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The Complete Miner's Guide by Halada

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14. The Rorqual ­ Big Mama ORE

The newest addition to the family
by the Outer Ring Excavation, the
Rorqual, is a capital class ship
meant to support deep space
mining ops. Suffice to say, it's an
exciting addition for miners. With
its whopping skill requirements
and costly Capital Industrial skill
cost (500mil ISK, ouchie!), is it
worth it? Read on.

The role of the Rorqual was rumored for many months. As I said earlier, it's a support ship, and it excels at that. It will practically be useless solo, but drop in a few Hulks, maybe a carrier or two, you got yourself a partey!

Its bonuses are listed as so:

-5% reduction in fuel consumption for industrial cores per level
5% bonus to bonus to effectiveness of mining foreman gang links per level when in
deployed mode
50% bonus to the range of Capital Shield Transporters per level.
20% bonus to drone damage and hitpoints per level.

99% reduction in CPU need for Clone Vat Bay
99% reduction in CPU need for Gang Link modules
99% reduction in CPU need for Industrial Reconfiguration modules
99% reduction in CPU need for Tractor Beams

Now let's see what kind of nice tools we got for big mama ORE.

14.1 The Industrial Core

It is possible to `'siege'' the Rorqual, using the Industrial Core I module, even inside a POS bubble. Fueled by Heavy Water, the Industrial Core's main advantage is allowing the Rorqual to compress ore directly on site using special BPO seeded on the market at the price of 100k each.

The compression rate is of 40 for empire low-end, 20 for other ore and 10 for ice ­ not negligible. Just like for a refining batch, you need an exact number of units to make a compression batch, shown in the next table. The compression requires 1 minute per job without skill, or 48 seconds with Industry V, which you should already have by now.