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When the word “Versatile” comes up in Eve, it  generally is a code word for “not good at anything”.  So, when this word is applied to what might be the most useless class of ships in Eve, the Electronic Attack Frigate, then that indicates a potential epic level of failure.  Its not that they can’t fulfill the role, it’s just that the mix of attributes generally put these high on the target list, while the ships themselves have little to no defense and their secondary attributes are of little use outside of support.

CCP did not help in getting them used either.  Training up EAF skills are not required to fly the much more useful Recon Cruisers.  The signatures are large enough to easily be hit by all small weapons.  Their speed, while faster than AFs, is slower than Interceptors.  And the main capabilites, while impressive for a Frigate class ship, isn’t all the useful in most typical fleets.  The reasoning behind EAFs does appear to be to give pilots a taste of the capabilities of Recon Cruisers without the expense monetarily or skill-wise.

However, as a Minmatar Pilot, I have learned one thing.  Just because CCP failed to design it properly, doesn’t mean it still can’t be useful.  The Hyena though, does stretch that ability a bit.. far.  Let’s first look at what the Hyena brings to the table:

– 7.5% Target Painter Intensity Bonus

– 20% Web Range Bonus

– 5% Microwarp Drive Capacitor Penalty Reduction

– 3% Signature Reduction

The hull itself is rather fast, and with good Navigation skills can hit 3km/s.  The design of the Hyena also allows for it to be configured either Shield or Armor tanked equally effectively.  Targetting range is at 35km, a fair distance.  Combat systems are setup with a 2/2 Turret / Launcher configuration.

Now, looking at the Hyena, its clearly not setup to be a direct combat ship, yet with the ranges it requires it be in the combat area.  Even with best targetting skills, the range still puts it well inside even Sniper frigate range.  So, both a tank and an offense are necessary.  The next few choices are certainly most difficult.  The Hyena is, in fact, EXTREMELY versatile.  Effective configurations vary widely, and the following suggestions are by no means all.

[Hyena, Armor Tanked – Short Range -Web]
Damage Control II
200mm Reinforced Rolled Tungsten Plates I
Adaptive Nano Plating II

Warp Disruptor II
Fleeting Propulsion Inhibitor I
1MN MicroWarpdrive II
Sensor Booster II, Scan Resolution

200mm AutoCannon II, EMP S
200mm AutoCannon II, EMP S
‘Arbalest’ Rocket Launcher I, Gremlin Rocket

Small Targeting System Subcontroller I
Small Anti-Explosive Pump I

– or –

[Hyena, Missile – Long Range – TP]
Damage Control II
100mm Reinforced Rolled Tungsten Plates I
Adaptive Nano Plating II

Warp Disruptor II
Sensor Booster II, Scan Resolution
Phased Weapon Navigation Array Generation Extron
1MN MicroWarpdrive II

Standard Missile Launcher II, Sabretooth Light Missile
Standard Missile Launcher II, Sabretooth Light Missile
[empty high slot]

Small Hydraulic Bay Thrusters I
Small Warhead Rigor Catalyst I

-or-

[Hyena, Armor Tank – Short Range – RR]
Damage Control II
200mm Reinforced Rolled Tungsten Plates I
Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II

Catalyzed Cold-Gas I Arcjet Thrusters
Phased Weapon Navigation Array Generation Extron
Sensor Booster II, Scan Resolution
Small Capacitor Booster II, Cap Booster 200

150mm Light AutoCannon II, EMP S
150mm Light AutoCannon II, EMP S
Small Remote Armor Repair System II

Small Targeting System Subcontroller I
Small Targeting System Subcontroller I

These are a few potentially effective setups to be sure, but you are still back to the same problem.  Other T2, and even some T1 Frigates perform the job better.  The Vigil for example, has nearly the identical TP bonus that the Hyena does.. and its cost is considerably less.  And the Vigil has the added bonus of being able to be flown by noobs effectively.

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