Jump to content

  • Curse Sites
Help
- - - - -

Farm for Mats or Gold?


  • Please log in to reply
12 replies to this topic

#1 ChuyDog08

ChuyDog08

    Vanguard Scout

  • Members
  • 186 posts
  • Location:California, USA
  • Server:Dragonbrand

Posted 10 September 2013 - 07:54 PM

When faced with the challange of needing large amount of mats to make an item, Do you farm for the mats or farm the gold to buy the mats?

I had to ask myself this today for the first time in a while.  I have all professions to 400 (2 at 500)and 8 level 80 characters.  I no longer planned to do low level crafting again so I sold off all my supplies of lower mats a while ago.  Also, I no longer harvest on lower level maps because I know I don't need the mats.

This all changed with Ascended weapons.  I need lower level mats again. I get satisfaction from crafting items from items I collected myself, however, getting all the ingots and planks just doesn't sound fun.

I am going to farm the gold this time and buy my mats.


What do you do in this situation?

#2 Fizzypop

Fizzypop

    Sylvari Specialist

  • Members
  • 738 posts
  • Server:Dragonbrand

Posted 10 September 2013 - 08:02 PM

Depends on the materials. If it's something like ore I just farm it myself because there is always something for me to do at the low level areas be it finishing that map, finishing up some kind of JP I missed, daily, or some other reason. If it's something like the bloods I generally go to an area that has mobs that drop them, but don't focus on getting the bloods. Focus on doing stuff in that area if I happen to get what I need cool if not I should get the G I need to buy it.

As for the ascended weapons I'm half assing it, not really setting a goal to obtain it unless I happen to get most of the materials naturally. I really wish anet would let me sell some of the stuff I get though because honestly I'd rather have the G than the weapon itself. I'm still of the mind things like dark matter and fragments should be tradable.

#3 ben911993

ben911993

    Vanguard Scout

  • Members
  • 269 posts
  • Guild Tag:[YAAR]
  • Server:Sea of Sorrows

Posted 10 September 2013 - 08:28 PM

As Fizzy said, it depends on the material.

When it comes to ores and logs, I'd much rather gather it myself and just pick it up as I go about my business in whatever map. But if it's fine or rare materials like bloods, ecto, etc, then I'd farm for gold and buy it instead. When I had to get a stack of silver doubloons for my gift of the Juggernaut, I farmed up the ~160g or so it took to buy all of them in a week or two. That was undoubtedly faster than parking a bunch of low level alts at the pirate jp in LA, or farming/buying pirate loot bags and opening them.

#4 ZCKS

ZCKS

    Seraph Guardian

  • Members
  • 1429 posts
  • Location:The ass end of nowhere... AKA Kansas
  • Guild Tag:[TG]
  • Server:Isle of Janthir

Posted 10 September 2013 - 09:11 PM

depends on the item.

If its orichalcum ore or wood my guild tends to have most of the locations mapped.

if its other t6 stuff I end up having to farm.

Though I have noticed lately it can be quite profitable to just champ farm then salvage everything I get. Between all the mats, coin etc... I think it may well be the best option.

#5 ChuyDog08

ChuyDog08

    Vanguard Scout

  • Members
  • 186 posts
  • Location:California, USA
  • Server:Dragonbrand

Posted 10 September 2013 - 09:49 PM

I agree it is eaiser to farm Ori and Anceint wood.  I was looking more at Softwood planks and Iron/steel Ingots needed for the Deld ingots.  The refinement on these items require more raw materials than other types of crafting materials.  I can farm the Champions in Frostgorge for 2 or 3 hours and buy all I needed.  Or I can gather on multiple Alts for twice to get the raw materials. Also, Champ farm gives me some of the other materials for free.

#6 PBScott

PBScott

    Fahrar Cub

  • Members
  • 22 posts

Posted 15 September 2013 - 03:31 AM

If I am farming, I always think of it as gold per hour, it doesnt matter wether your getting the mats you need so long as your gold per hour ratio is high. Then you can always buy as needed.

#7 Castaa

Castaa

    Vanguard Scout

  • Members
  • 283 posts
  • Location:San Francisco
  • Guild Tag:[Dark]
  • Server:Fort Aspenwood

Posted 15 September 2013 - 06:35 PM

Right now I've been farming soft wood.

