I’ve played EVE Online off and on for about 4 years. In terms of skill points, I’m still a noob. I have however, had my share of adventures where war decs, the bane of new corporations, provided most of the excitement. Since then I’ve come and gone solo which is fine. I like company in game well enough but EVE is definitely a game that caters to my frequent need for quiet isolation. I’ve found the PVE encounters diverse enough that when combined with salvaging and making money for bigger ships and better equipment, I’m entertained while I’m subscribed.
I often use BattleClinic as a source for finding good ship configurations, commonly referred to as loadouts. To date my focus had been on PVE frigate and destroyer configurations. Given these are ships for newer players I’d never seen any with items in the rig slots. I recall wondering what they were but since they were always empty I never dug any further – until now.
Fitting a Noctis
The first loadout I saw with items fitted into the rig slots was returned in my search on the Noctis, a ship recently introduced specifically for salvaging. Like many players, I’d been doing salvage in a destroyer class ship. In my case that was a Catalyst. Even though I’m not planning to do as much PVE and hence less salvaging this time around, the range bonuses on the Noctis were good enough that it was worth buying since I could easily afford to have one.
There are some obvious fitting choices for a Noctis and I had a good idea of what I wanted/needed to do in the other slots but I like to validate my ideas some because I’m still very new in the scope of things, playing EVE. When the highest rated loadout showed rig fittings, it became time for me to figure out their purpose.