Guides and Terms
Wanting to get a repair? Come read about the terminology you'll encounter.
- How to Find the Nearest Station and Long Route Plotting
- Suggested Ship Builds and Modules
- Common Terms
- Common Mistakes and Issue Troubleshooting
- Other Tips and Tricks
- Fantastic Shortlinks and Where They Lead
- Fleet Carriers
- Ship Registry Codes
- Frequently Suggested Things
How to Find the Nearest Station and Long Route Plotting
Suggested Ship Builds and Modules
Here's a list of some common terms and abbreviations used during repair procedures. These are not required, nor official. As such, this list is provided as a courtesy. You are encouraged to use whatever works for you, so long as others can understand easily. In general, + is used for an affirmative or a good result, and - for a negative or bad result.
Used during Repair Ops:
- BC: Wing Beacon.
- Chemseal: Hull Seal with Decontamination Limpet
- CB: A Code Black Situation
- DC: Disconnected, or kicked out of the game. Also used for game crashes.
- FR: Friend Request.
- Fuel Rat: A member of The Fuel Rats organization with a focus on emergency response for fuel shortages.
- Inst: Instance.
- Killer Whales: Hostile Players.
- Mechanic: Members of the Hull Seals.
- Mode Conf: Game Mode confirmed on Comms Panel.
- Otter: A Hull Seal with Fuel Limpet Controllers onboard, capable of providing emergency fuel.
- Pied Piper: A Seal on a Code Black who leads Clients to stars for fuel, providing a guide of safe range for scooping.
- RC+: Repair Completed (Or RC Cola acquired).
- RL+: Repair Limpet Engaged.
- PW+: Paperwork Complete.
- Seals: This fine organization, or members thereof.
- Sharks: Hostile Ships.
- Sys Conf: System confirmed on the galaxy map.
- Walrus: A Hull Seal equipped for defensive, NPC-ONLY actions.
- WR: Wing Request.
Common Terms and Abbreviations
- The Bubble: Civilized Space, commonly fought over by powerplay factions.
- Blob: Did you know a group of seals is actually called a Blob?
- Client: The person in need of hull repairs.
- Cascade Winging: The way of quickly pulling CMDRs to an instance by entering with a wing, leaving, and pulling in more exponentially.
- Dispatch: The trained player coordinating the repair and assignment of Seals.
- Pup: A Seal-In-Training.
- Drebin's Lament: An unsuccessful Code Black.
- XA: Explorer's Anchorage, the most remote station in the galaxy. Located near the center of the galaxy.
Common Mistakes and Issue Troubleshooting
During rescues, there are numerous issues that can present themselves. This guide is designed to help Seals fix these issues onthe-go.
- Instancing Issues Checklist:
- Confirm Instance Type (Open, Solo, Private Group)
- Verify system target and cycle wing beacons.
- Confirm that messaging can go through.
- If sending a test text message fails, have both parties restart the game.
- Check the geographic location of the parties involved. If parties are from different geographic regions (Ex, States vs Oceana) consider sending a different responder.
- Reinstance via Supercruise and Nav-Lock drop.
- Attempt manual drop, without using navlock.
- Sometimes Explorers don't fly alone! Try having a friend wing both the Seal and the Client in.
- Hostile CMDRs
- Sometimes, for one reason or another, independent CMDRs delight in disrupting intergalactic rescue vessels. The first step is to remain calm.
- If you suspect a hostile CMDR may be in the area, inform your Dispatcher immediately.
- For added security, have one of the SEALS form a private group with the CMDR. This can be done from the Friends and Private Groups tab in the main menu.
- If you come under fire, all seals are to withdraw immediately, as well as the client, by any means fit.
- Please note, this does not mean combat logging. Combat logging (force quitting to the Main Menu) is
considered an exploit by FDEV, and is not supported by this organization.
- If engaged by a hostile NPC, inform Dispatch and seek the advice or assistance of a Walrus. Do not request Walrus support for hostile CMDRs.
- Most information on this base is written with the PC framework in mind. Therefore, except when specified, all information and troubleshooting guides should apply.
- There are known network and instancing issues related to the geographic location of CMDRs. If this issue presents itself, and reinstating fails, possibly assign a Seal from a different geographic region.
- The biggest point of concern with PLAYSTATION rescues is that the CMDR must add his or her Seals to their PSN friends list in order to receive our service. Ensure that the client knows how and is able to do so.
- In order to use our services, the CMDR must also be paying for the PSN network pass. Without this network, we will not be able to service the CMDR.
- The biggest point of concern with XBOX rescues is that the CMDR must add his or her Seals to their XBOX LIVE friends list in order to receive our service. Ensure that the client knows how and is able to do so.
- Sometimes, Online Privacy and Safety Settings are not set properly to allow friend requests to be sent or received.
