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The Probe is large compared to most Minmatar frigates and is considered a good scout and cargo-runner. Uncharacteristically for a Minmatar ship, its hard outer coating makes it difficult to destroy, while the limited weapon hardpoints force it to rely on drone assistance if engaged in combat.
The Probe is the Minmatar Exploration Frigate. Like all Tech I exploration frigates, the Probe receives skill-dependent bonuses to scanner probe strength. The Probe excels at locating cosmic signatures in all security levels of space. The Probe also receives a role bonus (independent of pilot skill level) to relic and data analyzer virus strength, which helps the Probe pilot crack exploration sites. With these two bonuses, the Probe is a strong starter frigate for Minmatar pilots interested in Exploration. And while Probe pilots eventually skill into Tech II Covert Ops exploration ships (like the Cheetah), there isn’t much exploration content that the Probe can’t complete.
Minmatar Frigate bonuses (per skill level):
[Probe, TF Probe] Inertial Stabilizers I Warp Core Stabilizer I Inertial Stabilizers I 5MN Microwarpdrive I Relic Analyzer I Data Analyzer I Core Probe Launcher I Small Gravity Capacitor Upgrade I Small Gravity Capacitor Upgrade I Core Scanner Probe I x8