I don’t get quite as many comments as Youtubers do it seems, but I did get a few comments on Twitter! Because of that, we’re going to look at the Legion today as well as one surprise extra fit for CCP Aurora of all people ;D It’s a fun little boat and it doesn’t get the love it deserves. Usually, the Legion is overshadowed by the long webs of a Loki, let down by the dual-weapon system of drones+missiles, or out-neuted by a Bhaalgorn. It still brings a lot to the table, though, and I’ve got quite a few interesting fits to show off today.
As always, we can start with the ship bonuses so that we know what to work towards. Being a T3, there is way too much information for me to put into columns without breaking formatting hard. Instead, here’s a rough breakdown of what your three options are for each substem slot:
Base Ship Bonuses
Amarr Strategic Cruiser bonuses (per skill level):
5% reduction in module damage from overheating
10% bonus to nanite repair paste repair speed
99% reduction in Scan Probe Launcher CPU requirements
Rigs may be removed from this ship without being destroyed
On ship destruction, the pilot will lose one random subsystem skill level
(Pick one of each from the following)
- Extra capacitor, neut resistance, and lots of powergrid.
- Fast locking, longer targeting, and better sensor strength.
- Bonuses to neut and nos drain amount, better neut and nos overheating.
- A lot more armour HP, better overheat of active hardeners
- Better armour reps, better overheating of armour reps
- Can fit a cloak, smaller bonuses to armour repping.
- Lots of missiles, lots of drones, with drone damage and HP.
- Medium energy turret range, damage, and activation cost.
- Can fit command bursts and remote armour reps like an Oneiros but with overheating bonuses.
- Agility and base velocity bonuses.
- Afterburner velocity bonus and MWD sig reduction, but no extra agility.
- Much faster warping and immune to warp disruption bubbles.
So you can see that there are plenty of options when it comes to designing a fit, and that is part of why I’ve not made an article on it for so long. If you want an instalock beam ship then you can do it. If you want a Black Ops hunter with links for your Panthers and Redeemers then you can do that too. Most people just throw damage, a cloak, and sometimes neuts onto this ship and call it a day, relying on bling to solve every problem. If you’re a long time reader then you know that isn’t how I do things. Most of the fits below come in at around 400m ISK rather than the laughable 1.5b+ ISK T3C’s that we kill daily. They perform just as well.
Parasitic Legion, Utilising Bonuses
As I’ve already discussed, the neuting setup for a Legion is a pretty good one. A single T2 medium neut from a legion eats up 22.5GJ/s with heat up to 29GJ/s! To put that into perspective, a T2 heavy neut from a battleship is 25GJ/s. You can certainly set this up for a full heavy armour neut Legion and it’s bloody effective. You aren’t here for fleet fits, though, so check out the first one below instead.
There are two variants, actually, both based on the same concept. I like to think of the first buffer one as a cheap Stratios killer. For roughly the same ISK as a Stratios, you can cloak, neut much harder, have more buffer, and hit much harder with drones and HAMs. 683 DPS hot isn’t amazing but combined with 58 GJ/s of neuts it has potential to shut down and out-brawl many of the weird active rep fits you see around wormhole space these days. I recommend flying this with a Talisman set. The low grades cost about 220m ISK and the latter only 427m. This allows you to push that neuting up to 80GJ/s! That’s enough to zap a battery Deimos flat in 50 seconds.
The second fit below is an armour rep version. It uses an MWD instead and is not cloaky. My thoughts there are that if you can cloak, you can use your better positioning to get the brawl rather than having to burn for it. Of course, the benefit to being non-cloaky is that you can use that lovely defensive subsystem and get a really nice tank without spending beyond T2. To do that I’ve also leveraged the nos bonus purely to keep your own tank alive. I don’t advise blinging the reps here at all. It’s a fool’s goal and it always ends with a dead T3C when someone brings a bit of alpha damage.
