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EVE Academy

Everything you need to forge your path in EVE Online

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Welcome to your guide to the universe. It can be hard to figure out what to aim for when stepping into New Eden for the first time so a helping hand might be all you need to set off on the right path. EVE Academy has been designed to guide new Capsuleers through their first few days and beyond to chart their own path among the stars.

Expect guides, advice, and goals to aim for that are tailored to your gameplay style, whether you're starting fresh or just trying out a new profession. You'll also find a curated list of community resources created by EVE's Community Partners to help take your learning further.

The Association for Interdisciplinary Research

As a Capsuleer, you have been chosen to begin your journey in New Eden with the bold and disruptive tech start-up: The Association for Interdisciplinary Research (AIR). Through their Capsuleer Training Program (CTP), AIR seeks to provide aspiring pilots with everything they need to become successful Capsuleers, from the acquisition of necessary skills to discovering their long-term career goals.

Begin your journey today with the Association for Interdisciplinary Research as your guide in a universe brimming with possibility. Become the architect of your own destiny!

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Forge Your Own Path

Play EVE Online your way and pick a career path. Make your living as a peaceful Explorer, or as an Industrialist shaping EVE's economy. If you prefer combat, you can rise through the ranks as an Enforcer or prove your prowess as a Soldier of Fortune.

Whichever path you take, this is only the beginning of your journey.

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Unlimited Choices - Where Will You Begin?

There are endless opportunities across nearly 8,000 solar systems you can discover in EVE. A good way to get started is to pick a path and a goal to aim for. Whether you want to get involved in the grand PvP battles of Nullsec space or if you simply want to explore the universe, there's a career for you. Regardless of where you begin, know that New Eden always remains open to you and retraining to try something new is always an option.

Explorer - Chart Your Own Course to the Stars

Explorers are the cartographers and archeologists of EVE. They're the free-spirited adventurers who delve deep to search for hidden relics, data vaults, and pirate strongholds. Their specialist probing tools can also help discover shortcuts in space to help fleets bridge the gap across the universe through uncharted wormhole space. Everyone wants to be friends with a good explorer.

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Industrialist - Do You Want to Build a Spaceship?

Behind every fleet and every skirmish in EVE Online is a logistical chain of industrialists working to manufacture the weapons of war. Without miners, inventors, traders, and haulers, New Eden's Fleet Commanders wouldn't have ships to fly or weapons to fire, let alone the ammunition! Becoming an industrialist is a career in its own right with options for everything from salvaging the battlefields and mining moons to producing and selling ships, weapons, and modules on the market.

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Enforcer (PvE) - Rise Through the Ranks

If a job needs doing then you need a specialist to do it. The life of an Enforcer in New Eden means taking jobs and making ISK where you can. Fortunately, there are plenty of NPC Agents seeking the assistance of Capsuleers and there's plenty of money to be made; you'd do well to get on their good side. Rising through the ranks of an NPC corporation by completing missions and hunting down pirates will see your pockets full in no time.

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Soldier of Fortune (PvP) - Killing is Just a Means of Communication

Some Capsuleers just want to watch the world burn - or their opponent's ship at least. New Eden's Soldiers of Fortune are Capsuleers who venture beyond the safety of High Security space in search of glory and riches, looted from the closest wreck, of course. Low and Null Security space can be much more dangerous but the risk often matches the reward, especially if you have someone to watch your back. There are thousands of player corporations out there to bring you into their fleets and help you get those guns firing.

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Discover your options

Find your calling in EVE Online with the help of both this video tutorial and the in-game tutorial. With info on character creation, your on-board AI "Aura", and the huge variety of paths to take, this video will give you a taste of what's to come. Ace solo pilot, pirate mercenary, corporate CEO or something else? The choice is yours.

Everyone Starts Somewhere

Everyone starts somewhere. EVE uses a system of Skill Points earned over time. Some may increase your proficiency with various weapon systems and others may help negotiate better deals on the local market. However, with over 400 different options it really can be a daunting task to know which skills to invest in.

