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Solid Fit for Gas Huffing: A Guide for New Players

This fit has been proven effective over time by many pilots and is designed for gas huffing, or ninja gas mining, in wormholes (WH) and other hazardous regions of space. This activity is especially suitable for newer players because it offers an excellent return on investment. The initial setup is inexpensive and can typically be recouped within a few minutes of gas huffing. The most significant upfront cost is a skill book.

I created this guide using a fresh character with no additional training or enhancements. Here’s how you can get started.

Investments

Even a completely new character will need to purchase two skill books: Gas Cloud Harvesting (currently priced at 34 million ISK in Jita) and, optionally, Drones for 125k ISK. The ship itself and its fittings cost around 11.3 million ISK. In total, you're looking at an investment of about 45 million ISK. You can cover nearly half of this by completing Career Agents' missions and perhaps running a few missions or mining regular ores while your Mining Frigate skill is training.

In terms of skill points (SP), you’ll need approximately 2 days and 18 hours of training to pilot the fit and another 2-3 days to do it effectively. However, you can instantly boost your skills with a free 1 million SP offer, which is available even after registering your account.

Fittings

The fit is designed to be capacitor-stable, allowing you to run all modules continuously. It includes a light tank to provide a buffer if your reaction time is not perfect, a Warp Core Stabilizer to help escape from player pirates, and rigs that enhance your escape speed by 40%. Additionally, you should equip a probe launcher for exploration and locating gas sites. Remember to carry at least 16 probes at any moment!

[Venture, Melamori's Gas Collector-3000] Warp Core Stabilizer I

5MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive Medium Shield Extender I Compact EM Shield Amplifier

Gas Cloud Scoop I Gas Cloud Scoop I Core Probe Launcher I

Small Low Friction Nozzle Joints I Small Low Friction Nozzle Joints I Small Low Friction Nozzle Joints I

Hobgoblin I x2 Core Scanner Probe I x16

General Strategy

When mining in WH space, be aware that hostile NPCs ("rats") will spawn approximately 12 minutes after you arrive. These rats are extremely dangerous and will quickly destroy your ship if you're not vigilant.

  1. Find a wormhole.

  2. Create a safe spot within the wormhole.

  3. Locate a gas cloud (avoid the Ordinary Perimeter Reservoir as it guarantees destruction).

  4. Warp to the location and set a timer for 12 minutes.

  5. Activate your Micro Warp Drive (MWD) and head towards the cloud. As you get into range, start mining it.

  6. Begin harvesting as soon as you reach the cloud, then turn off your MWD.

  7. Manually pilot your ship into the center of the cloud and stop.

  8. As the 12-minute mark approaches, prepare to warp out to your safe spot or any celestial object.

  9. Warp out immediately when the rats spawn (or if any player ships appear).

Notes: The reason you have exactly 12 minutes is that the site's internal timer starts as soon as you land. After it expires, NPC guards will arrive and swiftly eliminate any threat, including you. Do not wait for them to target or approach you; flee the moment they appear. Also, remaining in the center of the cloud may help decloak any hidden players, giving you a brief moment to react and escape.


  • Ship name: Melamori's Gas Collector-3000

  • Character Username: Melamori

  • Short description: This gas-huffing fit is ideal for new players exploring dangerous space regions like wormholes. It offers a high ROI with minimal investment, featuring a cheap setup and essential skills. The fit is cap-stable, moderately tanked, and equipped with escape mechanisms for quick retreats from threats.

Kane Carnifex's avatar

[Prospect, Gas Huffer]

Low

  • Warp Core Stabilizer II

  • Inertial Stabilizers II

  • Inertial Stabilizers II

  • Damage Control II

Mid

  • 5MN Quad LiF Restrained Microwarpdrive

  • Warp Scrambler II

  • Medium Shield Extender II

High

  • Gas Cloud Scoop II

  • Gas Cloud Scoop II

  • Covert Ops Cloaking Device II

Rigs

  • Small EM Shield Reinforcer II

  • Small Core Defense Field Extender II

Cargo

  • Sisters Core Scanner Probe x8

  • Mobile Depot x1

  • Sisters Core Probe Launcher x1

Fit can be copied below:

Shipname

Pink

Strength

  • Can fit Covert Ops Cloak, which allows cloaked warp

  • Highest Yield under the Mining - Frigates

  • Decent Tank for Industrial Frigate

Weakness

  • Kind of expensive with around 100m ISK

  • Can´t solo guarded WH Gas Sites

  • Fleet required to utilize the Scram

Compare of Gas Huffing amount

Frigate Class: Venture 1,57m³/s Prospect 2,67m³/s

Cruiser Class: Covetor 4,2m³/s Hulk 4,94m³/s

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Kane Carnifex

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Description Pink made by Kane Carnifex for Just About EVE Online. Thanks to its Covert Ops Cloaking in warp ability and the highest amount in GAS huffing under frigates especially if you required to travel through dangerous space. Best used if you have fast responding PVP Fleet in the backhand.

