How to Explore in Elite: Dangerous

Do you want to turn your back to humanity, and go see the wonders of the universe? Do you want to see Earth, fly into a black hole, or go to the center of the Milky Way? Well, you've come to the right place! This guide is for players who knows the basics of the Elite: Dangerous game and are ready for some advanced exploration.


  1. 1
    Get a good ship. Either a Cobra Mk.III, a Diamondback Explorer, a Hauler, or the explorer over the explorers, the Asp Explorer.
  2. 2
    Use the "Advanced Discovery Scanner" and the "Detailed Surface Scanner." The Discovery Scanner makes you able to scan stars, planets, etc. The Detailed Surface Scanner will give you 30% more credits for each scan you make. The price of the Discovery Scanner is 1.5 million credits and the Detailed Surface scanner, is 250.000 credits.
    • To scan, hold down your scanner button when you have entered a new system. It will say Complete, and make a noise, when it is done scanning. Scanning takes 5 sec.
    • When it is done scanning, go into your System map, to see all the objects in the system.
    • Fly close to one of them, and the Detailed Surface Scanner, will automatically scan it.
    • You can see down in the left corner what kind of object it is.
    • When you are done with your "adventure", just fly back. Remember to scan on your way.
  3. 3
    Get a good fuel scoop. There are no stations out in deep space, so get the best one you can get. The A6 Fuel Scoop is recommended.
  4. 4
    Get the best Frame Shift Drive you can get. It makes you able to fly more ly, per jump.
  5. 5
    Get a good Power Plant. They make you able to have more and better equipment.
  6. 6
    Get an Auto Field-Maintaince Unit if possible. They make it possible to repair some of your equipment if it gets damaged.


  • There are also two other scanners: the Intermediate Scanner and the Basic one, but they are not very good. Don't use them. The Advanced one will scan all things (planets, asteroids, stars, etc.), in the system, but the other other two have limited range. 1000 Ls for the Intermediate, and 500 for the Basic.
  • Remember that getting from A to B isn't something you can do in a flash. There are around 400 billion star-systems in the Milky Way.
  • You have to set a fire button for your scanner.
  • Your Advanced Surface Scanner will only show you were all the objects are in the system. Fly close to the objects, with the Detailed Surface Scanner equipped to see what kind of object it is.
  • Not all objects are worth scanning. If they are far away, and just look "rocky" they are probably just a waste of time.
  • There are lots of different planets, and stars. Planets that look like earth, are called Earth-likes, and are worth many credits.
  • Some good objects to search for are black holes, Earth-likes, and water worlds.
  • The middle of the Milky Way, Sagittarius A, is a Supermassive black hole, An enormous black hole. Many players go there, just to see it (but remember to scan on the way, if you plan on going there)
  • You don't need any hard points. They will reduce your jump range, and make you heavier.
  • If you get interdicted, don't panic, just submit (throttle down to 0%), and then get away from him, by boosting. Then enter hyper drive, when the cooldown is over. By submitting, the FSD cooldown, will be very short.


  • Be aware of black holes. They are rare, and worth many credits, but don't fly too close to them.
  • If you die out in space, you will lose all data. That means, if you die, all the planets, stars, etc, you have scanned, will count as you have never scanned them. Be careful.
  • In the video, he says to never go over 140% heat. But the video is a bit outdated, because, going over 100% will damage you, so get away at around 90%.

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