Battlecruisers (abbreviated BC) are a class of powerful combat vessels midway between Cruisers and Battleships. They can approximate the damage output or tanking ability of a battleship - but never both. They play a similar role to Destroyers, which are a half-way house between Frigates and Cruisers.
Like Destroyers, Battlecruisers gain in offensive capability, with more turret slots, and larger Power Grids, but lose in flexbility and speed, making them ideal ships for barrage work, but less suitable for dogfighting.
Battlecruisers also gain bonuses to the use of Warfare Link Modules, making them ideal small gang command and control vessels, able to enhance all the ships in their gang.
A great advantage of battlecruisers is that their skill is non racial. If one learns Battlecruisers V, one can use all battlecruisers from all races at maximum efficiency (given by the "Battlecruisers" skill bonus).
Each race has two battlecruisers available, divided in Tier 1 and Tier 2 models. In the Winter 2011 expansion, Tier 3 battlecruisers will be implemented for each race.
Tier 1 Battlecruisers
The Prophecy is not a very common sight in PvP, as it is inferior to the Harbinger, the tier 2 Amarr battlecruiser. Its bonuses suggest it should have a good armor tank, as it receives +5% to resistances per level, but its number of low slots doesn't allow for a really good tank. Also, despite being a laser boat, it is sometimes fitted with blasters to help a little with the damage output.
The Ferox is not very common in PvP either, as the tier 2 Caldari battlecruiser, the Drake is vastly superior. The Ferox can sport a good tank, but lacks a little in damage potential. If set up with blasters and flown by a skilled pilot, it can deliver an acceptable amount of damage and still have a good shield tank. It is also used in the role of sniper, as it has a bonus to Hybrid Turrets range.
The Brutix is the most common Tier 1 battlecruiser in PvP. Its damage potential is quite high (almost twice what can be achieved with the other BCs). It is usually flown as an armor tanker with blasters. It receives a bonus to armor repairing, but this does not compensate for its lack of low slots. Due to its high damage potential and weak armor, it is commonly called primary target in an engagement, as it will be easy to take down and will diminish the opponent's ability to do damage.
The Cyclone is also not very common in PvP. It gets a bonus to shield boosting, but that doesn't help much to make it a stronger tanker.
Tier 2 Battlecruisers
Tier 2 battlecruisers are around 50% more expensive than their Tier 1 counterparts and are usually quite a bit better. They are the Amarr Harbinger, the Caldari Drake, the Gallente Myrmidon and the Minmatar Hurricane.
The Harbinger is an excellent damage dealer. Even though it cannot deliver as much damage as the Brutix, it has a much better range and a better armor tank. It is commonly set up as a buffer armor tanker.
The Drake is probably the best all-around ship in the game. Partially due to its shield resist bonus, it has an excellent passive shield tank (capable of handling any Level 4 mission) and, with adequate skill, can deliver a reasonable amount of damage. These same virtues make it an excellent PvP ship.
The Myrmidon is a drone boat and not a shining one. Its drone bay has an adequate size, but the ship is limited to 75 mbit/s bandwidth, which limits it to 3 heavy drones. It is commonly set up as an armor tanker, as it receives bonuses to armor repairing, but it can also be set up as a passive shield tanker, rivalling the drake in that aspect. As it gets no bonuses to guns, it is commonly fit with projectile weapons to save on capacitor use.
The Hurricane, differently from the Cyclone, is an armor tanker, commonly set up with a buffer. It has a good damage potential and can be quite sturdy.
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