Arqade is a question and answer site for passionate videogamers on all platforms. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

If I were to anchor a container in nullsec or lowsec in a safe area as a sort of "poor man's POS", is it possible for another player to find the container without any ships around it?

I know you can use combat probes to scan down ships and dscan to determine the general location of other ships and structures in the system, but do anchored containers show up on any of that?

share|improve this question
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Anchored containers show up on the directional scan, but not on combat probes. This means that while someone may be able to reason out an approximate location, they have a relatively small chance of actually finding the exact location where you have left a container anchored if the location is chosen wisely.

An anomaly, or other sort of exploration location makes a solid bookmark after the site is despawned. Another good location is a level-2 or level-3 safe site - a bookmark between two celestials is a level-1, warping from that L1 to a third celestial and marking a point creates an L2, and so on. I've not heard of anyone making greater than an L4 safe, because the additional randomness value is low.

share|improve this answer
Anchoring in an anomaly is an excellent tip, thanks. – Kenneth Posey Jul 25 '13 at 3:00
Another tactic that I use in nullsec is to anchor several containers in "Level 3" or better locations, preferably a little close together. Place 1 ammo in all of them, and only use one to store your good stuff. This not only makes it harder to find the one with your good stuff in it, but will throw people off and they may get bored and leave after finding a couple of containers with nothing in it. – Dorian Dec 6 '13 at 10:23

D-Scan uses your overview settings. So yes, if you have your overview settings set to see them.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.