New Eden wormhole colours

17th September 2013 – 5.01 pm

Ever since copious amounts of dust spontaneously appeared in the galaxy one day, generally colourful nebulae have given each of New Eden's regions a distinctive look. And because wormholes act as tunnels between systems, allowing light through from the destination, it has been thought possible to identify what region of New Eden any wormhole leads to just by analysing the colours bleeding through. All that's required is a definitive collection of the wormhole colours and patterns of New Eden regions.

'All that's required' is an understatement. From conception to creation, my collection of w-space wormhole colours took about four months to gather, and even then it was around half-complete. It took another eighteen months before I was able to stumble across the full gamut of wormhole colours. Because of this, I have been reluctant to compile a collection of all of the New Eden wormhole colours. Until one day, when I said, 'what the hell, why not'. True story.

With a daily k-space connection via the class 3 w-space system through our static wormhole, I could get at least one wormhole colour a day, plus whatever random connections that would connect in to the system, and any others I could find in the extended constellation. Of course, the one-a-day would soon include collisions, and when I realised there are sixty-four regions of New Eden I nearly fainted. I'm pretty sure I hadn't even heard of a couple of them before. But I had started by that point. I'd just soldier on.

Before the colours are presented, there are some factors to take in to account.

Wormholes not only allow light through from the destination system but also reflect those of the current system. The outer-ring of the wormhole can thus mislead or misrepresent what is on the other side. I have tried to collect the clearest possible representation of the destination region's colours, but bear in mind that you will need to discount part of what you're seeing, either in my images or that of the wormhole you are examining.

Wormholes also act as lenses: the images seen through the wormhole are upside-down representations of how the nebulae actually look in space.

The nebulae in the destination region are not the same everywhere in the region. The nebulae can be in that region, or be in an adjacent region. Those of an adjacent region can increase or diminish in size in relation to the proximity of the system to the bordering region. This can affect the prominence of the colours seen in the wormhole.

Some regions have similar borders with other regions, resulting in having similar nebulae visible in the region and thus in wormholes leading to that region. Don't blame me if two wormholes look alike but lead to different regions.

Looking through a wormhole is like peering through a tunnel: you don't see all that's on the other side. From one angle, a regional nebula may be prominently in the middle of the wormhole. From another, it could be on the edge. For this reason, I have collected two images of each regional connection, to give a better representation of what you may see. Even so, I recommend spinning your view around the wormhole too, so that whatever colours are present become more obvious.

The nebulae found around New Eden can be distinctive, but some are fairly similar. Coupled with the above factors, it can be difficult to determine exactly what you are looking at. I have personally captured each pair of images in this collection and confirmed the destination system, immediately tagging the images afterwards. They still may be difficult to discern from another region's images. There's not much I can do about that.

For some reason, wormhole colours captured from empire space are more vivid than those viewed from w-space. Maybe there's space dust accumulated by the lack of activity. Bear this in mind, for both the images I present and the wormholes you find. Edit: since Rubicon, the dust in w-space has been swept away, and all the wormholes look much shinier now. I am in the process of updating this collection to get the best quality images as I find them.

Finally, I have no idea of the benefit of knowing what region a wormhole will take you to. You could just jump through and find out, particularly as regions are big and knowing a wormhole leads to The Forge won't tell you how close you are to Jita. Just use the information to amaze your friends. When being asked where the wormhole goes, instead of saying 'it goes up to low-sec', you can casually drop the destination region like it's no big deal.

To collate the information, I have created a table containing the name of each New Eden region, and each region name will soft-link to its related wormhole image. I have included the w-space class colours, as well as the connecting w-space wormhole colours, for completeness. And I say 'completeness' in a fairly loose sense, at least to start with. Additionally, every image has a bigger version of the image linked behind it. Further images will be added as I collect them.

In creating this guide, I have used the excellent resource showing the visible nebulae in EVE Online on the EVE Travel blog to help identify what I'm looking at.

