Basic Ore Mining Modules
The first step to learning more about mining is understanding how each of the different mining modules works. The basic tools for obtaining ore are as follows:
More specialized mining craft have much higher mining yields, but cost more and are not necessarily any more survivable.
- Miner I: This is the most basic mining laser, and can be fitted on any ship that has a high slot to spare. There are several named variants that offer higher yields, many of which are very cheap.
- Miner II: The tech two version of the Miner I. Requires higher skills, but gives a better yield.
- Modulated Deep Core Miner II: Takes a turret slot, and is the best mining laser that can be used on a ship that it not mining-specialized. A ship like the Rokh or Harbinger using one of these is a decent way for a person that doesn't want to train up mining barges or exhumers to still dabble in mining.
- Mining Drone I and Mining Drone II: Drones that can pull in extra ore. Not a bad idea if you are in safe area or have protection, though hulks will often rely on their drones or one quickly warping out for survival, making them less desirable for end-game mining.
There are also several varieties of mining lasers that are used on some of the more specialized mining vessels listed below, but these are not important to new players and so will be covered in more specific guides.
Basic Mining Skills
- Mining: The basic mining skill, which increases mining yields by 5% per level trained. Training various levels of this skill is required for starting other mining-related skills.
- Mining Upgrades: Allows the use of low-slot mining upgrade modules, and reduces their CPU fitting cost by 5% per level.
- Astrogeology: Additional 5% mining yield per level. Needed to use various mining barges and exhumers.
There exist a number of other specialized mining skills for dealing with mining special commodities like ice or gas, but those are well outside the scope of newbie miners.
Each race has a mining frigate and mining cruiser. These are all right for the most green of miners. More advanced miners will use either a battle cruiser, battle ship, exhumer, or mining barge, the latter two there being special class of ships not associated with any race but that have specialized roles in mining.
- Bantam - The Caldari mining frigate (probably the best mining frigate). Receives a bonus to mining laser yield.
- Navitas - The Gallente mining frigate. Receives a bonus to mining laser yield.
- Probe - The Minmatar mining frigate. Receives a bonus to mining laser yield.
- Tormentor - The Amarr mining frigate. Receives a bonus to mining laser yield.
- Arbitrator - The Amarr mining cruiser. Receives a bonus to mining drone yield.
- Osprey - The Caldari mining cruiser (probably the best mining cruiser). Receives a bonus to mining laser yield.
- Scythe - The Minmatar mining cruiser. Receives a bonus to mining laser yield.
- Vexor - The Gallente mining cruiser. Receives a bonus to mining drone yield.
- Procurer - Not an especially worthwhile ship. Most dedicated miners skip this one.
- Retriever - A good middle-of-the-road ship for dedicated miners.
- Covetor - The best tech I mining ship in the game, it is second only to the Hulk.
- Skiff - The first tech II mining ship, it specializes in mining mercoxit and takes less damage from mining explosions.
- Mackinaw - A dedicated ice mining vessel, the Mackinaw is probably the best mining ship in high-security space because of the price difference between various ores and various ice products.
- Hulk - The queen bee of the mining hive. For the individual miner, this is the endgame ship. No single ship can pull in more ore. The training time to get into the ship is intense, though.
Other Mining-Related Ships
- Orca - The orca is an industrial command ship. It plays a support role by offering a mining bonus to nearby ships, and is able to store large amounts of cargo in its hold and corporate hangars. One of these can hold the ore for an entire small corporation mining at once.
- Rorqual - A huge capital ship that offers more significant bonuses than the orca, and can even compress large volumes of ore for shipping. Like most other capital ships, it cannot use gates or be manufactured in high-security space. It is something of a pirate miner's ship.
Recommended Mining Plan
Most players will not want to exclusively mine for the entirety of their careers in EVE Online. To that end, it is best to train up the ship skills for your race of choice and to put mining lasers on whatever the largest ship you can use is. If, by the time you can fly battleships, you still think mining is the bees' knees, it may be time to start training up for mining barges and exhumers. Train Mining to IV and Astrogeology to IV, early on, to maximize your ore intake, regardless of how your mining career plays out.