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Jump Clones are a technology used by capsuleers (i.e. players in EVE) which allow them to transfer their consciousness between different bodies.
Jump clones require specific skills and cost ISK to set up, but can be used at will (with a cooldown period between uses).
A good way to think about jump clones is to imagine that you have a number of bodies available to you (which may be in widely scattered corners of the galaxy), but only one of these bodies currently holds your consciousness; the other bodies, without a consciousness, are inert. You can transfer your consciousness from your current body to another body, thereby taking control of your new body and rendering your old one inert. You will still have your experience intact, but any physical possessions won't travel with you (they stay with your old body).
In game terms, when you jump from one body ("clone") to another, you take your skill points, standings, corporation membership, and cerebral accelerators with you (i.e. they are unaffected). However, you cannot take any items or ships with you, and any implants also remain with your old body. Your old body effectively turns into an inactive jump clone, and you can jump back into it later.
Note that medical clones are a separate topic from jump clones, as they are only activated if your pod is destroyed (i.e. being killed in game terms).
In order to create or use jump clones, you need at least one level in the skill Infomorph Psychology (1x, 1M ISK); every level of allows you to create an additional jump clone. After training Infomorph Psychology to level V (which allows you to create up to 5 jump clones), you can train the Advanced Infomorph Psychology (5x, 36M ISK) skill, which allows you to create one additional jump clone per level (up to a maximum of 10 in total).
Jump clones (just like medical clones) are purchased at medical facilities in stations. However, once you have bought a jump clone(s), they are yours forever, unless you destroy them accidentally (see below).
Note that not all stations have medical facilities. Additionally, you may also buy jump clones on board capital ships with Clone Vat Bays fitted (Titans and Rorquals), or in player-owned outposts in sovereign nullsec space.
|A long, long time ago...|
|Before the Aegis update on July 14th of 2015, there was a requirement that you, or your corporation, have a standing of 8.0 or better with the corp that owned the station where you wanted to buy a jump clone.|
Activating jump clones
Once you have a jump clone installed, you can activate it from your character sheet after momentarily pausing your current skill training and exiting your ship. Jumping is instantaneous, but you must wait at least 24 hours between clone jumps (training Infomorph Synchronizing (2x, 5M ISK) decreases this delay by 1 hour per skill level).
Reasons for using jump clones
There are three main advantages to using jump clones:
- Quickly travel to other parts of the EVE universe: You can have jump clones (with a few ships and modules) positioned in various parts of New Eden, allowing you to easily jump between these stations to participate in activities suitable for that location.
- Safeguard valuable implants when fighting other players (PvP): you can switch to a "clean clone" (i.e. a jump clone with no implants) when there is a high chance that you will be podded while engaging in PvP, to avoid losing expensive implants (which are destroyed when you are podded).
- Have jump clones specialized for certain tasks: As skill hardwiring implants give very specific bonuses (e.g. the Zainou 'Deadeye' Large Hybrid Turret implant gives a bonus to damage for large hybrid turret weapons only) and cannot be removed without destroying them, it may be worth having jump clones with implant sets geared towards one different activities.
- A pilot is running high-level missions for two NPC corporations, which are located far away from each other (to, for instance, balance out his faction standings). Instead of flying his slow battleship between the two mission hubs, he installs a jump clone (and stations a fully fit battleship) at each mission hub. He can then clone jump between the two locations easily to run missions for both corporations (on alternate days).
- A new member of EVE University has taken advantage of the University's implants program and installed a set of +3 learning implants to speed up his skill training. He wants to poke his toes into low-sec, but is worried about being ganked and losing his implants. He therefore creates a jump clone without any implants, and switches to it before heading into low-sec, thereby safeguarding his implants. He can then switch back and forth between his clone with implants (to speed up his skill training) and his clean clone (for venturing into lowsec) depending on what he wants to do that day in EVE.
- An experienced pilot wants to specialise in running Incursions, but still enjoys some frigate PvP to relax. She creates a jump clone and fits it out with high-level (and expensive!) implants to maximise the performance of her incursion-running battleship (eg. implants to boost the amount of armor on her ship and the damage of her large laser turrets), but switches to a clone without any implants when she just wants to jump into her frigate and shoot at anything that moves.
- An industrialist runs an extensive manufacturing operation in a quiet, out-of-the-way system. He hates hauling, so to sell his final product he ships his items via courier contract to a trade hub. He then creates a jump clone at the trade hub, and uses it to periodically jump to the trade hub to sell his products (which is faster than flying back and forth in a ship).
Make sure that you meet the prerequisites:
- Have learned at least one level of the Infomorph Psychology skill
- Have at least 100,000 ISK available to pay for the jump clone
Create a jump clone
- Dock at the station where you would like to create your jump clone.
- Use the medical services (accessible from the station services menu) to purchase a jump clone. Make sure to select "Jump Clone" (and not "Medical Clone").
Now you have both your active clone and an inactive jump clone in that station.
- If you want to fly your current (active) clone to a particular location, undock from the station and do so.
- To jump into the new jump clone you just created, dock up at a station, pause your skill training queue, and leave your ship (so that you are in your capsule).
- Open your character sheet, and select the "Jump Clones" tab. Here you will see a list of all your available inactive jump clones, including their locations and any implants they may have installed. Select the jump clone you just created, and click the "Jump" button.
Congratulations! You have just performed your first clone jump!
- Don't forget to restart your skill training queue.
You can repeat this procedure as often as you'd like to create additional jump clones, with two restrictions:
- You need to have sufficient levels in the Infomorph Psychology and Advanced Infomorph Psychology skills to create additional jump clones.
- You may not create a jump clone at a station at which you currently have an inactive jump clone. You can easily get around this problem by choosing a different station, or by jumping to the offending jump clone and moving it somewhere else.
Losing Jump Clones
Once you have bought a jump clone, it is yours forever. Additionally, if you get podded, you will find yourself at the station where you installed your medical clone, while all your inactive jump clones will still be available (although you will lose any implants that were installed in your active clone in the moment you were podded).
There are, however, two rare cases which would destroy one of your jump clones:
- If an inactive jump clone is located in a capital ship (with a clone vat bay module), and that ship is destroyed, the jump clone (and any implants installed in it) will be destroyed.
- Due to a limitation of the game mechanics, you cannot have two inactive jump clones at the same station. The game will warn you if you try to clone jump away from a station which already has an inactive jump clone, but if you ignore its warnings, then one of your jump clones (including any implants installed in it) will be destroyed. Note that this does not apply to medical clones - it's perfectly safe to have a medical clone and an inactive jump clone in the same station.
Suppose you have the following clones:
- In Jita, you have a medical clone.
- In Jita, you have an inactive jump clone with a memory implant.
- In Rens, you have an inactive jump clone with a willpower implant.
- In Dodixie, you have an active clone (i.e. that's where your character is at the moment), with a perception implant.
Suppose that you fly your character from Dodixie to Rens. You will now have an active clone and an inactive jump clone in Rens.
If you try to install a second jump clone in Rens, the game will refuse to install it. You will not lose anything.
If you tried to jump clone from Rens to Jita, you would have ended up with two inactive jump clones in Rens, which is not allowed. The game will warn you not to do this and allow you to cancel; if you ignore the warning and clone jump nonetheless, your inactive clone in Rens (with a willpower implant) will be destroyed, but you will keep the inactive clone containing the perception implant.
You can however jump from your current body in Rens (with the perception implant) to your inactive jump clone in Rens (with the willpower implant) without destroying any jump clones.
At any time, if you are podded, you will wake up in Jita, at which point you will have an active clone and an inactive jump clone, both in Jita.