Let’s Do This: ArcheAge Beginners Guide 2017
ArcheAge is a successful free-to-play MMORPG. There’s talk that players like the game, but they are not too thrilled about the bots and lack of cohesive content. There’s also the advantage of those who are willing to shell out real money to get better gear and other benefits, which gives it a pay-to-win aspect to the game. If you’re interested in an MMO sandbox with a steep difficulty curve, why not explore the game? Now, let’s talk about the ArcheAge Beginners Guide 2017 so that it can help you on your journey.
Select a Race
There are four races to choose when creating new characters. Each of them has two racial benefits other races don’t have, but you can only choose one. The elven race, for example, can either hold their breath longer than other races or swim faster. It’s true that there won’t be a big impact on combat and crafting; most of them are situational, such as climbing faster and swimming benefits.
Once you pick a race and a character gets customized to satisfaction, it’s time to select a skillset. ArcheAge’s character class system is based on skills. There are 10 to choose from, three for your character:
Each of them specializes in a role, such as Battlerage, Archery, Shadowplay, and Sorcery focus on DPS. The flexibility of the system allows for a hundred and twenty combinations of these skillsets (known as “classes”). Also, even with the same combination or class as another player, the fact that nobody can get all the skills in a skillset ensures that your talents and play styles are different from each other. Plan so that you don’t waste skill points. There are calculators to help you manage.
Talk to Everybody
ArcheAge is a sandbox game, which means that you can do what you like. Whether it’s becoming a farmer, craftsman, or an adventurer, the world is your oyster. However, pay attention to the quests and the NPCs who you communicate with, especially in the beginning. The starting quests are one big tutorial. Starting area NPCs usually say things that are important for beginners to remember.
Another reason to talk to everybody is the existence of hidden quests. One guide mentions that the quest that rewards the glider is easy to miss. Considering the glider is a useful piece of equipment, receiving it early in the game has an advantage.
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Equipment and Gearing Up
There are three types of armor:
- Plate: recommended in the early stages since most enemies that you encounter during leveling up to 50+ will deal physical damage.
- Leather: for archers and archer hybrids, this armor is useful. A full leather set adds three meters to the range of a bow and skills related to its use.
- Cloth: provides bonuses to magic casters.
As for weapons, as long as you’re using a one-handed weapon, equip a shield on the off-hand. However, an archer-melee hybrid might make use of double one-handed weapons as an alternative to the bow. Consider buying better equipment from the Auction House rather than crafting and then re-grading them. The only problem is saving a chunk of gold for it.
Leveling Up and Grinding
All right, so you want to start your journey to 50+, but not sure where to start? Well, there are two ways to grind XP for leveling up (questing or crafting). Yes, you can do both, which is recommended because crafting requires labor points, a resource that’s in short supply when someone’s not a supporter. Leveling through crafting includes many breaks to regain labor points and players can quest. It requires lots of gold and real world money to level up purely through crafting.
Meanwhile, questing doesn’t need as much effort, in particular, when you’re not alone. Friends can help support or protect as the enemies become stronger, and PvP gets more common. Another tip while questing is to overachieve quests after level 15. Overachieving quests means doing at least 50% more than what’s required. Say a quest involves players having to kill 6 spiders. By turning in the quest after killing 9, players can earn more XP and gold compared to doing the bare minimum.
You can gain gold in ArcheAge by opening coin purses, gathering various resources, to crafting and doing trade runs. Gathering resources and opening coin purses won’t need a prior investment of anything other than time. Crafting requires significant investment of money (real or virtual) and time. Trade runs require more investment and experience in traveling the land since the more profitable trade runs run across continents. Some may even involve crossing by sea, which is the territory of pirates who could steal your precious cargo.
Players who have reached the level cap may still enjoy lots of endgame content (e.g., fighting in the Halycona War, continuing to farm, collecting the strongest equipment, or go boss hunting). As mentioned earlier, since ArcheAge is a sandbox MMO, the player can choose what they want to do.
Taking pleasure in this game is all about finding what works best. If something gets boring or isn’t working out, it’s okay to take a break and do something else for a while. Find what’s enjoyable as long as it’s nothing shady. Hopefully, these tips help you in your ArcheAge adventures.