Creating a Scanner Alt

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Why do I want a Scanner Alt?

A scanner alt will provide you with the means to scan your way out of a W-Space system even if your main isn't there. With further training this alt can be used for K-Space exploration while your main clears the sites. With even further training your alt can act as cloaky eyes, scout and probe much more efficiently.

Preparation

It is important to read this section as it will save you a lot of time and frustrations. Before you even create a character, there are many things to consider: The race of your character, whether you have other characters in the account and if you want to do a neural remap.

Racial Characters

Since slot layouts for exploration frigates change by race, you must consider which race you want your alt to be. Here is a small table outlining the advantages and disadvantages of each ship. All of these ships can easily fly with the skills and fittings listed below so fitting requirement shouldn't be of concern.

Ship

Slot Layout

Race

Features
Magnate
3H/3M/4L
Logo faction amarr empire.png
High Capacitor
High EHP
High Powergrid

Low CPU
3 Mids
Heron
3H/5M/2L
Logo faction caldari state.png
High CPU
5 Mids

2 Lows
Imicus
3H/4M/3L
Logo faction gallente federation.png
Big Drone Bay
High EHP

Low Powergrid
Slowest
Probe
3H/4M/3L
Logo faction minmatar republic.png
Fastest
Low Capacitor
Low EHP

Pause Training

If you are creating an alt on an account with other characters, it is important to note that only one character can be training skills at a time. Attempting to add skills to the training queue will result in an error, so you will need to pause training on your currently training character.

Neural Remap

It is recommended that you remap to Intelligence/Memory right after training your racial frigate(and Covert Ops for last plan) skill to the noted level. This will speed up your training. Remapped training time are in parentheses.

Bare Bones Scanner

For a bare bones scanner with no other skills than scanning you will need these skills;

  • (Racial) Frigate I
    • Spaceship Command I
  • Astrometrics II
    • Science III
  • Astrometric Rangefinding II

Total Training Time: ~8h 38m (~6h 54m)

Fittings

Just the Magnate, Heron, Imicus or Probe with a Core Probe Launcher I and Sister Core Scanner Probes.

Basic Scanner

This is the suggested training queue for W-Space scanning alts. They allow you to keep an eye on connections for your main while taking a reasonable amount of time to train. To fly a scanning frigate with slightly higher efficiency you will want to train these skills;

  • (Racial) Frigate III
    • Spaceship Command I
  • Astrometrics III
    • Science III
  • Astrometric Rangefinding III
  • High Speed Maneuvering I (for Microwarpdrives)
    • Navigation III
    • Afterburner III
      • Navigation I
  • Cloaking I (for Prototype Cloak)
    • Electronics IV
  • Energy Grid Upgrades II (for Cap Rechargers)
    • Engineering II
    • Science I
  • Hull Upgrades II (for Nanofiber Internal Structures)
    • Mechanics I
  • Jury Rigging I
    • Mechanics III

Total Training Time: ~3d 16h 39m (~3d 1h 54m)

You can remove Jury Rigging I and rig the ship for your alt yourself. You will need to be able to sit in the ship though.

Fittings

Eve University

Magnate, Basic Scanner

 
FITTINGS
H I G H   P O W E R
high slot

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

M E D I U M   P O W E R
medium slot

Upgraded 1MN Microwarpdrive I
Cap Recharger I
Cap Recharger I 

L O W   P O W E R
low slot

Nanofiber Internal Structure I
Nanofiber Internal Structure I
Nanofiber Internal Structure I
Nanofiber Internal Structure I 

R I G   S L O T
rigs

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

D R O N E S   &   C H A R G E S
D R O N E S
drones

C H A R G E S

Sisters Core Scanner Probe

 
Eve University

Heron, Basic Scanner

 
FITTINGS
H I G H   P O W E R
high slot

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

M E D I U M   P O W E R
medium slot

Upgraded 1MN Microwarpdrive I
Cap Recharger I
Cap Recharger I
Cap Recharger I
[Empty Med slot] 

L O W   P O W E R
low slot

Nanofiber Internal Structure I
Nanofiber Internal Structure I 

R I G   S L O T
rigs

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

D R O N E S   &   C H A R G E S
D R O N E S
drones

C H A R G E S

Sisters Core Scanner Probe

 
Eve University

Imicus, Basic Scanner

 
FITTINGS
H I G H   P O W E R
high slot

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

M E D I U M   P O W E R
medium slot

Upgraded 1MN Microwarpdrive I
Cap Recharger I
Cap Recharger I
Cap Recharger I 

L O W   P O W E R
low slot

Nanofiber Internal Structure I
Nanofiber Internal Structure I
Nanofiber Internal Structure I 

R I G   S L O T
rigs

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

D R O N E S   &   C H A R G E S
D R O N E S
drones

C H A R G E S

Sisters Core Scanner Probe

 
Eve University

Probe, Basic Scanner

 
FITTINGS
H I G H   P O W E R
high slot

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

M E D I U M   P O W E R
medium slot

Upgraded 1MN Microwarpdrive I
Cap Recharger I
Cap Recharger I
Cap Recharger I 

L O W   P O W E R
low slot

Nanofiber Internal Structure I
Nanofiber Internal Structure I
Nanofiber Internal Structure I 

