Rorqual The Rorqual was conceived and designed by Outer Ring Excavations in response to a growing need for capital industry platforms with the ability to support and sustain large-scale mining operations in uninhabited areas of space.

To that end, the Rorqual's primary strength lies in its ability to grind raw ores into particles of smaller size than possible before, while still maintaining their distinctive molecular structure. This means the vessel is able to carry vast amounts of ore in compressed form.

Additionally, the Rorqual is able to fit a capital tractor beam unit, capable of pulling in cargo containers from far greater distances and at far greater speeds than smaller beams can. It also possesses a sizeable drone bay, jump drive capability and the capacity to fit a clone vat bay. This combination of elements makes the Rorqual the ideal nexus to build deep space mining operations around.

Due to its specialization towards industrial operations, its ship maintenance bay is able to accommodate only industrial ships, mining barges and their tech 2 variants


Structure HitpointsStructure Hitpoints
250,000 HP
Max VelocityMax Velocity
60 m/sec
Inertia ModifierInertia Modifier
0.05 x
Fleet Hangar CapacityFleet Hangar Capacity
30000 m3
Fuel Bay CapacityFuel Bay Capacity
10000 m3
Ore Hold CapacityOre Hold Capacity
250000 m3
1,180,000,000 kg
14500000 m3
40000 m3


powergrid Outputpowergrid Output
305,000 MW
Low SlotsLow Slots
Med SlotsMed Slots
High SlotsHigh Slots
CPU OutputCPU Output
920 tf
400 points
Upgrade HardpointsUpgrade Hardpoints
3 hardpoints


Recharge timeRecharge time
3900 s
Capacitor CapacityCapacitor Capacity
54560 GJ


Maximum Targeting RangeMaximum Targeting Range
160 km
Max  Locked TargetsMax Locked Targets
Magnetometric Sensor StrengthMagnetometric Sensor Strength
115 points
Signature RadiusSignature Radius
4.50 km
Scan ResolutionScan Resolution
75 mm


Shield CapacityShield Capacity
90000 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
14400 s


Armor HitpointsArmor Hitpoints
30,000 HP
Armor Em Damage ResistanceArmor Em Damage Resistance
50 %
Armor Explosive Damage ResistanceArmor Explosive Damage Resistance
10 %
Armor Kinetic Damage ResistanceArmor Kinetic Damage Resistance
35 %
Armor Thermal Damage ResistanceArmor Thermal Damage Resistance
35 %


Drone CapacityDrone Capacity
300 m3
Drone BandwidthDrone Bandwidth
125 Mbit/sec


Maximum Active Command RelaysMaximum Active Command Relays
2 +
Maximum Operational DistanceMaximum Operational Distance
5 km
Maximum Concurrent Operational UsersMaximum Concurrent Operational Users
Jump Drive Fuel NeedJump Drive Fuel Need
Oxygen Isotopes
Maximum Jump RangeMaximum Jump Range
5 ly
Jump Drive Consumption AmountJump Drive Consumption Amount
1000 units
Jump Drive Capacitor NeedJump Drive Capacitor Need
95 %
Ship Maintenance Bay CapacityShip Maintenance Bay Capacity
1000000 m3
Maximum Jump ClonesMaximum Jump Clones
Rig SizeRig Size


Rorqual Blueprint i Rorqual Blueprint

Required skills

Primary Skill required
Capital Industrial Ships Capital Industrial Ships I
Advanced Spaceship CommandAdvanced Spaceship Command V
Spaceship CommandSpaceship Command V
Industrial Command ShipsIndustrial Command Ships III
Spaceship CommandSpaceship Command V
ORE IndustrialORE Industrial III
Spaceship CommandSpaceship Command III
Mining DirectorMining Director I
LeadershipLeadership I
Mining ForemanMining Foreman V
LeadershipLeadership I
Capital ShipsCapital Ships II
Advanced Spaceship CommandAdvanced Spaceship Command V
Spaceship CommandSpaceship Command V
Industrial ReconfigurationIndustrial Reconfiguration I
Advanced Mass ProductionAdvanced Mass Production IV
Mass ProductionMass Production V
IndustryIndustry III
Secondary Skill required
Capital Ships Capital Ships II
Advanced Spaceship CommandAdvanced Spaceship Command V
Spaceship CommandSpaceship Command V
Tertiary Skill required
Jump Drive Operation Jump Drive Operation I
NavigationNavigation V
Warp Drive OperationWarp Drive Operation V
NavigationNavigation I
ScienceScience V

The Rorqual is a Capital-class mining support and deployment platform, conceived by CCP in 2007 to address the need for low-security and deep lawless-space (0.0) mining operations. Like other Capital-class vessels (apart from Freighters and Orcas), it cannot enter high-security systems.

With its ability to fit Capital Tractor Beams (which have a 200 kilometer range and 3000 m/s movement speed) and to compress ore and ice, it provides centralized mining support and transport. With the ability to carry several mining vessels and Jump Clones to a remote location via Jump Drive, its role as a mobile platform is unsurpassed. Providing gang bonuses is another branch of the Rorqual's usefulness, allowing a specialized pilot to provide the highest bonuses available to miners in the game.

Many corporations are reluctant to place such a valuable ship on the front line for a mining operation, unless defended by a sizable force. POS safe-spotting is a common practice where the Rorqual sits just outside a POS's shields, where it is available for bonuses and compression, but is not in immediate danger as it would be in the belts. Because of its ability to carry large amounts of ore in compressed form, it is often used as an intermediate transport when a Jump Freighter is not available.

Rorqual features:

A comprehensive listing of the various compressions and their calculations written by Halada is available in this mining guide. Download a copy from this thread.

Additional Images

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ORE Starships

Frigates T Venture
Mining Barges T1 ProcurerRetrieverCovetor
Exhumers T2 SkiffMackinawHulk
Industrial T Primae
Capitals Capital Industrial OrcaRorqual
Salvaging T Noctis