Creating an Alt Miner

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Are you bored doing missions?
Are you stuck in station during a war?
Are you looking for new avenues of making ISK?

Creating an Alt Miner can help you get started mining and fly a Hulk within a month and a half.


Take consideration into whether you want to start a new account or train an in-account alt, depending if you are interested in creating an industrial alt in the future. You cannot train skills simultaneously on the same account between two different characters. (As of the Odyssey expansion you can activate Dual Training on you account by spending money or PLEX. This allows you to train up two characters on your account at the same time.) If you choose to create an in-account alt and decide you want to go into industry, you'll have to retrain a new account or pay an account transfer fee.

Training a new avatar to fly a Hulk from scratch using this guide will take about 48 days, or 42 days if you use implants. It can be done slightly faster if you're willing to spend two neural remaps.

The requirements are:

  • Brand new avatar with no training
  • 69,000,000 ISK
    • Approximately 40,000,000 (40m) ISK for four +3 implants (except for CHA)
    • Approximately 29,000,000 (29m) ISK for skill books
      • This is only about 1,000,000 (1m) ISK if you want to fly only a Covetor

Because this can be done within 48 days, you can create a new account via the Buddy Trial (21 days), and add a PLEX to the account (30 days). If the buddy trial was given from your main account, your main will be credited for 30 days of play time.


Prepare your new character for training by having these items available:


If you wish to save a couple of days, remap your starting attributes to:

  • INT: 23
  • PER: 25
  • Everything else minimum (17)

This eliminates 2-3 days off the training time and ensures the 48 days maximum training period. This is also a reasonable setup for learning many combat skills. It will leave you with another remapping to use, but if you're certain you will keep this alt for mining only, there's a different option that will further shave off some time (see below).

The Training Plan

  1. Cybernetics I
    • After training this, plug in the +3 INT/MEM implants
  2. Industry I
  3. Industry II
  4. Industry III
  5. Industry IV
  6. Industry V
    • This one will take about five days
  7. Science IV
  8. Mining III
  9. Mining IV
  10. Astrogeology I
  11. Astrogeology II
  12. Astrogeology III
  13. Astrogeology IV
    • This is about 2.5 days of training
    • No later than this point, plug in your +3 PER/WIL implants
  14. Mining Frigate I
  15. Mining Frigate II
  16. Mining Frigate III
  17. Mining Barge I
    • This is about 8 hours of training
    • At this point you can fly any mining barge fitted with Strip Miners I and a Survey Scanner II
  18. Mining Barge II
  19. Mining Barge III
  20. Mining Barge IV
  21. Mining Barge V
  22. Astrogeology V
  23. Spaceship Command IV
  24. Exhumers I
  25. Exhumers II
  26. Exhumers III

And you're ready to get into your Hulk (with Strip Miner I).

Alternative plan

  • Note that if you're determined to produce a mining alt before switching to your main again forever, you can make use of the two neural remappings available to new characters in different ways. The most direct way is to use the first remapping to max out Intelligence and put the rest in Memory. The other three attributes are kept at the minimum 17. Then train the industrial and science skills:
  1. Cybernetics I - plug in implants when this is done
  2. Science IV
  3. Industry V
  4. Mining IV
  5. Astrogeology V

Now remap again by maxing out Perception and putting the rest in Willpower. The other three are kept at the minimum 17. Now train the Spaceship Command skills:

  1. Spaceship Command IV
  2. Mining Barge V
  3. Exhumers III

Please note this leaves you with an alt primed for flying skills. Of course you can use the first industrial remapping to train up more mining skills like Mining V and processing skills before you switch to the Spaceship Command skills.

Going Further

To be the best miner you can be, the following skills are excellent choices to train.

Mining skills:

Fitting skills:

  • CPU Management IV (if you want to fit a full load of strip miners IIs in the high slots, a survey scanner II in the medium and full load of mining laser upgrade IIs in the low slots on any mining barge then you will find you need level IV of this skill. Additional skill might be needed for depending on how you fit your exhumer)
  • Capacitor Management III-IV
  • Capacitor Systems Operation III-IV

Tanking skills:

Leadership skills (allows you to boost a squad in a large op):

Implants for improved yield:

  • Hardwiring - Inherent Implants 'Highwall' HX-2 (Slot 10)
    • 125 million as of this writing
  • Michi's Excavation Augmentor (Slot 7)
    • 550 million as of this writing; only in contracts

Other useful skills:

  • Refining skills (for refining your ores)
  • Trade skills (for selling your minerals)