Regional table list:

New Eden regions
Aridia Black Rise The Bleak Lands Branch
Cache Catch The Citadel Cloud Ring
Cobalt Edge Curse Deklein Delve
Derelik Detorid Devoid Domain
Esoteria Essence Etherium Reach Everyshore
Fade Feythabolis The Forge Fountain
Geminate Genesis Great Wildlands Heimatar
Immensea Impass Insmother Kador
The Kalevala Expanse Khanid Kor-Azor Lonetrek
Malpais Metropolis Molden Heath Oasa
Omist Outer Passage Outer Ring Paragon Soul
Period Basis Perrigen Falls Placid Providence
Pure Blind Querious Scalding Pass Sinq Laison
Solitude The Spire Stain Syndicate
Tash-Murkon Tenal Tenerifis Tribute
Vale of the Silent Venal Verge Vendor Wicked Creek

W-space table list:

W-space colours
Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4
Class 5 Class 6 Wormhole colour matrix

Wormhole colours of New Eden

Aridia

That's Aridia, right there. It's browner than the gold of Domain.

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Black Rise

The Cloud Ring is hiding amongst the greyness of Lonetrek, and in the distance is a touch of Verge Vendor.

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The Bleak Lands

Domain is in close proximity to The Bleak Lands, so is prominent in the wormhole colouring, and there is the slightest red hint of Metropolis in the other direction.

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Branch

Like Deklein, but not quite as empty. You can get a neat grey ring appear in certain camera positions.

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Cache

There's a hint of what looks like The Kalevala Expanse there.

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Catch

Catch obviously has its own nebula prominently visible through a wormhole to the region, as well as the slightest hints of both Immensea and Scalding Pass in the opposite direction.

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The Citadel

Even with hints of other colours, it's grey. It's Caldari space. Specifically, overtones of Lonetrek, jazzed up a little by Verge Vendor and Metropolis.

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Cloud Ring

Sure, there's a bit of Verge Vendor visible, but the Cloud Ring region is the only region to be surrounded by the Cloud Ring, which is clearly reflected by the continuous loop seen when spinning the wormhole around.

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Cobalt Edge

There is something going on there that distinguishes Cobalt Edge from Deklein, Fade, et al. You have to look for it, though.

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Curse

That looks like a mix of Catch and Scalding Pass.

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Deklein

Do you get the feeling that sometimes space is too dark and empty? If so, don't look through a wormhole to Deklein.

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Delve

One part Kor-Azor, one part Stain; keep them separated.

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Derelik

Domain and Metropolis can both be seen, like a wormhole to Devoid, but with Domain a bit fainter.

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Detorid

The distinctive turquoise of Immensea in one direction and a dull blob of Scalding Pass in the other, both relatively faint.

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Devoid

Domain and Metropolis, like a wormhole to Derelik, but with Domain looking closer.

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Domain

It's gold, Jerry. Gold!

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Esoteria

A tiny bit of a Stain, and the general cosmic background radiation of null-sec.

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Essence

Verge Vendor is prominent, Lonetrek much less so, through a wormhole to Essence.

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Etherium Reach

That's a good view of The Kalevala Expanse, if a bit distorted, with a side order of Malpais.

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Everyshore

Verge Vendor, Domain, and a touch of Metropolis. The lack of the hint of Lonetrek differentiates Everyshore from the similar Sinq Laison region.

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Fade

As if all the colours faded, but still not quite as full of nothingness as Deklein.

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Feythabolis

A winged sprite version of the Immensea nebula can be seen through a wormhole to Feythabolis.

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The Forge

The Forge almost looks vibrant for Caldari space. I put that down to finding this wormhole linking two New Eden regions together, rather than coming to The Forge from w-space. But there is a spot of red from Metropolis in there.

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Fountain

Aridia from a distance, that's a good sight.

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Geminate

Metropolis is trying to photobomb the prominent nebula of The Kalevala Expanse.

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Genesis

Two golden-browns of Aridia and Domain are offset by the green of Verge Vendor, all seen through a wormhole to Genesis.

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Great Wildlands

The Kalevala Expanse and Scalding Pass are in the same general direction through a wormhole to Great Wildlands.

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Heimatar

Look at the little devil! Grr! Heimatar is easy to recognise when you spot him.

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Immensea

Immensea's own nebula is obviously visible, which creates a lovely turquoise ring from a certain angle, along with a fairly prominent Scalding Pass and a dash of Catch in opposition.

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Impass

A wormhole to Impass has the turquoise of Immensea and a blob of Stain.

