Eve Online Guides And Resources
Eve Online Beginners Guides For Mining, Missions, Salvaging, Industry, PVP, Exploration, etc
If you're looking for some great Eve Online Guides it means you know that Eve is quite a hard game to play - at least initially. Many jump right ahead and start playing without knowing what they're doing (because they think Eve is just like another MMORPG), only to quit before the 2 weeks trial is over.
Image credit: my current ship in Eve Online
Eve Online is extremely complex. While most MMO games are about leveling up, doing some quests and pew-pew-ing on the mob, this game has at least 15 distinct career lines that I can think of, and I'm sure there are lots more. Simply put, if you stick around, you won't get easily bored in Eve Online.
This is why those who get over the initial hurdles in learning the game stick around for many years. EVE is NOT a game to play for 6 months and quit. You either quit early on or you're hooked for years.
While I'm by no means an advanced player, over time I've collected and bookmarked several great Eve Online guides, tutorials and resources on every aspect of the game to help me learn it, all of which I'm sharing with you below. There are guides on starting out with the game, on mining, salvaging, running missions, ratting, trading, manufacturing, inventing, living in wormholes, making money in Eve Online and of course, the more risky aspects of the game including PVP and all the low sec areas that so many are afraid to enter since unless you know what you're doing, you're bound to lose your ship.
I'll be updating this list with more guides and resources over time, and if you come across anything useful that hasn't been mentioned here, feel free to let me know in the Guestbook section below.
Eve Online - The Game - Currently on PC only (No MAC versions available)
You can either download the game from the official website (over 4 Gb of download) or if you are a game collector, get the DVD version instead.
Starting Out In Eve Online
Eve Online Guides - Starting Out
I've played tons of MMO games over the years, and the truth is, Eve Online is the most complex game I've ever come across. Even after all this time I'm still learning. This is actually one reason why I stick around, because you simply don't get bored in Eve.
There is always something new to learn, to try out, to skill up for. Unlike in other games where you figure them out within hours (only to get bored of the game within weeks or days), here you constantly learn. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
When you're completely new to Eve, you need some guides and tutorials to make sense of the world of Eve. Learn how to get started, understand the interface and just what to do next. Eve Online is a sandbox game, which means that everything you do in the game affects other players. You are given the tools, but you make your destiny and follow your own path.
So if you're used to games like WOW (World of Warcraft), where you are held by the hands all the way through, here it's easy to get lost. So how do you get started with Eve Online?
Don't Pay For Online Guides!
Resist the temptation to buy Clickbank guides called 'How to make a billion ISK in Eve' and similar. While Eve IS a complex game, actual players have written free guides that teach you EVERYTHING you need to know in Eve, unlike some who just want to make a quick buck...or $29.99.
1. Start With The Game Itself
Do The Career Missions
The first thing you encounter in Eve once you've made your character is the help given by Aura, an agent that you encounter initially to understand a bit about moving around in Eve. When this initial tutorial is done, you're sort of left to your own devices - hence the sandbox effect. So what do you do next?
I strongly urge you to do the Career Mission. There are 5 career agents that you have initially access to, each giving you 10 missions in their respective field. These missions are simply there to not only give you an overview of what you can do next in Eve, but also to give you a taste of the various career paths you can take. While these initial missions are not mandatory, I strongly suggest you do them.
For each mission you get rewards and the career agents will give you much higher reward than the level 1 and 2 mission agents later on (in case you decide to become a mission runner). You get lots of ISK (the in-game currency), you get several ships and you get various skill books and other objects, all that help you greatly start out with some initial buffer. Don't ignore these guys!
Accessing the Career Agents
To get hold of your career agents you simply press F12 in the game (which opens the Help screen - alternatively click on the Help icon in the game), and next click on the Show Career Agents in the Career Advancement part of the screen.
Each of the four major Empire factions, Caldari, Minmatar, Gallente and Amarr have their own agents. My character has started out in Caldari, so I have access to the closest agents to my location.
The 5 agents are for: Military, Business, Industry, Exploration and Advanced Military (PVP). It really doesn't matter which agent you start out with initially, but I suggest you do the entire 10 mission chain with every one of them.
Learn more about each career agent in Eve at Eve University.
