No matter what Eve Echoes ship you choose, it’s an important decision that reflects your playstyle in the sci-fi RPG. Whether you’re zooming around blasting pirates, unleashing hordes of drones to swarm your enemies, or just doing some good old fashioned mining, there are lots spacecraft to choose from. But there’s also a tonne of stats surrounding each one, so it’s not always easy to choose the perfect Eve Echoes ship. That’s why we’re here, to offer a little guidance, and some great ships to use, no matter what you want to do in New Eden.
Want to blast enemies from afar with missiles? There’s a ship for that. Want to unleash drones from your mobile fortress? There’s a ship for that. Want to mine? Of course you do, we all do, and there’s a ship for that.
HERE ARE THE BEST SHIPS IN EVE ECHOES:
EVE ECHOES SHIP: BEST STARTER SHIP
“Not the Atron?!” we hear you shout. But alas no, the Slasher is our choice for the best Eve Echoes starter ship. It may not have as powerful a capacitor as the Atron, but it does optimise cannons, which have no power draw on your ship. You can also buy it straight away, with five thousand of the 20,000 ISK you start the game with. Last but not least, it looks so cool! You know those wings fold up when it goes into warp? It’s like Eve’s equivalent of a tie fighter.
EVE ECHOES SHIP: BEST FRIGATE
The humble Kestrel is a great frigate choice, as it’s a decent all-rounder, but it also buffs the power of missiles and torpedoes, which, as we know, are the greatest of combat tools. It also won’t set you back a crazy amount of ISK like many of the other frigates.
EVE ECHOES SHIP: BEST MINING SHIP
Eve Echoes best mining ship is, of course, the Venture. Since Eve became so well known for mining, the Venture has also become the most iconic and recognisable Eve ship. You also get a Venture Trainer – the basic version – for free if you follow the advanced tutorials. It lets you carry some drones, but also a cargo-hold of ore. It really is a Swiss army knife for any budding miner looking to make a buck.
EVE ECHOES SHIP: BEST DRONE SHIPS
One of my favourite ships in Eve Echoes, and probably one of the best ships in the game, is the drone frigate, Tristan. For the price, and the power it gives you, the Tristan is easily one of the best Eve Echoes drone ships, allowing early game players access to the much-loved mechanical helpers.
The Algos is the next step up in terms of drone handling. This drone-carrying destroyer is extremely powerful, giving massive buffs to drones, yet is also able to bring an arsenal of its own to bear. There is also an Algos Trainer variant of the ship, for those unwilling to fork over the full amount of ISK.
This is the drone harbinger of doom, the drone grand-daddy, and one of the most powerful ships in Eve Echoes. Though, that’s not surprising when you consider its 13,000,000 ISK price tag – though don’t worry, there is an 8,000,000 ISK trainer version. This cruiser is essentially a flying fortress, with massive defence, and plenty of drone buffs, including a powerful buff to control distance.
EVE ECHOES SHIP: BEST INDUSTRIAL SHIP
The Mammoth is quite literally, a Mammoth, and definitely our favourite Eve Echoes industrial ship. No matter whether it’s packaged items, or ore that you’re carrying, this ship’s gigantic cargo make it the perfect runner. It also has a whopping 213MW powergrid output, which means you can run a fair few fittings with it as well.
EVE ECHOES SHIP: BEST PVP SHIP
Honestly, as a drone user, I would’ve put the Vexor in here too, but the Caracal deserves a spot of its own, and here’s why: missiles. The Caracal Cruiser is one of the most powerful missile ships in-game, and as missiles are arguably the most powerful weapon, it’s a strong contender for the ship with the highest potential offensive capability. There’s also a Caracal Trainer too, in case that 13,000,000 ISK price tag looks a little steep.
EVE ECHOES SHIP FAQ
Here we’ll answer any burning questions about your Eve Echoes ship:
EVE ECHOES FITTING: HOW TO FIT A SHIP
No matter how expensive your ship is, in the end, it’s only as powerful as the modules and weapons it has equipped. Here are some tips for Eve Echoes fitting:
- Power capacitor: the amount of MW that your ship produces is super important as it determines what you can equip, so always pay attention to this when buying a new one
- Play to strengths: ships have innate strengths, whether lasers, drones, or railguns, and you’re always going to be stronger by equipping those modules
- Fitting in: it’s worth paying attention to how many slots a new ship has, as this changes its potential loadout. You can view this info in the ship tree, available by tapping on your character icon
- Tech level: just as with your power capacitor, it doesn’t matter how fancy a module is if you can’t use it. Make sure you have the appropriate tech level if you are buying new modules
EVE ECHOES TRAINER SHIP: WHAT ARE TRAINER SHIPS?
An Eve Echoes trainer ship is basically a slightly weaker version of the ship it’s named for. A Vexor trainer is a weaker version of a Vexor, but it is significantly cheaper, allowing you to try the ship without committing to the same massive price tag. Sometimes trainer ships do have completely different bonuses, though, so it’s worth checking the difference between the trainer version and the regular before buying.
EVE ECHOES INSURANCE: HOW TO GET A SHIP INSURANCE VOUCHER
None of us plan to get exploded in Eve Echoes, but hey, it happens. This is why insurance was invented. Ships with tech level requirements of 3 and below are repairable using Beginner Insurance Vouchers. Here’s how to make the most of your ship insurance:
- When you have your untimely accident, head to the nearest station in your capsule
- Once there, open your mail and check the combat log
- In this loss report you’ll see a repair button below a large number in ISK. If you don’t have an insurance voucher, you can pay this, though it’s often a pretty hefty sum
- If you do have an insurance voucher, no ISK is deducted for the repair
- You can get insurance vouchers in daily supplies, where there are 26 on offer if you also have Omega Clone. Though after those 26, there are no more. So be careful out there!
- Ship insurance does not work on fittings, but there’s a chance your ship’s belongings will be in a cargo container where you got blown up, provided someone else hasn’t taken them.
And that concludes our Eve Echoes ship guide. We hope it helps you out in New Eden! You can download Eve Echoes on Google Play and the App Store