So I was about three jumps out in low sec, in a Griffin, looking for factional warfare trouble, or whatever else I might find. Warped to a gate and there, about 12 km away, was a giant secure container, a huge secure container, and a corpse. That, to a salvager’s eye, is a promising debris field.

So I scooted over and checked the containers, they were full of an unfamiliar (to me) substance called Vanadium Hafnite. Moon minerals I assume, or reaction products therefrom. I checked the market, and discovered I was looking at 12 million ISK worth of goodies, plus of course the value of the containers. Hmm, this sounds like a job for a Badger!

So, back I went to high sec, grabbed an old Badger I, fitted it for maximum agility and slipperyness, slapped on an extra coat of dark grey lubricated paint and a pair of medium shield extenders, and blasted out through the Tama gate into hauler hell.

Amusingly, I never saw a war target the whole way. It was smoother than a trip to Jita, just zipped out there, scooped the cans, and zipped home.

Well, to the extent that a Badger ever zips. But you know what I mean.

The empty containers alone were worth the price of the ship and fittings. The Vanadium Hafnite? A nifty bonus!

6 Responses to “Spoils Of War”

  1. Robert says:

    I thought secure containers were, well, secure.
    How can you take them and open them?

  2. Marlenus says:

    They are secure if two conditions are met — they must be anchored, and they must have a password set. Anchoring takes a skill and 30 seconds.

    If they have no password set, anyone may open them and remove the contents. If they are not anchored, anyone with a sufficiently large cargo hold may scoop them, return them to a hangar, and repackage them, dumping the contents out.

    Interestingly, scooping an unanchored secure container is not a criminal act of any kind, and you do not flash red to anyone for doing it.

    What I found were the containers that fell out of an industrial after it got popped by (presumably) pirates. Being near a stargate, they were not (and could not have been) anchored.

    Hope this answers your question Robert!

  3. Robert says:


    That is super useful info! I didn’t know any of that, and it’s awesome that I do now.

    Thank you very much!! :)

  4. Marlenus says:

    You’re welcome Robert, happy to help.

  5. bunnyofdoom says:

    Is there a way to get anchored cans? Say, a codebreaker of some kind?

  6. Marlenus says:

    Well, if you know the password, you can empty the cans. But even then, you cannot unanchor them. (I know this because at one point during the INDY war, AC-ME posted the password to all of its Isaziwa anchored ore cans in an unsecured public forum.)

    There is NO in-game mechanism for hacking or breaking into secure cans, except for good old-fashioned brute-force password guessing.

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