USIA Grinder Fittings

Newbie / Low-SP Fits

Newbie and low-SP players looking to run missions for USIA should refer to our separate guide: Newbie’s Guide to Mission Running for USIA.

Security Mission Fits

Unless otherwise specified, all ships are designed for maximum throughput, without regard to preferred playstyle, by highly competent pilots with L5 skills actively engaged in mission running. More advanced fits require heavy use of speed tanking – see Archer’s Speed Tanking Guide (Work-in-Progress). Fits indicated as Alpha-friendly assume max Alpha skills.

Note: In #grinders-bulletin, we maintain a list of missions which are particularly hard or lengthy that you might want to skip

Budget UltraBlitz HS L4 (Active Advanced)

This ship has orders of magnitude more throughput than the regular Typhoon fit below, but use of this ship requires piloting techniques. You must know when to use and not to use an AB/MWD, angles of approach based on how your traversal velocity affects enemy turrets, how/why to spiral toward/away from enemies, how to manually fly via space-double-clicks and Q-clicks (Q-double-clicks and Q-click-angle-clicks).

[Typhoon Fleet Issue, L4 Budget UltraBlitzer™️ V1.3]

Ballistic Control System II
Ballistic Control System II
Ballistic Control System II
Missile Guidance Enhancer II
Missile Guidance Enhancer II
Drone Damage Amplifier II
Drone Damage Amplifier II

500MN Quad LiF Restrained Microwarpdrive
Large Shield Booster II
Missile Guidance Computer II, Missile Precision Script
Missile Guidance Computer II, Missile Precision Script
Cap Recharger II

Rapid Heavy Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Heavy Missile
Rapid Heavy Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Heavy Missile
Rapid Heavy Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Heavy Missile
Rapid Heavy Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Heavy Missile
Rapid Heavy Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Heavy Missile
Rapid Heavy Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Heavy Missile
Drone Link Augmentor I
Auto Targeting System I

Large Warhead Calefaction Catalyst I
Large Hydraulic Bay Thrusters I
Large Capacitor Control Circuit I


Republic Fleet Berserker x5
Republic Fleet Valkyrie x5
Republic Fleet Warrior x5


Caldari Navy Mjolnir Heavy Missile x19820
Caldari Navy Nova Heavy Missile x19820
Caldari Navy Scourge Heavy Missile x59460
Mobile Tractor Unit x1
Caldari Navy Hornet x10
Caldari Navy Vespa x10
Caldari Navy Wasp x10
Imperial Navy Acolyte x10
Imperial Navy Infiltrator x10
Imperial Navy Praetor x10
Republic Fleet Berserker x5
Republic Fleet Valkyrie x5
Republic Fleet Warrior x5
Expanded Cargohold II x7

Budget Blitz HS L4 (Active)

The missile range far exceeds the drone range (which itself is very long) – you can use this fact to thin out the enemy at a distance using only missiles before you close in for combined missile and drone damage.

[Typhoon, Budget Blitz L4 (Active)]

Ballistic Control System II
Ballistic Control System II
Ballistic Control System II
Missile Guidance Enhancer II
Missile Guidance Enhancer II
Signal Amplifier II
Co-Processor II

500MN Microwarpdrive II
Large Micro Jump Drive
Missile Guidance Computer II, Missile Precision Script
Missile Guidance Computer II, Missile Precision Script
Sensor Booster I, Targeting Range Script

Cruise Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Nova Cruise Missile
Cruise Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Nova Cruise Missile
Cruise Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Nova Cruise Missile
Cruise Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Nova Cruise Missile
Cruise Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Nova Cruise Missile
Cruise Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Nova Cruise Missile
Drone Link Augmentor II

Large Drone Control Range Augmentor I
Large Drone Control Range Augmentor I
Large Drone Control Range Augmentor I

Republic Fleet Valkyrie x3
Republic Fleet Valkyrie x5
Republic Fleet Warrior x4
Republic Fleet Warrior x5

