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The Condor is an Attack Frigate designed for fast aggressive combat.
The Condor is the Caldari Attack Frigate. The Condor's speed, agility, and bonus to propulsion jamming modules (warp disruptors, warp scramblers and stasis webifiers) make it a good tackle frigate. The ship’s four mid slots allow it to be fit with more than one propulsion jammer, or a variety of other support modules, making the Condor tricky to predict and counter. The Condor also has bonuses to light missile and rocket damage. In principle, all of this makes the Condor a versatile Attack Frigate, capable of being flown in a number of different ways. In practice, however, the Condor is relatively slow and difficult to fit, especially for low-skill pilots. New, Caldari-focused players that want to fly fast tackle have a tough choice between piloting the Condor in spite of its limitations, or cross-training into a different racial tackler.
The Condor’s versatility makes it a good platform for new pilots learning different approaches to tackling and scouting. Flying the Condor provides practice for eventually piloting fleet interceptors (such as the Crow), which are more commonly used as fleet scouts and first tacklers. Nevertheless, even though the Tech I Condor isn't quite as effective as a Tech II Interceptor, it can still serve as a good tackle ship.
The Condor has the lowest base HP of all Attack Frigates, much of which is focused on shield. As a result, the Condor is typically fit with a mid-slot shield extender and shield rigs. The tackle Condor is also typically equipped with a microwarpdrive and a warp disruptor (“point”) in two of its mid slots, like most fast tackle frigates. The fourth mid slot can be fit with a variety of different modules—a warp scrambler (“scram”), a stasis webifier (“web”), a signal amplifier for fast lock time, or even a tracking or guidance disruptor to mitigate enemy damage. Different fits require different tactics, some of which are described in the Tactics section below. In the end, Condor pilots are encouraged to try out different layouts, and experience first-hand how their choices affect the way the ship flies.
The Condor has the least powergrid (PG) of the Attack Frigates, and that means that once the ship’s mid slots have been filled, there is little room for anything else. The Condor’s bonuses to missiles and rockets are difficult to take advantage of, because launchers require PG that the Condor doesn’t have. Tackle Condors can instead be fit with unbonused projectile weapons, which require little PG, or no weapons at all. The Condor can also be fit as a kiting missile or rocket frigate, but only by sacrificing tank. Caldari characters looking for a PvE frigate, or a “second” (scram/web) tackler, would be much better off flying the Merlin Combat Frigate.
Caldari Frigate bonuses (per skill level):
[Condor, TF Condor] Damage Control I Micro Auxiliary Power Core I 5MN Microwarpdrive I Medium Azeotropic Restrained Shield Extender Warp Disruptor I Warp Scrambler I Rocket Launcher I Rocket Launcher I Rocket Launcher I Small Ancillary Current Router I Small Core Defense Field Extender I Small Polycarbon Engine Housing I Scourge Rocket x700