The Black Market Hub, level 3

Last edited by ElemWiz:
Included ISK and Mining info
Sat, 03 May 2014 14:56 UTC

Faction: Mercenaries
Mission type: Encounter
Space type: Deadspace with gates
Damage dealt: All kinds
Recommended damage dealing: Therm, Kin
Recommended ships: Drake, Cerberus, Hurricane
Blitz video:

Initial Gate

No hostiles

Pocket 1

Attacking Heavy Missile Batteries from one group will not aggro the other group. Besides, just ignore the Batteries. They don't aggro you unless you move towards them, and completely ignore drones. Need to get rid of all ships to unlock the gate.

Group 1 (auto aggro)

2x Frigates (Mercenary Elite Fighter)
2x Cruisers (Mercenary Commander)

Group 2

2x Heavy Missile Battery (Caldari Heavy Missile Battery)
3x Cruisers (Mercenary Commander)

Group 3

2x Heavy Missile Battery (Caldari Heavy Missile Battery)
3x Cruisers (Mercenary Commander)

Missile Batteries may drop missiles
Other structures have no loot

Pocket 2

Auto aggro from Sentries, attacking them will aggro the rest.
Objective is to destroy and loot (objective requires 100.0 m3 cargo space) a Docked Bestower, 30km away.

Single Group

1x Tower Sentry Caldari I
1x Tower Sentry Caldari II
2x Frigates (Mercenary Elite Fighter)
2x Cruisers (Mercenary Commander)

Kill all enemy ships in Pocket 1. Destroying the Docked Bestower in Pocket 2 and retrieving the content will complete the mission.

No loot

Bounty : ~1,130,000 ISK
Loot : ~2,660,000 ISK (EVE estimated, including salvage)


Chance for good loot in wrecks

Comment by TomSchlong
2008-06-08 09:20:21
Quite an easy Level 3 mission in an unrigged T1 fitted Drake.
Good for starters. Hardeners I used: EM/Kin/Therm.
Comment by WheatGrass
2008-12-06 11:33:10
Note from Pocket 1:
"This gate is locked! There are synchronized gate scramblers on all hostile entities in this deadspace pocket. Unless you are physically inside one of them to unscramble the signal, you must simply clear the vicinity of enemy ships. So grab your guns."
Comment by MedWay
2009-02-16 18:35:19
Had no problems with this
Comment by WebbHost
2009-03-24 19:01:12
The needed cargo requires 100 M3. Ensure you don't overfill your cargohold with salvage if you are collecting as you kill.
Comment by LioNess
2009-04-02 15:20:35
Don't bypass the loot on this mission, it's worth more than the mission reward and bounties combined.
Comment by ClixOr
2009-08-10 10:16:43
got a xr-3200 heavy missile launcher in the 2nd pocket .. worth 3m or so.
Comment by ShiggyMoto
2009-09-05 19:57:21
Mercenary Commanders launch Scourge Heavy Missiles and Mercenary Elite Fighters fire Flameburst Light Missiles.
Comment by Everen1
2009-09-15 04:07:34
One Arbalest Heavy Missile Launcher in each pocket (each around 14M on market).
Comment by Hobbes3
2009-09-24 12:09:35
Confirmed 1 Arbalest Heavy Missile Launcher drop. Forgot which pocket.
2010-02-14 01:39:46
No Arbalest for me, just a crappy XJ-2800 or something like that. wasn't an xr, even.
2010-02-14 01:43:32
erm, XT-2800*
Comment by DogNose
2010-04-06 12:49:20
You can kill the sentrys "save" from about 50 - 60km. They wont aggro: Free Bountys :-) (40k each)
Comment by ReaverGlitterstim
2011-04-08 03:22:34
Got an arbalest heavy assault missile launcher (2.5 mil), a limos heavy launcher (1.0 mil), and a limos heavy assault launcher (40k). Also got several meta 3 and 4 modules, though none were worth very much on the market.
Comment by TusKane
2011-09-27 10:48:21
Got nothing worth more than 100k. Easy mission though.
Comment by MaurriK
2011-10-13 18:36:29
Mission loot change the best missile launcher is a lvl 3.
Comment by SebastianLaFleur
2011-11-10 11:24:10
I've made a video showing how to blitz this mission: (it's the first I've made so bare that in mind if/when you want to start bashing it ;)
Comment by VirtualInsanity
2012-04-06 23:26:50
Scored an Arbaleast Heavy Millile Launcher - Currently 13.2 Mil @ jita

Best looting mission ever
Comment by XeCara
2012-11-21 11:08:00
got an arbalest HML in first pocket (again), shame doesn't happen more often (reckon 1 in 3) currently 7M in everyshore...
Comment by WokkyNz
2013-11-05 22:56:36
looted twice now for total less than 1mil, very variable in loot drops
Comment by MohamXiang
2014-05-10 05:30:26
Easy in a Harbinger. 7.8M loot (2 Medium F-S9 Regolith Shield Inductions and some missile launchers), 1.25M salvage.
Comment by AribethThiesant
2015-02-28 19:02:08
Very easy in a Myri. Poor loot, 518K ISK
Comment by ShaylaxLazair
2015-08-19 03:22:58
easy in a harbringer, got about 6M loot, inc salvage
Comment by TheNetdoctor
2015-12-07 12:07:16
Easily doable in Caracal with all heavy launchers (arbs) power diag and BCS in low passive kin/therm hardeners and shield booster /shield boost amp in mids. Never got below 40% shield. Take out commanders with your missiles (therm) and let drones kill the elite frigs
Comment by JimeSunji
2016-10-26 10:23:38
I got an Arbalest Heavy Missile Launcher but now days it's only 1.3 Mil (if you're lucky) .. talking about inflation ;-)
Comment by BillC
2017-01-23 17:44:31
None of the structures had loot. Estimate of total loot is about accurate with salvage.
Comment by JaTon
2018-05-05 13:57:12
For you faction-watchers, I believe killing the Caldari missile towers may give a slight hit to caldari. You do not have to kill them to use the acc gate nor complete the mission.
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