Isk Making: Introduction to Anomaly Mining

Probe Scanner Interface showing available anomalies.Ore anomalies appear in Lowsec and Nullsec and offer players a great way to stock up on minerals for production or sale. Furthermore, special

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Probe Scanner Interface showing available anomalies.

Ore anomalies appear in Lowsec and Nullsec and offer players a great way to stock up on minerals for production or sale. Furthermore, special fields can be found that provide the player with Mecroxit (for T2 production), Gas and Ice.

Initial Ship Training

The ORE Ship Tree presents many interesting options for mining in different environments. The most optimal fits for our environment can be be found on SeAT.

The ORE Ship Tree

Exhumers and Mining Barges

Your starting point will naturally be in a Mining Barge, moving quickly into an Exhumer. These represent a much stronger starting line than a Venture or other Mining Frigate variant.

There are many schools of thought on which line is strongest - as you can see in the above diagram each "hull" has it's own strength. Ultimately it will be down to you wither you prefer;

As a rule of thumb, it is recommended to start out on higher tank fits for your mining alts, then specialise as your skills and awareness improve. The following fits are highly recommended for new pilots and alts.

[Procurer, [-SAS-] ORE WHORE MkIII]

Mining Laser Upgrade II
Mining Laser Upgrade II

Multispectrum Shield Hardener II
Multispectrum Shield Hardener II
Medium Shield Extender II
Survey Scanner II

Strip Miner I
Strip Miner I

Medium EM Shield Reinforcer I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I

Warrior II x10


A logical next step to a Mining Barge is the Exhumer in the same line. Exhumers do the same job as a Mining Barge but with quicker extraction rates, higher tank and better hold space.

Furthermore, like any good industrialist you should diversify your portfolio! Including some Ice Mining components in your hold means you can switch between Ore and Ice depending on if there is a moon out or not.

[Skiff, [-SAS-] HARVESTER Mk II]

Ice Harvester Upgrade II
Ice Harvester Upgrade II
Ice Harvester Upgrade II

ML-3 Scoped Survey Scanner
Medium Shield Extender II
Multispectrum Shield Hardener II
Multispectrum Shield Hardener II
Small Shield Booster II

Ice Harvester II
Ice Harvester II

Medium EM Shield Reinforcer II
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I

Hornet EC-300 x5
Infiltrator II x5
Mining Drone I x5

Mining Laser Upgrade II x3
Strip Miner I x2


The Orca

The Core Aim of your Mining Team will be to optimise your Extraction, Loading and Unloading of your Moon Ore. To this end, the Core of your team should be the Orca.

The Orca has many functions in the subcapital mining gang - as a store for ships, a booster and occasional logistics ship and a strong miner in of itself. The following Orca fit is a great fit to aim for with your mining characters, as it will be strong in it's own right; supporting your other mining toons with logistics, storage space and with it's own strong mining credentials.

[Orca, [-SAS-] ORE KIDNAPPER]
Damage Control II
Reinforced Bulkheads II

Drone Navigation Computer II
500MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive
Drone Navigation Computer II
Multispectrum Shield Hardener II
Large Shield Extender II

Drone Link Augmentor I
Large Murky Compact Remote Shield Booster
Prototype Cloaking Device I

Large Drone Mining Augmentor II
Large Drone Mining Augmentor II
Large Drone Mining Augmentor I

Infiltrator II x5
Valkyrie II x5
Hornet EC-300 x5
'Augmented' Mining Drone x5
'Augmented' Ice Harvesting Drone x1

This fit will also be a stepping stone into the Rorqual, the strongest capital mining ship in the game.

A great tip for this ships is to use the MWD to "Tokyo Drift" into warp for a quick escape. From a standing start, activate your warp drive and do 1 cycle of your MWD. Make sure you double click it so it only does one cycle and you will immediately enter warp when it decycles!


Asteroid Belts

Asteroid belts can be viewed in the overview when enabled, and can also be viewed via the contextual menu by right-clicking in space. Each asteroid belt is composed of a variety of asteroids, each containing a particular type of ore noted in asteroid's name. The types and quantities of ore are determined by the security rating of the system and which quadrant it is located in.

Rarer and more valuable ores are found in lower-security systems, and ore deposits tend to be larger there as well. Once depleted, asteroid belts do not respawn until downtime, so belts may sometimes be found empty, or lacking a certain type of ore.


Additional Preparations.

As previously stated, in addition to your mining team you will need an alt with:

Rolling Battleships are high mass battleships used for reducing the stability of Wormholes that have spawned in the immediate area.

We are required to roll holes within AT LEAST A 2 JUMP RADIUS of the target moon.

An easy rolling battleship to get into is a Praxis, as this requires very little skill for an alt to get into.

[Praxis, Praxis]
1600mm Steel Plates II
1600mm Steel Plates II
Inertial Stabilizers II
Warp Core Stabilizer II
Warp Core Stabilizer II
1600mm Rolled Tungsten Compact Plates
1600mm Rolled Tungsten Compact Plates

Large Shield Extender II
Large Shield Extender II
100MN Y-S8 Compact Afterburner
Large Micro Jump Drive
500MN Cold-Gas Enduring Microwarpdrive
Fleeting Compact Stasis Webifier
J5b Enduring Warp Scrambler

Prototype Cloaking Device I
Core Probe Launcher I
Medium Gremlin Compact Energy Neutralizer
Medium Infectious Scoped Energy Neutralizer

Large Higgs Anchor I
Large Trimark Armor Pump I
Large Trimark Armor Pump I

Valkyrie II x5
Hobgoblin II x5


Recon Cynos have a twofold function. On one hand, they are used as scouts in neighbouring systems to monitor traffic and act as an early warning system. On the other, they are fitted with Cynosural Field Generators to call in backup during an emergency.

As a scout, you will be monitoring Local Chat for new, unknown players coming through - you will then check them via zkillboard.com to ascertain if they are of any threat.

Furthermore you will also monitor local Signatures in your system via the probe scanner. This will indicate if potential new Wormholes have spawned, which you will scan down and send the Rolling Battleship team to.

Be watching your probe scanner for new cosmic signatures. Alert your friends if they do!

A strong Recon Cyno is a Pilgrim, which can also double as a Hunter-Killer for BlOps Hunting.

[Pilgrim, BLACK WING 2.0]
Damage Control II
Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II
Reactive Armor Hardener
1600mm Steel Plates II
1600mm Rolled Tungsten Compact Plates

Warp Scrambler II
50MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive
Warp Disruptor II
Small F-RX Compact Capacitor Booster
Stasis Webifier II

Covert Cynosural Field Generator I
Cynosural Field Generator I
Sisters Core Probe Launcher
Covert Ops Cloaking Device II

Medium Trimark Armor Pump I
Medium Trimark Armor Pump I

Hammerhead II x5
Warrior II x5
Valkyrie II x5
Hornet EC-300 x5

Liquid Ozone x500
Sisters Core Scanner Probe x8
Navy Cap Booster 400 x5


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