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Capital Fleet Ships
Titans are the largest and most powerful vessels in Eve. They can transport battleships like carriers do frigates, can fit multiple XL-class weapons and have huge amounts of armor and shields. Like Motherships, they can fit a clone bay and are immune to electronic warfare modules. In addition to being able to fit up to six Gang Warfare modules, they provide massive bonuses to the gang: the Leviathan for example, gives 7.5% extra shield hp to each ship in the gang per level of Racial Titan.
Perhaps the two most important abilities of Titans is in two modules unique to them: the Doomsday weapon and the Capital Jump Bridge Array. The former is now a targeted weapon dealing 2-3mil damage depending on Doomsday Operation level - primarily used to insta-pop capital ships. Doomsdays used to be an area effect weapon able to be deployed to anywhere in the same system via cynosural field, but as of the Revelations II patch, that remote ability has been removed as it was seen as overpowered and imbalanced after nearly grinding 0.0 warfare to a halt. The Dominion patch saw that ability changed further, with the doomsday becoming a targeted weapon and losing its AoE ability. All titans recieved a significant HP bonus to make this weapon viable. The latter allows for the formation of a cynosural portal between the Titan and any ship equipped with a Cynosural Field Generator, which friendlies can then use as a make-shift jumpgate.
The precise cost of building one from scratch is difficult to calculate, but probably exceeds 100 billion isk from scratch, if the blueprint and mineral costs are both included. Mineral cost alone is in the realm of 40-50 billion isk, depending on local prices for the materials and/or capital ship components. Such an endeavor requires the participation of hundreds or thousands of pilots and a large amount of infrastructure. At least 350 Titans have been built as of December 2009, and the number is likely significantly higher due to their use solely for logistics purposes. The largest 0.0 alliances have in excess of 20 titans on paper, but in practice only a fraction are regularly used in offensive operations.
The Avatar was arguably the best Titan in the game, due to the massive capacitor bonus it gives to fleets. The gargantuan cost, length of skill training time, and quite frankly the impossibility of building one in total secret—all lend themselves to a substantial degree of min/maxing by the potential owners. The result? The first three Titans built in the game were Avatars. However a later nerf meant that titans could no longer jump out immediately after using their doomsday, making the cap regen bonus less useful. The Erebus is now by far the most popular, probably due to the insane armour HP bonus it gives to the gang. The first Goonswarm Titan, lost by the pilot "Deadtear", was an Erebus.
Shrike (aka SirMolle, aka "Molly", aka the CEO of BoB) was the first live Titan loss on Tranq, (All other titan losses up to that date occurred while the pilot was offline) killed by a joint RA/GS dreadnought force in 46DP. He dropped approximately 33b in loot. He was also podded. He then proceeded to steal Hegemon Rast's Titan, and renamed it "Darwin Reloaded". In 2008 in their "MAX" campaign, Shrike managed to lose two additional Avatar class titans in the span of a week. He has since been killed in Avatar #4. He currently flies Chowdown's Avatar - likely the oldest titan hull remaining ingame.
Doomsday damage type reference:
Avatar - EM
Erebus - Thermal
Ragnarok - Explosive
Leviathan - Kinetic
Titan quick reference
|Avatar||8||5||8||815 tf||1250000 MW||6||0||60 m/s||112500||250000||0/50/40/20||350000||50/20/25/35||325 m3/125 Mbit/s||45000 m3|
| Amarr Titan Skill Bonuses:
|Leviathan||8||8||5||1250 tf||755000 MW||0||7||60 m/s||103500||325000||0/50/40/20||275000||50/10/25/45||250 m3/125 MBit/s||55000 m3|
| Caldari Titan Skill Bonuses:
|Erebus||8||6||7||950 tf||1050000 MW||6||0||70 m/s||108000||275000||0/50/40/20||325000||50/10/35/35||475 m3/125 MBit/s||65000 m3|
| Gallente Titan Bonuses:
|Ragnarok||8||7||6||875 tf||965000 MW||6||2||80 m/s||99000||300000||0/50/40/20||300000||60/10/25/35||375 m3/125 MBit/s||60000 m3|
| Minmatar Titan Skill bonuses:
Add hostile pilots to your address book -- this is handy info to have.
- Anna Valerios (BoB-Evo) -- Apparently has her own Titan
- Shrike (BoB-Evo) - Just died again unknown if he has gotten into a new titan yet.
- Rynbratt (BoB-DICE) - Not sure if he is flying a new titan, or is alt pilot for Shrike's Titan
- Chowdown (Shinra Alliance)
- Nirana (BoB)
- Von Zarovick (-A-)
- Delaware warrior (-A-)
- Jin Roh [WR3CK] -- Previously in Triumvirate, left in a storm of drama
- Trex Y (RA)
- CEO Pyrex (GS) -- how i board titan?
