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Getting Started

To paraphrase the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy… Elite: Dangerous is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is.

Don’t panic. This guide will help you get your space legs wet in the deep black waters of space.

Step by Step:
  1. Tutorials – Most games have terrible tutorials that are slow and aimed at the intellect of a potato. Frontier has done an amazing job in this area with pertinent tutorials that range from basic ship controls to advanced combat situations. The tutorials will answer most of your questions! If you want to keep it concise, here’s a short list of in-game interactive instructional missions I consider mandatory.
    1. Basic Flight Controls (video)
    2. Docking and Travel Training (docking video / travel video)
    3. Galaxy Map and System Map video
    4. Planetary Landing video *requires Horizons expansion
    5. SRV Training video *requires Horizons expansion
  2. Plan ahead – There are a variety of careers you can choose. It’s not entirely feasible to master every role in Elite: Dangerous as a new player, so think on what you might want to do. Here is a helpful link that can provide you with a detailed overview of all the roles you can assume @ Elite Dangerous Wiki – Roles.
  3. Get out there – Your ship won’t fly itself (unless you’re using a Docking Computer) so get out there and make a name for yourself!

You can find all official tutorial videos here.

I strongly suggest you watch them all regardless of what platform you’re playing on.

Now what?

Elite: Dangerous is a very open game where you can basically do what you want. No matter what career you choose, you’re going to need credits. Credits are key to everything; new ships, upgrades, hiring crew members, etc. I would recommend first joining other commanders on their ships in the Bounty Hunting multicrew. It enables you to earn large amounts of credits quick so you can get out there on your own sooner. If you desire to be a billionaire, why don’t you check out how to perform Robigo Passenger Missions or get your Guardian FSD Booster.

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