Will using a thermal hardener and a kinetic hardener at the same time cause one of them to be penalized?

What if I use a thermal hardener, thermal resistance plating, and thermal energized plating?

How is the penalty calculated?

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The stacking penalty applies to the bonus, not to the module.

If you have a thermal hardener and an EM hardener fitted, both would provide the full resist bonus. If you add omni-resist plating, its thermal and EM bonuses would be reduced because of the stacking penalty, but its explosive and kinetic bonuses would not.

The precise formula is somewhat complicated, but it can be summarized as:

  1. The first module provides 100% of its bonus.
  2. The second provides ~87% of its bonus.
  3. The third provides ~57% of its bonus.
  4. The fourth provides ~28% of its bonus.
  5. The fifth ensures your fit gets posted in a "fail fits" thread on the forums.

The order you fit the modules doesn't matter; the one with the largest bonus will always be considered "first".

Some modules (notably Damage Control Units) are exempt from stacking penalties.

  • how does eve decide which module gets penalised? if i have an all res and a single, having the penalty on the single would be harder then the all resistance. is it fitting order or?
    – Andy
    Apr 5, 2011 at 4:40
  • @Andy: I updated the answer with more details.
    – Brant
    Apr 5, 2011 at 14:35
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    +1. Thanks for also pointing me to exceptions. This explains yet another reason to not make a fit w/o DC (besides the obvious benefits of them). Prior to this I actually planned without them thinking I was losing out in some areas.
    – Kevin Peno
    Apr 21, 2011 at 20:21

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