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July 19, 2010

How to Make a Datacore Miner for Fun and Profit

Filed under: Eve-Online — Cranky Sysadmin @ 8:43 am

Now that my two main characters are close to starting their datacore farming careers, I’m looking into what is needed to press my mostly unused toons into service farming datacores. The question I must answer before going down this path is, Will the passive income be worth the month and a half of skill training (and two weeks of grinding or more) required to bring the toon up to speed?

Only one toon on an account may train at any time, so your main is losing that time while the alt trains. There is also the cost of skill books (around 87 million ISK), implants (20 million for 3 basics if you don’t shop around), and possibly training up other skills if you want to retrieve datacores from lo-sec agents.

To decide whether this is worth your time, you will need several pieces of information. First is the going price for data cores. Go to the eve-central market aggregator and search for “datacore”. For the purposes of this exercise, ignore the subsystem datacores. Go through the list and get a feel for how much the buy and sell orders are for each datacore and decide on several you want to pursue. The average sell price for the datacores I chose runs around 250k ISK each so we’ll use that number for further calculations (a bit conservative at today’s rates).

The next piece of information you need is how many research points an agent will give you per day. Here’s the calculation shamelessly stolen from the official eve-online wiki.

RP/day = Field multiplier * (1 + (AQ + 5*N)/100) * (SS + AL)^2

AQ = Agent Quality
N = character’s Negotiation skill level
SS = character’s specialist science field level (eg “Quantum Physics”)
AL = Agent Level

The field multiplier is 3 for starship datacores (which cost 150 rp per datacore) and 1 for others (which cost 50 rp per datacore). Agent quality can be found in the info page of the agent. This calculation seems to use the base quality, not the effective quality. I’ll verify once I have more experience and come back and edit. It turns out that aq will average around 0 until I grind rep with some other corps.

This means that with a negotiation skill of 4 and specialist skill of 4, I’ll be pulling in about 76 research points a day or about 1.5 data cores a day. So 375k per day per agent with 5 agents for 30 days is about 56 million per month. This number can go up a lot if you’re willing to train negotiation to 5 (a 10 to 12 day skill) or go out and grind up better research agents.

So is it worth it? I’m going to give it a go and report back in a couple of months.


  1. Was wondering how it turned out. I’ve been messing around with 1 R&D agent at level 4. How much work is 5 agents? do you do a daily mission or just leave them alone and collect your rp’s at the end of the month?

    Comment by Visalle Sannovah — April 27, 2011 @ 6:37 pm

  2. It worked out fairly well as a fire and forget income. I didn’t do the daily quests. I just went and collected data cores every 2 months (with a covops ship in lo-sec). So once you get the needed rep, and start R&D, it can be very low maintenance if you choose. Getting the rep is quite a grind though.

    I don’t play EVE at this time, though I’ll probably get back to it at some point.

    Comment by Cranky Sysadmin — April 30, 2011 @ 9:11 am

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