Combat Site Ship and Fitting Guides

Emblem for Eve Online ship fitting guides

Even the most basic combat ships in Eve Online are capable of running combat sites, with varying degrees of success. This section will compare a variety of ships and ship classes for PvE combat, and provide some starting points for fitting ships for this purpose.

I began with my favourite ship class, assault frigates! Additional series include guides for new players flying regular frigates, guides for young Alpha players flying regular cruisers, and guides for Omega pilots flying tactical destroyers.

Throughout the summer of 2024, I'll be releasing a new series for experienced pilots flying pirate faction cruisers.

Frigates

Photos of each player faction's starter frigate

All new players begin with the skills to fly regular frigates. Within your first few hours of play, you'll be ready to try out some of the simpler combat sites near your starting solar system!

These guides provide insight on how to fit frigates for PvE combat on your very first day in Eve Online.

Navy Exploration Frigates

Photos of each player faction's navy exploration frigate

These combat-ready Navy versions of each empire faction's exploration frigates are capable of running both hacking sites, and some of the easier combat sites throughout New Eden. These ships were added to the game in the Uprising expansion in November 2022.

Assault Frigates

Photos of each player faction's assault frigate

These high-tech frigates feature strong damage resistances, while retaining a reasonably nimble profile. Assault frigates are particularly strong in combat sites consisting primarily of frigates or destroyers.

These guides review the ship attributes and bonuses for assault frigates, and explore fits capable of running combat sites against each pirate faction.

Tactical Destroyers

Photos of each player faction's tactical destroyer

These highly adaptable destroyers are able to transition between defense, combat, and navigation configurations on-the-fly. Tactical destroyers are competitive in most high-security combat sites.

These guides review the ship attributes and bonuses for each tactical destroyer, and explore fits capable of running combat sites against each pirate faction.

Cruisers

Photos of each player faction's combat cruiser

Not long after capsuleers begin their careers in New Eden, they'll be able to fly cruisers, though it can take several weeks of skill training to become reasonably efficient in them. Alpha pilots can take advantage of their larger tank and higher DPS to tackle more difficult combat sites than are possible in regular frigates or destroyers. Omega pilots can get immense mileage out of cruisers, as their skills and fitting options improve.

These guides provide insight on how to fit regular cruisers for PvE combat within your first month of playing Eve Online.

Pirate Faction Cruisers

Photos of each pirate faction cruiser

While quite expensive, pirate faction cruisers can be used by experienced pilots for PvP, or to absolutely ravage combat sites. Omega pilots who have maximized their relevant skills are particularly dominant.

These guides review the ship attributes and bonuses for each pirate faction cruiser, and explore fits that can be used to run any high-security combat site.