Friday, July 02, 2010

Unique Ships - Opux Luxury Yacht and Guardian-Vexor Cruisers

Previous articles:
Amarr Magnate Frigates
Freki and Utu Assault Frigates
Mimir and Adrestia Heavy Assault Cruisers

Opux Luxury Yacht
Of the three Luxury Yachts that exist in the universe, two are player-controllable. One was acquired during an event, during which Iece Quaan boarded it after an actor ejected from it. The second was given out by CCP to a couple from New Zealand known in-game as Caytlyn Rose and Ramius Monteagne, who got engaged on the stage at the 2005 Fanfest and are now married.
As you can, extremely rare and functionally not that powerful. It has no special abilities but a nice number of low slots and and capable of a full flight of medium drones. It can best be described the ultimate hanger ornament.

A note on setups: yes, there are probably better setups and, yes, faction mods at the minimum would be advisable for multi-billion ISK ships. The fittings I am putting out for these ships are Tech II and generic setups for comparison only, so people can see apples to apples in terms of capabilities.

As you can see, the drone bay offsets some of the lack of bonuses but not much. As a combat ship, it will never survive despite having decent resistances on the armour.

The origin of the Guardian-Vexor was not immediately available upon a Google search. The only details I have so far from Entity's website is that there were originally 55 of them and they were awarded as part of some event. If anyone has details, please let me know or point me to them.

It is essentially a tech 1 variant of the regular Vexor, a bit beefier with an extra low slot and more hitpoints but less powerful than a Navy Vexor in those areas. It also lacks the 10% to drone damage per level. Yet it is one of the most expensive unique cruisers in the game. Why?

Because it is the only ship in the game besides carriers and supercarriers that can field more than 5 drones.

Special Ability: 5% bonus to Medium Hybrid Turret damage per level and +1 extra Drone controlled per level.

With a bandwidth of 125 mbit/sec and 125 m3 drone bay means it can launch a flight of 10 medium drones and combined with the 5 medium blasters it can deal out a world of punishment. Of course, a smart player would probably use the drones only for DPS (around 300) and try to maintain range instead of fighting in close but I like massive damage. As usual, this tech II setup is for comparision purposes only and not necessarily a recommended ship fitting for the Guardian-Vexor.

Now you could forgo the bonus drones and field 5 heavy drones in this ship but if you want to do that, get an Ishtar.

Next week: Battleships!

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