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This is a Station Warehouse Container. It is fitted with a password-protected security lock and computerized inventory auditing. Although the construction of a Station Warehouse Container is much like that of other Cargo Containers a Station Warehouse Container is far too big to fit in a ship's cargo hold and is only used for storage and inventory management at stations. This is a Station Warehouse Container. It is fitted with a password-protected security lock and computerized inventory auditing. Although the construction of a Station Warehouse Container is much like that of other Cargo Containers a Station Warehouse Container is far too big to fit in a ship's cargo hold and is only used for storage and inventory management at stations. Only requires you to train your racial industrial to IV so it is MUCH faster to get into. Comes decently close to the ITTY V's M3 in raw cargo capacity. Hauls more than an ITTY IV. A new player or a casual industrialist can get a LOT of use out of a Mammoth before their needs overtake its ability to haul.

Find out what are the best ships in the EVE Online universe

In this article, we will try to present the best Ships in the EVE Online Universe. Whether you are new to the game, or if you are already an experienced pilot, you should understand one thing; there is no single 'the best' ship in EVE Online. All different types of ships have entirely different purposes, and even among the same class of ships, different ships may excel at different things, while being useless for other purposes. For this very reason, we have divided our list of the best Ships in multiple subcategories and determined what the best ships for different tasks are. Also, our personal preferences had a significant impact on the choice of ships. Then again, things that work for us and our corporation may be different for other players and corporations.

Our list also includes current Market prices in EVE ISK for each ship listed. The rates may vary but will try to keep it as much up to date as possible.

Last update: May 22, 2018


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The Best Tech one ships

Tech one (T1) ships are the cheapest ships, making them also the easiest to replace. They are also the easiest to train for, and the majority of EVE Online players uses them. They are perfect for solo roaming the galaxy, learning PvP, and engaging in combat with less prepared foes. In comparison to Tech two ships, they are also much more well-rounded and may serve various purposes and allow multiple module options.

Merlin - the best T1 Frigate

Ship: Merlin
Faction: Caldari State
Class: Standard Frigate, Merlin class
Price: 300,000 ISK
Summary: The Merlin is the most powerful combat Frigate. It's the most durable ship of that class and has the highest DPS out of all T1 Frigates. It's also the slowest Frigate, but that still does not interfere with it being a perfect fit for new pilots, low-level Missions. Regarding PvP combat, it's best to be piloted in a fleet, as faster ships in solo fights may dictate the rules.

Thrasher - the best T1 Destroyer

Name: Thrasher
Faction: Minmatar Republic
Class: Standard Destroyer, Thrasher class
Price: 1,000,000 ISK
Summary: Thrasher is the most flexible destroyer-class ship. It is one of the best ships to fly Level 1-3 Missions with a salvaging fit. It's most popular for ganking and suicide ganking, while it's rarely seen in fleet battles

Vexor - the best T1 Cruiser

Name: Vexor
Faction: Gallente Federation
Class: Standard Cruiser, Vexor class
Price: 8,000,000-10,000,000 ISK
Summary: it's a powerful combat ship. It has great durability, DPS and is great as a surveillance ship in hostile areas. It's not the easiest to train for, and also not recommended if you don't have Drones V trained yet. Without it, you will be losing a lot of your DPS, and this ship can truly brawl if equipped properly

Brutix - the best T1 Battlecruiser

Name: Brutix
Faction: Gallente Federation
Class: Standard Battlecruiser, Brutix class
Price: 40,000,000-45,000,000 ISK
Summary: Brutix is well-known for very high DPS. It is also popular in PvP battles, as it can be devastating for enemy ships if it can get in close range

Dominix - the best T1 Battleship

Name: Dominix
Faction: Gallente Federation
Class: Standard Battleships, Dominix class
Price: 150,000,000-160,000,000 ISK
Summary: low-price, high DPS, versatility, and ability to carry drones is what makes Dominix extremely popular pick for PvP fights

The Best Tech two ships

Tech two (T2) ships, in terms of power, effectiveness and technological advancement, are far more superior to Tech one. They also require much more skills and training, which makes them less common among casual players. Tech two ships' specialization is much more diversified; each ship class has several different sub-types of ships which are designated to complete different tasks, and play different roles in both PvP and PvE.