R I G   S L O T
rigs

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

D R O N E S   &   C H A R G E S
D R O N E S
drones

C H A R G E S

Sisters Core Scanner Probe

 

Efficient Scanner and Support

If you want your alt to hack, analyze sites and provide a decent scanning platform for harder sites you will need these skills;

  • (Racial) Frigate IV
    • Spaceship Command I
  • Astrometrics IV
    • Science III
  • Astrometric Rangefinding III
  • Astrometric Pinpointing III
  • Astrometric Acquisition III
  • High Speed Maneuvering I (for Microwarpdrives)
    • Navigation III
    • Afterburner III
      • Navigation I
  • Cloaking I (for Prototype Cloak)
    • Electronics IV
  • Energy Grid Upgrades II (for Cap Rechargers)
    • Engineering II
    • Science I
  • Hull Upgrades II (for Tech 2 Nanofiber Internal Structures)
    • Mechanics I
  • Hacking III
    • Science III
    • Electronic Upgrades III
      • Electronics II (shared with cloak)
      • Engineering II (shared with cap recharger)
  • Archaeology III
    • Science III (shared with Astrometrics)
    • Survey III
      • Electronics I

Total Training Time: ~11d 8h 39m (~9d 20h 41m)

Fittings

Eve University

Magnate, Efficient Scanner and Support

 
FITTINGS
H I G H   P O W E R
high slot

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

M E D I U M   P O W E R
medium slot

Upgraded 1MN Microwarpdrive I
Codebreaker I
Analyzer I 

L O W   P O W E R
low slot

Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II 

R I G   S L O T
rigs

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

D R O N E S   &   C H A R G E S
D R O N E S
drones

C H A R G E S

Sisters Core Scanner Probe

 
Eve University

Heron, Efficient Scanner and Support

 
FITTINGS
H I G H   P O W E R
high slot

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

M E D I U M   P O W E R
medium slot

Upgraded 1MN Microwarpdrive I
Codebreaker I
Analyzer I
Cap Recharger I
Cap Recharger I 

L O W   P O W E R
low slot

Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II 

R I G   S L O T
rigs

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

D R O N E S   &   C H A R G E S
D R O N E S
drones

C H A R G E S

Sisters Core Scanner Probe

 
Eve University

Imicus, Efficient Scanner and Support

 
FITTINGS
H I G H   P O W E R
high slot

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

M E D I U M   P O W E R
medium slot

Upgraded 1MN Microwarpdrive I
Codebreaker I
Analyzer I
Cap Recharger I 

L O W   P O W E R
low slot

Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II 

R I G   S L O T
rigs

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

D R O N E S   &   C H A R G E S
D R O N E S
drones

C H A R G E S

Sisters Core Scanner Probe

 
Eve University

Probe, Efficient Scanner and Support

 
FITTINGS
H I G H   P O W E R
high slot

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

M E D I U M   P O W E R
medium slot

Upgraded 1MN Microwarpdrive I
Codebreaker I
Analyzer I
Cap Recharger I 

L O W   P O W E R
low slot

Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II 

R I G   S L O T
rigs

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

D R O N E S   &   C H A R G E S
D R O N E S
drones

C H A R G E S

Sisters Core Scanner Probe

 

Cloaky Eyes, Scanner and Support

This is a fully fleshed out Covert Ops skill plan. It is only suggested if you want to provide out of corp eyes against enemies or if you have use for a highly efficient scanner. Covert Ops ships have much better bonuses to scanning, can warp cloaked and can scan down ships, structures, bubbles, you name it. You might wish to consider training this alt on a newly invited trial account that you activate after 21 days. Then you can import the character into your own account for 2 PLEX's.

  • Covert Ops III (IV if you want crazier fits)
    • Spaceship Command III
    • Electronics Upgrades V
      • Electronics II
      • Engineering II
  • (Racial) Frigate V
    • Spaceship Command I
  • Astromerics IV
    • Science III
  • Astrometric Rangefinding III
  • Astrometric Pinpointing III
  • Astrometric Acquisition III
  • Cloaking IV (for Covert Ops Cloak)
    • Electronics IV
  • Hull Upgrades II (for Tech 2 Nanofiber Internal Structures)
    • Mechanics I
  • Energy Grid Upgrades III (for Tech 2 Cap Rechargers)
    • Engineering II
    • Science I
  • Hacking III
    • Science III
    • Electronic Upgrades III (shared with Covert Ops hull)
      • Electronics II (shared with cloak)
      • Engineering II (shared with cap recharger)
  • Archaeology III
    • Science III (shared with Astrometrics)
    • Survery III
      • Electronics I
  • Warp Drive Operation IV
    • Navigation I
  • Evasive Maneuvering III
    • Navigation I

Total Training Time: ~41d 3h 40m (Single Remap: ~36d 22h 6m, Double Remap: ~33d 0h 54m)

Fittings

Please refer to the Scouting guide for fittings.