Ok, yea that’s an old joke but I think it fits for a title. This is a brief overview of clones. In EVE a capsuleer (that’s you pilot) are immortal due to cloning. You are granted a clone ‘Clone Grade Alpha’, at no charge. The problem is the basic clone you get has a limited number of skill points that it can recieve. In other words if you have to many skill points from your training, they will not all transfer to your clone. The basic clone, ‘Clone Grade Alpha’, can only hold 900k skill points. If you have 1 million skill points (or more) you will loose all the skill points above 900k, and will randomly loose skills that you will have to re-learn them.
What you need to do to avoid this is to upgrade the clone. This will cost you some ISK, but it will be well worth it. It is a good idea to check your skill points and those of your clone every week or so (depending on game play and training) to check that your clone can handle the information dump it would receive if you are podded. Also dont try to get the most expensive one you can get, this would be a waste of ISK. Think of it as buying a 3-peice suit for a little baby, that would fit a 6′ 5″ man. You dont know how long it will take for him to grow into it and what is he going to wear in the mean time? Just get a clone that has maybe a few million skill points above what you are now and upgrade when you need to.
Another thing to watch for is location of the clone.Your first clone location is where you entered EVE. If you have moved from there to greener pastures and have not yet found a home there is not much to worryabout. but if you have found a system you like and have a lot or your stuff there you should look at moving your clone there or at least close by.
There are a few other things you should know about dieing. If you are podded you will be transferredto your clone at the location it is at. You will have lost all your implants. If you do not have a ship here you will be given a lovely new rookie ship again. Will should at this point also purchase a new clone. If you do not purchase a new clone and you are podded again you will be put into a ‘Clone Grade Alpha’ and possibly lose skills (re-read the first paragraph if you have forgotten).
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