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Taranis - the best T2 Frigate

Ship: Taranis
Faction: Gallente Federation
Class: Interceptor, Atron Class
Price: 30,000,000 ISK
Summary: Taranis is a Tech two Frigate, with the primary role of an Interceptor. Interceptors are swift and versatile ships, which are hard to target to bigger caliber guns and play a key role in high-sec and low-sec battles. Taranis has the highest DPS out of all Interceptor ships and has a considerable amount of effective HP

Sabre - the best T2 Destroyer

Name: Sabre
Faction: Minmatar Republic
Class: Interdictor, Thrasher class
Price: 70,000,000 - 75,000,000 ISK
Summary: Interdictors are vessels designed to breach enemy warp tunnels, and restrict movement of the enemy fleet. They play a vital role in PvP combat. Sabre is also the most effective ship in PvP, which makes up for the highest number of ships destroyed in EVE Online

Curse - the best T2 Cruiser

Name: Curse
Faction: Amarr Empire
Class: Recon Ship, Arbitrator class
Price: 260,000,000-290,000,000 ISK
Summary: Curse is one of the strongest ships in EVE Online, and is undoubtedly the leader of capacitator warfare. They are also a great choice for solo PvP, though not many pilots out there will be interested in picking up a fight against Curse alone

Absolution - the best T2 Battlecruiser

Name: Absolution
Faction: Amarr Empire
Class: Command Ships, Harbinger class
Price: 370,000,000-410,000,000 ISK
Summary: Absolution is one of the most durable cub-capital ships in EVE Online. It was designed as a laser vessel, with terrific resistances, very high DPS, and amazing looks

Vargur - the best T2 Battleship

Name: Vargur
Faction: Minmatar Republic
Class: Marauder, Tempest class
Price: 1,450,000,000-1,650,000,000 ISK
Summary: all of the Marauders are exceptionally powerful. However, we believe that Vargur is the best of them. Marauders are specifically designed to run Missions effectively. They provide high DPS and are great at salvaging wrecks. They are the best fit for PvP, though taking one down is an extremely hard task

The Best Tech three, Faction, and capital ships

This section will include the best Tech three, Faction, Pirate, and capital ships. These are the most technologically advanced types of ships in EVE Online. They can play various roles in both PvE and PvP which makes it extremely hard to evaluate, but we tried to pick the best ships of each of the following categories based on popularity and general performance. If you are more advanced EVE Online player you will eventually find out which ships are the best for your needs, your Corporation or your current fleet's composition.

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Jackdaw - the best T3 Destroyer

Ship: Jackdaw
Faction: Caldari State
Class: Tactical Destroyer, Jackdaw Class
Price: 40,000,000 - 45,000,000 ISK
Summary: Jackdaw is a very powerful and versatile combat vessel. While slower than other Tactical Destroyers, Jackdaw provides the highest utility in Electric Warfare thanks to 6 mid slots

Astero - the best Pirate Faction Ship

Ship: Astero
Faction: Sisters of EVE
Class: Pirate Faction Ship, Astero Class
Price: 50,000,000 - 55,000,000 ISK
Summary: Astero might not be the most powerful Pirate Frigate out there, but we have decided to give it the spot on our list. It's a ship that has the lowest training requirements for a ship that can have Covert Ops Cloak equipped. It also provides good exploration bonuses, has great PvP bonuses, making it one of the most popular vessels for exploring low-sec, null-sec and wormhole areas

Caldari Navy Hookbill - the best Faction Frigate

Ship: Caldari Navy Hookbill
Faction: Caldari State
Class: Faction Frigates, Hookbill Class
Price: 12,000,000 - 15,000,000 ISK
Summary: Caldari Navy Hookbill is an extremely versatile Faction Frigate. It has five mid slots which allow equipping a wide variety of tackle and shield modules

