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#1 Kuskah

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:25 PM

I want to craft myself an exotic set. For that I need 30 ectos. Any tips on how to farm them? I know I need to salvage high lvl rares & exotics but I haven't played this game for so long that I don't know how to get those besides TP...

Any help appreciated!

#2 Illein

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:29 PM

View PostKuskah, on 20 December 2012 - 12:25 PM, said:

I want to craft myself an exotic set. For that I need 30 ectos. Any tips on how to farm them? I know I need to salvage high lvl rares & exotics but I haven't played this game for so long that I don't know how to get those besides TP...

Any help appreciated!

If you want a steady income of ectos and aren't in a hurry, I'd simply run the Citadel of Flame Dungeon (Path 1 and 2) once a day. It gives you ~120 Dungeon Tokens which you can exchange for Level 70 Rare items at 30 Tokens a piece - if you salvage those, you should get somewhere between 3-8 ectos a day with that alone, if you're lucky you get 1-2 rare drops from the dungeon run itself, which again add up to your ectos.

It all depends how quick you want that armor set. :)

PS.: Takes about 45-60 minutes in total for average PUGs I'd say.

Edited by Illein, 20 December 2012 - 12:44 PM.


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Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:40 PM

If Cof bored you, try fractals too. They have a quite nice rare drop rate. Exotics happens too.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:44 PM

Or you can farm anything that sells on the TP and buy your ectos there. An Orichalcum Ore/Ancient Wood/Onmomberry-Run in all 4 zones takes about an hour (or less if locations are easy) and yields 2-3 gold.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:48 PM

You can do AC aswell, with a fast team you can do all paths within 1h which nets 180 tokens = 6 items to salvage. :)

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:57 PM

View PostGilles VI, on 20 December 2012 - 01:48 PM, said:

You can do AC aswell, with a fast team you can do all paths within 1h which nets 180 tokens = 6 items to salvage. :)

I thought the rares from AC @30 tokens each were below level 68, or has that changed?

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 02:13 PM

rare's from AC are lvl 35.
But if you run AC with an omnomberry bar, doing all 3paths nets about 4g. If you kill kholer.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 02:31 PM

View Postchullster, on 20 December 2012 - 01:57 PM, said:

I thought the rares from AC @30 tokens each were below level 68, or has that changed?

Ah mybad, thought those were lvl80 aswell..

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:14 PM

running CoF/HotW/CoE/Arah and turning in the tokens for rares is probably the best "free" way to do it, and the way I've been doing it recently.  a full run of each dungeon nets a bit more than 180 tokens, which should get you 6 rare armors for salvage.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:59 AM

Running Arah for Tokens to salvage? Thought one path takes 2 hours at least, no?

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 09:05 AM

Yeah Arah doesnt seem the best place to me either

#12 Illein

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 09:09 AM

View PostLimbolein, on 21 December 2012 - 08:59 AM, said:

Running Arah for Tokens to salvage? Thought one path takes 2 hours at least, no?

They're probably referring to only killing the Giant of the 1st Boss encounter - but that's giving 3 Tokens at best, each time, takes about 4 Minutes - probably not worth the hassle.

The STEADIEST way is CoF 1+2, I'd say. The FASTEST way isCoF 1+2 on multiple characters a day ;)

Edited by Illein, 22 December 2012 - 02:50 PM.


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Posted 21 December 2012 - 09:21 AM

path 3 of Arah takes 20 to 30 mins with a decent and experienced party, path 1 is also pretty easy, a bit longer than path 3, the rest take longer.

CoF path 1 takes me 15 mins with my regular party, and path 2 takes about 15 to 20 also, path 3 is a pain so I never do it xD

HotW is also decently fast and easy if you know which parts to skip

Edited by lmaonade, 21 December 2012 - 09:23 AM.


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Posted 22 December 2012 - 12:48 PM

View PostIllein, on 21 December 2012 - 09:09 AM, said:

They're probably referring to only killing the Giant of the 1st Boss encounter - but that's giving 3 Tokens at best, each time, takes about 4 Minutes - probably not worth the hassle.

The STEADIEST way is FZ 1+2, I'd say. The FASTEST way is FZ 1+2 on multiple characters a day ;)
Whats FZ?

#15 Illein

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 02:51 PM

View PostIcey Dragon, on 22 December 2012 - 12:48 PM, said:

Whats FZ?

Nevermind that. It's the German abbreviation I usually have to use for our guild chat. Force of habit. It's Citadel of Flame!

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 03:00 PM

View PostSans, on 20 December 2012 - 02:13 PM, said:

rare's from AC are lvl 35.
But if you run AC with an omnomberry bar, doing all 3paths nets about 4g. If you kill kholer.


That's rubbish imho.  Any facts and figures to back up this statement or are you just encouraging posters to go out there and buy Omnomberry bars?  

FYI Spicy Pumkin Cookies are a much cheaper way to get max magic find % at lv80 and cheaper to craft,  than an omnomberry bar but seriously its makes hardly any difference. An extra rare drop, if at all, even with that, 3 ectos max, so maybe 90 silver + 26silver x3 + the extra events I can't see someone netting more than 2.5g at the very most if they're lucky.

