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Time is Money
By neong
Lets the profit begin!
Sorry for any typos & grammar. My English is not uh that good.
Note: i will update this guide as much as possible.
Mining operation

Starting somewhere
Why should i chose the Prospcetor Class?
  1. A boost in minging & exp gain from mining
  2. 2x Standard mining device & a better fuel tank
  3. A level 10 skill Astrogeology, with that you can identify asteroid ore.
The very first priority is to buy the Endeavor. Cost 1500d
Optional: Since you start with only 1000d, you cant buy the Endeavor yet. But if you do the first Quest from Joe and get the Banshe. You can sell the ship for 760d. Now you can Get the Endeavor.

You want as much cargo as possible, technical speaking you dont want to neglect survival stats as well. When you die you will lose time and money!
  1. Endeavor (450 cargo) - a muss have for beginner
  2. Freighter (800 cargo) - the next update for Endeavor
  3. Stingray (400 cargo) - an alternate with lesser cargo with a hefty price tag.
  4. Stingray Mk2 (600 cargo) - *IMO* currently best ship until i find a better one
the advance using the Stingray is, they have much more Booster & Device slot

Gearing up
The next logic step for me would be a better generator & fuel tank, but i will leave it up to you to decide which gear you want update next. I will list the Gear, which i would buy in order from top to bottom.
  • Generator - stronger generator = faster electric-power recharge
  • Fuel tank - hold more fuel = can stay longer in space
  • Engine - faster travel = take lesser time to get somewhere
  • Shield - an extra layer of protection before the ship hull take dmg
  • RCS - better maneuvering
  • Radar - can lock target at higher range & faster
  • Grappler - can pick up loot drop from npc/pirate/alien

Defense tactic
EMP Discharger: when you go to a higher level sector. The enemy are also stronger. I recommend the EMP Discharger. This one have a big range and will disable hostile ship/turret.

Cruising speed: On the late game. You want to travel faster, since your time is money. Having a max out cruising speed will help you get to the next location much faster, save fuel consume and out run most of heavy geared enemy.

Tactical retreat:
- If you find your self surrounded by more than 3 pirate and you cant handle them? Just turn on your "C" cruise engine and get out of the hot zone. The best way is aim for the station. They have turret which will mostly kill the pirate.
- Dont try to be a hero and get in to the fight. The station turret rocket hurt when they hit you, so they may accidently kill you. The lost of money and cargo is not worth it. Go ahead and dock, while the turret will chase the unwelcome guest away.
- Oh and dont try to ram an asteroid while "C", you are likely going to explode...

- from time to time you can get a mining quest from the station commander. You have to deliver Glepsite ore. You should have more than enought to turn in this quest. Easy money and exp.

- A stronger generator mean also a faster electric-power generation, lesser time with waiting your electric power charge up
- With a strong generator you can use more than 1 mining device at the same time, with this you can empty a asteroid in second!
- Stronger generator also use more fuel
- While "C" you can use both key Q&A or E&D to avoid ramming in asteroid
- "Spacebar + S" stop your ship faster

Recommend MOD
cargo pod mod

@ - Abby Sciuto thank for the tip: Stingray ship
Asteroid & Ore

In the game version v1.2.6 there are 4 type of asteroid. Each type can come with 3 size, Tiny, Small and Big and 2 quantities. Currently there are no real quantities differences between these asteroid size. I mean you can find a small and big asteroid next to each other and they have the same quantities. There are no in game names.

Type 1:
Appearance: Hard earth like. This is the most common type.

Mineral you can expect to mine from this Asteroid:
  • Gledsite ore - available: mostly in the highest number
  • Cyactite ore - available: decent number
  • Fraclasite ore - available: decent number
  • Mangkolite ore - available: mostly in the lowest number

Type 2:
Appearance: Hard Rock.
Availability: this is a common type

Mineral you can expect to mine from this Asteroid:
  • Gledsite ore - available: mostly in the highest number
  • Cyactite ore - available: decent number
  • Fraclasite ore - available: decent number

Type 3:
Appearance: white with blue-ish marble stone
Availability: this asteroid come with the Seralucite ore, the most expensive after Serizonite ore. You can find this asteroid fairly common in star system with radar disturbances, else it is very rare in common system.

  • Cyactite ore - available: decent number
  • Mangkolite ore - available: mostly in the lowest number
  • Seralucite ore - available: decent number

Type 4:
Appearance: vulcan rock, lava rock
Availability: The vulcan rock look like asteroid are rare and can be found in higher level system or in system with a dark star (sun). The Serizonite ore are the most expensive ore you can find.

  • Cyactite ore - available: decent number
  • Fraclasite ore - available: low number
  • Mangkolite ore - available: mostly in the lowest number
  • Serizonite ore - available: decent number

There are total 6 ore type you can find in the game.
  • Gledsite ore - available: abundant on asteroidType: 1 & 2
  • Cyactite ore - available: decent on all 4 asteroid Type
  • Fraclasite ore - available: decent on asteroid Type: 1, 2 & 4
  • Mangkolite ore - available: few on asteroid Type: 1, 3 & 4
  • Seralucite ore - available: decent on asteroid Type 3 only
  • Serizonite ore - available: decent on asteroid Type 4 only

After your mining operation are successful and you make your self a fortune. Lets say around 20k - 30k? But you want even more money? The what are you waiting for? Lets go to the next level and earn us even more and faster money! Oh and dont forget Time is money.

