Blackbird

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Blackbird
Blackbird
Caldari State
Caldari State
ECM PRIORITY
HIGHEST
Gravimetric
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HIGHEST 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 Cruisers
Blackbird Class

The Blackbird is a small high-tech cruiser employed by the Caldari Navy. Commonly seen in fleet battles or acting as wingman, it is not intended for head-on slugfests, but rather delicate tactical situations.

SHIP BONUSES

Caldari Cruiser Skill Bonus:
15% bonus to ECM Target Jammer strength per level
12.5% bonus to ECM Target Jammer optimal range and falloff per level.

Required Skills
  • Caldari Cruiser II3h 55m
    • Spaceship Command III4h 26m
    • Caldari Frigate IV2d 2h 17m
Training Time what's this?
2d 10h 39m
Estimated training time only for the listed skills based on zero implants and without neural remaps.
Grouping
▪ Role(s) unspecified
▪ Variations
Falcon
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Falcon
Falcon
Recon ShipsBlackbird Class
highlightsCan Use Covert Ops Cloak
highlightsHigh Amount of Medium Slots
high slots4
(1/3)
middle slots7
low slots3
powergrid700 MW
cpu output500 tf
max. velocity192 m/sec
cargo capacity315 m³
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Rook
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Rook
Rook
Recon ShipsBlackbird Class
highlightsHigh Amount of Medium Slots
high slots5
(5/2)
middle slots7
low slots3
powergrid680 MW
cpu output600 tf
max. velocity194 m/sec
cargo capacity305 m³

Ship Attributes

Fittings
Powergrid
powergrid
630 MW
CPU
cpu output
531 tf
Capacitor
capacitor
1,500 GJ
High
high slots
4
Launchers
launcher slots
3
Turrets
turret slots
3
Medium
middle slots
6
Low
low slots
3
Rig
rigs
3
 
medium
Calibration
calibration
400
Navigation
Max Velocity
max. velocity
228 m/s
Inertia Modifier
inertia modifier (agility)
0.35
Warp Speed
inertia modifier (agility)
3 AU/s
Base Time to Warp
base time to warp
8.32 s
what's this?
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
10 m³
Drone Bandwith
drone bandwith
10 Mbit/sec
Targeting
Max Tgt. Range
max. targeting range
102 km
Max Locked Targets
max. locked targets
8
Gravimetric Sensor
Gravimetric sensor strength
22.4 points
Sig. Radius
ship signature radius
150 m
Scan Res.
scan resolution
276 mm
Structure
Structure Hitpoints
structure hitpoints
1,610 HP
Mass
ship mass
15,940,000 kg
Volume
ship volume
96,000 m³
Cargo Capacity
cargo capacity
305 m³
Shields
Shield Capacity
shields
1,266 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
6,480 HP
Armor Resistances
EM
shield electromagnetic resistance
50
THR
armor thermal resistance
45
KIN
armor kinetic resistance
25
EXP
armor explosive resistance
10


Summary

The Blackbird is the Caldari EWAR cruiser, and is bonused for ECM. A large number of Blackbirds is almost the signature of university fleets. The blackbird has hull bonuses to jammer range as well as strength, allowing it to fight from much further out than a griffin, which is great for an EWAR ship. A blackbird has the mid slots to support a rainbow fit of 4 racial jammers with 2 mids and 3 lows to spare, allowing the flexibility of a propulsion module and a shield or armor tank module.

Skills

These are the skills which will improve your abilities as an ECM pilot:

Caldari Cruiser - Skills for the specific types of ship you are flying will give you the greatest improvement in ECM effectiveness. 15% bonus to ECM Target Jammer strength per level. +12.5% bonus to ECM Target Jammer optimal range and falloff per level. Requires spaceship command III and Caldari Frigate IV.

Electronic Warfare - Required to use ECM mods, reduces their cap usage by 5% per level. Requires Electronics Level 1

Gravimetric Sensor Compensation - increases the strength of your Gravimetric ECM module by 4% per level. Requires Electronics Level 4

Ladar Sensor Compensation - increases the strength of your Ladar ECM module by 4% per level. Requires Electronics Level 4

Magnetometric Sensor Compensation - increases the strength of your Magnetometric ECM module by 4% per level. Requires Electronics Level 4

Radar Sensor Compensation - increases the strength of your Radar ECM module by 4% per level. Requires Electronics Level 4

Frequency Modulation - Increases the falloff distance (this will be explained later) of your ECM modules by 10% per level. Requires Electronics Level 3 and Electronics Warfare Level 2.

