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Hugo REGIBO's avatar

I would probably invest in a <500mil fit for abyssals, and get about twice the cost of the ship then trying harder ones (in case it blows up, we can repay it twice now!)

Melicien Tetro's avatar

The market in New Eden can seem very unpredictable to new players. Why do some things go up in price while others seem to go down compared to trends and inflation? It can be pretty confusing trying to figure out where to start building your portfolio. Since this community is so new, I don't see any harm in sharing my get rich slow schemes.

This guide is going to straddle the line between investment and speculation.

The only thing I make money off of is limited edition cosmetics. When a new pack is released, the cosmetic items will get seeded to Jita market at ludicrously low prices. Skins, clothes, you name it. I prefer clothes because they seem to be one of the hardest assets in New Eden, you can take them off and sell them. Skins are much more predictable money, though.

Let's make this focus even more narrow.

Here's the Luminaire Rising Skin for the Hubris. This is the only skin in existence for a dozen billion isk hull. It WILL appreciate, it's just a matter of time. Buy the dip!

Buy 5 of the skins now, sit for a bit and sell. See how volume is starting to increase again as people get skilled into it? Enjoy. :D

Rushlock's avatar

Oz has this covered pretty well in my opinion. He's done extensive content making trading more accessible new players with lower amounts of starting capital (ISK).

You can find his guides here

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AlexGra 's avatar

Here are my Recommended ways to Invest $500m ISK:

Manufacturing: Investing in blueprints and resources to manufacture items that are in demand. Monitor the market to adjust your production accordingly.

Exploration: Equip a ship for exploration and venture into wormholes or nullsec space to discover valuable data and relics.

Planetary Interaction: Set up planetary colonies to produce valuable resources that can be sold on the market.

Moon Mining: Join a corporation with access to moon mining operations and earn ISK by extracting and processing moon materials.

Mission Running: Complete PvE missions to earn bounties, rewards, and loyalty points that can be converted into valuable items.

Trading Hubs: Establish trade routes between different regions to take advantage of price disparities.

Invest in Assets: Purchase ships, modules, or other items that are expected to appreciate in value over time.

Alex Sinclair's avatar

Great suggestions, thank you!

EVEIL's avatar

The most important investment in Eve, as in real life, is in yourself. More experienced players are able to make ISK faster and with less effort because they understand the game and the mechanics that they are limited to.

How should you invest 500million ISK? Use it to fund your exploration of everything the game has to offer. Take an exploration frigate into Pochven, see what the locals are up to, and salvage their wrecks. Snooping on the locals is how I discovered that you could piggy back their fleets and scoop the loot crates they leave behind.

While you're in Pochven, learn to use the Pochven Express to safely extract your loot back to high sec.

Now that you understand how to extract your loot via Pochven, why not use the knowledge to buy cheap ships that are stuck in hard to reach corners of the galaxy? Bring them back to safer space and sell them for profit.

These are all examples of ISK making methods that I have stumbled across during my time playing Eve with curiosity. The best way to get ahead is by experiencing the game for yourself. Get off the beaten track and you might discover something for yourself. After all, the best ISK making method is the one nobody else knows about.

Alex Sinclair's avatar

Very helpful advice (for EVE and real life)!

FUN INC's avatar

Planetary interaction!

I know nothing about this, but here is an EVE uni wiki guide that can get you started!

Dependent on where you setup, and how many facilities, you can spend a few minutes a month to net a decent income!

orik Kado's avatar

So, you've reached your first 500M, and now you're unsure about how to multiply that money.

My first advice is not to invest all your ISK in a single activity. Diversifying your investment can protect you in case something goes wrong.

Trading is an excellent option if you know how to play the market. If you have doubts and you're unsure, it's better not to take risks, or if you do, start very slowly until you learn.

You can also look for contracts in remote regions at reduced prices and transport them to trade hubs to sell at a higher cost. Here's a tool that can help you:

If you have research queues available, you can buy BPOs from NPCs, find a suitable station to improve them, and then resell them through contracts at a higher cost. A good example could be BPOs for Fuel Blocks.

With these tips, you can gradually increase your fortune. And keep in mind, there's no method to quickly multiply your ISK. If someone offers you such a thing, it's most likely a scam.

