
highlightsCan Use Covert Ops Cloak
high slots5
(3/2)
middle slots4
low slots2
powergrid38 MW
cpu output315 tf
max. velocity275 m/sec
cargo capacity270 m³

Ship Attributes

Fittings
Powergrid
powergrid
35 MW
CPU
cpu output
130 tf
Capacitor
capacitor
350 GJ
High
high slots
3
Launchers
launcher slots
0
Turrets
turret slots
2
Medium
middle slots
3
Low
low slots
3
Rig
rigs
3
 
small
Calibration
calibration
400
Navigation
Max Velocity
max. velocity
315 m/sec
Inertia Modifier
inertia modifier (agility)
3.44
Warp Speed
inertia modifier (agility)
5 AU/s
Base Time to Warp
base time to warp
4.56 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
Drone Capacity
drone capacity
40 m³
Drone Bandwith
drone bandwith
25 Mbit/sec
Targeting
Max Tgt. Range
max. targeting range
40.00 km
Max Locked Targets
max. locked targets
5
Magnetometric Sensor
Magnetometric sensor strength
9 points
Sig. Radius
ship signature radius
41 m
Scan Res.
scan resolution
600 mm
Structure
Structure Hitpoints
structure hitpoints
550 HP
Mass
ship mass
956,000 kg
Volume
ship volume
26,500 m³
Cargo Capacity
cargo capacity
140 m³
Shields
Shield Capacity
shields
350 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
50
THR
armor thermal resistance
35
KIN
armor kinetic resistance
35
EXP
armor explosive resistance
10


Summary

The Tristan is a Gallente combat Frigate and the earliest ship in the line of Gallente droneboats. It has a bonus to both Hybrid Turret tracking speed and Drone hitpoints and tracking speed, which gives it high damage application and projection at any range. The drones are an excellent tool in both PvP and PvE, and the Tristan is the only Tech 1 frigate that can field a full flight of 5 light combat drones.

Skills

Since the Tristan is a drone boat, you should focus on training drone skills to effectively fly it. The Tristan can field a full flight of 5 light drones. Train Drones V in order to field all 5 drones. For support skills, train Light Drone Operation V and Drone Interfacing IV to increase the damage of your drones, Drone Avionics V increase your drone control range, and Drone Durability IV increases drone hitpoints. A Racial Drone Specialisation such as Gallente Drone Specialization III is highly recommended - III is a very short train. At the moment, any drone will do, but Caldari will be best due their decent damage, as well as durability, maneuver and MWD-approach speed, and strong shield tank.

You may want to further increase the damage of your drones with weapon upgrades in the low-slots. The Tech 1 Drone Damage Amplifier I (T1 DDA) module requires Weapon Upgrades I and Drones I, and both to IV for the Tech 2 DDA. You can change the order in which you train these skills, however T2 Drones and Drone Damage Amplifiers (Weapon Upgrades IV) are significantly better than their T1 counterparts, and both carry no fitting overhead.

Secondly, should you be kite fitting as recommended, you will want navigation bonuses. These include the basic Navigation IV which provides a flat boost to speed on grid, a propulsion module (ie High Speed Maneuvering III for MWD), and Acceleration Control III to improve the module, and Evasive Maneuvering III to be able to turn away from the opponent. Other valuable skills for the Tristan are Hybrid Turret skills (to take advantage of the ship's tracking speed bonus), energy neutralizer skills (to fit nuets), and either a Tech II shield or a Tech II armor tank, both of which are (as with drones) significantly better than the Tech I versions.

Fitting

Hyperkitten
Tristan: Hyperkitten
EFT
[Tristan, Hyperkitten]

Warp Disruptor II
Medium Shield Extender II
5MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive

Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Drone Damage Amplifier II
Drone Damage Amplifier II

Small Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
Small Anti-Thermal Screen Reinforcer I
Small Core Defense Field Extender I


Acolyte II x5
Warrior II x3

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FITTING DIFFICULTY
EVE VERSION
ASCENSION
ALPHA CAN USE
UNSET
EFT
FLEET-UP
SKILLS
NOTES
RECOMMENDED SKILLS
NOTES
  • Good for both fleets and solo PvP
  • Consider replacing Compact MWD for Enduring or T2, requires 1% CPU Implant
Solo Neut Scram Kite
Tristan: Solo Neut Scram Kite
EFT
[Tristan, Solo Neut Scram Kite]
Small Infectious Scoped Energy Neutralizer
Small Infectious Scoped Energy Neutralizer
Small Infectious Scoped Energy Neutralizer

Small Capacitor Booster II
Warp Scrambler II
1MN Afterburner II

Small Ancillary Armor Repairer
Damage Control II
Drone Damage Amplifier II

Small Transverse Bulkhead I
Small Transverse Bulkhead I
Small Ancillary Current Router I


Hobgoblin II x8

Nanite Repair Paste x32
Navy Cap Booster 400 x12

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FITTING DIFFICULTY
EVE VERSION
ASCENSION
ALPHA CAN USE
UNSET
EFT
FLEET-UP
SKILLS
NOTES
RECOMMENDED SKILLS
NOTES
  • Consider replacing Small Ancillary Current Router I and one neutralizer by another Small Transverse Bulkhead I: a bit less neut power for more tank (500EHP)
Solo Armor Brawl
Tristan: Solo Armor Brawl
EFT
[Tristan, Solo Armor Brawl]
Light Neutron Blaster II
Light Neutron Blaster II

J5b Enduring Warp Scrambler
X5 Enduring Stasis Webifier
1MN Afterburner II

Small Ancillary Armor Repairer
Drone Damage Amplifier II
Damage Control II

Small Anti-Explosive Pump I
Small Auxiliary Nano Pump I
Small Nanobot Accelerator I


