Table of Contents

1.  Eve is amazing

If you are completely new to Eve, or have no idea what Eve is, then please take some time to watch some of the videos below.

Gameplay

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPFII3ozSHI  – Eve’s Official Gameplay (2019)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdfFnTt2UT0  – “This is Eve – Uncensored”

https://www.polygon.com/features/2014/2/24/5419788/eve-online-thrilling-boring  – “EVE: The most thrilling, boring game in the universe”

Scams/heists/scanalds

http://www.wirm.net/nightfreeze/part1.html  – The Great Scam, in the early days of EVE (warning! long)

https://www.engadget.com/2012/10/28/eve-evolved-top-ten-ganks-scams-heists-and-events/  – EVE’s top 10 ganks, scams, heists and events

https://www.gamesradar.com/8-eve-online-scandals-that-prove-its-basically-sci-fi-game-of-thrones/  – “8 EVE Online scandals that prove it’s basically sci-fi Game of Thrones”

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/eve-online-heist  – £42,000 in-game fraud

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEO-Gc-VKV4  – “THOUSANDS of Eve Online players just got SCREWED OVER by ONE GUY!”

Wars/battles/stories

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloodbath_of_B-R5RB  – Bloodbath of B-R5RB, one of the largest PVP battles in the history of gaming

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZQ4ejFq7BY –  The Fountain War – A History of Gaming’s Biggest War (story)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVDPF6kFkic  – The Fall Of J233255 (story)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-_Hgp6VbFY  – A history of the greatest wars of Eve Online

https://www.denofgeek.com/us/games/pc-gaming/281970/eve-online-evolution – about Eve Online…

Economy

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-49317440  – “If you’re playing EVE Online you basically already have an MBA”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrW6p5ns8K8  – the economy of EVE Online and the real world value of its largest alliance

https://www.fastcompany.com/3024392/meet-the-alan-greenspan-of-virtual-currency-in-eve-online  – EVE’s market, so complex it requires a team of real life economists

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ie9V2P5El0E  – almost an hour long video about in game economy (watch at your own risk)

2. The rules in Eve

Rules (in no particular order):

1. If you’re flying something expensive/with expensive cargo, you have a high chance to die, even in highsec.

2. Being docked in an NPC station or cloaked in a deep safe spot are the only times you’re actually safe.

3. More expensive/bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better

4. Never autopilot when hauling something you don’t wanna lose

5. Don’t fly something you cannot afford to lose.

6. Don’t put expensive cargo in a T1 industrial.

7. Train multiple accounts (not characters!) at once, so it doesn’t take you months to train after you decide what you want to do.

8.. Don’t wait until you have your skills ready. Go and do stuff!

9. ISK doublers, and most Jita contracts are scams. Double check them every time.

10. Don’t log off if the fight has already started. You will be in space for at least another 10 minutes, because of the logoff timer.

11. Concord will always punish, but rarely save.

12. If you’re new, do career agents’ missions first.

13. If you’re new, exploration is your best friend.

14. Be space poor doing what you love, rather than become space rich and quit, it’s a game, not your second job.

15. Always bookmark wormhole exit.

16. Learn how to Dscan properly and do it all the time, unless in highsec

17. Always insure your ship

18. Always have something in your skill queue

19. Most important character skills:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyVgIsZw47g

20. Unless you’re warp bubbled, you can save your pod almost every time, learn how to do it, if you’re planning to buy implants

21. Overheating can give you enough edge in a fight to come out on top

22. If you have questions you can ask: in Rookie Help channel,  in your corporation/alliance newbro channel, in a Discord help channel,  on forums, on Reddit (r/evenewbies)

23. Always have at least 1 safespot per system, when not in highsec

24. Skillpoints and implants can give you an edge in close PVP fights

25. If you always learn from your mistakes, after some time you won’t have any mistakes to learn from

26. If you’re new to the game, don’t start out with mining. Seriously, don’t. Join a newbie friendly nullsec group like Pandemic Horde or Brave Newbies and ask a ton of questions.

27. If you do industry, buy with buy orders and sell with sell orders

28. If you are looking for a way to fit your ship: check UniWiki and type the name of the ship (this will give you some example fittings), go on zKillboard and check for recent losses of those ships, ask on r/fittings, in corp chat etc.

Bonus Pro Tip: Many new players start off doing security missions or mining. The truth is those activities suck. Seriously. They are unprofitable and really tedious. If you like that kind of content then check out Abyssal Sites (more challenging, fun and profitable PVE that can be done in 3 man squad) or gas harvesting (more profitable, less boring and you can also explore at the same time if you fit some analyzers onto your Venture).

3. Areas of space

New Eden is made out of regions, which can be classified into sectors, which are made out of constellations, which consist of systems. Woah, slow down! Let’s break it down:

Systems: the smallest part of space, here you can find NPC or player stations, moons, suns, planets etc.;

Constellations: they are made out of a couple of systems, they’re not really that important, the only times you’ll really hear about them are with incursions, triglavian invasions and K-space gas

Regions: they consist of constellations, there are empire regions (highsec and lowsec) and outlaw, nullsec regions, which can be held by players (except NPC regions); often highly related to politics

Security sectors:

Highsec – 1.0 to 0.5 – basically, here we have 3 Walmarts (Jita>Amarr>Dodixie) also known as major trade hubs, and most of the players come to one of them to do their trading, you can buy and sell almost everything for a pretty decent price. There are also 2 grocery stores (Hek and Rens), a.k.a. minor trade hubs, where you can buy many popular items, but for those fancy ones, you often gotta go all the way to Jita. Between those hubs there are people hauling their own or someone else’s stuff from one to another to make a profit. Those guys sometimes then get killed by gankers who prey on them, to get their loot and adorn their killboards. You can also find people who try and make a living doing industry, often in their own structures. Other than that, there are krabs who do security missions or mine, and incursionists. All other interesting stuff happens in null. It’s pretty safe here, unless you’re carrying a lot of expensive stuff, then you can get ganked.

Lowsec – 0.4 to 0.1 – the home of pirates, who will try to kill you for money or for fun (usually gate camping), and also there is Faction Warfare which is kinda a combination of those 2, living in 50% of lowsec is dangerous unless you know what you’re doing, the other 50% is usually dead quiet and you can find a lot of wormholes, usually combat here is done solo or in small gangs. Remember – you can get killed there and nothing will save you. Your killers will get security status drop but that’s it.

Nullsec – 0.0 and below – there are certain corporations and alliances set up here (for more info check “Politics” chapter) and it’s surprisingly safe if you’re close to the home system of being in one of them, other than that, it’s wild west, you can kill without any consequences, people travel in between their systems using jumpgates, and if they want to get some kills in the enemy territory they use wormholes. Those big groups have their own, very well stocked, market; great infrastructure, you have structures for pretty much everything here: manufacture, invention, copying, reactions etc., and you can sell most of your stuff right next door. You also usually have well planned logistics: haulers between home and a trade hub, buybacks who buy your stuff in bulk for a decent price and big ships you can order. There are also parts of null which are super empty so you can travel constellations peacefully exploring without even checking DScan. Generally, here materials are cheaper and modules/gear more expensive. The only laws that exist here are player-made.

JSpace – living in wormholes, a very challenging and dangerous activity, but almost everything here is better: best planets in the game, high quality moons, rats that give more money, gas, pirate data/relic sites (if you live in C3 or below), connections that change everyday and you can roll them too if you’re looking for content. It’s a double edged sword though, you have to look for a highsec connection if you want to sell/buy anything, with that comes fueling your POS which can be painful and enemies lurking everywhere, you never know because there is no local. Overall it’s much more exciting but it can be seriously boring if there aren’t any good connections and/or you don’t have a scanner.

Wormholes can be described as C1-C6. C1 being the easiest and C6 being the hardest. The harder the wormhole the better (but harder) the rats and gas. Each wormhole has at least 1 static (connection to a certain space type that immediately respawns after closing). Pirate data/relic sites (the ones without NPCs) only appear in C1-C3 + shattered C4s. Shattered wormholes have multiple additional statics, you can’t do PI and certain sites can spawn there. Wormholes can also have an additional effect, which give you some certain good and bad effects. You can check details about the wormhole here: http://anoik.is/systems (use Ctrl+F)

*Local – chat that shows you who is with you in the system, doesn’t work in wormholes, unless the person speaks (then only this person is visible).

4. Ship classes

INDUSTRIALS:

-T1 industrials – most basic industrials, usually squishy, low base cargohold, and relatively long align time, they can be configured to be really good in one of the categories, but will be really bad at everything else

-T2 deep space transport – much higher cargo capacity compared to T1 (3-10x more), +2 warp core bonus, so it’s much harder to tackle, decent tank and also tanking bonuses, designed to bust their way through any enemies

-T2 blockade runners – very agile, super fast align time, can fit Cov Ops cloaks, little less cargo capacity than T1 (unless fitted for it), designed to carry expensive stuff, only real danger are null bubbles

-T1 freighters – HUGE cargo capacity (up to 1.2m m3), insanely slow align time, really tanky (270-320k EHP, excl. Bowhead), but can still be suicide ganked, usually require support (webs, scouts) to stay safe, only used in highsec, only have low slots

-T2 jump freighters – decent cargo capacity (130-180k m3), very high tank (350-440k base EHP) can use jump drive (teleportation to a lit cyno, requires fuel), cannot jump drive into highsec, require at least 2 pilots, pretty much the safest transport in the game, only have low slots

MINERS:

-mining frigate – basic ship used for mining, cannot fit strip miners or ice harvesters (Venture)

-mining barge – much higher yield than mining frigate, can use strip miners and ice harvesters (Procurer, Covetor, Retriever)

-expedition frigate – cloaky, hard to catch, gas/ice miners (Prospect, Endurance)

-exhumer – T2 mining barges, better than them all across the board (Skiff, Hulk, Mackinaw)

-ORE industrial – Noctis, the best salvaging ship in the game

-industrial command ship – basically Rorqual Junior, additionally, Porpoise doesn’t have a ship hangar, while Orca has one with 400k m3 (Orca, Porpoise)

-ORE capital industrial – Rorqual, mining beast, best yield in the game, good tank, bonuses for fleets, has 1m ship hangar, can fit Pulse Activated Nexus Invulnerability Core module (one time 5 min invulnerability)

COMBAT:

-interceptor – very fast T2 frigates, used for scouting and tackling, you are fast enough to catch anyone while avoiding their damage, also useful for quick travel

-assault frigate – fast frigates with good tank and high DPS, can fit assault damage controls, generally the strongest direct combat frigates

-covert ops – frigates, specifically used for scouting, that can stay pretty much permanently cloaked (covops cloak), have scanning bonuses, used for e.x. gathering intelligence for a surprise attack, or just high level exploration

-electronic attack ship – frigates with very strong EWAR

-flag cruiser (Monitor) – ship designed for FCs, insanely hard to kill, immune to ECM, very resistant to other EWAR types, very high EHP and agility, very small signature size (hard to hit), has almost no offensive capabilities and is pretty expensive

-logistics frigate – specialized, T2 frig sized logi, much more effective than T1 equivalents

-interdictor – T2 destroyers, launch warp disrupt bubbles that stop nearly everyone from warping (excluding Interceptors and nullified T3C), key role in nullsec fleet fights

-command destroyer – T2 destroyers, that are more tanky, can fit a Command Burst and a Micro Jump Field Generator, have less DPS than T1 destroyers

-tactical destroyer – T3 destroyer that is very versatile, much better than T1 and T2, and can switch modes to become either: more tanky/harder to hit; faster; or higher damage/range

-combat recons – good damage and tank, invisible on DScan, their main purpose is applying EWAR while also doing significant damage, good for surprise attacks/backup

-force recons – little worse in combat compared to combat recons, same EWAR bonuses, are seen on DScan but they can fit covops cloaks and light cynos

-heavy assault cruisers – incredibly versatile, can be fit for sniping or close range, very tanky, high DPS, fast and agile,

-heavy interdictor cruisers – T2 cruisers, very good tank, almost no DPS, but they have the heaviest tackle in the game – they can either launch an interdictor kind of bubble, or infinite strength warp disruptor; when they are using their tackle module they can’t be repped, [become slower, and easier to hit (only in bubble mode)] but in exchange they become more agile

-logistics cruiser – specialized, T2 cruiser sized logi, much more effective than T1 equivalents

-command ships – T2 battlecruisers, very tanky, strong DPS, have bonuses for Command Bursts and can fit 2 of them (most of any subcap)

-black ops – T2 battleships, have very high damage, drone bandwidth, can fit cloaks, have jump drives (teleportation to a lit cyno, requires fuel), can light cynos, used for infiltration, extremely expensive

-stealth bombers – squishy, cloaky T2 frigates, that can fit torpedoes and bombs, which have very high alpha strikes and can burst unsuspecting targets (bombs can only be used in null and J-Space)

-marauders – T2 battleships used specifically for PVE, can fit Bastion Module, expensive but efficient

-SoE ships – ships used for explorations and roaming, often also fit for PVP, can fit Cov Ops cloaks (used for solo, at best small gang gameplay)

-strategic cruisers – T3 cruiser, the weirdest ship class in the game, have no module slots and must install heavily customizable subsystems which give them very good bonuses and allow the use of normal modules, there are 4 subsystem subclasses: Core (power grid, CPU, high and mid slots, sensors), Offensive (weapon hardpoints, high slots, sometimes mid and low too, bonuses to weapon ranges, rate of fire, drones, Command Burst capabilities), Defensive (armor/shield HP, resistances, reps effectiveness ability to use Cov Ops cloak), and Propulsion (mid slots, agility, prop mod bonuses, non targeted interdiction nullification); you must fit all the subsystems in order to use the ship, when you lose your ship you will randomly lose 1 level of racial subsystem skill.

CAPS:

-dreadnoughts – DPS machines, can fit siege module, which immobilizes it, but gives it huge damage, greatly increased local reps, partial EWAR and full ECM resistance

-FAX -most powerful logi in the game, can fit triage module, which immobilizes it, but gives it absurd amounts of both local and remote reps, almost instant locks, huge range, more max. targets, partial EWAR and full ECM resistance

-carriers – support ships, they have 1m m3 cargo, used only for assembled ship, so if you die you can quickly grab a new one, they let other ships refit in space (like a Mobile Depot), can use Fighters (very strong, diverse SmartDrones), can fit 2 Command Bursts, insanely tanky (can get to over 1.5m EHP), commonly used for ratting

-supercarriers – mega carriers, can fit 2 additional fighters (5 total), burst projectors, and 1 additional Command Burst (3 total), can only dock in Keepstars (XL citadels), second largest ship in the game, commonly used for ratting

-titan – largest and most powerful ships in the game, they can go over 16m EHP, fit Doomsday modules (high cooldown, one million damage module), can fit Jump Portal Generators (creating temporary jump bridges for fleet members) and Phenomena Generators (AoE, double edged sword bonuses for all ships)

*All capital ships can use jump drive.

5. Crimewatch

1. Log-off timers

-they prevent you from combat logging

-start counting down after all your modules have completed their cycles and you have finished warping

-if you just log off before entering combat you’re gonna have to wait 60s before your ship disappears from space (30s if you use safe logoff feature)

-extended to 5 minutes after you enter combat with NPCs

-extended to 15 minutes after you enter PVP combat

2. Weapon timers

-become active when you activate an offensive module on another player (weapons, scrams, webs, target painters etc.) OR smartbombs and bastion modules

-prevent you from docking, jumping gates, ejecting, boarding, storing ship in a corporation/fleet hangar

-last 60s after all offensive modules have been deactivated

3. Ship safety settings

-3 different settings: full safety, partial safety, no safety

-after selecting a safety setting you can’t perform an activity that would cause you to get a timer, lower than the selected setting

-prevent you from accidentally doing something bad and getting your ship destroyed

-example: you can’t shoot somebody in highsec if your safety is yellow (because that would get you a red, criminal flag), but you can in lowsec (because that would give you the yellow, suspect flag)

4. Suspect timers

-other players can shoot you without any consequences

-last 15 minutes

-in highsec you get it by: stealing from a container, engaging mobile structures or having a kill right activated on you

-in lowsec you get it by: attacking a player’s ship, stealing from a container

5. Criminal timers

-other players can shoot you without any consequences, you’ll get concorded in highsec

-last 15 minutes

-in highsec you get it by attacking a ship or a capsule who’s not a valid target

-valid targets are: war targets, suspects, criminals, people with sec. status at or below -5.0 and people who are in limited engagement with you

-in highsec you can also get it by: assisting players with criminal timers, smartbombs

-in highsec you can’t initiate warp or jump gates and will be fired upon by gate guns (~700 dps)

-in lowsec you get it by: attacking a capsule, assisting players with criminal timers

-in lowsec you’ll only get fired upon by gate guns (~350 dps), Concord won’t appear and you’ll be free to warp off

6. Concord

-only appear in highsec

-warp in after 6-19s depending on system’s security status

-destroy your ship in the matter of seconds

-can be dragged out to slow down the response by 5s

7. Limited engagements

-players may freely engage each other

-activated after accepting a duel invitation or getting attacked (to allow you to defend yourself)

-last for 5 minutes after the last shot is fired

-people interfering between the people fighting e.x. using remote support modules will get a suspect timer

8. Kill rights

-can be used as an act of revenge

-generated when you’re attacked and attacker gets a criminal timer

-last for 30 days

-can be made available/sold to other players

-after activating it the other player will get a suspect timer

6. Meta

T1 (Meta 0) – manufactured by players, from normal minerals (Tritanium, Isogen, Zydrine, Pyerite etc.), using blueprints sold by NPCs

Meta (Meta 1-4) – named items dropped by NPC ships (except for capital modules), better than T1 modules, while often being cheaper and having same skill requirements, the higher the meta, the better the item, their names start with:

Upgraded: Straight-up better stats

Compact: Reduced fitting cost (less CPU and powergrid use)

Enduring: Longer cycle time and/or lower capacitor use

Ample: Higher capacity

Scoped: Longer range

Restrained: Less severe drawbacks

(from UniWiki)

T2 (Meta 5) – created in a fairly complicated process called Invention. Compared to T1s, they have higher skill requirements, are generally better but have higher fitting requirements (powergrid and CPU). They don’t really go below 500k in prices, because they require datacores and the invention doesn’t always end in a success. Some T2 modules can be very expensive as well.

T3 (ships only) – Tactical Destroyers and Strategic Cruisers, most advanced ships in the game, very long and complicated industry process, T3 cruisers are especially expensive, advanced and have high SP requirements.

Faction (usually Meta 6-9) – purchased from faction LP stores or dropped by high level, faction NPCs (also known as Commander spawns). Now, because you can’t kill empire ships the way you kill pirate ships, all the faction modules, that aren’t from pirate factions can only be purchased from their empires’ respective LP stores. It works a little different for pirates though. Pirate faction items can either drop or be bought from LP stores. Ship modules only drop as loot from wrecks. Faction: ammo, unique implants and ship BPCs both drop and can be purchased from LP stores. However finding implants or ship BPCs in a wreck is extremely rare*. Faction items are equal or superior to T2s, often require less CPU/Powergrid/capacitor, have same skill requirements as T1s, they tend to be expensive, their names also tell you the faction and start with:

Amarr Navy (Amarr)

Ammatar Navy (Ammatar)

Caldari Navy (Caldari)

Dark Blood (Blood Raiders)

Domination (Angel)

Dread Guristas (Guristas)

Gallente Navy (Gallente)

Republic Fleet (Minmatar)

Sentient (Drones)

Sisters (Sisters of Eve)

Shadow Serpentis (Serpentis)

True Sansha (Sansha)

You can easily distinguish Commander spawns I mentioned earlier – their names are similar to the item names. For example NPC whose name starts with Dread Guristas drops Dread Guristas faction modules/ammo.

*Doesn’t apply to Mordu’s Legion, their rats are fairly rare and have a 100% chance to drop BPC of the ship you killed.

