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Ever grow tired of blowing everything and everyone up just to make some cash ? well why not give mining a go with some added tips and tricks mining will allow you to out profit blowing things up and even help level your character up at a steady speed .
Introducing the space Jews guide to making credits flow.
First off forget everything you know about mining , you do not need a ship with a huge cargo hold and you do not need a special kind off ship to do mining in .
What you will need is any kind off ship that can fit 1 device , the ship can be a combat ship with guns or a trade ship with huge cargo hold ether one will work .
after picking any ship at random you're going to need a civilian mining device to start with
now your ship is set for mining , feel free to pop some random guns on if you want , or fly Rambo with no guns .
As a optional extra and if you can use or even find them for sale pop on a mining coolant upgrade , MK1 or MK2 , though would recommend doing so only after you have leveled up a bit and saved up some cash .
Skills needed and explained
We all want every skill available in void but to get there we will need a few to start with for mining them space rocks and making nice cash we will focus on these skills .
Industry skill group
now let me explain what these skills will help with , Asteroid mining will allow you to use the basic mining device and you will need this skill to unlock mining proficiency , as for mining proficiency this skill will help you mine faster at greater range with better efficiency in short you mine rocks faster and get more per device cycle , the skill Astrogeology will help you use the big mining device that allows you to see what content each rock has for example when your mining the real nice rocks and you hover the mouse over the rock it will give you details on how much ore is available in that rock , helps so you do not mine a empty rock ,
Lastly for what we need the skill mining expertise will be gold , this skill allows you to gain more XP from mining .
For example you mine a rock and get 10 xp meh good for a start but not what we need now upgrading this skill and mining the same rock with the same mining device will give you 25% bonus xp at level 1 so that will be
10 + (10x0.25) = 12.5
Still a bit meh but at level 5 you will get
10 + (10x1) = 20
Double what you would normally make , still low but lets say that rock you mine gives you 100 xp with no extra skill level in mining expertise just gives you the flat 100 xp but at level 5 that's 200 xp per device cycle and if it takes you 4 seconds to complete 1 mining cycle you will make a nice 200 xp every few seconds , it will look something like this .
Flat xp rate per cycle times bonus gives you the new flat rate .
100 (100 x 0.50) = 150
Take that new flat rate and we can work out how much XP you can make every min so let's say it takes 5 seconds for your mining device to run once that will give you 12 runs per min
60 \ 5 = 12
Take this amount and multiply your flat rate to get the XP you will make per min , let's take the normally flat rate XP with no bonus first .
100 x 12 = 1200
That is 1200 xp per min its ok but not great , now with a 100% bonus at max level you will get something like this
200 x 12 = 2400
mmmm 2400 sounds like what we would love to get .
Keep in mind you also have supporting mining skills that you can upgrade for even more speed as well as more efficiency , though for a start lets focus only on the basics getting more XP .
Next skill group that will be needed is the social group Social skill group
now let me explain them all , the first skill Silver tongue is your starting skill that will unlock the rest of the group , this skill helps you loads as it reduces the price it will cost for refueling as well as repairs and a added bonus trade margin , great skill to grab early on when mining as this will allow you to refuel and repair for cheaper saving you money making you profit .
The second skill you will need is the trader skill , this skill adds to your trade margin bonus great for trading but we want the skill that follows called trading expertise , this skill will allow you to max the amount of XP you gain from mining , now how that works is simple , this skill allows you to gain more XP from selling items , which means all the nice ore you mine will make you XP when you sell it , making you a real nice chunk extra .
having a deeper look , with normal XP gained from mining for example the 2400 XP with max skill pew min , and it takes you 1 min to fill up your ship and then head to sell , so you arrive at station and sell all your ore and make a nice 2400 extra XP just for selling the ore will look something like this at the top left of your screen
This combined with your mining XP will be how you make high levels fast without ever killing anything .
To find the best place to mine pick a station that you would like to sell at or even just store you ore at for selling at a later stage it should look a little something like this
It's also important to remember that the system and station you pick for mining has the ore you are looking for , if you would rather want to focus on only the super expensive type then you might have to look around a bit to find a system that you would like.
For me though I mine every rock in every system I never miss anything the reason for that is I want to max my profits as well as max my XP gain , the only way to allow me this is by grabbing every bit of ore I can find .
Now your start location should be as far away from the station as possible and your end location should be as close as possible to the station , this will allow you to use a real nice trick to mine all the rocks and drag their cargo along with you to the next one enable ling you to mine every rock all the way to the station , giving max ore XP and once you sell cash .
Mining prossess , drag and sell
Mining is super easy all you do is hover your mouse over a rock and press the device number where you have your mining device , for example mine will be in slot 4 so when I press the 4 key my device will run once , if I hold down the 4 key the device will keep running till I release the key .
once your cargo hold is full , depending on what ship your using , you will want to jettison all the ore you have mined
this will create a nice little box in space filled with all your hard worked for ore , now head back to mining and fill up your cargo hold again , but this time once its full you're going to mouse over the jettisoned can in space and press F to tractor and loot it , once its open drag all your ore in your cargo hold to the left dropping it into the friendly space box
this will keep adding ore to the space box thingy allowing you to keep mining till the rock goes empty even while using a combat ship to mine or a cargo ship each one of them can use this nice function to store huge amounts of ore .
so now you're wondering why the hell would you do this ? it will take forever to move all the stuff to the station to sell it , wrong you are , we are not going to sell everything in the little space box we are going to move the box to the next rock and mine that rock as well , the way to move a box is simple .
what your going to do is head away from the little box and then hold down space to bring your ship to a complete stop , once you have stopped your going to tractor the box again but this time start tapping the W key to move forward slowly allowing you to drag the box around in space , keep your speed low and head to the next rock once you stop your ship the box will smash into you , that's ok just close the loot screen that pops up and carry on mining and filling it up .
now once you have mined out a whole system and need to sell the ore simply drag the box to a station aka the home station you picked to sell at , drag it close but not in front of the station that's a horrible location drop it someplace like this
once you have dragged your little box all over space and got it nice and close to a station your ready to sell loot it and take as much as you can carry then dock up , DO NOT SELL everything in your loot rather fill up the station storage
simply drag from your inventory to the station storage , undock and keep going till its full then you're ready to sell , the reason for this is , if you just dock and sell straight away you will get less XP for selling small amounts but nice huge amounts for selling loads of ore at a time , also keep in mind once you do sell and undock the price will change again when you dock back up , for example you dock and sell your ore for 12 per unit then undock and dock again same ore now sells for 10 per unit , so rather than selling tiny amounts aim to fill the station hold then sell from there giving you the max amount of cash before price change as well as max amount of XP for selling the ore .
To obtain the max amount of profit and XP from mining and selling you will have to invest some time and skill points into reducing the cost to refuel as well as all the mining support skills to allow for faster mining as well as for mining efficiency , plus grabbing some engineering skills will allow you to reduce fuel use to generate power as well as allow you to use mining boosters , boosters will allow you to mine more faster , but will reduce your mining range to close to nothing if you full stack boosters , hence having your mining range upgrades done will make this small side effect nothing to think about , for max profits when selling try mining is a system with more than one station allowing you to sell and crash the price on one station then head to the next one and repeat again .
Its important to remember while playing Void you should always have fun , if you like mining then go ahead and give this a try if you like blowing things up then maybe this will be a good way to make some extra credits and XP while playing multiplayer .