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The Bantam is offered for free via the TEST Free program. Please see the Test Free page for details.
In YC114 each major empire faction, having been embroiled in a harrowing, extensive, long-term war, recognized the growing need for support and logistics functionality in their vessels during the kind of protracted interstellar warfare that might otherwise prove exhausting for its participants. In the Caldari State, this led to the redesign and redeployment of the Bantam.
The Bantam, a strong and sturdy craft, was originally an extremely effective mining frigate. After its redesign, the Bantam's large structure had to give way for logistics systems that ate up some of its interior room but allowed it to focus extensively on shield support for fellow vessels.
Aside from the slot layout, works more like a Scimitar than a Basilisk (no cap transfers). The regen version seems a bit weak - it's difficult to get any more tank on it than the Burst due to the cap requirement of invulns, and it's otherwise worse. With a cap booster it can actually be fairly nice - it gets to run an invuln, and can even use its second low slot for a speed mod to bring it closer to the Burst in mobility. It's not as tough as the Inquisitor however, and is probably best used at range.
Caldari Frigate Skill Bonuses (Per Skill Level):
[Bantam, TEST Free Bantam] Micro Auxiliary Power Core I Damage Control I Multispectrum Shield Hardener I Small Capacitor Booster I 5MN Microwarpdrive I Medium Shield Extender I Small Remote Shield Booster I Small Remote Shield Booster I Small Remote Shield Booster I Small EM Shield Reinforcer I Acolyte I x1 Cap Booster 200 x20
[Bantam, MWD] Small S95a Scoped Remote Shield Booster Small S95a Scoped Remote Shield Booster Small S95a Scoped Remote Shield Booster Small Capacitor Booster II Multispectrum Shield Hardener II Medium Shield Extender II 5MN Cold-Gas Enduring Microwarpdrive Micro Auxiliary Power Core I Damage Control II Small EM Shield Reinforcer I Small Core Defense Field Extender I Small Core Defense Field Extender I Navy Cap Booster 400 x10
[Bantam, Injected] Damage Control II Micro Auxiliary Power Core I 1MN Afterburner II Medium Shield Extender II Multispectrum Shield Hardener II Small Capacitor Booster II, Cap Booster 100 Small S95a Remote Shield Booster Small S95a Remote Shield Booster Small S95a Remote Shield Booster Small Core Defense Field Extender I Small EM Shield Reinforcer I Small Thermal Shield Reinforcer I
Keep your invuln off and pre-heated. Pulse the cap booster as needed.