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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Guide: Implants and Jump Clones, Part 4

Mindlinks

As mentioned in part one and part two of this guide, parts three and four focus on the various sorts of specialty implants.  After pirate implants (covered in part three), the most common type of specialty implant are Mindlinks.  Mindlinks may only be used by characters that have both Cybernetics V and have trained one of the five trees of the Leadership skills to the highest extent possible.  Within the Leadership skill tree, there are five types of skills to which Mindlinks are applicable:
  • Armored Warfare;
  • Information Warfare;
  • Siege Warfare;
  • Skirmish Warfare; and,
  • Mining.
Each of these skills within the Leadership tree has a "first tier" skill that grants passive bonuses within each category.  For instance, Siege Warfare grants a 2% bonus to shield HP per Siege Warfare level trained, to a maximum of 10%.  However, this bonus is only applied if the character that has that skill is both part of a fleet, and is a designated squad, wing, or fleet booster for that fleet.  At Siege Warfare V, the Siege Warfare Specialist skill is unlocked.  The Siege Warfare Mindlink only becomes available when this "second tier" skill is also trained to Level V.  The other Mindlinks are unlocked in a similar fashion, and their bonuses again only apply if the character using the Mindlink is in a fleet and is a designated squad, wing, or fleet booster for that fleet.

Once all of these conditions are met, the purpose of a Mindlink is two-fold:
  • they enhance the bonus that is already granted by having the "first tier" skill at Level V; and,
  • if the character in question is in a ship that can fit a gang link, it will greatly enhance the bonuses provided by those gang links.
The first bonus is very easy to understand.  At Siege Warfare V, as a booster, the character with no Mindlink grants a 10% bonus to shield HP.  At Siege Warfare Specialist V and while using a Siege Warfare Mindlink, the same character grants a 15% bonus to shield HP.  This is the passive bonus to a Mindlink.  The other bonuses are as follows:

For skillAt Level V alonePlus Mindlink
Armored Warfare+10% armor HP+15% armor HP
Information Warfare   +10% targeting range   +15% targeting range
Siege Warfare+10% shield HP+15% shield HP
Skirmish Warfare+10% ship agility+15% ship agility
Mining+10% mining yield+15% mining yield

Mindlinks may only be used in a character's slot 10, and a character may only have one Mindlink installed at any time.  However, up to three characters can provide Mindlink boosts for a fleet, one each in the squad, wing, and fleet positions.  However, only the highest boost will be applied.  If there are characters with Skirmish Mindlinks in both the wing and squad positions, the pilots in the fleet will not receive a double benefit.  However, if there is a character with an Armored Warfare Mindlink in the fleet position and a character with a Skirmish Warfare Mindlink in the wing position, and squad leaders in all squad positions, all pilots in that fleet will receive the benefits of both Mindlinks as long as both Mindlink characters are in space, in ships, and the squad commanders for the fleet are also in space and in ships.

The second bonus provided by a Mindlink is to greatly enhance the bonuses provided by any gang links the Mindlink user has fitted to his or her ship.  The exact bonuses conferred by every gang link and every Mindlink is well beyond the scope of this guide.  Consult the Leadership skills guide of your choice to learn about the exact bonuses.  However, to use a single example, the Siege Warfare Mindlink can enhance the effects of the Shield Harmonizing gang link.  Under normal circumstances, this gang link enhances the resistances of the ship under its effect.

Suppose a typical Incursion Basilisk is receiving bonuses from a Shield Harmonizing gang link.  Assuming the platform providing the bonus is a Caldari Vulture, the resistances of such a ship will be as follows:

No Mindlink   No Mindlink   MindlinkMindlink
No bonusT1 gang linkT2 gang linkT1 gang link   T2 gang link  
76/91/86/77   77/92/88/79   77/92/88/80   78/92/88/81   79/93/89/82

As you can see, each step up provides increasing bonuses.  Ships without high resistances will benefit even more.  For example, the EM resistance of a typical shield-tanked Hurricane jumps from 55% with no bonuses to 64% when under the effect of a T2 gang link supported by a Siege Warfare Mindlink.

As you probably expect, pilots that can use Mindlinks are rare and the Mindlinks themselves can be expensive, ranging from 60 million ISK for an Armored Warfare Mindlink to 125 million for Siege to 225 million for Skirmish.  Most expensive of all are the Mining Foreman Mindlinks which as of this writing cost 1.2 billion ISK.  Drops for this Mindlink are limited to a few select missions and they are highly prized by miners.  A fully-skilled Hulk pilot flying a mining-optimized Hulk can bring in 1900m3 per minute of ore.  If under the influence of a fully-skilled Orca pilot using T2 mining gang links and a Mining Foreman Mindlink, this increases to more than 3000m3!  As a result, Mining Foreman Mindlinks are capable of paying for themselves.


