Companion Careers for Exploration

I’ve been trying to decide how to branch out from my Exploration career. I’m still really enjoying Exploration, to the point that if I can, I’d like to eventually be kind of known for it (I have no plans as of yet how I’m going to do this, but you know, vague long-term goals and all). That being said, I’d like to do something more than looting sites and selling the loot.

To that end, I’ve been thinking about branching out into industry. I’m one of those terrible people who actually loots essentially every Data Site I run across, despite having lower returns than Relic Sites. I’ve come into possession of quite a bit of BPCs, but the only valuable jobs I can run are the mobile depots. Most of the T2 stuff requires significantly more skilling, and I’m not sure whether it’s worth it or not.

I’ve asked around, and it seems like the consensus is if you’re not going whole ham into industry (including mining, PI, research, etc.) it’s not really worth doing. If that’s the case, are there any other careers that are complimentary to Exploration? I’ve considered gas mining as well, but that seems like a whole different can of worms. Any advice?

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Gas harvesting is a valid option if you have a Venture nearby, so I’m not sure your hesitation. The most challenging part of gas harvesting is actually finding a site, so you are half way there if you find one during your travels.

If you want to to do exploration + something else in a single ship, look into the stratios or t3 cruiser. They can do combat sites, ratting, and some missioning. Don’t rush into either of those though, if your skills aren’t up to par, you’ll give someone an expensive killmail.

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Depends. A LOT. On how good you are at planning, preparing, simulating ; on your skills, the region you buy, the region you sell, the system you build ; On the bpos you already have, their research state; on your logistics, the time you are willing to wait.
There is not one single answer, it depends on the person.

For me it was an easy step going from explorer to hunting explorers. Had to do minor changes to my astero fit but it was totally worth it, and you can still do relic/data sites if you carry a mobile depot to change fits if the region you are is empty of explorers.

Totally agree with Duo. However if you want to keep the pve focus, you could start running some of the abyssal filaments you get from data sites. Those can be a decent introduction to proper ship fitting (for the different weather types), kiting, and target selection.

I’ve been considering doing that–had been thinking of doing some additional drone skilling for my Astero but just haven’t been able to decide.

I can already pilot a Stratios–is that going to be sufficient to run most combat sites? If T3s are better, I like Exploration enough that I can always wait to train into those. My concern with going the T3 route was losing the scanning bonuses, but I suppose it doesn’t really matter so long as I can scan down lvl IVs. So far as I know, the only lvl Vs I’ve found are Superior Sleeper Caches, and while it would be nice to run them it’s not essential.

Thanks for the tips. Definitely gives me some things to think about.

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I buy rig and ammo bpos when I have the cash, figure since I get the mats to make T2 bpcs and the parts for rigs from sites, I could either sell them or make something to sell

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