MISSIONS: Basics – Understanding Mission Listings - #00004
'This message will self destruct in five seconds' – Famous Ancient SOL TV Show
Elite Dangerous' mission system is more versatile and more complex than it might look at first. Understanding mission texts and mission revenue options is crucial for achieving your goals, be it just monetary benefit, engineering or politics.
The mission board
To the left, you can see the minor factions present in your current system. Apart from the minor factions name and the completely useless information about the NPC character handling missions for this faction you can see information about missions available for you and missions in total formatted to some nr / nr. In addition, there's a federation, an empire or an alliance symbol if the given minor faction works for one of the three power blocks.
The most important part here is the 2D progress bar below: it shows your current REP as in reputation with the minor faction. The higher the better the parking spot (no kidding!) and the more and better missions you're offered.
The mission listing
On the right, you can see the offered missions.
These are missions you gained access to by doing missions (or donations) earlier on. They're usually not that much better than regular missions.
This listing shows you all missions you can currently accept in a regular way. You got enough rank, you got a ship that can do the job (size, cargo etc.) and you're 'loved' enough by the minor faction.
Requirements not met
The reason for a mission not ready for accepting is given to the right. Most often, your ship is too big for a small landing pad on destination, you don't have (any or enough) cargo hold or your combat/trade/exploration rank isn't high enough.
The one thing you can do for having more (lucrative) options in missions is creating a good standing with the minor faction of your choice. Just check the listing of the current missions for '+++++ REP' missions. This means a mission improves your REP to a high degree. A single plus symbol only creates a minimal change.
Be advised, that the difference between one, two, three, four and five plus symbols is not linear. Look out for maximum 'plus count' when doing REP work.
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