- Rodent (GS)
- Hurley (BoB) -- Killed on Jan 3, 2009
- Karttoon (Titan alt is called Exploding Fist) (GS)
- Jenessa (Tri)
- Hegemon Rast (BoB) -- got his yoinked after Shrike lost his
- Lenny Juice (M.Pire) -- Skills to fly one, flew the Lotka Volterra Avatar during the IAC campaign, hasn't piloted one since. Very unlikely to be ever seen in one again since he's actually dead.
- CYVOK (ASCN) -- BoB blew it up
- Sokra (Tri) -- Thread KM
- Orange Species (Morning/Evening/Day Shifts, lol)(BoB-Dice)
- Zondran (BoB-Finfleet)
- Kuzmich E39 (-A-)
- XaHyPuK (-A-)
- Deki (MM)
- Thulsa Doom (MC) -- Seleene's titan alt, killed by AAA/RA ambush but has since built another Ragnarok
- Katalizator (The xDEATHx Squadron)
- Scynscapaene (Triumvirate)
- miltom (EXE-FOFF)
- Drift Spec (BoB-Dice)
- Nebba Kenezzer (The Requiem) -- Got killed by TCF
- Stumpan (BoB)
- Aeon Yakati (BoB-Dice)
- Fire Hawk (BoB) - Unknown if he has new Titan or is sharing Aeon's.
- Evil Thug (AAA)
- Tom McCash (ev0ke)
- Jabin (RA)
- Ottar (RA)
- Corbec (MC)
- Viper Zulu (MH)
- xttz (GS) --
WE CAN DOOMSDAY SHIT NOWHAHAHA NOT ANY MORE YOU CANT
- KIATolon -- He might be sharing xttz's, but who cares when he does shit like this. vOv
- Antonius (RA)
- otommo (BoB-Dice)
- WOTANKN (D2) -- BoB blew it up
- Deadtear (GS) -- NOT ANY MORE BITCH HAHAHAA
- Janus Drake / Trillian Dent (Mostly Harmless) -- It is not currently known whether these two pilots are sharing a single Leviathan or whether Mostly Harmless have constructed a second Titan
- Lyle Waters (BoB - RKK)
- SokolD (Red Alliance)
- Spangie (Ev0ke)
- Omega Theory (KIA Alliance)
- Oort (Red Alliance) -- lost one in NOL-M9, is back in one again.
- Zeveron (BoB - Dice)
In Game Titans
The First Encounter
During the BoB vs. ASCN war both sides unvieled Titans and used them in battle. On December 11th 2006 BoB destroyed ASCN's Titan (Steve, named after Steve Irwin) after its pilot CYVOK logged off while PvP aggressed. This seemed to be the last straw for CYVOK and shortly after he retired from his position as leader of ASCN and from EVE Online. After almost 3 months of fighting the ASCN alliance had suffered great losses and surrendered to BoB and withdrew from 0.0 space.
D2 unveiled their Titan (Erebus class) shortly after invading BoB space in early February '07. This Titan was also destroyed at the hands of BoB (16/02/07) after a BoB spy in D2 managed to keep the Titan aggressed as the pilot went offline.
Earlier on that same day Redswarm Federation, with the help of Curse Alliance and IAC, had destroyed LV's Titan foetus in JV1V in what was one of the largest fleet engagements of all time. Between the hours of 0230 and 0730 EVE time the JV1V node crashed several times while trying to support a reported 400+ defenders, 15-20 warp disruption bubbles and over 1000 coalition attackers on the JV1V gate and in the JV1V system. After hours of repeated logging in, pew pew, node crash, rinse and repeating the RSF coalition and friends managed to get a Cap Fleet cyno'd into system. The RSF support fleet managed to secure the system and after nearly 6 hours of fleet operations LV's Capital Ship Yard fell. It was reported at that time that LV had also had the Titan BPO inside the POS but sadly this turned out to be false.
LV's first Titan was originally unveiled against Goonfleet. Below is The Mittani's report on this event.
The Fall of Shrike
On June 22nd 2007, Shrike's Avatar ("Darwin's Contraption") was killed in what is seen as a stroke of luck combined with the most retarded piloting seen by Shrike yet. A bunch of Red Alliance and GoonSwarm dreadnoughts were assembled for a capital op in defense of JV1V, that had been put into reinforced earlier in the day. After an engagement in 46DP against BoB (which BoB won), they attempted to finish off our remaining forces by hot-dropping Shrike on us. He jumped in, fired his doomsday and cloaked. It was another predictable Titan maneuver, until, that is, a lone WANG member decloaked him...
We also scooped the Judgment module, 3x Drac's Modified Cap Rechargers, 3x Kin/Therm/Exp Core X-Type hardeners, and a Corpum A-Type EANM. Drac's rechargers are worth 10b a piece. The total loss of this Titan is estimated to be about 100b between modules and logistics costs.
The Judgment was then melted down and used to make Rifters.