Other Specialty Implants

Like the standard implants, there are two types of other specialty implants: attribute enhancers and skill hard-wirings.  In addition to the pirate implant attribute enhancers, there are a number specialty attribute enhancers.  The most common as of this writing are the Genolution Core Augmentation CA-1 and CA-2.  A slot 1 and slot 4 implant, respectively, the Genolution implants were given as holiday gifts by CCP last year.  The CA-1, like all slot 1 implants, increases Perception.  But it is also a fitting implant increasing both ship's capacitor and power grid output.  The CA-2, like all slot 4 implants, increases Intelligence.  But it is also a fitting implant increasing both ship's CPU and reducing the capacitor recharge time.  All fitting bonuses from these two implants are +1.5% unless both of these implants are used, in which case they are subject to an additional 50% bonus.  These two implants make some very impressive fittings possible, particularly when combined with other fitting implants, and as such are becoming quite expensive.  They cost about 60 million ISK each as of this writing and the cost continues to increase as the limited number of them are destroyed.

In addition, some epic mission arcs, standard missions, and sites drop specialty attribute enhancers or skill hard-wirings.  They are listed below:

ImplantSlotEffect 1Effect 2
Imperial Special Ops Field Enhancer - StandardSlot 1Perception +4+5% armor HP
Republic Special Ops Field Enhancer - Standard   Slot 3Willpower +4+5% velocity
Ogdin's Eye Coordination EnhancerSlot 7+7% rate of fire bonus   (none)
Sansha Modified 'Gnome' ImplantSlot 7+3% shield HP-3% shield recharge
Zor's Custom Navigation LinkSlot 7+10% AB duration(none)
Zor's Custom Navigation Hyper-LinkSlot 8+5% speed bonus(none)
Pashan's Turret Customization MindlinkSlot 9+6% tracking bonus(none)
Imperial Navy Modified 'Noble' ImplantSlot 10+3% armor HP+3% armor repair
Pashan's Turret Handling MindlinkSlot 10   +7% damage bonus(none)

As you can probably imagine, several of these specialty implants are rare and expensive.  Some drop so rarely that they are quite literally worth hundreds of millions or even billions of ISK.

Two types of specialty implants with limited audiences are those intended for those who frequently use combat boosters and those who frequently use scan probes.  Both types are reasonably rare finds.  The former are only rarely purchased or used.  The latter are mostly useful to "scan alts" of dedicated wormhole players that demand the maximum performance out of their scan ships.  These scanning implants are most often used in conjunction with Virtue implants which further increase scanning ability.  The combination of Virtues with these implants can go a long way toward making "unprobeable" ships probable.  At the very least, they make finding wormhole-based sites quick and easy.

Boosters
Slot 8'Alchemist' Biology BY-8##+(5-10)% booster duration
Slot 9'Alchemist' Nanite Control NC-9##-(3-5)% side effect penalty
Slot 10'Alchemist' Neurotoxin Recovery NR-10##-(3-5)% side effect chance

Scanning
Slot 6'Prospector' Astrometric Pinpointing AP-7##-(2-6)% probe scan deviation
Slot 7'Prospector' Astrometric Acquisition AQ-7##-(2-10)% probe scan time
Slot 8'Prospector' Astrometric Rangefinding AR-8##   +(2-6)% scan probe strength
Slot 9'Prospector' Archaeology AC-905+5% archaeology success chance
Slot 9'Prospector' Hacking HC-905+5% hacking success chance
Slot 9'Prospector' Salvaging SV-905+5% salvaging success chance
Slot 10'Prospector' Environmental Analysis EY-1005-5% faster cycle time

The 'Prospector' Environmental Analysis EY-1005 implant provides 5% faster cycle time for salvagers, hacking modules, and archaeology modules and is therefore beloved in wormholes and among some site/mission runners.

Finally, note that there are a few specialty implants out there that are available, but not advertised in traditional ways on the market unless you are aware of them.  Chief among these is the Inherent Implants 'Noble' Hull Upgrades HG-1008 implant.  Like the other HG-10## implants, this one provides an armor HP boost.  However, the rare HG-1008 provides an 8% armor boost, much greater than the standard implants of this type.  As a result, it is highly prized by super-cap pilots, who use it almost exclusively.  As of this writing, this implant is available on the market for nearly two billion ISK!