Alex Sinclair's avatar

This is very sensible advice for new players, thanks for taking the time to share it!

greybill's avatar

I'd invest in ships that give opportunities:

  1. A Covert Ops exploration frigate to scan and hack data and relic sites. T2 fitted, that should not be more than ~50 million ISK

  2. A T3 Destroyer to blitz highsec combat anomalies which can escalate into DED-sites. A Light Missile Jackdaw or Rail-Hecate can also run the resulting 5/10 DED escalation, although a bit slower than a dedicated cruiser could do it. Such a T3D will usually cost less than 100 million ISK. A tech 3 destroyer can also probe down lost drones and MTUs that often are worth looting.

  3. A cruiser that can comfortably run the 5/10 DED escalations with one may get from farming anomalies. an Ishtar or Cerberus can do that for ~250 million ISK. Such a Heavy Assault Cruiser can also reliably run combat missions or complete abyssal pockets.

  4. With ~100 million ISK left, the 21 million for the Gas Harvesting skill book and a Venture with Gas Harvester are easily affordable. That goes well with our exploration frigate.

  5. If there is ISK left, a Sunesis can be fit to warp in less than 2 seconds and have a cargo hold of 1000 m³ - the perfect ship to ninja-loot valuable wrecks of player ships in lowsec with.

This handful of ships opens up a large variety of gameplay to make ISK with. The "teach a man to fish" concept applied to Eve Online.

Alex Sinclair's avatar

Speculate to accumulate. Great advice, thanks greybill

MacGybo's avatar

You may well raise your eyebrows, but this is how you can make billions with minimal investment. You can spend 500 mill on :

  • a ship, such as a wreathe;

  • small skill injectors to boost up your (1) shield skills and (2) evasive manouvering & spaceship command skills (to increase ship agility) and then follow this guide to PROFIT! And since you're stealing from gankers, you don't have to feel guilty about it. WIN - WIN!

Alex Sinclair's avatar

The ol' Robin Hood approach. Great submission MacGybo!

Brother Grimoire's avatar

There are a lot of ways to turn 500m ISK into billions! Just ask anyone in Jita local! In this submission, I will cover what I personally would do to build my warchest. The two main focuses will be Exploration and Gas Harvesting, with the main focus being on the former.

To begin with, I would fit an Astero. This would take significant portion of my resources, but I would be able to recoup my losses pretty easily. This Astero would then be used to run any 3/10 or below DED sites in my region, along with running Limited Sleeper Cache sites. The rewards for completing DED sites and Sleeper Caches would build up a war chest pretty quickly. In addtion to running these sites, I would also be scanning empty lowsec systems in search of Gas Sites. Another sneaky isk faucet is hunting belt rats in the Araz constellation for Blood Bronze tags, which are worth 10m each

Astero fit:

When I find Gas sites in a suitable system, I would use a relatively cheap but well tanked Venture to huff the gas and carry it away. Each Gas site can net hundreds of millions, so even losing one venture per full gas haul is an easy trade off.

Venture Fit:

The desired end result of these actions is to build up enough ISK to afford a Stratios to continue my exploration adventures. With a Stratios, Running Standard and Superior Sleeper caches becomes easy and I make hundreds of millions of ISK relatively quickly while also having fun with my favorite activity in the game. I estimate that I could easily be back in my stratios in under a month of casual play.

Desired end result:

Alex Sinclair's avatar

This is just the sort of suggestion we were hoping for. Thanks, Brother Grimoire!

Schadsquatch's avatar

For any newbro looking to invest, a low cost, high risk/high reward activity is hunting for Intact Armor Plates in Stain. New players will learn that dying is ok in EVE and will learn the value of using their d-scan effectively, and keeping an eye on local. All invaluable skills for someone who is learning to become an excellent pilot in EVE.

Using a lowly Heron, you are able to make tens of millions fairly quickly in Stain, Paragon Soul, Esoteria regions of Low-Sec. Just be forewarned, YOU WILL DIE to Sabres and other interdictors. These areas of space are hunted very frequently due to the amount of isk other explorers would I would use the remaining isk to buy Small Skill Injectors to get into Cov-Ops IV (so you can use a covert-ops) and train into either an Astero or a Buzzard asap.

The initial investment might be large, but the ROI on flying inexpensive exploration ships in low-sec is impressive.

For ROF (return on fun), pay for a night out on the town with the boys! Buy everyone a Rifter and go do FW or 'yeet fleet' into null-sec using a Noise Filament. A night flying around and maybe catching an unsuspecting Ishtar would be awesome! Memories>Isk.

A safe investment in-game would be, as others has pointed out, limited edition SKINs. These are routinely safe investments for the long hold, as long as you have the 💎✋ for it.


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