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Elite: Wild Goose Chase

Welcome to the Goose Chase!

Have you ever wondered what affects the market prices in Elite: Dangerous? Every day, Commanders across the bubble are scouting systems to find the stations offering the highest prices for Low Temperature Diamonds, Void Opals and Painite. The Wild Goose Chase coordinates Commanders in the search for systems with just the right states to have the highest market prices.

The systems that we are looking for have four of the following states:

Boom
Investment
Civil-Liberty
Expansion
Public Holiday
Pirate Attack

Anybody can help! Spending just a few minutes each day visiting a small number of systems, makes a big difference to the scouting effort. If you would like to help with scouting, click below to Get Started.

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High-Sell System Scouting

Instructions

The Wild Goose Chase uses the live feed of data supplied to EDDN in order to detect when a Commander has scouted an assigned System or Station. EDDN receives data from Commanders who are running a connecter application that uploads System and Station data in real-time.

  • Click one of the links below to see instructions for your platform (PC or console).

Instructions for PC

The instructions below are for installation of Elite Dangerous Market Connector, but you can use any other third-party EDDN connector, as long as it uploads both System and Station (market) data to EDDN.
  • Install Elite Dangerous Market Connector, following the instructions contained in the Getting Started guide.

  • Configure EDMC to upload data to EDDN, and ensure that it is not waiting for you to dock at a station before sending the data, as shown in the image below:



  • Start EDMC running, and complete the Authorization step to give EDMC access to your CMDR data. EDMC cannot perform any operations on your account, other than reading your CMDR data provided by Frontier.


Instructions for Console

Data can be uploaded from console accounts to EDDN by using the EDSM journal importing function. This will send live updates of your System and Station data to EDDN every 2 minutes.
  • Sign up an account with EDSM, ensuring that you select the appropriate Console type account (PS or Xbox).


  • Log in to the EDSM Dashboard. This will direct you to the Frontier authorization page.


  • Select the appropriate console account on the Frontier authorization page. This will direct you to your console account provider's login (PSN or XBox Live).

       

  • Log in to your console account provider:


  • EDSM should now be authorized to read your CMDR Journal data, provided by Frontier. The first step will be to import your existing Journal.
    This can take several hours, depending on how much data is in your Journal at the start.


    Once your Journal has been imported initially, EDSM will then upload data in real-time to EDDN (every 2 minutes), while you keep the Dashboard page open.

  • You will want to be flying a ship with a large FSD jump range, preferably 50ly or greater, and capable of landing at Medium size landing pads. You can find some recommended builds for all levels of progression in this spreadsheet.

  • You can increase the number of Systems that you update in the database by restricting your Galaxy Map filter to populated systems only as shown in the image below. This helps keep a greater number of Systems up to date in EDDB.



  • Once you are comfortable with how Wild Goose Chase works, you might like to check out our Tools page for additional tools to help with the scouting process.

  • You are now ready to begin! Press the button below to start Scouting.

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High-Sell System Scouting

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  • Enter your current System in the box below and press the button to get an assignment close to your location.
  • Once you arrive in the assigned System (or Station), you will automatically be given a new nearby assignment.
  • If you Skip an OPTIONAL assignment, you will receive another nearby assignment and the skipped assignment will be allocated to another Commander.
  • To prevent abuse of the system, assignments marked as REQUIRED cannot be skipped until minutes after assignment.

Starting system: Get Assignment
Advanced controls
Systems only (exclude Station assignments)
Assignments within ly of
Play sound when assignment is complete.
Speak assignment destination, using voice: (supported browsers only).

Your assignment was returned to the pool after minutes of inactivity. Please enter your current system and request another assignment.
If your previous assignment was marked as REQUIRED, you may now Skip that assignment.


Scouting is paused. When you are ready to continue scouting please enter your current system and request another assignment.


