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The Vexor is a strong combat ship that is also geared to operate in a variety of other roles. The Vexor is especially useful for surveying in potentially hostile sectors as it can stay on duty for a very long time before having to return to base. Furthermore, it is well capable of defending itself against even concentrated attacks.
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The Vexor is a dedicated drone boat. It has 75mb of drone bandwidth, allowing it to field a mixed flight of medium and heavy drones at a time, and has the drone bay to carry a few replacements or an additional flight of light drones. This gives the Vexor great flexibility for long roams, where it can carry a full flight of medium and light damage drones, as well as a flight of light repair or EWAR drones to deploy as the situation dictates. While the Vexor has a bonus to hybrid guns, this can be ignored if desired due to a large amount of the Vexor's DPS coming from drones anyway, and Vexors with autocannons, nosferatu and/or neutralisers are common. With 4 mids and 5 lows Vexors are most often armor tanked.
The Vexor is also a great ship to use for salvaging missions as they are completed. By using 2 Salvagers, a Small Tractor Beam, a Drone Link Augmentor and a single Hybrid Turret (to draw aggro) in the high slots a moderately drone-skilled capsuleer can securely complete level 2 missions while salvaging. Salvaging level 2 missions is debatably profitable however the salvage/mission fit Vexor can complete level 2s in respectable time when compared to a straight mission fit Vexor.
Among t1 cruisers the Vexor is a little more skill demanding than the Thorax. In particular you should not get a Vexor unless you have at least Drones 4 and should make getting Drones 5 a high priority.
- Drones V: You shouldn't get into the Vexor until you have this. You'll be killing your DPS and it is a lossmail waiting to happen.
- Drone Interfacing III: (IV ideally) 10% increase in drone damage per level? What are you waiting for? Get this yesterday.
- Drone Navigation III: to fit the Drone Navigation Computer (+25% drone speed) and provide an increase of 5% per level. Reduce the travel time of drones to your target.
- Drone Sharpshooting III: (get IV ASAP) Increases optimal range of drones, they start shooting at your target sooner.
- Light Drone Operation V and Medium Drone Operation V: Both give 5% increase to their drone type. Get them ASAP; they give you access to T2 Light and Medium Drones, respectively.
- Drone Avionics III: Another very important skill. At V, your drones will have an engagement sphere of 45km. At III, you can fit the Drone Link Augmentor in a high slot, increasing drone control range +20km per module fit. This lets you engage kiters/snipers. Get it to V if you are a serious droneboater. For even more range (and access to E-War drones!), continue into Advanced Drone Avionics
- Heavy Drone Operation V: 5% increase to damage of Heavy drones. Very important when fighting big ships with T2 Heavy drones at Level V. Note your bandwidth can't support a full flight of 5.
You should not neglect your Gunnery either. Combining both can make the Vexor have crazy amounts of dps for a ship its size.
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PVP --- If you're coming from the Algos (and conventional MMO master/minion tactical thinking), you think your drones must do the fighting for you, whilst you sit back and direct them like a conductor. To get the maximum potential out of the Vexor you need to do the exact opposite. Think of yourself as a sixth drone - that charges into the enemy alongside your five other drones and melts them with blasters. It takes a bit of time, due to the drone support skills and fitting skills that's required beforehand, but you could have a Vexor that will make its presence felt every time it steps onto the battlefield. Even with Meta 4 guns, pre-T2 gunnery, mid-range drone skills and T1 drones, you could be pumping out over 450dps in a Shield Vexor. Move into T2 drones and you start breaking 500+dps.
The shield Vexor is high on DPS, but light on EHP. Expect to do a lot of damage, but not to stay on field very long once you are primaried.
The armor Vexor is a mainstay of fleet PvP. With a tank second only to the Maller, but still capable of putting out over 500DPS with good skills, a Vexor is a welcome addition to any armor brawler fleet.
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