Monday, November 3, 2014

Earning my Volcanus in Guildwars 2

I recently started playing Guild Wars 2, a colleague of mine kept on pushing me to buy and play the game but since it is a bit costly to buy GW2 it took him like a few months before he got me convinced. Well he finally got me convinced when Arenanet put the game on 50% sale. So I decided to open up my wallet and check the game out.

At first I was like "ehh", the graphics are awesome, the quest are cool and events keeps me busy, but it still feels a little bland, the controls is a bit weird for me at first and the mechanic is not very familiar. But "ehh" slowly became "omg" when my friend started a party and played with me. I told him, I wanna fight giants! And behold he took me to this place where a huge giant is plowing away at the towns people. We fought it, I died and was resurrected a lot of times but after slaying the giant and after earning like 2 levels up worth of experience points, I became hooked.

And now here I am about to tell you guys how I earned my first AWESOME sword Volcanus.
First of all, Volcanus is not a LEGENDARY sword, but it is one of the AWESOMEST sword in the game. In my opinion it is even more cool looking than the most expensive sword in the game right now.

The sword looks extremely cool because of the animated flames that engulfs it. It is very noticeable, especially when your running around with it, as it leaves a cool fiery trail in the wind as you run.

Right now the sword cost around 520-540 gold on the trading post. 1 gold cost around costs $0.12 to buy through gems. So in order for you to buy the sword you have to buy around $64 worth of gems and exchange it with 530 gold to buy the sword from the Trading post. That my friends is a lot of money! The game only cost me around $20, so to buy the sword, its like buying 3 more copies of the game!

So buying with money route is a big NO for me. So what else can I do to obtain the sword? - Crafting.

Players who sells Volcanus in the Trading post crafted the sword themselves, however crafting the sword is not a walk in the park either. In order to craft Volcanus, you will need the following.

Vial of Liquid Flame
250 Ghost Pepper
100 Molten Lodestone
100 Destroyer Lodestone
1 Gift of Baelfire

1Eldritch Scroll
100 Mystic Coin
1Vial of Liquid Flame
250 Molten Lodestone

Most of these items are available in the Trading Post, but you will be spending more gold if you buy all the ingredients. So the cheapest option is to farm. Farming 350 Molten Lodestone is not a very easy feat! In my months of playing the game, I was only able to collect around 5 Molten Lodestone, and that is only one of the ingredients.

So what did I do? I earn and farm gold. My goal is to farm 20 gold/day. To earn my 20g I did the following.

This are dungeons that I'm most familiar with and fastest to run.

Citadel of Flame Path 1 - 1.5g
Citadel of Flame Path 2 - 1.5g
Ascalonian Catacombs Path 1 - 1.55g
Ascalonian Catacombs Path 2 - 1.55g
Ascalonian Catacombs Path 3 - 1.55g
Sorrows Embrace Path 1 - 1.5g
Twilight Arbor Path 1 - 1.5g

Dungeon Gold: 10.65G
- All loot 3 silver up is sold on TP.
- All rares are salvaged for ecto which cost a lot and trades fast on TP.

World Bosses
I don't have enough game time everyday to do all the bosses so I just pick the boss that gives more rewards vs time.
Shadow Behemoth - not much wait time, fast to kill
Jungle Wurm - extra stuff from champion and fast to kill
Shatterer - no sweat dragon boss.
Svanir Shaman - easy and fast to kill
Fire Elemental - takes a bit of waiting time but worth it especially if some dude has a key for more loots.
Karka Queen - Easy kill with expensive loots
Teqtl the Sunless - Easy if the map is organized, lots of good stuff from this boss.

You will get around 4g from World Bosses and a lot more from the loots.

After doing all this for 3 weeks I was able to save around 380 gold. Then I bought exotics from the dungeon traders and salvaged them all for more ectos and if lucky you will get insignias that can be sold to around 2g each.

Then the Halloween patch came and I farmed Treat or Trick bags, candy corns and lots of loots like crazy. I did not exchange open my bags. I sold them all! During that time 1 bag is sold for around 7.6 silver each. 250 bags is very easy to farm and you can get 20gold easy for an hour of farming.

When I have around 420 gold I sold all my ectos and other bank items and was able to get around 115 gold for it. Finally I have 535gold! Enough to buy my own Volcanus, which is sold during that time for 519gold. I went to TP and got my sword. It felt soooo goood!

 Here's my Warrior with the sword.

It took me around 3 weeks and 2 days to get my own Volcanus. I spent around 4 hours playin the game, like 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours before going to bed. Its been a long wait, but its all worth it! 

Look at my Warrior all happy and proud with his new sword.

It may have felt sweeter if I crafted the item from scratch but I prefer it this way. Doesn't take a lot of time and its well worth it.

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