As I wrote a few days ago, I hopped in my Rohk battleship and did a few level 3 missions to get myself back into EVE, but those proved far too easy, and I was itching to try a level 4 mission solo. I have seen a fair share of level 4 missions when my old Corp run them together, but had never actually done one solo.
So last night I was feeling brave (a dangerous thing in EVE) and decided to pick a level 4 up in Aband and see how it goes. I got Pirate Invasion (Sansha), which with a little research did not seem terrible difficult. Now my Rohk is not exactly expertly fitted (going to work on that tonight), featuring four 350mm tech I rails of various quality, two dual 250mm rails, and finally two 150mm tech II rails. An active shield tank of no doubt dubious quality, and some other fittings round out the mess that is my Rohk. Before my long hiatus I was seriously skill limited in what I could fit, but now since that is no longer the case, I really need to redo my setup.
That said, I had the above last night, and warped into the first mission. Pirate Invasion starts you off with agro right off the bat, with some frigates, cruisers and a few battleships. I managed to down the frigates and dent a battleship before my cap ran out and I had to warp out. On my second warp in, I downed a cruiser before again having to bail. At that rate, it was going to be a long, long night, so I figured I might as well try local and see if I could get some help. Previous to the last patch, Kador had always been rather empty, but last night I found 8 other pilots in local, and managed to get the help of two in my mission. They were also running a level 4 and needed help, so the situation worked out well. Clearly knowing what they were doing, the two pilots, both in a dominix, warped in and had little trouble holding agro while we blasted the remaining Sansha ships to finish the mission. After a break, we warped over to their mission (I forget the name now) which was far more difficult. Even with the three of us, we could not do more than take out a battleship or two before having to warp. They called in more help, two more pilots showed up, and the five of us managed to clean the mess up.
Still feeling good, and quickly swapping out the two 150mm rails for a 425mm and another dual 250mm (that was all Aband had for sale, and I was impatient), I picked up my second level 4 mission, and drew Gone Berserk, a reportedly very easy mission. Well flying a noob Rohk means anything ‘very easy’ is possibly doable, so I warped in. The mission starts with a few ships, and as you kill a ‘trigger’ ship, more spawn. Being a noob of course I mixed up who the trigger was, and always killed that one before I finished the previous group, no doubt making the mission harder than it needed to be. That said, after countless warp in/outs, I did indeed manage to solo my first level 4 mission, and collect a very nice bounty for it. Each battleship ranged from 500k to 1 million ISK, a huge sum when you have 11 million or so ISK in your bank account. In addition I looted a good amount of fittings, and hopefully a few will sell for a good amount. (just getting back into EVE, I have completely forgotten what is highly valued and what is trash)
All in all it was a very successful night in EVE, one that left me wanting more. Hopefully I’ll be able to re-fit my Rohk to something more acceptable; I’m thinking all 350mm rails, a beefed up active tank (should I try passive?), and who knows what for the bottom slots. Some time will have to be spent searching the EVE forum’s for a good solution, but feel free to toss out any ideas here. At 15 million skill points, I can basically use almost anything short of tech II large rails (working on that), so I should have some good options.