Eve Echoes mining can be a difficult business, with thousands of players looking to make a buck selling ore, getting to the best minerals, and finding the rarest asteroids tucked away in space. But that’s why we’ve created an Eve Echoes mining guide, giving some info on ore types, what minerals they process into, and a general guide of how to become a miner in Eve Echoes.
We’ve also got plenty of info on mining skills, as well as an ore list, a planetary resources list, and a list of the best locations to find them. A lot people might be pursuing Eve Echoes mining, but it’s still one of the best ways of making ISK in the game.
If you find this article helpful, be sure to check out our Eve Echoes review for more thoughts on the game, or our Eve Echoes guide for some handy beginner tips. We even have an Eve Echoes race guide for helping you pick your starting race. Happy mining!
everything in our eve echoes mining guide:
Since you don’t start with a mining laser, getting ore in Eve Echoes can be a little tricky, but here we are going to walk you through the process:
- First thing’s first: you need a mining lazer. The MK3 Mining Laser if the first one available to you usually around 40,000 ISK – so save up your bounty money!
- Once you’ve bought the laser and collected it from a reputable retailer, you can fit it to your ship. The power draw on this Mining Laser isn’t too hefty, so it should be fine with your starter ship
- Now undock, open up the location tab, and find an asteroid belt to warp to
- Once there, tap on an asteroid of your choosing and select lock. Once locked, simply press the mining laser icon like you would with a weapon and away you go!
- Just like with weapons, mining lasers have an optimal range, so tap on the asteroid and use the orbit tool to select the best distance for mining
- Once you’ve got your ore, head back to the station and process it in your inventory. When its processed into minerals you can sell it
- One good tip is to invest in manufacturing. The market in Eve is always flooded with ore, but if you can take those minerals and turn them into fancy piece of equipment or a ship, you can sell that for far more ISK, and in a far less flooded market
- It’s also worth considering that industrial ships are the best for mining as they have ore holds, which let you carry a lot more per trip
- Another handy trick to get minerals is to reprocess ship fittings that you aren’t using, or that you’ve salvaged
Sometimes Eve Echoes mining can feel a little like learning your own periodic table. Here’s our Eve Echoes mining ore list, the minerals you can get from each, and the security status systems you find them in:
- Veldspar: Tritanium (1.0 to -1.0 sec)
- Scordite: Tritanium and Pyerite (1.0 to -1.0 sec)
- Plagiocase: Tritanium, Pyerite, and Mexallon (0.8 to 0.3 sec)
- Omber: Tritanium, Pyerite, and Isogen (0.6 to 0.3 sec)
- Kernite: Tritanium, Mexallon, Isogen (0.6 to 0.1 sec)
- Pyroxeres: Tritanium, Pyerite, Mexallon, and Nocxium (0.5 to -1.0 sec)
- Hemorphite: Tritanium, Isogen, Nocxium, and Zydrine (0.2 to -1.0 sec)
- Dark Ochre: Tritanium, Nocxium, and Isogen (0.5 to -1.0 sec)
- Gneiss: Pyerite, Mexallon, and Isogen (0.4 to -1.0 sec)
- Jaspet: gives Mexallon, Nocxium, and Zydrine (0 to -1.0 sec)
- Crokite: gives Tritanium, Nocxium, and Zydrine (-0.2 to -1.0 sec)
Very Rare Ores
- Bisot: gives Pyerite, Zydrine, and Megacyte (-0.4 to -1.0 sec)
- Arkonor: gives Tritanium, Mexallon, Megacyte (-0.6 to -1.0 sec)
- Mercoxit: gives Morphite (-0.8 to -1.0 sec)
- Hedbergite: gives Pyerite, Isogen, Nocxium, and Zydrine (0 to -1.0 sec)
- Spodumain: gives Tritanium, Pyerite, Mexallon, Isogen (0.2 to -1.0 sec)
If you want to be a great miner in Eve Echoes, it’s worth investing in the appropriate skills to increase your yield. ‘Mining’ is a must-have skill for any budding prospector, as it increases the optimal range of mining lasers, and gives you more ore for your troubles:
Planetology is also worth investing in if you plan to mine lots of planetary resources, as it allows you to increase the number of planets you mine on, and the number of resources you can harvest at the same time:
Compressed ore is something you might find when out mining in Eve Echoes. Though slightly rarer than its regular variant, you’ll know compressed ore when you spot an asteroid with the word ‘compressed’ in its name.
The ore you mine from this asteroid can be processed into 10x the usual yield of minerals, meaning it’s pretty valuable! They are a slightly rare spawn, but as with any ore, the chances of finding them increases in lower sec.
