Ari’s G3S4 Recap
It’s almost time for the next patch, so here’s a recap of Ari’s escapades in the past 3 weeks while I’m waiting for horses and houses. Of course, I was gone for a week, so there’s a bit less to write about, but that’s not to say it wasn’t exciting! The main things this time around are the DKs and Rabbie arena, along with various skill training. I also went on a Peaca Basic run today. I haven’t had the chance to visit Rabbie Adv yet, but I’m not really in a rush to try it out either.
This post contains spoilers regarding the DK quest. Proceed accordingly.
Dark Knight Quest
First of all, I started the DK quest since I wanted to go through it for the story even though I didn’t plan on turning into DK anyway. After starting the quest and getting a piece of the DK armor, it starts talking to me. Kinda creepy…
I wandered all over Erinn looking for each of the DK armor pieces, while the armor kept on talking to me. The ability of controlling monsters is quite tempting indeed. I will come back to this later.
After finishing the armor, I made it through Albey dungeon and encountered fomor face the elusive black wizard. He was quite nice actually.
I don’t really want to be one with the DK armor…
I went back to Tarlach, but the armor won’t come off! So I needed Meven’s potion to get rid of it.
Before that, I went to Duncan to learn more about his past. It seems that a female acquaintance of his, Ilis, turned into a DK for various reasons. The cutscene was too short and felted rushed. It would’ve been better if it was a bit longer and more involved. I did like the art though. I want her bird.
Time to RP as Ruairi! You can keep on turning into DK while inside Barri dungeon. As an archer, it felt really weird playing a melee character again. His stats were decent. I wish his WM was better than F though >_>
However, the skill that I played with the most was Control of Darkness (CoD). I went around trying to tame EVERYTHING, including the Ogre Warriors at the end. I ended up dying a lot because of it. It feels great having monsters on your side. I’ve always wanted a pet gorgon.
Finishing up the RP, it’s off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of Albey to rendezvous with the black wizard and make me decision. CoD is awesome and the stats could be awesome if you get a good modifier roll, but in the long run paladins give consistently better stats. So I decided on staying as a paladin. The black wizard then ditched me. That bastard.
This is what I was looking forward to the most from this patch: not because of the fighting, but because of the unlimited transformations and hence, unlimited SP. This is perfect for nailnogi! I even ran myself out of SP.
I went into Rabbie arena on the day after the patch was implemented, so there weren’t many DKs, aside from those that used Albey wings to complete the quest. So there wasn’t much fighting at all, and if there was any, it wasn’t really fair. I was also reminded how stupid arena is and how overpowered AR is. I spent most of my time there getting nails, gems, picking my pig for herbs and other production stuff. I did do some fighting too! Thanks Sen for giving my pig a star and letting me kill him with a gathering knife. :D
Coming back to Dunbarton, I saw Mimi coming back from Ceo with a pet golem in tow. That’s pretty awesome. I also like how DKs turn red when their HP starts draining.
The main thing that I’ve been working on has been handicraft. I’ve been at rank 7, and planned to get to rank 6 by the 24th. However, things seemed to be a bit ahead of schedule, so I tried to finish up my training a week early. I bought a bunch of iron ingots to make pipes with (thanks Tomoya) and with megas and kazuma’s help with transferring them, I finished up r7 training with an hour to go in Alben Eiler.
With this rank, I can now make every single handicraft item that is implemented at the moment, which includes housing items that were recently added. So why not try making one?
Success! Too bad each loom and spinning wheel last for 100 uses only. I believe they only increase the success rates and do not modify the quality ratios. They also take up a lot of inventory space.
They are also HUGE. How am I supposed to carry these!?
Since I can now make crates, time to go stalk people MGS-style. Heh.