2. Watch The How To Survive Eve Video Series
Seamus Donohue from the EVE University has put together a great starter series about living in New Eden, the world of Eve Online. Once you've finished with the career missions, watch the How to Survive EVE video series on Youtube. They are simply awesome, I can really recommend them.
There are 6 videos each focusing on one career. This is why it is good to first do the career missions, so that you can get more indepth information from Seamus. You can either click through the link above or watch each video below embedded here.
Video 1 Surviving in Eve Online
Video 2 Industry And Business In Eve Online
Video 3 Industry And Business (Cont)
Video 4 Military In Eve Online
Video 5 Exploration In Eve Online
Video 6 Advanced Military In Eve Online
3. More Eve Online Starter Guides And Resources
- Eve Online Wiki
Here are all the guides that you need to start out with, right from Eve Online itself - don't ignore this valuable resource
- Eve Careers
Everything you wanted to know about following a career path in Eve Online - and the multitude of paths you can actually take!
- Sisters of EVE Epic Arc Guide
Once you've finished with the career guides, the next step is doing the Sisters of EVE Epic Arc Guide. You could ignore it (you won't get penalized for it) but I strongly suggest you do it. You'll learn LOTS! Guide opens in pdf file directly (you nee
- Eve University Class Library
All the Eve University classes - from the starting out guides to comples PVP guides, it's all here.
- Getting To Know Your Ship
Eve Online is a game that takes place in space. Thus you need to know about your ships. Here is one of the best guides I've found about getting to know your ship.
- Leveling Up In Eve
This. You need how to level up in Eve using skill - which skills you train first? It will have a great bearing on which career you choose later on.
- Leveling Up In Eve - Part 2
Learn more about training for skills in Eve Online
- Fitting Your Ship Guide
A great Wiki guide on how to fit your ship - you need weapons, ammunition and so much more to live another day in Eve Online
- Learn About The 4 Races Of Eve
Not sure which race to start out with? Here is some information about all 4 (I've started my main character as Caldari, btw).
- Another Basic Guide To Eve Professions
Read more about the various professions in Eve Online
- What To Do In Eve
This is the most complete list of what you can all do in Eve Online. This visual list will convince you that Eve is truly an EPIC game! You can save the image to your computer if you want (right-click - Save image).
- Tutorial On Creating Your First Character
While you'll only see your character while you're docked (in space you only see the ship), it is fun to know everything about creating your own character and how to modify the body build, the face structure, the clothes you're putting on, the hair, e
- Silly New Player Mistakes And How to Avoid Them
Forum thread on avoiding those silly mistakes that you'll be laughing about later on...
- How To Travel Safely In Eve
There is a saying in Eve: don't fly what you can't afford to lose. Eventually invariably you will lose a ship. Accept it. It's a fact. But how to minimize losses and travel as safely as possible? Here are some useful tips.
- Common Abbreviations In Eve Online
Not sure what ISK, Alt and carebear are? Confused about what PVP and PVE mean? Check out this list of common abbreviations and their explanations.
- ISK - The Guide
Every Eve Online player should have this guide. You can download the pdf file for offline reading. It's really useful and teaches you a lot on getting started with Eve. The guide is free as well.
Running Missions In Eve
Eve Online Mission Guide
Starter - Missions
Introduction to Missions and Standings
Resources And Useful Guides For Mission Runners
If you come from other MMO games, missions are basically quests. Once you complete a mission, you get some rewards. If you complete it within an x number of hours, you get an extra reward, usually in the form of more ISK (ingame money).
Note: You can only reject a mission every 4 hours from a particular mission agent before you get penalized.
- Agent Guides Tutorial
One of the many tutorials on finding mission agents available to you in Eve Online
- How To Find Mission Agents In Eve
Yet another tutorial on finding agents, so useful to Eve newbies
- Eve Online Agent Finder
Online application that helps you find agents in Eve Online based on what is available to use. I use this page all the time.
- Agent Finder In Eve
Another agent finder online tool that can help you if you get stuck. Recommended as well.