Storyline (Meta 6-7) – acquired from COSMOS sites and Epic Arcs, require high and uncommon skills/materials to manufacture, expensive, traded in small volumes, often equally/little more effective compared to T2s, usually use less CPU/Powergrid/capacitor, same skill requirements as T1s

Deadspace (usually Meta 9-14) – drop as loot in Deadspace complexes (scanned or anomaly escalated DED complexes and final stages of unrated cosmic signature escalations). Among the best modules in the game (together with Officers). Have 4 quality levels (X>A>B>C, X being the best). They are generally expensive but some small, lower tier modules can be bought really cheaply. Same SP requirements as T1s. They are blue in color, so if someone says they have a blue fit, they usually mean full of Deadspace modules.

http://wiki.eve-inspiracy.com/index.php?title=Deadspace_items  – names and origins

Officer (usually Meta 9-17) – the most expensive, rarest, prestigious items in the game. They drop from officer rats which are the strongest rats in the game (the best ones requiring supers to kill), spawn in only a few regions and are extremely rare. Some modules don’t even have market prices because you just can’t find any. They usually sell for at least a billion, but the best versions for popular modules can sell for over 40b. Same SP requirements as T1s. Purple in color so if someone says they have purple modules they mean Officer.

DRONES: ‘Excavators’>Geckos>’Subverted’>’Augmented’>Faction>Integrated>T2>T1

Pro Tip: when fitting a ship, check a module, show its info, “Variations” tab, compare tool, throw out items that are too expensive or have no price and compare their stats. Sometimes you can buy a better module for cheaper!

7. Missions and LP

Missions are activities, given by agents from different corporations and factions. Rewards for completing those missions are ISK Loyalty Points (LP), and standings. There are security (PVE), mining and distribution (hauling) missions. When people say ‘missions’ they usually mean security missions, because they are the most popular and profitable. Now back to LP. They are points you can exchange for various unique faction items, ships, implants, BPCs etc. There are 17 factions for which you can do missions. Most of them have more than 1 corporation in it, but they have very similar and often the same items. Only Faction Warfare militias have their own, unique, set of LP items. Those factions are:

-Amarr Empire  [hs/ls]

-Caldari State  [hs/ls]

-Gallente Federation  [hs/ls]

-Minmatar Republic  [hs/ls]

-Ammatar Mandate  [hs/ls]

-Khanid Kingdom  [hs/ls]

-ORE  [ns]

-Sisters of Eve  [hs/ls]

-Thukker Tribe  [hs/ls/ns]

-The Syndicate  [ns]

-Angel Cartel  [ns]

-Guristas Pirates  [ns]

-Serpentis  [ns]

-Sansha’s Nation  [ns]

-Blood Raiders  [ns]

-Mordu’s Legion  [ns]

-CONCORD  [hs/ls]

1 LP can be worth anywhere from 500 to 3000 ISK. It depends on prices of the items of the faction. On average, you can expect 1200-1500 ISK/LP.

Concord’s LP can only be earned through incursions and can be converted to:

-empire factions + Ammatar Mandate + Khanid Kingdom  [0.8 RATIO]

-ORE, SoE, Thukker Tribe, The Syndicate  [0.4 RATIO]

Concord’s LP cannot be converted to pirate factions

http://www.ellatha.com/eve/LP-Stores  – if you want to check the specific corporations in a faction or the items they offer

https://www.fuzzwork.co.uk/lpstore/  – calculating ISK/LP  (double check everything, ESPECIALLY volume)

https://nearest.ouroborus.org/  – nearest LP shop finder

8. Modules

Afterburners – slowly accelerate your ship

Armor Hardeners – increase armor resistances against a certain damage type (ACTIVE)

Armor Plates – increase raw armor HP but decrease speed and agility

Armor Repairer – repair your ship’s armor

Artillery/Autocannons – usually high alpha strike and low rate of fire, similar to missiles

Automated Targeting Systems – target random hostile ship in vicinity when activated, then increase the number of max. targets

Auxiliary Power Controls – increase power grid

Ballistic Control Systems – increase missiles DPS

Bombs – AoE high damage/utility 

Burst Projectors – specific AoE utility module, that can only be fit to supercarriers, kinda like ECM burst, but more powerful and it can have other effects too

Capacitor Batteries – increase capacitor storage, make energy neutralizers and nosferatus less effective

Capacitor Booster – restore energy to your capacitor, use cap boosters as charge

Capacitor Flux Coils – capacitor recharges faster but has less capacity

Capacitor Power Relays – capacitor recharges faster, but shield boosters are less effective

Capacitor Rechargers – capacitor recharges faster

Cargo Scanners – scan another’s ship cargo hold (doesn’t work on Blockade Runners)

Cloaking Devices – allow you to cloak, which means becoming invisible as long as there is nothing within 2km, Cov Ops cloaks allow you to even warp cloaked

Clone Vat Bays – turn a Titan/Rorqual into a mobile clone station where you can respawn

Command Bursts (links) – provide AoE bonuses for all fleet members nearby

CPU Upgrades – increase CPU output

Cynosural Field Generators – generates a beacon, that capital ships can jump to, uses liquid ozone as fuel

Damage Controls – increase all resistances, only 1 per ship

Data/Relic Analyzers – used for deciphering cans, found in sites, filled with loot

Doomsday – can only be fit on Titans, very high cooldown, 1 million damage projectile, that immobilizes the Titan, requires fuel and fires after a short delay

Drone Damage Amplifiers – increase drones’ damage

Drone Link Augmentors – increase drones’ control range

Drone Navigation Computers – increase speed of drones and fighters

ECM – have a chance to kill ship’s targeting ability for 20s, every 20s

ECM Bursts – AoE ECMs, require a lot of energy to work

Energized Armor Layering – increase raw armor HP by a small amount

Energized Plating – increase armor resistances against a certain damage type, though less than Armor Hardeners (PASSIVE)

Energy Neutralizers – use energy to kill a lot of enemy’s energy

Energy Nosferatu – steals energy and gives it to you, but enemy loses much less than with a neutralizer

Entosis Links – used for hacking sovereignty structures

Entropic Radiation Sinks – increase precursor weapons DPS

Expanded Cargoholds – increase your cargohold’s capacity

Fighter Support Unit – increase speed, HP, rate of fire and recharge rate of fighters (very strong kind of drones that can be only used by carriers or supercarriers)

Gas Cloud Harvesters – harvest gas which is used in T3 production

Gyrostabilizers – increase projectile turrets DPS

Heat Sink – increase energy turrets DPS

Hull Repairers – repair your ship’s hull

Ice Harvesting Lasers – harvest ice which is used mostly for fuel and command burst charges production

Inertial Stabilizers – ship more maneuverable and warps out quicker

Interdiction Sphere Launchers – lauch blobs that don’t allow anyone inside them to warp (except interceptors and nullified T3C), last 2 minutes

Jump Economizers – use less fuel when using Jump Drive (only capital ships and jump freighters have it)

Jump Portal Generator – can only be fit on Titans, requires fuel, creates a temporary connection to a cyno that lets all fleet members jump through

Lasers – use crystal ammo, you don’t have to reload, but they damage over time and eventually destroy

Layered Plating – give a small increase to raw armor HP but much less than steel plates

Magnetic Field Stabilizers – increase hybrid turret DPS

Mass Entanglers – extreme warp scramblers, can only be fit to Heavy Interdictor Cruisers

Micro Jump Drives – warps your ship 100km forward

Micro Jump Field Generators (booshers) – teleports you and all nearby ships and drones (max. 25 ships) 100km forward

Microwarpdrives – quickly accelerate your ship and to a higher degree, but are disabled by warp scramblers

Mining Lasers – used for mining ore

Mining Upgrades – increase harvesting yield

Missile Guidance Computers – increase range and precision of missiles

Missile Guidance Enhancers – increase range and precision of missiles

Missiles/Torpedoes – don’t use capacitor, usually longer reload times but higher alpha strike

Nanofiber Internal Structures – make ships more maneuverable and warp out quicker, but decrease hull HP

Omnidirectional Tracking Enhancers – increase drones range and tracking speed, also make fighter explosions faster and bigger (PASSIVE)

Omnidirectional Tracking Links – increase drones range and tracking speed, also make fighter explosions faster and bigger (ACTIVE)

Overdrives – increase speed but decrease cargo capacity

Passive Targeting Systems – allow you to target someone without them noticing it (yellow boxes), useful for suicide ganking

Phenomena Generator – can only be fit on Titans, AoE, double edge sword bonuses for all pilots, enemies included

Power Diagnostic Systems – slight increase in power grid, shields, capacitor, and capacitor recharge time

Pulse Activated Nexus Invulnerability Core – one time 5 minute invulnerability, can only be fit on Rorquals

Reactor Control Units – increase power grid

Reinforced Bulkheads – increase raw hull HP, but decrease agility and cargo capacity

Remote Armor Repairers – repair another ship’s armor

Remote Capacitor Transmitters – take away some of your cap but much more to someone else, used for cap chaining

Remote Hull Repairers – repair another’s ship hull

Remote Sensor Boosters – like sensor boosters but used on another ship and a little stronger

Remote Sensor Dampeners – decrease enemy ships’ targeting range and targeting speed

Remote Shield Boosters – boosts another player’s ship’s shield (logistics)

Remote Tracking Computers – increase another ship’s targeting speed and turret range

Resistance Plating – increase armor’s resistances against a certain damage type, but much less than armor hardeners (PASSIVE)

Salvagers – deconstruct wrecks for salvage which is used in industry

Scanning Upgrade Arrays – increase ship’s probe scan strength/speed or decrease deviation

Scan Probe Launchers – launches probes, which are used to scan signatures and even drones or ships

Sensor Boosters – increases max. targeting range, locking speed, decreases chances of being ECM jammed (active module)

Shield Boosters – repair your shields

Shield Extenders – increase your shield’s raw HP

Shield Flux Coils – increase shield recharge rate at the cost of shield raw HP

Shield Hardeners – increase all shield’s resistances

Shield Power Relays – increase shield’s recharge rate, at the cost of capacitor recharge rate

Shield Rechargers – increase shield’s recharge rate

Shield Resistance Amplifiers – increase shield resistance against a certain damage type

Ship Scanners – scans for another’s ship modules, is not 100% accurate (you need to scan multiple times)

Siege Modules – make your capital ship unable to warp or dock but in exchange have it become much more durable and infinitely better at doing its job (higher dmg for dreadnoughts, higher repping for FAXes, better mining for Rorquals)

Signal Amplifiers – you can lock more targets, faster, have better range and harder to ECM jam you (PASSIVE)

Signal Distortion Amplifiers – make ECMs stronger and give them greater range

Smartbombs – AOE – similar to bombs but lower damage and no utility

Stasis Grapplers – a very strong version of Stasis Webifier, effective at close ranges, can only be fit to a battleship or above

Stasis Webifiers – significantly decrease another ship’s speed

Strip Miners – better version of mining lasers, T2s use mining crystals

Survey Probe Launchers – launch survey probes which scan moons for materials

Survey Scanners – scan nearby ore, ice and gas and shows you their volume

Target Breakers – module used to mess up everyone’s targeting ability, including you and your allies, the more people you lock or have locked the bigger the chances you’ll get jammed, can only be fit to Battleships, Marauders and Black Opses

Target Painters – make enemy ships faster to target and easier to hit

Tracking Computers – increase turrets range and tracking speed

Tracking Enhancers – increase turrets range and tracking speed

Tractor Beams – bring wrecks to you

Warp Accelerators – increase warp speed and acceleration

Warp Core Stabilizers – increase warp core strength by 1, harder to stop you from warping away, 1 is enough to stop a Disruptor, but you need 2 to stop a Scrambler

Warp Disruption Field Generators – infinitely strong warp disruption tool, stops all pointed ships from warping and capitals from taking gates, can only be fit to Heavy Interdictor Cruisers, has 3 modes (scram, disruptor, and unscripted – bubble)

Warp Disruptors – have warp disruption strength of 1 but higher range than warp scramblers

Warp Scramblers – have warp disruption strength of 2 and turn off MWDs, but have significantly lower range

9.1 Industry I

decryptors – found in data sites

datacores – found in data sites, bought from Faction Warfare LP stores and R&D agents

R.Db – manufactured from minerals

ancient relics – found in sleeper (Unsecured/Forgotten) exploration sites and in Silent Battleground sites

faction materials – found in data sites

nebulae gas – harvested from K-Space gas sites

fullerenes – harvested from WH gas sites

P0-P4 PI – P0 – extracted from planets, P1+ – created in processors/factories located on the planets using previous products from the PI chain

raw ice ores – mined from ice anomalies

raw moon rocks – mined from moons, certain rocks can only be mined from certain level moons

raw standard ores – mined from asteroid belts/ore anomalies/moons

raw abyssal materials – drop as loot from Abyssal Sites

alloys and compounds – drop from some structures in Rogue Drone sites

hybrid polymers – products of fullerene reaction

reacted booster materials – Synth and Standard react from nebulae gas, fuel blocks and items (PI or trade goods), Improved from 2 Standard types, fuel blocks and items; and Strong from 1 Improved type, 1 Standard type, fuel blocks and items

raw moon materials – reprocessed from raw moon rocks

processed moon materials [1st reaction] – reacted from raw moon materials

advanced moon materials (aka composite materials) [2nd reaction] – reacted from processed moon materials

T1 salvage (yellow colored) – found in relic sites, salvaged from normal wrecks

T2 salvage (blue colored) – sometimes found in relic sites, salvaged from T2/T3 player ship wrecks and faction/officer rat wrecks,

Ancient Salvaged Materials (sleeper salvage) – salvaged from wrecks of WH rats

reprocessed ice materials – reprocessed from raw ice ore

reprocessed minerals – reprocessed from raw standard ores

named components – drop from capital (or supercapital) NPC ships, which sometimes spawn in high level anomalies

subsystem components – manufactured from hybrid polymers and sleeper salvage

structure components – manufactured from minerals and PI

standard capital ship components – manufactured from minerals

R.A.M – manufactured from minerals

fuel blocks – manufactured from PI and ice products

advanced components – manufactured from advanced moon materials, with the exception of Triglavian, they are salvaged from Triglavian Invasion and Conduits NPCs (PVE activity introduced in May 2019)

advanced capital components – manufactured from advanced moon materials

9.2 Industry II

a – reprocessing

b – manufacture

c – reaction

d – invention

RAW & REPROCESSING

raw ore–a–>minerals

raw ice ores–a–>reprocessed ice materials

raw moon rocks–a–>minerals + raw moon materials

REPROCESSED & MATERIALS

minerals [excl. Morphite]–b–>almost everything on a base production level, except rigs and T3 stuff (T2 items require T1 items, caps require cap components which are made from minerals, similarly to structures etc.)

morphite–b–> T2 production

reprocessed ice materials–b–>fuel blocks, links charges, jumpgates/control towers/siege modules fuel

raw abyssal materials+other materials (what you would normally use for T1/T2 production)–b–>all abyssal ships/modules/ammo

MOON REACTIONS

raw moon materials+fuel blocks–c–>processed moon materials

processed moon materials+fuel blocks–c–>advanced moon materials

advanced moon materials–b–>advanced components, T2 ammo

BOOSTERS

nebulae gas+fuel blocks+PI/trade goods–c–>pure synth/standard booster+megacyte–b–>synth/standard booster

original pure standard booster+other pure standard booster+fuel+PI/trade goods–c–>pure improved booster+megacyte–b–>improved booster

original pure improved booster+other pure standard booster+fuel+PI/trade goods–c–>pure strong booster+megacyte–b–>strong booster

RIGS

T1 salvage–b–>T1 rigs

T2 salvage+R.A.M–b–>T2 rigs

T2 PRODUCTION

T1 BPC+datacores+decryptors (optional)–d–>T2 BPC

advanced components+T1 item+Morphite+R.A.M+PI–b–>T2 item (Important: not all T2 items require every single one of those)

advanced triglavian components–b–>T2 triglavian ships, T2 mimesis implants

advanced capital components+R.A.M+T1 freighter+construction blocks (PI)+morphite+capital jump drive–b–> T2 jump freighters

T3 PRODUCTION

ancient relics+datacores+decryptors (optional)–d–>T3 ship/subsystem BPC

fullerenes+minerals+fuel blocks–c–>hybrid polymers

hybrid polymers+sleeper salvage–b–>subsystem components

subsystem components+R.A.M (only for ships)–b–>T3 ships and subsystems

2-STEP PROCESS:

standard capital ship components–b–>T1 capital/supercapital ships

structure components–b–>structures

OTHER:

named components–b–>capital named (Meta)/capital pirate faction modules

faction materials+minerals–b–>storyline modules

fuel blocks–> fuel for: reactions, structures, capital jump drives

R.A.M—->T2 production

P1-P4—->T2 items+fuel blocks+everything structure related+mobile depots/MTUs+booster reactions+capital Concord items

decryptors – increase invention efficiency and success chance, optional

R.Db – used for T2 BPOs research (extremely rare, ultra expensive, no longer available BPOs), useless for the 99% of players

alloys and compounds – can be refined into minerals

Fun fact: Prototype Cloaking Device I has industry chain of a T2 item, even though you can buy its BPO on the market.

10. Politics

As you may or may not know, a lot of things happening in EVE are happening or being influenced because of the politics. If you are a total newbro:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK5VCaA-fVo  – Eve’s political terminology

If you wanna catch up or know what is currently going on, check out Jin’taan’s channel. Jin’taan is a guy who regularly posts Eve news videos every 2-4 weeks, with a more significant one once every couple of months, where he takes an extensive look around New Eden – the last one being from December 2019.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcF6-wAlyiRLXW57_x9YwJQ  – Jin’taan’s channel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JggNAMFaMs  – last significant video (December 2019)

https://sov.space/  – daily sov map

11. Activities

Alright, before I go any further, there is something you should know. Eve is wonderful game and what makes it unique is economy and how we interact and screw each other up not even thinking about it. In the next section you’ll read about every activity that brings any reliable profit or fun. You’ll read accurate descriptions of the ISK you can expect to make, based on my experience and research. Although this is how the situation looks like at the moment, after I release this guide (provided that actually a lot of people read it) things may change.

If you read that salvaging brings very little income and then compare it to Project Discovery which makes a bit more, then you’ll likely not choose salvaging. If a lot of you think this way, BANG, people stop salvaging, T1 salvage prices go up, T1 rigs’ prices go up, people switch to T2 rigs, demand for T1 rigs drops, prices of T2 rigs also increase because of the increased supply and T2 salvage prices skyrocket. What happens? Exploration and salvaging become much more profitable, generally prices for fully fitted ships go up, because everyone uses rigs, while the market for some less used rigs will collapse because the salvage prices went way up. Well maybe this is a bad example because relic sites give T1 and T2 salvage as well, but you see the point.

I’ll give you another example: what if enough people read that incursions give amazing income, are safe and fun. Everyone would start training towards their incursion ships. Queue times for guys like WarpToMe can already be very long, especially during prime time. Can you imagine what would happen in 3-5 months time when people would complete their ship training? You’d have to wait hours to just join the fleet. People would start complaining on the forums how incursions are too good and I wouldn’t be surprised if CCP decided to nerf them to oblivion. This is the beauty and curse of an open world that Eve has.

So, before you get too set on doing this one thing you’d just read about, just because it makes good ISK, read about other things as well, and try a bit of everything. After all it’s just a video game not your second job, and you’re there to have fun, not make money.

*Also, all training times you’ll see are the bare minimum to be able to fly the fit, unless stated otherwise. So you’ll probably have to spend a lot more time maximizing your efficiency.

a) Exploration:

-relic and data sites hacking

-seeking and mapping wormhole connections

-wormhole gas harvesting

-ghost data sites

-nebulae gas harvesting

-sleeper caches

-drone hunting

-silent battleground

-POS hunting

-wh nomadism

-MTU scanning/hunting

-thera transport/exploration

-salvaging

Relic and data sites hacking

Make money exploring. Popular, good ISK activity, especially for new players. Your goal is to get to deep, quiet parts of nullsec, which is arguably the best place to explore, because in highsec or lowsec you make very little money (1-8m per site). In deep null, however, you are not in any real danger (almost no traffic and local), and the loot is amazing (check link below). Generally, relic sites pay way more than data sites, however data sites have a small chance to contain a rare BPC.