- If issues arise, ensure the client is set to ONLINE in their profile and that their privacy settings are set properly.
- If issues persist with friend requests, have one or both of the Seals attempt to FR the Client.
- If the XBOX LIVE servers are offline, the rescue must be postponed.
Other Tips and Tricks
Sometimes, Seals find resources or tools that are useful to share, that we think are worth sharing. However, these don't exactly fit well in other categories or on other pages. This page contains a few resources that we've found over our time in the Galaxy.
Please keep in mind, this page contains links to resources the Seals are not responsible for and have no control over their content. Please contact us with any questions or concerns, and be careful about what sites you visit on the web.
Charts and Graphs
Ship Size Chart
Stellar Object Scan Chart
Stellar Object Value Calculation (Approximate)
Source: Fleetcomm Discord Bot
Efficiency Target Plotter
Reddit and Forum Guides
Unlocking Engineers quickly:
Material Engineering Database:
When it comes to the Seals, one of the most important people to have around during Code Blacks is our miners.
iMU mining guide. All things mining:
Hotspot overlap locator tool:
To find the best selling price of painite:
|Laser Size||Factor||Power Usage|
Broken Canopy Navigation
Down to Earth Astronomy Program: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Q0Ffy3ZkS6b3-GGcPVAFCPIQbTBjXEXo
Video about the software: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPAjvogRp2o
Neotron’s program: https://github.com/neotron/EDPathFinder/tree/1.3.0
Technical Guides and Tools
Keybind Backup: https://github.com/Noodles4Pasta/Save-ED-Keybinds/releases
Elite: Dangerous Ports:
These are the TCP and UDP ports in use by the game.
Other Text Guides
HIP 17403 A4 crashed ship
1/2 way between the 2 lower ships, sensors will roll down the hill and can be shot to get Sensor fragments. Relog and do it again.
(my favorite location, also available at the location below)
Hyades sector aq-y d81
meta alloys and thargoid mats.
Synuefe EN-H d11-96
Look for "convoy" and “ship wreckage” signal sources to find the guardian mats per Will’s post here:
Synuefe NL-N C23-4 B 3
There are two Obelisks right next to each other. Stand in between them. Scan both, relog, rinse and repeat.
Synuefe jb-g b58-6 6h
Hyades Sector DR-V c2-23 A 5
Or any high-grade signal source
HIP 12099 planet 1b
Jameson’s crashed cobra
For data mats and trade.
Outotz HD-J D9-3
Planet B 8 D Antimony.
Planet C 1 A Polonium
Planet C 1 D Ruthenium
Planet C 3 B Tellurium
Planet C 5 A Technetium.
Outotz LS-K D8-3
Planet B 5 A Yttrium
Recommended Engineering Pins
Your mileage may vary. However, for a general feel of things, this is the "Community-Suggested" pins.
Selene Jean: Armor (not HRPs, because you can taxi HRPs out and do them there)
Hera Tani: Power Plants (Armored)
Elvira Martuuk: FSD (Longrange)
The Dweller: Distributors
Professor Palin: Thrusters
Lori Jameson: Life Support (No G5s)
Juri Ishmaak: Detailed Surface Scanner
Marco Qwent: Power Plants (Overcharge up to G4)
Felicity Farseer: FSDs (Shielded)
Tiana Fortune: Sensors
Lei Chung: Shield Generators
Bris Dekker: FSD Interdictors (No G5s)
Didi Vatermann: Shield Boosters
Ram Tah: Heatsinks
The Sarge: Cannons
Broo Tarquin: Beams/Pulses/Bursts
Zacariah Nemo: Frag Cannons
Liz Ryder: Missiles or Torpedoes
Tod McQuinn: Multicannons or Rails
Bill Turner: Plasma Accelerators
Quick and Dirty Seal Ships
No Engineering, No Fluff, quick and dirty.
Ship Technical Stats
How to Get Ships Fast:
Completely subject to change.
Fantastic Shortlinks and Where They Lead
The following is a list of shortlinks that the Seals use, and where they lead. This list is not exhaustive, and many such links exist.