Cloaky Buffer HAMs & Neuts
[Legion, 2020 Cloaky HAMs & Neuts] Damage Control II 800mm Steel Plates II Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II Reactive Armor Hardener Centum C-Type Energized Thermal Membrane 10MN Afterburner II Warp Scrambler II Stasis Webifier II Medium F-RX Compact Capacitor Booster Heavy Assault Missile Launcher II Heavy Assault Missile Launcher II Heavy Assault Missile Launcher II Heavy Assault Missile Launcher II Heavy Assault Missile Launcher II Medium Energy Neutralizer II Medium Energy Neutralizer II Covert Ops Cloaking Device II Medium Trimark Armor Pump I Medium Anti-EM Pump I Medium Anti-Kinetic Pump I Legion Core - Energy Parasitic Complex Legion Defensive - Covert Reconfiguration Legion Offensive - Assault Optimization Legion Propulsion - Wake Limiter Infiltrator II x5
Swap plate to ancil rep and trimark to Nano Pump to make this an “active buffer” fit with 76k EHP under drugs! Watch out for counter neuting, though. 50MN Restrained optional.
Non-Cloaky Active Rep
[Legion, 2020 Reps and neuts] Medium Ancillary Armor Repairer Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II Reactive Armor Hardener Damage Control II Medium I-a Enduring Armor Repairer Mark I Compact Reactor Control Unit 50MN Quad LiF Restrained Microwarpdrive Warp Scrambler II Stasis Webifier II Medium Capacitor Booster II Heavy Assault Missile Launcher II Medium Energy Neutralizer II Heavy Assault Missile Launcher II Heavy Assault Missile Launcher II Heavy Assault Missile Launcher II Medium Energy Nosferatu II Heavy Assault Missile Launcher II Medium Bay Loading Accelerator II Medium Anti-EM Pump I Medium Anti-Thermal Pump I Legion Core - Energy Parasitic Complex Legion Defensive - Nanobot Injector Legion Offensive - Assault Optimization Legion Propulsion - Intercalated Nanofibers Infiltrator II x5 Standard Exile Booster Agency 'Hardshell' TB5 Dose II
Speedy Legions, 50MN and 100MN
So perhaps you aren’t so big of a brawling fan. The excitement of being pounded by a Hyperion is just too much for you. Fortunately, the Legion can kite decently well, too. It isn’t the fastest or most agile ship out there, but it certainly has all the right stats to make longer-range fits worth flying.
The first one, once again, leans on the theme of using a Covert Ops Cloak. It’s essentially a tankier and higher damage Omen Navy Issue, or it’s a faster and better nano Zealot. In a Conflag + Pulse Laser setup, it pushes 811 DPS hot, though I’d be more inclined to make use of ~42km Scorch. With Beams, it instead hits to 30km with 708 DPS and even as far as 100km in a pinch with Aurora. With these kind of stats, it’s very tempting to drop the point for a tracking computer to make the most use of this as long range damage and anti-tackle.
My second speedy fit is a 100MN variant and I have to say that it’s one of my favourite overpropped ships next to the Vedmak and the Stabber Fleet Issue. That’s because the Legion manages to be generally good in every area that a 100MN ship needs. It has a 17.6s align, heats up to 2.86km/s, does 700 DPS cold, and tanks a good amount. The fact that it uses RLMLs and drones is a bonus in helping get rid of tackle. The only things to be aware of here are your somewhat limited time on-grid with the ancil, and the limitations of a defensive neut against really hard tackle. One final point about this fit is that it achieves a 4 second warp with a 2% implant. Now that’s slippery.