- Eve University List Of Agents
Useful list of all the available agents in Eve Online
- Agent Locat
If you prefer instead another agent locator tool, here is a fun one to check out
- All About Missions At Eve University
The different types of missions you get in the game with indepth explanations
- Eve Online Survival
If you're a mission runner, you simply need this page. It lists every single mission (from lvl 1 to lvl 4) that you should know about BEFORE you head out to do the mission. Don't forget to read the Comments at the bottom of each page on what people e
- Mission Guide Portal
If you like to read up on the missions and how to solve them before you head out in space, I found TenTonHammer's guides quite useful in my early days.
- Eve Online Courier Missions
A guide on how to complete courier missions in Eve Online
Mining In Eve Online
Eve Online Mining Guide
Starter - Mining
Learn The Most Basic Career That New Players Start Out With In Eve Online
Mining is pretty much the first career that new players start out with before they move on. It involves relatively few skills to learn, it's quite easy to do and you don't get ambushed as often - basically it's relatively harmless if you don't like much the PVP aspect of the game.
While for many people mining is quite boring, it does have its advantages and if you're low in funds, you can always attach a miner I or II to your ship and head over to an asteroid and mine. Ore is always selling, so this helps you keep some spare money if push comes to shove.
Here are some useful Eve Online mining guides if you choose this career path.
- The Official Mining Guide
Start with the official guide on mining
- Advanced Mining Guide
Once you're past the very basics, you're ready to really make money with mining in Eve
- The Complete Miner's Guide
This. You need it. If you're serious about learning mining in Eve online, this is pretty much the most comprehensible guide about the career of mining, what ore you find where and how to mind for the best ore that gives you the most money.
- Become A Professional Miner In Eve Online
Another mining guide, quite indepth as well.
- The Basics Of Mining
A great guide at Massively
- Jetcanning Guide For Newbies
You need a jetcan to keep your ore in space to avoid making tons of transports back and fort. Here is a great guide on jetcanning in Eve
- Ore Guide
Here is a list of what ore you can find where and what minerals you can get from each ore
- Miner Security In Eve
Avoid problems as a miner in Eve: avoid thieves and piracy,. safe spots to travel to, etc.
- Mining Guide
Here is another mining guide at Eve-Online Academy
- Rookie's Guide To Mining In EVE Online
Useful guide by TenTonHammer
- Mining in Eve - Website About Mining
Here is an entire website dedicated to mining in Eve Online
- Mining Tutorial By Eve University
The University has a ton of useful guides and so is their mining guide
- Mining 101 - Audio Class by Eve University
I usually listen to these streaming mp3 files while playing the game itself. Very useful lesson in mining
- Mining 102 - Audio Class by Eve University
The next class on mining, more advanced material
Salvaging In Eve Online
Salvaging In Eve by Seamus Donohue
Newbie guide to Eve Online ninja salvaging
Where To Salvage Tutorial
Tutorials On Salvaging In Eve Online Including Ninja Salvaging
Salvaging in Eve Online is easy and it's something that many users are attracted to early on. Just like mining, salvaging can be done with just a few skills and ship fittings and it's actually fun to see what drops when you salvage the ships of rats (NPC pirates). Don't confuse though looting with salvaging, as the two are not the same.
- Salvaging And Rigs Guide
Useful forum post on salvaging and fitting your ship for it
- Guide to Salvaging In Eve Online
A great salvaging guide with the basics you need to know
- All About Salvaging - Audion Course At Eve University
Great tutorial to listen to while playing. All about salvaging, touching also on ninja salvaging.
- Salvaging Guide At Thonky.com
Useful guide on salvaging, worth a read.
- Salvaging Guide By TenTonHammer
I like these tutorials by TenTonHammer,and I keep going back to them over and over again when I get stuck in Eve.
- Ninja Salvaging For Newbies
Interesting in the 'darker' aspect of salvaging, aka ninja salvaging? Here is a nice starter guide
- Salvaging Guide At MMORPG
MMORPG has a useful salvaging guide as well, worth mentioning
- Forum Post On Salvaging In Eve
A short tutorial in a forum post, quite useful
Trading In Eve Online
EVE Online Market Tutorial
Market - Orders
Contracts In Eve Online
Trading Guides In Eve Online And All About Markets And Prices
Trading in Eve Online is one of the very popular career paths that many users take once they start 'smelling the money'. Indeed, it can be a very lucrative career and many leave mining and mission running to settle in their seats and simply buy and sell goods, without even moving away from their station.
