Republic Military School
Posted - 2011.09.04 17:57:00 - [2
You don't need that much once you get into your retriever. But before (or while) you work your way up to Hulk you may want to work on a few other skills that will allow you to operate at optimal efficiency.
Drones 5 (use hobgoblin I's most of the time in your Retriever but if you are in 0.9 or 1.0 you could use mining drones)
Mining Drones 5 (your hulk will be able to field 5 mining drones as well as 5 hobgoblins)
Scout Drones 5, Gallente Drone 1 (for upgrading to Hobgoblin II's eventually)
Drone Interfacing 5 (increases mining drone yield and drone dmg)
(type) ore processing 4 (pick the ores that you are mining and level up their processing to 4 to be able to use mining crystal II's)
Mining Upgrade 4 (to be able to use Mining Laser Upgrade II)
Shield Upgrade 4, Tactical Shield 4 (for the hulk. Retrievers only have one mid which you will be using for your asteroid survey scanner)
Mining 5 (if you don't already have it. increases yield and allows use of strip miner II's which use mining crystals and dramatically increase yield)
Look into starting to train Jury Rigging to 3 and then further training rig types when you decide what type of rigging to go with (cargo space, shield strength, drone yield, etc.)
Obviously your core skills are important if they are not already at 5. Engineering and Electronics are nice to have at 5 to make it easier to fit your ships.
I'm sure there are things I am leaving out. Enjoy your retriever!
Posted - 2011.09.04 18:08:00 - [3
Well it really depends on where you are mining, and what you plan to do.
If you plan to go for a hulk, get drones 4 to get a bit of defense, and continue on to a hulk all the way.
If not, drones 5 is useful for either 0.9 mining drones or defense against rats.
Other than that, get some skills are refining if you plan to sell ore, and some trade skills to reduce the tax and broker fees.
After that, well, again, it depends on what you wish to do.
A retriever doesn't have much room in it, so its not the idle solo mining barge without secure containers or another hauler.
The answer is really dependent on what you plan for the future.
Are you going into industry? Missions and just want some extra isk from mining? Hauling? PvP?
Training for drones 5 for mining drones isn't needed for a retriever, as its cargo capacity is too small, and its slow to move too much around secure containers, and you will need the drones space for some defending drones if you are soloing.