Ultimate Mining Setups
This article describes the best possible mining setups and discusses the best path to them, if you're just starting out.
The ultimate in mining are the barges and their Tech II variants, the exhumers. The Strip Miner modules can only be fitted on barges and the three Strip Miner I
you can fit to a Covetor
will outmine any battleship setup for mining.
Best possible setup
The best possible setup for mining ore (not ice) is a Hulk
, with three Modulated Strip Miner II
with Tech II crystals matching the ore you want to mine. Flying the hulk already requires training Astrogeology
to level V and Mining
to level IV. By training mining to level V, you get another 5% bonus. You can also fit two Mining Laser Upgrade I
on a Hulk in addition to the three lasers.
Training Mining Foreman
to level V and getting the two +5% yield mining implants Michi's Excavation Augmentor
(slot 7) and Hardwiring - Inherent Implants 'Highwall' HX-2
(slot 10) will further increase your yield for a total of about 1730 ore per strip miner per cycle of 180 seconds.
The drone hold of a Hulk will hold 5 Harvester Mining Drone
, adding a yield of 150 ore units per 60 seconds, so the total for the Hulk comes to 5640 ore units per 180 seconds, or 1880 per minute.
If you have 2 characters (or a buddy in your gang) and you're all about mining, it pays to put the buddy in a similar setup, except that they won't need the Mining Foreman skill, since the best leadership skill in the gang applies. However, if the gang grows large enough, it will pay to have a mining director along. With Squadron Command
and Mining Director
to level V and as a result Mining Foreman
to level V, a character flying a Fleet Command ship like the Claymore
or another battlecruiser with a Command Processor
will be able to fit a Mining Foreman Link - Crystal Optimization
and a Mining Foreman Link - Drone Coordination
The crystal optimization will yield a 15% reduction (thanks to Mining Director and Squadron Command) to laser cycle time. If the mining director has a Mining Foreman Mindlink
(slot 10), this goes up to 22.5%. The drone coordination will increase yield from drones by 15% or 22.5% (with implant).
The Battlecruiser itself can fit a set of Modulated Deep Core Miner II
. In the case of the Sleipnir
, with 4 Co-Processor II
, a Mining Laser Upgrade I
and a Command Processor
, a total of 6 Modulated Deep Core Miner II's can be fitted in addition to the two Foreman Link modules. The pilot of the Sleipnir can also have one of the two mining implants, assuming he has the Foreman Mindlink in the other slot. The Sleipnir will then be able to mine about 397.93 * 6 = 2387 units per 180 seconds. Adding yield for 4 Harvester drones brings the total to 2747 ore units per 180 seconds, or 915 per minute. Since the Sleipnir will only participate as a mining director, we can apply those bonuses as well, for an extra 22.5%, totaling 1121 ore units per minute.
Now, 2 Hulks will pull in 3760 ore units per minute. 3 Hulks will pull in 5640 ore units per minute. 2 Hulks and a Sleipnir (with the Sleipnir's bonuses applied) will pull in 5727 ore units per minute. So, with 2 perfectly fitted Hulks in a gang, it will pay to put in a perfectly fitted Sleipnir next, instead of another Hulk.
For reference, here are the calculations used to reach the conclusions above.
- Yield of a Modulated Strip Miner II on a Hulk with all T2 and max skills
360 (base) * 1.25 (Mining V) * 1.25 (Astrogeology V) * 1.15 (Barge V) * 1.1 (Mining Foreman V) * 1.75 (T2 Crystals) * 1.1 (2 Mining Upgrades) * 1.05 (Implant slot 7) * 1.05 (Implant slot 10) * 1.15 (Exhumer V) = 1732.74 ore per miner per cycle (180s)
- Yield of a Modulated Deep Core Miner II on a Sleipnir with all T2 and max skills
120 (base) * 1.25 (Mining V) * 1.25 (Astrogeology V) * 1.1 (Mining Foreman V) * 1.75 (T2 Crystals) * 1.05 (Mining Upgrade) * 1.05 (Implant slot 7) = 397.93 ore per miner per cycle (180s)
For a gang of three pilots, this is perfect:
- 2 mining pilots
Each in Hulk with 3 Modulated Strip Miner II with Tech II crystals, 2 Mining Upgrades and both 5% mining implants. Total cost per pilot is about 1.5 billion isk.
- 1 director
In a Sleipnir, with 6 Modulated Deep Core Miner II with Tech II crystals, 1 Mining Upgrade, 4 Co-Processor II, a Command Processor I, Mining Foreman Link - Laser Optimization and Mining Foreman Link - Drone Coordination, as well as a Mining Foreman Mindlink and the slot 7 5% mining implant. Total cost is about 0.75 billion isk.
Current EVE version
: 2.09.3913 (Bloodlines)