I noticed that selling resources on race factories and buying equipment is improving reputation with this race.

How specific actions affect reputation:

  1. buying finished product on factory
  2. selling resource to factory*
  3. buying/selling wares on trading station
  4. buying weapons in equipment dock
  5. selling weapons in equipment dock*
  6. buying equipment in equipment dock*
  7. buying ships on shipyard
  8. selling ships on shipyard
  9. buying/selling shares on local stock exchange

* increased reputation in my game, but not every time.

How exactly does this change reputation? Does it depend on the quantity or price of wares? Does every transaction count or only the first one? How much do you need to trade to earn the best possible race reputation?

  • when you say it increased your reputation in game, but not every time, are you looking at the actual reputation values (i.e. behind the scenes numbers), or are you looking at your % from your profile? Those are rounded to the nearest % so may not show an actual uptick in rep value. – l I Jun 21 '13 at 11:24
  • I was looking at profile screen. I did not think about rounding. Instead of using script-editor, asked question here :) – Ivan Solntsev Jun 21 '13 at 13:05
  • that's probably why you didn't see any difference in rep % then. It really is still going up, just not noticeable without enabling the script editor. – l I Jun 21 '13 at 13:12

There are only 2 ways to gain reputation with a faction through trading:

  1. Buy or sell at a station belonging to that faction. It doesn't matter what you are buying or selling (ships, wares, equipment, etc), you will gain a small uptick. This is more noticeable at low levels as it doesn't take much to bump your reputation at that point. However, I'm not sure if buying/selling shares at a stock exchange does the same thing as I haven't done it much.

  2. If you own a station and a member of that race buys from your station, you'll also get a rep bonus. This is why I like to spread space weed and space fuel complexes around the galaxy as they always sell out and are great ways to keep my rep topped off with various factions (even pirates!). Just keep in mind those factories I listed are illegal in most sectors.

Here's what I've found out based on testing:

  1. There seems to be a threshold value before you gain the rep. Its somewhere around 100k credits. Buying 1000 energy cells didn't uptick my reputation at all but buying 10000 did.

  2. The reputation gain is 10 points each time, no matter how much was the transaction.

  3. I stopped gaining reputation once I reached 'friend' status with the Borons. I set my reputation higher (to queen's guard) and then spent 75 million buying an orca but my rep didn't change at all.

To see exactly how much reputation you have with a race, you can download the Universal best buy/sells mod. When you pull that menu up, you'll be able to see exactly how much notoriety you have with a certain race. I used the Borons for my testing since I just happened to be in their space at that time.

Its possible that selling stuff to the Borons via factories and complexes work differently and you can improve rep with them that way, but in the end, 10 rep is a very small tick (only really noticeable when you rep with them is very close to 0). For instance. it takes 333k points to reach maximum (level 10) reputation with a race.

  • Is there any actual numbers? How much do i need to trade to advance from Argon Citizen to Federation Member, or from Argon Protector of the Federation to Hero of the Federation? – Ivan Solntsev Jun 21 '13 at 13:11
  • @IvanSolntsev I can pull some actual numbers later when I get home if you are interested. – l I Jun 21 '13 at 13:13

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