To get to deep parts of null, you can go to lowsec first and scan signatures there, you’ll find a lot of wormholes which are either a direct null connection or a C1-C3 which is already a good start. The other option is to use Thera, with the help of eve-scout you can get to null fast and safely. After you’re there, just visit as many systems as possible and scan the signatures looking for relic/data sites. After you’re done for the day, don’t go back to highsec! Instead do a safe logoff and come back the next day, when some sites will respawn.

If you’re using a cargo scanner and find empty cans, you have to get rid of them as well, otherwise sites won’t respawn. You can do that, by actually hacking them or just failing the hack, and they will blow up.

If null exploring is too boring for you, check out WH nomadism chapter, where I talk about WH exploration. It’s more dangerous and more luck dependant but if you manage to find a good system you can make a couple of hundred million within a short period of time.

*Keep in mind, maxing your scanning skills (strength, deviation and time), using faction probes and probe launchers and scanning implants can significantly increase your ISK/h.

Launchers: Sisters>T2>T1

Probes: RSS>Sisters>T1

Est. ISK/h: 50-120m

Training time: 1-3 days (T1 exploration frigate) / ~1 month (Astero) / 1-3 months for T2 Cov Ops frigate  (the 2 latter assume you’re Omega so 2x training speed)

Difficulty: 3/10

Can be done as Alpha: yes

Links that might interest you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM5_iDKMdcU  – Alpha WH exploration gameplay, with some tips and tricks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-lgWVLYd4w – 40min, comprehensive exploration and hacking guide

https://all-out.github.io/guides/exploration-relic-data/ – basic exploration guide + fittings

https://forums-archive.eveonline.com/topic/400309/ – Astero vs. Cov Ops

http://www.eve-scout.com/  – Thera map and connections

https://www.reddit.com/r/Eve/comments/af7536/the_ultimate_nullsec_faction_relicdata_sites/  – relic and data sites ISK comparison

Seeking and mapping wormhole connections

One of the more interesting ways to make money exploring is to find wormhole connections and sell them for ISK. Many FCs will happily accept bookmarks for a chain to enemy space paying you for it and/or giving you a percent of the loot they managed to collect. If you want to look solely for WHs to enemy space, look for unique and dangerous Drifter Wormholes. There is 5 of them in the entire New Eden, they’re guarded by sleepers (you can sneak past them, though) and filled with connections to all regions in the universe. In order to get in one of those, you need to find a system with an “Unidentified Wormhole” in it. They sometimes spawn in systems which have Jove Observatories in them (see link below). You can enter this wormhole without scanning it down, by warping to the beacon. You’ll land ~90km off. You have to have an MWD and/or Cov Ops cloak. If there are sleepers guarding it, wait till they warp away, (they’re not gonna attack you unless you start approaching) activitate your prop mod and burn to the WH. If there are no sleepers, watch your overview very carefully, if they appear immediately warp out to any object. If not, enter the wormhole, bookmark the other side, get a safespot and peacefully start scanning the system. Do not sit on any celestial object, otherwise the sleepers will eventually find you and kill you, you need to be in a safespot. After you scan an X amount of wormholes, bookmark them all, one by one, fly to each one of them and check if they lead to nullsec and are not EOL. If so, jump through, check the region and jump back. If you land further than 5.3 km off the WH and there are sleepers, don’t jump or NPCs will kill you before you make it. In this situation you sit cloaked until they warp off or you warp off yourself. If you find an interesting region (depending on your FCs needs) bookmark both entrances and exits and go back. You can now ping that you have found a good wormhole connection. Remember to add that it’s a drifter hole.

Or you can just explore like you normally do and if you come across a nice WH chain you can still ping it. Generally non drifter wormhole connections are better (live longer, don’t require cloak). If all else fails you can always use a spy alt and backprobe from the two desired regions. Now how much can you expect to make? I’ve seen FCs offering anywhere from 50-120m for a good connection + sometimes a % of the loot. It takes time to scan, however you can hack relic/data sites if you come across any (*not in Drifters). And if you get really lucky and enemy caps were killed using your connection, you can get hundreds of million ISK.  It can be done as Alpha, has very low SP requirements, it’s not too difficult but it’s fairly random.

*Keep in mind, maxing your scanning skills (strength, deviation and time); using faction probes and probe launchers, and scanning implants can significantly increase your ISK/h.

Launchers: Sisters>T2>T1

Probes: RSS>Sisters>T1

Est. ISK/h: hard to tell due to its randomness, see estimates above

Training time: 1-3 days for a T1 exploration frigate

Difficulty: 6/10

Can be done as Alpha: yes

Links that may interest you:

http://anoik.is/ – WH database

http://schildwall.phbv3.de/drifters/ – Jove Observatories

Wormhole gas harvesting

Are you a fan of exploration, but you’re looking for something a little different? Well, there you have it – ninja gas harvesting. It’s something in between relic/data site exploring and mining. Decent profitability, less random, and you can do something else in the meantime. Here is how it works: when doing classic exploration you wanna look for C1-C3 wormholes. When gas harvesting you want to find C5-C6s (which are surprisingly easy to find in nullsec). You can also be doing it in C1-C4s, but gas, that spawns there isn’t worth NEARLY as much. When you find a high class wormhole, you want to look for gas signatures.

When you find one, warp in at 50k, check if there are no NPCs. Start up a 15 minute timer – after 15-20 mins sleeper ships will appear and blow you up. Burn towards the gas clouds and start harvesting. In those 15 minutes you can do whatever you want (keep in mind there can be players lurking anywhere), but I especially recommend doing Project Discovery, while spamming DScan. It will be much less risky and you’ll make more money. After the 15 minute timer rings, you need to be super careful. Make sure your overview is set up in a way you can see NPC ships. The moment they appear, stop your gas harvesters and immediately warp out. Warp to another gas site. Rinse and repeat. When full, you can either put it all in a mobile depot (not recommended) or find a K-Space exit. Best ships for this activity are: Venture (alpha friendly) and Prospect (for Omega clones). Check out links below and find what sites give the most profitable gas.

IMPORTANT: Ignore sites named Ordinary Perimeter Reservoir! There are always NPCs there, and they’re gonna kill you.

Est. ISK/h: ~50m/h for the best gas with T1 Venture, ~75m/h with T2 Prospect  + ~35m/h if you choose to do Project Discovery in the meantime

Training time: 2-5 days for Venture, ~1.5 months for Prospect (Omega training)

Difficulty: 7/10

Can be done as Alpha: yes

Links that may interest you:

https://www.fuzzwork.co.uk/ore/gas.php  – ISK/m3, only compare wormhole gases a.k.a fullerenes (for example C540)

https://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Gas_cloud_harvesting  – what types of gas there are in certain sites

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vj63CriPuPM  – gas mining and scanning tutorial

Ghost data sites

Ghost sites are probably the most exciting exploration activity there is. Those rare, challenging, high risk-high reward data sites leave you with 60-75 seconds to hack as many of the 4 cans as you can. If you fail a hack the site explodes dealing 6-12k damage within 10km radius. If you do not leave the site before the hidden timer runs out, rats warp in, and blow up all the cans themselves, additionally scramming you and dealing you some more damage. Because of how challenging and uncommon those sites are, you can get some really good loot, if you somehow manage to hack all the containers – 70m-500m, depending on: how many cans you hack, system security and your luck. The hardest, most lucrative, highest explosion damage sites are in wormholes, lowest in highsec. It’s recommended to have a T2 data analyzer and a covops cloak. Note, that a good part of the money comes from rare item BPCs, check contracts or production/market cost for estimates on how much ISK they can get you.

“Lesser” sites in highsec

“Standard” sites in lowsec

“Improved” sites in nullsec

“Superior” sites in wormholes

**IMPORTANT: Sites named “Besieged Covert Research Facility”, are combat sites, that spawn only in lowsec, not data sites! You’ll die if you warp in.

Est. ISK/h: depends on how many sites can you find, generally you can expect to make 70m-500m per site, if you hack all the cans (low end values for highsec, high end values for W-space)

Training time: ~2 days for standard Alpha T1 exploration kit,  ~2 months for a decent T2 (with Omega training)

Difficulty: 9/10

Can be done as Alpha: yes, but it’s very risky, you need as much virus strength/coherence as possible

Links that might interest you: 

https://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Ghost_Site  – ghost sites on UniWiki

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61qqQVEN-ek  – ghost site video guide with example fits

Nebulae gas harvesting

Make money harvesting K-space gas. It can be found in gas signatures, which first need to be scanned and only appear in certain parts of space. K-space gas is used for the production of boosters. There are 2 main types of gas:

-mykoserocin, found in high/lowsec, least profitable, used in Synth drug production, which are the cheapest, weakest types of boosters

-cytoserocin, found in low/nullsec used for standard drug production material, which is then used to manufacture Standard, Improved and Strong types of boosters, much more profitable than mykoserocin.

There are 8 subcategories for each type of gas, each going into a certain type of booster. Each of those types gas types can only be found in 2 constellations in New Eden, 1 Empire and 1 nullsec. Details on: types of gas, names of sites they appear in, boosters they are used to produce and constellations where they appear can be found on UniWiki page (link below).

IMPORTANT: Sites have a chance to deal 800-2000 thermal/EM damage every finished cycle. The chance is higher in null and it’s also higher with high value gas sites. Make sure to tank your ship and put some reps on it too. Prospect recommended.

Some sites have NPCs in them. Check UniWiki for specific site information.

K-space gas prices tend to be swing a lot more and the gas itself sells in smaller volumes, when compared to W-space fullerenes. Cytoserocin costs more because it usually appears in null. Mykoserocin is unprofitable, seriously, don’t do it.

Usually: mykoserocin<W-space gas except C320<cytoserocin<C320

Est. ISK/h: 25-60m, depends on the type of gas and if it’s Venture/Prospect

Training time: ~1 week for Venture,   <2 months for Prospect (Omega training)

Difficulty: 4/10 if in your group’s space,  8/10 if not

Can be done as Alpha: yes

Links that might interest you:

https://www.fuzzwork.co.uk/ore/gas.php  – ISK/m3, only compare K-space gases

https://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Gas_cloud_harvesting  – UniWiki information

Sleeper caches

Probably the hardest exploration activity, even harder than ghost data sites. To complete those very rare sleeper caches you need both relic and data analyzers. When inside, you’ll encounter various threats like gas sites that constantly deal damage to your ship, sentry towers, traps, explosions and hidden timers. They are very complicated and require certain fittings to succeed. The payout can be sizable though. They can be find in all areas of space, regardless of security. They are the only way to acquire Polarized Weapons BPCs.

Appear in 3 versions:

-Limited Sleeper Cache (easiest)

-Standard Sleeper Cache (medium)

-Superior Sleeper Cache (hardest)

For specific info on what to expect and example fits, see links below.

You’ll make 100-200m + BPCs (worth ~10-50m) from the Superior site.

Training time: 20-30d for Limited, 40-50d for Standard, 20-60d for Superior

Difficulty: 10/10

Can be done as Alpha: not really

Links that might interest you:

https://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Sleeper_Cache  – UniWiki guide

https://www.eveonline.com/article/new-exploration-sites-new-modules  – official release post from 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2feaVUxcvw  – Limited tutorial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hh7oUNUAsIY  – Standard tutorial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmLaii5NoiE  – Superior tutorial

Drone hunting

Roam around the galaxy, scooping any expensive drones you come across. Can be done while also exploring for relic/data sites. Basically, you set your DScan to show drones, if you find any expensive, you launch combat probes from your Expanded Probe Launcher and scan them down like any other cosmic signature. Ignore any drones that show a ship scanned next to them. After you’re done, warp to them at 50km, if the grid is clear, burn to them, scoop them, rinse and repeat. It’s best done in areas with a high NPC killed in the last 24h (you can check that on Dotlan), Faction Warfare zones or in incursion systems. Works well in highsec, lowsec and nullsec. New player friendly, cheap and disposable fit, and low SP requirements.

Expensive drones (in descending order):

-‘Excavators’ (jackpot)

-Geckos (very lucky)

-‘Subverted’ (very rare, really expensive)

-‘Augmented’ (lucky)

-Faction and ‘Integrated’ (little less common, pretty decent money)

-T2s (ubiquitous)

-T1s (not worth your time at all)

Est. ISK/h: 10m-500m/h, heavily depends on the area and luck

Training time: 1 day

Difficulty: 4/10

Can be done as Alpha: yes

Links that may interest you:

Abandoned Drones

Silent Battleground

A very rare exploration site, that only appears in Shattered Wormholes. It’s hard to scan and once you get there you have a lot of relic and data sites waiting to be hacked (~60). The whole sites gives ~300m ISK in loot. Loot is pretty bulky however (~500m3), so you might not be able to take all of it without expanded cargoholds. There are no NPCs but there is a timer of about 1 hour ticking down and once it’s finished, all the remaining cans blow up. Your ship won’t take any damage though. If you find a site like that, you should bring friends, because alone, you won’t be able to hack a large part of those containers in time.

POS hunting

Look for offline structures of inactive corporations, wardec them, destroy the POS and take any loot that was in there. Sometimes you won’t find anything valuable, but other times you can get billions in loot. It takes a lot of time bashing (often hours if solo) but it usually pays off. You don’t have to wardec if you don’t do it in highsec but it’s a lot more dangerous (however it’s more profitable too). For bashing ships use Oracle/Talos/Ishtar/Revelation (Revelation can’t fly into highsec) or anything big enough that uses lasers and/or drones. If you’re doing it in a wormhole, it’s best to bring bombers though. To check if a corporation is inactive, check their zKillboard and compare it to the number of members.

ISK/h: ??? (heavily luck dependant)

Training time:  ~ 2m (Oracle)/4m (Talos)/6m (Ishtar)/9m (Revelation) [Omega training]

Difficulty: 3/10

Can be done as Alpha: no

Links that might interest you:

https://evelostfound.blogspot.com/2014/10/a-while-ago-i-started-series-of-posts.html  – blog post about making ISK destroying offline structures

Wormhole nomadism

If you enjoy adventures and want to take a step further in your explorer’s career, you can choose to live a nomadic lifestyle in J-Space. You never settle down, travel through more and more wormholes without ever going back, while grabbing all the loot on the way. You can do it as a pure explorer, gas harvester, cloaky roamer, ratter – anything! Requires good scanning skills or an alt. After you’re done for the day, you never go back to K-Space, you just warp to a safespot and log off.

If you want to be an explorer, you can do it with 1-3 days training, for a T1 exploration frigate (Heron, Imicus, Magnate, Probe). If you want to take it a step further you train for an Astero or for a Cov Ops ship (T2 exploration frigate). More info on that below. You can expect to make very decent money this way, obviously the better the ship the faster you scan and the better ISK/h. It’s kinda luck dependant though. You can go through many, many systems without finding a pirate relic or data site, and then find one system which has like 15. You can expect the same kind of loot as in nullsec. You NEVER warp in to sites that start with Unsecured or Forgotten, those are combat sites that with data/relic cans. You will only find the pirate exploration sites in C1-C3s and in shattered C4s. Depending on your luck you can make 40-160m ISK/h. It can be done as Alpha. Difficulty 5/10. Training time is ~1 month for an Astero and 1-3 months for Covert Ops (Omega training, so 2x speed).

More info on gas harvesting, cloaky roamers and WH ratting in their respective chapters.

*Keep in mind, maxing your scanning skills (strength, deviation and time), using faction probes and probe launchers and scanning implants can significantly increase your ISK/h.

Launchers: Sisters>T2>T1

Probes: RSS>Sisters>T1

http://anoik.is/systems – all WH systems, check for statics and combat activity

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_eRP3NwACg  – 10 things to know before going into wormholes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM5_iDKMdcU  – Alpha WH exploration gameplay, with some tips and tricks

https://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Wormholes – wormhole guide

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-lgWVLYd4w – 40min, comprehensive exploration and hacking guide

https://all-out.github.io/guides/exploration-relic-data/ – basic exploration guide + fittings

https://forums-archive.eveonline.com/topic/400309/ – Astero vs. Cov Ops

https://www.reddit.com/r/Eve/comments/af7536/the_ultimate_nullsec_faction_relicdata_sites/  – relic/data sites ISK comparison

MTU scanning/hunting

Make money combat scanning abandoned MTUs, destroying them and taking the loot. Can be done in highsec. It isn’t really a lucrative activity and your ISK/h can be easily surpassed by almost anything else, but it’s there for good measure. If you’re interested, but discouraged by low ISK/h, try MTU suspect baiting which makes significantly more money (you bait ships into attacking you when you have a suspect flag after agressing their MTUs). Check the respective chapter for more info.

Est. ISK/h: ~15-25m/h

Training time: ~3 weeks, might be more or less depending on your fit

Difficulty: 3/10

Can be done as Alpha: yes

Links that may interest you:

https://mtuhunter.wordpress.com/mtu-hunting-101/  – MTU hunting, beginner’s guide

Thera transport/exploration

Thera is a huge wormhole system, with NPC stations and connections to all parts of space. And thanks to the work of Signal Cartel and their eve-scout website, those wormhole connections from Thera are being regularly checked and put on their site, for everyone to use. This way you don’t have to scan every single signature, you just check the destination system and the entrance/exit ID, and then scan that (or use the new bookmark system). Now, if you’ve played Eve for some time, you probably know that literally anything can be turned to your advantage. Thera is no different. If you’re an explorer, you can quickly and safely get to the deep parts of null. If you’re an opportunistic trader, you can undock your Blockade Runner/DST and do trips, importing and exporting stuff for your alliance or for yourself, or trade all the cheap stuff you can find in null NPC stations either via market or contracts. If you’re a combat guy, you can use it to roam to enemy space or camp one of the 4 Thera stations. You can even import and manufacture stuff and sell them right there, inside Thera. The are corporations that live there as well, most notably Signal Cartel, so if you’re looking for a group, there’s that too.

Est. ISK/h: depends on the activity

Training time: 1-2 days for exploration, usually weeks/months for industry, ~2 months for Blockade Runner/DST

Difficulty: 2/10 if you don’t use stations, 8/10 if you do

Can be done as Alpha: yes

Links that might interest you: https://www.eve-scout.com/thera/map/

Salvaging

The classic salvaging (some call it ninja salvaging but the true ninja salvaging/looting will be described later in the guide), is a decent way to make money for a new player. You jump in a destroyer, fit salvagers and optionally tractor beams and just salvage all the NPC wrecks you can find. There are 3 legit ways to do it:

a) nullsec block: a safe and probably the most efficient option (in my opinion?) – you join a big nullsec alliance, jump in a system where a lot of your allies rat, bookmark all the combat sites and warp to them once they disappear from your anomaly scanner (which means they’ve been completed), rinse and repeat; pretty safe because you have eyes, intel, standing fleets etc. to make sure you’re safe

b) incursions: follow incursioners (by DScanning, combat probing or asking in local) and salvage all the Sansha wrecks after they’re done, even safer than a), but less ISK/h

c) buddy missioning: have a friend that runs highsec security sites and gives you BMs or lets you warp in to salvage, as safe as b), similar money to a)

You can also look for some PVEers in null without joining a null block but it’s way, way more dangerous.

Est. ISK/h: 10-25m

Training time: <1 day for the destroyer

Difficulty: 2/10

Can be done as Alpha: yes

Links that might interest you:

https://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Salvaging

https://www.tentonhammer.com/guides/salvaging-for-newbies-in-eve-online

b) PVE:

-incursions

-abyssals

-combat anomalies

-belt ratting

-highsec/lowsec security missions

-null security missions 

-wormhole ratting

-NPC ore miners hunting

-triglavian conduits

-burner missions

-escalations

-unrated signature combat sites

-DED rated sites

-chemical labs

-COSMOS

-epic arcs

-besieged covert research facilities

-FW missions

Incursions

High class, lucrative PVE activity, where a group of 30-40 players run sites in a constellation invaded by Sansha pirates. They last for a couple of days, and after they are defeated (mothership killed), they spawn somewhere else in space, often after a day or two of delay. Very good payout, in fact, it’s one of the most profitable activities in highsec. They increase your security status, are fun and not grindy. Unfortunately incursion ships are very expensive (500m+) and have high skill requirements. Incursions appear both in highsec and lowsec/null. The latter ones pay ~50% more but are much more dangerous, while highsec incursions are said to be one of the safest activities in the game. There are certain, very well organized groups who specialize in incursions, most notably WarpToMe.

