I mentioned in my previous post my frustration on trying to get the Pilgrim to do what I wanted it to do. The “All-In-One-Solo-Lo-Sec” fit I pulled from Battleclinic captured my attention and desire almost immediately, but I quickly discovered that I would need to go to Recon Ships IV to fit it as described. Taking a 1 day detour from Command Ships is not bad, especially with the Pilgrim and Curse as a reward for that detour. However, a 5 additional day detour to pick up Recon IV is not something I wanted to do now, when I am *soooo* close to Command Ships (only a little over a month left to go).
So I needed a workaround. The basic problem is, of course, CPU. I’m pretty much maxed on upgrades there, so I went the obvious route of adding a Co-Processor. This necessitated a changing of the armor tanking, which had called for active hardeners, a repper, and a 1600mm plate. This is where I got stuck for awhile. I tried any number of combinations. Removing the plate made the ship far to vulnerable for my tastes, removing the repper or downsizing it to a small left my DPS soak very low – too low for lo sec combat. I went to passive tank instead of hardeners and that helped, but I was limited to only one slot at that point. It was then that I remembered that, duh, I had finished Hull Upgrades V. I trotted out an Energized Active Nano Membrane II, and the problem resolved itself. Well, partially anyway.
I did still swap one item on the mids around. Because I wasn’t running hardeners, the cap was now stable with only one recharger. I debated removing the tractor beam as well to make room for a 10nm Afterburner, but I decided to leave it for now and intead run with a Sensor Booster II. So here’s the final listing:
[Pilgrim, Low Sec Recon]
Small Tractor Beam I
Core Probe Launcher I (Core Scanner Probe I)
Covert Ops Cloaking Device II
Cap Recharger II
Omnidirectional Tracking Link I
Sensor Booster II (Scan Resolution)
Damage Control II
Medium Armor Repairer II
Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II
1600mm Reinforced Rolled Tungsten Plates I
2x Medium Gravity Capacitor Upgrade I
5x Hammerhead II
5x Hobgoblin II
5x Mining Drone I
5x Light Shield Maintenance Bot I
5x Hornet EC-300
I’m not sure about the drone loadout, but my reasoning was that the ECM drones could be a good escape plan should something bigger and meaner than me lock me down, so that I could warp out. The shield bots are there to help cut the down time between running complexes. I could drop them and go to larger ECM drones though. Mining drones are really only there in case I can’t pass up a load of some rare roid.
I’m also not sure I need the tractor beam, but it was in the original suggested loadout. Same with the tracking link and the sensor booster. I still think an AB could be helpful in there somewhere. But all in all, I was pretty happy that I found a way to save myself the training time.