Long Distance Jamming - Increases the optimal range of your ECM modules by 10% per level. Requires Electronics Level 4 and Electronics Warfare Level 3.

Electronic Superiority Rigging - This will allow you to use the ECM rigs. (See section on ECM modules). Requires Jury rigging Level 3 and Mechanics Level 3.

Signal Dispersion - Increases your jam strength by 5% per level. This skill requires Electronics 5 and Electronic Warfare Level 4. If you have decided that you really enjoy being an EWAR pilot this is a great skill to work towards, but it certainly isn't required to have fun flying ECM in fleets.

Source: ECM Guide

Fitting

Eve University

Blackbird, Fleet Rookie

 
FITTINGS
H I G H   P O W E R
high slot

Light Missile Launcher I
Light Missile Launcher I
Light Missile Launcher I
[empty high slot] 

M E D I U M   P O W E R
medium slot

ECM - Spatial Destabilizer I
ECM - Phase Inverter I
ECM - Ion Field Projector I
ECM - White Noise Generator I
ECM - Phase Inverter I
Experimental 10MN Afterburner I 

L O W   P O W E R
low slot

Damage Control I
800mm Reinforced Steel Plates I
Signal Distortion Amplifier I 

R I G   S L O T
rigs

Medium Particle Dispersion Augmentor I
Medium Particle Dispersion Projector I
Medium Particle Dispersion Projector I 

D R O N E S   &   C H A R G E S
D R O N E S
drones

Hobgoblin II
Hobgoblin I

C H A R G E S

Scourge Light Missile

 
Eve University

Blackbird, Fleet Veteran

 
FITTINGS
H I G H   P O W E R
high slot

Light Missile Launcher I
Light Missile Launcher I
Light Missile Launcher I
[empty high slot] 

M E D I U M   P O W E R
medium slot

BZ-5 Neutralising Spatial Destabilizer ECM
Enfeebling Phase Inversion ECM
'Umbra' White Noise ECM
'Hypnos' Ion Field ECM
'Hypnos' Ion Field ECM
10MN Afterburner I 

L O W   P O W E R
low slot

Damage Control II
1600mm Reinforced Rolled Tungsten Plates I
Signal Distortion Amplifier II 

R I G   S L O T
rigs

Medium Particle Dispersion Augmentor I
Medium Particle Dispersion Projector I
Medium Particle Dispersion Projector I 

D R O N E S   &   C H A R G E S
D R O N E S
drones

Hobgoblin II
Hobgoblin II

C H A R G E S

Scourge Light Missile

 
Eve University

Blackbird, Shield

 
FITTINGS
H I G H   P O W E R
high slot

Heavy Missile Launcher I
Heavy Missile Launcher I
Heavy Missile Launcher I
[empty high slot] 

M E D I U M   P O W E R
medium slot

ECM - Spatial Destabilizer I
ECM - Phase Inverter I
ECM - Ion Field Projector I
ECM - White Noise Generator I
Experimental 10MN MicroWarpdrive I
Large Shield Extender I 

L O W   P O W E R
low slot

Damage Control I
Signal Distortion Amplifier I
Signal Distortion Amplifier I 

R I G   S L O T
rigs

Medium Low Friction Nozzle Joints I
Medium Low Friction Nozzle Joints I
Medium Low Friction Nozzle Joints I 

D R O N E S   &   C H A R G E S
D R O N E S
drones

Hobgoblin I
Hobgoblin I

C H A R G E S

Scourge Heavy Missile

 
Eve University

Blackbird, Shield tank - Eion Xis

 
FITTINGS
H I G H   P O W E R
high slot

Assault Missile Launcher I
Assault Missile Launcher I
Assault Missile Launcher I
[empty high slot] 

M E D I U M   P O W E R
medium slot

ECM - Spatial Destabilizer II
ECM - Phase Inverter II
ECM - Ion Field Projector II
ECM - White Noise Generator II
Sensor Booster II
Large Shield Extender II 