50MN ONI Legion
[Legion, 2020 50MN Kiting Lasers] Heat Sink II Heat Sink II Tracking Enhancer II Damage Control II Overdrive Injector System II Medium Ancillary Armor Repairer Gistum B-Type 50MN Microwarpdrive Warp Disruptor II Small Capacitor Booster II Heavy Beam Laser II Heavy Beam Laser II Heavy Beam Laser II Heavy Beam Laser II Heavy Beam Laser II Heavy Beam Laser II Sisters Expanded Probe Launcher Covert Ops Cloaking Device II Medium Energy Metastasis Adjuster II Medium Polycarbon Engine Housing II Medium Ancillary Current Router I Legion Defensive - Covert Reconfiguration Legion Core - Dissolution Sequencer Legion Offensive - Liquid Crystal Magnifiers Legion Propulsion - Intercalated Nanofibers Aurora M x6 Gleam M x6 Conflagration M x6 Scorch M x6 Navy Cap Booster 400 x17 Imperial Navy Multifrequency M x6 Imperial Navy Radio M x6 Imperial Navy Standard M x6 Imperial Navy Xray M x6 Nanite Repair Paste x150 Sisters Combat Scanner Probe x8 Sisters Core Scanner Probe x8 Optimal Range Script x1 Tracking Speed Script x1 Heavy Pulse Laser II x6 Medium Polycarbon Engine Housing I x1 Tracking Computer II x1
Pulse Laser refit and spare rig in cargo. Take this out and drop to 50MN restrained for a cheap Legion 😀
You might also want defensive web instead of a point for fleet use, or a nano for more agility.
[Legion, 2020 100MN RLML Legion] Nanofiber Internal Structure II Damage Control II Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II Medium Ancillary Armor Repairer C3-A 'Hivaa Saitsuo' Ballistic Control System Ballistic Control System II Gist A-Type 100MN Afterburner Warp Disruptor II Small Capacitor Booster II Rapid Light Missile Launcher II Rapid Light Missile Launcher II Rapid Light Missile Launcher II Rapid Light Missile Launcher II Rapid Light Missile Launcher II Medium Infectious Scoped Energy Neutralizer Small Energy Neutralizer II Medium Ancillary Current Router I Medium Hydraulic Bay Thrusters II Medium Polycarbon Engine Housing II Legion Defensive - Nanobot Injector Legion Core - Augmented Antimatter Reactor Legion Offensive - Assault Optimization Legion Propulsion - Intercalated Nanofibers Acolyte II x5 Hammerhead II x5 Hobgoblin II x5 Hornet EC-300 x5 Infiltrator II x5 Warrior II x5 Eifyr and Co. 'Rogue' Navigation NN-602 Eifyr and Co. 'Rogue' Evasive Maneuvering EM-702 Zainou 'Deadeye' Guided Missile Precision GP-801 Zainou 'Snapshot' Light Missiles LM-901 Zainou 'Deadeye' Rapid Launch RL-1001 Agency 'Overclocker' SB5 Dose II Inferno Fury Light Missile x3000 Inferno Precision Light Missile x3000 Mjolnir Fury Light Missile x1000 Navy Cap Booster 400 x20 Caldari Navy Inferno Light Missile x1000 Caldari Navy Nova Light Missile x1000 Nanite Repair Paste x250
Rabisu on a Budget, The Rep Legion
In case anyone is new to the game or just didn’t know, there are actually cloaky logistics ships in EVE online, and I’m not talking about T3Cs. The Rabisu and Etana are the armour and shield versions respectively. Only 50 of each were ever seeded, so they’re pretty damn rare. The fact that a Tech 3 Cruiser such as the Legion can perform that same role nowadays is insane, especially when you can do it for as cheap as 470m ISK.
You can run a similar fit to the one below in a non-cloaky format by utilising the Augmented Plating subsystem and going hard on the bling. I don’t see the point for most gangs, though. It allows you to hide strong logi within your DPS fleet, but the new powergrid changes make it expensive. To tank well, you need to spend on good resist mods. To make it worth the money, you then need to spend a lot more on blingy medium remote reps. Honestly, just use an Oneiros, Zarm, extra guardian, or a… rep Maller.
So what makes this fit good? Well, the fact that it has a really specific use-case in a Black Ops fleet. I went with the cap booster setup since it saves powergrid and allows us to pick up the Dissolution Sequencer subsystem instead, reaching almost instalock. Not as versatile as a battery rep Legion, but it doesn’t need to be on grid for nearly as long. We’re also playing into that theme by frontloading reps into the heated ancil rapper. If you just need to buy the time to finish a gank then that’s all you need. If not, it still performs almost as well as the medium compacts.
