This is a segment I hope to do every other Thursday. Each time I’ll take a specific ship that I’ve been researching and go over its various strengths, weaknesses and some common fits for that ship. This week its the trusty Tristan. Enjoy!
The Tristan is my favorite little frigate. Its sleek, cheap, has two launcher hard points to play with, and is not to be taken lightly in PvP. Being pure gallente in training, I have little to no skills when it comes to missiles and there are only a handful of gallente ships that have launcher hard points. The tristan allows us to play around with a couple of rocket or standard missle launchers. Lets face it, missiles are just plain cool. It’s also pretty nimble. Speeds approaching 2500m/s are possible with the proper MWD and overdrive injector mix. Suffice it to say, its versatile and thats why I still have a few different fits in my hangar ready to roll for any situation that may present itself on my doorstep.
PvE Setup: This is a pretty stadard fit for PvE. I don’t have access to any sort of tech 2 launchers so best named will have to do. The rest of the fit is pretty easy to T2 fit which is nice. You could easily swap out one of the cap rechargers for a stasis web, though you will most likely be dealing with 1-2 rats at a time and can easily keep up with them with the afterburner. I didn’t use a MWD here as it uses way too much cap and is just overkill for PvE. Yes the cap doesn’t look like it lasts long, but you will need to throttle the small armor rep no matter what. And as always, the Tristan has enough room for a single drone so use it!
PvP Setup: There are a few different standard setups for a PvP Tristan fit. The one I posted above relies a bit more on speed which is an advantage the tristan has so we should use it. You may notice that it doesn’t have a stasis web. This is a close up, in your face ship and therefore I fit a Warp Scram. After the last patch, the warp scram shuts off your enemies MWD which means this Tristan can keep up with it no problem. That new feature of the warp scram works out great for frigates with limited mid slots. You get -2 warp strength on your enemy plus take away his speed. So long as you have your MWD active you will keep up with just about anything else out there. This brings up a good point about the MWD though. It vastly increases your sig radius plus means you are vulnerable to a warp scram. If I was in this fit and got scrammed, I’d lose my main advantage, speed, and would therefore be screwed. An afterburner is certainly a viable alternative to the MWD in PvP. There are any number of other options to fit the Tristan for PvP. This one is a hybrid of tackling/damage. Another option would be an all out tackler with both a scram/stasis web plus neuts in the highs.
In closing, the Tristan is a beautiful and capable ship. It’s just plain fun to throw one together with any old T1 module you have laying around. Hopefully all of you enjoyed this and let me know what you think in the comment!