There are tonnes of different ores in Eve Echoes, but generally the best ore to mine depends on multiple factors. Here’s what you should consider:
- Yield: compressed ore is always good since it gives you 10x the mineral yield for the amount of ore you mine
- Rarity: mining in low and no sec allows you to find rarer ores which are worth more
- Minerals: the best ores to mine in Eve Echoes are the ones that give you the biggest variety of valuable minerals. This is the reason Pyroxeres is so popular, because it gives four different minerals, yet isn’t ridiculously rare.
If you take the factors of what minerals an ore gives, how much those minerals are worth, and the rarity of that ore, it’s not too hard to determine what’s best. It’s also worth considering that the best way to make money from ore is manufacturing, and if you’re following a blueprint, you’re going to need very specific minerals anyway. Therefore the best ore to mine is the one that breaks down into as many of those required minerals as possible.
Pyroxeres is a super useful ore as it’s not insanely uncommon, yet it gives you Mexallon, and Noxcium on top of the usual Pyerite and Tritanium yield. While we don’t know any exact Pyroxeres locations, we do know it’s found in 0.5 to -1 security status systems Your best bet to find some is finding systems that match that security status using your star map overlay, and then try your luck with some asteroid fields in those systems.
Though there are a fair few mining ships in Eve Echoes, the Venture is arguably the best. This is partly because it’s easy to access early on in the game, as the Venture Trainer is actually given to you for completing advanced tutorials, but it’s also because it’s a reliable ship, with an ore hold, space for drones, a decent power capacitor, and an inherent warp stability bonus, meaning it’s harder to get caught out by pirates.
Though there are mining drones in Eve Online, there aren’t currently any available in Eve Echoes. They might become available in future, but we can’t say for sure. There are combat drones, however, and you can find recommendations on good drone ships in our ship list.
Strip Mining is the name of a skill you can unlock which increases mining laser efficiency, but it’s also the process of ‘stripping’ an asteroid belt and gathering massive amounts of ore. In order to do it, you’re going need the MK5 Strip Miner, which also requires Omega Clone to use, as well as a Mining Barge capable of equipping it. The MK5 should set you back on average about 100,000 ISK, but prices fluctuate. You’ll also need to take into account the massive power capacitor draw of the Strip Miner.
An important part of Eve Echoes mining is planetary production, and harvesting the unique matierials that you can get from planets. Here’s how to do planetary production:
- Open planetary production by tapping on your character image and selecting the section in the bottom right
- This gives you a list of planets in your system
- Tap on a planet and you’ll see the resources it has available for mining
- Press ‘place a development array’ to start mining
- Tap the plus signs next to the planetary resources you want to mine – with a limit of two – and press confirm
- You can press the plus next to the timer to increase mining duration
- Once the time has elapsed, press to box up your resources, and then ‘set as destination’ to warp to the planet and collect them
Here is a list of the planetary resources and some of the planet types you can find them on:
- Noble Metals – Lava, Temperate
- Gleaming Alloy – Lava, Storm
- Reactive Metals – Plasma, Gas, Storm
- Base Metals – Barren, Temperate, Gas, Ice
- Lustering Alloy – Barren, Gas, Ice
- Motley Compound – Lava
- Precious Alloy – Barren, Ice
- Opulent Compound – Temperate
- Fiber Composite – Gas, Temperate
- Lucent Compound – Plasma, Storm
- Glossy Compound – Gas, Lava
- Crystal Compound – Storm, Oceanic
- Sheen Compound – Gas
- Heavy Metals – Lava, Ice
- Condensed Alloy – Temperate, Oceanic
- Toxic Metals – Barren, Oceanic, Storm
- Polyamarids – Gas, Oceanic
- Coolant – Oceanic, Gas, Ice
- Liquid Ozone – Oceanic, Temperate
- Heavy Water – Oceanic, Temperate
- Suspended Plasma – Plasma, Storm
- Sheen Compound – Plasma, Gas
- Smartfab Units – Lava, Temperate
- Reactive Gas – Gas, Temperate
- Noble Gas – Plasma, Gas, Lava
- Industrial Fibers – Temperate, Barren
- Condensates – Temperate, Plasma
- Construction Blocks – Lava, Storm, Barren
- Ionic Solutions – Gas, Temperate
- Supertensile Plastics – Barren, Ice, Storm
- Plasmoids – Lava, Plasma
- Silicate Glass – Barren
- Nanites – Storm, Plasma
- Oxygen Isotopes – Storm
A good tip for mining planetary resources is that, as a general rule, your mining arrays produce more when in low sec and null sec systems.