Cloaky Blops Reps
[Legion, 2020 Cloaky Rep Legion] Damage Control II Federation Navy 1600mm Steel Plates Centum B-Type Energized Thermal Membrane Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II Medium F-RX Compact Capacitor Booster Republic Fleet Small Cap Battery F-90 Compact Sensor Booster 10MN Afterburner II Covert Ops Cloaking Device II Medium Ancillary Remote Armor Repairer Medium Coaxial Compact Remote Armor Repairer Medium Remote Armor Repairer II Medium Remote Armor Repairer II Coreli A-Type Small Remote Armor Repairer Coreli A-Type Small Remote Armor Repairer Armor Command Burst II Medium Ancillary Current Router II Medium Remote Repair Augmentor II Medium Remote Repair Augmentor II Legion Core - Dissolution Sequencer Legion Defensive - Covert Reconfiguration Legion Offensive - Support Processor Legion Propulsion - Wake Limiter Hobgoblin II x5 Hornet EC-300 x5 Armor Energizing Charge x300 Armor Reinforcement Charge x300 Rapid Repair Charge x300 Navy Cap Booster 800 x16 Nanite Repair Paste x350 ECCM Script x1 Scan Resolution Script x1 Targeting Range Script x1
…And Everything Else
You might have thought that I would stop after 43 fits. Nah. If I did that then I wouldn’t have tried fun things such as the.. shield Legion, or a 500MN bump fit. Neither of these are a good idea. You could also consider a polarised HAM legion for blops, but the Loki still does it so much better. Besides, that’s only so you can look pretty at the top of the killmail above all the battleships
UPDATE: I said shield Legions are bad and I have received no end of messages from people upset about this. Fine, I relent. In an environment where you are putting a Legion in a shield gang it can be used in the same way as a shield Oracle. The damage is very respectable at long ranges, especially with Locus rigs. Here’s an example cheap fit, although you’re going to want to put a restrained MWD on and consider what you are tracking/how close it might get. Take some Standard Drop and consider a tracking enhancer 🙂
The best thing I can suggest if you want another use for the Legion is to go for a PvE fit. And I’m only saying that because everyone has suggested it to me and noone can agree on a good way to do it. See, the problem is that you either tank a hell of a lot, or you rely on sig tanking. I’m going to provide a sig tanking version below which I know works in C3 wormhole sites. For that reason, you can probably use it in Level 4 missions, C2 sites etc.
This fit also shows why I’m so reluctant to recommend this sort of thing to people who do want a ship for wormhole PvE. It absolutely 100% relies on the sig tank to not die. The all-5 tank on paper is about 381 EHP/s, nowhere near enough to tank. It just does, though. Keep your transversal up and keep moving or you will die. I think the short clip below does it justice. Watch what happens when I stop, and then when I start moving again.
C3 Wormhole Sig Tanker
[Legion, Single Rep C3 Sites] Corpum C-Type Medium Armor Repairer Imperial Navy Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane Damage Control II Heat Sink II Heat Sink II Heat Sink II Republic Fleet Large Cap Battery Cap Recharger II Optical Compact Tracking Computer 10MN Afterburner II Heavy Pulse Laser II Heavy Pulse Laser II Heavy Pulse Laser II Heavy Pulse Laser II Heavy Pulse Laser II Heavy Pulse Laser II Core Probe Launcher I Medium Anti-Thermal Pump II Medium Auxiliary Nano Pump II Medium Nanobot Accelerator II Legion Core - Augmented Antimatter Reactor Legion Defensive - Nanobot Injector Legion Offensive - Liquid Crystal Magnifiers Legion Propulsion - Wake Limiter Agency 'Hardshell' TB5 Dose II Conflagration M x12 Scorch M x12 Imperial Navy Multifrequency M x6 Imperial Navy Xray M x6 Nanite Repair Paste x1 Sisters Core Scanner Probe x16 Optimal Range Script x1 Tracking Speed Script x1
And here’s your Griffin Navy Issue fit, CCP Aurora. Everyone quick! Shoot the Griffin! Wait, why is it tanking all of us? Is this bait?
This can be done without the crystals and serves as the perfect distraction to make a gatecamp redbox 😉