Costa Deltole

Whilst you’re out MTU hunting, you will begin to notice certain systems as being special, in that they always seem to have an MTU or MMJU deployed, ripe for the popping. One such system is Deltole, in the Sinq Laison region, a short distance from 2 of New Eden’s 5 major trade hubs, Dodixie and Hek.

The reason there is almost* always a mobile structure to kill there is because of a DED site in the system called Contested Gallente Skeleton Comet. This site is perpetually run by players who sit there for hours on end shooting the never-ending spawn of NPCs that appear at the site. The players running the site are often in Cruiser-class drone ships, such as Ishtars and Vexors. They put down MMJUs at the warp-in beacon (this site has an acceleration gate) to jump straight into the action, they then put down an MTU (or three) to suck up the hundreds of NPC wrecks they create.

Click image for full-size.

The Contested Gallente Skeleton Comet site. Click image for full-size.

I have repeatedly popped their structures while they are running the site, but as yet they haven’t risked aggressing me, despite being yellow-flashy, and outnumbered. The following is an example of an MTU kill at this site:

Kill: Blade Sharpenter (Mobile Tractor Unit)

Not the greatest loot, but another MTU down is fine by me. I do tend to get more MMJU kills in Deltole though; One player in particular has lost 5 MMJUs to me in this system so far.

The sheer number of mobile structures isn’t the only reason Deltole is notable to me, it is also home to a friend of mine, a notorious ganker called Paranoid Loyd. At least I think he’s a friend, he hasn’t tried to kill me lately anyway. I occasionally drop Exotic Dancers on his doorstep to keep him appeased.

Contract: Exotic Dancers, Female

*fingers crossed*

Deltole isn’t the only system that’s special in regards to MTU hunting, I will showcase some more of those systems in future posts.

*If you find no mobile structures to pop whilst passing through Deltole, it’s probably because I just passed through there.

Initiation of an MTU Hunter

In my previous post I explained the initial reasoning behind my decision to become an MTU Hunter, in this post I will go through the steps I had to take to start actively hunting MTUs down.

Before I could do anything in highsec besides ganking, I needed to repair my -10 security status (a side-effect that comes from being naughty in highsec). So I bought some security tags and headed over to the lowsec system Evati to hand them in, and brought my security status up to -2. Now that I could travel through highsec mostly unmolested (I still had a couple of global killrights on my head), I needed a ship to go hunting in. Pix used to be my trading/hauling alt who I later repurposed as a suicide ganker, so I only had the skills to fly a limited number of ships (my scanning skills were almost non-existent too, but I’ll get into that later). Upon arriving home in Hek, I checked my ship hangar for suitable ships and found my old interceptor, a Raptor. “That’ll do.”


Clever girl.

After dusting off the Raptor and renaming it to “ur mum lol” I set off to scour the local belts for my first MTU. During this time I had various scanning skills in training, so I would be hunting for MTUs using D-Scan only for the time being. It wasn’t long before I found my first target, only it wasn’t what you’d expect, it was the retarded half-cousin to the MTU, the Mobile Micro Jump Unit (MMJU).

Kill: Boo Neiko (Mobile Micro Jump Unit)

I was surprised at how quickly this thing popped, but MMJUs don’t even drop loot, I still desperately needed to lose my MTU virginity. I had just made my first mobile deployable structure kill though, I was on the right path at least. It was later that night when I found my second target, and my first MTU, which was laying abandoned in an asteroid belt. Why was it left there? How long had it been there? What riches could be inside?

Kill: Dar Egis (Mobile Tractor Unit)

I took my metal scrap and giggled like a schoolgirl, I had done it! My first step towards becoming an MTU hunter had been taken, but I knew I still had a long road ahead of me. For one, I definitely needed to improve my MTU/hr ratio if I wanted to become New Eden’s premier MTU removal expert.

Part 3