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May 2, 2010

EVE: Anomalies in 0.0

Filed under: Eve-Online — Cranky Sysadmin @ 12:06 pm

When I wrote my last post about missioning in hi-sec making more then stuff I could do in 0.0, I was probably incorrect. I’ve been running anomalies Syndicate, and even in my Ishkur, I make as much or more ISK per hour then running missions in hi-sec. Also of note, you can run combat missions in NPC space. The awards (LP and ISK) are about 60% – 80% higher then hi-sec. I believe even the courier missions are worthwhile in 0.0.

Running missions in 0.0 is much the same as running them in hi-sec. I would suggest fitting something light like a heavy assault cruiser as opposed to a battleship or battle cruiser. That way, when someone scans you down, you can bug out quickly. I don’t usually run missions if any neutrals are in local.

So how does one find and exploit anomalies? First, one has to scan them down, then warp to them and start blasting away. There is more to doing it efficiently though. There are two ways to scan down anomalies. The first way is to warp from planet to planet and use your onboard scanner. The second is to use a scanning ship and some core probes. There are other guides to probing out there, so I won’t go into detail about the actual process. The benefit of using a scanning ship is that you will be able to quickly gather up all of the anomalies (just bookmark anything that you can when scanning) and you can also scan down cosmic signatures, which can include combat sites, profession sites, and mining sites.

My usual routine is to hop into my covert ops ship with a scan probe launcher and tour the constellation, bookmarking all of the anomalies. I then head back to home base, grab my assault frigate and go blast away. If I focus on just anomalies, it takes about 30 minutes to scan all of the ones in the constellation. I then have several hours of fun mowing down npc’s.

So what’s the comparison ISK-wise between anomalies and missions in hi-sec? On a good day, I’ll get worlds collide and pull in about 40-45M in bounties, loot, salvaging, and rewards in about 2 to 3 hours. That’s a very good day and there are many days when I’ll pull in half that amount or less. So for missions, that’s about 10-20 million per hour. Yesterday, I spent about 30 minutes scanning down about 12 anomalies and about 5 hours running them. The bounties added up to about 90M isk. The loot was around 20M in named items and faction bits. I skipped the salvage, but I imagine there is about 10M or more in salvage if one was to go after it. So that’s about 20 million per hour and it looks like I can make that consistently… in an ishkur… yes, an ishkur!

What is my next step? I’m going to try to get an ishtar down to syndicate and use that. The DPS is 70% more then the ishkur can do and I can fit some salvagers and tractors on it to haul in the loot more efficiently. An ishtar will cost around 150-160 million to fit out for anomalies.

Below are my fits for Serpentis anomalies. Note that the guns on the Ishtar are for show and agro.:

[Ishkur, ratting]
Low:
Magnetic Field Stabilizer II
Magnetic Field Stabilizer II
Magnetic Field Stabilizer II
Mid:
1MN Afterburner II
Additional Thermal Barrier Emitter I
Gistii B-Type Small Shield Booster
High:
Light Neutron Blaster II, Void S
Light Neutron Blaster II, Void S
Light Neutron Blaster II, Void S
Rigs:
Small Hybrid Burst Aerator I
Small Hybrid Collision Accelerator I
Drones:
Hornet II x5
Hornet II x4

[Ishtar, missioning SDDA]
Low:
Medium Armor Repairer II
Armor Thermic Hardener II
Armor Thermic Hardener II
Armor Kinetic Hardener II
Damage Control II
Mid:
Cap Recharger II
Cap Recharger II
Cap Recharger II
Cap Recharger II
10MN Afterburner II
High:
Light Electron Blaster I, Antimatter Charge S
Light Electron Blaster I, Antimatter Charge S
Small Tractor Beam I
Small Tractor Beam I
Salvager I
Rigs:
Medium Sentry Damage Augmentor I
Medium Sentry Damage Augmentor I
Drones:
Garde II x5
Vespa II x5
Hornet II x5
Warden II x5

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