[Devpost] Hull rigs in Kronos patch

Edit: Updated on May 13th thanks to your feedback :edit:

Another small change in our Summer 2014 release that we’re ready to collect feedback on:

We’re planning on adding a series of Hull HP rigs, known as Transverse Bulkheads. These rigs will use the Armor Rigging skill, with a penalty to cargo capacity. They will be available in all sizes.

  • The T1 rigs would increase hull hitpoints by 20%, at the cost of 50 calibration.
  • The T2 rigs would increase hull hitpoints by 25%, at the cost of 75 calibration.

We don’t expect these to replace trimarks and CDFEs for most players, but having the option should be interesting in several cases.

We are also going to swap the speed penalty on all reinforced bulkhead modules to an equal percentage cargo capacity penalty. The agility penalty will remain intact at this time.

Let us know what you think!


These changes will boost the effective hit points of Orcas and Rorquals by up to 65%, depending on fit, at the expense of cargo (which may not be such a problem, given the specialised ore and fleet holds it has). Similarly for industrial ships (and presumably freighters?), although the trade-off is a more difficult choice when there’s more cargo hold to lose. It probably also has a niche in mining barge fits, aside from the Procurer hulls which will probably still bias towards shields.

The rigs will probably also see some use on Taranis and other hull-biased combat ships, since there’s no speed penalty to them, so while it’s not the most universally-applicable rig, it’s a lot less niche than e.g. hacking rigs.

Verdict: two thumbs up.

2 Responses to “[Devpost] Hull rigs in Kronos patch”

  1. May 14, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Very interesting. I once used Orca as mobile bases – carrying everything I needed to move into a system to run missions, or mine, or do exploration or whatever. I stopped after they allowed the scanning of fleet and ship maintenance hangers as the loot and ships I carried made them too susceptible to ganking. This might change the risk equation back to doing that again.

  2. May 14, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    These will definitely be the “must be” rigs fro Retrievers, as their only mid slot doesn’t allow shield tanking.
    Same for Orca with their specialized hold and already small cargohold.
    Indeed, Freighters will be a nastier issue, especially as they can’t fit damage control, so their hull resistances are zero. They are probably better off with CDFE for caldari/min and Trimark for Amarr/Gallente

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