|https://hullse.al/status||The Status Board for Hull Seal services.|
|https://hullse.al/bugs||Your place to submit bug reports for the Seals.|
|https://hullse.al/issuetrack||The Seal Issue Tracker for submitted bugs.|
|https://hullse.al/Maps||A heatmap of Hull Seal rescues, provided by EDAstro!|
|https://hullse.al/TipsNTricks||A collection of miscellaneous Tips and Tricks compiled by Seals.|
|https://hullse.al/SOP||A quick link to our Standard SOP.|
|https://hullse.al/kfSOP||A quick link to our KingFisher SOP.|
|https://hullse.al/csSOP||A quick link to our ChemSeal SOP.|
|https://hullse.al/cbSOP||A quick link to our Code Black SOP.|
|https://hullse.al/dSOP||A quick link to our Dispatcher SOP.|
|https://hullse.al/links||A page that doesn't quite exist yet...|
|https://hullse.al/gitlab||The Hull Seal git code repository, by GitLab.|
|https://hullse.al/journal||The Hull Seal cAPI Reader (Currently under Maintenance)|
|https://hullse.al/tlookup||A link for our Trainers to look up Seals and their rescue history.|
|https://hullse.al/stats||The Hull Seal stats page - alternatively, https://hullseals.space/statistics|
|https://hullse.al/youtube||Our Youtube Channel!|
|https://hullse.al/twitch||Our Twitch Channel!|
|https://hullse.al/reddit||Our Reddit Community!|
|https://hullse.al/ToS||The Seal Terms of Service|
|https://hullse.al/wiki||A link to this wiki|
|https://hullse.al/register||Register for a Seal account|
|https://hullse.al/login||Login to your Seal account|
|https://hullse.al/ircwiki||Our wiki pages on IRC and how to use it|
|https://hullse.al/ircguide||A guide of how to set up and use various IRC Clients|
|https://hullse.al/DW2||Our wiki page on the Distant Worlds 2 Expedition|
|https://hullse.al/StellarUnknown||Our wiki page on the Stellar Unknown Expedition|
|http://hullse.al/PerseusReach||Our wiki page on the Perseus Reach Expedition|
|https://hullse.al/events||The collection of all our events that Seals have officially been a part of.|
|https://hullse.al/guides||A collection of guides for Elite: Dangerous and the Seals.|
|https://hullse.al/YourData||What we do with and how we treat your data.|
|https://hullse.al/cheating||Our position on cheating and the Hull Seals in any game.|
|http://hullse.al/ImportantInfo||A collection of all the "Important Information" pages.|
The Hull Seals plans to operate 3 Fleet Carriers, providing essential services to Explorers across the galaxy.
H.S.C. Limpet's Call
The Limpet's Call, the flagship of the Seal Fleet, operates as a member of the Deep Space Support Array, a coalition of Carriers by Fleetcomm and the Distant Worlds Organization. The Limpet's Call is currently stationed in Phroi Bluae QI-T e3-3454, to support explorers and provide an anchor point and base in the Rykers Hope region as part of the DSSA.
H.S.C. [Name TBD]
The [Name] operates on an at-rental basis for expeditions, providing a dedicated repair and support array for expeditions. Unlike usual Seal services, this does come at an in-game fee.
Expeditions who rent out the carrier must cover all fuel, upkeep, and maintenance costs for the carrier, for the duration of the expedition. This fee can be covered in many different ways, from material donations, commodity markets, and others.
If you'd like to rent out the carrier for your expedition, contact us!
H.S.C. [Name TBD]
The [Name] is the Seal's last resort when all else fails. She is the Seal's ace-in-the-hole. A massive logistical response - but no cost is too great to help a client.
If a Client gets themselves into a system they cannot escape from, if practical, the Seals will jump the [Name] into system to attempt a rescue of the client. This situation is a logistical challenge - and is an option not chosen lightly.
This is a Silly Article
The content in here isn't to be taken super-sealiously, and is provided for laughs.
"Soon" is a general term used by the Seal Leadership (and Seals in general) that provides no context for actually when a particular thing will be done or released. All "Soon" means is that it is under consideration by the Seal staff, in discussion, or in development.
"Soon" does not imply a particular date, time, state of being, flow of direction, or any specific point in our understood reality in the past, present, or future. There is no guarantee that "Soon" will ever happen, or that it won't happen. Any promises of "Soon" should be taken lightly. "Soon" can be interchanged with many other words that all mean the same or similar things, including but not limited to "Could", "Might," "Plans to be," "Near Future", "Recent", and more.
"Soon" is dependent on a number of factors, both in and out of the control of the Seals, including timezones, the difficulty of the task, the importance of the task, ethical dilemmas, the average cost of a pound of fish, unexpected maintenance, third-party vendor delays, unexpected heat-deaths of stars, new projects adopted, changes to the Elite and other games, and actually getting our scattered minds to focus on a single topic.
Types of Soon
We'll fill this out Soon.
Examples of "Soon"
|Thing||First Announced||Actually Released|
|IRC||On or Before 10 April 2019||November 23, 2020|
|CMDR Management v2||23 June 2020||24 June 2020|
|Automated Paperwork||10 August 2019||29 May 2020|
|Merch||16 April 2019||23 February, 2021|
|Ship Registry||28 April 2019||16 June 2020|
|Accounts System||15 July 2019||22 December 2019|
Ship Registry Codes
For some CMDRs, the Seals may be their primary - or only - social group in the game we all share and love. Sometimes, people want to rep and show off their ships, or emblazon their ships with things that identify them as Seals. This page will attempt to provide some cohesion and unity to the clutter of prefixes, registry numbers, and the like for both Carriers and Ships alike.
