What skills will help my Power Grid? I came upon this question while trying to do some searches of my own a while back. I was having some difficulty fitting ships like other pilots, and for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out what the problem was. My capacitor use seemed in line, but I just wasn’t getting the powergrid that I should have been.
At the time, I tried to research as much as I could, found some forums with less than useful information, and abated the issue with a couple of implants. While implants are a quick fix, they are less than permanent, and can become an expensive solution if you’re a rookie bomber that gets bubbled a lot. In fact, I learned of my problem right after I got podded, and, with no implants available, jumped into another ship only to find one of my weapons offline.
Another solution would to be to give up a precious low slot to a Micro Auxiliary Power Core (flat increase) or a Reactor Control Unit (percentage increase), but you’re giving up an awful lot just to make sure the rest of your stuff works properly.
The advice I kept finding was to train Power Grid Management (formerly Engineering). This is the basic solution. Power Grid Management increases a ships PG output by 5% per level.
But the issue doesn’t end there. I had that skill trained to level 5, and still was having a rough time. Surely there must be other skills that affect Power Grid? I’m not quite sure why I had such a hard time finding the answer. Maybe it’s because a lot of people really don’t know, and the for the ones that do know, it’s just an afterthought. Whatever the reason, I’m going to put it all here, in plain Minmatar.
Power Grid Management: As stated above, increases a ship’s power grid output by 5% per level. Train this to 5. This skill was called Engineering before the Odyssey expansion.
Advanced Weapon Upgrades: You’ve probably found this skill’s sister, Weapon Upgrades, which decreases Capacitor use of your weapons. Once you train Weapon Upgrades to 5, you’ll want to train Advanced Weapon Upgrades, and get a 2% decrease of Power Grid use for your weapons, as well. It’s going to be a little rough, but train this to 5, also.
Shield Upgrades: Is your problem ship shield tanked? This could be your stumbling block. Shield Upgrades decreases the Power Grid usage of Shield Extenders, Rechargers, and Resistance Amps by 5% per level.
Rigging skills: If you’re using weapon rigs on your hull, each one is probably increasing your weapons’ Power Grid output by 10%. Training Projectile Weapon Rigging, Hybrid Weapon Rigging, and Energy Weapon Rigging will reduce the respective penalty of each weapon type by 10% per level.
So that’s it. Get to training, so you can fly that ship properly.