Please update the following      Skip Pause Scouting


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Distance from : ly Distance from star: ls Max Landing Pad Size:
FactionRecoveringActivePending
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Scouting history:
Assignments Completed Systems Scouted Markets Scouted
Updated at
Scouting Statistics


Since the last BGS tick at:

Scouting Progress
Confirmed 4X
Confirmed 3X
Confirmed
Unconfirmed 4X
4X Candidate
4X Candidate
4X Candidate
4X Candidate
Unconfirmed 3X
3X Candidate
3X Candidate
Scouting Progress
Confirmed 4X
Confirmed 3X
Confirmed
Hot Faction Candidate
Hot Faction Candidate
Hot Faction Candidate
Unlikely Candidate
Stale System
Not Candidates
Confirmed
Total Systems Updated
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Systems Markets

Low Temperature Diamonds Void Opals Painite

Show recently updated stations only (since the last tick)



PrioritySystemStationFactionActive StatesSystem UpdatedMarket Updated
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FAQ

How does Wild Goose Chase know when I've visited a System or Station?

When you visit a System or Station with EDMC running in the background (or any other connector app), the data associated with your current location is sent to EDDN (the Elite Dangerous Data Network).

Wild Goose Chase listens to the live EDDN feed for updates about populated Systems in the galaxy, including Systems or Stations that you've visited. The information about your current System (system states) or current Station (commodity prices) is updated in real-time within the Wild Goose Chase app, and is also shared with Inara and EDDB.


Where can I download an EDDN connector app?

The following EDDN connectors are recommended:

I was sent a new assignment before I reached my current assigned System!

The Wild Goose Chase app doesn't know which Commander visited a System (all data submitted to EDDN is anonymized), but can detect System information updates via our live EDDN feed. Therefore, you may be assigned a new System mid-flight if your currently assigned System was updated by another Commander before you arrive.


I arrived at my assigned System or Station, but the assignment won't update.

First, make sure you're in the correct System! There are many Systems with similar names, and it's easy to make a typo and plot a route to the wrong System. Also, some Commanders look at the waypoint in the bottom left panel and mistake the next System for their current System.

Next, check your connector app (eg. EDMC) is running and sending data to EDDN. If there's an error, try restarting the connector app, or exit to the main menu in Elite and re-enter the game.

If these steps don't fix the issue and you're certain your connector app is working correctly, please file a bug report.


When am I allowed to skip an assignment?

Optional assignments include: Permit-locked Systems, Stations further than 50,000ls from the star, and Stations which are not the primary Station for a System. The primary Station is the first non-planetary, large landing pad Station closest to the star.

If you are assigned a Required assignment (usually high priority), you can skip the assignment only after it times out (after minutes).

You may also Pause Scouting to return your assignment to the pool, and modify the Advanced Controls before requesting a new assignment, however this does not guarantee that you will not be given the same assignment as before.


How does a System become a candidate?

Candidates are grouped and prioritized according to the following categories:

CategoryDescriptionExamples
Unconfirmed 4X
Unconfirmed 4X System with 4 active target states, not updated since the last tick.
RecoveringActivePending
Boom
Civil Liberty
Expansion
Public Holiday
Investment
Civil Liberty
Expansion
Public Holiday
4X Candidate
A 4X Candidate with 4 target states (including pending states), not updated since the last tick.
RecoveringActivePending
Civil Liberty
Expansion
Public Holiday
Boom
Investment
Public Holiday
Civil Liberty
Expansion
4X Candidate
A 4X Candidate with 3 active target states including Public Holiday or Pirate Attack, no target states in recovery, not updated since the last tick.
RecoveringActivePending
Civil Liberty
Expansion
Public Holiday
Investment
Civil Liberty
Pirate Attack
4X Candidate
A 4X Candidate with 3 active target states, no target states in recovery, not updated since the last tick.
RecoveringActivePending
Boom
Civil Liberty
Expansion
Investment
Civil Liberty
Expansion
4X Candidate
A 4X Candidate with 3 target states (including pending states), no target states in recovery, not updated since the last tick.
RecoveringActivePending
Boom
Expansion
Civil Liberty
Boom
Pirate Attack
Expansion
Investment
Civil Liberty
Expansion
Unconfirmed 3X
Unconfirmed 3X System with 3 active states, with 1 state blocked in Recovering, or Expansion confirmed not active, not updated since the last tick.
RecoveringActivePending
Boom
Civil Liberty
Public Holiday
Expansion
Public Holiday
Investment
Civil Liberty
Expansion
3X Candidate
A 3X Candidate with 3 target states (including pending) with 1 state blocked in Recovering, or Expansion confirmed not active, not udpated since the last tick.
RecoveringActivePending
Civil Liberty
Public Holiday
Boom
Expansion
Public Holiday
Investment
Civil Liberty
Expansion
3X Candidate
A 3X Candidate with 2 active target states including Public Holiday or Pirate Attack, with 1 state blocked in Recovering, or Expansion confirmed not active, not updated since the last tick.
RecoveringActivePending
Civil Liberty
Public Holiday
Expansion
Investment
Pirate Attack
Civil Liberty
Hot Faction Candidate
A Candidate controlled by a "Hot Faction" with fewer than 2 active target states (or 2 active states without Public Holiday or Pirate Attack), no target states in recovery, not updated since the last tick.
RecoveringActivePending
Civil Liberty
Expansion
Investment
Hot Faction Candidate
A Candidate controlled by a "Hot Faction" with fewer than 2 active target states (or 2 active states without Public Holiday or Pirate Attack), with 1 state blocked in Recovering, or Expansion confirmed not active, not updated since the last tick.
RecoveringActivePending
Public Holiday
Civil Liberty
Expansion
Investment
Expansion
Hot Faction Candidate
A Candidate controlled by a "Hot Faction," not updated for more than 7 days.
RecoveringActivePending
Civil Liberty
Expansion
Investment
Unlikely Candidate
A Candidate with fewer than 2 active states (or 2 active states without Public Holiday or Pirate Attack), with 0 or 1 target states blocked in recovery.
RecoveringActivePending
Civil Liberty
Expansion
Investment
Expansion
Stale System
A System with any states, updated more than 7 days ago.
RecoveringActivePending
Public Holiday
Investment
Investment
Civil Liberty


