The Kestrel is a heavy missile boat with one of the most sophisticated sensor arrays around. Interestingly enough, it has been used by both the Caldari Navy and several wealthy trade corporations as a cargo-hauling vessel. It is one of few trading vessels with good punching power, making it ideal for solo trade-runs in dangerous areas. The Kestrel was designed so that it could take up to four missile launchers but as a result it can not be equipped with turret weapons nor with mining lasers.


Structure HitpointsStructure Hitpoints
400 HP
Max VelocityMax Velocity
320 m/sec
Inertia ModifierInertia Modifier
3.27 x
1,163,000 kg
19700 m3
160 m3


powergrid Outputpowergrid Output
45 MW
Low SlotsLow Slots
Med SlotsMed Slots
High SlotsHigh Slots
CPU OutputCPU Output
180 tf
Launcher hardpointsLauncher hardpoints
4 hardpoints
Turret hardpointsTurret hardpoints
0 hardpoints
400 points
Upgrade HardpointsUpgrade Hardpoints
3 hardpoints


Recharge timeRecharge time
165 s
Capacitor CapacityCapacitor Capacity
330 GJ


Maximum Targeting RangeMaximum Targeting Range
50 km
Max  Locked TargetsMax Locked Targets
Gravimetric Sensor StrengthGravimetric Sensor Strength
11 points
Signature RadiusSignature Radius
38 m
Scan ResolutionScan Resolution
620 mm


Shield CapacityShield Capacity
500 HP
Shield Em Damage ResistanceShield Em Damage Resistance
0 %
Shield Explosive Damage ResistanceShield Explosive Damage Resistance
50 %
Shield Kinetic Damage ResistanceShield Kinetic Damage Resistance
40 %
Shield Thermal Damage ResistanceShield Thermal Damage Resistance
20 %
Shield recharge timeShield recharge time
625 s


Armor HitpointsArmor Hitpoints
350 HP
Armor Em Damage ResistanceArmor Em Damage Resistance
50 %
Armor Explosive Damage ResistanceArmor Explosive Damage Resistance
10 %
Armor Kinetic Damage ResistanceArmor Kinetic Damage Resistance
25 %
Armor Thermal Damage ResistanceArmor Thermal Damage Resistance
45 %


Tech LevelTech Level
1 Level
Rig SizeRig Size


Kestrel Blueprint i Kestrel Blueprint

Required skills

Primary Skill required
Caldari Frigate Caldari Frigate I
Spaceship CommandSpaceship Command I


Tech I
i Kestrel
Tech II
i Manticore


Additional Information

Also nicknamed the kessy, the Kestrel is probably the first missile boat that starting players will use. It provides an excellent introduction to the ease of use and damage flexibility of missiles. The impressive damage bonus means that a properly handled Kestrel can pop most frigates in only a few short volleys.

That being said, new players should still be careful since the Kestrel has a very weak shield tank and tend to die quickly when subjected to continued damage. Therefore, the best type of "tanking" to do with it is Range tanking during missions, which on level 1 combat missions can be rather easy to do given the usual long range of missles. Training in the Missile Bombardment, Missile Projection and Long Range Targeting skills will definitely help in this regard, and an afterburner should be equipped to help maintain your distance from enemy ships.

While rare, some pilots do use the Kestrel as a quick and cheap cargo hauler. Its high top speed and cargo capacity are perfect for level 1 and two transport missions, and the ample grid lets it fit two small capacitor batteries and an afterburner to help warp from the most distant of jump gates on autopilot.

Although many players claim that Caldari ships are weak for PvP, the Kestrel has some unique characteristics that make it surprisingly effective in this role compared to other frigates.

One main one is that the Kestrel is able to fight at close range while moving at full microwarp-drive speeds and not lose any of its DPS, which is something that no frigate with turrets can claim as turret tracking becomes a serious issue.

Another aspect is that its short-range weapon, rockets, can significantly out-distance all of the other short-range turrets (blasters, autocannons and pulse lasers) unless extreme-range, low damage ammo is used, and it will out-damage all of the long-range variants (railguns, artillery and beam lasers) while being quite difficult to hit with them. When equipped with kinetic Thorn rockets its DPS can be quite respectable compared to other Tech 1 frigates.

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Caldari Starships

Frigates Tech 1 Frigates: IbisBantamCondorHeronGriffinKestrelMerlin | Faction Frigates: Caldari Navy Hookbill
Tech 2 Assault Ships: HarpyHawk | Interceptors: RaptorCrow | Covert Ops: BuzzardManticore | Electronic Attack Ships: Kitsune
Destroyers Tech 1 Destroyers: CormorantCorax
Tech 2 Interdictors: Flycatcher
Cruisers Tech 1 Cruisers: OspreyBlackbirdCaracalMoa | Faction Cruisers: Caracal Navy IssueOsprey Navy Issue
Tech 2 Heavy Assault Ships: CerberusEagle | Recon Ships: RookFalcon | Heavy Interdictors: Onyx | Logistics: Basilisk
Tech 3 Strategic Cruisers: Tengu
Battlecruisers Tech 1 Combat Battlecruisers: FeroxDrake | Attack Battlecruisers: Naga | Faction Battlecruisers: Drake Navy Issue
Tech 2 Command Ships: NighthawkVulture
Battleships Tech 1 Battleships: ScorpionRavenRokh | Faction Battleships: Scorpion Navy IssueRaven Navy IssueRaven State Issue
Tech 2 Black Ops: Widow | Marauders: Golem
Industrials Tech 1 Industrials: BadgerTayra | Freighter: Charon
Tech 2 Transport Ships: Bustard | Blockade Runners: Crane | Jump Freighters: Rhea
Capitals Tech 1 Carrier: Chimera | Dreadnought: Phoenix | Supercarrier: Wyvern | Titan: Leviathan

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