Each harvested (soft wood) tree is worth 6-8 silver total at the TP and those trees are everywhere unlike t6 wood and ore nodes.

Also grabbing any iron ore I can find but that's not quite as profitable.  Iron ore can be crafted into Steel Ingots and sold at a higher price than the raw ore itself.

Edited by Castaa, 16 September 2013 - 03:02 AM.


#8 Lady Rhonwyn

Lady Rhonwyn

    Seraph Guardian

  • Members
  • 1067 posts
  • Guild Tag:[GWO]

Posted 16 September 2013 - 08:43 AM

View PostCastaa, on 15 September 2013 - 06:35 PM, said:

Also grabbing any iron ore I can find but that's not quite as profitable.  Iron ore can be crafted into Steel Ingots and sold at a higher price than the raw ore itself.
Don't forget you need to buy a second ingredient before you can turn iron into steel.  You should take that into account as well when comparing prices.

To answer the question: it depends.  Wood and ore I prefer to get myself.  They aren't RNG bound.  Fine materials (and the rare ones), on the other hand, if I get them as drops, fine, otherwise I'll just buy them using the gold I get from doing things I do like (instead of killing that one foe type over and over).

#9 Castaa

Castaa

    Vanguard Scout

  • Members
  • 283 posts
  • Location:San Francisco
  • Guild Tag:[Dark]
  • Server:Fort Aspenwood

Posted 16 September 2013 - 03:25 PM

View PostLady Rhonwyn, on 16 September 2013 - 08:43 AM, said:

Don't forget you need to buy a second ingredient before you can turn iron into steel.  You should take that into account as well when comparing prices.

It adds 16 copper to the cost per steel.  As of right now, taking the extra cost into account, Steel is still more profitable than Iron ore or Iron Ingots. :D

Also right now Darksteel Ingots are worth more than its the raw components.

Edited by Castaa, 16 September 2013 - 04:11 PM.


#10 TGIFrisbie

TGIFrisbie

    Sylvari Specialist

  • Members
  • 620 posts

Posted 16 September 2013 - 03:56 PM

Getting Ectos is faster than getting the Blood I need for a Quiver, so I farm Ectos for the money to buy the Blood.  I am very sure this is not the most efficient time:profit ratio item to farm, but it works.

#11 Lady Rhonwyn

Lady Rhonwyn

    Seraph Guardian

  • Members
  • 1067 posts
  • Guild Tag:[GWO]

Posted 17 September 2013 - 06:00 AM

View PostCastaa, on 16 September 2013 - 03:25 PM, said:

It adds 16 copper to the cost per steel.  As of right now, taking the extra cost into account, Steel is still more profitable than Iron ore or Iron Ingots. :D

Also right now Darksteel Ingots are worth more than its the raw components.

So, people are being silly again...  Or lazy.  Or both!  Maybe I should make some steel from those stacks of iron ore and sell it :P

#12 lmaonade

lmaonade

    Seraph Guardian

  • Members
  • 1122 posts
  • Location:That one place with the thing
  • Guild Tag:[NGE]
  • Server:Crystal Desert

Posted 17 September 2013 - 06:46 PM

farm mats, I don't count on getting exotics (nor do I actually get any) from boxes so for me farming for gold is actually really slow

#13 Deconix

Deconix

    Pale Tree Seedling

  • New Members
  • 7 posts
  • Location:Australia
  • Profession:Thief
  • Server:Fort Aspenwood

Posted 18 September 2013 - 01:33 AM

Im selling the mats i find, everything is too expensive at the moment for me to level up crafting. Therefore i will try to roll in money.

#14 Skyward

Skyward

    Asuran Acolyte

  • Members
  • 65 posts

Posted 20 September 2013 - 10:43 PM

It depends. For instance, if I would like to get Lidless Eye (scepter), than the materials to create it are far more expensive than the price to buy it. So I'd rather farm the materials to sell them instead of using them to craft it. And actually I tend to sell crafting materials more often instead of using them to craft, because everyone is doing the math so it often very hard to get some profit from crafted items.




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users