Nullsec PVE Dominix - Running Anoms in your Space Potato(es)

Droneboats are used throughout nullsec for PVE activities due to their versatility between shield and armor, their reliably high DPS output, and the fact that you do not need to micromanage your drones by assigning them to kill every single target. Furthermore, entry-level droneboats require very little SP to make nullsec PVE as simple as warping to a site and deploying drones, so even newbros can participate in the ISK printing.

There's a variety of droneboats that are viable for PVE activities in nullsec. The most universally popular droneboats include the Vexor, the Vexor Navy Issue, the Ishtar, the Gila, and the Dominix. This particular thread will focus on fitting the Dominix for running anomalies in nullsec. The Dominix is a very nice ship for newbros who lack core skills but still want to rat, as its plethora of mid and low slots means that it can be easily shield tanked or armor tanked regardless of how good (or bad) your skills are. For reference, all of the fits that I will be posting are geared towards tanking Sansha rats, which are arguably some of the hardest rats to resist against; resistance modules can easily be switched out for any faction, and the fit will work just fine regardless.


Fit 1: Solo Dominix with a single account

The first fit(s) we'll take a look at uses a local armor repairer to tank rats in anomalies. My primary goals when putting together this fit was to attain a fit that 1) could tank around 375-400 DPS when matched up against the Sansha damage profile, 2) used at least 3 Drone Damage Amplifier modules to squeeze an optimal amount of damage out of your drones, and 3) was cap stable. All of these conditions were assuming that you have your core skills trained up to a decent level (usually around 3 or 4). The first fit uses heavy drones (specifically, Praetors) as your primary source of damage, while the second fit utilizes sentry drones instead. Both of these fits allow you to be semi-AFK while ratting, but you still want to be relatively alert in case a neutral appears in local (or, worse still, the rats start shooting your drones.)

[Dominix, Sansha Ratting - Local Reps]

Drone Damage Amplifier II
Drone Damage Amplifier II
Drone Damage Amplifier II
Armor EM Hardener II
Large Armor Repairer II
Armor EM Hardener II
Armor Thermic Hardener II

Omnidirectional Tracking Link II, Tracking Speed Script
Omnidirectional Tracking Link II, Tracking Speed Script
Drone Navigation Computer I
Drone Navigation Computer I
Cap Recharger II

Drone Link Augmentor I
Drone Link Augmentor I
Civilian Gatling Pulse Laser
[Empty High slot]
[Empty High slot]
[Empty High slot]

Large Capacitor Control Circuit I
Large Capacitor Control Circuit I
Large Capacitor Control Circuit I

Praetor II x5
Acolyte II x5
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[Dominix, Sansha Ratting - Local Reps]

Drone Damage Amplifier II
Drone Damage Amplifier II
Drone Damage Amplifier II
Armor EM Hardener II
Large Armor Repairer II
Armor EM Hardener II
Armor Thermic Hardener II

Omnidirectional Tracking Link II, Tracking Speed Script
Omnidirectional Tracking Link II, Tracking Speed Script
Omnidirectional Tracking Link II, Tracking Speed Script
Phased Weapon Navigation Array Extron
Cap Recharger II

Drone Link Augmentor I
Drone Link Augmentor I
[Empty High slot]
[Empty High slot]
[Empty High slot]
[Empty High slot]

Large Capacitor Control Circuit I
Large Capacitor Control Circuit I
Large Capacitor Control Circuit I

Curator II x5
Acolyte II x5

Fit 2: Multiboxing Remote-Repair Domini

The next fit is the one that I personally use, which utilizes multiple accounts and multiple Domini to repair each other in order to tank rats. Essentially, you warp each "slave" Dominix to the anomaly that you wish to complete, set up your cap chain and remote reps, and assist each flight of drones to a single "master" Dominix. The only difference between this master Dominix and the slave Domini is that the master Dominix has three Omnidirectional Tracking Links and a target painter instead of four Omnidirectional Tracking Links. This is primarily to accommodate for drone assist mechanics, as the only way to order assisted drones to fire on a target is to use an offensive module of some kind against that target. Based on the theorycrafting that I've done so far, sentry drones are the best to use when you have multiple accounts because while your paper and applied DPS is a little bit lower than heavy drones, you're still able to kill rats a little bit faster because sentry drones do not need to travel to their target; the only delay you have between ordering them to fire and when they apply their damage is the second or two it takes for each sentry drone to lock up your target.

