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Clone states and skill points
EVE Online clone states

Your character in EVE Online is represented as a clone, an immortal whose conscience is transferred onto another clone upon death or when clone-jumping to an alt clone placed in another station. Clones are split into two states:

  • Alpha Clones - Free2play characters
  • Omega Clones - Characters with an active subscription

The Alpha Clone state is the base state for all characters, providing open access to the EVE Online service and enabling the free exploration of the New Eden Universe. It is available to any character in New Eden at any time. Alpha Clones will be able to train a specific set of skills including tech one Frigates, Destroyers, Cruisers, Battlecruisers and Battleships for all factions, along with essential weapons and modules.

Alpha Clones train skills at 1x speed and have a limited set of skills (all Omega skills & skill levels will be marked with a yellow highlight ingame). As an Alpha clone - you can freely train any of the Alpha skills up to 5.000.000 skill points after which the active training stops, however - by using regular or daily Alpha skill injectors, an Alpha clone can accumulate up to 20.000.000 skillpoints.

The Omega Clone state provides broader access to the features of the EVE Online service and will become active as soon as any game time is added to the account in any capacity. Characters on such an account will have unlimited skill access with increased skill training speed, as well as access to all other game features unlocked by these skills.

Upgrading an account from Alpha to Omega is effective immediately and will not require to log out and back in.

If the Omega game time on an account lapses and the account reverts back to an Alpha state, any trained skills and skill levels outside the Alpha skill set limits of the character will become inactive on the next log in. They will become available again as soon as the account receives additional game time and changes to the Omega state again.

To unlock the full potential of your clone, be able to actively train above 5.000.000 skill points and use skill points above the 20.000.000 limit - you will need to upgrade to the Omega state by:

  • Paying the monthly subscription (real-life money)
  • Buying PLEX (either with real-life money or with the ingame currency - ISK)

Note that there are multiple packs available for EVE Online that can be applied once per account. These DLCs come at a discounted price and contain various extra items like ship SKINs, extra PLEX, multiple month Omega state, multiple character training and skill extractors.

So if you haven't gotten any - these would be a great way to get some extra bang for your buck.

Alpha & Omega state comparison

EVE Online Alpha Omega
Accessible Skills
Accessible via Alpha Skills
Skill Training
Basic training speed
2x faster training.
Skill Training Queue
Can consist only of skills that start training within the next 24h, maximum of 50 skills.
Unlimited skill training queue length, maximum of 50 skills
Free Skill points
Can have free SP, but can only apply them to Alpha skills.
Can apply unallocated skill points to any trainable skill.
Planetary Interaction
Alpha clone cannot export from their colonies.
All planetary export methods are available.
Industry Alpha Tax
Additional 2% tax on industry and science jobs.
Standard taxes on industry and science jobs.
Can not create new contracts if any contract is active.
Able to create new contracts, limited numbers by trained Skills.
Starbase refueling
Alpha Clone characters will not be able to refuel a starbase.
Can refuel Starbases with proper access roles for the starbase
Multiple Clients running at once
Not available, if there is a client logged into an Alpha account, no additional EVE clients can be started past the character selection screen, independent of their state.
Multiple Omega accounts may be logged in at one time, as long as no Alpha account is actively logged into on the same computer.