I posted this a while back, in my first LS forum (sadly that LS is dead now), for some of the people that kept complaining about having no money. Some things I have seen on this board before, others Iím not sure, but I continue to see questions about making money. Maybe it will help some people out in this forum as well. For a lot of you it will be common knowledge I believe. This is still the primary way I make gil. I know a lot of people hate farming, and as much as they despise it, I despise NM campingÖI find it to be a lot of time being bored and then disappointment when Iím not paying attention and someone else claims the spawn, or I donít get the drop I was hoping for. On the other hand I find it somewhat gratifying to go out with my Taru for a couple hours and beat up on some of the mobs that used to own me. This provides ample gil to keep all my spells up to date, wear several pieces of +1 gear, and chow down on a good supply of food. Itís long, my apologies, I suggest getting comfortable. Not sure if this will help anyone or not, but I didnít figure it would hurt to post it. So without further adoÖ
A simple "guide" to making some gil
So I'm posting this to help some people out, as I continue to see those money problems popping up from time to time. I had a guinea pig, who seems to be pleased with his current gil earning abilities. So I'll try to outline some of the tips and information I gave to him. Note that I never ever told him the "best" place to farm, or the "best" mobs to kill, or the "best" items to sell at the AH. It's more important to know what you can kill and what you need, the "best" is subjective. This only deals with what I've done and some of the things that work for me. There are a billion ways to make gil, so this is by no means the money-maker's bible...
First and foremost you should know that my methods take time, as most do. You will spend hours killing too weak mobs, but in the end you'll have gil to spend on equip/food/spells and hopefully some items useful to your craft(s). From my point of view it's well worth the time.
The key to making money via the AH off the items you obtain, is to pay attention. Note how many items are for sale, whether the sales history has been cleared and only sales made today are showing (as opposed to 2 sales today, 3 yesterday, 1 the day before...etc), what the price of the item is, and whether that price is rising, falling, or stable. By now you should be aware of what items drop from what mobs. So when you go to the auction house, pick a few things that you know drop regularly from mobs you can kill en masse and check all these things. It can also be profitable to sell some slow moving, lower priced items to an NPC vendor (such as food stands). You might not make as much cash, but you will get it immediately and it will free up space for other things. Another key is to keep items for repeatable quests. These can be quick money makers and will build your fame. Higher fame means you get more money for an item when selling it to an NPC and lower prices when buying.
I like to combine endeavors as well. For example Jugner Forest, it made sense to farm there as I wanted to get 3 fangs for the tiger fang quest, and wanted to complete the signpost cleaning quest as well (Sandoria). Both of which have decent gil returns. So I picked a few mobs, tigers obviously, orcs, gobs, and saplings. I ran through the entire zone killing these any time I saw them. I stayed close to the road and cleaned the signposts as I went. Then I filled my inventory and when I was full and had my 3 tiger fangs I could leave with quests completed and several stacks of items to sell. I've found the best things to get are consumables. Ingredients once used can never be resold (as opposed to say a leather vest). Thus the price remains fairly constant, and people always need them to cook up more mithkabobs or whatever. Anything that "disappears" once it's used is a good thing to sell - or ingredients for those items.
I have concentrated on goldsmithing and clothcrafting primarily. I've done most of this by obtaining as much of my own raw materials as possible. I spent an entire evening in Tarongi Canyon killing mandragoras, stealing cotton and getting cotton drops to build my clothcraft skills. 2 cotton(lightening) -> cotton thread. 3 cotton thread(earth) -> cotton cloth. This took me through several levels of clothcrafting at minimal cost, a profit looking strictly at the gil side of things. And it just so happens that while I was there I also killed elementals (cluster drops are a must when crafting imo), bees, yugados, goblins, crawlers, birds, and saplings. All of which drop things that I knew I could sell either at the AH or an NPC, or use in crafting.
Inventory management is key to making farming/crafting work for you. When out farming it's not abnormal to drop items. An example would be a scroll of Blind or Bind. These are readily available and cheap. But if you have the space it's always worth the time to take and sell it to an NPC for 30-60gil, it will add up over time. Do the Mog Safe and Gobbiebag quests. The more space you have the more partial stacks of valuable items you can save for next time you farm those mobs. A mule or two can also help to move your farmed items through the AH a little faster. A mule in a different city is never a bad idea, as some things will sell faster and for slightly more than your home city (think food in Windhurst). If you know something sells fast, especially slightly under priced in a fluctuating market (gob gear), it's best to sell those items first. Especially if you'll have some time to check while still playing, or logging on later to see if they sold. I rarely log off without making sure I have 7 things for sale at the AH, and have been known to check the status several times a day to restock my slots. I tend not to keep things in my safe or storage that I know I'll use later in my crafting career. I know I can get them again (unless very rare), the money made can be better used for other things at the moment, and *Space is Valuable*. Take for instance Silk threads. Ya, I may need them eventually for clothcraft, but the 10k from the sale can be put to better use than those things taking up space in my mog safe unused. Even if I buy the silk threads when I reach that level I just consider what I made on the stack I sold a loan, since they are readily available on the AH, I know I can get them if needed, and technically should only be out a few gil at most (cost of placing them on AH) unless the price changes drastically.
Another nice way to make immediate gil is to focus on killing orcs, gobs, etc... That 12-75 gil drop from each adds up(depending on what level most of you will see somewhere between this until your 40s or 50s). If I farm strictly these types of mobs I'm guaranteed 2-5k in a couple hours on top of the sale of drops.
One more suggestion I have is to level your THF to 15. Especially if you have a level 30 char. You can farm and steal. THF sub will give you added gil drops(at lvl5), added item drops(at lvl15), and the ability to steal(lvl5) things like beastcoins which sell quickly and at a decent price per stack, or can be used in crafting. Not to mention all the gil/stuff you'll get from soloing your THF to 15. It's slow, but I did it with a Taru, and made out pretty well.
Some other minor points - I've started to run more. You can kill things as you run through a zone if youíre not in a hurry. You may not get complete stacks, but that's why you have a (hopefully clutter free) mog safe. Carry some hatchets/sickles/picks with you, if you stumble upon a harvesting point use them. I also like to keep several items I can put up while leveling. Even in Jeuno if you sell the right things you'll make good money, and maybe even more than if you sold it somewhere else, even with the taxes. Diversify as much as possible. If you have too much of something that market can get saturated or you could be stuck with a bunch of stuff that's not selling. Use what you can if you craft. Kill where you know you will get drops usable at your current, or close, crafting levels. It just takes some planning and attention to the economy.