Retribution Changes – Analysis and Discussion Video and Podcast

In a recent Devpost CCP listed all the changes that are planned for the upcoming Retribution Expansion that will be released on December 4th. This list of changes is pretty massive and I can't remember any other expansion to ever have this many changes.

The major changes are:

  1. Crimewatch + the new Bounty Hunting System
  2. Rebalancing Stat changes to almost every single Frigate, Destroyer, and Cruiser
  3. New Destroyers for each race
  4. The Hurricane Nerf
  5. The Drake Nerf (by way of heavy missile nerf)
  6. The everything but heavy missile buff
  7. The ASB (Ancillary Shield Booster) Nerf (who didn't see that coming?)
  8. A new Micro Jump Drive Module
  9. A Drone Buff
  10. And Logistics Frigates

There's more than that but those are the major points.

For those of you interested in hearing more details I have created a Video and Podcast (the audio from the video) where I discuss all the changes and how I think they will effect the game. It's pretty long because I go into some detail on many of the changes.



EVE Online Retribution Expansion Analysis and Discussion Podcast (MP3)

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Update: In the video I say that I think ASB's will have their amount boosted stat changed. That's not accurate. The actual change will limit capacity so you can load fewer cap boosters and thus not boost for as long. A counter change to this is that the X-Large Ancillary Shield Booster will have it's duration increased from 4 seconds to 5 seconds. Meaning that with a X-Large you will be able to boost for 45 seconds before running out of cap boosters instead of the old 52 seconds (with navy cap boosters). My guess is that this will cause the majority people to start building fits around the X-Large booster on T3 Cruisers and Battlecruisers.

What do you think?

About the author

In 2010 Abbadon21 was the first person to create Narrated Instructional PVP videos for EVE Online. This started a new era of EVE Online and opened up high level "PRO" PVP to everyone. Abbadon21 is also the Founder of, which is EVE Online's oldest and most trusted source for high quality PRO Guides.