L O W   P O W E R
low slot

Damage Control II
Signal Distortion Amplifier II
Signal Distortion Amplifier II 

R I G   S L O T
rigs

Medium Core Defence Field Extender I
Medium Core Defence Field Extender I
Medium Particle Dispersion Augmentor I 

D R O N E S   &   C H A R G E S
D R O N E S
drones

Hobgoblin II
Hobgoblin II

C H A R G E S

Assault Missile

 


Eve University

Blackbird, Armor ECM Six Low Skill

 
FITTINGS
H I G H   P O W E R
high slot

Light Electron Blaster I
Light Electron Blaster I
Light Electron Blaster I
[empty high slot] 

M E D I U M   P O W E R
medium slot

ECM - Ion Field Projector I
ECM - Phase Inverter I
ECM - Spatial Destabilizer I
ECM - White Noise Generator I
ECM - Phase Inverter I
ECM - Phase Inverter I 

L O W   P O W E R
low slot

Damage Control I
Signal Distortion Amplifier I
1600mm Reinforced Steel Plates I 

R I G   S L O T
rigs

Medium Particle Dispersion Projector I
Medium Particle Dispersion Projector I
Medium Particle Dispersion Projector I 

D R O N E S   &   C H A R G E S
D R O N E S
drones

Hobgoblin I
Hobgoblin I

C H A R G E S

Antimatter Charge S

 
Eve University

Blackbird, Armor ECM Six

 
FITTINGS
H I G H   P O W E R
high slot

Anode Light Neutron Particle Cannon I
Anode Light Neutron Particle Cannon I
Anode Light Neutron Particle Cannon I
[empty high slot] 

M E D I U M   P O W E R
medium slot

'Hypnos' Ion Field ECM I
'Hypnos' Ion Field ECM I
'Hypnos' Ion Field ECM I
Enfeebling Phase Inversion ECM I
Enfeebling Phase Inversion ECM I
Enfeebling Phase Inversion ECM I 

L O W   P O W E R
low slot

Damage Control II
'Hypnos' Signal Distortion Amplifier I
1600mm Reinforced Steel Plates II 

R I G   S L O T
rigs

Medium Particle Dispersion Projector I
Medium Particle Dispersion Projector I
Medium Particle Dispersion Projector I 

D R O N E S   &   C H A R G E S
D R O N E S
drones

Hobgoblin II
Hobgoblin II

C H A R G E S

Antimatter Charge S

 

Tactics

For a general guide and introduction refer to EWar_101_Guide and ECM_Guide

The following refers specifically to flying a Blackbird.

The fit supports the pilot and allows the pilot to utilize certain piloting techniques and abilities. So a specialized or ultra specialized fit could only be good for a certain kind of high ace pilot or only in a certain situation.

For ECM, there are various considerations which some prioritize over others but generally fits seek to accomplish as many of them as they can so that the pilot can make use of such benefits.

1. Prepare for battle in the form of bookmarks. This has the least to do with the fit, but the most to do with the pilot's abilities. Having tactical on grid and off grid bookmarks to use to maneuver around the battle, instead of using your MWD all the time (which you won't find of much use brawling on gates often compared to another jammer), just imagine the battlespace in your mind and choose the appropriate bookmark to get the job done. Drop a BM as you warp off a gate/celestial or as you land on grid to one. Then warp back to it and name it "nearest object distance". If it is towards the sun, away from, westward from sun or eastward from sun, up or down, you can put that in too if you use more than 1 tactical near an object. This is also a lot safer than warping to optimals on people where you don't know what is going on.

2. Range control is one of the most important aspects, as BB boats utilize a ranged bonus and become similar to sniper damage dealers in the sense that they don't have enough tank and can't do much brawling without dying. Since most battlecruiser short weapons have max range of 20-25 km, simply being outside that range envelope gives the ECM blackbird a degree of safety. Without tacticals, you will find it difficult to impossible to control range against frigates, and it doesn't matter if you try to use a MWD either. Tacklers are faster and won't run out of cap using them for most tackler builds. Because people can warp to fleet mates, having enemies close to you is a sign somebody is going to come and kill you soon. Pay attention to the range of ships and their negative radial velocity on the overview.

