META & STARTER

SHIP BUILDS

SHIP BUILDS

Here you’ll find a set of ship builds to get you started. We’ve been across the community and collected together the meta (agreed best practice/conventional) builds so that you can get started quickly.

WHY META?

Why should you use meta builds? We’re not saying you should, but if you want to get started enjoying PVP, you’ve either got to design your own ship, possibly wasting time and materials in trial and error, or start with a build from here. If you do, you can get started that bit sooner – and if you continue, you’ll build lots of ships in your career so you won’t miss out on doing that in the future.

FER-DE-LANCE

The Fer-de-Lance, or FDL, is the “best” PVP ship. It has a lot of advantages, an appropriate learning curve that won’t see you frustrated anytime soon, and if you build one, you’ll find the differences between your build and the build of your FDL opponents to have few differences, so you can see what impact those have and skill is more of the deciding factor.

That’s not to say we recommend an FDL as your first ship. You can be successful in any M ship – we do recommend that you start in a Medium (M) ship though…..

TRAINING

Learn to fly your new ship at our Wednesday sparring sessions.

GET THE BUILDs

Here are our list of current meta ship builds. Build any one of these to quickly get started in PVP. It’s not a prerequisite of being part of Black Wings – our sparring sessions are friendly, so if all you have is an A-rated Python, you can still come and fight with people who’ll be accomodating; and we have regular farming trips so you can gather materials for when you’re ready for a G5 ship.

FER-DE-LANCE

The Fer-de-Lance or FDL is the quintessential PVP ship. Its well-balanced, doesn’t stall you in terms of progression and has many advantages and few weak spots. It’s a great place to start.

Life would be boring if we were all the same, and you may find other ships play to your strengths, so while we recommend you own an FDL as part of your career, we suggest you make sure to try something else as well.

FEDERAL ASSAULT SHIP

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ALLIANCE CHIEFTAIN

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KRAIT PHANTOM

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ALLIANCE CHALLENGER

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FEDERAL GUNSHIP

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Your First Class is on Us

Once you’ve got your ship built, come along to our Wednesday sparring sessions in San Tu (usually, check the details in case we go somewhere prettier). We’ll always work to make even matches, test your skills and let you develop without any heavy hitters getting ridiculous. To this end, try to keep it to M ships, although we’ll always welcome organized S or L fights.

To make sure you don’t come to San Tu when we’re in Tanned Stu, you should join the Discord.

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COMBAT HUB

REGULAR EVENTS

Black Wings is a PVP hub covering all platforms but currently most active on PS4. We welcome new and experienced players, from all sides of the tracks, with enmities left at the door and regular events.

BEGINNERS TRAINING

PS4 Event: Every Wednesday at 8pm UTC (game time) we offer a meet at our Fleet Carrier “Black Wings” aimed at beginners to start sparring and practicing, although all levels are welcome. 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Next “free for all” event Spring Wings is 30 April – 2 May, kicking off each day at 4pm EST // 9pm GMT.
Come on Discord to organise fights. Usual attendance is 10-12 CMDRs at one time, and we’ll see 30-50 over the weekend.

Fleet Carrier “Black Wings” has all facilities you may need.

TOURNAMENT

Our upcoming PVP 3V3 tournament is now in planning. Matches will be to suit the pairs, so there are no definite dates.

Visit the Tournament page to sign up or find out more.

Work

PS4.PC.XBOX

SUBMIT A BUILD

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wed 14th, 21st, 28th April: Beginners Sparring // San Tu // 8pm UTC

Thu 22nd April: Farming at the Crystal Shards (FC trip)

Thu 29th April: Selene Jean FC hop for experimentals

Fri 30th April – Sun 2nd May: Spring Wings Weekend Event

PLUS THE TOURNAMENT – CLICK FOR DETAILS 

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