- Main article: Materials
Manufactured Material Sources
Manufactured materials can be obtained from several sources:
- Transport Ships: You will find these in shipping lanes, and in signal sources.
- Military & Authority Ships: You will find authority ships in all populated non-Anarchy systems, ensuring security is maintained. In systems in War or Civil Unrest states, conflict zones will contain military and authority vessels.
- Combat Ships: Almost any hostile ship (Pirates) can be considered a 'combat ship'. You will find them in most signal sources, and will have a 'Wanted' status.
- Thargoid Ships: A potential source of various 'Unknown' components such as Unknown Carapace or Unknown Bio Circuitry.
In all cases, the highest grade materials will usually be dropped by bigger, more powerful, ships e.g. Type-9, Anaconda, Imperial Cutter, and so on. The faction/origin of the ship does not seem to determine which manufactured resources a ship can drop, only the type and rarity; an Anaconda can drop Imperial Shielding and Core Dynamics Composites despite being a DeLacy design, for instance.
The most common type of signal source, found almost anywhere in populated space.
A common signal source type, found almost anywhere in populated space. Also a source of Data.
A signal source type found in deep space, and the only source for some Very Rare manufactured materials.
A signal type found in Shipping Lanes and sphere of influence.
Some missions offer manufactured materials as part of the mission rewards. It is difficult to predict what missions are available at starports, let alone predict what material will be provided as a reward, so it is not recommended that you rely on these. Nevertheless, they are a useful way to acquire materials when not looking for specific material types.
NOTE: Some manufactured materials are only available as mission rewards.
List of Manufactured Materials