The best dungeon paths seem to be Citadel of Flame path 1 and 2,  Honor of the Waves path 1 and Ascalonian Catacombs path 1. All should take 30 minutes or less and will net you a substantial amount of gold.  

Edited by gamblers_luck, 22 December 2012 - 03:01 PM.


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Posted 22 December 2012 - 03:13 PM

View Postgamblers_luck, on 22 December 2012 - 03:00 PM, said:



That's rubbish imho.  Any facts and figures to back up this statement or are you just encouraging posters to go out there and buy Omnomberry bars?  

FYI Spicy Pumkin Cookies are a much cheaper way to get max magic find % at lv80 and cheaper to craft,  than an omnomberry bar but seriously its makes hardly any difference. An extra rare drop, if at all, even with that, 3 ectos max, so maybe 90 silver + 26silver x3 + the extra events I can't see someone netting more than 2.5g at the very most if they're lucky.

The best dungeon paths seem to be Citadel of Flame path 1 and 2,  Honor of the Waves path 1 and Ascalonian Catacombs path 1. All should take 30 minutes or less and will net you a substantial amount of gold.  

You don't use omnomberry bars for the magic find, but for the 40% more coin. It does make quite a difference with all the silver bosses and some veterans drop. Not sure if it affects the completion reward though.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 03:29 PM

View Postmjsko, on 22 December 2012 - 03:13 PM, said:

Not sure if it affects the completion reward though.

it doesn't, only drops.  there is definitely a difference though, with omnomberry bars you get about 14s instead of about 10s for each boss in AC.  there's a thread in the PvE forum about it, but on any given run in AC you can get 3 bosses (possibly 4 if troll).  Assuming the troll spawns and you get loot from all bosses, that's around 56s (42s w/out troll).  Over 3 runs, assuming no troll each run, that's 1.2g before selling your loot.  I wouldn't say its a guaranteed 4g each day, but it's pretty close after you merch everything and if you salvage the crap for mats and TP the mats.

Edited by matsif, 22 December 2012 - 03:29 PM.


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Posted 22 December 2012 - 03:38 PM

View Postgamblers_luck, on 22 December 2012 - 03:00 PM, said:

That's rubbish imho.  Any facts and figures to back up this statement or are you just encouraging posters to go out there and buy Omnomberry bars?  

FYI Spicy Pumkin Cookies are a much cheaper way to get max magic find % at lv80 and cheaper to craft,  than an omnomberry bar but seriously its makes hardly any difference. An extra rare drop, if at all, even with that, 3 ectos max, so maybe 90 silver + 26silver x3 + the extra events I can't see someone netting more than 2.5g at the very most if they're lucky.

The best dungeon paths seem to be Citadel of Flame path 1 and 2,  Honor of the Waves path 1 and Ascalonian Catacombs path 1. All should take 30 minutes or less and will net you a substantial amount of gold.  

You make the money from coin drop from bosses, not from loot.
You get 26s from completing each dungeon path.
You get 24s from each end boss.
You get 14s from Spider/Kholer
Most of the Rare champs drop 7s.
+all the loot and coin you get from regular mobs.

Edited by Khalija, 22 December 2012 - 07:41 PM.
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Posted 22 December 2012 - 03:46 PM

Lets not throw mud, but yeah fair point on the ' the 40% more coin.'

I'll try it out with those. Thanks.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 05:18 PM

I always found it kinda weird that ectos can't be found....anywhere, they're just inside weapons and armor if you salvage them. I always thought you should be able to find them.... somewhere.... perhaps very rarely but somewhere, just so you have the illusion that they come from somewhere.

Edited by Guardian of the Light, 22 December 2012 - 05:18 PM.


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Posted 22 December 2012 - 05:42 PM

View PostIllein, on 20 December 2012 - 12:29 PM, said:

If you want a steady income of ectos and aren't in a hurry, I'd simply run the Citadel of Flame Dungeon (Path 1 and 2) once a day. It gives you ~120 Dungeon Tokens which you can exchange for Level 70 Rare items at 30 Tokens a piece - if you salvage those, you should get somewhere between 3-8 ectos a day with that alone, if you're lucky you get 1-2 rare drops from the dungeon run itself, which again add up to your ectos.

Why didn't I think of that!!!  Now I know what to do with all those CoF tokens as I attempt to farm loadstones.  Thanks!!!


View PostGuardian of the Light, on 22 December 2012 - 05:18 PM, said:

I always found it kinda weird that ectos can't be found....anywhere, they're just inside weapons and armor if you salvage them. I always thought you should be able to find them.... somewhere.... perhaps very rarely but somewhere, just so you have the illusion that they come from somewhere.

Maybe the process of imbuing weapons and armor with magic creates the ecto essence inside the item, and Tyrians have yet to find another process which creates them.  Obviously it's a crude unrefined process, as even salvaging items is unreliable, recovering inconsistent amounts and sometimes destroying the essence altogether.

Someone should speak to the alchemists working at Black Lion Company, as they seem to have the most success with their salvage kits. :)

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 05:42 PM

View Postgamblers_luck, on 22 December 2012 - 03:00 PM, said:



That's rubbish imho.  Any facts and figures to back up this statement or are you just encouraging posters to go out there and buy Omnomberry bars?  