If anyone tells you that making ISK (money) In Eve Online is hard, don't believe them. While you might not become a billionaire right away, you can live comfortably in Eve simply by doing any of the popular career choices, including trading.
- Small Trading Guide At The Forums
Here is a quick guide on trading, showing how a user became a billionaire in Eve Online
- Station Trading Guide
If you're tired of mission running or prefer a quieter career, check out this station trading guide
- Audio Guide On Making ISK With Trading
Presented by Eve University - streaming audio
- The Basics Of Trading - Audio Guide
Another great guide by Eve University, streaming audio
- Station Trading Guide
More on station trading from Eve University
- Trading Guide By Eve University
Written guide by Eve University
- Lessons Learned By A Budding Trader
Interesting guide by a new trader
- Official Trading Guide
By Eve Online
- Eve Central Tool
A very useful online tool for traders that tracks market data across different regions
- Alternative to EVE-Central
Similar site to Eve Central, it collects data from players direclty
- Cerlestes ORE and Ice Tables
Ore and Ice price tables updated in real time and with refining configurations
- Eve Mentat
Very useful for trading, it allows tracking of market orders, it reads exported market logs, it automatically checks for concurrency and other useful features.
Exploration In Eve Online
Eve Online Scanning And Exploration Guide Tutorial
Magnetometric Radar Ladar Scanning
Probe Launcher and Probes - Scanning sites
Scanning with more Probes
Exploration - The Art Of Scanning In Eve Online
Exploration in Eve...It took me quite a while to learn how to properly scan in Eve Online, even with the ingame and online tutorials. I kept getting 99.9% but never 100%, which meant that I could not warp to the actual site. Grrrr. Eventually I figured it out by watching several Youtube videos...and then another world just opened up to me in Eve Online...Seriously worth learning...
Some useful guides below on learning this aspect of the game.
- Intro Guide To Exploration In Eve Online
A forum post with a guide on how to start your exploring career
- Scan Probing Guide
Another forum post with a useful guide on scan probing
- The Official Eve Online Exploration Guide
Worth reading to learn the basics
- Exploration Guide
A useful guide by an Eve Online player
- Exploration Guide By Massively
Useful guide on learning the different types of places you can scan for
- Interesting Blog Post by the Devs Of Eve Online
Read this blog posts by the developers of Eve Online on scanning - with screenshots
- FAQ On Exploring In Eve Online
Short Q&A session on the basics on scanning
- Exploration Sites Guide
There are 6 types of exploration sites in EVE all of which move around the solar systems. Learn here about them.
- Guide To Eve Online Exploration
Another user tutorial that is quite useful when starting out with the exploration career
- Exploration Implants
Want to use implants to speed up your learning? Check out this tutorial by TenTonHammer on them.
- Exploration Tips By Massively
Useful exploration tips for Eve Online
- Deep Space Probe Exploration Guide
Learn here about deep space probing in Eve
- Another Eve Online Exploration Guide
- Wormholes In Eve
Learn all about wormholes in Eve. What they are and how to live there (or survive them)
- Introduction To Wormholes Audio Tutorial
Streaming audio tutorial on wormholes by Eve University
Manufacturing In Eve Online
Manufacturing aka Crafting In Eve Online
Manufacturing...If you're coming from another online RPG game, manufacturing is basically crafting. You get base materials, you add them to a manufacturer using a blueprint and create an item...or 10. Eve Online is a sandbox game, and basically 90% of the items in the game are user manufactured. If you like crafting stuff then this is an interesting and quite lucrative career path in Eve.
Here are some useful tutorials that help you learn manufacturing and production in the game.
- Official Eve Online Manufacturing Guide
Start with this tutorial to get the basics of manufacturing
- Basic Manufacturing Guide
To manufacture items and ships, either for yourself or to sell for profit, there's a few simple things you'll need.
- Manufacturing Guide
Another useful guide to get you started with creating things in Eve
- Research and Manufacturing
A great guide on manufacturing and researching by Eve Online itself
- Intro to Manufacturing
Another introduction to manufacturing. See why you don't have to spend money on buying guides, when you have all these great guides for free?
