A reliable way to generate income in EVE is through the exploration system, which involves finding and running sites. This can be a great way to generate or supplement your EVE Income if you take the time to learn it.
In this video, Kirk will go in depth on the topic and cover everything you need to know from beginning to end.
This is Kirks first post for EVE Pro Guides, so I (Abbadon21) am writing this but in the future I hope to see more guides and articles from Kirk.
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Hello there, I would like to say that I am quite disappointed in this guide as it was advertised as Exploration and Hacking mini game guide but only 4 mins of the 30 min video was spent on the hacking aspect.
The title should have read How to scan for hacking sites guide as that was what most of this video spent doing.
The video was quite informative but I was expecting more about the different subsystems you come across and the utilities. The difference between virus strength and coherence and also what loot you get from different cans and such.
I understand, I may have overstated by adding hacking in the title.
Good video. I recommend that for for training video’s that the author keep from nervously clicking on differing areas of the screen and moving the image around. It’s a common thing to do in training videos as the instructor may feel that “something” needs to be happening, but it helps the person learning if you only click on things that need to be clicked, and grab and move only those things that need to be moved. Changing the view on a spaceship, for example, is more distracting than it is helpful, unless changing the spaceship view has a learning objective. Also I didn’t see, or maybe it wasn’t obvious, whether or not the things collected had any value.
Your point is well taken, you really hit the nail on the head when you said “nervous” and i’ll leave it at that. As for the loot, it wasn’t obvious, you can see the icons flashing next to the cargo hold button to the left of the capacitor HUD. Mostly hidrogen batteries, nothing particularly useful.
Nice vid, never thought to put cargo scanner on my anathema, but I have got a salvager on mine which you DO need for some sites. Overall a thumbs up.
As far as I know, as of Odyssey no sites that you can complete in a covert ops frigate require you to have a salvager. Former magnetometric sites (which did require you to have a salvager sometimes ) are now relic sites, which you can complete with a relic analyzer, a salvager is not required
Is there much return for exploration? Does it compare well to other activities such as incursions, missions, ratting, mining etc?
Exploration can make over 1 billion ISK per night when done by an expert with 3 accounts. Solo exploration in a Strategic Cruiser is probably closer to 100-500 million depending on where you are, how good you are at it, and how lucky you are.
Missioning can make 50-100 Million ISK per hour at level 4 I think, but honestly it’s a grind and I think you are better off doing exploration.
Ratting in really good null sec can pull 100 million ISK an hour or better, but again it’s a grind.
Mining is horrible and you should never do it! LOL… Some people like mining, but unless you enjoy it, do not do it. The ISK potential is not that great and it quickly becomes super boring.
By exploration I mean not just hacking but combat sites as well. (or even just combat sites depending on the situation)