Finders Keepers 2

In a previous post, I told you about some of the things I tend to find lying around in highsec. In this post I’d like to show you some more of these abandoned acquisitions and lonely liberations.

After my return to New Eden in the summer of 2020, it didn’t take long for me to find my first batch of free loot, which came in the form of a number of ships, unpiloted and alone, in the system of Dihra.

Found Wreathes and Tayra

Upon entering the system, I noticed a bunch of haulers clustered together on D-Scan, I thought this was unusual so I probed them down to take a look. When I landed on grid, there they were, a fleet of haulers, all unpiloted. After bookmarking the location, I docked in a nearby station and came back in my pod to board one of the ships and take it to the warm confines of my hangar. I repeated this process until all the ships were removed and were now my property.

There were more than just ships lying around this area, there was also a collection of Hangar Containers peppered around in a spherical formation, which meant that this was the remnants of a player-made structure. After right-clicking and selecting “show info” on one of the ships, I was able to find which corporation owned the structure, and which corporation was responsible for blowing it up.

Kill: Dark Space Exploration (Raitaru)

Inside the containers, I found a collection of cheap items, mostly Corvettes, Shuttles, and PI-related materials.

Found Shuttles and Corvettes

I grabbed as much as I could using the Tayra I had liberated earlier, before some of the locals started sniffing around the scene, after noticing me go suspect for looting yellow wrecks. In all, I got myself a fleet of haulers (which are always handy to have around) a bunch of shuttles and around 20m ISK in other materials. Most importantly though, D-Scan in this system was now clean.

In the nearby system of Uadelah, I found myself another fleet of ships.

Found Amarr Shuttles

I never have to pay for shuttles these days, there’s just so many lying around.


This next one was a case of finding but being unable to keep, as I’d stumbled upon a glitch in the matrix, so to speak. I’d spotted a lone Cruise Missile Battery on D-Scan in the system of Ervekam one evening, and thought I’d just quickly probe it down and scoop it, to keep the system clean.

Found Cruise Missile Battery

POS modules such as these are supposedly going to be removed from the game soon, so I was looking forward to having one to keep as a memento of old times.

Found Weird Bug

Upon reaching the item, I was unable to scoop it as it apparently belonged to “EVE System” or an NPC Corp. It actually belongs to Secure Commerce Commission, a member corp of CONCORD Assembly, very strange. Instead of finding myself a nice trinket, I’d found a weird bug in the game world, and so I departed feeling a little disappointed.

I am unable to find a mention of this bug anywhere online, it’ll probably just disappear when they finally get around to removing POSes from EVE though. I have reported this as a bug to CCP, but it is still there at the time of writing this, so you can go there and see it for yourself if you wish. Also, the message won’t appear unless you have enough cargo space (500m3) to scoop the module, so bear that in mind.


I wasn’t expecting to turn Finders Keepers into a series, but I find a lot of weird and wonderful things out there, from fleets of abandoned ships, to expensive drones and all manner of oddities. If you’ve ever found and kept anything interesting that was just sat out there in space, please let me know, I’d love to hear about it.

Finders Keepers

In a previous post I discussed the side-activity of scanning-down and scooping abandoned drones, today I would like to expand on that activity a little more, and also tell you about some of the other things I typically find lying abandoned in highsec.


Abandoned Drones

There are so many of these things out there, that, from my experience, I estimate that there are multiple billions of ISK worth of them abandoned in highsec alone, at any given time. The amount of money you can make from scanning these things down and scooping them completely eclipses the amount of money you can make through mission running and mining as a new player, the only trade-off is that you have to spend skill points on scanning skills rather than pumping them all into the usual combat/mining skills.

Fellow MTU Hunter Alexis Thunderkunt, who until recently was new to the world of MTU Hunting, and highsec scavenging in general, informed me of just how profitable it was compared to the more established professions in EVE.

Corp Chat

Shortly after this conversation, Alexis got very lucky indeed, finding an abandoned Gecko which netted him just over 100m ISK.

