Its the start of almost every CMDR’s journey in Elite, and “space trucking” since 1984 has been a relaxing and enjoyable way to explore the galaxy and develop one’s CR balance. As with any discipline in ED there are many aspects to trading and this page will help you get the best out of the activity, and perhaps show you something new on your journey to Elite rank and billions.
HOW TO USE THIS PAGE
This guide assumes you’ve read the basic flying and navigation tips and are ready to start travelling further out, making your own trade routes or trading to help your faction’s BGS. Whether you’re trading for effect, influence, or simply a credit balance, click on the links below to jump to the individual sections, which contain related topics at the top, and info pages in the “READ MORE” sections.
Trading Sections Include:
- The Galaxy Map
- Economy Types
- Station Types
- Route Planning
- BGS Effects
- Piracy & Safety
- Rare Goods
- Wing Trading & Convoys
- Trading Vessels
BASIC TRADING KNOWLEDGE
Goods & Commodities
There are many rare goods which accrue in value the further you transport them from their origin. They also have other specialist applications.
WING TRADING & EFFICIENCY
Wing up for Profit
All trades within a wing return a reward per commander. Thus, a 50m wing trade will return 200m if 4 commanders are in the wing.
CMDRs don’t have to participate; all members share the rewards regardless of effort put in.
Simply add CMDRs to the wing, even if you’ve handed in all the goods, and choose COMPLETE MISSION. The CMDRs then have 30 days to collect their reward from the station.
This reward counts towards the squads’ Trade leaderboard status so its worth trying to share your reward wherever possible.
Combine trade for Efficiency
5 minutes planning can save hours of wasted journeys.
Try to stack missions so that you use as much of the capacity as possible, making multiple trade and data drops at stations on your route.
Use of 3rd party tools will help you fill any space left from delivery missions with profitable cargo which can help boost INF at the station you deliver to as well.
Knowledge of economy types will also help; for example in taking small fetch missions that you know will be easily obtained on your route.
Commodities, Rare Goods
There are 13 commodity types in Elite excluding rare goods, and while a CMDR will soon get to know the bulk of the goods from basic delivery missions, its worth learning a little more about whats available.
For example goods such as Polymers will always offer great fluctuation and therefore profit as you move them between market economies.
The centre panel in the Starport Services board also gives a quick overview of what goods are being bought at high prices/demand.
Passengers, POIs, Navigation
Learn more about route plotting, choosing and planning routes, maximising efficiency and detailed star type info.
Exploration, Flying Skills
Learn how to use the Neutron Superhighway to cross the galaxy quickly and reach inaccessible systems.
Mapping & Scanning
Learn about advanced mapping, high-value systems, tricks, Discord bots, the FSS Scanner and Surface Scanner and their usage.
The Guardian, and Ram Tah storylines offer another wide range of experiences and yield some great equipment and lore.
Individual Guides, Tutorials, and Training are available broken down by area or from the A-Z.
Guides by A-Z for a variety of disciplines and activities
Learn to perform any activity with easy-to-follow training plans
Third party sites, tools and infographics ordered by activity
OTHER USEFUL INFO
You can take passengers with you on your expeditions, but they have their preferences….learn more here.
The Road to Riches is a great activity to undertake to build up your credit balance and exploration experience.