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Insmother

A big chunk of Scalding Pass, a smaller view of The Kalevala Expanse, and an added turquoise dash of Immensea gives a good view through a wormhole to Insmother.

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Kador

It's close to Domain.

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The Kalevala Expanse

A wormhole to The Kalevala Expanse is worth three images. First, the clearest view of The Kalevala Expanse's own nebula. Second, a good look at nearby Malpais. Third, both of them through the same wormhole. Pretty neat.

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Khanid

Kor-Azor one way, Stain the other. It's similar to a wormhole leading to null-sec Querious but with a much more prominent view of Kor-Azor.

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Kor-Azor

Looking through to Kor-Azor sees a highly distinctive green nebula with a solid orange/black region, which makes a complete ring when the camera is rotated around the wormhole. Stain is in the other direction, but you really don't need that detail to identify this type of wormhole.

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Lonetrek

Lonetrek's bland greyness is the epitome of Caldari space.

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Malpais

The Malpais nebula is like a lightning bolt when seen directly. Or a light-grey Italy kicking The Kalevala Expanse orange ball of Sicily.

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Metropolis

Metropolis, or Molden Heath? I dunno. I think Metropolis has those two distinct bright spots next to each other that Molden Heath lacks. It's hard to tell, as this image is taken outside of w-space and so is naturally brighter than the one for the similar region.

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Molden Heath

Molden Heath or Metropolis? I dunno. Does it lack those two bright spots to be seen through a wormhole to Metropolis? Perhaps.

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Oasa

The Oasa-wormhole view of the Malpais nebula is either a backwards 'S' or a winged serpent, depending on your imagination. So a winged serpent.

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Omist

You can see the nebula of Immensea through a wormhole to Omist, but more on its side than when looking through a wormhole to Feythabolis.

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Outer Passage

Look at the dancing man! It's a Malpais nebula hopped up on goofballs.

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Outer Ring

The Cloud Ring is very obviously present when looking through a wormhole to the Outer Ring. Of course, you can only see the whole of the Cloud Ring when viewing it from outside of its own region, because inside the Cloud Ring it's too dark to read the ring itself surrounds you. Bear that in mind when you see the Cloud Ring through a wormhole.

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Paragon Soul

A slight Stain and some cosmic background radiation is all you get on your way to Paragon Soul.

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Perrigen Falls

Another different view of the Malpais nebula for Perrigen Falls wormholes.

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Placid

Verge Vendor and Cloud Ring mix it up through a wormhole to Placid.

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Providence

A colourful combination of the Domain and Catch nebulae makes a wormhole to Providence look quite unlike most other null-sec connections.

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Pure Blind

Both Lonetrek and Cloud Ring are prominently visible through a wormhole to Pure Blind, and in the same direction too. It's difficult to split the two apart.

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Querious

There's a big Stain through this wormhole and a little Kor-Azor, like a wormhole to Khanid with a tiny version of Kor-Azor.

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Scalding Pass

Scalding Pass has its own nebula. You must be close if it makes a solid ring around the wormhole from certain angles.

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Sinq Laison

There's plenty happening through a wormhole to Sinq Laison. Most obvious is Verge Vendor, followed by a touch of Domain, a hint of Metropolis, and if you squint just right you can make out the slightest trace of Lonetrek.

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Solitude

Kor-Azor and a small version of the Cloud Ring are visible in one direction, Aridia the other.

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The Spire

Through a wormhole to The Spire, the nebulae for Malpais and The Kalevala Expanse are both visible together. The nebulae are also somewhat smaller than similar views of the pair, as well as Malpais showing us another side of itself.

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Stain

Stain may get bigger than that.

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Syndicate

Verge Vendor and Cloud Ring together at last. Both nebulae appear in the same space, making it distinct from low-sec Placid.

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Tash-Murkon

Being close to Domain and Stain makes a wormhole to Tash-Murkon quite straightforward to determine, but there's a touch of Kor-Azor too if you need it.

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Tenal

The distinctive yellow-green colouring of the Jove nebula can be seen, and the cosmic background radiation is quite prominent.

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Tenerifis

Immensea is prominently visible, and there's a tiny bit of Stain opposite.

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Tribute

Spinning the camera around the wormhole gets a solid blue ring of the Lonetrek nebula when it leads to Tribute, with Jove in the background. That's neat.