Caldari Navy Mjolnir Cruise Missile x2866
Caldari Navy Nova Cruise Missile x2866
Caldari Navy Scourge Cruise Missile x2866
Mobile Tractor Unit x1
Caldari Navy Hornet x9
Caldari Navy Vespa x8
Imperial Navy Acolyte x9
Imperial Navy Infiltrator x8

Budget Blitz HS L4 (Passive)

[Dominix, Budget Blitz L4 (Passive)]

Drone Damage Amplifier II
Drone Damage Amplifier II
Drone Damage Amplifier II
Omnidirectional Tracking Enhancer II
Omnidirectional Tracking Enhancer II
Damage Control II
Co-Processor I

500MN Microwarpdrive II
Large Micro Jump Drive
Sensor Booster II
Sensor Booster II, Targeting Range Script
Omnidirectional Tracking Link II, Optimal Range Script

Drone Link Augmentor II
Drone Link Augmentor II
Drone Link Augmentor II
Drone Link Augmentor II
Drone Link Augmentor II
Medium Remote Armor Repairer II

Large Drone Control Range Augmentor I
Large Drone Control Range Augmentor I
Large Sentry Damage Augmentor I

Caldari Navy Warden x5
Imperial Navy Curator x5
Republic Fleet Bouncer x5

Budget HS L4 (Ultra-Passive)

[Raven Navy Issue, Budget L4 (Ultra-Passive)]

Ballistic Control System II
Ballistic Control System II
Ballistic Control System II
Signal Amplifier II
Damage Control II

500MN Cold-Gas Enduring Microwarpdrive
Large Micro Jump Drive
Sensor Booster II, Targeting Range Script
Missile Guidance Computer II, Missile Precision Script
Missile Guidance Computer II, Missile Precision Script
Cap Recharger II
Large Cap Battery II

Cruise Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Cruise Missile
Cruise Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Cruise Missile
Cruise Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Cruise Missile
Cruise Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Cruise Missile
Cruise Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Cruise Missile
Cruise Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Cruise Missile
Cruise Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Cruise Missile
Cruise Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Cruise Missile

Large Warhead Rigor Catalyst II
Large Warhead Rigor Catalyst II

Large Warhead Flare Catalyst II
Valkyrie TP-600 x6
Warrior TP-300 x8

Budget Blitz HS L1-L3 (Alpha-Friendly)

[Caracal Navy Issue, Budget Blitz L1-L3 (Alpha-Friendly)]

Ballistic Control System II
Ballistic Control System II
Ballistic Control System II
Missile Guidance Enhancer II

10MN Monopropellant Enduring Afterburner
50MN Quad LiF Restrained Microwarpdrive
Large Shield Extender II
Missile Guidance Computer II, Missile Precision Script
Missile Guidance Computer II, Missile Precision Script

Rapid Light Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Light Missile
Rapid Light Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Light Missile
Rapid Light Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Light Missile
Rapid Light Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Light Missile
Rapid Light Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Light Missile
Rapid Light Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Light Missile

Medium Warhead Calefaction Catalyst II
Medium Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
Medium Anti-Thermal Screen Reinforcer I

Caldari Navy Hornet x5

Caldari Navy Mjolnir Light Missile x7500
Caldari Navy Nova Light Missile x7500
Caldari Navy Scourge Light Missile x14866
Missile Range Script x2

Budget Blitz NS L3/L4

Note: This ship is both covert cloak-capable and nullified. This means it can initiate warp and warp while cloaked and is no subject to cloak velocity penalties, and it is immune to bubbles. This makes it exceptionally safe for use in Nullsec.

Like the Budget UltraBlitz L4, use of this ship required advanced piloting technique. Also, while the ship is capstable running the AB, Reactive Armor Hardener, and Armor Repairer simultaneously (with L5 skills and no implants), there may be times in which you need to break cap stability to use an MWD, and you may need to disengage your armor repairer and/or armor hardener temporarily to do so.

