Welcome if you are reading this. In this guide, you will learn many Tips and Tricks, such as the basics of Elite Dangerous.You can use this for knowing a bit more about the game so you can use what is said here everyday.Hopeyou have fun.
Second, do the tutorials. You will know the essential with the tutorials such as Throttling, Landing, Shooting, Hyperdrive etc… Although they learn those things, they don’t provide all the information.
For example, how to throttle up or down. *But why would you want to know how to throttle up or down* Well, those two are essential for landing and taking off. If you don’t know these two, you will be screwed.
I will say the keys that are put default (in keyboard) for some controls that weren’t told in the tutorials:
Throttling Up- R
Throttling Down- F
Throttle Left- Q
Throttle Right- R
Information that could be useful and it isn’t explained
Before landing, make sure you are at less than 100 speed, that’s the speed limit near the station.
Tips and Tricks for when you start
You are the new Commander in the Milky Way, you will start your career with 1000 CR and your Sidewinder.
How do I get money?
Well, it is pretty simple. Your Sidewinder is not a trascendent ship, so don’t expect much from it such as Jump Range or Combat Performance. The best missions for a beginner are:
-Courier Job: You will deliver data(doens’t occupy space in the inventory) to the station asked.
-Delivery Job: You will be supplied X cargo and you will need to deliver it to the station asked OR you will need to buy the cargo and deliver it to the station asked.
Upon the reward, always ask for money. You’re probably going to have 3 rewards presented but you can only choose 1. For now, only choose money. Reputation isn’t needed for now and Influence is useless too.
Assuming you are in the beginning and you have a Sidewinder, and you are doing Courier Jobs as I recommended and so Hopping from system to system, you will have to refuel plenty of times and MAYBE you will run out of fuel and eventually die.
To counter those occurences, you can equip a Fuel Scoop.
What’s a Fuel Scoop you ask
Well, a Fuel Scoop is a modification in the Optional Internals where it can provide you fuel by Speeding near to a star and it will scoop the energy out of it (kinda like Solar Energy 😛 )
With that, and some patience and technique, you can refuel without heading for a Station.
Remember, every Modification to the ship you do, the Number of the Slot and the Number of the Equipment MUST BE THE SAME. If it’s lower, it will not work and if it is Higher, it can probably Explode(not a good start)t
Also, KGBFOAM. What the heck is KGBFOAM
Well, here we call KGBFOAM, an abbreviation of “Oh be a fine girl kiss me”, for the stars where we can refuel. Each letter is a type of star, for example, you can Fuel Scoop in a O-Type Star but not in for example, a T-Type Star.
You must be in FSD (travelling like 1 C to 3 C speed, the kinda good one) to be able to Scoop Fuel.
If you are uncertain, you don’t know if you can Scoop Fuel out from the nearby Star, get a bit closer and travel at that speed (Dont go straight into it, try to orbit around it at a safe speed) and it will show you in your screen the graphic saying how much fuel you are scooping per second and the Heat of your ship. Try to not make the ship be 80%+ Heat. You will figure out with time the best angle.
If you travel to a system and you cannot fuel scoop and your fuel runs out, you can call a friend that knows how to transfer fuel OR call The Fuel Rats. They will give you fuel Free when you get stuck like that. Remember, you will have 5 minutes, so you will need to figure out the fast as possible the system you are in and call for them.
You might be in a station where you can’t modify ships.
More detailed (you will understand) is that there are many types of Stations where you can land.
You may have landed in an Industrial Outpost, those stations only serve for Refueling, Repairing, Missions and Buying/Selling Cargo.
The ones where you can buy ships or just modify your ship, are the Ocellus, Coriolis and Orbis Stations.
Each one has a symbol
Ocellus- A circle with a – inside.
Orbis- A circle with a “Stop sign” and three divisions inside. Really easy to identify because the symbol in the middle looks like a Stop Sign
Coriolis- A “Rhombus” (or a 45 degree turned Right or Left Square) with a – inside.
Industrial Outpost- A type of an Antenna.
If you have Horizons, there are some planets with stations. They are really easy to identify, the symbol that represents a Planetary Outpost are basically buildings.
Yeah, I mean, it’s a beginners guide.
Wait, I have some questions, where can those be answered
Well, to start off, you can join the Elite Dangerous Community Discord.
In there, you will find a bunch of nice people that will be able to help you.
You can message me too of course, just send me a friend request and put in the comments of my profile the reason so I can know you are not a spammer.
Do you have any more Tips and Tricks
Yes I do, since you are a good boy/girl and you’ve came to the end, I will give you two more websites that can be alot useful!
https://eddb.io/ -This site will be super useful! If you have a delivery job but you have to buy the Cargo, you can go in the site, go to Commodities and search for the Cheapest or Closest OR EVEN BOTH Cargo! It will save you a ton of money and a ton of time.
https://coriolis.io/ -This site will be super useful a bit further when you have money to Buy ships and to Modify Ships to the max. It will show you the best setups for the Ship you have. It will show you the best setup for (for example) Exploring! Or Trading! Or Fighting! Or Mining!
When reaching a place, and you are at 0:07 seconds from the target, reduce the speed to 75% and slowly decrease it. How do you do it? Go to the Options, Controls, Flight Throttle and bind a key to the 75% Speed Throttle (Positive)