The frigate class of ships consist of light and fast but comparatively fragile ships. Players start with the ability to fly basic frigate-class ships. Their variety allows for a broad range of ships tailored to different profiles. For example the Caldari Kestrel, while unable to mount guns, is able to mount four missile launchers and sports a comparatively large cargo hold. The Amarr Punisher, while slow, has the toughest armour of any frigate. Generally frigates lack the durability or damage output of larger ship classes and are at most able to fit three to four small weapons. However, frigates are significantly faster and more difficult to hit than larger ships. They remain cost-effective because they are cheap and, in large numbers, can become dangerous to larger ship types. Due to their relatively small size and speed a skilled player may mount electronic warfare or navigational interference systems on a frigate in order to immobilize larger ships. Each faction has six types of frigates with a further number of specialized Tech II variants for more specific profiles.

Fleets of Tech I frigates can be a way for new players to fight against opponents who go after them with smaller numbers of battleships and heavy assault cruisers. Experienced players can also put frigate wings to good use as an alternative to larger, more costly ships, using the money saved to outfit the frigates with more advanced equipment and weaponry. For example a level 3 frigate, such as the Caldari Merlin or the Minmatar Rifter, typically sells for approximately 250 thousand ISK on the in-game market while the price of a battleship may exceed 100 million ISK. However, with the advent of specialized Tech II assault frigates and interceptors this tactic has become less common.

Tech 1 Frigates[edit | edit source]

Amarr Tech 1 Frigates
Amarr
Crucifier
Crucifier
Executioner
Executioner
Inquisitor
Inquisitor
Magnate
Magnate
Punisher
Punisher
Tormentor
Tormentor


Caldari Tech 1 Frigates
Caldari
Bantam
Bantam
Condor
Condor
Griffin
Griffin
Heron
Heron
Kestrel
Kestrel
Merlin
Merlin


Gallente Tech 1 Frigates
Gallente
Atron
Atron
Imicus
Imicus
Incursus
Incursus
Maulus
Maulus
Navitas
Navitas
Tristan
Tristan


Minmatar Tech 1 Frigates
Gallente
Breacher
Breacher
Burst
Burst
Probe
Probe
Rifter
Rifter
Slasher
Slasher
Vigil
Vigil




Tech 2 Frigates[edit | edit source]

Assault Ships[edit | edit source]

Assault ships are frigates that are designed with firepower in mind. They are more durable than Tech I frigates with the capacity to mount a more damaging weapon loadout and stronger defences while sacrificing speed. Two types exist for each major faction, each catering to a certain more specialized individual style of combat.

Amarr Assault Frigates Caldari Assault Frigates
Amarr
Retribution
Retribution
Vengeance
Vengeance
Caldari
Harpy
Harpy
Hawk
Hawk


Gallente Assault Frigates Minmatar Assault Frigates
Gallente
Enyo
Enyo
Ishkur
Ishkur
Minmatar
Jaguar
Jaguar
Wolf
Wolf

Covert Ops Ships[edit | edit source]

Covert Ops frigates are designed to mount cloaking systems that allow them to fly undetected. Although they are relatively fragile they are designed to be able to vanish when threatened. These ships are also helpful for example as scouts. The Covert Ops frigate is able to mount a Covert Ops cloaking device that allows warping while cloaked. They also excel at finding hidden enemy ships through the use of scan probes. Care must be taken, however, when using cloaking devices due to the fact that cloaking devices will deactivate if the ship gets within 2 km of any other ship or celestial object, such as asteroids, a stargate, space stations or cargo containers. Additionally, cloaking devices cannot be activated if a hostile target lock is present, meaning that being uncloaked in the presence of a hostile ship is perilous.

Amarr Covert Ops Frigates Caldari Covert Ops Frigates
Amarr
Anathema
Anathema
Purifier
Purifier
Caldari
Buzzard
Buzzard
Manticore
Manticore


Gallente Covert Ops Frigates Minmatar Covert Ops Frigates
Gallente
Helios
Helios
Nemesis
Nemesis
Minmatar
Cheetah
Cheetah
Hound
Hound

Electronic Attack Ships[edit | edit source]

The electronic attack ships are essentially frigate equivalents of the combat recons. While they are somewhat lacking in electronic warfare capabilities and firepower compared to the combat recons, they should nevertheless not be under estimated. With the mobility of frigate hulls they are valuable assets for roaming frigate gangs.

Amarr Electronic Attack Frigate Caldari Electronic Attack Frigate
Amarr
Sentinel
Sentinel
Caldari
Kitsune
Kitsune


Gallente Electronic Attack Frigate Minmatar Electronic Attack Frigate
Gallente
Keres
Keres
Minmatar
Hyena
Hyena

Interceptors[edit | edit source]

Interceptors, another frigate-based class, are designed for high-speed dogfights and 'tackling' (preventing escape). Interceptors have a smaller signature radius and higher speed than regular frigates, making them difficult for larger and generally slower-tracking ships to fight. Interceptors also have a higher warp speed than other vessels, allowing them to cover the distances between stargates and other system navigation points quicker than most other ships. It is quite possible to be under attack from an Interceptor while entering warp only to find the same Interceptor waiting when the ship drops out of warp. Interceptors are primarily used for harassment and to pin down larger enemy ships until more powerful backup arrives. Two types exist for each major faction. The first type is focused on damage output with usually two bonuses to its weapon systems. The second type has bonuses to Warp Disruptor range as well as a reduction to capacitor use for Stasis Webifier and Warp Disrupter modules. This allows the interceptor to run these "tackling" modules while running a capacitor-intensive Micro Warp Drive longer than without these bonuses.

Amarr Interceptors Caldari Interceptors
Amarr
Crusader
Crusader
Malediction
Malediction
Caldari
Crow
Crow
Raptor
Raptor


Gallente Interceptors Minmatar Interceptors
Gallente
Ares
Ares
Taranis
Taranis
Minmatar
Claw
Claw
Stiletto
Stiletto

Faction Frigates[edit | edit source]

Amarr Caldari Gallente Minmatar
Amarr
Imperial Navy Slicer
Slicer
Caldari
Caldari Navy Hookbill
Hookbill
Gallente
Federation Navy Comet
Comet
Minmatar
Republic Fleet Firetail
Firetail


Angel Blood Guristas Sansha Serpentis
Angel Cartel
Dramiel
Dramiel
Blood Raiders
Cruor
Cruor
Guristas Pirates
Worm
Worm
Sansha's Nation
Succubus
Succubus
Serpentis
Daredevil
Daredevil

Limited Edition Frigates[edit | edit source]

Limited Edition Frigates
Amarr


Silver Magnate
Gold Magnate

NPC Frigates[edit | edit source]

CONCORD Frigates
CONCORD


CONCORD Army Frigate
CONCORD Police Frigate
CONCORD Special Ops Frigate
CONCORD SWAT Frigate

Rare and Game Master Frigates[edit | edit source]

Jovian Frigates
Jove


Enigma
Specter
Wraith
Polaris Centurion
Polaris Legatus
Polaris Inspector

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