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Moon mining is an excellent way to make isk and the taxes pay the alliance bills. Prior to October 2017 moons contained "goo" that was passively extracted using player owned stations (POS) and was mostly controlled at an alliance level. Now CCP has spread moon goo to the masses by requiring the moons to actively be mined. An Athanor or Tatara is used to blow up a chunk of moon that can take from 1 week to almost 2 months to explode into a minable asteroid belt. The new moon rocks contain goo that are then reacted to build tech 2 ships and modules.

Guide

  1. No more skills required than normal mining
  2. Go to a public moon after it has exploded ( Site with timer for the next moon or ask in #mining-ops slack)
  3. Warp to the most attractive rock This site sorts the moon ore by value
  4. Target the rock
  5. Turn on mining lasers
  6. When you are full, dock up in the athanor or drop it from outside (you do not have to dock anymore, you can drop it from outside)
  7. Go back to the rock or find a new rock and repeat
  8. Sell the moon ore to a buyback or refine it yourself
  9. On Monday you'll receive a tax mail from the alliance to pay 7% of the value of the ore, please pay it immediately!

Mining Guidelines

  1. Join the fleet - Either “Catch Standing” or “Impass Standing”. This will help you give/get boosts and often get you valuable intel about enemies spotted close by.
  2. Be on comms (Mumble) for the same reason as above
  3. Join the intel channels in game: int.impass, int.catch and report neutral ships that pass by.
  4. It is fine to sit next to larger mining ships that give boosts (Porpoise, Orca and Rorquals), but especially in the beginning, try to not mine the same rocks as other people. When the rocks are all but mined out, you can share rocks.
  5. Mining with Rorquals on public moons are ok, but do not park five of them in the belt. Multiboxing is also ok, but there to, stay classy and do not show up with a whole fleet of your own and eat all the rocks before anyone can get to them. It is considered bad form unless you are alone at the moon and if people keep doing this, leadership might start setting up rules for public moons which no one wants or likes.

Class Recording: Jinx's Moon mining Class (link fixed)

Finding public moons

All moons in systems owned by Brave belong to Brave Collective. The moons with the highest value ore are in most cases open to the public and handled by Brave leadership directly. This means that anyone in Brave can come mine them and often make loads of isk even in a starter Venture (that you can get free from Dojo if you are new). All the other moons are open for renting by private individuals for a fixed sum each month and is then only open for these individuals and whoever they approve to mine there.

To find the public moons go here and log in: Site with timer for the next moon

Here you will see current and upcoming moons and when you can start mining them. Go to the system and warp to the athanor with the name in the list. If the moon has exploded, there will be rocks hanging between the moon and the station that you can warp to and start mining.

Refer to the alliance page for moon mining locations and what type of ore the moons contain: Moon Mining

What should I mine?

To find out what rocks to mine first, check this list to see the value: This site sorts the moon ore by value

The “Rarity 64” materials (Monazite, Loparite, Ytterbite, Xenotime) and some of the R32 materials (Zircon, Pollucite, Carnotite) generally have a value of 5-10 times the worth of the best normal ore, so it is highly sought after. If you want a piece of these rocks, you should make sure to show up at the exact time the moon pops. They will normally only last 1-2 hours. Sometimes you can get lucky though and it will last longer, so it can be worth moving over to have a look too.

Mining ships and fittings

Below are a few different fits for the most common mining ships

Mining Frigates

The first mining frigate the Venture can be used by any alpha that starts the game. Better skills help, but if you are serious about mining, you want to get up to a mining barge as soon as possible. They do not take long to get and the yield difference is big. If you are new to Brave, you can ask Dojo for a free starter Venture, so do not go and buy it, get the free one, use it until you can upgrade to a barge and if you are generous, donate it back to the Dojo to give to another newbro.

Venture, Venture Starter fit

Venture (Newbro edition)

[Venture, Dojo Mining Venture]
Mining Laser Upgrade I

5MN Quad LiF Restrained Microwarpdrive
Medium Shield Extender I
Upgraded EM Ward Amplifier I

Particle Bore Compact Mining Laser
Particle Bore Compact Mining Laser

Small Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
Small Core Defense Field Extender I
Small Core Defense Field Extender I

Acolyte I x2
Mining Barges

Mining barges are the bread and butter of serious miners as they take only about a week to get to fly and cost almost nothing so can easily be replaced if they die. Everyone from newbros new to mining to serious multiboxers use them. Most of these fits below cost around 30-40m and as you get better skills, you can upgrade the Strip miners to Strip Miner IIs and use mining crystals for higher yield. You can also upgrade the mining drones and the combat drones to Tech 2

Procurer

This ship has high tank/ehp, low yield and average cargohold (12.000m3).

It is perfect when you are mining alone or in an area where a lot of neutrals hang around (close to GE-8JV for instance). This fit can be optimized to get a higher yield then the below fit, but if you are in a situation to choose higher yield over tank, you probably want to use a Covetor anyway.

Procurer, starter fit

[Procurer, Tankier Procurer Fitting Catch]
Mining Laser Upgrade I
Mining Laser Upgrade I
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Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
Medium Shield Extender II
Medium Shield Extender II
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Strip Miner I
Strip Miner I
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Medium Ancillary Current Router I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I

Mining Drone I 5
Acolyte I 5

Procurer T2 Max Yield

[Procurer, Tankier T2 Procurer Fitting Catch]
Mining Laser Upgrade II
Mining Laser Upgrade II
​
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
Medium Shield Extender II
Medium Shield Extender II
​
Modulated Strip Miner II, Exceptional Moon Ore Mining Crystal II
Modulated Strip Miner II, Exceptional Moon Ore Mining Crystal II
​
Medium Ancillary Current Router I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I

Mining Drone II 5
Acolyte II 5

Retriever

This ship has the same layout as the Covetor but has average yield and tank and a large cargohold (22.000m3). In low activity areas, it is the perfect ship for lazy people who do not want to jump off to empty the cargohold so much. Its main weakness is complacency. You keep watching other things instead of the ship, so won’t see the neutrals until they are right on top of you, having you tackled and half your shield is gone. Because of its large cargohold, it can often outperform the Covetor since you do not have to move back to station so often and can therefore spend more time mining.

