WMMs can be confusing for newcomers because the name seems so contradictory:
You really do need to use our Discord server to participate in our WMM operations because there are a number of moving parts:
When you get to our Discord, you need to first read and accept the server rules, then you can scroll down the channel list to find the #wmm-guide channel. Click or tap on the channel to look at it and see the guide. At the bottom of the guide is a little reaction*; click or tap on this to gain access to our WMM channels.
* Visit our Discord beginner’s guide if you need more help with Discord!
Once you’ve gained access you can visit #wmm-stock. The first thing to do here is check which system we are currently operating in. The channel contains a list of all PTN Fleet Carriers currently providing supplies for the missions and their stock levels. Scan along the list and you’ll see the information is in the format:
Commodity x amount – System (Location in system) – FLEET CARRIER NAME (ID) – Buy price – data age
The first piece of information we are looking for is the System. In the example below, the system is Wally Bei.
Plot a route to the target system. You can either take your biggest cargo ship, or fly there in something faster with a higher jump range then transfer your ship once you arrive at a station in the system. You’ll definitely want the biggest cargo ship you can afford, ideally either a Type 9 or an Imperial Cutter stuffed with cargo racks – see our Outfitting guide for more information. You also need a decent starting balance of credits: 500 million should be enough to cover your initial purchases of commodities, just make sure you have enough left for rebuy on your ship!
Note that all our WMM operations take place in the Live version of the game. One can build the stack in Odyssey or Horizons, but we do the shares in Horizon. As the simple reason is that all CMDRs have access to Horizons.
Dock at the nearest Large-pad station and check the mission boards. You might already see some Wing Mining Missions available from different factions. Certain Wing Mining Missions ask for commodities which can be purchased rather than just mined (Bertrandite, Indite, Gold and Silver). P.T.N. Fleet Carriers load up on these commodities then jump to the target system – in the example above, this would be Wally Bei. This means CMDRs can load up on Wing Mining Missions from the local station(s) and simply fly to a PTN Fleet Carrier, load up the needed commodity, and fly back to the station to deliver – all without spending more than a handful of seconds in supercruise.
Before you start grabbing missions though, these are the things you need to know:
When you first arrive in the target system, you won’t see (m)any lucrative Wing Mining Missions on the mission board, because your reputation with all the local factions will be neutral. You can either take what missions are on offer and work your way up by choosing the Reputation rewards on mission hand-in, or you can ask in the #wmm-discussion channel if anyone is able to share you a set of missions to get you started. If someone is kind enough to share, make sure to choose the reputation options when you turn in the missions. You will miss out on a few million credits from each mission but will set yourself up to earn vastly, vastly more in the future. Once your reputation with each faction reaches Allied, you’ll be offered tens of millions of credits per mission.
Don’t take “Source and Return” or any other mission type. Don’t take Wing Mining missions for any commodities other than the four listed. It just won’t work!
Do look for (a) Wing Mining missions which (b) have a pay-out of 30 million credits or more and (c) are for Bertrandite, Indite, Gold or Silver – those are the ones you want to stack up on.
You fulfil the mission conditions when you use the mission interface in the starport to transfer cargo from your hold to the mission giver. Once you’ve completed the mission’s requirements, it will become “complete” and be listed as such in your mission log. However you do not have to hand a mission in as soon as it is completed. If you save up your completed missions, you can share them with other CMDRs in a wing later – and they can share their missions with you. Because these missions are already complete, you don’t have to do anything except turn them in – it’s literally free money, all you have to do is share.
One word of warning though: Wing Mining missions expire after 7 days, so don’t hold on to them too long or you’ll lose all your hard-earned profit.
The #wmm-stock channel lists all PTN Fleet Carriers and the commodities they sell. Once you’ve got your missions, fly to the nearest carrier that sells what you need and purchase your needed commodity. This will cost quite a bit of money, but the credits you earn for turning in missions will dwarf whatever you spend now.
It’s unlikely you’ll be offered 20 good missions at the same time, but you can either wait 10 minutes for missions to refresh and check the boards again, or check the boards each time you make a delivery. Mission boards refresh every 10 minutes exactly, on the 10s – so 1:00, 1:10, 1:20 etc – but the whole
board does not change at every refresh; instead, older missions are removed and new ones replace them progressively. It’s hard to get a full stack of 20 and you shouldn’t be embarrassed about going to share with fewer, but if you’re lucky or persistent (and have a lot of time to spend watching the mission board refresh) it’s definitely possible to get up to 20 missions to share.
The #looking-to-share channel on our Discord enables you to access our mission-sharing system. React to the “LOOKING TO SHARE: WING MINING MISSIONS” message (pictured) with your game platform (PC, Xbox or PlayStation) – this will give you access to #wmm-shares. Once there you can use one of the listed roles to ping other CMDRs looking to share missions – for example, if you’re on PC you can type “@LFW-PC-WMM” to alert other PC CMDRs.
It may take a little while but you should get responses from other CMDRs with stacks of missions to share, or who are currently building stacks. You can then arrange a time to get together in-game, invite each other to a Wing, and share your missions. For this you can either use our Private Group, or you can wing up in Open play. Details for joining the Private Group are found in the #join-our-private-group channel.
If you’re not sure how to wing up, don’t worry! Other CMDRs will be happy to help you out. Just ask in #wmm-discussion or #wmm-shares for help.
When everyone’s in the wing and ready, park at the station your missions are for and get ready to share. Go to the Transactions panel (left-hand MFD, second tab) and select your first mission, then select SHARE. You’ll hear a little audio “peep” when each CMDR accepts; if you’re in a full wing, that’s 3 peeps! You can also back out of the mission information display then open it again to see which CMDRs have accepted. Once everyone has accepted, you can turn in the mission. The other CMDRs in your wing will then get to choose their rewards also.
Receiving shared missions is similar. Sit on the landing pad at the target station watching your Transactions panel. Mission share offers will appear there and can be accepted there. Once the mission is accepted, wait for the mission sharer to turn it in – you can then collect your rewards from the mission board as usual.
Note that mission rewards are duplicated, not shared – that’s to say, if you share a 50 million credit mission, you get 50 million and so does everyone else for a total of 200 million for a single mission. If you manage to find a full wing and everyone has a stack of 10 missions each, that’s as much as 2 billion credits for everyone who takes part.
Getting a large stack is nice but not always possible, and every mission you take is on a 7 day timer before it expires. You’ll have much better results if you get as big a stack as you can then go find some CMDRs to share. Chances are you’ll get some more missions while you’re waiting anyway. Also, don’t require other CMDRs to have a full stack before you share with them – it’s unreasonable and you’re basically cheating yourself out of free credits. Even a stack of 10 missions with only 2 CMDRs in a wing is worth up to a billion credits for each CMDR.
If you do WMMs you’ll afford a Fleet Carrier very quickly. Please resist the urge to park it in a PTN WMM system – you’ll just make it harder for our Fleet Carriers to get in and out and keep the money tap flowing for everyone else.
Particularly if you’re new to the game, opportunities to make this much money at once may seem overwhelming and serious, but once you spend some time in the Pilots Trade Network you’ll get used to making enormous fortunes relatively easily. Try to relax and have fun with it and don’t take things too seriously. Prioritise being friendly and helpful when it comes to mission sharing rather than trying to maximise your profit, and you’ll make friends who’ll stick by you for your entire Elite career – plus you’ll enjoy things a lot more!