[Dominix, Sansha Ratting - Remote Reps Sentries]

Drone Damage Amplifier II
Drone Damage Amplifier II
Drone Damage Amplifier II
Drone Damage Amplifier II
Armor EM Hardener II
Armor EM Hardener II
Armor Thermic Hardener II

Omnidirectional Tracking Link II, Tracking Speed Script
Omnidirectional Tracking Link II, Tracking Speed Script
Omnidirectional Tracking Link II, Tracking Speed Script
Omnidirectional Tracking Link II, Tracking Speed Script
Cap Recharger II

Large Remote Armor Repairer II
Large Remote Armor Repairer II
Large Remote Capacitor Transmitter II
Large Remote Capacitor Transmitter II
Drone Link Augmentor I
Drone Link Augmentor I

Large Remote Repair Augmentor I
Large Egress Port Maximizer I
Large Egress Port Maximizer I

Praetor II x5
Curator II x5
Acolyte II x5

It's always a good idea to carry a flight of heavy and light drones in addition to your sentries. This is just in case any frigate rats happen to fly over your sentries' tracking speed before you can lock them up and destroy them.

Ratting in Sansha space: A step-by-step guide*

*Most of this information will only be useful to you if you're ratting in Sansha space. Feel free to read it anyway

Throughout the past few weeks, I've done my best to optimize the RR Domi fit so as to achieve the best ISK/hour ratio. So far, when I'm completely attentive while ratting, I've been able to achieve an 11m tick per character. I use three characters, so that makes for a total of 33m per tick in bounties alone. This value does not seem to change based on the type of anomaly I run - I've tested these values by running exclusively Forsaken Rally Points for a few ticks, then exclusively Forsaken Hubs, then exclusively Forlorn Hubs, and the ticks only seem to change based on how attentive I am (for example, if I leave the computer for a moment, my assisted drones aren't firing at anything, so 2/3 of my DPS is not being utilized.) I have been gathering data as to how much loot each anomaly provides, but as of right now, I don't have enough data to hypothesize which site will give the most ISK. If you only have two Domini, then I would recommend sticking to Forsaken Rally Points and Forsaken Hubs, as Forlorn Hubs have a lot of incoming DPS during some waves that will end up breaking your tank.

Once you've chosen your site, warp all three Domini to within 50km of the site. As soon as you land, set up your cap and repair chain by targeting a Dominix and putting both cap transfer modules and both remote repair modules on them. You have plenty of time to do this, as it takes the rats a while to target you and begin dealing a significant amount of damage to you, so if you screw up the chain for whatever reason, you shouldn't need to warp off to fix it. Once the chain is set up, deploy all of your sentry drones and assist your slave Dominix drones to the master Dominix character (remember, the master Dominix character should be the one with a target painter equipped.) Once all of your drones are assisted, deploy and bookmark your Mobile Tractor Unit. Then, you can begin targeting and destroying the rats. For best results, you should be ordering your drones to attack in addition to using the target painter to designate targets for assisted drones, as sometimes the master Dominix's drones will not follow the target painter's designated target - I believe the default key for ordering drones to attack is "F".

It is a good idea to destroy smaller targets before taking on battleships, as the smaller targets have a much higher chance of getting under your sentries' tracking speed and ruining your ISK/hour. Therefore, target frigates first, then cruisers, then battleships. Frigates normally take under 30 seconds to successfully target, so it's a good idea to order your drones to attack a battleship while you're waiting for your ship to finish targeting the frigates. Since you're 50km away from your targets, you should have plenty of time to lock and destroy all frigates and cruisers before they come close to you.

If you are running three or more Domini, then you will not that during some of the more difficult sites, such as Forlorn Hubs and Havens, you may reach a point where your tank is slowly breaking under normal circumstances. I've found that if you are attentive enough, you should be able to destroy enough of the battleship rats to lower incoming DPS to acceptable levels without worrying about needing to switch reps around. However, if your tank is breaking and you aren't killing the battleship rats fast enough, you can pull remote reps off of a Dominix that is not being targeted by rats and place them on the primaried Dominix. With three or four remote reps being applied to a Dominix, you can easily tank the entire site without any issues. This same tactic can also be applied if you happen to be attacked by a solo interceptor, as you can easily tank the incoming DPS while you deploy light drones to destroy your attacker.

One of the benefits of using a remote-rep droneboat fit is that you can't go AFK. Therefore, since you're attentive at all times, you can easily see when a neutral enters system, and since you're using sentry drones, you shouldn't lose any of your drones just because somebody is trying to gank you. Most people lose their droneboat ratting ships when they decide to go AFK - this fit forces you to be at the computer in order to get optimal ticks, so you shouldn't be losing a Dominix to anybody that isn't blue.

Overall, I've been extremely pleased with the performance of this fit. I am able to get carrier-quality ticks at almost half the cost, and without worrying about needing an exit cyno to compensate for my decreased mobility. Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be acquiring more data regarding how much loot each anomaly gives, therefore giving a better idea of which site is truly the most optimal site to run. Hopefully somebody finds these useful!

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  1. Single Dominix with Guns you can get 18 mil isk ticks and an occasional 20 tick doing forsaken rally points, 11 mil ticks doing hubs.

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