Fortunately, there’s plenty of guidance provided through the Capsuleer Training Program to give you that initial push. Through your first few hours, the CTP will introduce you to various game mechanics including your very first Skill Plan. Skill Plans are a way for you to map out your skill training in advance, set milestones you want to aim for, and share Skill Plans with fellow Capsuleers.

Start out strong with a certified Skill Plan by checking the Skills panel in-game. Premade Skill Plans are available for all four Academy pathways: Explorer, Enforcer, Industrialist, and Soldier of Fortune. Pick your path and delve into the Plan to discover what you can achieve!

For more information on effective training plans, check out EVE University's Short Skill Plan or one of the options from the Brave Dojo. Still not sure what to train? Put some training time into the 'Magic 14'. These skills are applicable to almost anything you do in EVE.

As an Alpha Clone you can even boost your training speed with a Daily Alpha Injector and catch up faster! Should you choose to take your skills further, you can easily upgrade to an Omega clone to train at twice the speed.

You might also want to check out The Agency in-game for the latest events and activities to take part in? New seasonal events are frequently introduced, offering exciting challenges and hefty rewards to get stuck into right away! You can also track your progress using the Activity Tracker to plot your growth as a Capsuleer, mapping each action against all the possibilities of New Eden.

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The Magic 14

The Magic 14, while not a goal to aim for on their own, are a set of 14 skills that will apply to every ship you choose to fly in EVE by improving its core functionality. This will mean faster warps, more fitting room for modules, and more! If you’re ever unsure what to train next, put some time into the Magic 14.

As a new Capsuleer you can get ahead in the Magic 14 from the start with a Core Ship Operations Expert System. Expert Systems are a great way for new players to jump straight into action by instantly granting skills for a limited time, giving you a taste of your potential before committing to the training time.

The Magic 14 Skills

  • Spaceship Command - Improves the agility of all ships
  • CPU Management - Increases the Central Processing Unit (CPU) output of all ships
  • Power Grid Management - Increases the power grid output of all ships
  • Capacitor Management - Increases the capacitor capacity of all ships
  • Capacitor Systems Operation - Improves the recharge speed of your capacitor
  • Mechanics - Increases structure hit points
  • Hull Upgrades - Increases armor hit points
  • Shield Management - Increases shield capacity
  • Shield Operation - Improves the recharge rate of your shield
  • Long Range Targeting - Increases the maximum range at which you can lock a target
  • Signature Analysis - Improves locking speed against targets
  • Navigation - Increases the velocity of all ships
  • Evasive Maneuvering - An even larger bonus to ship agility
  • Warp Drive Operation - Reduces the capacitor need to begin warping

Additional Resources

If you're hungry for more then these resources should fill in any gaps.

Player Corporations

There are plenty of resources to help you find a player-run corporation that suits you. Check out corp recruitment ads at EVE-corps, The Forum Corporation Recruitment Center, or /r/evejobs. You can also approach any corporation or alliance directly such as Aideron Robotics, Brave Newbies Inc, EVE University, Karmafleet, Malevelon Roe Industries (MALRO), Pandemic Horde, EVE Rookies, EVE Linknet, or Signal Cartel, all of which can help you get started.

Get Ahead in New Eden

Upgrading to Omega Clone State will give you unlimited access to EVE's best ships and skills, as well as giving you an infinite skill queue, double training speed, and removing the skill cap.

You can pick up Omega Time to upgrade your gameplay, or you could make an explosive start right now with a Starter Pack. These are available as a one-time use per account and will offer great value on everything you need to get ahead including:

  • PLEX to trade for in-game ISK to buy new ships, modules, or skill Injectors, or spend your PLEX in the New Eden Store.

  • Skill Points, a valuable resource available in some packs which can be applied to any Skill instantly, unlocking new elements of gameplay and giving you that head start.

  • Omega Time, doubling your training speed and opening up access to new and exciting ships, including the Triglavian ship line.

  • Clothing and Ship SKINs so you can undock in style and show New Eden that you mean business.

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