If the ship is lost, a randomly selected Amarr Strategic Cruiser Subsystem level will be lost (not necessarily the highest level). This is extremely unlikely to happen during missions as this fit can handle any L4 mission without retreating or breaching to hull when flown properly. As long as you monitor D-Scan to ensure no one is combat probing you with the intention of dropping in on you doing missions, you should be very safe operating in nullsec with this ship since your cloak and nullified hull will protect you from gate camps otherwise. (If you are being probed in missions, you can temporarily cloak until the probes are gone.)

If you do lose a Subsystem level, they only have a 1x time multiplier, so they are quick to train back. It is worth noting, however, that compared to the 150,000 injection tier and costs of Large Skill Injectors, the loss of a L5 skill could be worth one billion ISK worth of skillpoints (recoverable in about 4 days of skill training).

[Legion, Budget Nullsec L4 Runner]

Damage Control II
Medium Armor Repairer II
Reactive Armor Hardener
Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II
Ballistic Control System II
Ballistic Control System II

10MN Afterburner II
50MN Microwarpdrive II

Heavy Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Heavy Missile
Heavy Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Heavy Missile
Heavy Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Heavy Missile
Heavy Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Heavy Missile
Heavy Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Heavy Missile
Covert Ops Cloaking Device II
[Empty High slot]
[Empty High slot]

Medium Anti-Kinetic Pump II
Medium Anti-Thermal Pump II
Medium Capacitor Control Circuit II

Legion Offensive - Assault Optimization
Legion Defensive - Covert Reconfiguration
Legion Propulsion - Interdiction Nullifier
Legion Core - Augmented Antimatter Reactor


Caldari Navy Hornet x5
Caldari Navy Hornet x4
Caldari Navy Vespa x5
Caldari Navy Vespa x3
Imperial Navy Acolyte x5
Imperial Navy Infiltrator x5


Caldari Navy Mjolnir Heavy Missile x2866
Caldari Navy Nova Heavy Missile x2866
Caldari Navy Scourge Heavy Missile x8600

Budget Blitz NS L1/L2 + Pirate Arcs (w/ Travel Fit)

Note: The launchers are not preloaded and the ammo does not completely fill the hull so that if you choose to go into “travel mode” immediately then you will have enough space to put the “combat mode” modules (including turrets) into cargo.

[Crow, NS L1/L2 + Pirate Arcs (w/ Travel Fit)]

Damage Control II
Ballistic Control System II

1MN Afterburner II
Peripheral Compact Target Painter
Peripheral Compact Target Painter
Small F-S9 Regolith Compact Shield Extender

Light Missile Launcher II
Light Missile Launcher II
Light Missile Launcher II
Light Missile Launcher II

Small Low Friction Nozzle Joints II
Small Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer II


Caldari Navy Scourge Light Missile x3866
Inertial Stabilizers II x2
Medium Azeotropic Restrained Shield Extender x1
Small Azeotropic Restrained Shield Extender x1

High End Hulls That Blitz L4s Poorly

Extremely
Low Precision
Poor
Range
Poor
Mobility
Damage
Lock
Low
RoF
Notes
BarghestCruise, TorpedoTorpedoCruiseRHML Missiles slightly stronger than a Typhoon Fleet Issue, but has substantially less bandwidth and drone bay capacity and is far more expensive.
(Battlecruisers)(???)XX(???)(???)Substantially less damage than battleships
BhaalgornXPulsePulseXBeam
(Cruisers)(???)XX(???)(???)Substantially less damage than battleships
KronosRailBlasterXXRail
Leshak  X Slow Damage Buildup is horrible for dispatching swarms of small craft
MacharielArtyAutoAutoT2ArtyEven a bling polarized auto fit isn’t as good as the Typhoon Fleet Issue fit
NestorXPulseLasersDrone Travel TimeLasers virtually useless. Drones waste time traveling, lack precision, and targets easily escape optimal range
NightmareBeamPulsePulseXBeam
PaladinBeamPulseXXBeam
Praxis(Any)X(???) (???)Turrets(???) Range, Mobility, RoF depends on weapons used
RattlesnakeCruise, TorpedoTorpedoTorpedo MissilesCruise, Heavy Drone Travel Time
VargurArtyAutoXT2ArtyAuto falloff isn’t terrible, but isn’t as good as an Auto Mach, which itself isn’t a good blitz fit
VindicatorBlasterXXRail

Distribution Mission Fits

Each fit comes with a full set of cargohold expanders and inertial stabilizers. As many intertial stabilizers / as few cargohold expanders as possible should be used when doing distribution missions so as to minimize the time to warp for these ships.

