Content Creation: Introduction to Lowsec Gate Camps

Gate camping a busy lowsec thoroughfare can be an easy, low effort way to get PvP content while in an off Timezone or in between gangs.

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Gate camping a busy lowsec thoroughfare can be an easy, low effort way to get PvP content while in an off Timezone or in between gangs. This guide aims to teach you some mechanics around gate camping so that you can eventually run your own small gate camp!

Recommended Local Locations : Mifrata/Sendaya or Mendori/Rahadalon

When gate camping we must first realise that there are two distinct styles of camp:

Offensive Gatecamp

An offensive gatecamp is formed with  ships tucked into the gate at 0m and cruiser and smaller craft orbiting the gate between 1000-2000m. Fleet tackle specifically fitted for fast locking can sit at 0m with 0m/s speed with MWDs on in order to quickly give chase to hostiles jumping through. Offensive gatecamps allow the fleet to remain mobile, able to jump through the gate in pursuit of an enemy. NOTE - In lowsec only TANKED light tackle should be used.

Ships on 0km, ready to burn outward to decloak/tackle or to jump through.

Defensive Gatecamp

The fleet will set up with tacklers orbiting at 1000-2000m and all other craft spread in a sphere around the gate at their optimal ranges. This puts EW and snipers in their best positions, spreads the fleet out and puts the fleet at 100% effectiveness for range. Fleet interceptors and destroyers specifically fitted for fast locking can sit at 0m with 0m/s speed with fleet drones (if deployed) assigned to them. It is not suited for mobility however, since most ships will require warping to a celestial object and then back in order to jump through the gate. This type of gatecamp is useful when you know the enemy is coming to you.

Ships are spread to ensure re-cloaking is difficult for incoming ship.

Eyes

Having a cloaked character in every system around your camp is invaluable for feeding you intelligence about who and what is coming. Until a ship is entering your trap, the only benefit of watching your main's ship is looking at how pretty it is. Use an alt to scout the paths into you. Through this you may end up changing gate to react.

Furthermore, with scouts you can spot potential threats to your camp and adapt as needed - or even retreat.

Sample Gate Camp Fitting & Comp

Conventionally we would recommend our WARMIND setup for gate camping lowsec, with some additional support from fast tackle and instalock/instaweb ships.

Adding in a cyno ship is good practise too - to call in the Rekking Crew hammer.

A great beginner ship is the Gnosis - see fit below.

[Gnosis, [-SAS-] GATECAMP NewBro]

Damage Control II
Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II
Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II
Reactive Armor Hardener
Magnetic Field Stabilizer II
1600mm Rolled Tungsten Compact Plates

Sensor Booster II
Sensor Booster II
Sensor Booster II
50MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive
Warp Disruptor II
Stasis Webifier II

Heavy Ion Blaster II, Void M
Heavy Ion Blaster II, Void M
Heavy Ion Blaster II, Void M
Heavy Ion Blaster II, Void M
Heavy Ion Blaster II, Void M
Medium Gremlin Compact Energy Neutralizer

Medium Trimark Armor Pump I
Medium Trimark Armor Pump I
Medium Trimark Armor Pump I

Infiltrator II x5
Warrior II x5

Void M x1000
Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge M x1000
Scan Resolution Script x3

Tactically, you want to sit on gate at 0km with your fleet's eyes checking for targets. If you have to jump through, burn back to gate at 0km.

Once your target jumps to you, ensure your sensor boosters are on and pre-overheat your Web and any Scramblers in the fleet. When it decloaks, begin your lock and pre-apply your interdiction modules. Also set your ship to approach with MWD on. This will cause you to go on a "bump" course - which will hinder them burning back to gate.

Sit ship at 0km. Once target decloaks burn to them on their trajectory.

In lowsec make sure you bounce off grid, or to a far away ping on grid so you lose gate gun aggro - and do not jump to highsec if you have just killed a pod.

Continuously drop loot at your station of choice and enjoy some isk and the most chill PvP around!

Thaddeus Drake

Published 2 months ago