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Vale of the Silent

A hint of the yellow-green colouring of the Jove nebula, and the cosmic background radiation is faint.

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Venal

The distinctive yellow-green colouring of the Jove nebula is fairly strong, and the cosmic background radiation is visible but not as prominent as for wormholes to Tenal.

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Verge Vendor

With the green and oranges more mixed than those of Kor-Azor, wormholes to Verge Vendor have an overall greener hue from one direction and more of a mixed orange/black ring the other, making the two regions just as recognisable whilst keeping both destinations distinctive.

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Wicked Creek

That's Scalding Pass visible through a wormhole to Wicked Creek.

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Wormhole colours of w-space

The wormhole colours are distinctive for being less nuanced, their nebulae created before the Great Revamp of New Eden. They should be easy to recognise as not leading to other regions of New Eden, and so their relative class easily discerned.

Class 1 w-space

Predominantly blue and black, but with a distinct cow-lick of green coming from the top of the wormhole from certain angles. Watch out for this, particularly because of the mass restrictions of wormholes leading to class 1 w-space.

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Class 2 w-space

Blue-and-black, like class 1 w-space, but without the solid lick of green. It's more of a general hint of greenness.

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Class 3 w-space

As grey as Lonetrek but without Lonetrek's character. Poor class 3 w-space.

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Class 4 w-space

The orange and green colouring makes class 4 w-space the most distinctive of the w-space colours.

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Class 5 w-space

Black and orange makes class 5 w-space recognisable, particularly as the patterns look w-spacey.

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Class 6 w-space

Similar colouring to some New Eden regions, but perhaps more vividly red.

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Wormhole colour matrix

Because of the limited number of classes of w-space, in particular relative to New Eden regions, and the way w-space systems link to each other, I have been able to collect a comprehensive guide of w-space wormhole colours. In this matrix, with bigger images linked behind each thumbnail, both the source and destination system colours are mapped for every combination of system classes.


C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6
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C2
C3
C4
C5
C6


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  1. 12 Responses to “New Eden wormhole colours”

  2. wow...

    did I say "wow" in the last five sentences? no? good! wow!

    thanks a lot - every wh-dweller intrinsically knows about the different colours but this display really spells of dedicated work. thanks!

    and, wow!

    By pt on Sep 17, 2013

  3. Thx for this Post, that just answered my fuddling about the shifting colours on WH from time to time. I salute you for your work and effort put into this.
    /M o7

    By MMX on Sep 17, 2013

  4. Holy crap that's. lot of work! I am very impressed!

    By Akely on Sep 17, 2013

  5. Wow, that is very impressive - thank you for the diligence and determination!

    By Splatus on Sep 18, 2013

  6. Relocated to WH space last week so I can put this information to good use right away.

    Awesome! And the 2 screenshots per wormhole instead of just one makes a world of difference. It clarifies mucht better what to look for.

    By Raziel Walker on Sep 18, 2013

  7. Thanks, all. I hope the information comes in useful in some way.

    I'm quite enjoying just getting better at being able to guess pretty accurately where the wormhole leads, even if it doesn't actually matter too much.

    By pjharvey on Sep 19, 2013

  8. Whew, that's a lotta stuff, but as you did mention, a little useless. The only parts of this I find useful were the wormhole to wormhole connections.

    Great work btw, that's a whhhhoooole lotta stuff.

    By Dredastttarm on Sep 21, 2013

  9. Great writing! It is what got me into WHs. :) Really like your style, as well as your flying.

    I saw that you didn't have pics of WHs of Bleak Lands. I was able to obtain two tonight (one from the C3, one from the k-space). If you want them to add to your guide, let me know.

    By LogiHiminn on Oct 31, 2013

  10. Thanks, Logi.

    It would be good to see those images you got of The Bleak Lands. If I can use them I will, and it's always nice to receive an offer of help.

    By pjharvey on Oct 31, 2013

  11. Outstanding work, much thanks for this catalog! Penny, would you mind if i repost it somewhere, with your name as the author on it, of course?

    By KL on Dec 3, 2013

  12. Thanks, KL.

    If a link to this page isn't quite what you're after, I suppose I don't mind it being reposted with proper attribution.

    Bear in mind that this page will likely continue to be updated for a while, though.

    By pjharvey on Dec 3, 2013

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