Scythe Fleet Issue - the best Faction Cruiser

Ship: Scythe Fleet Issue
Faction: Minmatar Empire
Class: Faction Cruiser, Scythe Class
Price: 70,000,000 - 80,000,000 ISK
Summary: Scythe is extremely fast and fun to play. Unlike other Faction Cruisers, it makes it much easier to pick up solo PvP fights. Scythe is not seen commonly in the EVE Universe because of its' rather high price

Brutix Navy Issue - the best Faction Battlecruiser

Ship: Brutix Navy Issue
Faction: Gallente Federation
Class: Faction Battlecruiser, Brutix Class
Price: 250,000,000 - 280,000,000 ISK
Summary: this is an upgraded version of the regular Brutix. It is a mighty drone vessel, which in comparison to the regular version, has higher Turret bonuses as the cost of Armor repair bonuses

Megathron Navy Issue - the best Faction Battleship

Ship: Megathron Navy Issue
Faction: Gallente Federation
Class: Faction Battleship, Megathron Class
Price: 500,000,000 - 550,000,000 ISK
Summary: Megathron Navy Issue is the best Faction Battleship. Faction Battleships are in general unpopular because of their price, but if you have to fly one, Megathron should be your first pick

Zealot - the best Heavy Assault Cruiser

Name: Zealot
Faction: Amarr Empire
Class: Heavy Assault Cruiser (HAC), Omen Class
Price: 260,000,000 - 290,000,000 ISK
Summary: Zealot is a great all-around HAC. It's a laser vessel known for quickly cutting through enemy lines and wrecking havoc in mid-range fights. While it has lower DPS and armor compared to Battleships, it compensates for it with much better speed and range

Apostle - the best Force Auxiliary

Name: Apostle
Faction: Amarr Empire
Class: Force Auxiliary, Apostle class
Price: 1,000,000,000 - 1,250,000,000 ISK
Summary: Apostle is the Amarrs Empire Force Auxiliary capital ship. It's the most popular FA ship among null-sec corporations that focus on an armor-based fleet. Apostle has unparalleled repair capabilities on the battlefield

Nidhoggur - the best Carrier

Name: Nidhoggur
Faction: Minmatar Republic
Class: Carrier, Nidhogurr class
Price: 1,000,000,000 - 1,300,000,000 ISK
Summary: Nidhoggur is the most popular Carrier among EVE community. It allows speedy clearing of Anomalies making a true ISK farming machine

Naglfar - the best Dreadnought

Name: Naglfar
Faction: Minmatar Republic
Class: Dreadnought, Naglfar class
Price: 1,500,000,000-1,700,000,000 ISK
Summary: supposedly the single best Dreadnought-class ship. Naglfar is extremely good for fleet use, PvE, Wormhole space exploration and much more - though because of high price it's not commonly seen exploring solo

Nyx - the best Supercarrier

Name: Nyx
Faction: Gallente Federation
Class: Supercarrier, Nyx class
Price: 18,000,000,000-26,000,000,000 ISK
Summary: Nyx is superior to any other Supercarrier in pretty much every way. With the exclusive DPS bonuses it provides, it's the most popular Supercarrier among all null/low-sec corporations out there. This ship is the one you want to see by your side on the battlefield

Ragnarok - the best Titan

Name: Ragnarok
Faction: Minmatar Republic
Class: Titan, Ragnarok class
Price: estimated 60,000,000,000 ISK
Summary: it's impossible to evaluate Titan class ships in any way. They all are very similar in terms of utility, and which Titan you are going to use should depend on the needs of your corporation/fleet, or your personal preference. We have picked Ragnarok for this list because if you are a person that is going to buy a Titan based on a random online article, you are most likely going to enjoy Ragnarok the most (and the longest)

The Best industrial ships

While there are not many Industrial ships out there, and with nearly no competition for specific ships, it may be impossible to determine the best Industrial ships. However, Industrial ships are what makes the EVE Online Universe go round, and we have decided to include them on our list. Their activity funds everything in the game, starting from your very first Frigate, up to multi-billion fleets that clash in exciting massive-scale battles.

