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The frigate class of ships consist of light and fast but comparatively fragile ships. Players start with the ability to fly basic frigate-class ships. Their variety allows for a broad range of ships tailored to different profiles. For example the Caldari Kestrel, while unable to mount guns, is able to mount four missile launchers and sports a comparatively large cargo hold. The Amarr Punisher, while slow, has the toughest armour of any frigate. Generally frigates lack the durability or damage output of larger ship classes and are at most able to fit three to four small weapons. However, frigates are significantly faster and more difficult to hit than larger ships. They remain cost-effective because they are cheap and, in large numbers, can become dangerous to larger ship types. Due to their relatively small size and speed a skilled player may mount electronic warfare or navigational interference systems on a frigate in order to immobilize larger ships. Each faction has six types of frigates with a further number of specialized Tech II variants for more specific profiles.

Fleets of Tech I frigates can be a way for new players to fight against opponents who go after them with smaller numbers of battleships and heavy assault cruisers. Experienced players can also put frigate wings to good use as an alternative to larger, more costly ships, using the money saved to outfit the frigates with more advanced equipment and weaponry. For example a level 3 frigate, such as the Caldari Merlin or the Minmatar Rifter, typically sells for approximately 250 thousand ISK on the in-game market while the price of a battleship may exceed 100 million ISK. However, with the advent of specialized Tech II assault frigates and interceptors this tactic has become less common.

Tech 1 FrigatesEdit

Amarr Tech 1 Frigates
AmarrLogo128
Crucifier512
Crucifier
Executioner512
Executioner
Inquisitor512
Inquisitor
Magnate512
Magnate
Punisher512
Punisher
Tormentor512
Tormentor


Caldari Tech 1 Frigates
CaldariLogo128
Bantam512
Bantam
Condor512
Condor
Griffin512
Griffin
Heron512
Heron
Kestrel512
Kestrel
Merlin512
Merlin


Gallente Tech 1 Frigates
GallenteLogo128
Atron512
Atron
Imicus512
Imicus
Incursus512
Incursus
Maulus512
Maulus
Navitas512
Navitas
Tristan512
Tristan


Minmatar Tech 1 Frigates
MinmatarLogo128
Breacher512
Breacher
Burst512
Burst
Probe512
Probe
Rifter512
Rifter
Slasher512
Slasher
Vigil512
Vigil




Tech 2 FrigatesEdit

Assault ShipsEdit

Assault ships are frigates that are designed with firepower in mind. They are more durable than Tech I frigates with the capacity to mount a more damaging weapon loadout and stronger defences while sacrificing speed. Two types exist for each major faction, each catering to a certain more specialized individual style of combat.

Amarr Assault Frigates Caldari Assault Frigates
AmarrLogo128
Retribution512
Retribution
Vengeance512
Vengeance
CaldariLogo128
Harpy512
Harpy
Hawk512
Hawk


Gallente Assault Frigates Minmatar Assault Frigates
GallenteLogo128
Enyo512
Enyo
Ishkur512
Ishkur
MinmatarLogo128
Jaguar512
Jaguar
Wolf512
Wolf

Covert Ops ShipsEdit

Covert Ops frigates are designed to mount cloaking systems that allow them to fly undetected. Although they are relatively fragile they are designed to be able to vanish when threatened. These ships are also helpful for example as scouts. The Covert Ops frigate is able to mount a Covert Ops cloaking device that allows warping while cloaked. They also excel at finding hidden enemy ships through the use of scan probes. Care must be taken, however, when using cloaking devices due to the fact that cloaking devices will deactivate if the ship gets within 2 km of any other ship or celestial object, such as asteroids, a stargate, space stations or cargo containers. Additionally, cloaking devices cannot be activated if a hostile target lock is present, meaning that being uncloaked in the presence of a hostile ship is perilous.

Amarr Covert Ops Frigates Caldari Covert Ops Frigates
AmarrLogo128
Anathema512
Anathema
Purifier512
Purifier
CaldariLogo128
Buzzard512
Buzzard
Manticore512
Manticore


Gallente Covert Ops Frigates Minmatar Covert Ops Frigates
GallenteLogo128
Helios512
Helios
Nemesis512
Nemesis
MinmatarLogo128
Cheetah512
Cheetah
Hound512
Hound

Electronic Attack ShipsEdit

The electronic attack ships are essentially frigate equivalents of the combat recons. While they are somewhat lacking in electronic warfare capabilities and firepower compared to the combat recons, they should nevertheless not be under estimated. With the mobility of frigate hulls they are valuable assets for roaming frigate gangs.

Amarr Electronic Attack Frigate Caldari Electronic Attack Frigate
AmarrLogo128
Sentinel512
Sentinel
CaldariLogo128
Kitsune512
Kitsune


Gallente Electronic Attack Frigate Minmatar Electronic Attack Frigate
GallenteLogo128
Keres512
Keres
MinmatarLogo128
Hyena512
Hyena

InterceptorsEdit

Interceptors, another frigate-based class, are designed for high-speed dogfights and 'tackling' (preventing escape). Interceptors have a smaller signature radius and higher speed than regular frigates, making them difficult for larger and generally slower-tracking ships to fight. Interceptors also have a higher warp speed than other vessels, allowing them to cover the distances between stargates and other system navigation points quicker than most other ships. It is quite possible to be under attack from an Interceptor while entering warp only to find the same Interceptor waiting when the ship drops out of warp. Interceptors are primarily used for harassment and to pin down larger enemy ships until more powerful backup arrives. Two types exist for each major faction. The first type is focused on damage output with usually two bonuses to its weapon systems. The second type has bonuses to Warp Disruptor range as well as a reduction to capacitor use for Stasis Webifier and Warp Disrupter modules. This allows the interceptor to run these "tackling" modules while running a capacitor-intensive Micro Warp Drive longer than without these bonuses.

Amarr Interceptors Caldari Interceptors
AmarrLogo128
Crusader512
Crusader
Malediction512
Malediction
CaldariLogo128
Crow512
Crow
Raptor512
Raptor


Gallente Interceptors Minmatar Interceptors
GallenteLogo128
Ares512
Ares
Taranis512
Taranis
MinmatarLogo128
Claw512
Claw
Stiletto512
Stiletto

Faction FrigatesEdit

Amarr Caldari Gallente Minmatar
AmarrLogo128
Anslicer512
Slicer
CaldariLogo128
Cnhookbill512
Hookbill
GallenteLogo128
Fncomet512
Comet
MinmatarLogo128
Rffiretail512
Firetail


Angel Blood Guristas Sansha Serpentis
Angel cartel logo
Dramiel512
Dramiel
Blood raiders logo
Cruor512
Cruor
Guristas logo
Worm512
Worm
Sanshas nation logo
Succubus512
Succubus
Serpentis logo
Daredevil512
Daredevil

Limited Edition FrigatesEdit

Limited Edition Frigates
AmarrLogo128


Silver Magnate
Gold Magnate

NPC FrigatesEdit

CONCORD Frigates
Concord logo


CONCORD Army Frigate
CONCORD Police Frigate
CONCORD Special Ops Frigate
CONCORD SWAT Frigate

Rare and Game Master FrigatesEdit

Jovian Frigates
Jove logo


Enigma
Specter
Wraith
Polaris Centurion
Polaris Legatus
Polaris Inspector

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