Now that I’m rank 6, it’s time to look towards rank 5. The handicraft rank 6 training requirements are as follows:
- 4+ Success: 0.50 x 100 = 50.00
- 7/6/5 Success: 0.20 x 280 = 56.00
- 8- Success: 0.06 x 100 = 6.00
- 4+ Failure: 0.20 x 80 = 16.00
- 7/6/5 Failure: 0.06 x 100 = 6.00
- 8- Failure: 0.04 x 60 = 2.40
This looked pretty awful at first, until I realized that you can make finest handmade bandages starting at rank 6 and they are also rank 6. It requires 1 fine fabric, which is a lot cheaper than the alternatives: sun/bush costumes (2 wood boards = 4 tough strings, 4 iron pipes) or W22 (golden string, silver string, tough thread, iron pipe). I intend to complete all 280 7/6/5 successes, fail 60 blue gem powders and then get the remaining 35.6 from successes and failures from fabric looms. If they all succeed, it will take 72 attempts. Along the way, the 8- successes will be covered by powder and board successes.
Depending on how readily available fine fabrics are, I aim to get to r5 within 2 to 3 weeks.
I am buying and selling handicraft supplies and costumes!
Fine fabric – 3k ea
Magical golden thread – 1k ea
Magical silver thread – 5k ea
Loom for Fabric – 90k ea
Loom for Silk – 90k ea
Item fishing W22 – 25k ea
Nao costume – 15k ea
Bush costume – 15k ea
Sun costume – 20k ea
Tree costume – 20k ea
Note me on Arietta or just write a comment here!
I also took a look at the requirements for later ranks. Rank 5 is about 2 times worse than rank 6, but it’s still doable. It’s also the first rank in which you will be forced to fail. I’m going to hate failing and losing materials that took so long to get. I expect to spend 3-4m for this rank. Then, I looked at ranks 3 and 4 and concluded that it is the worst thing I have ever seen. Think enchant, pot making and smithing is bad? Handicraft r3 and r4 together require over 40k wool, 15k iron ingots, 40k nails, 50k cobwebs… It’s over 9000!!!! With that amount of time and money, I’d rather spend it on other stuff like combat skills or smithing. On a side note, rank 2 is surprisingly easy and is probably easier than rank 5.
So now I have a goal of reaching rank 4 handicraft and then stopping for good.
The Slayers guild invited me to one of their Peaca Basic runs, so I went to check it out. The dungeon is pretty straightforward and similar to normal Peaca. We all knew what to do, so it went pretty smoothly. All the monsters have titles. I got bored during ghoul rooms since I didn’t want to interrupt tennis matches.
At the end of the third floor were giant fireflies. They go ping and actually took a lot of damage from fire magnums.
Of course it wouldn’t be Peaca without ghosts.
Around 2.5 hours after we started, we reached the boss room. First, we needed to clear the hellcats. They go ping too.
Then, we lured Banshee away from the spawned ghost minions to kill it using windmill, after collecting enough ghost fluids and making ghost swords. She spotted us a little early though.
It went pretty smoothly and I got a black intricate dragon blade from the end chest. Mimi said they were worth 1-2m. I didn’t know they were worth that much! Still, I wouldn’t really want to come back to Peaca.
Odds and Ends
Of course life skills aren’t everything. After getting ranged to 1, I’ve been slowly working on crit and finally got it to rank 1 when I came home from my cruise. At the same time, I got enough levels to get to Eye r3. Then I looked at my AP and realized I had enough to get AR to r4, so I did that too.
Combat-wise, I’m planning to get AR and Eye both to r1 within 2 rebirths. All I need to do is average 50 levels a rebirth which is pretty straightforward. After completing that, the next goals will be getting Mag to r1 and Sword to r9. I can see the end in sight :P
It seems that fashion gachas and fixed dye gachas were added too. While I am glad for all those people who got rare items from them, I feel sad for all the tailors and crafters out there. With the slightly increasing supply in hands of people who don’t know how much work goes into each finished product, the prices and profits (if any) are diminishing. I nearly cried when I saw a sun costume vending for 5k. The materials alone are worth 12k at the least and possibly up to 18k. Let’s hope it doesn’t hurt us that much in the long run.
I’m looking forward to getting a small house, as well as a horse or two to explore Iria ^^