Bring on the Big Guns

by CCP Games

Fighter class ships seem like the glamorous choice for eager rookie pilots, but after achieving Rank 3 in Valkyrie, you get to try out the heavy class of battle craft. It’s the perfect opportunity to leave behind the adolescent antics of the fighter pilot and start flexing some serious muscle. But remember, with great power, comes great responsibility… actually forget that, just have a blast!

Craft: Spectre SHIP Spectre cropped Unlocks at: Available Rank 3

Performance: Firepower: 5 Armor: 7 Shield: 7 Speed: 2

Weapons: Head tracked Flak Cannon, Microwarp Drive, EMS

Available upgrades: Armor, Shield

Control the Map Your entry-level heavy ship is the perfect introduction to muscular battling. The head tracked Flak Cannon packs a devastating punch and coupled with the Electromagnetic Shield (EMS) you can begin to master the art of dominating areas of the map.

Craft: Rhino SHIP Rhino cropped Unlocks at: 6,500xp

Performance: Firepower: 4 Armor: 4 Shield: 9 Speed: 2

Weapons: Head tracked Tri Flak cannon, Microwarp Drive, ECM Countermeasures

Available upgrades: Armor damage, Shield damage, Rate of fire

The Horn of Plenty As its name suggests this is an impressively robust option. The Rhino’s high shield value and its powerful Flak Cannons make it a great choice for warping into the thick of battle and toughing it out, soaking up damage and taking large numbers of enemies with it.

Craft: Goliath SHIP Goliath cropped Unlocks at: 33,000xp

Performance:
Firepower: 5 Armor: 9 Shield: 4 Speed: 2

Weapons: Head tracked Missiles, Microwarp Drive, Spiderbots

Available upgrades: Armor damage, Rate of missile fire

Heavy Metal Hero Goliath is, comparatively, a slow lumbering beast, so not a first choice when it comes to mixing it up in the heat of battle. Instead, a good tactic is to sit on the periphery of the action, make good use of its potent head tracked missiles and employ the warp drive when you need to get out of a sticky situation.

Craft: Cyclone SHIP Cyclone cropped Unlocks at: 86,000xp

Performance: Firepower: 4 Armor: 4 Shield: 9 Speed: 2

Weapons: Head tracked Tri Flak Cannon, Microwarp Drive, EMS

Available upgrades: EMS Damage, EMS cooldown, EMS duration

Unleash the Whirlwind The Cyclone’s role has altered somewhat over the course of the game’s development. Fresh pilots will find its lack of offensive power compensated for by its EMS capabilities.

Craft: Storm SHIP Storm cropped Unlocks at: 184,000xp

Performance: Firepower: 4 Armor: 4 Shield: 9 Speed: 2

Weapons: Head tracked Laser Gatling Gun, Microwarp Drive, EMS

Available upgrades: Weapon overheat, Weapon spread

Laser Blazer Precision is the key with the Storm. The wide effects of other Heavies’ Flak weapons is replaced by a more targeted approach using Storm’s Laser Gatling.

Craft: Gorgon SHIP Gorgon cropped Unlocks at: 276,000xp

Performance: Firepower: 7 Armor: 9 Shield: 4 Speed: 2

Weapons: Head tracked Missiles, Microwarp Drive, Spiderbots

Available upgrades: Missile Salvo increase, Rate of missile fire

Missiles at the Ready The Gorgon is a powerful attack-focused ship in EVE: Valkyrie that has been rebalanced since it was first introduced in the game. It’s a formidable and versatile craft for taking into heated battles thanks to its effective combination of missiles and strong shields.

Craft: Maelstrom SHIP Maelstrom cropped Unlocks at: 422,000xp

Performance: Firepower: 5 Armor: 4 Shield: 9 Speed: 2

Weapons: Head tracked Mortar, Microwarp Drive, EMS

Available upgrades: Mortar damage radius, Mortar projectiles per shot

Mortar This Than Meets the Eye The Maelstrom’s unique mortars can inflict large amounts of damage if deployed with accuracy, but that is by no means a given. It’s capable of devastating damage but only in the right hands.