Est. ISK/h: 180/200m in highsec,  250-300m in low/null

Training time: ~4 months for Alpha, ~1.5-2.5 months for Omega (with Omega training)

Difficulty: 3.5/10

Can be done as Alpha: yes

Links that may interest you:

https://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Incursion_sites  – incursion sites

https://wl.warptome.net/fits/  – WarpToMe incursion fits

https://forums.warptome.net/topic/301-rookie-guide/  – WarpToMe rookie guide

Abyssals

Fun and challenging PVE activity. You can do it solo – in a cruiser or above, or you can do it in a fleet of 3 frigates. You fight in dangerous abyssal space, where if you stray off too far, you quickly die from the effects of environment. NPCs are well equipped with webs/neuts/EWAR/local and remote reps. In order to get into the Abyss you need to use a filament (or 3 if you do this in fleet). You have 20 minutes to complete the site then it closes and you die, although on average it takes 15-17mins. You can do this in all areas of space and no player can join you or disturb you once you’re in the abyss. The place where you come out from is visible on the overview of all players and warpable. There are 5 types of filaments each having 5 levels of difficulty. Each type of filament has a certain boost and a certain penalty to your ship characteristics:

Calm – Tier 1 (the easiest)

Agitated – Tier 2

Fierce – Tier 3

Raging – Tier 4

Chaotic – Tier 5 (the hardest)

Dark – penalty to optimal and falloff turret range, 50% bonus to velocity

Exotic – penalty to kinetic resist, 50% bonus to scan resolution

Gamma – penalty to explosive resist, 50% bonus to shield HP

Electrical – penalty to EM resist, bonus to capacitor recharage

Firestorm – penalty to thermal resist, 50% bonus to armor HP

These are the estimated DPS numbers to complete the site within 20 minutes, both solo and in fleet:

T1 150 dps total 

T2 230 dps total

T3 350 dps total

T4 500 dps total

T5 660 dps total

When you complete these in fleet, you get ~3x the normal loot, so you can multibox it easily. Just remember you can ONLY do it in frigates.

Average ISK/h:

T1 pay ~20m/h per toon

T2 pay ~60m/h per toon

T3 pay ~100m/h per toon

T4 pay ~200/h per toon

T5 pay ~350/h per toon 

Keep in mind T4s are pretty challenging and T5s are very hard to complete, even with a good fit and DPS you’ll sometimes die. Loot consists of red loot (sold to NPC buy orders), abyssal materials for industry, different filaments, mutaplasmids (permanent, random modifications for certain modules), precursor skillbooks and abyssal BPCs. Mutaplasmid types depend on the type of filament:

Dark – propulsion modules

Firestorm – armor related 

Electrical – capacitor related

Gamma – shield related

Exotic – tackle related

In terms of demand: dark>electrical>exotic>firestorm>gamma

Good ships: Kestrel, Hookbill, Hawk, Gila, Retribution

Training time: ~3 days T1/T2 Kestrel, ~2,5 months for a very well trained T4-T5 Hookbill/Hawk, much less for T3s (~1,5 months) [Omega training]

Difficulty: 7/10

Can be done as Alpha: yes

Links that might interest you:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1SsYX2utsKnMxGBUA8cDuLsoE7XHy20lqIJJ6AFAocQU/edit#gid=244135671  – Abyssal NPCs

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1e3r6LzRsuKxlV77mnquc-khxu63_P9L1wtMhTlOqteI/edit#gid=2089395128  – T5 ship builder

https://i.imgur.com/wnA9Ou5.jpg  – a bunch of information

https://docs.google.com/document/d/18eevt5I–R1_xXJPyjvVat2Qp0Ui5dDVEtAh4QWebM0/edit  – Morathia’s guide

Combat anomalies

This is where 80% of ratting happens. You can warp to them immediately so you don’t have to spend time scanning, they are all over the place, they’re a very reliable source of income, most ISK comes from bounty payments so you don’t have to haul loot (although many people choose to leave MTUs).

It’s usually done in null because it’s safe and the income is significantly bigger when compared to lowsec/highsec. The sites you wanna run (in ascending difficulty) are: Forsaken Rally Point, Forsaken Hub and Rock Haven. To tell if Haven is a rock one, you initiate warp, cancel it and check if Aura notification pops up. If it does, it is a Rock Haven. While ratting, there is a small chance for a faction ship to spawn, which, if you’re lucky, can give you some really nice loot, however they usually only drop ammo/tags. Combat anomalies also have a chance to escalate (~5%).

You shouldn’t really rat anomalies in highsec, it’s just not worth your time. And when you’re in lowsec you’re better off doing it in belts.

Some good ships: Myrmidon, Dominix, Oracle, Harbinger (*Navy Issue), Gila, carriers, supercarriers. You should avoid using dreadnoughts, because, to be effective, they need to be using a siege module.

Combat anomaly ratting income is usually stated in ticks, each tick is 20 minutes (every 20 minutes you get bounty payments).

Important: there is also a tiny chance for an NPC dreadnought to spawn in the final wave, they won’t tackle you but they will blow you up easily. If it does spawn, immediately warp away. Killing them gives a lot of money, but you need a well fit dreadnought or a super to do that.

Est. ISK/h (null): 50-80m/h for subcaps 120-210m for carriers, 240-350m for supers

Training time:  1-3,5m for subcaps   9-12m for carriers and supercarriers [Omega training]

Difficulty: 3/10

Can be done as Alpha: yes

Links that might interest you:

https://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Combat_sites  – combat sites UniWiki page

https://wiki.eveuniversity.org/NPC_damage_types  – NPC damage types

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jR91KX6m2d0  – carrier ratting guide

https://www.reddit.com/r/Eve/comments/5yha5n/i_made_a_little_guide_for_carrier_ratting_i_hope/  – another carrier ratting guide (text)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqjXAZrLKrU  – supercarrier ratting guide

Belt ratting

Kill the NPCs in asteroid belts. Done mostly for rare spawns because raw ISK/h isn’t that great. You either do it in lowsec or in nullsec.

In lowsec you do it purely for the rare spawns, because bounties are pretty bad. You’re looking for: Clone Soldiers, Mordu’s Ships, faction spawns. Clone soldiers are tanky NPCs that only spawn in lowsec. They have a 100% chance to drop a clone soldier tag which, if you give it back in a Concord office you get some security status back. They are only worth doing in 0.1-0.2 systems, where the tags are worth ~15/25m. The more valuable once obviously drop in 0.1, but those rats are a bit harder to kill and have scrams/webs. The other rare spawn is a faction ship, they have decent bounties but you do it for the possibly amazing loot, which is pirate faction items. They can be worth anywhere from a couple of hundred thousand to billions. They also have a very tiny chance to drop a pirate ship BPC. The third type of NPCs you can encounter are very rare Mordu’s ships. Once killed they always drop a 1 run BPC of the ship they were flying. They have 3 ships: Garmur (frigate, ~45m BP), Orthrus (cruiser, ~210m BP) and Barghest (battleship ~550m BP). The bigger their ship, the harder it is to kill, with the battleship requiring over 800 DPS to kill.

In nullsec, you also want to look for rare spawns which are: NPC Dreadnoughts, hauler spawns, officer spawns and also faction spawns. Dreads require an enormous amount of DPS to kill and tank and can actually warp off, done in small groups (~3-7 people usually). The normal one has a 60m bounty and no loot and the elite (faction) one has a 120m bounty and a stash of rare loot. Hauler spawns are industrials which drop a LOT of minerals, worth possibly hundreds of millions when killed. The harder the hauler is to kill, the more expensive mineral will it drop. You’re gonna need a hauler docked nearby to scoop the minerals. Faction spawns – these are very similar to lowsec, maybe the loot is a bit better. Officers are the final bosses of ratting. They only spawn in NPC null, in truesec between -1.0 and -0.7. They have an incredibly small chance to spawn (~0.001% IIRC) and drop modules worth billions or even tens of billions. The best officer spawns require multiple capitals to kill but they drop the best modules too.

There is ~2-3% chance for a special spawn. The lower the truesec, the better NPCs you’ll encounter (generally).

If you find a faction spawn and you don’t kill all the rats that spawned in that belt (leave a frigate), the entire spawn should respawn.

NPCs in asteroid belts respawn after 20-30min.

Some good ships: Vexor, Catalyst, Cynabal, Myrmidon

Est. ISK/h: 15-25m without any special spawns

Training time: 0.5-3 months (Omega training)

Difficulty: 7/10 in lowsec, 5/10 in nullsec

Can be done as Alpha: yes, to an extent

Highsec/lowsec security missions

Security missions are missions you take from NPC agents, kill NPCs in the bookmarked location for money and LP, and if you want, loot and salvage as well. There are highsec/lowsec missions (empire/khanid/ammatar/thukker/SoE corps) and nullsec pilots (pirate, ORE, Mordus, Syndicate).

Generally:

Level 1 – frigates

Level 2 – cruisers

Level 3 – battlecruisers

Level 4 – T2 fitted battleships

Level 5 – T3 cruisers, carriers or a group of players including logis  (blitzing can only be

Agent/corporation/faction standings you need to start a mission

Level 1: -2.00 or higher

Level 2: 1.00 or higher

Level 3: 3.00 or higher

Level 4: 5.00 or higher

Level 5: 7.00 or higher

Level 4 and level 5 missions cannot be done by Alpha clones.

For every 16th completed mission of the same level and faction you get a storyline mission. When you complete it you get a big boost to the agent’s corporation standings and a decent boost to empire standings (which is useful for decreasing taxes).

When you do missions (or generally kill rats), your security status increases.

Quick disclaimer, missions up to L4 aren’t really worth your time. It takes a ton of time to get to L4 (where it’s at least somewhat profitable) and the rewards are usually still smaller than nullsec anomaly ratting. On top of that training time can be very long.

The only good money you can make is from L5 missions, which are always located in lowsec, with a carrier (like Thanatos). To do them you need a well trained carrier pilot for high efficiency and 1-2 faction pullers with 7.00 empire standings, that let you decline missions that are not blitzable without any real penalties. When you find a good mission, you accept it and warp your faction puller together with your carrier to it. The carrier then blitzes the mission. Rinse and repeat. Doing that you can achieve 600m-1,3b ISK per hour, however: it takes a long training for a carrier, a bit of work to get your faction standings high enough + lowsec can be dangerous. If you’re still interested, there’s a link to a guide below (to see how to get your standings up quickly scroll down the comments).

If you like the concept of missions but are discouraged by the low ISK, check burner missions chapter.

Est. ISK/h: ~50m/h for L4, up to 1,3b/h if you to go hardcore with the L5s  (remember you need to then convert the LP!)

Training time: usually around 3 months for L4,   9-12 months for carriers

Difficulty: 2/10 highsec  8/10 lowsec

Can be done as Alpha: up to L3

Links that might interest you:

https://www.reddit.com/r/Eve/comments/3f3ed6/level_5_mission_guide/  – L5 mission guide

Nullsec missions

Do security missions for pirates, in nullsec. They pay a bit more than highsec missions but have a few disadvantages. First of all, to get the good ones you have to grind your standings up. You do that with Cosmos missions and epic arcs. Then you should have access to L4 security missions. Pirate agents are only located in the NPC null region of that faction, which are:

Venal (Guristas)

Stain (Sanshas)

Curse (Angels)

Delve (Blood Raiders)

Serpentis (Fountain)

Syndicate (The Syndicate)

Outer Ring (ORE)

Great Wildlands (Thukker Tribe)

If you want to try and do pirate missions then here are a couple of important things you should know:

-if you get your pirate standings up, your empire standings will go down, and you will be locked out of highsec, so prepare an alt

-some NPC null regions can be a real wild west, with bubbles, gangs and combat probers waiting to kill you everywhere

-you need a T3 cruiser to run them efficiently (Tengu, Loki)

-you need very good (in-game) social skills to increase your standings gains and LP

Again, if you like the concept of security missions, but want more money, check out burner missions, which can be farmed very profitably, both in highsec/lowsec and in nullsec.

Est. ISK/h: maybe ~100m/h

Training time: ~3 months for T3C, + ~1 month for decent social skills

Difficulty: 8/10

Can be done as Alpha: no

Wormhole ratting

Ratting in wormholes is much more dangerous and requires very expensive, well fit ships but it can bring a ton of ISK. The high class PVE activities (C4+) are often done in groups, but there are mad lads that do it solo, there had even been a guy that would make 2b ISK/h farming a C6 in a Naglfar. The money you get is blue loot, that you need to haul out of the wormhole and sell to NPC buy orders. You can get some bonus ISK for salvaging too. There are a lot of ships you can use, like: Rattlesnake, Gila, Gnosis, Paladin, Vargur or capital ships. If you are going to farm anything higher than a C3, it’s best to join a corporation that lives in your wormhole type, you don’t have to do the sites together, it’s just for the safety. For the actual sites, there is an amazing Google document with the specifics, DPS and tank in all wormhole sites that have any PVE combat, (check the link below).

Est. ISK/h: check Google doc

Training time: 1,5-2,5 months for subcaps ~7-8 months for Marauders, little more for caps (depends on the fit though)

Difficulty: 8/10 (you need to be really careful)

Can be done as Alpha: probably, but not really higher than in a C2

Links that might interest you:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/17cNu8hxqJKqkkPnhDlIuJY-IT6ps7kTNCd3BEz0Bvqs/pubhtml#  – wormhole PVE

NPC ore miners hunting

Have you ever noticed those weird mining ships, with a faction name and a little crystal in the ship type? Well those are NPC mining ops. You can kill them legally, even in highsec. Doing so makes you lose standing with them, if you manage to kill one of their hauling ships which take their ore, you get a joint box and some rocks, (which are never really worth taking). The joint box however is where the money’s at. If you open it you have a ~93% chance to get a mining ship skin, most of them aren’t worth very much, but a Bowhead/Orca skin can be pretty decent money. What you’re really after though, is the other 7% – you can get Elara/Carpo/Aoede Mining Laser Upgrades and Harvester Mining Drones. The chances of getting each of those rare items are roughly equal, while the prices aren’t:

-Elara MLU is the least expensive of the 4: ~20m/pc

-then comes Carpo MLU at ~80m/pc

-followed by Aoede MLU and Harvester Drones at – ~450m/pc

There is also a very small chance for the hauler to drop one of those mining laser upgrade as well.

The data is borrowed from a video of a guy named Minchurra, link below. If you put it all together, at current prices it can give you ~180m/h income, if you hunt those miners efficiently. The best ship for the job is a T3 destroyer with as much raw DPS as possible, warp scrambler and potentially a webifier, combat probes and a propulsion module. Link to the 2 hunting guides below.

Things to note:

Defense fleet has no loot

Mining ships do not have loot – only rocks

T2 ships have expensive salvage but are hard to kill

Fun fact: when you have high standings with a certain faction their ships will rep you when you’re in danger

Est. ISK/h: ~180m, which is NOT reliable income: you’ll get many cheap skins to then get a very expensive 0,5b drone, however on a large enough scale this is the profit it should bring

Training time: ~2 months for decent skills

Difficulty: 8/10

Can be done as Alpha: no

Links that might interest you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MW7Mgx6yVw  – loot data

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNinnbDM-gQ  – NPC mining ops beginner hunting guide

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5K3EBjK2FgA  – T2 haulers ganking (a little more advanced)

Triglavian conduits

A relatively new, highsec PVE activity, introduced in May 2019. From now on, Triglavians will invade a couple of constellations across highsec. They will roam around the systems, attacking player ships and Upwell structures, or even camp gates. They hang around in deep space or on celestials and if you enter combat with them they can even call for reinforcements. However this is not what makes you the most ISK. In those systems you can find conduits, which are similar to incursions. They are combat pockets for a small group of pilots (3-15, depending on the type of the complex). When you complete them, you get a small amount of ISK and DED LP (which is usually very expensive, 2500 ISK/LP easily) and access to very expensive loot and salvage. You can make very good ISK doing them – ~140m/h for each pilot, however the sites are usually pretty hard, with NPCs having all sorts of nasty stuff (EWAR, strong remote reps, scrams, webs, neuts) and require a good team composition. If you bring more pilots than the limit, the payout won’t increase and will be split evenly between all people. You can find details on UniWiki (link below).

Also, invaded systems can have strong effects on ships. You can find them on UniWiki as well.

Another type of new, Triglavian activity, are Emerging Conduits. Those quick to run anomalies appear all over highsec, and have 3 waves of Triglavian NPCs. You can complete them in ~6 mins. They pay 4,5m and 300LP for each pilot up to 3, then the payout is split. The sites respawn after 1 minute. Salvage and loot can be very good too, especially from the Zorya Vedmak (10-20m/site + chance for mutaplasmids). It’s recommended to chain run them with 3 of your accounts, one of them being a salvager/looter, for the maximum payout. This way, you’ll net around ~200m/h total. If you choose to run them solo – ~55m/h (no time to loot).

Orca can be a great salvager, it has 6 high slots, and you can find some good rocks in those sites too.

Zorya Vedmak will warp off if you leave him to be the last ship. And he can have very good loot, so don’t do that.

Some good ships: Praxis, Vindicator, Dominix, Rattlesnake or even T3C

Training time: 0,5-4 months (Omega training)

Difficulty: 4/10 Emerging,  7/10 the ones in invaded systems

Can be done as Alpha:  yes

Links that might interest you:
https://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Emerging_Conduithttps://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Triglavian_Invasion

Burner missions

Burner missions are one of the most lucrative PVE activities. When you do L4 missions you have a chance to get a burner, an optional, exceptionally hard mission, that you will get no penalty for declining. In those missions you face 1 or 3 (team missions) very strong pirate frigates. Their strength is the equivalent of a player with perfect skills, faction modules, implants and on drugs.

To complete them successfully and efficiently you require very blingy fits and very high skills. Burners are usually limited to frigates. The rewards you get are very high: 12-14k LP and 5-6 million ISK, for the faction you are doing missions for (usually SoE because the exchange rates are very good). Normally this wouldn’t be very appealing, because you only have a small chance to get the mission for which you need specific fits, but luckily people had come up with a way to blitz them.

The only thing you need (other than very long training time and a lot of ISK spent on ships) is to grind up your faction standings to a little more than 5.00. You do this by doing COSMOS and Storyline (every 16th normal mission) missions. This can take some time and it’s rather tedious. This way you’ll be able to cherry pick burners and complete them in 6-10 mins (warp times included). More info on how it works in guides below.

The training takes about a year, and you’ll need about 10b to get all the ships (you don’t know which burner you’ll have to deal with). When you master burner blitzing you can make a whopping 280-400m/h, in highsec.

Pro tip: The lower the system security, the better the payout.

Est. ISK/h: 280-400m/h

Training time: ~1 year

Difficulty: 8/10

Can be done as Alpha: no

Links that might interest you:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SAv6bnGM-5etLoPHxVtCsbsz8Q8feN5CFSEgUZclPLI/pub#h.4u1aujok36kc  – burner mission guide

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1knVqZEH8qFY0eT44nMEFwcKd3t4PbgcZeuv58SVUxsI/pub  – everything you wanted to know about blitzing

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzPaTWMzXCo22oa2tCmjlc9JHcyxNM_VA  – different burners playlist

http://games.chruker.dk/eve_online/npc_ships.php?supergroup=25&return_to=  – burner ships database

Escalations

Make money doing escalations. There are 2 types of escalations: DED rated (which are very similar to scanned DED rated signature sites), and expeditions, which are scripted sets of events, with NPC fights in 4 different systems. Each of those locations have a 1 stronger NPC which always drops something valuable – you have a chance to get faction modules or deadspace modules (the higher the level of the site the higher tier of the items), or at least faction tags and/or faction ammo. In drone regions you get either drone components or Sentient modules (which are drone faction modules). You only have 24 hours to complete an escalation and they tend to be pretty lucrative.

You have a ~5% chance to get a DED rated escalation from completing combat anomalies.

You have a ~5% chance to get an expedition from completing unrated cosmic signature sites.

The fits depend a lot on the region and level on the site, so I won’t be giving you any specific ships or fits. There are however many you can find online or if you’re completely lost you can always ask on forums.