3. Being pre aligned. Since the Caldari cruiser isn't very nimble, it is vital to be aligned to a tactical bookmark or celestial before you start engaging in jamming or dps. Thus a BB pilot should pre align before he activates offensive modules. This allows withdrawal from the battlefield or a bounce literally at the speed of the pilot's own reflexes. The moment you know you are in danger and want to get out, you will get out. Rather than having to wait 6+ seconds to align out, which is plenty of time for frigates and destroyers to lock you. It's better to bounce to a tactical at 1000-5000km, since it takes a long time to go 14 Aus and back again. Battle will probably be over by the time you get back.

3. Tank is something many consider less important but for newer pilots, they will need to prioritize it a bit higher. The more battle experience a new pilot gets, the more effective they become at the job, but that doesn't work out too well when you die in the first salvo before you can even align. When roaming around certain low sec regions, the pirates there like to use oracles, tornados, nagas, and taloses, so having a tank that can survive 1 or 2 alpha strikes from a tornado is the difference between a pilot in a noob ship with the fleet gaining no ecm experience and an ecm boat roaming with the fleet gaining valuable experience. Without a buffer to increase your time on grid before in pod, you will never get the time to show any of your piloting techniques, when your ship's fit doesn't properly support your current abilities. This is especially to be aware of if you are using the 1 slot shield fit here. A 1 slot shield tank isn't much of a shield buffer and it takes away jamming power of the cruiser. Options to consider: remove the MWD. Remove the LSE. Replace with 1600mm plate, damage control II, and EANM. Shield tanks with at least 3 slots and 1 resist rig should be a little bit better, at the cost of mids. With the additional slot on the BB, armor tank has become more feasible.

4. Having smaller guns or launchers to deal with drone aggro or ecm drones. A lot of ships may not have the range to hit your cruiser if it is at more than 20-50km from them, but their drones are a different matter.

5. Jam strength and number of jammers. The most reliant on the fit and the SP of the pilot. If your skills are low, use range and a buffer tank to stay alive until you can figure out how to stay alive with just range and jams power. If you try to use Meta 0 jammers and then put all kinds of jam plus rigs and lows in, sacrificing tank, and even removing a mid jammer for a shield buffer that isn't much of a buffer, you won't last long enough to jam anything more than once. A celestis can get those 20 seconds with just a few sensor damps, resolution scripted, per ship.

Normally, blackbirds using 6 full mid slots for jammers, a 1600mm plate, and ionic projection rigs will be looking to stay at the furthest engagement envelope feasible. Align time from plates won't be an issue since pre align works around it. Sometimes you get unlucky or you have bad reflexes and make the right decision too late, so it became the wrong decision.

Blackbirds that expect to be undocking from a station, like PTS, and fighting on grid all the time without range control, might want to fit a shield tank + small blasters to deal with drones. Armor works as well if you have the skills. Having enough EHP 20-30k will allow you to easily jam smaller ships and warp off or dock back up if something is trying to alpha snipe you from the undock. More tank is desired if your reflexes, skills, and abilities are still low. Those with more skills multiply their jamming strength with more jammers, and have a naturally higher EHP and can fit more tank to begin with. Plus their reflexes mean they can get more jams off, get more of them on the right ships, carry the right jammers for the right ships, align out faster, pre align out faster, and generally speaking are worth 3-5+ new blackbird pilots. Plus they have thermodynamics skill trained so they can get 20% jam strength on top of their superior jam strength based skills. A more experienced pilot might be able to jam out 3-6 ships and maintain it through the battle. A less experienced pilot might wish to focus on jamming only 1 to 2 ships.

Blackbirds can be used to solo and bait as well, by fitting a 3 slot tackler build with some tank. In high sec, MWD is often used to kite or keep up with a kiting fleet. Try to sit at tacticals 170km away from your tacklers so you can pre align and warp to them to get jams on the target rather than trying to keep up with the tacklers via MWD. In low sec, having around 15k+ EHP to survive small gang tornado alpha will be more very useful.

When doing creative fits instead of copying someone else's, jamming % is important, optimal range on the jammers should match the locking range of your BB more or less, and dps is last. Blasters are nice since they do a lot of damage against drones that orbit close and have naturally high tracking to compensate for lower skills of new pilots. But a pilot can use their own preferred weapon system if they can fit it.

Notes

You can write additional notes for Blackbird here.


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