Exploration 1920 1080 BearThatCares

Exploration is the act of scanning signatures, visiting anomalies, and venturing into the unknowns of New Eden. It is also the best area for a new player to start. Seriously.

Why? Because it teaches you core fundamentals for being successful and self-sufficient in EVE Online, while earning you a healthy profit with minimal skills.

But it’s not just for new players. End-game, explorers are a primary source for intel, hunting large targets, and setting up strategic opportunities. If you’re in a large alliance that doesn’t have probers and scouts, they’re doing it wrong.


Exploration can be boiled down to a few key motives.

  • Exploiting moneymaking opportunities by hacking relic and data sites
  • Providing combat content by hunting other explorers or weak targets
  • Finding opportunities to share with your corporation and friends

A skilled explorer can easily make enough in a single night to pay for their account for the month, and kill hundreds of unsuspecting players. When you finally join a corporation, you’ll be able to find wormhole chains, high value targets, and be an essential asset.

So how do you explore?

To explore, you’ll need a few things.

  • Basic understanding of how to travel (guide)
  • Basic understanding of how to scan signatures (videoguide)
  • An exploration ship (see below)

Luckily, knowledge is free, and the ships are cheap.

After you understand the basics, you’ll want to travel to regions and start scanning sites, looking for interesting things, and overall enjoying the game. Hack relic and data sites for income, and you’ll easily be able to replace your losses and progress your character with skill injectors.

As you travel through systems, talk to the locals! You never know who you might meet, and the friendships you may build.

  • [Heron, Heron]

    Damage Control I
    Nanofiber Internal Structure I

    5MN Cold-Gas Enduring Microwarpdrive
    Relic Analyzer I
    Data Analyzer I
    Scan Pinpointing Array I
    Scan Rangefinding Array I

    Prototype Cloaking Device I
    Core Probe Launcher I, Core Scanner Probe I
    [Empty High slot]

    Small Gravity Capacitor Upgrade I
    Small Gravity Capacitor Upgrade I
    [Empty Rig slot]

    • Feel free to add Warp Core Stabilizers to enhance your escape ability, or look at the Imicus or Magnate (more low slots)
    • Cargo scanners are nice for constant hacking
    • If you find yourself failing relic and data sites, look into the hacking rigs
  • [Astero, Explorer]

    Type-D Restrained Nanofiber Structure
    Type-D Restrained Nanofiber Structure
    Warp Core Stabilizer I
    Damage Control I

    5MN Cold-Gas Enduring Microwarpdrive
    Relic Analyzer I
    Data Analyzer I
    PL-0 Scoped Cargo Scanner

    Covert Ops Cloaking Device II
    Core Probe Launcher I, Sisters Core Scanner Probe

    Small Low Friction Nozzle Joints I
    Small Low Friction Nozzle Joints I
    Small Low Friction Nozzle Joints I

  • [Astero, Astero]

    Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II
    Small Armor Repairer II
    Small Ancillary Armor Repairer, Nanite Repair Paste
    Damage Control II

    5MN Cold-Gas Enduring Microwarpdrive
    X5 Enduring Stasis Webifier
    Small Electrochemical Capacitor Booster I, Navy Cap Booster 400
    Warp Scrambler II

    Covert Ops Cloaking Device II
    Sisters Core Probe Launcher, Sisters Core Scanner Probe

    Small Anti-Explosive Pump I
    Small Auxiliary Nano Pump II
    Small Auxiliary Nano Pump II

    Hobgoblin II x5
    Hornet EC-300 x5
    Warrior II x5

    Navy Cap Booster 400 x6
    Nanite Repair Paste x100
    Sisters Core Scanner Probe x8
    Mobile Depot x1
    Data Analyzer I x1
    Relic Analyzer I x1


    • Relic and data analyzers are in the cargohold, feel free to fit them instead of the web and scrambler
    • This ship can easily tank cruisers, I’ve killed a Stratios before


Exploration is an art, and no matter how good you get, you can always improve. It will teach you tactics that are crucial to the game, and elevate your play so that you can run circles around the majority of players in this game.

Here are some things you should try out, and use as learning experiences!

  • Travel to a popular nullsec region, use combat probes to scan mobile tractor units. Kill them, and maybe even the unsuspecting ratters that own them. Free loot!
  • Look for drones, wrecks, and other interesting loot with combat probes. Use directional scanner to verify they exist, first. Sometimes you’ll find a excavator drones that a little Goon left behind, worth billions.
  • Travel into wormholes and experience the content they offer. Gas harvesting, combat anomalies, and even harder relic/data sites!
  • Find large unsuspecting targets like capitals and supercapitals and provide content for corporations, alliances, and even NPSI groups.

This game is a sandbox, and you get in what you put out. Putting a little bit of effort in with this difficult area of the game will develop you to become a more talented player than the majority of the player-base.

Good luck!



EVE Online CEO, fleet commander, and multi-box PvPer. Wormholer btw.

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