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Agents

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Agents are non-player characters, (NPCs) that are responsible for managing the empire and faction generated missions. For example the Caldari Provisions, (CP) company doesn't run on magic and faery dust as do some other MMOs. It runs because, like any financially successful corporation, it outsources much of its grunt work. If CP needs 100,000 cubic meters of garbage disposed of, a contract goes out and any available agent will be able to assign this duty to any willing player character pilot. Not all missions are boring garbage runs. There are several types of missions available that cover topics like mining, trade, and simple combat.


Source(s): Agents


Contents

Types of Agents

Agent by location

Agents can be found about anywhere your ship can travel. They have been spotted at planets, moons, belts, outside and inside stations, and even inside complexes. The only place they have never shown up is inside wormhole space.

Most agents, however, are located in their safe offices inside stations. Almost all mission, research and storyline agents are located there, all you need to do to find them is to dock inside a station and look at the agents tab. You can use many online agent finder services to facilitate finding and comparing agents.

A few agents, known as "agents in space", are located in other places. Some of them can be located by scanning, some will be found at certain beacons, others will appear only to players doing certain missions. Agents in space are mysterious, and there is no known complete database of them. Most event agents are "agents in space".

Agents by mission type

Agents come in four fundamental flavors.

Event Agents

  • Event agents can be found in various locations, and only rarely inside stations.
  • You usually get a mission that can be performed only once per character. Exceptions are the Circle Agents and a few level 1 COSMOS agents.
  • You get no loyalty points but get a faction and corporation standings boost plus some very interesting rewards, such as storyline modules. The repeatable Event Agents only give out the faction bonus the first use.

See also Category:Event Agents

Mission Agents

  • The most common and main type of agent, found in abundance on most stations.
  • You get loyalty points for completing missions for mission agents.
  • You can have as many mission agents as you want.

See also Category:Mission Agents

Research Agents

  • You get research points on a daily basis for having research agents (R&D). You can also get a full days worth of research points by running missions for your agent that are offered once a day.
  • You can only have a limited number of research agents (max 6). The number you can have is limited by the science skill 'Research Project Management'.

A research agent is a little different from your regular mission agent.

To find one you first have to check what npc corporation that has an R&D division. Under Research Services you can see relevant skills, for example High energy physics and Plasma physics. This means you have to have, except for a good standing towards the corporation , one of these skills to be able to use this agent. If you don't have one of these skills train to level 1 (if you're going to do missions for a research agent you should train the skill required higher than just the needed skill level, why will be explain if you read further) you will not be able to do missions for this agent.

See also Category:Research agents

Storyline Agents

  • Storyline or Important agents are ones you get access to every 16 missions from a mission agent. Their missions are like Events in that you get a faction boost in standings and a major corporation boost in standings. They commonly reward you with implants, with level of the missions you've completed determined both the difficulty of the storyline mission and the level of the reward implant.

see also Category:Storyline Agents

Agent Levels and Effective Quality

Every agent has a level (1-5) which is listed in its info.

When you've done a lot of missions for your agent and your standings towards both the agent and the npc corporation has grown you can move on to a higher level agent. When this is possible you just have to look at the next agent's info, and check what standings it says you need to be able to use it and then check what standing you have right now towards the NPC corporation you're doing missions for.

Access to Agents

Access to Agents is determined based on your Effective Standing by this formula: required standing = (agent level - 1) * 2 - 1

(Technically the -1 is +agent quality / 20, but since Incursion 1.5, quality is always -20 for the purpose of determining access.)

Agent Level Standing Required
1 -1.0
2 1
3 3
4 5
5 7

Rewards

Rewards are affected by:

  1. agent level
  2. agent location (security level of the system)

Of course, rewards are affected by missions you get, too :)

Effective quality

Effective quality is very important. It is calculated as follows:

Effective Quality = 20 + (5 * Level of Negotiation) + Effective Standing

(Technically the first 20 is the agent's base quality, but, similarly to access, since Incursion 1.5 it is always +20 for the purpose of calculating rewards.)

Effective quality (EQ) determines from what end of the mission pool the agent will select missions. The high the EQ, the shorter the trips will be for couriers and the closer the kill targets will be. Also, it seems to improve the chances of the agent offering the harder and more rewarding missions. This actually means that with higher standings and Negotiation an agent may offer you harder, instead of easier, missions. The better rewarding missions are often the harder ones although they also often require a lot more time so the effective reward may not differ as much as it seems.

Effective quality also directly affects the reward and your standing gain with the agent and their corporation, for every mission.

Agent level and system security

A difference of 0.1 in system security translates to a 10% increase in rewards.

System Security Rewards
0.1 190
0.5 150
1.0 100

Finding Agents

In a Particular Location

  • Go to map -> my agents

Affiliated with a Particular Corporation

So let's say we want to do mission for Federal.

  1. In your menu, click on People and Places.
  2. In Search type change to corporation
  3. In Search string type in the name of the corporation you want to do missions for, in this case Federal. (You can of course type in the whole name if you know it, that would give you an more accurate search hit.)
  4. Click search.

You will now get a list of corporations; some of the ones listed in the picture above aren't npc corporations. In this picture above I've high lighted Federal Intelligence Office, right click and show info.

When you get the information window for Federal Intelligence Office click on the tab Agents. You can now see there are different divisions of which you can chose from. It will now list the agents that are available to you and those that aren't available to you. In this case you can see most agents under Administration are available, this must mean that the character who is looking at this have done missions for Federal before and there for have a good standing towards them and can pick more agents.

If your just starting to do missions you might just have a few to chose from, maybe none at all, if so you have to try another division and see if you can work your way up to reach the standing you need against Federal to get the agent you want.

