(Draiv Solregard's Exploration guide is subject to change, based on updated information, new information, expansions, and the apocalypse. If you notice any errors in this guide, wait for your booster side effects to subside. If the error is still there let me know and I'll look into it.)
This is where you gather all the bacon that is vomited forth after a successful hacking attempt.
There are five mini-containers in the loot spew:
· Parts - These more frequently contain valuable loot and should be the first ones you grab.
· Materials - These contain other valuable loot and should be grabbed second.
· Data - You should only grab these if there is a blueprint you are trying to nab.
· Equipment - If you click on this other than by accident you're bad at scavenging, it does not contain loot.
· Scrap - If you click on this other than by accident you're bad at scavenging, it does not contain loot.
· Parts - Tech I/II Salvage and Construction Components
· Materials - Tech I/II Salvage and Construction Components
· Data - Blueprint Copies
· Parts - Decryptors and Datacores
· Materials - Pirate [Faction] Materials
· Data - Blueprint Copies and Skill Books
It will be your job to keep track of prices and to collect what will be most valuable to you.
The loot spew which will happen after a successful hack will be really frustrating because it is a twitched based system, you can't get the mini-containers to show up on your overview, the brackets surrounding the containers are small making it sometimes hard to click on them, the mini-containers can move really fast, and they constantly overlap often times causing you to click a useless container like equipment or scrap.
You have a 3,000 m loot range of the mini-containers and you should normally only have to click once on the container to activate the looting process.
The mini-container bracket colors play a role as well:
· Green - This means you are not looting and can click on this container to loot.
· Yellow - You are currently busy and are unable to loot another container.
· White - The container is out of range.
First thing you want to do is change your camera focus from your ship to the object you want to hack. This will keep the camera stable and allow a better perspective of all mini-containers. You also want to set your "Keep at range" distance to 2,250 m the reason for this is that it will allow you more time to grab fast moving containers and if you notice someone warping in on d-scan you can just activate your cloak since you are more than 2,000 m from an object.
When the mini-containers are launched you will now want to move your camera to an angle where the containers are not overlapping each other.
Continue adjusting as needed.
When a container you want drifts out of range you will need to approach it, but your little ship is agile and quick. So to avoid drifting out of distance of other containers make sure to stop your ship a little before you get within range. This will allow your momentum to bring you within range of the container, but will also most likely keep the other containers within range.
· Remember to only change camera angles while in the process of looting a container.
· While looting a container mouse over the other containers to find the next one you wish to loot.
· Keep track of the distance of the mini-containers, so they don't sneak out of range.
· Containers will spew forth in waves, loot all your target containers in the first wave and then loot the others after that. Containers disappear after a set time so there is no rush to grab the second or third waves.
· When presented with two equal options to loot, always loot the blinky one first because it will probably disappear before the other one does, giving you the opportunity to get both instead of one.
· Always cargo scan the object you are going to hack to find out which mini-containers you want to focus on.
· Pirate faction materials take up a lot of space, as does the junk you get when a mini-container doesn't have the loot you're looking for. Either jettison these into space or dock up at the nearest station and dump them off.
· If you get something really valuable dock up and drop it off, don't continue to run sites with all your eggs in one basket. Return later with the sole purpose of getting the loot out.