Retriever - the best Mining Barge

Ship: Retriever
Faction: Outer Ring Excavations
Class: Mining Barge, Retriever Class
Price: 18,000,000 - 20,000,000 ISK
Summary: Retriever has the largest ore bay out of all Mining Barges. This makes it the best and most effective solo mining vessel. It also provides high defensive utility, which allows it to survive suicide ganks

Orca - the best Industrial Command Ship

Name: Orca
Faction: Outer Ring Excavations
Class: Industrial Command Ship, Orca class
Price: 700,000,000 - 800,000,000 ISK
Summary: while originally designed to conduct large-scale mining operations, Orca is also a very good freighter with big cargo hold. It's one of the most popular ships in big mining fleets

Rorqual - the best Industrial Ship

Name: Rorqual
Faction: Outer Ring Excavations
Class: Capital Industrial Ship, Rorqual class
Price: 1,500,000,000-2,200,000,000 ISK
Summary: Rorqual is the best, and the most expensive Industrial ship in EVE Online. Rorqual funds all the operations of the majority of the null-sec corporations. Above its' standard industrial purpose, it plays an important role in PvP. It has high Drone DPS and excellent tanking capabilities


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Mining ships: from the Venture to the Rorqual

Table of Contents

  • 2 Mining ships
  • 4 Industrial ships

The ORE tree

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Mining ships appear under their own faction tree: ORE – which stands for Outer Ring Excavations. The ORE ships listed below are grouped by size, tech level, and speciality.

For each size, you progress vertically in tech level – the Tech 1 frigates leading to the Tech 2 frigates and T1 mining barges lead to the T2 exhumers. For the command ships – the horizontal progression shows the increasing size, from cruiser to capital.

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Mining Frigates

The T1 mining frigate is the mighty Venture, you have met this one in the New Player Experience (NPE), where you get several free as you progress through the career agents. This frigate-sized hull uses mining lasers or gas harvesters and is bonused for both mining and gas harvesting.

With its 3/3/1 layout and a poor power grid, they have few options for fittings, but the 2 bonus points to warp core strength make it a relatively safe ship for travelling as it has a higher warp strength. In order to warp off, one must have a positive warp strength – all ships have at least a warp strength of one. When an enemy tackles you, they use a module like a Warp Disruptor or Warp Scrambler (or other more complex means) to reduce your warp strength. When you are pointed by a Warp Disruptor your warp strength is reduced by one, and a Warp Scram reduces your warp strength by two.

In most ships, this would reduce your warp strength below what you need to warp off, but a Venture has a warp strength of 3 and thus when an attacker uses a disruptor or scram to point you, you still have enough warp strength to warp away making escape easier. In order for other ships to increase warp strength to counter attackers, they must equip a low slot module called a Warp Core Stabilizer, which takes away from other things they could be equipping.

T2 variants of the Venture are the Prospect and Endurance. The Prospect is bonused for gas harvesting and ore. It loses the warp core strength bonus to gain covert ops capabilities in that it can fit a covert ops cloak – and thus can warp while cloaked. It should be noted that while the Prospect is T2, it gains no additional bonus for gas harvesting over the Venture. The Prospect has a 3/3/4 slot layout.

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The Endurance is bonused for ice harvesting and ore mining and trades the warp core strength bonus for covert abilities. It has a 3/4/3 slot layout.

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The size of a ship’s ore hold is important to consider while mining.The Venture only has a 5,000 m3 ore hold, whereas the Prospect and Endurance respectively have 10,000 and 15,000 m3 holds.

Mining Barges and Exhumers

There are three groups of mining barges and exhumers – each group has a T1 and a T2 variant (the barge and exhumer respectively), and each group has a speciality; tank, ore hold size, and mining yield.

Tank

Tank ships are useful for mining where you expect to encounter other players or against particularly tough rats such as you find in nullsec. With their specific bonus to shield hit points, and a role bonus to drone damage and hitpoints, tank mining barges and exhumers are also frequently used for hotdrop bait and fun roams.

The mining barge that is bonused for tank is the Procurer. The 2/4/2 layout of the Procurer allows for a good tank, but it is limited by its small power grid. The ore hold, at 12,000 m3 is second largest of all the barges, so you are not too disadvantaged by the trade-off for tanking.