As this is a method of showing off your Seal membership in-game, any ship or carrier flying with either Seal prefixes, Seal registry codes or any other method of displaying "Seal" status, must conform to the following guidelines:
- Any Seal who is registered and in good standing may choose to make their ship or carrier a "Seal" vessel.
- Any Seal who is registered and in good standing may use any registered Seal prefix.
- Only the three carriers under the direct control of the Staff are considered "official" carriers.
- You may not advertise your carrier as "Official", and your actions are your own and not the groups.
- (For Carriers) If you are declaring an official "squadron" or backing as the Seals for things like expeditions or events, you must get Admin approval and follow the same procedures as you do with your regular ships.
- All ships named in this way, or displaying affiliation in any way to the Seals, may only engage in CONSENTUAL PvP only. The onus is on the Seal to be able to prove the PvP was consensual if issues arise.
- While on duty or on a call, PvP is forbidden.
All Seal ships begin with the prefix HS, and then a unique number of up to 4 digits. Variation is common among independent ships.
This is a Silly Section
The content in here isn't to be taken super-sealiously, and is provided for laughs.
|HSRC||Hull Seals Rescue Carrier||The Generic Prefix for Carriers|
|HSRV||Hull Seals Rescue Vessel||The Generic Prefix for Ships|
|HSHC||Hull Seals Heavy Cruiser||Medium and Large Combat Ships|
|HSPS||Hull Seals Patrol Ship||Small Ships|
|HSSS||Hull Seals Support Ship||Non-Combat vessels like limpet warehouses, etc.|
|HSXV||Hull Seals Experimental Vessel||We're breaking some serious science!|
|HSCV||Hull Seals Cartographic Vessel||Exploration and Mapping Vessels|
|HSS||Hull Seals Ship||An Alternative Generic Prefix|
|HSSC||Hull Seals Small Craft, Hull Seals Support Carrier||
SLFs, Shuttles, Tiny ships.
Alternatively, Support Carriers
|KFRV||KingFishers Rescue Vessel||Kingfisher-primary vessels|
|HSCB||Hull Seals Cargo Barge||Cargo Ships|
|HSW||Hull Seals Walrus||Ships designed to defend clients from hostile NPCs, allowing time for the Client to escape.|
|HSA||Hull Seals Auxillary||Reserve Seal Ships|
|HSDV||Hull Seals Decon Vessel||Ships equipped with decon limpets|
|HSFB||Hull Seals Fun Bus||"Because y'all need a fun bus" ~ Flyerblade|
|HSTC||Hull Seals Transport Carrier||Carriers used to shuttle around Seals|
|HSFC||Hull Seals Fuel Carrier||Carriers used to refuel the other Seal carriers|
|HSMC||Hull Seals Mining Carrier||Carriers carrying Seal mining teams|
|HSMV||Hull Seals Mining Vessel||Seal Ships specialized for Mining|
|HSA||Hull Seals Asylum||Ships designed to contain Seals...|
Frequently Suggested Things
It's often been said there's no such thing as a bad idea - and that's true enough. However, sometimes there ideas that are brought up a lot as "the next big thing" for the Seals, but for one reason or another just don't work out. While we don't discourage new ideas, sometimes after a topic gets brought up so many times, we have to lay it to rest.
Case Management in Discord!
Perhaps one of the most common suggestions is to cast off IRC and return to managing and receiving cases exclusively in Discord. Discord is great for groups of friends, and in fact the Seals maintain a social presence on Discord, but we don't take cases anymore there like we did during DW2. Discord has downtime we can't control, prevents our management of troublemakers who might join, requires accounts, and other issues that we can't control.
- The bridge bot has downtime we can't account for.
- The bridge bot sometimes has issues with different charactersets
- The bridge bot sometimes scrambles the order of messages
- What happens when Discord goes down?
Roster Lists of Seals by Timezone
This is a super slippery slope that we're very, very uncomfortable treaing down. By rule, the only way for a Seal to be assigned to a case is to call jumps - even friendly "hey, XYZ are you online/can you take this?" makes us wary. We don't want Seals to feel pressured to Seal by being online, or being during their "usual" time. Sometimes, people can't respond but want to chat, and sometimes, people want to just play the game and not Seal.
While we encourage Seals to seal when they can, we don't want to make the Seals a "Seal all the time or leave" atmosphere either. Not to mention... you might be online, but on the other side of the galaxy. Sometimes, you're just plain out of range.