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Bounty Hunting is a combat-related role that involves destroying criminal ships whose pilots are wanted for crimes in a jurisdiction. In addition to the credits that can be earned from collecting and redeeming Bounty Vouchers, bounty hunters also earn experience towards their personal combat rank, and increase reputation with the minor faction that issued the bounty.


A basic scan using a ship's Sensors can determine if the selected target is "Clean" or if there is a warrant for their destruction. Bounties outside of the current jurisdiction are not shown by the ship scanner so it is highly recommended that bounty hunters equip a Kill Warrant Scanner to scan for those extra bounties (bind it to a fire group, aim at the target and "shoot" until the scan is finished) as this can significantly increase payouts. It is also recommended to have a Frame Shift Wake Scanner equipped to scan any High Energy Wakes in case the target jumps away, though pursuing runners is only worthwhile if their bounty is exceptionally high.

Bounty hunters will often loiter outside stations in order to scan other ships when they slow down to enter the docking area, but many bounty hunters are most active at Resource Extraction Sites or Nav Beacons since many wanted ships will appear at both locations. Most NPC ships will pass through the Nav Beacons making them excellent areas for both NPC and player bounty hunters. The Resource Extraction Sites can be mixed in their populations. Isolated clusters of asteroids rarely contain any activity at all whereas the planetary rings of busy planets are rife with pirates looking to prey on miners. This makes planetary rings advisable for any prospective bounty hunters.

A major problem for bounty hunters is accidentally shooting the regional security services. Stray Multi-cannon shots, turreted weapons, and occasional AI stupidity tend to be the causes of this problem. There is some leeway before the security services will set a bounty or even attack, but caution should still be exercised in the event that the security ships are badly damaged. In the event that a bounty is incurred, the player will need to go to a station or system where their bounty does not apply and use an Interstellar Factor contact to pay it off, provided their notoriety is zero.

To claim a bounty a player only needs to find a target with an active bounty on them and destroy their ship. Getting the final "kill" shot is not required to claim the bounty if the following conditions are met:

  1. No other players who are not part of the player's Wing attack and hit the ship since the player's last successful hit on the target. NPC attacks do not count as kill credit to a player is prioritized over an NPC.
  2. The player's last successful hit on the target was within a short time frame before the killing blow, usually within the last 15-30 seconds or so. Wingmates getting the killing blow will still award the player a Bounty Voucher if the player's last hit on the target was within a decent time frame.

Bounty Vouchers

Cashing in bounty vouchers

Bounty Vouchers are awarded when a commander destroys a ship that had a bounty on it. These vouchers must be cashed in at an appropriate contact to receive the reward.[1] Voucher can also be redeemed at Interstellar Factors, but a 25% fee is imposed for this service.

Kills and associated bounty vouchers are recorded in the ship's log, so if the player's ship is destroyed before they get back to a station contact to present them for payment, then the vouchers will be permanently lost along with the ship.


  • If the player fires on and hits the target before the target is designated as "wanted", then the player will gain their own bounty.
  • With update 1.03, collecting and redeeming Bounty Vouchers also earns the player positive reputation with the minor faction that issues the bounty.
  • Bounty Voucher values were increased by between four and ten times their original values in a balancing pass on November 30, 2020.[2][3]

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