From the best mining ships and locations to the best skills to invest in and tips on how to maximise your ISK income per trip, we present the ultimate mining guide for beginners, sourced from our community of veterans.
"If you decide to focus on mining, I’d advise the following path: First, aim to become an Omega (it’s not easy just by extracting resources, but it’s not impossible). After that, you should train for a mining barge, and you can choose to increase the skill for extracting ice or mercoxit. These are two of the resources with the highest value to sell raw without the need for reprocessing.
“Once you have a somewhat stable economy, start working on a second account. You can train it as an Alpha, and when you have enough economy, upgrade it to an Omega. This will give you a second account to extract even more resources, and you can repeat this cycle until you have as many accounts as you want and can manage at once. Don’t forget, during this process, to train to use the Porpoise, as it will help you be more efficient with your additional future accounts.”
“Pay attention to local chat. If you see that a pilot has an icon next to their name, there’s a good chance that they are a ganker. That doesn’t mean that they’re definitely coming for you, but the chances of it just increased significantly.”
“Use your directional scanner. That will tell you what is in space around you, up to a distance of 14au (astronomical units). That will provide you with enough time to move to safety if something shows up. And by something, I mean catalysts, coercers, or thrashers. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have valuable cargo on board. You’re a miner, and that in itself is enough of a reason for some people to attack you - even in Highsec.”