Speaking of big finds, one of the most expensive drone finds I’ve had over the last couple of years would be when I found 5x ‘Augmented’ Ogre in Kor-Azor Prime. At the time, those Ogres were worth 30m each, netting me a whopping 150m ISK jackpot; today those drones sell for around 80m ISK each at market hubs, so if you see those on D-Scan it’s worth checking them out, as that could be 400m just sat there waiting to be scooped by you.

Protip: Sometimes, when you warp-in on a mission runner, you can spook them and cause them to warp off quickly without recalling their drones. Therefore it’s always a good idea to warp to that Gecko, even when a Rattlesnake is sat on top of it.

Another notable find is the time I found 2x Gecko just sat 100km off the undock of an Astrahaus in Sacalan, and to this day I have no idea why someone would leave them there.

Gecko on Dscan

Recently, I had a very good night, netting myself 240m ISK after finding a single Gecko in Olo (which is right next to a level 4 SoE hub, so you tend to find nice things around there, just FYI) and an ‘Augmented’ Ice Harvesting Drone shortly afterwards in the more remote system of Aderkan.

I find that the best time to go hunting for abandoned drones is when CCP is running an event that features sites, such as the recent Guristas event. Myself, and many other fellow hunters noticed a disturbing amount of Vespas abandoned at these sites during the last event, both T2 and faction variants. They were always abandoned in twos, and almost certainly left behind by players flying Gilas. Due to the sheer volume of them, we suspect that mass-botting using a flawed macro which forgets to scoop the drones after using them could be to blame for this.


Abandoned POS Modules

These are actually something I don’t find very often, and soon enough will never find again, as the old POS system is being phased-out to be replaced by the new Upwell Structures.

Whilst travelling through the system of Zehru recently, I was keeping an eye out for POS structures to bash (an activity I do with my corp) when I spotted a Ship Maintenance Array and a Corporate Hangar Array on D-Scan. Unusally, there was no Control Tower to accompany them, so I probed them down and took a look.

POS Mods on Dscan

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Finding these structures unanchored, and knowing that unanchored POS structures don’t contain any loot (all loot inside is destroyed upon unanchoring) I decided that I would remove them from space another way. These things have a lot of mass, too much to carry in my little Hecate, so I bought a Tayra a couple of systems away, and returned to scoop them. Understandably, these things aren’t worth a lot of ISK these days, so they now sit in my hangar as trophies. I do wonder if CCP will offer some kind of recompense when they finally remove these structures from the game. If I get anything for holding onto these POS mods, I’ll be sure to let you know.


Abandoned Ships

Yes, people leave ships lying around in space for anyone to just take, although it is quite rare to find abandoned ships that are actually worth anything.

One night, whilst hunting MTUs in a region of space that was being invaded by Sansha’s Nation, I spotted 2 Thrashers on D-Scan. Nothing unusual there, you might think, except that I was the only pilot in local, and these ships were nowhere near any POS structures, therefore not parked behind a big blue shield. I had spotted a rather large Incursion fleet a couple of systems back, so I assumed that these ships might have belonged to them. After looking-up the corp ticker displayed by the ships on my overview, [Y0-H0], it appears that these ships were owned by a corporation called Sub–Zero.

After probing them down (they were right next to each other on grid) I bookmarked their location and docked-up in the neighbouring system, Aghesi, as there were no stations in Fabin, the system where the Thrashers were located. After docking-up, I left my Hecate and headed back to Fabin in my pod to board one of the Thrashers and take it back to station, then repeated the process for the second one. Expecting the ships to be empty, I was pleasantly surprised to find that these ships were fully T2 fitted, worth around 15m ISK each.

Found Thrasher

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I decided to hold onto those ships, and still have them to this day, the ganker in me appreciates having a couple of extra destroyers lying around, just in case. Aside from an empty, abandoned Occator that I found in my early MTU Hunting days, I haven’t had too much luck with finding abandoned ships. I did find a cheap Vigil recently, and I find shuttles quite often too, I’m always happy to remove them from space to clear-up D-Scan, no matter what they’re worth.


If you’re wondering, no, you don’t go suspect or criminal for scooping-up other pilot’s drones, ships, or POS modules, so doing these things is as risk-free as activities get in EVE Online. If you’ve ever needed an excuse to learn how to scan in EVE, think of all that free money just lying around highsec, and all of it can be yours.