The longbow destroyer is the first destroyer-class ship you are able to construct. It is typically the first ship you will ever use for a base incursion on another player, due to the built-in 150% range boost allowing projectile and explosive weapons to achieve significantly longer ranges then normal.
When marked up the ship has it's firepower against cruisers doubled, giving it some usefulness in lower-level PvP. The ship has also found use as an instant fleet for civil wars, however the broadsword outperforms it in this regard.
== The HEX Longbow ==
Strengths:Decent firepower, very good range, no zero ground, good against bases
Weaknesses:Can be out-ranged by certain opposition and doesn't last long up close
The hex longbow is generally the best build you can have for this hull, the HEX missile provides decent firepower with a good range and splash, making it a potent early-game basing ship.
While other builds can be equipped to specialize in basing, this build is capable of fighting in FvF, given it's lack of a zero ground and decent firepower. However, facing anything above tier 1 ships are likely to end badly.
== The Scatter Longbow ==
Strengths:Ok range, decent firepower, good against bases
Weaknesses:Range is lower then the HEX missiles
The scatter longbow is basically the HEX longbow, but with a very slight kick-up in damage and a reduced range. It can still perform the same role as the HEX longbow, but not as effectively.
== The Gauss Longbow ==
Strengths:Very long range, good firepower
Weaknesses:Moderately large zero ground limits usefulness in FvF
The gauss longbow is a powerful build utilized specifically for basing. The long range that the gauss driver provides allows this ship to achieve some significant range and snipe combat modules from a safe distance.
However, the build is not effective in FvF due to the presence of a fairly large zero ground.
== The Rail Longbow ==
Strengths:Decent range, ok firepower
Weaknesses:Fairly large zero ground and only average firepower
The rail longbow acts as a less effective variation of the gauss longbow for those that have not researched the appropriate tier of the gauss driver. It can do everything the gauss does, but with reduced range it cannot do it as well.