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#1 andy9l

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 11:23 PM

Firstly, I'm no MMO expert or serious gamer. That said, I am completely hooked on GW2, but I play alone, generally.

I've been holding off buying anything >2 silver for quite some time - armour, weapons, you name it. Nothing has cost me >2 silver for a single item. However, as I near level 70, I need to get my hands on Master and Grandmaster Manuals (yep, still on adept). It's starting to get difficult to stay alive on occasions with my 10 trait points per trait(!), and I can imagine it's going to get a lot harder in the last ten levels.

I'm slightly concerned, however, that I'm quite "poor" within the game. I haven't asked anyone else, I'm not in a guild or anything. So if someone could give me an idea of the state of my character, I'd appreciate it. Also, any tips to help are welcomed!

Cash: 11 gold, 14 silver
Karma: 87,100

Are these typical for a first character at level 68? (Remember, no Master/Grandmaster manuals purchased yet)

Another concern of mine - I have been saving skill points like no tomorrow. Is there any point in me saving? Are skill points used after unlocking maybe 2 elites? I've unlocked one elite, and spent only 19 skill points on other skills. Again, this is beginning to have a strain on my game - should I just splash out on some skills?

Unused skill points: 105

It may be worth saying that every single area I've entered is 100% complete. Though I'm only at 47% completion. I just have no-one to compare to, so I could be ahead, or behind - but it's been playing on my mind since level 50+ so I thought I'd ask.

Am I worrying too much? I'm the kinda' guy who has had his starter hood in his inventory since day 1, and intends on keeping that bad boy!

Advice/tips appreciated.

Edit: Character is a Thief if that makes any difference.

Edited by andy9l, 11 November 2012 - 11:25 PM.


#2 SnowmanRelic

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 11:50 PM

Spend your points, go buy the masters book of your profession and start working with skillpoints to find something you like.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 12:10 AM

For a non serious gammer like you with a level 68-70 char earning that much gold and karma is pretty good.  When you get to level 80, the karma and coin reward you get from events increases (but so does your repair fees and tele fees).  Don't forget to finish your daily achievements, that itself gives at least 5 silver and a mystic coin that is about 2+ silver, and karma.

Once you reach 80, get a good set of magic find gear and MF foods and grind the event chains in orr (phinx and the two camps at the tunnel way).  You can make about 1 gold or more in an hour this way selling all your drops and the rare ones in the trading post.  You can also spend about 20-30 min farming all 12 Orichalcum nodes in the lvl 80 maps which can fetch you about 1 gold with the current market prices.  

Spend all the skill points you need.  When you hit lvl 80, even though that is a level cap, you still earn a skill point each time your exp bar gets full.  Also, when you complete a map zone of lvl 75+ you get high level exotics which can sell for alot.

#4 Jetjordan

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 12:13 AM

This sounds identical to my first playthrough as far as gold goes.  Karma I spent along the way so I think I had around 47K by level 80.

you're doing great!  (not sarcasm) <--neither is that.

#5 andy9l

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 12:47 AM

View PostSnowmanRelic, on 11 November 2012 - 11:50 PM, said:

Spend your points, go buy the masters book of your profession and start working with skillpoints to find something you like.

I think I might have to! Certainly the masters one for now.

View PostNeoPomStar, on 12 November 2012 - 12:10 AM, said:

For a non serious gammer like you with a level 68-70 char earning that much gold and karma is pretty good.  When you get to level 80, the karma and coin reward you get from events increases (but so does your repair fees and tele fees).  Don't forget to finish your daily achievements, that itself gives at least 5 silver and a mystic coin that is about 2+ silver, and karma.

Once you reach 80, get a good set of magic find gear and MF foods and grind the event chains in orr (phinx and the two camps at the tunnel way).  You can make about 1 gold or more in an hour this way selling all your drops and the rare ones in the trading post.  You can also spend about 20-30 min farming all 12 Orichalcum nodes in the lvl 80 maps which can fetch you about 1 gold with the current market prices.  

