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Material Trader (Encoded)

The Material Trader is a contact found at certain stations that offers to exchange one Material for a different quantity of another Material. There are three types of Material Trader, each dealing exclusively in one category of Materials: Raw Materials, Manufactured Materials, or Encoded Materials.

Location factors

Each Material Trader type only trades in their specific category of Materials. A station's economy type determines which Material Trader may be present:

  • Raw Materials Trader: Operate in Refinery and Extraction economies, only trade in Raw Materials.
  • Manufactured Materials Trader: Operate in Extraction and Industrial economies, only trade in Manufactured Materials.
  • Encoded Materials Trader: Operate in High Tech and Military economies, only trade in Encoded Materials.

Other variables can also restrict the presence of Material Traders:

  • Material Traders are generally only found in systems with medium or high security, and with populations between 1,000,000 and 22,000,000.
  • Materials Traders are unavailable in systems controlled by an anarchy minor faction.
  • Materials Traders are unavailable at stations that are currently damaged, repairing, under lockdown, or controlled by an anarchy minor faction.

Exchange tables

Depending on the grade and subcategory of a Material, the amount of other Materials that can be traded for one unit of it varies. The interface that Material Traders use to present this information and conduct trades is a table. Materials of the same grade are displayed in the same vertical column, while Materials of the same subcategory are displayed in the same horizontal row. These exchange tables are reproduced below.

Raw Materials Trader

Section Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4
Raw Material Category 1 Carbon Vanadium Niobium Yttrium
Raw Material Category 2 Phosphorus Chromium Molybdenum Technetium
Raw Material Category 3 Sulphur Manganese Cadmium Ruthenium
Raw Material Category 4 Iron Zinc Tin Selenium
Raw Material Category 5 Nickel Germanium Tungsten Tellurium
Raw Material Category 6 Rhenium Arsenic Mercury Polonium
Raw Material Category 7 Lead Zirconium Boron Antimony

Manufactured Materials Trader

Section Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5
Chemical Chemical Storage Units Chemical Processors Chemical Distillery Chemical Manipulators Pharmaceutical Isolators
Thermic Tempered Alloys Heat Resistant Ceramics Precipitated Alloys Thermic Alloys Military Grade Alloys
Heat Heat Conduction Wiring Heat Dispersion Plate Heat Exchangers Heat Vanes Proto Heat Radiators
Conductive Basic Conductors Conductive Components Conductive Ceramics Conductive Polymers Biotech Conductors
Mechanical Components Mechanical Scrap Mechanical Equipment Mechanical Components Configurable Components Improvised Components
Capacitors Grid Resistors Hybrid Capacitors Electrochemical Arrays Polymer Capacitors Military Supercapacitors
Shielding Worn Shield Emitters Shield Emitters Shielding Sensors Compound Shielding Imperial Shielding
Composite Compact Composites Filament Composites High Density Composites Proprietary Composites Core Dynamics Composites
Crystals Crystal Shards Flawed Focus Crystals Focus Crystals Refined Focus Crystals Exquisite Focus Crystals
Alloys Salvaged Alloys Galvanising Alloys Phase Alloys Proto Light Alloys Proto Radiolic Alloys

Encoded Materials Trader

Section Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5
Emission Data Exceptional Scrambled Emission Data Irregular Emission Data Unexpected Emission Data Decoded Emission Data Abnormal Compact Emissions Data
Wake Scans Atypical Disrupted Wake Echoes Anomalous FSD Telemetry Strange Wake Solutions Eccentric Hyperspace Trajectories Datamined Wake Exceptions
Shield Data Distorted Shield Cycle Recordings Inconsistent Shield Soak Analysis Untypical Shield Scans Aberrant Shield Pattern Analysis Peculiar Shield Frequency Data
Encryption Files Unusual Encrypted Files Tagged Encryption Codes Open Symmetric Keys Atypical Encryption Archives Adaptive Encryptors Capture
Data Archives Anomalous Bulk Scan Data Unidentified Scan Archives Classified Scan Databanks Divergent Scan Data Classified Scan Fragment
Encoded Firmware Specialised Legacy Firmware Modified Consumer Firmware Cracked Industrial Firmware Security Firmware Patch Modified Embedded Firmware

Exchange rates

The exhange rate of a Material depends on its position in the above exchange tables. In summary:

  • Trading for a Material that is one grade lower gives a 3:1 return.
  • Trading for a Material that is one grade higher gives a 1:6 return.
  • Trading one subcategory for another gives a 1:6 return.
  • Changing both grade and subcategory, and/or changing by more than one grade, multiplies all the relevant factors together.

Materials in the same subcategory

This table lists the exchange rates used when converting between items of the same subcategory.

Example: trading Open Symmetric Keys (Grade 3 Encryption Files) for Adaptive Encryptors Capture (Grade 5 Encryption Files), 36 units of input data are consumed to yield 1 unit of output data.

Conversion of a material to one of the same subcategory
Input Grade
1 2 3 4 5
Output Grade 1 - 1 → 3 1 → 9 1 → 27 1 → 81
2 6 → 1 - 1 → 3 1 → 9 1 → 27
3 36 → 1 6 → 1 - 1 → 3 1 → 9
4 216 → 1 36 → 1 6 → 1 - 1 → 3
5 1296 → 1* 216 → 1 36 → 1 6 → 1 -

Materials in different subcategories

This table lists the exchange rates used when converting between items of a different subcategory. Converting between different subcategories of material is more expensive.

Example 1: trading Adaptive Encryptors Capture (Grade 5 Encryption Files) for Peculiar Shield Frequency Data (Grade 5 Shield Data), 6 units of input data are consumed to yield 1 unit of output data.

Example 2: trading Open Symmetric Keys (Grade 3 Encryption Files) for Datamined Wake Exceptions (Grade 5 Wake Data), 216 units of input data are consumed to yield 1 unit of output data.

Conversion of a material to one of another subcategory
Input Grade
1 2 3 4 5
Output Grade 1 6 → 1 2 → 1 2 → 3 2 → 9 2 → 27
2 36 → 1 6 → 1 2 → 1 2 → 3 2 → 9
3 216 → 1 36 → 1 6 → 1 2 → 1 2 → 3
4 1296 → 1 * 216 → 1 36 → 1 6 → 1 2 → 1
5 7776 → 1 * 1296 → 1 * 216 → 1 36 → 1 6 → 1

Note that the conversions marked with an asterisk (*) in the table above are not possible to achieve due to the limitations on material/data storage.

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