Posted Thu, Jul 21, 2011 by Space Junkie
One of the most common large-scale production projects in EVE Online is building battleships. These massive ships are the workhorses of EVE Online and are used for everything from running missions to solo PvP. This guide explores one way to mass-manufacture the Raven, a popular Caldari battleship.
To many players, building battleships represents one possible end-game of industry. Constructing these behemoths requires skills, ISK, minerals, and time. But it all pays off in the end. As we shall see. Fair warning: because of the amounts of ISK involved, this is a project intended for richer EVE players, though not necessarily older ones. A player that has accumulated a nice kitty of ISK in his first few months could quite conceivably embark on a project like this. Rewarding this kind of acumen is one of the beautiful things about EVE Online: if you are successful in business, you need not let skill points hold you back.
Why Build Ravens?
Mission runners love ravens, and industrialists love making them for that reason.
Using an apocalypse with lasers (that inflict primarily EM and thermal damage) will not get one very far in missions against the Angel Cartel. Nor, for that matter, would one do well ratting NPCs in asteroid belts or cosmic anomalies out in Angel space. The raven, however, could do either as easily as it could handle Blood Raiders, Guristas, or what have you.
This aptitude has made the raven essentially the standard for running level four missions. Because it is so popular, it is natural that a player seeking to build battleships would gravitate toward them. Between 100 to 200 ravens sell in The Forge, each day, making it a very active market. Clearly, there is profit to be made here.
The Business Model
The basic idea is to buy large amounts of minerals and turn them into battleships in the fastest, cheapest way possible. The blueprint and freighting are outsourced to allow you to focus on other things. Your chief concerns when running this business will be getting enough minerals to keep your blueprints working and selling the finished hulls.
As with any large industrial project in EVE, it is a good idea to train the Production Efficiency skill to five, and to train the Industry skill to four or five. The former eliminates waste due to low skills and the latter increases the speed with which you build things.
In order to manufacture battleships, you will need blueprints. There are essentially three options:
The latter option is most highly recommended, at least until you are absolutely 110% sure that making battleships is what you want to do for the next year.