FYI Spicy Pumkin Cookies are a much cheaper way to get max magic find % at lv80 and cheaper to craft,  than an omnomberry bar but seriously its makes hardly any difference. An extra rare drop, if at all, even with that, 3 ectos max, so maybe 90 silver + 26silver x3 + the extra events I can't see someone netting more than 2.5g at the very most if they're lucky.

The best dungeon paths seem to be Citadel of Flame path 1 and 2,  Honor of the Waves path 1 and Ascalonian Catacombs path 1. All should take 30 minutes or less and will net you a substantial amount of gold.  

View Postmjsko, on 22 December 2012 - 03:13 PM, said:

You don't use omnomberry bars for the magic find, but for the 40% more coin. It does make quite a difference with all the silver bosses and some veterans drop. Not sure if it affects the completion reward though.

Thanks for telling the know it all.

I make gold doing other things and buy the ectos i need, other that just play the game - the ectos will come.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 06:19 PM

View PostReason on Cooldown, on 22 December 2012 - 05:42 PM, said:

Why didn't I think of that!!!  Now I know what to do with all those CoF tokens as I attempt to farm loadstones.  Thanks!!!




Maybe the process of imbuing weapons and armor with magic creates the ecto essence inside the item, and Tyrians have yet to find another process which creates them.  Obviously it's a crude unrefined process, as even salvaging items is unreliable, recovering inconsistent amounts and sometimes destroying the essence altogether.

Someone should speak to the alchemists working at Black Lion Company, as they seem to have the most success with their salvage kits. :)
Well, considering they dropped in UW in GW1, and there are some UW mobs and portals would lead me to believe they should drop but they don't.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:47 PM

View PostLIVESTRONGG, on 22 December 2012 - 06:19 PM, said:

Well, considering they dropped in UW in GW1, and there are some UW mobs and portals would lead me to believe they should drop but they don't.

Well, not familiar with GW1, but..................

I assume it's due to interdimensional travel.  Passing between worlds really takes the ecto out of you. lol

Seriously, has no one here studied transdimensional displacement harmonics? ;)

Edited by Reason on Cooldown, 22 December 2012 - 08:48 PM.


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Posted 01 January 2013 - 03:56 PM

View PostSans, on 20 December 2012 - 02:13 PM, said:

rare's from AC are lvl 35.
But if you run AC with an omnomberry bar, doing all 3paths nets about 4g. If you kill kholer.

Ran all 3 paths last night with omnom bar to see how much I get.

all 3 runs took about 1 hour total.

about 11-12 ectos for that hour if you buy off TP with the money you earned.
0 risk, since only a few silver invested for 2 omnomberry bar's, and an easy dungeon most people can do.

Including Kholer + Troll.

Finished P1 with 99s95c
Finished P2 with 2g19s62c
Finished P3 with 3g40s8c
(Includes merching all greens/blues, didn't get any rares to salvage)

Edited by Sans, 02 January 2013 - 07:34 AM.


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Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:05 AM

Then you can risk those green drops by throwing them in the mystic forge and get a chance at a rare per four greens. Typically it's about 20 greens for one rare using the 20% average rate at it...at 2s a piece you might not want to take that risk as an ecto needs to be 40s on the tp to break even. But you can get lucky. :D

And sometimes those greens have runes that go for more than the merch price of the item itself.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 02:10 AM

View PostReason on Cooldown, on 22 December 2012 - 08:47 PM, said:

Well, not familiar with GW1, but..................

I assume it's due to interdimensional travel.  Passing between worlds really takes the ecto out of you. lol

Seriously, has no one here studied transdimensional displacement harmonics? ;)
Nope, just because we don't study something doesn't exists on our reality. Except if planning to write a book, so we can read some fantasizing about it if planning to write something cool and new using our own fantasy. Or a scientist planning to use his knowledge to study multiverse theories, which i love to read, accepting them as cool but not realistic until proven.

View PostReason on Cooldown, on 22 December 2012 - 05:42 PM, said:

Maybe the process of imbuing weapons and armor with magic creates the ecto essence inside the item, and Tyrians have yet to find another process which creates them.  Obviously it's a crude unrefined process, as even salvaging items is unreliable, recovering inconsistent amounts and sometimes destroying the essence altogether.

Someone should speak to the alchemists working at Black Lion Company, as they seem to have the most success with their salvage kits. :)

Sorry to disappoint you , Cooldown, but gw2 devs didn't give a crap of the lore nor the deep cool explanation you gave, on this commercial product with a 2 after a great old game. They simply don't drop because devs didn't design a place like uw/fow, and accepting the request some fans made from when gw2 was announced to remove the ecto farm , main core of gw1. Lots harrassed them about it, most complaining they didn't want ecto drops again and stupid farms about it. So, simply lacking as expected of a proper design, they magically are there inside your weapon without a reason, just an other imported thing from gw1 but without a sense. ^_^

Edited by Lucas Ashrock, 05 January 2013 - 02:16 AM.





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