A Beginner’s Guide on ISK Farming

ISK is the primary in-game currency in EVE online. It is used to purchase PLEX, equipment, Battleships, or even Skill Points themselves. You can pretty much buy anything with ISK hence learning how to earn ISK is one of the most exciting and important part of EVE Online.

Being new in Eve would make you wonder how to earn money so that you can buy more extravagant ships. There are many ways for you to earn ISK. This guide will show you different types of activities to earn this most precious currency.

  1. Mining

This is one of the most popular ways of earning ISK, though it could be one of the slowest ways. There are three subcategories in mining:

  • Ore Mining – the most basic form of Mining where you gather ore from Asteroid belts
  • Gas Mining – a more advanced form of mining that requires the Mining skill to be trained up to level IV. You are mining from interstellar gas clouds.
  • Ice Mining – the process of mining resources from ice belts. Ice belt mining is more profitable and afk-friendly.

If you want to earn a decent amount of ISK through mining, you need to learn how to jump into wormholes safely, though this type of mining is more risky and requires more experience.

  1. Missions

Missions are the same as questing in other popular MMORPGs. Agents are scattered around the EVE Online Universe; you need to find them and start completing missions for the chosen corporation. You can easily make an approximate 20 million ISK per hour in a high-security zone if you can accept missions from a level 4 Agent.

After you have selected an agent, stick to one specific corporation and complete missions for them. Work your way up to level 4 as fast as you can if you want to get an increase in rewards. Skip salvaging and other unrelated activities during lower level missions.

  1. Planetary Interactions

One of the most effective ways of getting a steady flow of ISK on your way is through planetary interactions. In this industry, you will be required to set up a colony on a planet and gather resources from it. Investing in a Command Center for the planet that you have chosen is a must for this type of ISK farming. Once you have set up your command centers, you must visit your colony once in a while to collect the goods.

  1. Trading

Trading is not only one of the most profitable ways of earning ISK in EVE online; it is also one of the most interesting.

If you want to make money out of trading, the secret recipe is simple: purchase underpriced item and sell it for more. You would need not just an initial investment in trading; you would also need a lot of experience and in-game knowledge.

One of the most basic ways of earning ISK in trading is station trading where you trade your items within one particular station. Target items in high demand and post buy orders for them. Once someone sells it to you, you have to post it for more. You have to sell the item at a reasonable timeframe and a higher price.

  1. Exploration

Exploration is one of the most basic attractions of EVE online. New players are interested in the idea of space exploration.

Players can start earning ISK through exploration from day 1. Though new players need to have luck on their side to make decent money through this method, but it’s a perfect arena for players to get to know the game even more and enjoy it.

Exploration is highly dependent on luck and has very high variability. The income varies from 10M ISK to around 70M ISK per hour if you can deal with Wormhole Space Pirate Relic, Null-sec and Data sites.

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  1. Ratting

EVE Universe is full of NPC pirate ships, also known as “rats”. If you like PvE Combat, then hunting rats is a perfect method of earning ISK for you. You can find rats in asteroid belts, cosmic anomalies, stations in null-sec space and near gateways. Rats can be found in 0.8 security level systems and below. You’re more likely to find rats in areas with lower security. If you kill the rats, you can also salvage and loot their wrecks.

  1. Combat Sites/Escalations

PvE combats usually take place in combat sites. You can find combat sites during explorations and can be divided into:

  • Combat anomalies – hidden site in space, guarded by a group of Rogue Drones, faction of pirates or even ancient Sleeper Drones. They can be found using a scan probe or a ship’s on-board scanner.
  • Combat sites – found as cosmic signatures and usually more challenging and rewarding.

When certain conditions are met, previously mentioned Expeditions are escalated from unrated complexes. There are usually four parts in expeditions and you are often led to another location after you’ve completed each part.

  1. Faction Warfare

In this exciting game mechanic, player signs up to fight for one of the factions of the empire and battle for the control of some low-security regions. You can earn a lot of ISK through Faction Warfare. You are rewarded when you complete a mission, capture an enemy complex or destroy enemy ships. You also earn Loyalty points for each of these activities and you can trade these points for blueprints, ships, modules, implants and more.

Faction warfare is one of the most profitable activities in EVE online.

  1. Incursions

This one of the most advanced methods of earning ISK is compared to Raiding in World of Warcraft and other similar MMORPGs.

You need to have a full team of experienced players with each member having been assigned special roles. In order to run incursions successfully, you need to have teamwork team composition and a lot of experience. Though it’s extremely challenging, there is no doubt that it can be very rewarding.

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