Starter Guide for Elite: Dangerous

So, you just bought Elite: Dangerous and have no idea what to do… Or maybe you haven’t bought it yet but are considering it (well, you should go buy it… NOW). I saw a lot of posts on various E:D communities asking for help starting out in this wonderful game, so I decided to write this post. I’ll try to keep it short and useful, let’s see how that goes…

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Fer-de-Lance – first impressions

Ever since it got added to the game back in patch 1.2, I thought of buying one. The Fer-de-Lance. Elite’s heavy fighter. Back then, I ended up getting the Python for its’ extraordinary multi-purpose capabilities. And I don’t regret that decision one bit. The Python was exactly what I needed. I was able to trade, bounty hunt, do all sorts of missions… It was the perfect ship for me. Meanwhile I even got an A-rated Anaconda which I use for HazRES and Combat Zones. The problem is both the Python and the Anaconda are multi-purpose ships. They fit many roles, from trading to combat… even exploration. I wanted a ship that was built for combat. So, after a few days of “studying” (hardpoints, placement, power plant, etc.) I ended up buying a Fer-de-Lance (the Federal Assault Ship was an option, too).

Fer-de-Lance   Fer-de-Lance-2

Having bought the ship at Diaguandri (for the 15% discount you get in Li Yong-Rui controlled systems), it was time to think of a proper way to fit it for Assassination missions. I used Coriolis.io and ended up with THIS build. I then found some high-pay assassionation missions and went out to test my new ship. Let me tell you… it’s AWESOME! Even the new Federal Corvette doesn’t stand a chance against the highly maneuverable FdL. Then I thought: “I have to see how this ship does in a HazRES. I switched all my weapons to Pulse Lasers (just because I hate having to go back to stations for ammo) and jumped in. Best fun I’ve had in this game for a long time. Anything from an Eagle up to an Anaconda is a victim for this ship.

I just bought the ship yesterday so this isn’t a review. Just thought I’d share my first impressions with everyone. To sum it all up…

PRO:

  • very fast and agile, turns very well;
  • weapon placement is perfect for gimballed (PVE) OR fixed (PVP) weapons;
  • the class 4 hardpoint can fit some really heavy weapons (like the Plasma Accelerator);
  • you can fit one for ~ 100 million credits;
  • can destroy any ship if flown by a good pilot.

CON:

  • the jump range is awful (but that is to be expected of a combat-oriented ship)

Here’s a video showing the outcome of 2 of my encounters with Federal Corvettes in assassination missions.

I hope you enjoyed this post and the video. Fly dangerously, CMDR! See you in space!