Balancing the Books (4 of 10) - Eve Online Mission Guide

Updated on June 6, 2018
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Balancing the Books (4 of 10)Arriving at the mission site.Attacking the lone pirate that guards the site.Attempting to hack the Data Storage DeviceA successful hack allows access to the goodies within, make sure to grab the data core to.
Balancing the Books (4 of 10)
Balancing the Books (4 of 10)
Arriving at the mission site.
Arriving at the mission site.
Attacking the lone pirate that guards the site.
Attacking the lone pirate that guards the site.
Attempting to hack the Data Storage Device
Attempting to hack the Data Storage Device
A successful hack allows access to the goodies within, make sure to grab the data core to.
A successful hack allows access to the goodies within, make sure to grab the data core to.

This guide and video walkthrough will cover the Business Career arc mission, Balancing the Books (4 of 10) in the video game MMO, Eve Online. Within you will find information on completing your objective along with rewards and any other relevant details.


  • Acquire these goods:
    1 x Encoded Data Chip (0.1 m3)
  • Drop-off Location
    Mission Giver Agent's location.
    (the station you picked the mission up from)

"The Guristas Pirates have set up a listening post nearby, where they intercept shipping information and use it to attack our vessels. I want you to go there to destroy the post and any Guristas Pirates ships you see. I also want you to use your codebreaker and hack open the Data Storage Device for me to retrieve the Encoded Data Chip."


The fourth mission in the Balancing the Books chain serves as an semi-introduction to the Hacking mini profession, which typically involves the scanning down of Radar exploration sites with the use of probes and your ship's scanner. This particular intro to Hacking, does not go as in depth as the exploration career arc mission, Radar Site Scanning, which actually has you scanning down a "starter" exploration site for its mission. In this case, you will simply be hacking a few containers present at the deadspace location your mission takes place in.

Normally you would need the Hacking skill trained and a Codebreaker module, however the Civilian Codebreaker you are granted upon accepting this mission does not require any skills to use, but will also only work on special mission containers in the beginner missions like this one. Make sure to fit the module to one of your mid power slots on your ship before leaving your agent's station, along with at least one weapon and ammo equipped, as there will be a single enemy target at the mission location to destroy.

Warp to the bookmark for your mission and activate the acceleration gate to enter the one and only room here. Within you will find the one enemy ship protecting the single Data Storage Device which floats in space, that you will need to hack open. Quickly take out the enemy pushover, in the Caldari arc's case, a Guristas Rookie, or equally weak rat for other races. Once he's gone, you can lock the Data Storage Device, which will be marked with a container icon on the screen and overview, and fly towards it within at least 5000m. Once in range, you can activate your Civilian Codebreaker module on the container and let it cycle, staying in range, until you get a notification that you have successfully hacked open the container.

This may take a few tries, as there is always a success chance % during Hacking, which depends a lot on the equipment used, your skill training, ship and finally the difficulty of the site itself. If the cycle fails to unlock the container, just wait until it does, as you will never be locked out from accessing a container for failing to hack it. Once opened, retrieve the Encoded Data Chip along with anything else inside and return to your agent to claim your rewards.


  • Civilian Codebreaker x 1 (granted upfront)
  • Hacking skill book x 1
  • 63,000 Isk bonus (1 hours, 18 minutes)
  • +0.1459 % corporation standing

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