Fitting the Miasmos

People really seem to like the recently balanced industrial ships. Since I wrote my previous post on this topic, "Flying the New Indys", I've noticed that I'm getting quite a bit of traffic from people who are doing web searches for fittings for the new haulers.

I've experimented with various fittings, and have settled on three themes that seem to work fairly well. I'm going to provide these suggested configurations for each indy in a series of posts, starting first with the Miasmos specialty ore hauler.

The Marvelous Miasmos

The Miasmos dedicated ore hauler (formerly the Iteron Mark IV) 

The Miasmos dedicated ore hauler (formerly the Iteron Mark IV) 

This ship gets a 10% increase in ore hold capacity and a 5% increase in speed for every level of Gallente Industrial skill trained. At level V, that means your base 42,000 cubic meters specialty hold - dedicated to hauling ore, ice or gas - will swell to a whopping 63,000 cubic meters. This makes the Miasmos ideally suited to supporting mining crews, shuttling their output back to station.

Most pilots will use their Miasmoses (or is it Miasmosi?) in high security space, supporting asteroid or ice miners. I have already posted a suitable high-sec hauling fit in my previous post, but for the sake of convenience, I shall copy it here:

[Miasmos, HiSec Ore Hauler]

Damage Control II
Warp Core Stabilizer I
Warp Core Stabilizer I
Nanofiber Internal Structure II

Large Shield Extender II
EM Ward Amplifier II
Thermic Dissipation Amplifier II
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II

Small Tractor Beam I
Salvager II

Medium Low Friction Nozzle Joints I
Medium Polycarbon Engine Housing I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I

The intent of this fitting is to deter casual gankers. This ship should be able to survive against a solo Catalyst attack, absorbing damage long enough before warping away and letting CONCORD intervene. The agility rigs and the nanofiber give you a 9-second warp-out time, but with over 18K EHP, that should give you enough of a safety margin to escape a solo gank before the space police wreak havoc on your adversary.

One warning about all industrial fittings: no matter how you fit your ship, you will never survive a well-coordinated, multi-pilot gank. I've had EVE University students send me EFT fits of indys with all sorts of exotic faction modules, designed to boost effective hit points to very high levels. All this does is make you a more attractive target for gankers, who will drool lustily after your pirate and deadspace modules. They'll simply call another friend or two to increase their group DPS and ensure your destruction.

As I always tell students who attend my "Hauling 101" classes, if you fly an industrial, you are flying a target - it just goes with the territory. It's better to fit your ship to ward off the stupid or opportunistic ganker, and accept that the professionals can have your ship for lunch whenever they want. Your goal is only to keep gankers on a lean diet, and avoid providing too rich a meal. Coincidentally, this is also your best defense against gankers who really know what they are doing.

I like fitting a salvager and tractor beam in the high slots of my high-sec indys. They come in very handy for pulling in jetcans and cleaning up rat wrecks in asteroid belts.

Flirting with Pirates

I honestly don't understand why anyone would mine deliberately in low security space, but I realize that some brave capsuleers do. For the thrill seekers out there, here is a suggested fit for providing mining support in the realm of pirates.

Even with this fit, I am dubious about your chances for escape. Your warp-out time with max skills is still 8 seconds. That's a long time to withstand damage in low-sec space. But if you like to haul dangerously, this might be the fit for you. 

[Miasmos, Low-Sec Ore Hauler]

Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Warp Core Stabilizer I
Warp Core Stabilizer I
Warp Core Stabilizer I

Large Shield Extender II
EM Ward Amplifier II
Thermic Dissipation Amplifier II
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II

Small Tractor Beam I
Prototype Cloaking Device I

Medium Low Friction Nozzle Joints I
Medium Low Friction Nozzle Joints I
Medium Polycarbon Engine Housing I

Losing the Damage Control means your resists are significantly lower, compared to the previous high-sec fitting - a middling 61/69/58/65. EHP is lower, too, at just under 13K. But the intent here is to maximize "slippery-ness" by raising agility and protection against both a warp scrambler and a disruptor.

Note the cloak in the high slot, too - this gives you the option of hiding, if you escape an attack and need to lay low for a while.

Trucking Ore in 0.0

The Miasmos is very difficult to fit for supporting miners in null security space. The amount of powergrid is insufficient to support a decent shield tank and a microwarpdrive, at the same time. An MWD is required equipment, if you want to have any chance of burning out of warp disruption bubbles. Warp Core Stabilzers will not protect you against Heavy Interdictors. This presents the null-sec Miasmos pilot with some tough choices. I reluctantly offer the following fit as an example of the difficult decisions facing a Miasmos pilot in 0.0:

[Miasmos, NullSec Ore Hauler]

Reactor Control Unit II
Warp Core Stabilizer I
Warp Core Stabilizer I
Warp Core Stabilizer I

10MN Digital Booster Rockets
Medium Shield Extender II
EM Ward Amplifier II
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II

[empty high slot]
Prototype Cloaking Device I

Medium Low Friction Nozzle Joints I
Medium Low Friction Nozzle Joints I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I

I cringe at this fitting, and you should, too. It represents some unpleasant compromises on multiple levels. 

  1. MWDs require a ton of powergrid, so we have to use either a grid-boosting module, like the Reactor Control Unit here, or a PG enhancing rig, like an Ancillary Current Router. Either choice reduces agility or tank.
  2. The 10MN Digital Booster Rockets shown here are very expensive - they currently sell in Jita for 266 million ISK. Ouch! You can swap it for a much more reasonable Experimental 10MN Microwarpdrive I, selling for just 15K ISK, but then you'll need a +4% powergrid implant to make it work. These sell in Jita for 90 million ISK each, but that seems like a better choice.
  3. Because of the powergrid limitation, we have to step down to a Medium Shield Extender, reducing EHP to just 7.8K - and that's when it's also propped up with a shield rig.
  4. We lose our handy utility tractor beam.
In summary, I don't like this fit, but perhaps it will provide a reasonable starting place for exploring more suitable variants in EFT. If you find something better, please share it in the comments.

In my next post in this series, I offer some suggested fits for the dedicated planetary interaction hauler, the Epithal

Fly safe! o7