Hive Hunting For Scrubs

Tyler Woodman
Tyler Woodman
Greenhorn
Joined Sep 2015 Posts: 11
edited 24 Jun 2017, 10:22PM
Heyo, just a simple thread showcasing a video i made to help low/mid tech players do hives. This build can work for up to lv55 hives (depending on tech level) and THE FORMATION AND FLIGHT PATH OF THE SHIPS IS IMPORTANT so follow the video as closely as possible

Build:
At least 5 battleships (Venoms or better)
Creeper1 x2
Mani1 x3/4 or Sico1 x3/4 (Note, if you dont have Manis, i suggest not doing lv50+ hives)
Shockwave Shield 4
Some armor (doesnt particularily matter)
Rear4/Fusion2+
The last special slot can have whatever. Using Volatile Fuel tends to have negative effects with the creepers, i suggest not using it as the creeper shots are not going to do their job (but it will add to hive dps)

Formation:
With at least 5 ships, form a tight knit box. Ships 1-3 in front, Ships 4-6 in back. 4-6 should be directly behind 1-3. Ship 2 should be slightly ahead (leave room behind it)

Lock onto a hive and issue a move-and-turn order to have your fleet turn broadside, facing the direction of the other hive. Change ship 2's final destination to be slightly behind the line of ship 1 and 3. Position your fleet so that (if using manis) the hive is inbetween the last 2 splits of the missiles. 

Sit there and bombard :P then move forward and bombard that one

Using entry level tech (venoms and mani1's) you may have minor bills when doing lv55's unless you do very well when flying them

Note that this build CANNOT auto lv50+ hives. Mani venoms do not stay far enough away on auto. It can auto 40's and 45's, but sometimes has moderate bills depending on how the AI plays out when doing 45's





NOTES: Currently working on a 4 ship Annihilator build intended to auto lv55 hives. I plan to build just 1 using my build and testing it with 2 punis. The Annihilator will be on auto, and ill be controlling the punis, as theyre only there to escort it to the hive
  • cavemmann
    cavemmann
    Minor Nuisance
    Joined Nov 2015 Posts: 128

    Good info thank you for the post

  • Cyrus Leung
    Cyrus Leung
    VC Mod
    Joined Jan 2013 Posts: 3,649
    Moving to Strategy Discussion.
  • Criminal Phillip BV
    Criminal Phillip BV
    Master Tactician
    Joined Sep 2014 Posts: 2,131
    Old news, Hives are NOT worth the time any longer

    If you use 5 Battleships with a carrier (rag or better) in the rear, you can destroy lvl 55 hives pretty easily.

    Also use regen shields as they will save you repair time
  • Sequestor
    Sequestor
    Incursion Leader
    Joined Aug 2013 Posts: 1,331
    Manifolds are not needed for hives at all. Creepers cover the whole field with mines.
  • Tyler Woodman
    Tyler Woodman
    Greenhorn
    Joined Sep 2015 Posts: 11




    Old news, Hives are NOT worth the time any longer

    If you use 5 Battleships with a carrier (rag or better) in the rear, you can destroy lvl 55 hives pretty easily.

    Also use regen shields as they will save you repair time




    I argue against this. Firstly, hives ARE worth the time if youre a mid tech level. A lv55 hive is worth a notable amount of points, especially considering the tech level required to beat them isnt substantial and the repair is instant. This is how i got all my prizes. During the last monthly i made roughly 3m points just doing this. I cant hit Reapers effectively, its a 1hr bill for 60k points. Versus no bill for 24k points

    And id advise against regen shields. They require 10sec of not taking damage to charge, and that wont happen in a hive



    Sequestor said:


    Manifolds are not needed for hives at all. Creepers cover the whole field with mines.




    Iv never done just creepers, but id imagine if one is to do this, youd need volatile fuel or you wouldnt defend yourself against any on approach, as the creepers deploy too slowly to cover you as you move otherwise. But if you have volatile fuel, you probably also have manis

    My "manis are required" argument is more in the context that Sicos can be used for lower level hives but wont do in lv55's. Iv tried, the dps is not enouggh
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