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Balancing the Books (3 of 10) - Eve Online Mission Guide

Updated on May 2, 2013

This guide and video walkthrough will cover the Business Career arc mission, Balancing the Books (3 of 10) in the video game MMO, Eve Online. Within you will find information on completing your objective along with rewards and any other relevant details.


  • Kill enemy ships at target location.
  • Deliver 33 Tritanium (3.3 m3) to your agent.

"Mine the ore and, from it, refine 33 units of Tritanium for your agent."

Enemies (Caldari)

  • Group 1: 1 x Guristas Pirate

Total Bounty: 3,000 Isk

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Mining the Veldspar asteroid.The pirate rookie ship fires on my vessel.
Mining the Veldspar asteroid.
Mining the Veldspar asteroid.
The pirate rookie ship fires on my vessel.
The pirate rookie ship fires on my vessel.


The third mission in the business career arc has you flying out to a target deadspace location to mine some ore and kill a pirate ship. For starters, it's important to realize that unless you actually mine the ore at the mission location and kill the pirate, you can not complete this mission, so just buying 333 Tritanium is out of the option.

For Balancing the Books 3 of 10 you can take the frigate you received last mission and fit it with a single weapon along with a single mining laser (more if you have the space, but one of each at least), either the civilian miner you should have from your rookie ship or purchase one off the market. Try to make sure your cargo is mostly empty, with the exception of a small handful of ammo (you won't need more than one reload) so you can fit as much ore as possible.

Travel to the mission location and travel through the acceleration gate into your mission deadspace pocket. Once inside you will find a single asteroid of Veldspar sitting in space amongst some other decorations. Lock the asteroid and approach it until within range of your miner (10km) then activate the module to start filing your hold. After a cycle or two, which takes a minute for each, the single pirate ship will spawn and start to attack you. You can lock it as you continue to mine the asteroid and fire a couple shots to take it down easily.

Protip: You can make the pirate spawn faster by turning your laser on and off a couple times without completing a full cycle.

The mission will be marked complete when the pirate is killed but you should hang around until your cargo is full of ore to make sure you have enough for your agent and some for later as the extra Tritanium will come in handy in another mission down this chain. Travel back to your station once your full up, dock, then move the ore into your station items window and right click, and then refine. You will be presented with the refining window which will show you the exact amount of minerals you will receive from processing your ore. Hit accept then deliver the goods to your agent to wrap this mission up.

You can also end up mining the entire asteroid out in a single cycle using a Mining Barge, skipping the spawn of the pirate and completing the objective without having to fight.


  • Salvaging Skill Book x 1
  • 79,000 Isk bonus (2 hours, 8 minutes)
  • +0.2352 % corporation standing


  • Veldspar x 10,000 (1,000m3)


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