One of the most forgotten area when training a new character in EVE is the Learning Skills. These skills do really only one thing for the character, help learn skills. The speed at which you learn skills is determined by your attributes, the higher you attributes the faster you learn. Here is a brief run down of the learning skills and the attributes they affect.
First of lets talk about skills. Each skill has a primary and a secondary attribute associated with it. The higher those attributes the faster it is to learn that skill. When you start a new character you start off with a set number for each attribute (between 8 and 9). There are 3 ways to change these numbers.
- Remap your attributes
- Learning skills
As a new character you get 2 free remapping of your attributes. This allows you to move a certain number of points from one attribute to another. After you use the free remaps any future remap will cost you 500k ISK and can only be done once a year.
Implants will allow you to add up to five points per attribute. The problem with these is the higher the implant the higher the cost, and if you are podded (killed and have to activate a clone) you will lose the implant. Also Implants can not be removed intact. This means that if you have a +3 implant and want to change it for a higher one, the +3 implant will be destroyed and you will not have the chance to save it or resell it. So trying to work your way up the implant ladder will get real expensive after awhile because you will lose the ISK from the previous implant.
Learning Skills allow you to add one point to an attribute per level. There are two levels to learning skills, Rank 1 and Rank 3. You must start with the Rank 1 skills first and get trained up to level 4 before you can start the Rank 3 version. This will give you a max of 10 points to add to an attribute (two skills per attribute, 5 levels per skill). The ‘Learning Skills’ gives you a 2% bonus to all you attributes. Below is a chart of each attribute and which Learning Skill and which implant slot improves it.
- Intelligence – Slot 4 – Analytical Mind, Logic
- Perception – Slot 1 – Spatial Awareness, Clarity
- Charisma – Slot 5 -Empathy, Presence
- Willpower - Slot 3 – Iron Will, Focus
- Memory – Slot 2 – Instant Recall, Eidetic Memory
Intelligence and Memory will be the best ones to upgrade first, alternating between them and Learning and working your way up. As far as Implants my suggestion is to use the +1 limited ones until you are very comfortable in your skills of playing EVE. They are cheap and very very easy to get (almost impossible not to get sometimes).
A good order to the learning skills is get ‘Learning Skill’, ‘Analytical Mind’, and ‘Instant Recall’ up to lvl 3 each, then start the others and alternating them to get all the Rank 1 skills up to lvl 5. You can interrupt skills if you need to learn something for a mission or piece of equipment and then go back to the learning skills. After you have all the Rank 1 skills up to lvl 5 you can start in on the Rank 3 skills and try for lvl 3 or 4. It may take two weeks to get all skill to this point but it will save you months in the long run.
I hope this helps you understand a bit more about learning skills and until next time, Fly Safe.