Systems which are not assigned for scouting fall into the following categories:

CategoryDescriptionExamples
Not
Candidate
A System with 2 or more target states blocked in recovering (or 1 or more states blocked and Expansion confirmed not active).
RecoveringActivePending
Boom
Civil Liberty
Expansion
Boom
Expansion


Systems which have been scouted since the last server tick (update) will be assigned to the following categories:

CategoryDescriptionExamples
Confirmed 4X
Confirmed 4X System, updated since the last tick.
RecoveringActivePending
Boom
Civil Liberty
Expansion
Public Holiday
Investment
Civil Liberty
Expansion
Pirate Attack
Confirmed 3X
Confirmed 3X System, updated since the last tick.
RecoveringActivePending
Boom
Civil Liberty
Expansion
Investment
Civil Liberty
Pirate Attack
Confirmed System
Confirmed System with fewer than 3 active states, updated since the last tick.
RecoveringActivePending
Boom
Civil Liberty
Expansion
Investment
Civil Liberty
Boom


What is a "Hot Faction"?

In addition to scouting Systems which already have a high number of target states, we also scout Systems which do not yet have any target states but are owned by a Faction who has achieved the target states in another System. There are many player factions who cultivate the Systems under their control, so it is likely that if they have pushed one of their Systems into a desirable state, then the others may soon follow.

"Hot Faction Candidates" are scouted with lower priority than the 4X and 3X Candidates.


Why am I assigned a System far away from my current location?

Assignments are grouped by priority and you will always be given the closest assignment of the highest current priority. When there are only a few assignments remaining in the highest priority class then the nearest available assignment may be a moderate distance away.

To scout efficiently, it's important to maximize the jump range on your ship, and please refer to our recommended ship builds and the advice on the Wild Goose Chase Discord.


Wild Goose Chase can't find the System I am in. I definitely typed it correctly!

Wild Goose Chase only stores information on populated Systems in the bubble. Try entering the name of the closest populated System to your current location.

To find your nearest populated system, go to EDDB, type your current location into the Reference System box, and press Find Systems. In the table that appears, the system at the top of the list will be your nearest populated system.


Why does the Factions table not show all of the Factions in the System?

There are particular Station economies that buy Low Temperature Diamonds (High-tech, Industrial, Refinery and Tourism), Void Opals (High-tech, Refinery and Tourism) and Painite (Industrial, Refinery and Tourism). Only Factions who control a Station with a High-tech, Industrial, Refinery or Tourism economy will be listed.


I found a 3X System but was not asked to check the Station markets there.

