Elite Dangerous allows you to explore the entire Milky Way galaxy one star system at a time. However, there’s no place like home. The Sol system is an unlockable star system for which you need a specific Federation Navy rank. After climbing ranks, you’ll get a Sol system permit, allowing you to chart a course for humankind’s home.
Sometimes you just need to visit home. If you’re yearning to see your home system, here is what you need to know about getting a Sol permit in Elite Dangerous.
Getting Sol Permit in Elite Dangerous
As a beginner, you have limited access to the galaxy and will need to get permits from various governing bodies to get to more exclusive systems and locations. The first thing you need to know about the Sol system is that the Federation governs it.
The Federation will automatically give you a Sol permit after you’ve been promoted to a Petty Officer rank in the Federation Navy (and wait for the bureaucracy/server to catch up). The Petty Officer is the 5th rank you obtain with the Federation (starting from rank 0).
The Federation is one of the central governing bodies and has numerous smaller factions under its wing. If you check your Reputation status in the menu, you can find out all the factions that are Federation-aligned.
These minor factions will be the primary way to improve your standing in the Federation Navy. Each mission you do for a faction will increase your Reputation with that faction and the Federation. After enough Reputation Missions, you can receive a Rank Mission (also called a Navy Ascension Mission). This mission will allow you to rank up in the Navy.
You can track your progress in the Reputation Status menu on the right-hand HUD. After the bar for the next rank becomes full, you’re more likely to receive a Rank Mission with each passing mission.
Your actual Reputation with the Federation itself doesn’t matter much in obtaining the Petty Officer rank. However, finishing Federation-allied faction missions will most likely provide minor boosts to your Reputation with the Federation, which will, in turn, give you more chances for beneficial missions to appear.
Fastest Way to Get Sol Permit
Unfortunately, there is no tried-and-true way to get a Sol Permit quickly. The mission selection process can be random at times and give you missions from factions that are extremely far away.
If you’re lucky, you can stumble upon factions that frequently give out relatively localized mission objectives, allowing you to speed through the missions and get your Federation Reputation up.
However, you can also spread your Federation missions across multiple systems. That will increase the factions’ influence over the system and make them more likely to post new ones to the bulletin board. This way you may get more chances of finding missions that can lead to a Rank Mission in the future.
Explore Sol in Elite Dangerous
Getting a Sol Permit might take a bit of time and a whole lot of grinding Federation-allied faction missions, but it’s the only way to visit the Solar system in the game.
What is the first place you’re going to visit in the Sol system? Let us know in the comments below.