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Inventing Hounds The Easy Way (Part 1)

Posted Mon, Apr 25, 2011 by Space Junkie

Hounds are a Minmatar stealth bomber, and one of the most popular ships of that class. They are capable of warping while cloaked, inflicting disproportionate damage for their size, and launching deadly bombs. They also inflict explosive damage, making them much beloved during bombing runs. Minmatar players with an interest in PvP often pick up stealth bombers at an early point in their EVE Online careers, as do some PvE players that want to operate in dangerous areas.

This article makes inventing hounds easy. I list everything you need to train, buy, and do, in order to invent them. If you are unfamiliar with the invention process, please familiarize yourself with how it works before continuing. The second half of this guide will cover the manufacturing portion of the process.

Why Hounds?

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The Hound might not look like much, but it is considered by many to be the best stealth bomber in EVE Online.

Learning how to produce your own hounds will be an obvious asset to players that like flying them, and in most areas of the game will also be able to act as a significant income supplement. Because the skills needed to make a hound are a bit more laborious than those needed to start flying them, this guide is particularly useful for players that already possess a repertoire of industrial skills who would either like to start PvPing or are looking to supply tech two ships to friends. Making hounds can also be handy for industrial pilots that live in null-sec and would like to produce war ships locally.

Overview Of Making Tech Two Blueprints

In order to produce hounds, you will need a blueprint. The invention process attempts to convert a breacher blueprint copy into a hound blueprint copy. Because there is only a moderate chance of success, many attempts are usually required, especially if multiple blueprints are desired. The invention process requires many ingredients, most of which are consumed in the attempt.

Invention Skills Needed

In order to attempt to invent a hound, you will need the following skills:

  • Minmatar Encryption Methods III or IV
  • Hacking II
  • Science V
  • Electronics Upgrades III
  • Electronics II
  • Engineering II
  • Minmatar Starship Engineering III or IV
  • Mechanic V
  • Mechanical Engineering IV

The total price of these skills is currently about 23mil on the Jita market, though market manipulation attempts often spike the price of some of the skills.

Invention Materials

The following materials are needed for each invention attempt:

  • Cryptic Ship Data Interface (re-usable)
  • Datacore - Minmatar Starship Engineering x2
  • Datacore - Mechanical Engineering x2
  • Breacher Blueprint Copy (1-run)

The data interface is the most expensive item here, costing about 45mil ISK but is completely re-usable, but the other ingredients are consumed regardless of whether the invention attempt is successful or not. Each of these can be purchased at a market hub in high-security space, though most will find it convenient to buy their own breacher blueprint for the purpose of making copies.

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