Industry Implants

Finally, though they are often overlooked, there are a series of implants useful for industry-based players.  These fall into two categories, those intended for industry players using research and manufacturing, and those intended for miners:

Research and manufacturing
Slot 6'Beancounter' Research RR-6##+(1-3)% faster time research
Slot 7'Beancounter' Metallurgy MY-7##+(1-3)% faster material research
Slot 8'Beancounter' Industry BX-8##+(1-2)% faster manufacturing
Slot 8'Beancounter' Refining RX-8##-(1-2)% refining waste
Slot 8'Beancounter' Science SC-8##+(1-3)% faster blueprint copying

Mining
Slot 8'Alchemist' Gas Harvesting GH-8##+(1-3)% faster gas harvesting
Slot 10'Highwall' Mining MX-10##+(1-3)% mining yield
Slot 10'Highwall' Mining Upgrades MU-10##   -(1-3)% mining upgrade CPU penalty
Slot 10'Yeti' Ice Harvesting IH-10##+(1-3)% faster ice harvesting

Most of these bonuses fall into the "every little bit helps" category.  Still, the mining and ice harvesting implants have high drop rates and are therefore inexpensive enough to be affordable for even the casual miner.  It is very unfortunate that both the blueprint copying implant and the faster manufacturing implant are slot 8: it forces industry-based characters to choose between them or more often, to have two characters devoted to these different trades.

The RX-8## refining implant is quite useful for null-sec industrialists.  I have covered mineral compression at several points in the past.  The 2% refining bonus granted by the more expensive of these two implants closes the (very small) refining gap left by having perfect skills and a high-end null-sec refining station.  Without this implant, large numbers of 425mm Railgun Is moved to null-sec would be subject to a small amount of waste once converted back to minerals.  With this implant, even that small amount of waste is eliminated and all of the minerals from producing these modules with a perfect blueprint are recovered in null... and from there, usually become super-capital class ships...  As a result, there is always someone docked in every null-sec refining station that has this implant; often, there are several someones with them.


This concludes part four of the implant guide.  The final part will cover "jump clone management," which is a far more complex task than it really has any right to be...

13 comments:

  1. Thanks for this, Jester. Informative and concise. I knew generally what all the skills and mindlinks were for, but my understanding of the areas of specialization was a little fuzzy. It turns out to be more complicated (and perhaps a lot more expensive) than I imagined. Which makes me think CCP will think twice before nerfing off-grid boosting. It's a change they will almost certainly screw up.

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  2. A possible ISK sink would be to make every purchase of a normal implant from a NPC have a very small chance of giving you an improved implant instead.

    Similar to the binning process that CPUs go through to, every once in a while you get a CPU that performs better than the average.

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  3. Needs some copy editing:

    "Without this plant, large numbers of 425mm Railgun Is moved to null-sec would be subject to a small amount of waste once converted back to minerals."

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  4. Demand is not the only thing driving the price of CA-1 & 2. As you mentioned these where gifts by ccp, that should be unique. If they don't cave and never make them available (as gifts or otherwise) again, there is only a limited number of these in game, and every time a clone dies with these implants, the number goes down.. It probably doesn't help that market aware players know that and buy them as an investment ... You might want to include that there is a fixed number of these. Well at least until ccp announces them as Christmas gifts again

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  5. 'Highwall' Mining MX-10## actually come in 1, 3 & 5% flavors.

    As a note the 'Highwall' Mining Upgrades MU-10## as technically next to useless. A retriever with triple MLU2 and two tech1 strips gets a princely 2cpu using MU-1005.

    MT

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  6. Hi,

    while I recently learned how impressive mindlink implants are due to the mining one (which you also mentioned numbers for), your example with resistances looks quite unimpressive.

    While I *know* that every little bit helps with resistances, as a newbie, I don't "get" those numbers easily. Maybe there is some other implant that boosts something where the numbers and the effect are more linear? Like HP, speed, or something similar?

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  7. Quick fix: the bonuses for the Ogdin's Eye Coordination Enhancer and the Pashan's Turret Customization Mindlink are switched. The former provides +6% tracking, the latter +7% rate of fire. (May also be worth noting that where Pashan's Turret Customization applies to all turrets, Pashan's Turret Handling applies only to large energy turrets.)

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  8. Not sure about the other indy's implants, but I'm pretty sure that the mining ones have the 5% versions

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  9. Isn't there another mining implant that is gotten from a cosmos mission? Michi Implant iirc. Did you already cover that in one of your other guides?

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  10. The BP Copy 5% Implant -'Beancounter' Science SC-8## +(1-3)% faster blueprint copying- is just not worth it really. I did the math awhile back, and it pretty much only reduces 14 days of copying down to 13. I don't think even the most enthusiastic Industrialist is that impatient.

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  11. Highwall Mining Implants go up to +5% as do some of the others I believe.
    And Michi's Excavation Augmentor gives a +5% mining yield bonus as well and doesn't go in slot 10 so you can actually get +10% mining yield from implants.

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  12. Thanks very much for this guide, Jester. Implants are still mostly a mystery to me, and I need to go invest/investigate.

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