Est. ISK/h: very hard to estimate, depends on your luck in getting escalations/expeditions and if NPCs drop faction loot, but if you do get some escalations/expeditions, it’s generally pretty good

Training time: a couple of months, usually

Difficulty: 4/10

Can be done as Alpha: the low level ones – yes

Links that might interest you:

https://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Combat_sites  – you can find info on specific sites

Unrated signature combat sites

Rat in previously scanned combat sites. They pay less than a DED complex but they may escalate into an expedition. You are harder to catch than if you were anomaly ratting. In unrated combat sites you’ll encounter a faction NPC, which has a chance to drop some expensive stuff. Usually, they are also much easier than DEDs so you can use DED chapter for reference.

Also, you should really use a scanning alt for finding them.

Est. ISK/h: they are easier to find than DEDs,  ISK/site (in the long run) is higher than in anomalies but lower than in DEDs, however if you rat anomalies you don’t have to scan at all;  after all, it’s probably a bit better than combat anomalies

Training time: 3 weeks – 4 months

Difficulty: very easy in highsec,  hard in lowsec, medium in null

Can be done as Alpha: yes

Links that might interest you:https://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Combat_sites#Unrated_complexes

DED rated sites

DED rated complexes are uncommon, lucrative PVE activities. They range from 1-10 levels, 10th being the hardest. You can either find them by scanning (cosmic signatures) or you have a small chance (~5%) to receive them as an escalation from combat anomalies. For the rewards – you have a 100% chance to get an Overseer’s Personal Effects, which work like sleeper or abyssal loot, you sell them to NPC buy orders. On top of that you have a minor chance to get a deadspace/faction item(s) and a very small chance to get a pirate faction ship BPC which can make you a ton of ISK. The higher the level the better the ship BPC (bigger, therefore more expensive).

There are size limitations to every complex. Maximum sizes allowed are:

1/10 Frigate class

2/10 Destroyer class (including T3)

3/10 Cruiser class (except for T3 cruiser)

4/10 Battlecruiser class (except for T3 Cruiser)

5-10/10 Battleship class and T3 Cruiser

DED complexes do not escalate.

For the ships/fits you can fight in, I suggest you watch a very good Guristas all DED sites series by Minchurra (link below). For other pirate factions just check what’s their damage type and adjust the resistances accordingly. You might want to test it on SiSi beforehand though. Also, if you’re planning to rat in Guristas space, the videos will also show you the optimal way to complete the site.

Est. ISK/h: very hard to estimate, depends on the amount of sites you find and if you get lucky with the loot drops, but on the ISK/site compared to anomalies and unrated sites, in the long run, DEDs are the best

Training time: 1-5 months

Difficulty: 4/10

Can be done as Alpha: yes

Links that might interest you:
https://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Combat_sites#DED_rated_complexes

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLi0hrs1U9Kouf3FfkfOyHsDbblWR_JRhP  – Guristas DED series by Minchurra

Chemical labs

Chemical Labs, is one of PVE activities available in New Eden, and not a very well documented one. They only spawn in lowsec and nullsec. They are cosmic signatures and after being scanned down they show up as gas sites. There is also extra stuff hidden in encrypted containers, you need a data analyzer to access it. After all, the loot is generally: drug skillbooks and BPCs, reaction formulas and drug commodities. You can then put the BPCs and reaction formulas on the market or use them for your own booster production chain. The strong drug BPCs can sell for hundreds of millions, but the sites they appear in are generally well protected. You can find some details about those sites on UniWiki.https://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Combat_sites

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COSMOS sites

COSMOS missions are special chains of PVE missions where you learn about the lore while getting storyline item BPCs, rare faction ships BPCs and increasing your standings. All COSMOS missions can only be completed once. Don’t talk to an agent unless you are planning to do it, or the offer will eventually expire. There are 4 levels of mission, most of them require certain faction standings, but you can get them as you progress. There are all sorts of different missions: encounter (classic PVE combat), delivery or even complexes (where you warp to a static beacon or signature that needs to be scanned). Some missions require certain items, which can be bought on the market or acquired from static complexes.

Static complexes are required to complete some missions (as you’ve just read), but they can also be run just for loot, without doing COSMOS stuff. The loot isn’t that great and it’s mostly mission stuff, but in some complexes you can get something nice (you can check that on UniWiki). The complexes respawn after some time, always in the same system. But sometimes they are just landmarks.

L1: no requirements

L2: 2.00 faction standings

L3: 4.00 faction standings

L4: 6.00 faction standings

As a rule of thumb bring:

L1: destroyers

L2: cruisers

L3: battlecruisers

L4: battleships

COSMOS missions are usually done purely for the standings, the loot is just a bonus.

You can get more specific info on UniWiki (link below).

Training time: <1 week for destroyers, <3 weeks for cruisers, <6 weeks for battlecruisers, <3 months for battleships

Difficulty: 3/10

Can be done as Alpha: yes

Links that might interest you:
https://wiki.eveuniversity.org/COSMOS

Epic arcs

Epic Arcs are faction specific, scripted missions with unique, fixed rewards. There is 7 of them: 1x Sisters of EvE,  4x Empire Faction, 2x Pirate (Angel and Guristas). You can do each mission once every 3 months. Each of those missions consist of many small ‘quests’. The objective of each of those quests can be to: kill NPCs (encounter), haul (courier) or to just travel. Sisters of Eve is the most newbro friendly Epic Arc, it’s also the longest one. It can be completed in a destroyer. It consists of 51 missions. They pay 200-400k per mission, with the last one giving 1m and a 7% boost to the standing of previously selected faction.

Empire faction missions is where the fun starts. NPCs here are much, much stronger compared to SoE’s (L4 missions level), you will sometimes have to haul through lowsec/nullsec but the rewards are much better: 1-50m (depending on faction and how hard the mission was), especially the ones for completing the final mission such as: faction standing increase (either empire or pirate), and items worth 75-800m ISK. Pirate faction missions are much easier compared to empire Epic Arcs but they are more dangerous because they take place in null. For the rewards, you get: massive pirate faction standing increase, 4-10m per mission + items worth 200-300m.

You can find details about every single quest of those missions, rewards, tactics and sometimes also fits, on UniWiki (link below).

IMPORTANT NOTE: you need level 3 (for pirates) or level 4 (empires) standings level with this particular faction to start the Epic Arc

Est. ISK/h: more than L4 missions, but less than incursions and high level null ratting (but also standings boost)

Training time: ~1 week for SoE and pirate   2,5-4 months for empires [Omega training]

Difficulty: 6/10

Can be done as Alpha: SoE and pirate factions – yes,  empire – probably not

Links that might interest you:
https://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Epic_arcs

Besieged covert research facilities

A combat anomaly that only appears in lowsec. There are 2 waves of enemies, in cruisers/battleships, with scrams, webs and high range. To complete the site it’s good to have a ship with high range (+100km). Recommended ships are: Ishtar, T3 cruisers, Amarr battleships with sniper ammo, Gilas. The sites are pretty quick to run, usually 7-10 mins. The average loot is 10-30m but you have a chance to hit a jackpot (Virtue implants, pirate ships BPCs, Prototype Hyperspatial Economizer BPCs) worth hundreds of millions or even billions. Generally it’s a decent ISK/h with a small chance for some rare stuff. If you want to do it, find a quiet part of lowsec, otherwise you’ll regularly get killed, since it’s a combat anomaly anyone can warp to.

Note: loot drops from Guristas Research Hub and Thukker Lab/Facility

Est. ISK/h: 50-220m

Training time: ~1,5/3/5 months

Difficulty: 4/10

Can be done as Alpha: not really

Links that might interest you:https://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Besieged_Covert_Research_Facility

FW missions

No longer a thing, at least for now. Faction Warfare missions had been giving so much free LP that the faction item prices crashed and players farmed instead of actually fighting. Which is why, a while back, a coalition of FW corps, from both sides of Amarr-Minmatar warzone (where the best missions and agents are/were) signed an agreement and locked each other from agents systems to prevent any mission farming taking place. About a month or so later, CCP announced FW changes, at Eve Vegas, inspired by what 

those guys had done and the changes they had proposed. Which is pretty amazing. Also the LP numbers from all FW missions will likely be heavily nerfed.

c) PVP:

-suicide ganking

-medium/large fleet combat

-mercenaries

-faction warfare

-FCing/LCing

-defense standing fleet

-small gang pvp

-baiting

-solo pvp

-combat probe ganking

-roaming

-pirating

-ransoming

-high value target hunting

-hotdrop baiting

-gate/station camping

-eviction

-wardec spamming

-solo wh hunting

Suicide ganking

Kill high value ships in highsec before Condord shows up. Done either for profit or for a nice killboard. There are 4 ways to do this.

a) low tier ganking – capsules with implants, shuttles, T1 frigates – usually done with a Thrasher (1-2k alpha strike)

b) miner ganking – usually done with a certain amount of Catalysts (pure DPS)

c) industrial ganking – anything from T1 industrials to freighters – can be done in a lot of ships like Catalyst, Maller, Moa, Vexor, Tornado, Brutix, Gnosis, Thorax etc. (high DPS and tank for gate guns)

d) blingy ships ganking – ships that are expensive and have expensive modules like Gila, Rattlesnake – you can gank them with the same ships industrials are ganked with (high DPS and tank for gate guns)

To actually profit from this, you need to have at least 1 alt or a friend, so it can’t be done solo as an Alpha clone (you need to do things like scan ship/cargo, gank and take loot in a short amount of time). However if you’re there only for the killboard you can gank expensive capsules (like the infamous Aaaarrgg) with only 1 character. The bigger the ship the more gankers are required to take him down, with a jump freighter requiring the most resources to successfully gank (over 30 T2 Catalysts in 0.5). Ganking is complicated and requires you to PLEX 2 accounts if you want to do it solo, however you can make a ton of money, with hundreds of billions passing through highsec everyday, people autopiloting despite having expensive cargo and T1 industrials with billions in items on board. You need to be patient and quick to react when you notice someone worth ganking. Unless you choose to gank miners, they are easy to gank but give very little in profits.

“CODE.” alliance is particularly (in)famous for ganking, they even offer SRP to some degree.

Links that might interest you:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/18uBo5bkYqK1JeBytA5bVeF_ku7Q-Epm0/view  – great ganking guide

For info on what types of warfare/PVP activities there are, how difficult they are, example ships and whether they can be flown by an Alpha character, visit PVP chapter.

Medium/large fleet combat

Take part in large scale PVP fights, with experienced FCs doing anything they can to provide high quality content while minimizing losses. Fun and exciting, although you usually lose more than you earn.

If you want to profit from fleet fights, check ninja looting/salvaging chapter.

Links that might interest you:
https://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Fleets_101

https://wiki.eveuniversity.org/The_Rookie%27s_Guide_to_Fleet_Ops

https://forums.eveonline.com/t/fleet-operations-a-guide-for-newbros/16202

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Mercenaries

Join a team of mercenaries that are paid to kill and destroy. Not only can they help you win fights, but also assault systems, bash/protect structures, gather intel or even get better at PVP. Right now, it’s safe to say Noir. leads the charge as being the most renowned reliable and professional mercenary group. To find out more, I approached Andy Astronaut, one of Noir.’s recruiters, to ask a couple of questions:

What does it take to join you? Do you accept unexperienced players?

Andy Astronaut: In general, we’re looking for people with small gang PvP experience. We’re not only looking for elite players, there’s definitely room to grow, but our playstyle usually revolves around few vs. many, so we fly a lot of specialized ships. That being said, we also have had in the past, and are rebooting Noir. Academy, which is a program for teaching unexperienced players how to fight in small gangs and how to be mercenaries.

Do you have any SP requirements?

Andy Astronaut: For corp we don’t have any specific SP or XX kill requirements. We roam with potential new members and assess on a case by case basis. And for Noir. academy we have no requirements other than enthusiasm to learn/interest in PvP.

Do you need to be able to fly an alt?

Andy Astronaut: Nope, alts are always helpful, but having alts and/or dual boxing aren’t expected or required

How much, on average, do your services cost?

Andy Astronaut: That’s a question I don’t actually have an answer to. Contracts can vary widely, because we take so many different kinds of them, and the targets can vary widely as well. Even just a structure bash could be against a small 10 man corp or a 100 man alliance. All the contracts go through our CEO Alekseyev Karrde, so feel free to ask him.

How much, on average, can you make as a Noir member?

Andy Astronaut: Yeah, so that’s again highly variable. I would say, that for most people it’s not enough to entirely sustain your gameplay, but it is enough to make it worth our time. Payouts are split between people that actively participated with “MVP’s” for various roles also getting bonuses for performance.

Big thanks to Andy for his help. If you have any more questions, and/or if you’re interested in being part of Noir., join their in-game chat channel – Cafe Noir. which you can find the link to in the description of Noir. corporation.

Links that might interest you:

https://declarationsofwar.com/  – Noir podcast

For info on what types of warfare/PVP activities there are, how difficult they are, example ships and whether they can be flown by an Alpha character, visit PVP chapter.

Faction Warfare

PVP activity that can be both fun and rewarding. You take over or defend an outpost by being there for 10-20mins. There are 2 sets of 2 factions that are always at war with each other: Caldari vs. Gallente  and Amarr vs. Minmatar. Before you take part you need to enlist for 1 of the factions. This means you can shoot and be shot everywhere, even in highsec. The money comes in the form of LP which is then exchanged at LP stores for items (usually at an exchange 800-2000 ISK/LP depending on who’s winning and how much time will you spend hauling/trading/waiting) You can make money in 2 ways:

-defensive plexing*, which is tedious and designed for the lazy/risk averse: in theory, you should sit in a complex and wait for an enemy to show up and then fight them, in practice, you usually fit warp core stabs, sit in the large complex and warp off when an enemy shows up, this activity gives 25% less money (LP) that offensive plexing

-offensive plexing, which is you actively fighting against the NPC that is in a complex and then a player if one shows up, it gives higher rewards, especially if you kill players doing this, much more exciting and gives good content

*Plex means faction warfare complex. PLEX is Eve’s premium currency.

The bigger the complex you capture/defend the more LP you get. Also, the higher the tier of your faction (depends on number of held systems) the more or less LP you get.

You also get LP for killing ships of enemy militias, the bigger the killmail the more LP you get. 

When you are looking to convert LP into ISK, it’s best to wait for your faction to drop level. When that happens, people get less LP and prices go up.

Alpha clones have a very good chance in FW, with the complexes size restrictions, but if you choose offensive plexing it’s highly recommended to join a corporation and fly with them in group, on comms. The reason for that is 1) experienced players having edge over you in a 1v1 fight, because they often fly faction/pirate frigates with maxed out skills + the game experience bonus  2) numbers advantage 3) more fun

Even as Alpha you can enlist from day 1 and some basic ships only take a couple of days to train into. Just don’t do it with your main account because when you enter the empire of the opposing faction, faction navy will start chasing you. And that can really hurt your trading, manufacturing and hauling capabilites.

With the help of the free 250k SP you get, when creating an account with a referal, you can fly a variety of fits from day 1, and even more after some training.

Est. LP/h: depends on the complex size, faction tier, enemies killed, contested %, etc. you can definitely make 100k LP, both defensive and offensive if conditions are right, on average it’s closer to 50k and 30k with novice complexes

Links that might interest you:

https://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Faction_warfare  – UniWiki’s FW page

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SV_sWWIinoheBaGZgL2nUVJGYwnsNJqJ/view  – T1 frigate PVP

https://sandciderandspaceships.blogspot.com/2013/08/faction-war-guide-2013.html  – faction warfare guide

https://kalkoken.altervista.org/blog/guides-and-links-for-factional-warfare/?doing_wp_cron=1552040288.4934430122375488281250  – guides and tools for FW

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeoQW9teD29OVP-2pXCDTGuPIxrVllXDA  – Reload’s FW playlist

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGfKoQUVGXE  – defensive plexing guide

https://crossingzebras.com/lowlife-plex-fighting/  – plex fighting guide

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnv4eW9hwP0  – LP conversion guide

https://www.fuzzwork.co.uk/lpstore/  – LP conversion tool

Fun fact: many years ago there was a group of players who successfully exploited Eve’s FW LP system. They would buy a lot of one item, manipulate its prices and then blow their own ships up, getting them huge amounts of LP. The exploit was fixed after the players raked in somewhere around 5 trillion ISK

For info on what types of warfare/PVP activities there are, how difficult they are, example ships and whether they can be flown by an Alpha character, visit PVP chapter.

FCing/LCing

Do you want to take your PVP experience one step further? Become an FC and lead your fleet to victory. It won’t make you much money (in the end it will probably cost you more than you make), but you’re gonna have a ton of fun, if you’re good, you’re also gonna get a lot of respect, you might even get noticed and offered a high position (if you’re in an alliance for example). It’s a very challenging, very high skillcap activity. You need patience, leadership capabilities and some very good game knowledge – enemies formed a 30 man Caracal/Osprey fleet, what do you take to counter them?, will you take the fight with your chosen teamcomp, even if you only managed to gather 25 people?, can you kite them and warp away if things go bad? It all requires some really good understanding of EVE’s mechanics. The more experience you have, the better. The key is to learn from your mistakes, from all the lost fights you’ve ever had.

If you think becoming an FC is somewhat out of your reach, you can try to become a Logi Commander. LC is the guy who makes sure to save as many people from dying as possible. You need top-notch micromanagement and multitasking skills. Basically, you’ll be the guy who closely monitors broadcast history and tells all other logi pilots how many reps to put and on whom, spreading healing evenly, bait tanking, making sure the rest of your team makes it out alive. Many fleets don’t plan on having a Logi Commander, but you can always ask your FC, if you can become one. If you’re good, you’ll certainly do him a favor.

Alternatively you can become a Logi Anchor (LA). You’re only responsible for the positioning of your logis. Every big fleet has one. Essentially, it’s LC junior.

*Note: LC is often called LA, even though the meaning is the same.

Links that might interest you:
https://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Fleet_Command_Guide

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Defense standing fleet

Casually roam around the territory of your corporation/alliance, in a fleet of friends or even total strangers, eliminating any hostiles that you find and saving your corpmates. In the meantime you can chat and have discussions on all sorts of topics. Usually you get a lot of exciting content, spend your time in a fun way and possibly get some loot too. Often, you’ll be the first response to any major fight that breaks out too, even before the FCs ping.

Links that might interest you:https://wiki.bravecollective.com/public/dojo/wiki/standingfleet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B4LQoKc8F4  – standing fleet and comms

For info on what types of warfare/PVP activities there are, how difficult they are, example ships and whether they can be flown by an Alpha character, visit PVP chapter.

Small gang pvp

Roam around in a group of 2-12 players, looking for PVP fights. Sometimes divided into microgangs (2-5 pilots) and small gangs (6-12 pilots). Usually done for fun, whether you’ll make or lose money depends on the skill level of you and your FC.

For info on what types of warfare/PVP activities there are, how difficult they are, example ships and whether they can be flown by an Alpha character, visit PVP chapter.

Baiting

Bait gankers and get money from kill rights and/or loot. There are 2 ways to do this: undock an innocent looking, heavily tanked industrial filled with expensive loot, or become a suspect and make other players attack you, unsuspecting that you are armed much better. In the first case scenario you pray on gankers, especially those relying on high alpha strike (Tornado etc.) to kill you, without scanning your ship first. Therefore, they won’t know, that you have multiple times more EHP, that they can deal with a single blast. You’ll easily survive their strike, getting a killright and watching their ship turn into a smoking wreck. You can then make the killright available to everyone, for a price of course, and if you make it reasonable, the gankers will have to buy it out with an alt.

The second method is a lot more complicated but leaves you with more options. You need to turn suspect (for example stealing from a wreck or attacking mission runner’s MTU), this way people will be free to attack you without getting Concorded. Now you just need to beat them in the PVP fight, which should be easy, if you fitted your ship correctly. Make sure your ship doesn’t look to strong or people will ignore you, knowing they’ll lose the clash.

Links that might interest you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySxQ65o6lHA  – industrial alpha clone ganker baiting

https://www.engadget.com/2012/12/23/eve-evolved-baiting-players-is-hilarious-fun/  – suspect baiting ganking

https://www.eveproguides.com/jonnypew-using-mtu-aggro-to-hunt-mission-runners-in-high-sec/  – MTU aggro baiting

For info on what types of warfare/PVP activities there are, how difficult they are, example ships and whether they can be flown by an Alpha character, visit PVP chapter.

