Recently a lowsec solo pvper, Tikktokk Tokkzikk, has racked up a personal achievement: achieving a solo kill with every Angel ship in the game. With the list including the Chremoas, Moracha, Echo, Cynabal, Dramiel, Daredevil and Machariel, it is an impressive feat. The Chremoras and Moracha are extremely rare ships and solo kills require a high level of skill and dedication.
Tikktokk Tokkzikk has been playing EVE Online for five years. He started the game running level four missions in highsec, then moved to lowsec (with a few breaks to nullsec and Thera). He has spent the majority of his time living in the Amamake area, and is living there today. His focus is on solo and small gang pvp. He flies expensive high-end (often officer fit) ships with top tier implants.
The Chremoas and Moracha are unique ships in the game. They were given out as prizes for first and second place in the Alliance Tournament XI. They are both very strong ships with unique features. The Chremoas is a frigate which features a 200% bonus to Small Projectile damage and no targeting delay after cloaking. The Moracha is a Recon cruiser with a 30% bonus to Stasis Webifier range and Medium Projectile Turret damage. At an estimate hull value of 120-140 billion ISK each, they are often left in hangers as a trophy or used as an investment. Tikktokk fondly refers to them as ‘pocket-titans’. The Echo is a special edition rookie ship that was given out for signing up for the Fanfest HD stream in 2013. It is a capable ship in its field but easily outclassed.
Echo vs Federation Navy Comet
Dramiel vs Condor
Daredevil vs Daredevil
Chremoas vs Sentinel and Jackdaw
Cynabal vs Confessor
Moracha vs Omen Navy Issue
Machariel vs Dominix
We had the opportunity to talk to Tikktokk Tokkzikk.
TMC: Why Angel ships?
Tikktokk Tokkzikk: I’ve always really liked Angel ships. In my opinion they are some of the best ships in the game because of their warp speed and speed on grid. They also look pretty nice. These days most people underestimate them.
TMC: How did it all start?
Tikktokk Tokkzikk: Casper24, a good friend of mine, asked me if I wanted to take his Moracha for a spin. After that I realised I could be the first person to get a solo kill in every angel ship in the game. He also offered me a Chremoas to fly. He’s the nicest guy I know.
TMC: Most people don’t fly Alliance Tournament ships, due to their cost and rarity. Why were you happy to fly it?
Tikktokk Tokkzikk: I look at Eve as a pvp game. To own a ship to ‘have it’ has never appealed to me. When I started the game, I flew a Rifter. The first time I got in a fight, I got a big adrenaline rush to the point I felt sick. Slowly that started to go away, and I had to get bigger ships to achieve the same rush. I flew a Dominix, then a Golem, then a Nyx. And, yes, I have soloed in a Nyx. I’m addicted to that feeling.
TMC: Were all your kills really solo? Where there links involved? Alts?
Tikktokk Tokkzikk: I have always been a solo or small gang pilot. A solo kill is much more challenging, especially with ships like the Echo. That fight took 40 minutes. It was an agreed upon 1v1 but one of his corpmates did turn up despite being told not to. I have to admit some of the fights have offgrid links involved. I don’t like to do this but if I see links in system, I will use links too. They are just too powerful in the game at the moment.
TMC: What was your favourite fight?
Tikktokk Tokkzikk: The one versus two between the Sentinel and a Jackdaw. Both of those ships are really scary alone and together it’s even worse. If I had made one wrong move, the Sentinel would of neuted me out and the Jackdaw would have been able to get on top of me and easily kill me.
TMC: What advice would you give to someone wanting to start solo pvp?
Tikktokk Tokkzikk: If you want frigate or destroyer pvp stick to lowsec. For bigger stuff I think nullsec is the place to be. The most important step I would say, is to do some research. When I first started, I watched every video and read every guide I could find. I would recommend any video or guide made by Suitonia. I would also recommend to fit up some cheap ships and going out there and get over the shakes. When I first started I actually forgot to activate a few modules since I was shaking so much. Learn to identify traps, for example, recon traps in lowsec complexes. When beginning, I wouldn’t even aim to win a fight, just get experience and expect to lose often.
I welcome any new pilot to come to Amamake and ask for a 1v1. I will always honor 1v1’s. I love new players and love teaching. There are few places you can learn how to be an ‘elite solo pvper’ (advanced techniques and manual piloting). I would love to share my knowledge.
Tikktokk Tokkzikk has kindly provided us with a video of a recent solo pvp fight in a Chremoas.
Tikktokk Tokkzikk is thoroughly passionate about solo pvp and has carved himself a unique position and place in EVE Online. We wish him well in his next pvp venture.
When asked for any parting words, he said that ‘People should challenge themselves to take fights that they don’t think they can win, because you might just win it anyway. And then you will have a real good story to tell’.