I wanted to create a topic in which we all can share the drop rate of different materials in Open Space. Primary focus - rarest ones. I did some farming in last few weeks and here is my data. To be representative sample should be around 1000h, I did 100 and please don’t ask me to do more. That was almost as boring as figuring out synergy penalty on ships.
So in 100 hours of open space flying over 6 different sectors - 3 of them R10, 3 of them R7 my results are as follows.
26 Enriched beryllium plates
89 Neodium Plates
Methodology of this test was as follows - pick up mysterious container, while waiting till respawn grab Lost Cargo containers, pirate/alien stashes, and minerals. Then refine the ore to the plates. No, I wasn’t keeping the Beryllium or Impure Neodium records.
If anyone asks for graphite plates - there is a sector that drops 80% of loot to be graphite, it doesn’t have cargo drone. Go find yourself.
Summary - that was second the most boring experiment I did in this game. To have excuse to do so I manufactured a Jaguar and was leveling it doing that experiment.
I met a person that was farming Smugglers for beryllium - wait till smuggler spawn, kill it, collect loot, wait 90 seconds for respawn, repeat. In 3 hours - 2 Beryllium (not enriched ones) so it is pretty consistent with my results.
So yes - farming special craft materials is boring, but if anyone is willing to do so - it is possible.
And please refrain from commenting on my methodology - if you have better one, please share your results after 100 hours.
Also - if anyone wants to contribute to get to the magic 1000 hours mark, please do some flying, write down the results and when you cross 20 hours or more, post it in this thread.