This Eve Online ship fitting guide will cover the Catalyst Destroyer of the Gallente navy. The Catalyst, like all other Destroyer vessels in Eve Online, is specialized as an anti-frigate platform. Possessing bonuses to tracking speed, falloff and optimal range for small hybrid turrets, the Catalyst benefits a ship fitting relying on long range targeting and engaging of frigates. The Catalyst like all destroyers like it, is considered the next step up in Tech 1 ship combat fitting from frigates, with the step after being cruiser classed vessels. The capacity to hold a single drone, gives either logistics capabilities or extra dps.
The Catalyst is described in Eve Online as: “Ideally suited for both skirmish warfare and fleet support, the Catalyst is touted as one of the best anti-frigate platforms out there. Faced with its top-of-the-line tracking equipment, not many can argue.” The Catalyst begins with a role penalty of -25% to rate of fire for all turrets, but counters that with a role bonus of 50% to optimal range for small hybrid turrets. In addition to these role bonuses, a Catalyst fitting receives a 10% bonus to both Small Hybrid Turret tracking speed and falloff per level of the Destroyers skill. Those looking to fly this ship require Gallente Frigate level 3, Destroyers level 1 and Spaceship Command Level 3 in the way of skills. To maximize potential fitting options, Eve Online recommends the following skill certifications; Core Competency, Armor Tanking and Frigate Hybrid Turrets.
The Catalyst runs an average of 700,000 Isk in the Eve Online markets, and the ship’s fitting attributes are as follows:
Fitting Slots: 3 Low, 2 Medium, 8 High (8 Turret hardpoints) 3 rig slots
Fitting Stats: 170 CPU, 60 Powergrid, 400 Calibration
Navigation: 256 m/sec
Hit Points: 782 Structure, 730 Armor, 677 Shield (625 second recharge)
Capacitor: 468 Capacity, 312.50 second recharge time
Cargo: 400 m3
Drones: 5 m3 capacity, 5 Mbit bandwidth
Eve Online Fitting: 358 DPS Catalyst
This Catalyst fitting submitted by Todd Sykes focuses on close range heavy DPS, fitting 8 Light Ion Blaster IIs with antimatter charges, gives a DPS of 339.08 (the title may refer to overheating the rack of blasters, which can push the DPS higher temporarily) within a range of slightly over 5km. This fitting counts on its velocity of 618.5 m/s it is capable of with the fitted Afterburner to close distance with enemies quickly. Effective HP of 5,798 and tank ability of 9.41 DPS allows this fitting to take some punches in the mean time. This fitting runs an estimated 9.3 million Isk for the ship and all modules and rigs. Adding a drone to this fitting can push the DPS higher, or give added logistics capability. I would suggest a web scrambler drone to help get close to faster frigates or any vessel trying to keep its range.
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