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The Grand Heist – Now Live!

Wily Capsuleers,

The Grand Heist is now live in EVE Online! Assemble your crew, get the band back together, fire up your friends and your fleets – now’s the time to take full advantage of a rare set of circumstances to liberate riches from massive reserve bank stashes of over 20 trillion ISK!

In addition, thanks to the actions of the notorious Guristas Pirates, millions in ISK are floating around New Eden and being gifted daily to Capsuleers at a time when the empires have agreed to an overall broker’s fee and market tax reduction for three months. What better time to organize, mobilize, and capitalize?

ESS Keys

The Guristas Pirates have been hitting Secure Commerce Commission (SCC) sites all over Lowsec, grabbing ESS keys and raiding reserve banks, causing chaos across New Eden. It’s time for you and your crew to grab your cut! Whenever a pirate bounty is paid out within a Nullsec system, a small part of it is placed in the reserve bank, where it remains until claimed by the player who has the ESS key to unlock it. ESS-authorized keys are now available from the SCC key storage sites in Lowsec via cosmic signatures that must be scanned down.

ESS ReserveBank InSpace

There are eight types of reserve keys to be found, and each has a corresponding quadrant of the map where it can be used and a duration that it will hold the reserve bank open. Be warned, though, trespassing into a reserve bank will alert the entire region, so make sure that you and your crew have planned an airtight heist which lets you hold the grid for the duration of the unlock!

There are certain ship class restrictions that apply to the reserve bank sites, but that challenge will ensure that only Capsuleers who show patience and skill will be able to pull off the heist.

You can read more details on the ESS keys and reserve bank heists here.

Daily Login Gifts

As part of the Grand Heist, and thanks to the cash-liberating adventures of the Guristas Pirates, you will get free daily login gifts until 11:00 UTC on 3 August. Make sure you log in on at least six days during the event to grab all the gifts which include thousands of Skill Points, a variety of boosters – and if you’re an Omega – 235 million ISK! Make sure you take full advantage of the Guristas’ involvement in CONCORD affairs and be there for that ISK windfall!

Remember, you can upgrade to Omega during the event and claim all the Omega gifts – millions of ISK in this case – retroactively before 3 August!

Market Fee and Tax Reduction

Adding to this extremely rare and advantageous set of circumstances for Capsuleers looking to add to their fortune, all four of New Eden’s major empires had previously agreed to a 50% market-wide broker’s fee reduction, and a 50% sales tax reduction, too! Those reductions are live now, but only for the next three months.

So if it wasn’t already a profitable enough moment to be active, you now have the perfect opportunity to save 50% on any buy or sell order you place on the market with the broker’s fee reduction. This means that Capsuleers with Broker Relations level 5 trained can pay as little as 1.0% broker’s fee on a market order, that is a 71.43% reduction from the previous minimum at level 5! This can go even lower with good standings.

Making that deal even sweeter is the sales tax reduction of 50%, meaning that once you’ve saved ISK on placing a sell order, you’ll keep even more of that cash once the sale goes through! You can sell some of the PLEX you have in your PLEX Vault, or any other item on the regional market, and enjoy 50% less sales tax. Check out the list below for the exact sales tax that will be applied based on your Accounting skill level:
– 2.5% if Accounting skill not trained – 2.225% at Accounting level 1 – 1.95% at Accounting level 2 – 1.675% at Accounting level 3 – 1.4% at Accounting level 4 – 1.125% at Accounting level 5

In addition, the Advanced Broker Relations skill will now provide a 6% relist fee reduction per level instead of 5% (max reduction at level 5 will now be 80%), so you can save even more ISK every time you modify a buy or sell order. This change will persist after the three month reductions above have ended.

There’s money to be made, adventures to be had, and every successful Capsuleer in New Eden knows not to miss an opportunity when it comes along! It’s time to suit up, fleet up, and turn up. The rewards are significant…so, are you in?


To join the player discussion about the Grand Heist, please head on over to the official thread on EVE Online forums.