Spend all the skill points you need.  When you hit lvl 80, even though that is a level cap, you still earn a skill point each time your exp bar gets full.  Also, when you complete a map zone of lvl 75+ you get high level exotics which can sell for alot.

Thanks for the detailed reply, really useful. I didn't realise that 75+ areas gave an exotic - I look forward to those areas. Are skill points still only used for skills at level 80? It seems like I could unlock a good chunk of them already?

Edit: I am almost neurotic about completing those daily events!

View PostJetjordan, on 12 November 2012 - 12:13 AM, said:

This sounds identical to my first playthrough as far as gold goes.  Karma I spent along the way so I think I had around 47K by level 80.

you're doing great!  (not sarcasm) <--neither is that.

Ha, well that's good to hear! It's just odd when you're playing a multi player game alone, casually, because I see all these armour skins and weapon skins but have no idea what they are. When I look in the TP, the prices are madness! I am obviously looking at the wrong skins, but I would like a decent outfit at level 80 which is why I've saved everything I can.

I have about 2 gold in materials too, I just looked. I haven't done crafting yet - I really do not understand it so need to look at it properly. Not sure if it's worth my keeping the mats or selling them. I've got a full stack of a few ores now so my inventory is holding them too!

Thanks for the replies all. I need to find myself a guild I think, and get a grip with this game! I spend hour after hour pushing for 100% completion, so I haven't spent much time looking at the "extra bits" yet.

It's rare for me to get into single player on any game. Says something for GW2 PvE that's for sure.

Edited by andy9l, 12 November 2012 - 12:52 AM.


#6 aguliondew

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 02:16 AM

If you are not going for a legendary, philosopher stones should be the main thing you use skill points for. They enable you to upgrade crafting mats to mithril to orichalcum, elder wood to ancient wood, etc (if you need extra to craft your exotics). Also you can buy eldritch scrolls which can be used to craft the good-looking exotics in the mystic forge volcanus, the anomaly, firebringer, wintersbite, etc.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 02:21 AM

As said above, you're doing just fine, looks like you're richer than I was back when leveling my first toon. With the skills, don't skimp. Unlock everything you need to fill your entire utility bar with options for some switches for different situations. If you don't know whether you need the skill, look at the Wiki for descriptions and tips, and trial them in Heart of the Mists.

Never delay in buying your trait manuals.

Crafting may look like just another gold sink, but if you level at least one to 400 it'd give you a lot of experience and from the safety of your desk so to speak.

There's little need to spend in game coin on gear in this game and you can easily get by with just what you find. If you get involved in dungeons then yes, rares and exotics will be helpful. But I don't think it's truly necessary. This game appears to be more skill based and build based (ie. how you trait and what utilities you use).

If you MUST get a better weapon/ armor set at lvl 80, then one of the reliable ways to get it is to do your personal storyline and then look into getting the Order weapons or armor when you can. They're actually very expensive for just having rare stats, but the appearance and the skins may appeal to some people. Save your fine transmutation stones so you can upgrade to exotic stats down the track while keeping the old weapon or armor skins. With the money you have now, getting a few lvl 80 exotics will be no problem, or you can craft them yourself.

#8 cartejustini

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 03:30 AM

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This sounds identical to my first playthrough as far as gold goes

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 11:23 AM

Buy master and grandmaster manual, you will need it sooner or later anyway, if you want to make a good build. Other than that I'd just save gold until lvl 80 and then get lvl 80 exotic gear. Geting gear for look is fine, but don't buy lower level or rare armor for stats, go straight to lvl 80 exotic gear.

For completing high level ares you get exotic armor, lvl 71-78, if I remember correctly. Don't use it yourself, sell it and get lvl 80 stuff.

Concerning Skillpoints: I think you get enough of them. I unlocked all skills and still have enough Skillpoints left. But thats basically your choice, I like having all skills unlocked, so I can switch them out, without having to think about skillpoints anymore.




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