I’m a bit confused. Players recommend to start with level 1 missions and move up to level 4 ASAP. But I’m finding that in a frigate even the level 1 missions are quite tough. That, and the rewards are so freaking low compared to the storyline missions… how can I make this even profitable? I tried looking up the loyalty points you earn but it doesn’t give me a way to replace any frigates I accidentally lose at all. I’m just not sure how I am supposed to do this. I can type the whole list of events here that make me conclude the level 1 missions are not worth it but it will make this post too long. The point is I lost my Moa (long story but I knew I had to have something special for the upcoming boss battle of Sister of Eve epic arc). And perhaps it was a dumb decision to buy one but well. But I lost it. Then I had to fit my Merlin to start running level 1 missions. And right about when I thought I earned back my Merlin fitting, I lose my Merlin. I was already thinking about the low rewards from level 1 like does it even cover my ammo? But now that I unexpectedly lost my Merlin as well the rewards are not nearly enough for me to get better at the game and perhaps move up a level. Not quite sure what to do here. It’s getting a bit frustrating and all the work I put in yesterday ends up for nothing because I lost my Merlin.
I think the level one missions, compared to how low the rewards are… They should maybe even make more ISK than the storyline missions. But they don’t. In the storyline missions usually pay around 200 plus a 200 time bonus and in regular level one missions I get 60 plus 60 bonus. Wich is far too low IMO. They are perhaps even tougher than the storyline missions cause I’ve already faced destroyers and have at one point had my tracking disabled… As I said I was already wondering if it even paid for my ammo, untill I lost my Merlin wich made me sure that it wasn’t profitable.
So how are you going to move up from level 1 to perhaps level 2 if you also have to make the investment to upgrade ship? That’s going to take a long long time I think. Really like grinding… but… barely making enough to even pay for ammo.