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The Skiff is the T2 variant of the Procurer. It has a higher base HP, and one more mid- and low-slot, giving a 2/5/3 layout and 15,000 m3 of ore hold.

Ore hold

Mining barges and exhumers with this bonus have much larger ore holds and are used frequently by people who prefer to AFK mine or do excursion mining into low and null security space.

The mining barge bonused for ore hold size is the Retriever. As well as the bonus, it has the largest base hold (22,000 m3). This barge is often used when no hauler is available.

The 2/1/3 layout does not give many options for tank, but the profusion of low slots allows for the use of modules to increase yield, although CPU limitations must be taken into consideration. The T2 variant is the Mackinaw, with an enormous 28,000 m3 base hold and 4 mid-slots. Due to CPU restrictions, however, these mid-slots are rarely used.

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Yield

The mining barge focused on yield is the Covetor, while the exhumer is the Hulk. The yield focused ships have a minimal tank, faster mining laser cycle times, and the smallest ore holds. While they mine the most ore in a period of time and have higher range on their lasers, mining with them requires higher attention levels as the miner must empty the ore hold more frequently.

The payoff for this can, however, be significant.

The Covetor has a 2/1/3 layout which is bad for having tank but good for mining yield efficiency. The Hulk gains some additional ore hold and EHP but its tank remains extremely weak compared to the other exhumers. The better exhumer bonus to harvesting and mining duration make it the highest yield mining subcapital ship. It gains 3 mid-slots, giving it a 2/4/3 layout, but the extra mid-slots are frequently left empty due to fitting restrictions.

Mining Methods

There are multiple ways people that people mine – these include filling the ore hold and warping to a station or structure to drop off the ore(Fill and empty), jetcan mining, and mining in groups with dedicated boosters and haulers.

Fill and empty is a method one can do solo but it wastes a lot of time with the trips back and forth to the station or citadel. Mining ships are generally rather slow aligning and warping, and docking and undocking all take up time that could better be spent mining.

Jetcanning is a decent method of solo mining, especially if the miner has at least one alt. With one character, the miner can fill two jetcans before warping back to a station to pick up a Miasmos. They can then warp back to the jetcan to collect the ore, drop it off at a station, switch ships, and then warp back to the belt/anom to continue mining. With at least one alt you can mine non-stop and haul with the alt in a Miasmos.

If the miner has several alts, they haul with one and mine with the rest. This is one of the most efficient setups before one gets into group mining or mining command ships. There is however, one major drawback to jetcan mining. Others can take your ore. This is covered more in the survival section of this guide.

One can also mine with groups – this is an excellent option as it offers safety in numbers, as well as the possibility of receiving mining boosts from fleet members. Mining boosts provide up to 65% improved mining efficiency, depending on the skill of the booster. Rorquals are also useful when group mining because they can provide ore compression from their fleet hangars and ore holds while their Industrial Core is active. Even the tank bonused mining ships have their uses in group mining, coupled with an orca in highsec, they provide a way to mine in (relative) safety.

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Industrial Command Ships

The primary purpose of the industrial command ships was originally boosting, but with the recent change to Rorquals, there is significant mining to be done with them as well.

The Porpoise is a cruiser-class industrial command Ship. Industrial command ships are meant to support mining ops by providing mining boosts and hauling abilities, along with some mining capabilities. As such, the Porpoise is bonused for cargo, Mining Foreman Burst, Drone damage, hitpoints and yield; but also Remote Shield Boosting, tractor beams, survey scanners… The bonus list is quite extensive, here is a TLDR: fit two Mining foreman bursts, a set of mining drones, a set of combat drones and shield boosters (if you plan on fighting, not really recommended) or tractor beams.

The layout is 4/4/2, giving it some options, but remember one thing: this ship can not PvP alone.

With 500 m3 of base hold, 5,000 m3 of Fleet hangar (hold shared with the fleet and/or your corp) and 50,000 m3 of ore hold, it provides a significant hauling bonus to small fleets. At level V, the ore hold gets another 12,500 m3, making it equivalent to a bonus Procurer hold for your fleet.