Retriever, starter fit

[Retriever, Starting miner Catch]
Strip Miner I
Strip Miner I

Adaptive Invulnerability Field II

Mining Laser Upgrade I
Mining Laser Upgrade I
Mining Laser Upgrade I

Medium Processor Overclocking Unit I
Medium Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I

Imperial Navy Acolyte x5 (for Impass you want to use Republic Fleet Warrior x5 instead)
Mining Drone I x5

Retriever T2 Max Yield

[Retriever, Max Yield]
Modulated Strip Miner II, Exceptional Moon Ore Mining Crystal II
Modulated Strip Miner II, Exceptional Moon Ore Mining Crystal II

Adaptive Invulnerability Field II

Mining Laser Upgrade II
Mining Laser Upgrade II
Mining Laser Upgrade II

Medium Processor Overclocking Unit I
Medium Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I

Mining Drone II x5
Acolyte II x5

Covetor

The Covetor is the high yield mining barge with paper tank and a small cargohold (7.000m3). It is the preferred ship for public moons since most of the time you have other people there to help with rats and you often have a warning when neutrals show up so you can warp away.

Covetor, starter fit

[Covetor, Starting miner Catch]
Strip Miner I
Strip Miner I

Adaptive Invulnerability Field II

Mining Laser Upgrade I
Mining Laser Upgrade I
Mining Laser Upgrade I

Medium Processor Overclocking Unit I
Medium Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I

Imperial Navy Acolyte x5 (for Impass you want to use Republic Fleet Warrior x5 instead)
Mining Drone I x5

Covetor T2 Max Yield

[Covetor, Max Yield]
Modulated Strip Miner II, Exceptional Moon Ore Mining Crystal II
Modulated Strip Miner II, Exceptional Moon Ore Mining Crystal II

Adaptive Invulnerability Field II

Mining Laser Upgrade II
Mining Laser Upgrade II
Mining Laser Upgrade II

Medium Processor Overclocking Unit I
Medium Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I

Mining Drone II x5
Acolyte II x5
Exhumers

Exhumers are the T2 version of the mining barges. They generally work the same way just that they do everything a little bit better at about 10 times the cost. By the time you can fly Exhumers, you should have the skills to use the T2 version directly so below we have cut out the starter versions. During the black out, Exhumers are a bit scary to fly since they will be the primary target of small gangs and you won't see them until you are tackled.

Skiff, T2 Max Yield

The Skiff is the T2 version of the procurer and can really take a punch. In high-sec they are almost impossible to kill/gank because of its tank. In Nullsec, if you need the extra tank the Skiff gives you, you are probably in an unsafe area or situation and would probably be better off downgrading to a T1 mining barge since they are more or less disposable compared to an Exhumer.

[Skiff, Tolerably Not Awful Skiff Fitting]
Mining Laser Upgrade II
Mining Laser Upgrade II
Damage Control II

Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
EM Ward Field II
Thermal Dissipation Field II
Medium Shield Extender II

Modulated Strip Miner II, Uncommon Moon Ore Mining Crystal II
Modulated Strip Miner II, Uncommon Moon Ore Mining Crystal II

Medium Processor Overclocking Unit I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender II

Mackinaw, T2 Max Yield

The Mackinaw is the T2 version of the Retriever and work the same way, it has massive cargo space so you don't have to fly back and empty as often.

[Mackinaw, Max Yield Mackinaw Impass]
Modulated Strip Miner II, Uncommon Moon Ore Mining Crystal II
Modulated Strip Miner II, Uncommon Moon Ore Mining Crystal II

Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
Survey Scanner II
Limited Thermal Dissipation Field I

Mining Laser Upgrade II
Mining Laser Upgrade II
Mining Laser Upgrade II

Medium Processor Overclocking Unit II
Medium Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer II

Republic Fleet Warrior x5
Mining Drone II x5

Hulk, T2 Max Yield

The Hulk is the T2 version of the Covetor but has a better layout so it has both better cap and tank. If you get tackled, you probably die, so is best to use in safe areas.

[Hulk, Max Yield Hulk Impass]
Modulated Strip Miner II, Exceptional Moon Ore Mining Crystal II
Modulated Strip Miner II, Exceptional Moon Ore Mining Crystal II

Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
Survey Scanner II
Limited Thermal Dissipation Field I

Mining Laser Upgrade II
Mining Laser Upgrade II
Mining Laser Upgrade II

Medium Processor Overclocking Unit II
Medium Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer II

Mining Drone II x5
Republic Fleet Warrior x5

Moon Mining Tax

Brave Collective has a tax on moon mining. Currently it is 7% for most moons except down in the Impass pocket where it is 10%. If you mine public moons, it should be 7% overall, since there are no public moons in the pocket.

Every Monday, you will get an in-game e-mail with the amount of tax you owe and who to pay it to. Make sure to keep some of the isk from your mining to pay it. Failure to pay the mining tax can get you kicked from corp. Should you be away on vacation etc. Let the moon managers know through the contact form here: https://moons.bravecollective.com/contact-form

You can also pre-pay moon mining tax if you want to, if you have isk burning in your pocket. Log in to the moon-page to see how much you owe: Moon Page

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