Thursday, October 28, 2010

Gold Guide!

Sorry for not posting for such a long time! Here's a quick update:
Adam, Jack, and Fallon at Grandmaster. I'm taking Adam and Jack through Celestia first, then Jack will help Fallon get through the storyline. From playing Celestia a bit on the Test Realm, I've discovered several important things: Life characters are very handy in near-death experiences. Ice characters aren't. Although they have wonderful health levels and such, their power is just a little too low for the kinds of crazy creatures in Celestia, so if your school of focus is Ice, STICK WITH A BUDDY! Same with Storm, come to think of it. Wild Bolt's power has been reduced (GASP!)...sort of. It has three possible outcomes when cast: 10 damage, 100 damage, and the original 1000. I have seen it hit 1000 twice today, so I guess that's a good sign, but clearly this was an attempt by KI to cut down on PvP cheats (thank you very much KI!! Sorry, Diviners!).

Okay, now for the meat of the post! I've decided to make a brand new gold-making guide for three different level sets! Because my character teams are at three different level stages, I figured it would be helpful for everyone to see what I do to get the most gold possible! So, here is a non-cheating, hopefully helpful guide to earning quick/hard-earned cash!

Team 1: Molly SilverSword (Novice Conjurer) and Logan StarSword (Novice Sorcerer). Here are some tips for characters at Novice-Journeyman levels.

1. Try to buy potions as infrequently as possible. ALWAYS try to muddle through the minigames, because that way, you won't have to spend gold, and you may even earn some. A tip on minigames: play Dueling Diego, beat the first level boss by hitting him with the downward sword movement when he raises his own sword, and then let the first Fire Elf you meet kill you. That way, you're sure to get enough points to give you a full potion, plus it doesn't take too long.

2. If you get caught in a battle, DO NOT FLEE unless absolutely necessary. Fleeing may seem like a good option in the moment, but trust me: it's not. Play the battle through, and you'll get gold, experience, and maybe even an item. You won't lose your spot, either. It's worth it.

3. Once you have amassed about three pages of items in your Backpack, head to the nearest store in the Shopping District (besides the paint shop and the housing shop). Once there, sell all the items that you don't want. If you like the look of an item, or you want to keep it for later use, hang onto it and store it in the bank in your dorm. If you decide later that you don't want it, you can always sell it, which means MORE GOLD!!

4. Farming is always a good option. If you're unfamiliar with the term, farming means to repeatedly fight a boss or creature, usually in order to collect a rare item that is hard to get in a single fight. If you pick a boss that drops good items and is pretty hard, you should farm it. If the boss you pick is too easy, then it's not going to make you a better player, and it probably won't drop great stuff, either. I'd suggest Rattlebones--he's pretty quick, but he drops some awesome stuff, like the 1-day Starlight Pony Mount (which is kinda hard to get, so keep on farming!), the Myth Sprite pet (which I have too many of), and some good lower-level gear! Also, Nightshade (final Wizard City boss), if you've gotten to him yet, even drops some Crowns items, last I checked. So hop to it!

5. Okay, last tip. This isn't one you're going to want to hear. But seriously: don't buy a pet. It was the first thing I ever spent gold on (my dragon, Sir Jackson). I regretted it, even though I loved my dragon. Here are the reasons: first of all, you get a free pet the minute you enter the Pet Pavilion. Second, you can get WAAY cooler, more uncommon pets by farming bosses in ANY area. Finally, you'll end up spending all your gold on boosting up your pet right away. If that's what you want to spend your gold on in the end, then go for it, but if you're saving for something special, DON'T go for it!

Team 2: Kestrel SilverBane (Adept Necromancer) and Finnigan StarBane (Adept Diviner). Here are some tips for Adept-Master levels.

1. Complete side quests. But don't just do side quests that offer big gold rewards--with more experience comes more ability, and with more ability comes more hard-core farming! If you do all of your side quests in each world, it will absolutely pay off in the long run.

2. Finish Grizzleheim. Some people don't like Grizzleheim. It's kinda boring in some places, admittedly, but it offers a LOT of experience and gold along the way! So bring a friend, beat some big bad guys, and rake in the gold!

3. Sell, sell, sell, sell, etc. There are some very high-selling items that can be dropped in Marleybone and Mooshu. In Marleybone, for the upper Adept range, run through the Counterweights and Big Ben. For the most part of the Master range, you can take on any of the Oni bosses and be pretty much guaranteed a good prize. I especially suggest the Tree of Life instance and the multiple bosses scattered through it. You can earn rare pets, rare housing, and rare items from many of those bosses, a lot of which can be sold at a high price. So please, good wizards, I beg you: go forth and farm!

4. Take a step back and go to Krokotopia or Wizard City, for a change! Try soloing Nightside, set up a help service in Olde Town, run through some Krokotopia dungeons or fight all the bosses in the arena! The possibilities are endless. Even if you didn't enjoy WC or KT, you might love going back and showing that you can handle that stuff alone now. Prove your metal: beat some souped-up alligators and creepy dudes in cloaks. It's really a good time.

Team 3: Fallon SilverShade (Grandmaster Thaumaturge) and Adam StarShade (Grandmaster Theurgist). Tips for the Grandmaster range (since I haven't reached Legendary yet!! Soon to come!).

1. First and foremost: KEEP FARMING. Don't stop, yo!!!! Seriously. Most effective gold-earning tactic EVER in the highest range. You have all the worlds to choose from, so do it! If you want a sword wand, head to the Labyrinth or the Drake Hatchery. You'll get your sword in the end, while also earning some other great items on the way to sell.

2. Try out some instances that you had some trouble with before. In Grizzleheim, you can try the Nidavellir instances. They're challenging even for Grandmasters, and the bosses drop amazing level 40+ items for all schools. There are secret bosses, and loads of opportunities to pick up rare pets (Adam got his Life Minotaur there, Jack got a Death Troll, etc.). In Dragonspyre, Malistaire's Lair and the Labyrinth are great options. The Labyrinth is far shorter than the Lair, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality of items. Malistaire's Lair has Tumok, the Gurtoks, and the big guy himself, all of which offer Grandmaster gear. In Mooshu, run the Tree of Life and fight the Jade Oni. In Marleybone, try out Kensington Park (if you're a Diviner, bring A LOT of converts!). Krokotopia and Wizard City probably aren't great places to return to, though, unless you're up for helping out lower-level wizards and wiping out low-health creatures.

3. While they last, try all of the Halloween towers in Ravenwood! They're fun, quick, and rewarding. Go trick-or-treating up to the top floor of the master tower, and the boss will surely offer you a Grandmaster Athame! Having run that tower many a time since it came out, I have earned thousands of gold coins to prove it.

4. Do Celestia. Simple. The quests so far have given loads of rewards in gold.

I hope this helps you earn some cash! Let me know if you come up with any more ideas, too! I'll be happy to answer questions or give suggestions. Good luck!

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