RANKS: Combat Rank And How To Rank Up Fast - #00061

Popular belief about combat rank paints a picture of a high ranked cmdr being well versed in combat.

This is not the case.

Combat rank does not improve by perfect combat skill, certain manouevres or fighting human enemies.

It increases simply by the total count of NPC destroyed.

Okay, not _that_ simple, as there's an additional factor to add: the destroyed NPC enemy's combat rank.

For an enemy with your combat rank you gain one experience point in combat. If your enemy is one rank higher than yours, you will gain 1.25 experience points, two ranks higher it is 1.5 experience points.

In case your enemy is lower ranked than you are, it's minus 0.25 points for each rank lower. If you're expert ranked, for example, killing a harmless ranked NPC won't bring you any progress in terms of your combat rank.

Elite combat rank is usually reached at ca. 6.000 to 10.000 kills, although one could reach it by killing 2000 deadly and elite NPC.
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