Shields may sized or downgraded as needed to fit. With L5 skills, these can hold enough to run two L4 distribution missions simultaneously; however, in general L3 missions are preferred unless you are looking for a larger LP payout and prefer L4 storylines. When not using inertial stabilizers and making full use of cargohold expanders, the Wreathe is the fastest ship to warp, followed by the Nereus, Sigil, and Badger. Of these ships, the Nereus is the most popular because training Gallente Industrial skills provide access to specialty industrial ships as well as the generally most favored of the four Freighters, Jump Freighters, Deep Space Transports, and Blockade Runners

The ships can be fitted to perform the MWD-Cloak trick if desired; however, this is not included as part of the fits. Note that the increasing prevalence of cheap carrier gatecamps in lowsec and the ability of Attack Light Fighters to MWD to a cloaked ship to bump them into decloaking, the MWD-Cloak trick is no longer a reliable mechanism for traveling through lowsec safely (and is never reliable for use in nullsec due to the presence of bubbles in nullsec). Therefore, it is not advised for use in lowsec, although it may be used with relative safety in highsec. (Triglavians rapidly converge on ships when they break gate cloak, so there is a chance that Triglavian gate camps will decloak those who attempt to use the MWD Cloak trick before warping out.)

Distribution Wreathe

[Wreathe, Distribution Wreathe]

Expanded Cargohold II
Expanded Cargohold II
Expanded Cargohold II
Expanded Cargohold II
Expanded Cargohold II

EM Ward Amplifier II
Thermal Dissipation Amplifier II
Large Shield Extender II
Medium Shield Extender II
Medium Shield Extender II

[Empty High slot]
[Empty High slot]

Medium Cargohold Optimization I
Medium Cargohold Optimization I
Medium Cargohold Optimization I

Inertial Stabilizers II x5

Distribution Nereus

[Nereus, Distribution Nereus]

Expanded Cargohold II
Expanded Cargohold II
Expanded Cargohold II
Expanded Cargohold II
Expanded Cargohold II

EM Ward Amplifier II
Thermal Dissipation Amplifier II
Medium Shield Extender II
Large Shield Extender II
Large Shield Extender II

[Empty High slot]
[Empty High slot]

Medium Cargohold Optimization I
Medium Cargohold Optimization I
Medium Cargohold Optimization I

Inertial Stabilizers II x5

Distribution Sigil

[Sigil, Distribution Sigil]

Expanded Cargohold II
Expanded Cargohold II
Expanded Cargohold II
Expanded Cargohold II
Expanded Cargohold II
Expanded Cargohold II

EM Ward Amplifier II
Thermal Dissipation Amplifier II
Large Shield Extender II
Large Shield Extender II

[Empty High slot]
[Empty High slot]

Medium Cargohold Optimization I
Medium Cargohold Optimization I
Medium Cargohold Optimization I

Inertial Stabilizers II x6

Distribution Badger

[Badger, Distribution Badger]

Expanded Cargohold II
Expanded Cargohold II
Expanded Cargohold II
Expanded Cargohold II

EM Ward Amplifier II
Thermal Dissipation Amplifier II
Large Shield Extender II
Medium Shield Extender II
Medium Shield Extender II
Medium Shield Extender II

[Empty High slot]
[Empty High slot]

Medium Cargohold Optimization I
Medium Cargohold Optimization I
Medium Cargohold Optimization I

Inertial Stabilizers II x4