So as I scan this list, I can’t help but notice that my personal method is not only more lucrative than most of these strategies, but takes far less investment, as you really only need to do it once. Afterwards the backup you have can be transferred to other captains by selecting the two 50% cash legacies to inherit all your previous captains echoes. I have kept it to myself partially because I was too lazy to create a forum account and partially because I’m worried it will be nerfed as soon as it is brought to light. This method can get a bit tedious, however, using this it I have stocked enough for all my subsequent captains, all of whom have bought dreadnaughts and not felt a thing.
So, without further ado, I present…
"How to become drug baron of the Unterzea"
Things you will need to hit max profit.
-Discovered: Isle of Cats, Cumaean Canal, Khan’s Shadow
-An empty hold (dump any tomb colonists, or passengers, or questline items before doing this.)
- 120 cap. Cargo ship (you can work up to this, the base ship is enough to start the route with)
-90 mirrorcatch boxes (once again, you can work up to this, the important thing is that you locate Khan’s Shadow so you can buy them)
-168 veils (As usual you can work up to this. You’ll still be making money without it. But at 168 veils your making the most out of your prescious mind altering cargo… And the box it came in.)
Sooo, with our goals set, lets begin ^^
Step 1. Basic Concept
So you have the starting ship. You’ve managed to discover all the above listed places and you’re ready to begin. Go to Khan’s Shadow and buy as many mirror catch boxes as you can, up to a total of 16.
Now, head to the cumaean canal. Once there stock supplies till you have enough to go to the surface. Head up top and fill your
mirrorcatches in the first area. Now leave (or handle any other business you might have to attend.)
Head for the Isle of Cats. Once there sell all your sunlight via "sell sunlight" option. Depending on your veils you’ll get a a few empty catchboxes back. Once your goods are all sold, head for Khan’s shadow to resupply your empty boxes back up to 16.
Repeat untill you have a comfortable 12-15000 echoes. You can stop in london as needed for fuel/ supplies and terror reduction but at the lvl of profits you may just want to buy supplies at the canal, and you get free terror reduction from the journey to the surface as well.
Step 2. Maximization
Take your well earned stock, and buy a 120 capacity cargo carrier. Use the remaining echoes to buy more mirror catchboxes till you are down to 1000 or so echoes. It is good to keep a buffer like this in case something somehow goes wrong (never did, but never hurts to be cautious either.)
Now repeat the basic route, but every time you’ve sold your cargo, return to khan’s shadow and buy more catchboxes till you are up to 90. At 90, you will be making between 22.5-36k a run, depending on luck and veils. Now you are only losing money to skill checks. Only one thing to do. Up them skills!
This can be done in Irem. Take a moment to stop by london, and pick up the Montaigne Projector (+10 mirrors, -10 veils). You will likely need this to hit 168 veils. Now, make the long journey to the city of dreams. Once there unequip any crew\ equipment that increase your veils. Equip the Montaigne Projector. Now buy them secrets! Each one costs a thousand but at your current level of wealth its no longer a real issue. Spend the secrets on your mechanic for 1-2 points veils per secret untill you have reached 150. Now take off the projector, reequip your crew/ equipment, and voila! You should be over 168 veils.
Step 3. Maximized drug peddling
You now have a cargo vessel with 90 catch boxes worth of delicious sunlight capacity. Your veils are at 168 making you not only guaranteed to pass your skill check but fast as a bat out of hell. And lastly you probably still have a few thousand echoes at least meaning you aren’t getting stranded anywhere any time soon for lack of funds. Life is pretty sweet.
At this point, you are no longer losing mirror catches to failed skill checks, and thus you no longer have any need to tack khan’s shadow or london onto the run. You may now simply sail back and forth between the isle of cats and the cumaean canal as many times as you like for a whopping 36000 echoes every run. Terror is still being reduced for free, and the canal provisioner will have all the supplies you need. At this point I was able to get the run down to about 10 minutes each go. That’s 36000 echoes every 10 minutes at the cost of clicking through an absolute ton of menus. Carry on untill you feel all your heirs are sufficiently provided for, knowing it was all paid for by some poor sap’s addiction.
When you finally get bored, go back to khan’s shadow. Sell all your empty catchboxes. The end… lol
I do hope this isn’t the cheap method that was referred to, because this took look many hours to set up and perfect, but was well worth it for the final result of 360k echoes. So yeah, enjoy all lol. I know I have.
edited by Skeks on 2/18/2015