Solo PVP

Look for 1v1 fights, mainly for fun rather than profit. Often done in inexpensive, disposable ships. Very hard to master. If you’re more about making profit, you should try roaming (check out Roaming chapter for more info).

For info on what types of warfare/PVP activities there are, how difficult they are, example ships and whether they can be flown by an Alpha character, visit PVP chapter.

Combat probe ganking

Scan down your unsuspecting victim with combat probes, warp to them and kill them. You get their loot, a nice killmail and good content. Your go-to ships are T3 destroyers and cruisers, since they both have huge (95/99%) scan probe CPU requirements reductions. T3 destroyers are used more often that T3 cruisers because they are much cheaper and you don’t lose skillpoints on death (unlike a T3C). For the ships, use any T3D except Confessor. The hardest thing about this activity is how hard it is to scan somebody. Your prey can see your combat probes on DScan, as long as they have it configured correctly. On top of that, if they take a warp, you lose your scanning progress. The big ships are pretty easy to scan because of their signature size, but as a T3D, who has 300-400 DPS with max. skills in sharpshooter mode, you might not be able to get them. The ISK you make mainly depends on your luck, but if you’re careful and don’t die you can make a tidy profit.

To do this efficiently you want to max. out your scanning skills and even use implants.

Links that might interest you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDY5SGG_OG0  – combat probing guide

https://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Combat_Probing_101  – UniWiki combat probe class

For info on what types of warfare/PVP activities there are, how difficult they are, example ships and whether they can be flown by an Alpha character, visit PVP chapter.

Roaming

Roam K-space in a PVP fitted ship, looking for people to kill. If you do it for cash you’re gonna want to hunt ratters and explorers. If you do it for content, anything that is similiar size to your ship. Also, nullsec is often a better choice than lowsec, because there aren’t many crabs here. If you want to do it in lowsec, do so in Faction Warfare area. Because it’s a PVP activity, it’s not really about making money, and even if you want to estimate it, it’s very hard because the number of people you encounter, whether they have blingy modules or even if they do, will they drop, depends on your luck. And you can always lose your shiny ship as well. Roaming is mostly about content and having fun, but if you know what you’re doing it can make you some money on the side. You can do it solo but it’s even better with friends.

For info on what types of warfare/PVP activities there are, how difficult they are, example ships and whether they can be flown by an Alpha character, visit PVP chapter.

Pirating

Destroy ships purely for profit. Money you make mainly depends on your ability to find targets. Can be done in fleet. It’s not really an activity but a way of describing other activities. For example solo/fleet PVP is usually done for content, gate/station camping is done for ISK.

Links that might interest you:

For info on what types of warfare/PVP activities there are, how difficult they are, example ships and whether they can be flown by an Alpha character, visit PVP chapter.

Ransoming

Not really a thing anymore, but it used to be really prevailing back in the old days. Now if you make an offer, to spare someone’s life for a fee, people will most likely think you’re a scammer. I’ve put it here mostly for reference, because it’s definitely not valid as a career path anymore. Maybe you’ll get paid once in a blue moon. But will you resist the urge to kill the poor person anyway, grabbing the ransom, loot AND the killmail?

For info on what types of warfare/PVP activities there are, how difficult they are, example ships and whether they can be flown by an Alpha character, visit PVP chapter.

High value target hunting

Locate very expensive targets. trap and kill them. Doing this requires immense effort, dedication and coordination. You’re gonna need a team of scouts, people to light cynos, skilled tacklers, logis, caps, EWAR and so on. Sometimes actions like those happen spontaneously and sometimes they are well planned with the help of spies and insiders. A good example of this can be the recent (early December 2019) surprise attack on Goons’ Rorqual locust fleet, resulting in a 600b ISK in losses (420b of those being from the trapped Rorquals).

Unfortunately, even when attacks like that are planned, information about them is usually only limited to the trusted leadership, to prevent spying. So, as an average Joe, you can only hope to be in the right place at the right time and not be afraid to join the fleet, especially if there are capital ships involved.

Links that might interest you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GqOKN-C07g  – Rorqual locust fleet surprise attack video

For info on what types of warfare/PVP activities there are, how difficult they are, example ships and whether they can be flown by an Alpha character, visit PVP chapter.

Hotdrop baiting

First of all, to all of new players reading this – now, after cyno changes (August/September 2019), this is much worse than it used to be. The way this activity works is, you bait players into attacking you and BAM you light a cyno, and suddenly capital ships/Black Ops jump on them. You used to be able to fit a Cynosural Field Generator on any ship with a high slot, now it’s as follows:

There are 3 types of cynos: normal (for caps), covert (for Black Ops) and industrial (for Jump Freighters but also Black Ops). Here is what ships can light a cyno:

Normal Cyno:

-Black Ops

-Force Recon

Covert Cyno:

-T3C

-Stealth Bomber

-Force Recon

-Prospect

-Covert Ops

-Blockade Runner

-Black Ops

Industrial Cyno:

-Venture

-T1 industrial

-DST

-Blockade Runner

As you can see, now you’re pretty limited with the ship choice, especially if you’re planning to bait (which is what this chapter is about). In the current state of the game, there is no way somebody is gonna fall for a Black Ops/Force Recon bait, so there goes cap dropping. Your best bet is to try and bait with an industrial, a Prospect or a Cov Ops.

If you actually manage to bait someone, light a cyno, and tell your fleet (or alts) to jump to you, kill the attacker and grab the loot.

For info on what types of warfare/PVP activities there are, how difficult they are, example ships and whether they can be flown by an Alpha character, visit PVP chapter..

Gate/station camping

Sit on a crowded gate/station, with a bunch of ships with fast lock times and blow up the ships of anyone who appears. It’s not gonna make you rich and it’s sometimes boring, but it brings content and you usually earn more than you lose. Also, the more people you have in fleet, the less time you have to spend actively looking. Can be done solo too, but it’s more dangerous and you have to watch the grid all the time.

Links that might interest you:
https://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Gate_camps

For info on what types of warfare/PVP activities there are, how difficult they are, example ships and whether they can be flown by an Alpha character, visit PVP chapter.

Eviction

Take part in a coordinated effort to kick a corporation out of a certain space (usually a wormhole). It requires a lot of planning and a great variety of tools to to achieve it. Scouts, wormhole rollers, ECM, capacitor warriors are very often in demand. You can fly virtually anything but you won’t always be allowed to participate because a WH can only allow X amount of mass before it collapses. Usually, you want to bring something small, cruiser and below. You make money from the loot of ships and citadels.

It’s worth noting that it can be hard to find a corporation that specializes in eviction, and they may not br particularly exciting. But if you want to try, your best bet would be to ask around in Jita local or on forums.

For info on what types of warfare/PVP activities there are, how difficult they are, example ships and whether they can be flown by an Alpha character, visit PVP chapter..

Wardec spamming

Join a group of players which declares war on an enormous amount, of all sorts of corporations and then camps the tradehubs with instalock high alpha strike ships and T2 logistics cruisers. PIRAT is especially infamous for this. If you’re into this type of content, you should probably message them and ask how to join. It’s a pretty safe, good profit activity, but it’s looked down upon by most of Eve’s community, similarly to highsec miner ganking. Also kinda high SP requirements.

For info on what types of warfare/PVP activities there are, how difficult they are, example ships and whether they can be flown by an Alpha character, visit PVP chapter.

Solo WH hunting

Leave a nomadic life, travelling through wormholes, looking for potential prey. Almost always done in cloaky, PVP focused ships (Stratios, stealth bombers, combat recons, black opses). A really fun activity when you find ships, if not, then it’s pretty boring. However it can lead to some nice killmails/loot. It’s unique because wormholes have delayed Local and if you have cloak (or DScan immunity) there is no way for anyone to know you’re lurking to kill them. Generally, if you stay in the busy wormholes, you can get a good amount of content. If you want to see how it looks like, check WINGSPAN TT’s videos, links below

Links that might interest you:

https://www.torpedodelivery.com/new-products/torpedo-delivery-guide-wingspantt  – wingspan’s stealth bomber guide

For info on what types of warfare/PVP activities there are, how difficult they are, example ships and whether they can be flown by an Alpha character, visit PVP chapter.

d) Market:

-station trading

-interhub trading

-remote hub trading

-buyer side trading

-market speculation

-market manipulation

-extreme highballing

-industry sales

-scalping

-doctrine seeding

-null hub import/export

-item reprocessing

-contract/firesale buyer

-buybacks

Station trading

Probably the most renowned form of trading. You buy with buy orders and resell using sell orders. Done in empire/alliance trade hubs. Margin minus taxes is your raw profit. It’s easy, new player friendly, not risky but usually requires a lot of time and somewhat of a big starting capital. Depending on the size of the market hub and type of the item you may or may not be forced to check and update your orders frequently. For example, if it’s a high volume item in Jita, you’d be lucky to have your order on top for 3 minutes, while another order, for a less popular item in Hek could be left unattended for hours. Profit is very hard to estimate accurately, it heavily depends on the max. number of orders, capital and time commitment. However, generally, you can make pretty sweet profits. Before you begin trading, make sure you know what to expect. For example a relatively cheap T1 module won’t really sell to buy orders because the sell cost is just above the build cost. Another example: T1 rigs, they usually sell in low volumes and cannot be looted from a wreck so you’re practically not gonna get any buy order sales. Best items are usually those which cannot be produced (meta/deadspace etc.). T2/T3 items are decent as well, because their production chain is much more complicated. Evaluating the market like that is called arbitrage. A very good video on that below.

There are many good tools for finding deals for station trading, like Evernus or Adam4Eve, however Evernus is currently unavailable and Adam4EVE only becomes really good when you take time to scan individual market groups.

To calculate your raw profit for reselling one item (taking taxes into account): 0,9*sell_order_value – 1,05*buy_order_value.

Est. ISK/h: Depends, if you sit there regularly updating ~50 expensive orders, you can probably make a couple hundred million an hour. Basically, it depends on your capital/number of orders. It can be a really good but tedious way to make money.

Training time: 1-60 days to get a satisfying amount of market orders, + you can spend a week or two lowering your taxes + you can also take a day to train Marketing and Daytrading to level 2 and manage orders from Perimeter citadel (Omega recommended)

Difficulty: 4/10

Can be done as Alpha: yes

Links that may interest you:

https://wiki.bravecollective.com/public/dojo/wiki/station_trading_complete_guide  – Brave Collective station trading guide

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ra17eu7mdkM  – market arbitrage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CaZBbsNlhM  – station trading guide

https://www.adam4eve.eu/margin_finder.php  – good margin finder, which becomes amazing if you take time to scan market groups instead of only type categories

*Current tax values are 5% broker, 5% sale tax. It was changed not so long ago, in many old videos it’s outdated

Interhub trading

Make money exploiting price difference between trade hubs. It’s simple and it can be very profitable. Basically, you only need 3 things:

-2-5 characters, the more the better, they are placed in Jita and other trade hubs and operate the orders

-decent starting capital

-a large number of market orders on all of your character (the more orders you have, the more time you have to spend adjusting prices, but you bring lot more income).

I prefer to buy with sell orders and sell with sell orders, but you can also buy-buy or buy-sell. But definitely don’t buy with sell orders and sell to buy orders.

You can choose to haul stuff on your own or using public courier contracts.

The hardest part is finding the price differences. You can either use Evernus, evetrade.space or your own spreadsheets. I’ve always used Evernus, but it’s currently unavailable to download. However, there is apparently its remaster coming soon: 
https://forums.eveonline.com/t/revernus-release-null-evernus-re-written/168652

https://evetrade.space/  – when using this, make sure to double check every single item, (especially for volume), ignore skins/cosmetics and trades that look too good to be true

*Quick disclaimer: to trade this effectively you need to be there to update your orders almost all the time, in all of your trade hubs. If you can’t handle that, don’t try this or you’ll lose money, since price differences usually even out after some time.

Est. ISK/month: billions or even tens of billions if you have 5 characters with lots of orders, however remember – you need money to make money

Training time: you can start from day 1 as long as you have the money, then it will take you a couple of weeks to train more market orders,   for transport use DST/Blockade Runner – both take ~2 months training (Omega)

Difficulty: 6/10

Can be done as Alpha: yes

Remote hub trading

Make money by creating your own market, in a system far away from a trade hub, with high traffic, stocking it with popular modules and selling at a much higher margin. You need a hauler, a lot of market orders and decent starting cash (~2b is OK). First, you need to find a system with high traffic. There are many different choices:

a) level 4 mission systems

b) incursion systems

c) busy lowsec system, bonus points if near FW area

d) highsec/lowsec border, bonus points if LS has inhabitants

e) lowsec/nullsec border, bonus points if NS has inhabitants

f) corporations home regions, unless they have their own market (do some research first)

g) war staging systems, (do research first)

h) war zones

i) capital jump points.

To find your desired system, use Eve’s map and Dotlan, with filters such as: “Jumps (24h)”, “Pilots currently docked”, “Pilots currently active”, “Ships destroyed in last 24h”, “NPC ships destroyed in last 24h”, “Cynosural Fields”.

Once you find your new spot, check to find what ships fly by, and bring stuff that is likely to be featured in these fits (check zKillboard). You can also bring ammo/fuel. You can even contact the locals or the corporations waging war and ask what they would like to be brought. Often they will be happy to respond, especially if it means they won’t have to fly all the way to home/Jita to buy another fit. Once you put up your shopping list. Buy the items in one of the major trade hubs, bring them in and put a significant mark up on the price. Restock once the items start running low. Recommended to have at least a 100 market orders. Generally you won’t have any competition so you can leave them and update once a few days or once a week. The further you are from a trade hub, the more you can push up the prices.

Est. ISK/month: 2-6b with ~100 orders, good spot and keeping your stock updated

Training time: 1-2 months (Omega training) + additional 2 months for a Blockade Runner/DST  or 4-6 months for a Jump Freighter

Difficulty: 7/10

Can be done as Alpha: yes but very unefficiently

Links that might interest you: https://eve-files.com/media/1109/Cpt_Bunnys_Rookie_Trade_Guide.pdf

Buyer side trading

A trading strategy that allows you to make money from the laziness of others. Basically, you set up lowball, 90 day, regional buy orders, on many different items, in many different regions. Those items can be everything except materials, salvage, minerals, gas, all the high volume stuff used only in industry. How much you lowball, depends solely on you. When I do it, my price is ~35-45% Jita buy price. You set up as many buy orders as possible, preferably hundreds, for a diverse selection of items. There are people, who don’t want to fly 20 jumps to Jita and would rather quickly cash out their loot and get back to whatever they were doing. When people begin selling to you, you have 2 options:

a) you can get in an industrial, usually a Blockade Runner, haul all that stuff from the entire region to the nearest trade hub and sell it, which is very boring (usually 60-80 jumps total), but you don’t have to wait to get all your profit

b) you can relist the items at a much higher price (much even higher than Jita too), and wait for them to sell, which is very slow and takes up your market orders, but you avoid hauling

Both methods are very good income. Personally, I like the first method more, but it’s a matter of preference. If you’re dedicated, both can bring billions of ISK every month.

Before you start, you must know there are high skill requirements and and it requires a lot of starting capital. You’re gonna need:

– ~5b starting capital

-as many market order slots as humanly possible

-Margin Trading V

-Daytrading V

-Visibility V

-Procurement V

-Blockade Runner skills (if you choose option a)

-Marketing V (if you choose option b)

Est. ISK/month: billions

Training time: a) ~6,5 months    b) ~5 months

Difficulty: 2/10

Can be done as Alpha: no

Market speculation

Buy items, which you think are going to become more expensive. It’s an extremely hard, inconsistent way of making money, but if you catch some good trades, you can make tens of billions. Requires a lot of patience, a lot of capital and being on top of all the game related news, so you can buy items before others catch up. There are many people who have made fortunes with patch speculation, but it’s like real life trading: 50% hard work 50% luck. If a change you had anticipated would happen, was suddenly reverted or had an opposite effect on the economy and prices, your potential losses could be as big as your potential gains.

ISK/month: impossible to estimate, depends on the frequency of big patches and their effects on economy (which are very hard to predict)

Training time: none

Difficulty: 10/10

Can be done as Alpha: yes

Links that may interest you:

http://loadoutoptional.com/2013/05/10/eve-online-trading-guide-5-of-5/  – basic speculation guide

https://www.tentonhammer.com/guides/how-to-get-rich-off-market-stampedes-in-eve-online  – market stampedes

https://thethirdn.wordpress.com/2014/08/17/a-history-of-my-money/  – “How I become a Trillionare” by Mynnna

Market manipulation

A very risky, very tricky, method of making money from the market. Essentially, you want to do anything to buy cheap, move the price higher, and sell. You shouldn’t do it with items that can be easily supplied, like T1 modules. Best items to manipulate are those which have a limited supply like named and deadspace. Faction items are OK too. When you raise the price, you usually don’t want to put it in the market all at once, because people will immediately see the price got manipulated and will heavily undercut you, forcing you to buy them and spend more money. Whenever I tried it, in the end, I always lost more than I earned, so I don’t really have any good advice. But before you try getting into this too seriously, just dedicate some ISK (max. 200m) into it first, treat it like lost, make as many trades and manipulation attempts as possible and just learn from your mistakes. The best market manipulators are incredibly rich – it’s a very lucrative but at the same time a very hard to learn/master profession.

Est. ISK/month: potentially tens of billions in profits/losses

Training time: 2-3 weeks for a good amount of market orders + optional tax reducing skills, but to be honest, you can do just fine with only the 13/17 starting orders

Difficulty: 10/10

Can be done as Alpha: yes

Links that might interest you:

Extreme highballing

Probably the weirdest, most random trading method that actually works. Basically, there are certain regions, far away from trade hubs, that have almost 0 trade activity going on. There are also certain lazy, very rich people who would rather buy an extremely overpriced module, than travel 25 jumps to Jita. So, for example, if you put 17 Damage Control II modules in 17 systems of a region, (especially the ones which have the most jumps/24h) for 85m each, 90 day order and wait. I tried it once and sold 2 within the first month. Now keep in mind: it only works on a couple of most popular modules (DCII, Adaptive Invuln II, Hobgoblins II, 5MN Y-T8 etc.), best done in null/lowsec and also, you can’t just slam a 500m ISK price tag if you want it to sell.

There is also another similar method, but this time it’s a scam. You put a module on sale, made to look cheaper than normal and cheaper than anything in vicinity (usually Perimeter-Jita) hoping that the buyer will not count the zeros. For example a 1,3m item for 1,1b. Always done in a low tax citadel so that the broker fee doesn’t eat up all your ISK. It’s not very reliable though, as it can be undercut to oblivion.

Est. ISK/month: really hard to tell, because of how random it is, depends on your luck

Training time: 8h for Trade III,   a couple of weeks for more market orders and Daytrading skill

Difficulty: 1/10

Can be done as Alpha: yes

Industry sales

Sell the stuff you manufactured. Here just for the reference. To see specific info on different manufacturing methods check Industry section.

Scalping

Quick trading strategy which revolves around sell order price differences. You can also call it a very soft market manipulation. Basically, let’s say there is an item which has volume of ~100/day. There are buy orders at 10m and sell orders at 22.5m. Suddenly, there comes a lazy guy, who doesn’t have patience to babysit a sell order and wants to get more money than from a buy order. So he puts his 8 items at 17m price, knowing that either no one will undercut him or someone will buy it and relist (scalp). Now we need to take taxes into account (which are 10% of the sell order). So if we multiply 22.5m by 0,9 we’ll get 20.25m. (20.25m-17m) * 8 items = 26m profit after we sell it all. However deals like that are fairly uncommon, so you either scan a lot if items at once or just use it as a secondary part of your trading income.

