• To increase the stakes of a PvP engagement, often by bringing in capital or supercapital ships.
  • Certain wormhole anomalies react to the presence of capital ships by spawning large waves of powerful Sleeper NPCs. This behavior is commonly termed an escalation, and is an essential part of efficient high-level wormhole moneymaking.
  • Occasionally an anomaly or complex, when completed, will offer an 'escalation' - an opportunity to travel to another location where greater rewards can sometimes be found. Such escalations show up in the expedition tab of your journal.