How do you play Federation frigates? I played my first week almost exclusively as an Empire Frigate, and last night I decided to give Federation frigates a go.
First thing I noticed: I had a hard time deciding how to outfit my ship. My previous ship had something like 24,000 hull, and 9,000 shield. So obviously it had a lot of hull tank. It was slow as molasses, had 6 pulse lasers, a warpgate, shield regen and hull regen. It had capacitor regen, and everything else was geared towards boosting it’s max shield or max hull. Looking back, it would have been better to increase shield regen rate instead of max shield.
Anyways, here I am now, looking at my Federation frigate and it’s an almost balanced mix of shield/tank, with a little more shield. The federation contracts are geared towards using missiles and plasma weapons. The Fed frigate is faster and more agile. It also has drones instead of a disintegrator, so it’s more of an “up close and personal” kind of ship - yet it has LESS health… how do I use this ship?
I decided to go with assault plasma, with the weapon mod that increases projectile speed. Coming from lasers to plasma is difficult because I’m not used to having to lead my targets. I went with a missile defense system to help protect my drones from being blown up, but it didn’t work too well for me I was using one of the “premium” T3 Fed frigates, so the drones are simply “combat drones” no special repairs or abilities on them. Because an increase of 20% in hull or shield doesn’t mean as much when you don’t have very high hull/shield to begin with, I decided to go with increasing the ships RESISTANCES instead.
Overall, I found the ship to move a lot faster and do higher damage than my previous ship, but it also died way faster too. It’s a very different playstyle and I think one of my biggest mistakes was jumping straight to T3 with this thing instead of starting off with Tier 1 and slowly progressing forward, learning along the way.
It appears to be a very aggressive ship but it’s also very easy to die in this ship.
Anyways, how do you play your Federation frigate? What modules do you use?