Friday, 27 May 2011

Crusader v Ibis & Station Guns

The hunt:

This was another one of those "fights" that arose because of the challenge presented by the circumstances rather than the challenge presented by the actual target.

In this case, I had spotted an Ibis that was afk outside a station. If I were to engage, the station guns would destroy me, but the smug complacency of the pilot irritated me, and I found myself wishing that I had a larger ship nearby just to teach him a lesson about low sec.

As I did not have a larger ship nearby, however, I needed to improvise. In other words, I rammed him. Over and over again.

By using the approach command alternately on the Ibis and the station I was able to ping-pong between them. Every time I hit the Ibis his speed would spike to about 450km/s, and he would drift a good kilometer or so.

For reasons known only to the programmers, sometimes I would miss my target, despite the fact that I was not doing anything different; there are only so many ways to hit the "approach" button.

Eventually, however, I managed to push the Ibis outside the range of the station guns. Feeling rather pleased with myself, I blew him up.

2011.05.11 20:55:00

Victim: BON Argos
Corp: EvilMoon Nations
Alliance: Shadow of xXDEATHXx
Faction: NONE
Destroyed: Ibis
System: Skarkon
Security: 0.0
Damage Taken: 385

Involved parties:

Name: Taurean Eltanin (laid the final blow)
Security: -1.9
Corp: The Tuskers
Alliance: NONE
Faction: NONE
Ship: Crusader
Weapon: Gatling Pulse Laser II
Damage Done: 385

Destroyed items:

Civilian Miner
Civilian Gatling Railgun

Dropped items:

Tritanium (Cargo)

Post battle review:

Again, not much of a battle, but a cute little technique for those AFK station huggers you just have to kill. A bit time consuming, and I certainly wouldn't bother doing it again for a rookie ship.

Nice to know it works, though.

Lessons for the future:

Another tool for the tool box.


  1. Works much better with a dominix or something similar. :)

  2. Damn, thats some serious dedication there!

    One trick I've used to pop pods and rookie ships under sentries is: move into your guns optimal range, align out, overheat and let rip. It will take 2-3 gun cycles. In a well tanked frigate you can take a few hits from sentry guns.
    Wolf or Jag works well.

  3. Great job at showing lots of patience. You are working towards being a good hunter.