We’ve already covered the basics of EVE Online in our Beginner’s Guide. But today, we’re here to talk about mining. It’s the first thing most players get their hands on when they start up EVE Online.
Types and Basics of Mining
There are three subcategories of mining in EVE Online:
- Ore Mining
- Ice Mining
- Gas Mining
Ore Mining is the simplest and the type you will most likely do first. The first thing you need to learn are the skills required to do it efficiently. These skills are Astrogeology, Mining and Mining Upgrades.
As you progress in ore yield, you will notice specific asteroids popping faster than others. This is due to the fact that each of them have a different amount and type of ore which can be mined.
After your ship’s hold is full you can fly back to a station and sell the ore. When you first start, your best option is to sell raw, unrefined ore, as you’ll earn more money that way. But as you research new processing skills, you will be able to refine ore into minerals which can be sold for more ISK.
The first ship you should get specifically for ore mining is the Venture. It’s a specialized frigate from the ORE corporation. The ship’s hold can take
5,000 m3 of ore.
The basic requirement to mine in the Venture is to have the skill at level 1. Spaceship Command at level 1 and Frigates at level 1. When you have enough ISK you should purchase the Venture and a couple of Miner I’s.
The next best thing
You should now spend some time training your refining skills to increase the profit which can be made from your ore. Until now, you’ve been selling ore as unrefined materials on the market place, but now it’s time to start developing your refining skills to level IV or V each. These skills are:
- Reprocessing Efficiency
- “Ore Specific” Processing
The reason for this is to increase both the ore yield and get you access to Modulated Strip Miner II’s with Mining Crystals. Tech 2 crystals will give
1462 m3 each cycle, with the cycle getting shorter as your skill increases.