EveOnlineTutorials's avatar

In true EoT fashion, we present to you, The Soft Cloud Muncher

https://youtu.be/aMtkyMxtdDA

Soft Pillow Muncher!

This venture design is set to make sure that new players can take part in what we older plays, like to affectionally called "Gas Cloud Huffing". This activity takes place in Wormholes. The fitting was made by the Eve Online Tutorials team collectively. Thanks to the bonuses of the Venture itself, this fitting will excel at Gas Cloud Harvesting and of course, due to its natural immunity to being warp scrambled, you can easily get away from unwanted visitors to your Gas site!

Alex Sinclair's avatar

Thank you! I'm loving the Just About banner, don't forget this part:

"Write a short (50-word max) description to be included in-game. That description will read something like '[ship name], made by [your name] for Just About EVE Online. Thanks to its [...], it excels at [...] and [...], especially while [...]. Best used when [...]"

EveOnlineTutorials's avatar

I have updated the post, hope that's okay, I'm better at voice than I am writing stuff out :)

Alex Sinclair's avatar

That's ideal, thanks for the update!

Brother Grimoire's avatar

This fit is designed for survivability at a low cost and low SP investment. Affectionately named "Baby's First Brick", this fit is designed to provide maximum survivability through Warp Stabilization and Effective Hitpoints.

Ventures can be deceptively hard to kill. With a +2 to warp core strength and decent stats, a well fit venture can shrug off a volley or two and slide into warp before you know it. This has caused experienced Venture hunters to include more scramble strength to their fits, or increase their numbers. Trading away the incredibly common Damage Control for a Warp Core Stabilizer, this fit can enter warp under even more oppressive conditions

[Venture, Baby's First Brick]

'Accord' Core Compensation

Medium Azeotropic Restrained Shield Extender

Compact Multispectrum Shield Hardener

1MN Y-S8 Compact Afterburner

Gas Cloud Scoop I

Gas Cloud Scoop I

Prototype Cloaking Device I

Small Core Defense Field Extender I

Small Core Defense Field Extender I

Small Core Defense Field Extender I

Credit can be attributed to Brother Grimoire

Baby's First Brick, made by Brother Grimoire for Just About EVE Online. Thanks to its tank, core stability, and price point, it excels at surviving, whilse being cost effective. Upgrade this fit to Tech 2 as skills and income improve.

Limal's avatar

My recommendation for gas harvesting is the Covetor, similar to the Sturmer's fit but more costly at approximately 80 million ISK. Although harvesters have a longer cycle than scoops, the Tech 2 harvesters increase gas yield by about 36% per hour. Its align time is around 5 seconds. Another major advantage of this ship is its versatility and potential for future upgrades; it can be fitted with strip miners to effectively mine ore and serves as a stepping stone to the Hulk—the ultimate mining powerhouse.

Xen's Covetor: Optimized for gas harvesting with Tech 2 harvesters. Versatile design allows for easy conversion to ore mining. Fairly cheap fit allows this ship and fit break even in under 2 hours. Best gas harvesting vessel for controlled space.

[Xen’s Covetor]

Warp Core Stabilizer I

Inertial Stabilizers II

Inertial Stabilizers II

Multispectrum Shield Hardener II

Medium Shield Extender II

Gas Cloud Harvester II

Gas Cloud Harvester II

Medium Low Friction Nozzle Joints I

Medium Low Friction Nozzle Joints I

Medium Low Friction Nozzle Joints I

orik Kado's avatar

Gas harvesting in EVE Online can be one of the most lucrative activities for new players, and now with the introduction of Expert Systems, I believe it's a much more accessible activity for everyone. So, taking advantage of this new mechanic, we can use a Covetor with its equipment to extract gas without needing to be an Omega, allowing you to generate much more ISK.

Now, while the Covetor has a relatively small cargo hold compared to other ships, it compensates with faster gas harvesting speed (shorter extraction time = more ISK). This ship is designed for operations in Null Sec, although you can also use it in wormholes, but keep in mind it lacks countermeasures for escape.

Advantages:

  • Faster cycles.

  • Larger capacity than a Venture.

  • Quick alignment for escape.

Disadvantages:

  • Cannot use Cloak.

  • Low combat capability.

It's a great option if you decide to give Expert Systems a try. You'll be able to see the difference in extraction with each possible type of ship, and it will likely become one of your favorites.

[Covetor, My first gas]

IFFA Compact Damage Control

Type-D Restrained Inertial Stabilizers

Type-D Restrained Inertial Stabilizers

10MN Y-S8 Compact Afterburner

ML-3 Scoped Survey Scanner

Gas Cloud Harvester I

Gas Cloud Harvester I

Medium EM Shield Reinforcer I

Medium Core Defense Field Extender I

Medium Core Defense Field Extender I

Created by Orik Kado for Just About EVE Online, thanks to its faster extraction speed, you'll be able to generate ISK much faster. Additionally, it has a larger cargo capacity than the traditional Venture. For greater benefit, it's recommended to use it for your expeditions in Null Sec to avoid unwanted enemies. It's best used in the company of a Porpoise and your best friends (this combination guarantees 100% fun).

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