Most of the time we only check Stations in 4X states. Occasionally, when a System has 3X states, including Public Holiday or Pirate Attack, you may be asked to check commodity prices at a Station.


Why am I still being asked to update 3X markets when we have already found high-sell markets with 4X states today?

It's still important to have a good selection of prices below the current highest-price Station as a backup after the next server tick. Sometimes after a server tick (refresh), our previously discovered 4X Systems will lose one or more of their states, leading to a drop in prices offered in that market. Therefore, we need good 3X Systems to provide moderate prices while we scout for new 4X Systems. Additionally, Systems that have 3X states today will be prime candidates for 4X states tomorrow, so the more 3X Systems we scout the better chance we have of finding the best prices.

Update after July 15th 2020 patch: Since market demand now drops rapidly as Commanders sell commodities to the market, it is necessary to find as many high-priced stations as possible, even if they are not the top price available at the current time.


Why am I being asked to update a System with only 1 or 2 of the target states? Isn't it very unlikely to be a 4X System today?

Once all today's priority candidates are checked, we then update stale Systems that haven't been checked for a long time. These Systems could be good candidates, but we don't know until they are visited by our scouts.






About

Wild Goose Chase is based on the research, analysis and many hours of scouting performed by a group of Commanders: psychicEgg (CMDR GeorjCostanza), Shion_S (CMDR ShionS), Johny_D_Doe (CMDR Sad Samurai), xiba2k4 (CMDR xiba2k4), Dogsbody_D (CMDR Dogsbody D), GraphiteGB (CMDR GraphiteGB) and drspod (CMDR drspod), among others.

The initiative to scout systems systematically and exhaustively after the BGS tick every day was enabled by the data analysis of psychicEgg, with help from Johny_D_Doe.

Wild Goose Chase is developed and maintained by drspod.

If you would like to chat with Commanders involved in this initiative then join our Discord server, or you can join the Wild Goose Chasers squadron in-game (link requires Frontier login).

Wild Goose Chase is built on the data provided by the Elite: Dangerous Community Developers, and makes use of the following services. If you wish to support Wild Goose Chase, please consider donating to one of these great community projects, without which Goose Chase would not be possible.

Special thanks to Pfeil from the Voice Attack forums for his assistance with designing for easy automation of the site using Voice Attack.

Attributions
Wild Goose Chase Logo by psychicEgg (CMDR GeorjCostanza).
System, station, planetary port icons are provided by edassets.org.
Cog icon from Font Awesome by Dave Gandy - https://fortawesome.github.com/Font-Awesome, License.
Dice icon by Delapouite - https://delapouite.com/, License.
Flame icon from Google Noto-emoji - https://github.com/googlefonts/noto-emoji, License.
Ding sound from aji_ - https://freesound.org/people/aji_/sounds/66136/, License.

Feedback

A Github issues page is coming soon. In the meantime, please report any issues or suggestions on our Discord.
Tools

Wild Goose Chase has been designed to make it easy to automate the scouting process, including keyboard shortcuts (press '?' to view) and audio notifications (found in Advanced controls). Below are some tools contributed by our community to streamline the scouting process and make it easier for VR players, and players with no second screen, to participate.

Both the Voice Attack and AutoHotkey scripts described below can be used to automate the following sequence of actions:
  • Focus the Wild Goose Chase browser window
  • Send the copy keypress to copy the assigned System name
  • Focus the Elite: Dangerous window and open the Galaxy Map
  • Switch to the Navigation panel and paste the System name from the clipboard
  • Select the system and plot a route
  • Exit the Galaxy Map
Since the automation must switch windows between the web browser and Elite: Dangerous, you will get the fastest window switching by configuring Elite: Dangerous to run in Borderless window mode.

Both methods assume the following keybinds are configured in the Elite: Dangerous controls settings.

Keybind nameControls SectionKeybind
Open Galaxy MapMode SwitchesCTRL+G
Next Panel TabInterface ModeEnd
UI Panel SelectInterface ModeSpace
UI Panel RightInterface ModeRight →
UI BackInterface ModeBackspace

To use these scripts, you can either configure your controls to use the above keybindings as the secondary inputs (easiest), or follow the instructions below for configuring the scripts to use your own keybindings (less easy).