  • A ship with as much cargo as possible
  • ~20-30k start capital
  • Fastest cruise engine you can get
  • A home system with 3 Station!

Be fast, be efficient
Here is the trick. You always trade only item in Ressource and Goods. And you start from FOOD the apple icon. Now the following step to become rich and successful.
  • Look for a ware which are currently sell under their default price. The lower the price the more profit you will make.
  • You want to buy the most expensive item first.
    - Buy under price items
    - Lets say Luxuries & Bio Material
    - Buy out the stock if you have enought money
    - Then buy next under price item until you fill your cargo or run out of money (at the beginning)
    - Aim for the nearest station
    - Sell all the over price item & buy all the under price items
    - Aim for the nearest station
    - Repeat...
  • Profit
    - Did i say Time is money? Now stop counting your money. Go and make some profit!
    - Oh i can see you have issue with all the new money you have. Why you dont just spend money and buy some Luxuries for 400 and sell for 600? :D

- You can see the default price by mouse over the item
- The more expensive the items are the more profit you will make
- As you can see in the Picture below. The Medicine default price is 150d, you only buy if the price drop to 149d or lesser. And sell only if the price on the next station are at least 151d
- Important: when you are selling items, look at the price in YOUR inventory not at the Market inventory
- You should chose the home system from the Order, because they are likely have the lowest pirate level.
- If you are lucky and found a home system with 3 station next to each other... lucky you!
- dont waste yout time and money to buy ore, you are only fill your cargo and mostly dont event earn much from them. Serizonite ore is the only one ore which you might want to buy, if the price is droping very low

Recommend Skill

- You gain no EXP from trading
- I have start trading with 30k and end up somewhat over 150k after 1h
- This guide apply to the version i played: v1.2.2

Updated: 2015.06.20

in this list you can find the price for all goods. I note all the lowest & highest price during my trade. It can goes even lower or higher than the number in my list. Just let me know and i will adjust the number.

Ore Type

Gledsite ore
Cyactite ore
Fraclasite ore
Mangkolite ore
Seralucite ore
Serizonite ore
Bio material

Thx@: Anonymous Crab
Note: the list need to be update. I hope you guy can help me get the best lowest & highest price for the list.

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GortKill Jun 29, 2015 @ 2:47pm 
Swell! thanks for the informaiton it is helpful ot me as a new player. You answered some quesitons I had!
Anonymous Crab Jun 27, 2015 @ 12:10pm 
I also just found a station where I could sell Bio Material for 807d (once again I have a screenshot)
Anonymous Crab Jun 26, 2015 @ 4:14pm 
Thank you :) I could also buy polymers and luxuries for 1d at a space station... I have absolutely NO idea how this came to be or if it's since the newest patch... I am playing with a few mods but none of them change the prices of items... (I also have a screenshot of those two things believe it or not)
ai_enabled  [developer] Jun 22, 2015 @ 8:09pm 
In 1.4 the price for goods/ores can be in range 0.75-1.25 of the default price, however the price can be adjusted more if you invested into the trading skills.
ai_enabled  [developer] Jun 22, 2015 @ 8:06pm 
Anonymous Crab,
"Does anyone know what the currency d actually is? Is it dollars or what?!?" Nobody knows, even us :-).
1.4.1 is available in Experimental branch on Steam and it contains some nice improvements and re-balancing for trading. Now you can earn some experience by selling good with higher price than when you bought them. More info is there http://steamcommunity.com/app/324260/discussions/0/594821545176018729/
Anonymous Crab Jun 20, 2015 @ 2:21am 
110d for serizonite and 19d for mangkolite.
neong  [author] Jun 20, 2015 @ 1:22am 
i stop play the game since version 1.2.6, so few have change, the default & price range. I will update the Guilde when the 1.4 patch is out.
i have update the Valued list. do you mean 10, 11 or 110d for serizonite? and 9 or 19 for Mangkolite when bought?
Anonymous Crab Jun 19, 2015 @ 3:56pm 
I just found a station where medicine cost 82d!!! (I have a screenshot)
Anonymous Crab Jun 19, 2015 @ 1:48pm 
I just found a station where seraculite was only worth 15d :) I bought ALL OF IT xD I have a screenshot so you can see for yourself...
I found another one where I could sell electronics for 246 (also screenshot)
I also found one where luxuries could be sold for only 385d (I have a screenshot)
Oh and a question in general... Does anyone know what the currency d actually is? Is it dollars or what?!?
I also found a station where I could buy serizonite for 110d and sell it for 106 (I also have screenshots of that) but I'm wondering if this is because of a recent update as serizonite's base worth is 80 and not 50 as yourguide says... Mangkolite could be bought for 19d (which I have a screenshot of too)
Thanks for the tips by the way! They helped a lot!!!
P.S. I have upgraded so I both have silver tongue 5/5 and trader 5/5...
neong  [author] Apr 13, 2015 @ 3:47am 
when i start Trading i got like 30k. after trading for 1h i got around 150k. i trade for 3+h and got around 500+k. the first 1m didnt take long after that. the more money you have the faster you can make/earn money, because you can buy up all the item on sale (price under standard price). i hope that help.