Est. ISK/h: very hard to tell, depends on your capital, luck and time you spend looking for scalping opportunities

Training time: none

Difficulty: 2/10

Can be done as Alpha: yes

Doctrine seeding

Almost every big corporation/alliance has something called a doctrine, which are standarized fittings/fleet concepts, that every member of that group should train into and use. Because of that, things that make those doctrine ships are in constant, high demand. Which is why there are opportunistic traders who will straight up buy as many as many of those fits as they can fit in their Jump Freighter (or even DST if you’re low on SP or cash), and put them all on contracts at their home station, with a decent markup (35-45%). People will buy this, because it’s the quickest and the most optimal way to get back to doing the fun stuff. So if you want to do this: train into a good industrial ship, preferably a Jump Freighter (safest, a lot of cargo space), find out what ships sell the most (check past Discord pings, losses on zKillboard etc.), buy in Jita, haul, put on contracts, rinse and repeat. You can also use a hauling service but finding one that is cheap enough is pretty hard.

Est. ISK/month: 300m-4b from sales minus transport costs (income depends on the number of contracts, your budget and market size/demand)

Training time: ~2 months for a Blockade Runner/DST, 4-6 months for a Jump Freighter (depends if you train crucial skills to level IV or V)

Difficulty: 5/10

Can be done as Alpha: yes but you have to find a cheap hauling service

Links that might interest you:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_h3kvuFx2f7HoFlVfjA-be4a7tN_txpoWPstFQJt5ik/edit  – JF guide

Null hub import/export

Another good way to profit in Eve is to play the nullsec market. Generally, in null, materials and minerals are cheap while modules and equipment are expensive. This happens because mining/exploring/doing PI in your alliance’s space is safe, while the finished products have to be manufactured or imported. Usually, this is how it plays out:

a) the very popular modules: Stasis Webifiers, Scrams, Interdiction Sphere Launchers etc. have zero or even negative margins compared to Jita, they are produced on the spot and sell in large volumes

b) the common modules: aren’t as popular and are usually imported, since they don’t sell in very large volumes – e.x. ECM, Gas Cloud Harvesters, Warp Disruption Field Generators, you can often find items with very nice margins (30%+)

c) the dead modules: specific, very rarely bought, prone to manipulations, very high margin items;

It’s also worth noting that some modules can be exported from null for profit, for example some deadspace modules. People who rat might not have time to haul their loot out and will just lowball it, waiting for somebody else to buy it and haul it.

Now, if you’re an opportunistic trader, you’ll immediately notice the potential profits. Get in your Jump Freighter, load it with cheap modules and minerals, fly to Jita (or any large tradehub), set up sell orders with an alt, load your ship with less popular modules, fly back to null and set your orders there as well. It all comes down to price, volume and margin. If you can sell stuff for much more than you have bought it for, you’ll make some nice cash. It doesn’t even have to be a Jump Freighter, Blockade Runners and DSTs have plenty of space and are a safe option as well. If you’re just starting out as Alpha, you can even do it in a T1 exploration frigate. You can also use shipping services.

You can also combine this with doctrine seeding (see doctrine seeding chapter)

*Remember to take taxes into account when calculating potential profits.

Est. ISK/month: depends on how much capital you invest, but usually you can make very decent money

Training time: a couple of weeks for more market orders,  2 months for DST/Blockade Runner or 4-6 months for a Jump Freighter

Difficulty: 5/10

Can be done as Alpha: yes

Links that might interest you:

https://k162space.com/2013/02/23/nullsec-trade-hub-profiteering/  – nullsec tradehub profiteering (a bit outdated but the principal remains the same)

Item reprocessing

A very niche and not really a profitable market activity, but sometimes you might find a good opportunity. Basically, you scan the market for named modules (upgraded/compact/enduring/ample/scoped/restrained), check the reprocessed materials from that item, evepraisal it, multiply by 0.6 (with Scrapmetal Reprocessing V) and subtract from the item buy cost. If it comes up positive, that means you can profit from this, buying as much as you can from buy orders, reprocessing, and selling the minerals. Keep in mind some modules have a minimum portion size of a 100, so something, that looks like a great profit may turn out to be a moderate loss. Usually the only items that have a minimum portion size are ammo and asteroids. But if you want to be safe, you can always buy 1 piece from sell orders and see, if you can reprocess.

This doesn’t work on T1 and T2 modules/ships because they are player made, nor does it on deadspace/faction because they are always have a higher price than their reprocessing values

Personally, I don’t really recommend this method. Sometimes you can get a nice little profit, even without having hundreds of orders, but if you want to make any real money, you need to invest a really good amount of time, and at this point, you’re better off doing PI on multiple characters, with much better ISK/month.

*Reminder: Scrapmetal Reprocessing V only works on modules and ships, so if you try to reprocess ore/ice/moon rocks/asteroids you’ll get the regular 50% yield.

Est. ISK/month: with hundreds of buy orders, at best, you can expect a couple hundred million

Training time: 1 month for Scrapmetal Reprocessing V + 2,5 month for market orders + optional tax reducing skills

Difficulty: 2/10

Can be done as Alpha: not really

Contract/firesale buyer

Make profit from people, who don’t want to haul their stuff. Those people put it on as a firesale on public contracts, allowing anyone to accept it, get a stash of loot for much more cheaper, haul it to a trade hub and sell for good ISK. Usually the most profitable contracts take you to null, so Jump Freighter is a must. If you prefer to stay in highsec, you’ll only need a T1 Freighter, but beware, the potential money is much, much lower. In order to find the best contracts I recommend using *Adam4EVE’s contract tool. It assesses the price and volume, filters them and shows you the most profitable ones.

*Always double check everything with https://evepraisal.com/

If you join a big nullsec group, you’ll be able to find many more opportunities, hidden behind the access list.

Before you accept a contract, here are the things to watch out for:

-capitals ship, they can’t enter highsec (except freighters, jump freighters and Orcas)

-rigged ships, rigs cannot be detached from the ship, so you need to deduct the value of rigs from the value of contract

-crystals (ammo/mining), they are sometimes put up on contracts after already being severely damaged, so you won’t be able to sell them on the market

-taxes, 5% if you sell to buy, 10% if you sell with sell orders, take that into account when considering profit (unless you have good tax reduction skills)

Est. ISK/month: a couple of billions

Training time: 1,5 months for a Freighter, 4-6 months for a Jump Freighter

Difficulty: 6/10

Can be done as Alpha: no

Links that might interest you:

https://www.adam4eve.eu/contract_profit.php  – contract toolhttps://evepraisal.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cks_nsQWzwg  – null market trading for great income (or at least the first hour)

Buybacks

Somewhat related to null hub import/export. Requires you to be a part of a large group, preferably an alliance. As you may already know, materials can be really cheap in null, because getting them there is easy, safe and profitable. However not a lot of people who mine ore/ice, do PI, make fuel blocks, or explore/salvage use it to power their industrial empires. Many of them just want to make some money on the side, and to liquidate their supply, there needs to be demand. And here come the buybacks, people who offer to buy any amount of the specific stuff, they’re interested in, for a reduced but still decent price. Their prices aren’t fixed though, almost always it’s a % of the current Jita price.

There are 3 types of buybacks:

a) industrial – these guys buy materials in bulk and use them to manufacture their stuff; if they make caps, they’d want a lot of ore, if they make T2 items they’d want moon goo and PI, if they make rigs they’d want salvage etc.

b) exporter – they buy in bulk, load their Jump Freighters with the stuff, export it and sell in a tradehub; usually they offer a lot less ISK than industry guys but accept a wide selection of items

c) reprocessors – those guys take a lot of time training their reprocessing skills to be very high (or max. which, fun fact is 89% yield with perfect skills, implants and rigged POS); they buy raw ore in bulk, reprocess it extremely efficiently and then sell somewhere; or be a professional reprocessing service, where people contract them their ore to reprocess it for them for a fee (% of the value usually).

You can create your own buyback too, but you need to scout the competition and advertise your service (or usually PM a forum moderator to add you to a megathread) first.

Est. ISK/month: very hard to estimate, depends on the competition, number of players in your group, supply, and type of industry activity, but you can expect to make decent cash

Training time: 4-6 months for a Jump Freighter,  ~1 year for reprocessing, industry – depends on the activity  

Difficulty: 3/10

Can be done as Alpha: no

Links that might interest you:
https://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Buyback_Program

https://wiki.bravecollective.com/public/alliance/industry/buyback

To get the best income you should train all the characters on your account to do PI, this way you’ll usually at least be able to PLEX your account every month.

Gallente Industrial I

Command Center Upgrades I

Interplanetary Consolidation I

Remote Sensing I

Remote Sensing II

Remote Sensing III

Planetology I

Planetology II

Gallente Industrial II

Gallente Industrial III

Interplanetary Consolidation II

Interplanetary Consolidation III

Planetology III

Command Center Upgrades II

Command Center Upgrades III

Command Center Upgrades IV

Interplanetary Consolidation IV

Planetology IV

Advanced Planetology I

Advanced Planetology II

Advanced Planetology III

Advanced Planetology IV

This is a beginner skill plan to get you started, it takes about 19 days to complete, after you’re done with this you want to get crucial skills to level 5 and train some planetary tax reduction.

Est. ISK/month: 1-8b with all 3 characters, depends on how often you reset your setup (the shorter extractor times and the more frequent resets, the more yield) and how optimal it is

Training time: <3 weeks for beginner; ~2 months to be maxed out

Difficulty: 5/10

Can be done as Alpha: no

e) Industry:

-T1 manufacture

-research blueprints

-copy blueprints

-mining

-reactions

-full T3 chain

-invention and T2 production

-capital ship production

-supercapital production

-booster production

-structure production

-PI

T1 manufacture

The simplest form of manufacturing. Generally, it’s not very profitable, because the market is often flooded with carebear, highsec, mining/industry corps with the “I mined it so it was free” mentality that sell at an insanely small margin, sometimes even a negative one. Often the only T1 things that can make you ISK are rigs. And obviously capitals but that takes a lot of SP, budget, planning (more on that in capital production chapter). Often it’s the best to buy a highly researched BPO from contracts and start from there or just go straight to T2 production.

Est. ISK/month: maybe 20-50m/BP/, if you manage to find any good items

Training time: in ~3 days you’ll have 4 manufacturing slots; if you’re Omega you can go even further, reducing manufacturing time and increasing the number of slots

Difficulty: 3/10

Can be done as Alpha: yes

Research blueprints

The most passive ISK making activity you could imagine. You buy BPOs, research them to be 10/20 and put them up on contracts for a multiple times higher price. You can make a lot of money this way with an amazing rate of income (money spent to money earned) and amazing time spent-money earned ratio. If you want to get into this first you need to get the right skills, which are:

-Science

-Metallurgy

-Research 

-Laboratory Operation

-Advanced Laboratory Operation

-Advanced Industry (requires Industry III)

-Contracting

-Scientific Networking (optional)

-Cybernetics (optional, for implants)

Don’t do this on your main though, since the training time is pretty long.

You can research whatever you want if there is demand for it – the bigger the thing, the more you’ll spend time researching it, so not like you can’t research small items/ships, but it will be more clicking and more contracts needed.

If you want to research blueprints for yourself, staying at 7/14 is usually the most efficient thing to do: https://wiki.eveuniversity.org/File:Research_time.png

Est. ISK/month: 1-3 billions usually

Training time: ~3 months

Difficulty: 2/10

Can be done as Alpha: no

Links that might interest you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2rtGCDQ_yw  – blueprint research video

https://soundcloud.com/user-536890765/research-lecture  – blueprint research lecture (from Horde, but the principal remains the same)

https://imgur.com/gallery/vmmTN#8zK31WF  – the link he was talking about

Copy blueprints

Make money copying highly researched T1 BPOs. Unfortunately it’s not really a profitable activity: usually there only is demand for ships, and even then the market is dominated by fully trained industry characters in rigged structures. If you want to try it out you’re free to do so, but remember you need a lot of SP and ISK to start and even then you might not turn profit because of no demand or fierce competition.

Mining

Mine stuff, reprocess it, and sell on the market. You can mine ore, ice and moon rocks. Moon rocks are pretty much the only thing worth mining, unless you have a Rorqual. Mining ore and ice, at the very best you’ll make 60m/h, but usually somewhere around 20-40m/h. Venture however only makes 5m/h. The only time you can actually get some good money is Rorqual multiboxing. A single Rorqual makes ~100m/h. The cost of buying Omega with ISK is 55-65m/day, depending on current prices. So if you have 3 Rorqual accounts, you need to PLEX all of them each month, but on average you’ll make 40m/Rorqual, in only the first hour of mining. Every single hour past the first is pure profit.

You mine ice with the same ships as with ore mining, + Endurance, excluding Venture

Per current prices, with 50% reprocessing yield:

Mining ore will make you 47-135 ISK/m3, (excl. Mercoxit)

Mining ice will make you 116-424 ISK/m3 (calculator’s value is in chunks, each chunk is 1000m3)

Mining moon rocks will make you 39-892 ISK/m3, (R4 moons the lowest, R64 the highest)

You’ll always find the best stuff in null.

Often it’s better to sell the raw stuff on the market or to a guy with maxed out reprocessing skills, you’ll get more money than reprocessing them yourself.

If you’re in a major alliance, you should have an easy access to moons, even the high value ones, with an updated moon chunk schedule. This way even a newbro can make some money on the side. And it’s pretty much the only way. Generally highsec/lowsec mining is a terrible idea, they are dangerous and give depressing ISK/h, especially if you choose to PLEX with in-game money.

Est. ISK/h: 20-60m, 100m with Rorqual, 5m with a Venture (ISK/h for standard ore only, you’ll make more with good ice and moon rocks; you can calculate ISK/h yourself with the calculator below)

Training time: <3 days (Venture) / 0,5m (T1 Barge) / >1m (T2 Barge) / >2m (Endurance) / >2m (T1 Exhumer) / <3m (T2 Exhumer) / <5m (Orca) / within a year, since there are many different fits (Rorqual)

Difficulty: 1/10, watch out for gankers though

Can be done as Alpha: Venture only

Links that might interest you:

https://ore.cerlestes.de/ore  – ISK/m3 calculator, ore, ice and moon rocks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUiNwIKp_Ss  – ratting and mining in nullsec safely

Reactions

Make money purely through reactions. There are 4 types of reactions, but I’ll cover only cover 3, since the booster ones are already covered in the booster production chapter. Those reactions are:

-polymer reactions – you mix 2 types of fullerenes (W-space gas), fuel blocks and some minerals to get polymers, which are used solely for the purpose of T3 production, but are still traded in high volumes on the market

-1st stage of moon reactions – you mix 2 types of raw moon materials (reprocessed moon rocks), 100 of each and add 5 fuel blocks; and get 200 units of intermediate materials

-2nd stage of moon reactions – you mix 2-4 types of intermediate materials, 100 of each and add 5 fuel blocks; and get varying amounts of advanced moon materials (composite materials)

Reactions can only be done in refineries (Athanor/Tatara) in lowsec and below. You have to equip them with reactor module(s) first though. You’ll only be able to do reactions of the type of reactor you’ve installed. For example if you only install Standup Hybrid Reactor, you’ll only be able to react polymers.

*Note: there are 3 types of reactors: Biochemical, Hybrid and Composite (2 stages of moon reactions can be done using Composite reactor)

Reactions use Reaction Formulas instead of blueprints, which are pretty cheap but cannot be researched. However, you can get material/time efficiency bonus through structure rigs (which only work for 1 reactor type!, if you want to have bonuses to all reactors, you have to equip your refinery with 3 sets of rigs!)

Skills to train:

-Reactions V

-Mass Reactions V

-Advanced Mass Reactions IV (V if you have nothing better to train)

-tax reducing skills (optional but recommended)

-Remote Reactions (optional)

Unless you want to bother and do the shipping yourself, you won’t need to train anything other than that.

It’s usually the best to do reactions in null, in the well-rigged structures of your alliance. You’ll have to deal with a high system cost index and taxes, but you won’t need to bother with putting up your own refinery, fueling it regularly, defending it etc.

Also it’s worth noting, even though reactions can be very profitable, they can also screw you over. Reaction materials tend to have very unstable prices, often swinging more than 20% within a week. This happens mostly on moon related products, because of alliance moon schedules and exports. Hybrid polymers’ also sometimes swing, big reason for that are wormhole residents, who often react gas that they find next door, and export it – rarely, but all in one go.

If you are planning to do moon reactions, it’s usually best to do full chain of reactions. And if you’re just starting off, buy 2x materials to cover you for your first chain.

Keep in mind it takes a lot of time to keep up with your reactions. Keeping your buy and sell orders on top, importing and exporting will require a lot of effort.

Est. ISK/month: 2-8b per character

Training time: ~1 month + 4-6 months for a Jump Freighter if you want to transport stuff by yourself

Difficulty: 6/10

Can be done as Alpha: no

Full T3 chain

T3 production is probably the most complex industry-related activity you can find in New Eden. It’s a 4 stage process, with the final results being advanced T3 destroyers and cruisers, used in great numbers all around New Eden. First, this is how the production chain looks like:

a) you invent T3 BPCs (aka reverse engineering), it requires:

-ancient relics which are found in wormhole sleeper sites (mostly relic – Forgotten) or Silent Battleground sites

-standard and T3 datacores (Core/Defensive/Offensive/Propulsion Subsystem Engineering) the latter being found in wormhole sleeper data sites (Unsecured)

-optional decryptors

Each Ancient Relic is a combination of 2 – quality and type:

Quality:

Intact – highest chance of BPC invention (26% base chance of success, 20-run BPC)

Malfunctioning – medium chance of BPC invention (21% base, 10-run BPC)

Wrecked – lowest chance of BPC invention (14% base, 3-run BPC)

Type:

Small Hull Section – used to invent a T3 destroyer BPC

Hull Section – used to invent a T3 cruiser hull BPC

Armor Nanobot – used to invent a Defensive Subsystem BPC

Power Cores – used to invent a Core Subsystem BPC

Thruster Sections – used to invent a Propulsion Subsystem BPC

Weapon Subroutines – used to invent an Offensive Subsystem BPC

(from UniWiki)

b) you react fullerenes (W-space gas) with fuel blocks and minerals – you get polymers (reaction process)

c) you manufacture subsystem components from polymers and sleeper (WH) salvage

d) you make ships and subsystems using subsystem components.

All skills you might need:

-Science

-Mechanics

-CPU Management

-Powergrid Management

-Metallurgy

-Research

-Industry

-Mass Production

-Advanced Mass Production

-Reactions

-Mass Reactions

-Advanced Mass Reactions

-Mechanical Engineering

-Advanced Small Ship Construction

-Advanced Medium Ship Construction

-Amarr Starship Engineering

-Caldari Starship Engineering

-Gallente Starship Engineering

-Minmatar Starship Engineering

-Electromagnetic Physics

-Graviton Physics

-Laser Physics

-High Energy Physics

-Hydromagnetic Physics

-Mechanical Engineering

-Nanite Engineering

-Plasma Physics

-Rocket Science

-Quantum Physics

-Sleeper Encryption Methods

-Defensive Subsystem Technology

-Offensive Subsystem Technology

-Propulsion Subsystem Technology

-Core Subsystem Technology

-Jury Rigging

*Note: You’re gonna need a lot of starting capital and time spent researching BPOs/training. Also you can’t do T3 production in NPC stations.

Est. ISK/month: a couple of billions

Training time: 6 months+

Difficulty: 9/10

Can be done as Alpha: no

Invention and T2 production

Make money creating T2 items with full T2 chain. The production consists of 3 stages:

1) copying T1 BPO–>T1 BPC – material/time efficiency doesn’t matter

2) inventing T1 BPC–>T2 BPC – requires two different sets of 1-64 datacores, you can also use an optional decryptor which boosts the efficiency, success chance or number of runs; the number of required datacores depends on the size of the object,

3) manufacturing T2 BPC – requires (often not all of) the following: T1 item, PI, Morphite, Advanced Components, R.A.M

Base T2 BPC has 1 run if it’s a ship or a rig and 10 runs if it’s anything else. They also have base 2% ME and 4% TE. Those stats then can be modified by a decryptor.

If the invention attempt is unsuccessful you lose 1 run on the T1 BPC, if there was only 1 run left, it disappears.

Invention success chance depends on your level of: Science, Rocket Science and racial encryption method (depends on the race of the object) skill.

Modules rigs and ammo have a base success chance of 34%, frigates have a bit less and the bigger the ship gets, the lower success chance becomes.

The more of the ingredients, that are required to make a T2 item, you make yourself, (instead of buying on the market) the more profit you make in the end.