You do not need to use both Voice Attack and AutoHotkey - either will do the job on its own. If you wish to use voice commands to initiate the sequence of actions then you should choose Voice Attack.

Voice Attack

Voice Attack is a Windows application used by many Elite: Dangerous players for automating sequences of actions using voice commands or keyboard/mouse/joystick inputs. The free version of Voice Attack allows a single profile and up to 20 commands, but is otherwise unrestricted in the commands that you can create.

The Voice Attack Profile linked below can be imported into Voice Attack (including the free version) to automate the sequence of commands described above.

This sequence of actions can be triggered using a voice command, or using a keyboard shortcut. The default shortcut configured by the profile is CTRL+SHIFT+X.

Download

Click to download wgc-va-profile.vap

Installation Instructions
  • Install VoiceAttack if you have not already done so, and follow the installation instructions for configuring speech detection if you wish to use voice commands.
  • Download the WGC Voice Attack profile from the link above.
  • In the Voice Attack main window, click the Edit Profile button next to your selected profile name (in the free version there will be only one profile).
  • Click the "Import Commands" button, and navigate to the location of the profile file that you downloaded earlier.
  • Ensure both of the commands are selected and click the Import button.
  • Click Done to save your profile.
  • You should now edit your control settings in Elite: Dangerous to add secondary inputs for the keybinds shown above. If you do not wish to reconfigure your control settings, you can edit the keys used in the Voice Attack commands as follows:

    • In the Voice Attack main window, click the Edit Profile button.
    • Select the Navigate from clipboard command and click Edit.
    • For each of the key press actions in the command sequence, select the step and click Edit to change the associated keybind.
    • Press OK and then Done to save the changes to your profile.
Usage Instructions
  1. Open Wild Goose Chase in your browser and navigate to the Scouting page.
  2. Open the Advanced Controls and enable the Sound Notification option.
  3. Request your first assignment by pressing the Get Assignment button.
  4. Click anywhere else on the Scouting page to ensure there is no UI control (button or text box) focused.
  5. Switch back to the Elite: Dangerous window.
  6. You can now press CTRL+SHIFT+X to initiate the automated route plotting.
  7. When you arrive in the destination system you will hear an audio cue to indicate that your next assignment has been sent.
  8. Repeat from Step 6!

AutoHotkey

AutoHotkey is a free, open source, Windows application for automation of Windows inputs using a scripting language. The script linked below can be executed with AutoHotkey to automate the sequence of commands described above.

This sequence of actions can be triggered using the keyboard shortcut Win+Z.

Download

Click to download wgc-ahk-command.ahk

Installation Instructions
  • Install AutoHotkey if you have not already done so. You do not need to run the application after installation as it will automatically associate AutoHotkey script files (*.ahk) with the AutoHotkey program.
  • Download the AutoHotkey script from the link above.
  • You should now edit your control settings in Elite: Dangerous to add secondary inputs for the keybinds shown above. If you do not wish to reconfigure your control settings, you can edit the keys used in the AutoHotkey script as follows:

    • Navigate to the folder location that you saved the script to, and open the script in a text Editor. You can do this by right-clicking the file and selecting Edit Script in the context menu.
    • Search the file for every line containing ****. These lines are marked as locations which use specific keybinds that may be changed.
    • Edit the line in the script using your own keybind. You can use the list of AutoHotkey key names to find the correct key names to use.
    • Save and close the script when you are done editing.

  • Navigate to the folder location that you saved the script, and double click the file. You should see a new icon in your windows taskbar notification area indicating that the script is running.
Usage Instructions
  1. The AutoHotkey script should already be running after following the steps above. If you do not see the icon in your taskbar notification area, navigate to the folder location that you saved the file to, and double click the file to start the script running.
  2. Open Wild Goose Chase in your browser and navigate to the Scouting page.
  3. Open the Advanced Controls and enable the Sound Notification option.
  4. Request your first assignment by pressing the Get Assignment button.
  5. Click anywhere else on the Scouting page to ensure there is no UI control (button or text box) focused.
  6. Switch back to the Elite: Dangerous window.
  7. You can now press Win+Z to initiate the automated route plotting.
  8. When you arrive in the destination system you will hear an audio cue to indicate that your next assignment has been sent.
  9. Repeat from Step 7!