10 Things you have to know in ArcheAge

The third Closed Beta Event will begin at 10:00 AM PDT next Thursday, August 14 and run through Monday, August 18 at 10:00 AM PDT. Hopefully, it gets release soon so that we can all enjoy this wonderful game. Here are some tips for those interested with the game:

1. Know what you want to do in Archeage
There are many ways to enjoy ArcheAge! You can do the usual routine of hunting monsters, the exciting path of hunting of other players, or even taking it easy by focusing on building your own house and garden. Not content with just fixing your own home? Then be a lord of a castle commanding over numerous homesteads and protect your local populace. Know what type of character you want to be and you will be able to fully enjoy the endless possibilities of this game. As of the writing of this article, I have not yet tested the PvP and house building options so I might get back to that soon!

2. Selecting your capability considering the ‘linked effect’
In order to come up with your final job, you have to pick 3 out of the 10 possible capabilities. Upon character creation, you get to choose 1 with an additional at levels 5 and 10. I suggest picking a combat based capability first such as fight, wild nature, magic, or mission. Other abilities like love, witchcraft, and will are more of accessory traits and can be picked up later.
Don’t worry if you made a mistake with the capability you picked. You can talk to an NPC in the village and pay a specific amount to have it changed. It’s better to have it changed as soon as possible since your capabilities level up too! It would be an annoyance to start again from level 1 if you already have a level 10 ability. Also, remember that your capabilities are linked and can affect each other. For instance, Mission works well with Fight or Wild nature while Magic is harmonious with Death or Witchcraft. Find your own mix and see what works for you.

3. Select equipment regardless of your job
Unlike the conventional role playing games that impose strict restrictions on armor classes, ArcheAge doesn’t follow that format. Warriors need not wear strong metal plated armor and wizards need not keep using robes. Dress yourself according to the function you wish to fulfill. For example, I use a Wizard class while wearing somewhat heavy armor to minimize the damage from the monsters I hunt. This can also go the other way with me choosing leather to increase magic resistance. This makes the game a better simulation because I believe that mages do not ALWAYS use light armor. It’s my own preference and that is something that you can apply too when you play this game!

4. Save colored / special equipment
As with most MMO games, monsters and quests give you both valuable and junk equipment. You can distinguish such by the way their names are colored. These can be highlighted with green or other colors depending on their rarity. Be sure to save some of these items even if you don’t plan on wearing them later on. You see, you can get an archium material through a sort of disassembly process. This material is needed to make luxury equipment later on. So be sure to save them. Sell the other items you don’t need to ensure that you get some cash inflow for your character. I snagged some green level robes from a monster hunt but I don’t think I’ll be wearing them anytime soon since I’ll put it through disassembly later on. Gotta learn how to do so first.

5. Acquire resources quickly and use labor points aggressively
The game has a labor component that is used as the primary option for accumulating resources. By expending labor points, you acquire resources from trees, ores, and other places. Labor is then recovered at a rate of roughly 1 per minute, For instance, if you see an ore patch or tree while roaming the map, just collect from them. It’s similar to that in Skyrim where you get to chop logs and get ore from mines. Also, logs and ore are important minerals that can be traded and used later on.
At level 1, you have 1000 labor points. Cutting a tree down gives xp too, so fighting monsters isn’t the only way to level up. It regenerates even when you are logged out of the game, I believe. That’s even more reason why not to skimp on using it.

6. Take your pet and always train it
In this game you get pets which can be used for movement purposes (mount) and combat. Depending on your pet and how you raise it, you get to learn and assign skills as it too levels up. Be sure you always have your pets with you so that they too gain experience and level up. I’ve heard that you can use them for battle but I’m not sure if this means they aid you in monster hunting or if you get to use them Pokemon style. Take note that while you can use your mount to attack, it is significantly weaker than your battle pet. You get pets at different quests. So far, I only use a basic mount and have no battle pet.

7. Aim to exceed quest requirements for bonuses
Quests require you to turn in some items obtained from monster drops or based on the number of monsters killed. Once you speak to an NPC, he will mark the quest as done and give you the appropriate rewards. You will then be compensated for your efforts. However, it might seem like a paltry sum compared to the amount of travelling and hunting you have done. There is a way around this though. Give around 150% of the requirements and you can enjoy higher returns on your questing. I suggest doing this since you travelled far to kill monsters anyway. Might as well get an extra feather, pelt, or two. Doing quests this way makes it faster to level up and will help in the long run.

8. Focus on quests for livelihood
In ArcheAge, the livelihood element is a big part in increasing your character’s strength. There is limit in training a character by means of combat since you would need to take part in siege warfare or PvP. You must produce weapons for either defending or attacking a castle which means that emphasis should be put into production and manufacturing. As such, resources are needed and these can be obtained either by foraging in the world map or by tending your own farm. Foraging is limited since you will be competing against other players for scarce resources. Having your own farm means that you have a steady supply of materials at hand. The only downside is that players can invade your garden to either vandalize or steal your hard work. Make sure you take care of your home as it is one of the vital parts of leveling and gaining resources.

9. Visit a priest or sister after your character dies
After level 10, a penalty is applied every time you die. You lose some of your experience points when this happens. This is extremely annoying especially after spending time trying to level your character in the first place. To solve this, make sure you visit a temple and talk to the priest or sister there. You can recover up to 90% of the lost experience by using your labor points. This will be a definite lifesaver once you reach the higher levels and get killed aggressively by any PvP players.

10. Increase move speed when you can
Once you reach level 5, you gain access to abilities that can increase your speed. This ‘speed’ ability is like sprinting which drains your stamina while in use. You can use this skill repeatedly in order to travel from village to village. This is especially important for early players who do not have access to pets or mounts yet. While traveling, you may find tonics that restore stamina and help you continue on running. Make use of this skill as early as you can in order to get a lot of things done.

I hope it can help you. Have Fun.