You can find decryptor stats on UniWiki (link below)

SKILLS:

-base: CPU Management V, Powegrid Management V, Mechanics V, Science V, Industry V

-racial encryption methods: increase invention success chance (different races for different items)

-advanced science skills: 2 of those are required for the manufacture of a certain item

-to increase the number of manufacturing jobs: Mass Production, Advanced Mass Production

-to increase the number of copying jobs: Laboratory Operation, Advanced Laboratory Operation

*-ships: Advanced Small/Medium/Large Ship Construction [only if you craft ships]

**-industry: Advanced Industry, Supply Chain Management [to boost efficiency]

to check the minimum skills to produce a certain item: search the T1 version in the market–>show info–>industry–>blueprint–>copying–>T1 copy–>invention process

Advanced Science Skills:

Amarr Starship Engineering

Caldari Starship Engineering

Gallente Starship Engineering

Minmatar Starship Engineering

Electromagnetic Physics

Electronic Engineering

Graviton Physics

High Energy Physics

Hydromagnetic Physics

Laser Physics

Mechanical Engineering

Molecular Engineering

Nanite Engineering

Nuclear Physics

Plasma Physics

Quantum Physics

Rocket Science

*Note: if you buy all the materials from the market, it’ll be hard for you to make profit, you should make at least a part of the materials yourself (T1 item or PI is a good start)

**Note: the more characters you have in the business the more money you’ll make, for example, 1 character with average skills with earn ~500m a month. Well trained 8 characters (some of them focused solely on copying/inventing while others only manufacture) can make you up to 15b a month.

Est. ISK/month: 300m-15b (depends on SP and number of characters)

Training time: ~1 month to start off, ~3 months to have decent efficiency, ~6 months to be really efficient

Difficulty: 3/10

Can be done as Alpha: no

Capital ship production

Capital ship production is one of the higher end industry activities, giving great potential profits but with even greater early investments. Capital ships are produced with capital ship components (excl. Jump Freighters). Those components are produced from standard minerals (like Tritanium or Isogen). Capital ships can be split into 2 sections:

-those able to fly into highsec – Orcas, Freighters, which are built from 4-7 different capital component types and Jump Freighters which are produced through invention (more on that later)

-those not able to fly into highsec  – Rorquals, Force Auxillaries, Dreadnoughts and Carriers (and of course supercapitals, more on that in supercapital production chapter) – are built from usually ~12 different capital component types

The number of different capital components gives you a rough idea on starting budget: each BPO costs ~1,5b and needs to be further researched to be (more) profitable.

As a beginner, it’s best to start with Orcas and Freighters, they don’t require such a high early investment and can be sold in highsec. Before you begin, you want to find a well rigged, low tax citadel, join a corp which can offer you one, or just put one up yourself.

Then comes the research part. That can take a long time – ~3-4 months for each component and potentially over a year for the ships. You want to have as many research job slots to do it efficiently. If you don’t want to do that, you can buy already researched blueprints off of contracts. They are much more expensive but they can save you time spent training and researching. Also, even though BPOs are expensive you do not want to use BPCs, they will eat into your profits quickly.

If you choose to research, you have to do this in a rigged POS, otherwise it’s not worth it at all.

After you’re done with the research you can start manufacturing. First you need to find materials. If you’re building highsec ships you can buy the minerals with little to no effort, but if you choose to produce ships that cannot fly into highsec, you have to get your minerals from somewhere. There are 3 ways to do this:

-mine them yourself (Rorqual + a rigged refinery is recommended)

-import them with a Jump Freighter, alternatively a hauling service (compress them first though)

-mineral buyback (if you’re in a corporation/alliance)

After you have the materials you can finally move on to manufacturing. A single capital component takes very short to produce – only a couple of hours, while the ships take 14-20 days, when well researched. After starting the production of the first ship, you can keep the chain going with the rest of your production slots.

If your end goal are more advanced ships, that can only be produced outside of highsec, it’s a good choice to join a group. It will be much safer, provides you with great structures/buyback opportunities and possibly demand for your ships.

The final step you can take as a capital (but not supercapital) ship producer, are Jump Freighters. Those incredibly expensive (~10b) ships take a ton of effort to produce. First, because it’s a T2 ship you need to copy and invent the T1 BPO. After you’re done with that you produce the T1 version of the ship. Then you usually buy smaller stuff like Morphite or Construction Blocks (~70m total). Then the final, most expensive thing to get are components: a small amount of Capital Jump Drives (the ones that you produce any capital ship with) and the big boys – advanced capital components, which are made from advanced moon materials. You need a couple of different types of those, each requiring hundreds of advanced components. All this together makes up for one of the most expensive ship types in the game. Production chain of those is a combination of invention, standard capital production, high-end components production and possibly reactions as well. Huge investment cost, a ton of time spent on careful planning and gathering materials for a big, ultimate profit. They are often produced in highsec.

Things that are very useful to have:

-money (initial: 20b – highsec ships, 40b – non-highsec ships)

-multiple accounts

-scout alt (if producing outside of highsec)

-interdictor insta-align hauler (to transport BPOs)

-reprocessing implants and skills (if mining your own stuff or buying just rocks)

-jump clones

Est. ISK/month: highsec ships – maybe ~2-3b at best;   non-highsec ships -billions, even tens of billions with multiple accounts

Training time: 4-18 months – heavily depends on the stuff you are planning to produce, whether you research or not, if you haul or mine, if you train individual reprocessing skills etc.

Difficulty: 4/10 in highsec,  8/10 not in highsec

Can be done as Alpha: no

Links that might interest you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqvUIQNVzdc  – a roadmap to capital ship construction

Supercapital production

Similar to capital production but on a MUCH larger scale. Supers can only be built in your sovereign nullsec system, which has Supercapital Construction Facilities infrastructure upgrade, and only in a Sotiyo Engineering Complex with a Standup Supercapital Shipyard I module; you cannot redock in a Sotiyo once you launch them, they can only be docked in a Keepstar citadel. They take months to manufacture, require a LOT of components, and their BPOs are incredibly expensive (similar to the ship costs). There are 2 types of supercapitals:

-supercarriers, require Capital Production IV (compared to III for carriers) and ~15x more components than a carrier; they cost 10-15b

-titans, the biggest ships in the game, require Capital Production V, cost ~65-75b a piece, are traded only through private contracts (broker fees), and usually also ordered privately

This activity is very much inaccessible for many players. You have to be a part of a well established alliance, have hundreds of billions in budget, multiple accounts, each with over a year of skill training (or more money spent on injectors) and it will take a long while for your investment to pay off, also you might encounter at least some competition in your alliance (because those are pretty much the only people you can sell to), on top of that you have to advertise yourself and make people order from you.

Est. ISK/month: tens of billions

Training time: a year or more for each account

Difficulty: 8/10

Can be done as Alpha: no

Booster production

Make money reacting and producing boosters. There are 2 parts that go into the production process: the reactions part, which is the more complex one, and manufacturing part which is easy, but you have to get blueprints first. First let’s talk about reactions. There are 4 types of reactions, but in this chapter I’ll only cover the booster ones. You can find the rest in their respective chapter. Generally, reactions can only take place in refineries, in lowsec and below, which have certain reaction rigs (there are 3 types: for moons, for boosters and for polymers for T3 stuff). For the booster reactions you need 3 things: certain K-space gas, fuel blocks and some bonus item (trade goods or low stage PI). You should buy gas with buy orders and the rest is fine to buy from sell orders. Then you wanna transport those materials to your refinery. If your POS is in lowsec, you should use a Blockade Runner. If you live in nullsec, your best bet is to use a hauling service.

You can also harvest gas yourself, especially if you live in null.

There are 4 kinds of boosters:

1a) Synth – those guys are produced from Mykoserocin, in a single reaction process and are much worse than all other boosters, but give no potential harmful side effects. You can expect to make an average of 0,3-1m profit with each sold booster.

1b) Standard – they are produced from Cytoserocin and have much stronger bonuses but can have equally strong side effects. They are produced in a single reaction process. You can expect to make an average of ~1m with each sold booster.

2) Improved – they are produced from 2 Pure Standard booster materials, produced in 3 reactions. You can expect to make an average of 5m with each sold booster.

3) Strong – they are produced from 1 Pure Standard and 1 Pure Improved materials, in a total of 5 reactions. You can expect to make an average of  10-20m with each sold booster.

Now, here comes the tricky part, getting blueprints. Normally they aren’t available on the market. You have to either buy them off contracts, (which isn’t really a good idea) or get them yourself. They appear in Chemical Labs sites, which are signatures that only appear in lowsec/nullsec, show up as gas sites, but have NPCs in them and require data analyzers to access the drug BPCs and reaction formulas. You can find some details on UniWiki’s but they aren’t very well documented.

You can also get Synth drugs BPCs in pirate faction LP stores:

Angels: Sooth Sayer and X-instinct

Blood Raiders: Mindflood

Guristas: Blue Pill and Crash

Sansha’s: Frentix

Serpentis: Exile and Drop

BPCs have 50 runs by default.

The skills you need are:

-drug manufacturing

-reactions, mass reactions, advanced mass reactions

-mass production

-skills for a good PVE ship

-anchoring+corporation management (if you’re putting up your own POS)

-supply chain management (optional)

The entire production chain of each booster pill past the first, on average, takes 2,75-3,5h.

Remember to take volume into the account and don’t go full throttle on one drug, crashing the market prices.

Note: Some boosters take a little more pure booster material to produce than you get from reactions. You can just ignore it, it won’t make much of a difference in the long run. And I’ll still count them as a single reaction.

Est. ISK: see estimates above

Training time: 3-6 months

Difficulty: 8/10

Can be done as Alpha: no

Structure production

Very similar to capital production. Just like when producing caps you’ll need a lot of money to start off, a lot of time spent researching components and a lot of time producing a single structure. Blueprints can be very expensive and often take a long time to pay off. Structures however can be produced in highsec and require less SP. And obviously they are produced from structure, not capital components.

Pro tip: Train tax reduction skills if you are planning to produce anything expensive.

Est. ISK/month: highly depends on the size of the structure, you can make as little as 200m and as much as 5b

Training time: 2-4 months

Difficulty: 4/10

Can be done as Alpha: no

PI

A brilliant, semi-passive ISK making activity. You set up planetary production, leave it for a couple of days, get all your stuff and reset it. Raw resources are called P0. Then you mix them to create P1, you mix P1 to create P2 and so on up to P4. The higher the level the more they cost, require more resources from multiple planets to make and more time spent. The are many possible, profitable setups. Some people do P0-P2 and then sell, some import P2 then sell as P4, while others do P0-P3 or even the entire chain on multiple characters. Full chain can’t be done on a single character because there are 8 planets, you can have command centres set up on the maximum of 6 at once. Your ship of choice should be Epithal, T1 industrial with 45k base planetary commodity cargo hold (it increases with each Gallente Industrial level). It’s cheap and has short training time. Important thing to know is that you can only process P0 into P1 with a basic factory. To go any higher than that you need advanced factories. The most optimal way to do this is to create a planet only for advanced factories (factory planet), where you import all your stuff and go as far down the chain as you want to.

There are amazing websites on the internet which show you PI chains, required planets, profitability etc.

There are many great setups you can find posted publicly online or as a guide in your alliance resource page. You can do it in anywhere, even in wormholes. Just a couple of notes:

-highsec is only useful for factory planets with imported materials, because the production is very low

-lowsec is not recommended, null is safer and has better yield

-nullsec is the best when considering both profit, comfort and safety – you join an alliance, find a system with good planets and sell it to buybacks or export it to Jita

-wormholes bring the best profit but they are more dangerous and you have to scan/wait for a good exit and then export in bulk

To get the best income you should train all the characters on your account to do PI, this way you’ll usually at least be able to PLEX your account every month.

Gallente Industrial I

Command Center Upgrades I

Interplanetary Consolidation I

Remote Sensing I

Remote Sensing II

Remote Sensing III

Planetology I

Planetology II

Gallente Industrial II

Gallente Industrial III

Interplanetary Consolidation II

Interplanetary Consolidation III

Planetology III

Command Center Upgrades II

Command Center Upgrades III

Command Center Upgrades IV

Interplanetary Consolidation IV

Planetology IV

Advanced Planetology I

Advanced Planetology II

Advanced Planetology III

Advanced Planetology IV

This is a beginner skill plan to get you started, it takes about 19 days to complete, after you’re done with this you want to get crucial skills to level 5 and train some planetary tax reduction.

Est. ISK/month: 1-8b with all 3 characters, depends on how often you reset your setup (the shorter extractor times and the more frequent resets, the more yield) and how optimal it is

Training time: <3 weeks for beginner; ~2 months to be maxed out

Difficulty: 5/10

Can be done as Alpha: no

f) Social:

-scamming

-spying

-theft

-loans

-escalation trading

-rentals

-colonising a wh

-leadership

-diplomat

-SIGs

Scamming

Use your charisma (or spamming skills), and convince people to accept your falsely advertised contracts or just give you their stuff. You can make decent money by spamming Jita local, but keep in mind you’re competing with other scammers for that 1 or 2 people unexperienced enough to fall for it. You can definitely get rich but you need to be creative and think outside of the box. For example, individually talk to people and/or use the Trade window. Surprisingly enough, after all this years there are still many people getting scammed everyday, even though that is what EVE is famous for.

Est. ISK/month: hard to tell, but if you spam enough you can make a lot of money, easily PLEXing your account and still have plenty money left for PVP

Training time: none, couple of days if you want to use Margin Trading skill (requires Omega)

Difficulty: 1-2/10

Can be done as Alpha?: yes

Links that may interest you:

https://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Scams_in_EVE_Online  – scams in EVE

https://imperium.news/scamming-for-fun-and-profit/  – interview with 3 scammers

https://www.pcgamer.com/meet-the-biggest-scammer-in-eve-online/  – history of the biggest scammer in EVE

Spying

Put an alternate character in a hostile alliance/corporation. Gather info for your allies or just for yourself. You can do that by sitting on your target’s Mumble comms, Discord, gently asking around, pretend you’re an FC and directly message a scanner who apparently found a good WH connection etc. If you’re really dedicated, patient, and know your way around you could even eventually get a high enough role, to be able to provide some high quality OpSec information. If you’re in a WH corp you can scan the connections from the inside, send bookmarks to your corpmates, and invade/evict them together. If you’re in an industrial highsec corp, you can get to know freighter schedules (if they have any), and possibly items they are carrying, so you can gank them. It all depends on your creativity and ability to spot opportunities.

Est. ISK/month: ??

Training time: none by default, but sometimes you might need to be able to fly certain ships

Difficulty: 8/10

Can be done as Alpha: yes

Links that may interest you: https://www.tentonhammer.com/guides/practical-espionage-for-beginners-in-eve-online

https://www.pcgamer.com/murder-incorporated-ten-months-of-deception-for-one-kill-in-eve-online/

https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/spies-lies-and-eve-online

Theft

Perhaps the most evil way of making money in EVE Online. Work for months to get trust of your corpmates/alliance members. When you are deemed trustful and granted a high position, it’s your time to shine. Steal anything of value that belongs to the corporation, and move it as quickly as possible to the nearest NPC station. Before they notice what’s going on and remove you from corp, you’re already sitting on a stack of expensive loot that you are waiting to be hauled to Jita. There are many ways to pull a big heist off. If you’re really trusted you can do anything.  If you want this method to work, you need to be very patient, creative, social, approachable, charismatic. Beware, it might not work out.

Difficulty: 9/10 + a ton of patience

Can be done as Alpha: technically yes, but you should hide the fact that you’re Alpha

Links that may interest you:

https://www.pcgamer.com/inside-the-biggest-heist-in-eve-online-history/ – biggest heist in EVE’s history

https://www.engadget.com/2008/10/21/a-200-billion-isk-theft-in-eve-online/ – 200b ISK theft

Loans

Lend your money to other players, on a previously agreed interest rate. Requires a lot of capital. Check the forums for potential clients. I wouldn’t really recommend it because there are good chances you’ll get scammed and there aren’t that many people looking for loans anymore. But if you’re friends with someone, who you know you can trust, you can still give him an unofficial loan and make some cash on the side. But really, there are better and safer ways to make money.

Est. ISK/month: usually ~3-9%

Training time: none

Difficulty: 1/10

Can be done as Alpha?: well, if you somehow managed to acquire so much money as an Alpha clone…, then yes

Escalation trading

After the changes to the bookmark system (end of November 2019) trading bookmarks has become very hard and complicated. For any new players – you have a ~5% chance to get escalations from combat anomalies and unrated cosmic signatures, the escalation you get can be either a DED rated complex or an expedition. You used to be able to just drag the bookmark to your inventory, put it on contract and charge 30-120m for it, depending on the level of the escalation/expedition. Right now, the market is pretty much dead.

Come on CCP. You can do better.

Rentals

Make money by renting structures or space. Structure renting is not that big of a thing and it’s not very popular. It’s about renting well rigged, industry citadels for a monthly fee, however, you can often find them publically available, while their owners make money from taxes. But, if you ever want to rent somebody a structure, and actually find a good opportunity, you should ask for a bit less than the structure fuel cost.

Space renting, on the other hand, generally only happens when an alliance rents individual systems/constellations where only those who rent it can interfere. It happens for many reasons, like access to good moons/planets, putting up your private industry POSes with low system cost indexes or unfortunately botting. If other alliance members constantly invade your privacy they can get kicked out. The procedures and terms are usually pretty complicated and depend on the alliance too.

Colonising a WH

Join a group, find a wormhole and settle down there. It requires a ton of effort to constantly refuel the POS, scan, roll potentially dangerous entrances and defend your new home from any evictors (which is why it’s almost never done solo), but it can be a lot of fun. It’s pretty amazing, because there are so many wormhole systems and you can choose one depending on what you want to do. Do you like ganking? Do so in any WH with a highsec static. Do you want to roam together? Wormhole with a null or lowsec static should be your choice. Wanna huff gas? Settle down in a WH with a C5/C6 static. What’s more, wormhole planets have the best material yields in the game, highest payout rats, good exploration potential and sleeper salvage/gas needed for T3 industry. For specific activities visit their respective chapters.

Difficulty: 8/10

Links that might interest you:

https://sites.google.com/site/allpathsleadtoanoikis/  – many great WH related materials

http://www.fiercewebs.com/arcdragon/EverythingWormhole.pdf  – A Guide to Everything Wormhole

Leadership

Be a CEO of a big corporation or an alliance and make money from taxes. Very hard thing to achieve and it’s even harder to be a good leader. You’ll have to sacrifice some of your real life to make sure everything is running smoothly in EVE. It’s not an activity to make money though, it’s about the social aspect and watching your creation grow.

Training time: you need corporation management skills so 1-2 months

Difficulty: 11/10

Can be done as Alpha: no

Links that might interest you:

https://forums-archive.eveonline.com/message/1647043/  – guide to making a successful corporation

Diplomat

Diplomats handle all social aspects of a corporation/alliance. They are the people who are directly involved in politics, solve issues between parties, send war declaration messages, invite other corporations to become their allies or take care of the recruitment process. Because how important their role is, they need to be very trusted and respected in the galaxy and always remain in contact with the CEO of their corporations. If you want to become one, just try to live your life in New Eden to the fullest. Join a corporation, start going on ops, speak on forums, don’t be afraid to talk to others. It takes a long time for people to deem you trustful enough to give you such a high position though, so don’t focus on anything in particular, keep acquiring game knowledge, make others recognize you and see where that will lead you. However keep in mind, you might not get paid for this, it all depends on the CEO. Overall, you need good social skills, ability to solve problems and a good game/game politics knowledge.

Difficulty: 9/10

Links that might interest you:
https://forums-archive.eveonline.com/topic/458813/

SIGs

Be a part of a group of players who love and want to do as much of a certain type of gameplay (WH roaming, recon, capitals, mercenaries, industry etc.). If you wanna do it and you’re in a big corporation or alliance, you can join a Special Interest Group where your corpmates love it as much as you do and will aim to have fun doing it together. If you want to join a SIG, or just see what kind of SIGs there are, usually there should be certain megathreads or bulletins in your corporation, with all the information. If not, then just ask around. If you want to be a leader you need an initiative and a lot of game knowledge.