wavikerz wrote:I want to try my hand at bounty hunting, just need to be pointed in the right direction.
Ran a few delivery missions, picked up a few black boxes, now just trying to set up my Eagle, and i'll be honest, no idea what I am doing ha.
But ran a pve mission the other day and got rail gun happy.
Anyway, if anyone wants to take me under their wing, I'm ready to learn! Cant stay hanging around Eravate forever!
CMDR Kayan Eva
Hi, so bounty hunting 101
1. Identifying potential targets - very simple, just target another ship and let your built in scanner finish, if they are wanted it will appear in the scan results. If they have previously scanned you their bounty will also appear in your contacts panel even if you haven't scanned them.Important
- always let your basic scan finish before you fire, even if a target is shown as having a bounty in your contacts, firing before your basic scan has finished is a crime and will bring the police down on you.
2. Get a Kill Warrant Scanner (KWS) - it will significantly increase your profit. You need to assign it to a fire group, and activate it with a fire button. You can assign it to the same group as your weapons, but it takes 10secs to complete the scan and you target needs to be in front of you, if you release the button the scan starts again, so it's worth considering using your secondary fire if it's free.
3. Finding your prey - there are four primary places to find bounties.
i. Unidentified Signal Sources (USS) - sometimes there are pirates attacking a trader - this is the least reliable method
ii. In super cruise (SC) - scan targets you see whilst in SC, you will need a frame shift interdictor to bring them out of SC though - probably not worth it in an Eagle
iii. At NAV Beacons - simple target and drop out of SC at any NAV beacon, then scan the ships that arrive for ones that are wanted - quite reliable, if a bit slow
iv. Resource Extraction Sites (RES) - these are in the rings around gas giants (you need to be within 1000ls for them to appear), simple SC to the RES, drop our of SC when prompted and start scanning away. The types of ships you see are randomly generated, sometimes it'll be all Sidewinders and Adders, sometimes Pythons, Clippers and Anacondas. If you don't like the ships you are seeing leave and then return to the RES - this is the highest return method.
You can also find bounties in Strong Signal Sources (SSS), but be warned, these are typically wings of Vultures and Anacondas - not for the faint hearted.
The fastest way to destroy a ship is to target its power plant, especially the larger ships.