By forming a wing and laser mining either Painite or Low-Temperature Diamonds when using a large-class ship, such as the Type-9 or Imperial Cutter you can earn a rather substantial 240M credits per hour when you include the 5% you’ll earn as each of your wingmates sells their cargo.
NOTE: This method works just fine without a wing—you’ll just lose the extra credits from each wingmate when they sell their cargo which can be as much as an extra 120M credits.
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Today we’re going to look at a wonderful way to earn credits while also engaging with your friends—wing laser mining. As we’ve covered how to laser mine and how to form a wing in the past we’ll just cover the additional information you’ll need to know to not only earn big profits but to have a great time doing it.
As always with laser mining limpets are key. I’ll include a few builds in the description with two of the best ships being the Type 9 or Cutter. Type 9 is my personal favorite due to the great view and no rank requirement. My build has 13 collector limpets with 512 tons of cargo (again more limpets, quicker profits).
As we’re laser mining we’ll be looking for either painite or low-temperature diamonds. The key here is checking the markets to determine what the values are before heading out. At the time of recording low-temperature diamonds were paying $1.6 million—to check this you’ll visit EDDB.io, go to the Commodities tab and click on low-temperature diamonds and/or painite, then scroll down and sort by the “Sell” column. Remember, as market prices can vary wildly, there are times this won’t be as effective—so check prices before you head out.
If you’ve chosen painite you’ll use the Miner’s Tool by CMDR VicTic to find one of the dozen or so overlapping painite hotspots. For low-temperature diamonds, you’ll want to use the triple-overlapping hotspot at Borann A 2. As we’ve covered this all before in my overlapping painite hotspot mining video please see that for all the specifics. The difference here is we’ll be doing this in a wing (the more the merrier, and the bigger the ships the better).
Once your wing is formed head to the appropriate hotspot and mine as you normally would; however, you’ll want to stay together as whenever a wingmate finds an asteroid with high yield, say over 25% you’ll each target their prospector limpet and start mining. The key is that you’ll each get the same amount of fragments from the rock, so if four commanders are firing the rock will produce four times the fragments. Doing this in a wing of four, we were earning just under 200M an hour with low temp diamonds paying $1.6M per ton. Again this will vary depending on market prices and wing size.
When you’ve taken your fill you’ll all head to the selling station together so you can share profits as each wingmate; which, when in the same instance, will earn 5% of what each commander sells. If all four had 512 tons of diamonds each, at $1.6M your total profits would be around $920 million credits, with $800 million of that being yours and $40 million from each of three your wingmates making your total profits per hour around $240M.
This is not just a great way to earn credits but given the cooperative gameplay, the time can fly by in a way that it just doesn’t when laser mining solo. Hopefully, this method will have you and your friends earning the credits you need quickly and easily. Once again this has been Commander Exigeous of edtutorials.com reminding you to fly dangerously and thanks for watching.