Hobgoblin II x8

Void S x320
Null S x320
Nanite Repair Paste x16

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FITTING DIFFICULTY
EVE VERSION
ASCENSION
ALPHA CAN USE
UNSET
EFT
FLEET-UP
SKILLS
NOTES
RECOMMENDED SKILLS
NOTES


Tactics

There are two current play styles regarding the Tristan: The Kite Tristan, which uses range to keep damage down; and The Brawler Tristan, which uses a heavy tank to mitigate damage. Many opinions exist on the most effective way to pilot a drone boat, but generally most veteran players might suggest the kite fit. Kiting is a strategy where the enemy is kept at range so that incoming damage is minimized, but outgoing damage is still effective. Kiting can be thought of as sniping with long range guns, however in this case, the guns are replaced with drones.

The Kiting Tristan

The Tristan comes with two available weapon slots, and has a boost to Hybrid weapons. In the Kiting example, it would be most beneficial to fit Railguns, as they are the long range Hybrid weapon. Fitting short range blasters on a Kiting Tristan boat will be discussed below. Railguns will allow the player to supplement the damage of the drones while staying well out of harms way from the enemy. As the majority of the Tristan's damage comes from its Drones, there is no reason to fit excessively expensive or high damaging guns when starting out with this ship. As the player progresses in skill level, it is advisable to upgrade modules as needed. Focusing on survivability and range dictation should be a primary concern as if the ship explodes, the drones stop functioning.

Blasters, the short range Hybrid weapons, are often fitted to the Tristan to deal with enemy drones or enemy players that are getting too close. In the same Kiting scenario, players could engage their long-range primary target with the drones and at the same time deal damage to close-range drones or enemy ships with the blasters. Other than those circumstances, the blasters would not be used.

Concerning damage mitigation: while the Kiting setup could equally fit modules that increased ship speed at the reduction of armor amount, or fit the complete opposite with a full armor tank, the Brawler setup should be concerned with tank only, be it shield or armor. Gallente ships generally are armor tanked, as ship bonuses are given to armor, and ship design provide opportunity to this tank setup. Those ships with equal numbers of mid and low slots can use either shield or armor at the best judgement of the player.

The Brawling Tristan

The Brawling Tristan should be thought of as a larger drone: Orbiting fast, hitting hard and taking all (or none of) the damage. Brawler Tristan's are generally fit with short range Hybrid weapons, and this is where the ship bonus to turret tracking speed will come into full play. You will find yourself victorious when faced with an enemy set up for ranged combat as there is often a chance to "get under his guns". The closer one orbits, the faster the other ships' turrets have to track.

It would again be up to the player to select a tank based on his skills and the modules he can use. The Brawler Tristan in theory could "speed tank", moving fast enough to take little damage, but this also increases the risk of a ranged setup ship being able to explode you before you can close distance. It is also a possibility that one might try to "speed tank" only to discover that the ship in question is setup for close range combat as well. This would not be an ideal circumstance. It is generally accepted that if your play style involved close range combat, you would be better off to fit some kind of tank to soak up the damage.

Finally, the player will see a gigantic leap in damage performance with the ability to field Tech II drones. This really should be the player's first concern, no matter the play style. Finally these are only two of the most common fits and play styles. With each of these styles, the player should be aware that Hybrid guns use capacitor energy to fire. If the capacitor is empty, you can not fire your guns! Drones will continue to function regardless. Shields and shield modules play a roll in the capacitor usage and amount; when fitting a shield tank, take into consideration the use of Hybrid weapons and their effect on the capacitor. An empty cap can neither power shields nor fire guns.

The Neut Tristan

The Neut Tristan is a particularity deadly version of the Tristan that has been made viable once again with the recent changes to energy neutralizers. It requires fairly advanced fitting skills to fly. A compact afterburner may be fit and a powergrid/CPU implant may be used to alleviate some of these fitting issues. Capacitor management is also a major issue with this fit, as it will fully deplete in approximately 20 seconds with all modules running with max skills. The neut Tristan pilot must constantly be aware of the state of his capacitor. He must use the cap booster while turning other modules on/off at appropriate times while reacting to the tactical situation at hand to make this fit live up to its full potential. If the pilot manages all of this successfully, he will be able to bring down nearly any T1 frigate encountered with relative ease.

This fit is optimized for solo engagements in low-sec faction warfare complexes. Its power diminishes rapidly as more enemies come on grid. The tactics used by this fit are relatively simple: Apply 2 overheated cycles of all three neuts while keeping your scram and afterburner on. Inject your capacitor and turn off your middle neut. This fit is cap stable with 2 neuts running with decent skills. At this point, you should be getting close to being into armor. Apply single cycles of your repair module as needed, or perma-run the module on overheat if taking large amounts of DPS. You should generally aim to manually pilot or orbit around the target at approximately 5km, as your neut pressure will almost always force your opponent to turn off their web/scram/point/afterburner. If the fight isn't going your way, you can often warp off immediately since the target will have a hard time keeping tackle on you. Even if some tackle is present, the opponent generally won't have enough capacitor to run his afterburner/web/scram simultaneously. This allows you to overheat your own afterburner and disengage at will.

The Neut Tristan pilot should always make sure that his repair module is loaded with nanite paste before undocking and carry 16 to 24 extra units of paste in his cargo hold. Make sure that auto-reload is turned off for your repair module. Make sure that your cap booster is loaded and that the remaining cargo space is filled to capacity with spare cap booster charges.

Additional reading: Armour Tanking, Shield Tanking, Drones, Turrets

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