Loyalty Points and Rewards

Your agent will pay you ISK and LP for doing missions for it, and in case of career agents and storyline missions, give you a reward. The reward can be anything from more money to Modules to an Implant.

Choosing the NPC corporation

Ok so you want to start doing agent missions, well first of you need to find yourself an agent.

So where to look?

First off, you need to choose an NPC corporation you want to do missions for, and there are a lot of them out there so it isn't easy to pick. But here are some pointers (there is also a list of NPC corporations at the end of this guide).

It's always useful to do missions which benefit your own Corporation, this can help you and the corporation get a better standing towards that npc corporation and will let you get more out of your refining at stations that are owned by that npc corporation.

So let's say we want to do mission for Federal.

  1. In your menu, click on People and Places.
  2. Change Search Type to corporation
  3. In Search String type in the name of the corporation you want to do missions for, in this case Federal. (You can of course type in the whole name if you know it, that would give you an more accurate search hit.)
  4. Click search.

You will now get a list of corporations. Some of the them listed may not be npc corporations. Right click on the Federal Intelligence Office corporation and show info.

When you get the information window for Federal Intelligence Office click on the tab Agents. You can now see there are different divisions of which you can chose from. They all give out similar missions, but it varies some. For example, Administration will probably give you more transport missions, get goods and so forth. And doing missions for Intelligence will probably give you more fight missions, as in go and destroy this spy.

In this case I chose to do missions for Administration, so click on that one.

It will now list the agents that are available to you and those that aren't available to you. In this case you can see most agents under Administration are available, this must mean that the character who is looking at this has done missions for Federal before and therefor has a good standing towards them and can pick more agents.

If you're just starting to do missions you might just have a few to chose from, maybe none at all. If so, you have to try another division and see if you can work your way up to reach the standing you need against Federal to get the agent you want.

Let's say we want to do missions for Ormalon Gien.

  1. click on the info button or right click and chose show info.
  2. In the agent info window click on the tab Agent Info.

You can now see the agent's information, that it's a level 3 agent, and where it's located. In this case we would have to go to the system Aufay, and then to the station Federal Intelligence Office Testing Facilities.

  1. Once there and docked at the station where the agent is, look at the Stations menu (right side of the screen). You will see a tab called Agents. Click it.
  2. Now right click the agent, and chose communicate, talk to agent.
  3. The agent will now ask you what you want, in this case we want to do a mission.
  4. The agent will then give you a mission briefing, explain what the mission is and what you need to do to complete it.

If you get uncertain at any time of your missions run, you can check your Journal in the left side menu. There you have two tabs to choose from:

  1. Offered is for an agent briefing of the missions you just have been offered but not accepted.
  2. Active tab is for when you have accepted the mission. The mission briefing in Active window will stay until you have either finished the mission or the mission expires.

Not completing a mission will set your standings against the npc corporation back a little. But it's usually repaired within 2-3 missions.

There are so far 4 levels of agents in EVE.

As a starter of agent missions you will most likely have to start with a level 1 agent and work your way up.

The higher the level the harder the missions get. You will be fine doing missions for a level 1 agent in a Frigate, you might even be well off doing missions for a level 2 agent in a frigate. But for level 3 missions, when it comes to fighting missions you might need a Cruiser to be able to take out the enemy. For doing Level 4 missions you usually need a Battleship and sometimes some friends with you.

Your agent will pay you for doing missions for it, and also most of the time gives you a reward for completing the mission quickly. The reward can be anything from more money to Modules to an Implant.

When you've done a lot of missions for your agent and your standings towards both the agent and the npc corporation has grown you can move on to a higher level agent. When this is possible you just have to look at the next agent's info, and check what standings it says you need to be able to use it and then check what standing you have right now towards the npc corporation you're doing missions for.



Location Services

Some agents can help you locate players in the world of EVE. These agents have 'Location Services' listed in the Agent Info along with the time it will take and the price of locating the player. The better the agent, the less time it takes the agent to find the player you're looking for, and in this case time can be of the essence, as pilots move around all the time. If you want to use the location service you need to be in the same station as your agent and then tell him/her who you are looking for. The cost will then be withdrawn from your account and you will receive a notification with the player's last known location when your agent has located him/her.

Level 5 agents

They exist as of Revelations 2 patch. About 10 agents per (empire) faction have been added.

  • Amarr
    • NPC Corporation: Imperial Navy

Division: Command

System: Sahtogas / The Bleak Land

System: Nalnifan / Aridia

System: Kenahehab / Aridia

    • NPC Corporation: Ministry of Internal Order

Division: Internal Security

System: Chej / Genesis

    • NPC Corporation: Ministry of War

Division: Security

System: Ned / Aridia

System: Vehan / Aridia

    • NPC Corporation: Ammatar Fleet

Division: Command

System: Uzistoon / Derelik

System: Faspera / Derelik

    • NPC Corporation: Royal Khanid Navy

Division: Command

System: Arzieh / Khanid

System: Nandeza / Khanid

  • Caldari
  • NPC Corporation: Caldari Navy

Division: Command

System: Otsasai

System: Hakonen

  • NPC Corporation: Ishukone Watch

Division: Command

System: Nannaras

  • NPC Corportaion: Peace and Order Unit

Division: Command

System: Maila

  • NPC Corporation: Spacelane Patrol

Division: Command

System: Nalvula

  • NPC Corporation: Corporate Police Force

Division: Command

System: Hysera

System: Ohkunen

System: Manjonakko

  • NPC Corporation: Lai Dai Protection Service

Division: Command

System: Tamo

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