The Elite Dangerous ‘Get Rich Quick’ Guide That Actually Works

I have a soft spot for Elite Dangerous.  On the one hand, it is one of the most immersive games I have ever played, especially with VR.  On the other hand, it is a missed opportunity – with more emphasis on story to accompany the sandbox elements, Elite Dangerous could be one of the best gamers ever made.

I recently returned to Elite Dangerous (relieved to see that I hadn’t left myself in the crapper the last time I played, unlike when I started playing Elite Dangerous again before).  This time, it was my cousin who had encouraged me to come back.  Having recently invested in VR, he was keen to return to the stars and earn a ton of money to, well, buy more ships.  What else is there to do?

We’d previously only spent our time bounty hunting and flying around a bit aimlessly, but this time was different.  We decided to test out the below video guide by Hawkes Gaming and…jesus.  It’s like printing money.  Credits.  Whatever.

Here’s the video:

In a nutshell, Hawkes Gaming starts from the beginning and shows you how to get enough money for a basis mining ship (with a complete build and fire group guide).  He then shows you a hotspot where you can mine low pressure diamonds to earn a killing.  From there he guides you through a few ship builds (including the GLORIOUS Python!) until you’re flying in a ship capable of earning you 250 million credits on each run.

Usually I wouldn’t promote this sort of thing – I think that people should just play games however they wish.  However, with Elite Dangerous being such a grind, earning the ships we’d really like to use can literally take a lifetime.  With this method, everyone can at the very least grind for a gaming session or two then feasibly be able to buy pretty much any ship that they want.  That’s a win!

Have you seen any other Elite Dangerous guides that we should share?  Let us know in the comments!

Written by John

I'm a 36-year-old gamer, clinging onto the gamepad despite real life responsibilities trying to pull me kicking and screaming away. You can follow me on Twitter: @johnlevelsup.

Current setup: Gaming PC with a 1080 Ti, Xbox Series X, Steam Deck, and retro consoles, on a Gigabyte M32Q monitor, sitting on a Flexispot E7 standing desk.