- Manufacturing Manticores in Eve Online
Great guide from TenTonHammer
- How To Manufacture A Combat Booster
Check out this guide on making a combat booster in Eve
- Building Capital Ships In Eve
Capital Ships are bigger than any other ship that flies the space lanes of the Eve Online universe and here you learn how to make one
- Making Hulks In Eve
Part 1 here is about inventing. When you read the guide, you click to part 2 to learn how to actually manufacture it
- Manufacturing Guide By Eve University
A great guide by Eve University on manufacturing basics
- Research And Production Audio Guide
Streaming audio from Eve University on research and production
- Introduction to Industry
Another streaming audio from Eve University on the basics of industry in Eve Online
- Wormhole Industry and Production
Learn about industry and manufacturing in wormholes
PVP In Eve Online
Do You Need To PVP In Eve Online?
If you prefer PVE to PVP, it is very possible to do so in Eve Online. There are safe areas called hi-sec (0.5-1) areas, where PVP is not the norm. You can play Eve anyway you like!
Btw, PVP means player vs player, when one player goes against the other in the game.
EVE Online PvP Tutorial - Tackling 101
The Hunt - Solo PvP
EVE Online PVP Video
PVP Solo Or In A Corp?
While it is possible to PVP solo as well (if you are a loner for example), I REALLY recommend to join a good player corporation (called guild in other MMO games) for your PVP adventures. It is not only much more enjoyable PVPing in a fleet, but it's also much easier. Solo PVP can be quite hard!
Eve Online Guides And Resources On PVP
PVP (player vs player combat) is maybe the most popular activity in Eve online. Many MMO players come to Eve because other online games don't offer PVP, or if they do (like Entropia Universe when traveling between planets), they are simply not as developed and complex as PVP in Eve is. While in other games PVP is sort of 'well, you can do it...', in Eve it is a very encouraged activity by the developers of Eve. In fact here everything is encouraged and the game is set so that you are able PVP, to steal, scam and do any other shady activity that you can think of.
However...you don't have to do these things. If you like playing peacefully without killing or becoming a thief, simply stay in hi-sec areas and go about your business (that's what I mostly do as well).
Having said that, here are some great guides on PVP in Eve Online. More to come as I find them on the web.
- General Guide To PVP
A general overview to pvp for those who are adventurous enough
- The Rifter Solo PVP Guide
Note: it is a pdf file, to be opened with Adobe Acrobat
- Introduction to PVP Audio Class
Here is a great intro to PVP in Eve Online - streaming audio file
- Small Ship PVP
A small ship pvp guide - streaming audio from Eve University
- Solo PVP in Eve Online
Solo PVP is possible - listen to this audio lecture from Eve University
- Intro to PVP
Text tutorial on PVP from Eve University
- Eve Online PVP Guide At MMORPG
A user guide to PVP in Eve
- EVE Online PVP Build
So you want to know how to make the perfect EVE Online PvP Build. What skills are most important, what attributes etc, etc
- PVP Guide By TenTonHammer
Another useful guide by TenTonHammer, this time on PVP
- Rifter Guide For PVP
Another rifter guide on PVP
- Eve Online PVP Guides At Massively
A selection of PVP guides to keep you busy and learn how to PVP in Eve Online
Notes On Eve Online Tutorials And Resources
Eve online is massive. Literally. There are tens of different careers that you can follow, and a page is simply not enough to add resources to every single little thing you might want to do in Eve Online. For example you can:
* become a fleet pilot
* a CEO of a corporation (start your own corporation)
* move to a POS (player owned starbase)
* move to low sec or null sec areas and learn to live there without getting killed too often
* become a hauler (transport goods from one area of Eve to another and earn money in the process)
* become an inventor
* mine ice
* run COSMOS missions
* run missions for pirates and be the bad guy (or girl)
* become a belt ratter (kill NPC pirates at asteroid belts)
and so much more...
However most of the things you learn from the links above will help you master many of the small and obscure careers that you might decide to follow as well.
And regardless of which direction you will go ahead in Eve, whether you become a pirate, thief, PVP master, or turn to the peaceful aspects of the game and become a famous industrialist, mission runner, veldspar miner or the best pilot around, above all HAVE FUN!
Image credits: screenshot of my early mining days in Eve Online