A mid-level engineered Corvette for L PVP practice and dogfighting


While I’m not a PVP expert by any means, part of the fun of Elite is learning, so I wanted to design my own PVP ship first, before taking advice, to engender better understanding if/when/why it failed.

The Corvette is expensive with a large rebuy and can cost over 1bn to fit out. In due course, the site will show lots of other CMDR’s builds and ideas.


As many PVP players run hull tank builds, I decided to use my Huge slots for Overcharged Multi-Cannons (one Incendiary, one Oversized). The Plasma Accelerator (PA) is a very popular choice but given overheating issues and my inexperience with fixed weaponry, I used one PA for the Large slot with TLB.

I split the two M slots with another overcharged/sized multi-cannon and a long range/feedback cascade rail gun, with a corrosive MC and a thermal shock beam laser on the small slots.


The armour of your ship can be costly. This build features a Military Grade Composite. If you’re going to play seriously, a Reactive or Mirrored can reflect your other build choices.

The Corvette doesn’t have a huge jump range and for the sake of simplicity this build features an extended jump range. For pure dogfighting you’d Shield it.

Power plant and Distro will always be an A given the high requirements for such a build.

Dirty Drag drives is usually recommended for maneuverability.


Shields: I chose Prismatic, with a LV5 Thermal Resistant/Thermo Block effect for the highest possible anti-thermal effect.

The majority of the remaining slots are used for hull integrity with a couple of Shield Cell Banks to keep that high effect going.

Utility Slots therefore see a lower amount of Boosters, with some Point Defence, to automate explosive countermeasures, and 2 x Heat Sinks to manage the PA/RailGun heat gain.

I chose a Fighter Hanger purely because I wanted to.

The remainder is built up on hull/module reinforcements.



Note: when using Coriolis within SA, it’s referred to as SA-Coriolis.

CMDRs and LDRs can host their own ship builds within the website. Understanding how this links with Coriolis is simple:

  • You can edit any ship build within the SA website. Refreshing the page will revert back to the build originally posted.
  • If a CMDR has edited their build since they posted it, it will update here. So some info may change if they don’t note it to their post here. In addition you may hold a cached version of the build, in which case if you press the orange circular arrow to Reload the build, it will update.
  • If you save an edited ship build with a different name, by changing the name and clicking on the orange floppy disk icon, you’ll be able to access it from any shipbuilding page on Sapere Aude. This means you can compare builds from other CMDRs, edit them and save them into your SA-Coriolis library.
  • Your SA-Coriolis builds will always be available from within Sapere Aude.
  • However your SA-Coriolis session is separate from any Coriolis session you may have, even in the same browser, if you started it from another CMDR’s linked build.
  • So you won’t be able to access edited/changed builds outside of the SA site. Copying the shortlink by pressing the orange link icon will give you a web address, which you can then paste into a browser to save the build in your own Coriolis session.
  • It is possible to link your own builds into your own blog pages within SA; if you do so, you’ll then find your sessions linked. Changes and builds made from a build you linked in from your own session, will link back to your Coriolis session even if you edited them here.

The simple way to understand it is to think where the build originated from; if it originated from your own session and was pulled to the site, you can retrieve it within your own session both on SA-Coriolis and Coriolis. If you edit someone else’s build, it originated within SA-Coriolis and will only be available to you from within SA.

In addition to copying shortlinks for ship builds, you can back up the JSON code using the Export link. Whether within or outwith SA-Coriolis, its recommended you keep a backup of your ship builds within a text file as if you lose your cookies or change computers, you’ll lose your builds.