The help section
When you first start the game you will be brief about the release of you from prision by the captain Ban Danna, and how he is willing to give you a chance to work with Terracorp, insted of being in prision. After you have listened to what he has to say you are told to go see Elena Kho at the Terra Corporation's HQ. Ban Danna does give you an free Argon Discoverer (M5). You now have some choices in the game, either go see Elena Kho at Home of Light or go off and try to make some money of your own.
Id say at the moment you should follow the story line for an bit. Doing the first job for Terracorp will reward you with around 20,000 credits - nice, but still you need more. The next job from Terracorp will make you travel a few sectors, for this your reward is is only a ship worth about 5,000 credits.
If you do the mission with returning the Boron to Terracorp HQ, before you return to Terracorp and just after the 'battle', sell the 25 MW shields at an local equipment dock for 370,592 credits. With the 370,592 credits, you can now start to get some real money. You have a couple of choices now such as getting an TS ship and trading, get an TS ship and mining, capture ships or carry on with the story. Personally I recommend either trading or trying to capture - depending how experienced you are with the game.
Capturing a ship
If you want to capture ships you will need either a load of Wasp missiles (ie. 20,+ each around 1,000 credits) or an equiped ship with Ion cannons, a laser (something like a Gamma PAC), and some shields (as you will be getting hit, so around 50Mw, +).
If you try missile way, you will need around 22 missiles (in fast firing) to get an ship with around 75Mw of shielding. You might have to load your game a few times to get the pilot to bail and/or the right hull level. You might even have to try a different ship if he doesnt bail after a few tries, as not all pilots will bail.
The other way (which is better) is to use an ship with Ion cannons and a laser. Use the Ion cannons to take the ship shields down quick, then change one Ion cannon to an something like a Gamma PAC to take his/her hull to 87% or less (higher the hull, the more money its worth) after the hull is took down to 87% or less then switch back to the Ion cannons in all guns and just keep shooting at the ship. Ion cannons can be found at Boron Equipment docks.
Using missiles to capture is a lot quicker way of trying to capture ships, as you dont have to have an fulled armed ship to try this, and with the missiles you can even use your Argon Discoverer (M5) to fire them, the ion way you need an better ship than the Argon Discoverer (M5). If you do capture an M3 ship, like an Argon Nova (M3) then its worth around 400,000 credits, which then could get you an better ship.
For capturing ships with ions I recommend using either the Argon Nova (M3) or the Split Iguana (TP) depending if you rather have an extra shield or an extra ion cannon.
You can capture any ship of the class TP, TS, M5, M4, M3, M6 (only by mission) and Xenon M1/M2 (only by mission).
Often the quicker you reduce the hull and shields, the higher chance of the pilot bailing, however not every pilot will bail, some never bail their ships.
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