The Porpoise is also the only industrial command ship that can enter frigate sized wormholes for boosting during wormhole mining/harvesting ops.

The next size up is the Orca. This battleship-sized hull has the same bonuses as the Porpoise, only with improved stats, better fitting options (3 Mining Bursts) and a faction battleship level price. With a 6/5/2 layout, tank is a serious option. It will still need support to overcome gankers, but its good base HP (over 80k EHP) should give some possibilities for counter drops. Be aware it will cost you over 800M isk though, making it a serious jump in price compared to a Porpoise.

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With a base hold of 30,000 m3, 40,000 m3 of fleet hangar, 400,000 m3 of ship maintenance bay (to store assembled ships) and 150,000 m3 of Ore hold, hauling is becoming a serious thing. Maxed skills give over 180,000 m3 of ore hold, which corresponds to 5 full Mackinaw with maxed skills (35,000 m3).

Note that the Orca is a hybrid between a freighter, a battleship and a capital for its stats and layout, making it the hardest ship to classify.

Let’s now talk about THE ORE capital vessel: the Rorqual!

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So, you might have heard of it, but let’s summarize its abilities. The base bonuses are the same as the Orca/Porpoise, the difference is in the role bonuses:

  • It can use an Industrial Core, which gives a bonus to shield defense, Mining Foreman Burst, Drone mining… we will talk about this later
  • It can fit a Clone Vat Bay, making it a movable clone bay.
  • It can operate ‘Excavator’ Drones, which are mining drones on steroids that will cost you an arm and a leg.
  • It can use the Pulse Activated Nexus Invulnerability Core (PANIC) that makes you and all industrial ships in your fleet within 200km of you untouchable for at least 5.5 minutes, and up to a maximum of 7.5 minutes depending on the Invulnerability Core Operation skill, however when the PANIC module is active you cannot warp away. This is usually a delaying action when being attacked to allow for a rescue fleet to be formed. The PANIC module can only be used while a Rorqual has an asteroid targeted.
  • It has a penalty to entosis duration, like all Capital ships (This is not mining-related).
  • It features the best boosts for mining in the game. While boosting with an active industrial core, a Rorqual can give impressive boosts to range as well as a 57% reduction in mining cycle time. Rorquals can also give boosts without running an industrial core, and while they are not as good as with the industrial core running they are still 25-30% better than the boosts you get from an Orca.

That’s a lot of information to look at, but let’s look at base stats.

It has a base effective hit-points of over 800,000, making it very capable of tanking before anything is added to it. The 8/7/4 layout gives plenty of room for a tank and an assortment of boosts. You can also fit (and should!) a cynosural field generator, a remote shield booster, and a PANIC along with an Industrial Core. For more details on these, check out our fitting chapter.

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The holds are numerous and consist of: a 40,000 m3 base hold, 40,000 m3 Fleet hangar, 1,000,000 m3 Ship Maintenance Bay (this can only be used for industrial ships), and a 300,000 m3 Ore Hold. It also has a 10LY jump range with maxed skills (5LY base jump range, for number addicts).

Non-Ore mining related industrials

Some of the most useful mining related ships are not ORE ships at all. Each race has different hauling ships – of these, the most useful for mining is Gallente Industrials, and specifically the Miasmos and Kryos.

The Miasmos uses the Gallente Industrial skill and has a specialized hold just for ore (and ice). The ore hold starts at 42,000 m3 and increases to 63,000 m3 at Gallente Industrial V. The regular hold on the Miasmos is a tiny 550 m3, but you don’t use a Miasmos for non-ore hauling, really. With a slot layout of 2/4/4, you can get a bit of tank, but a Miasmos is still a pretty fragile ship.

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The other mining related Gallente Industrial with a special hold is the Kryos. The Kryos has a specialized hold for hauling minerals. It should be noted, that while a Miasmos can haul ore, compressed ore, ice, and compressed ice, the Kryos only hauls the minerals refined from ore, it does not haul ice products that are refined from ice. The Kryos starts with a mineral hold of 43,000 m3 and goes up to 64,500 m3 with Gallente Industrial V. The slot layout is 2/4/4, and like the Miasmos is pretty fragile.

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