Sep
2014

8 Guides to Level Faster in ArcheAge

In ArcheAge, you have to level your character to a certain level in order to participate in the high level content of the game as quickly as possible. So, in this guide you will have all the essential tips you may need to optimize your leveling.

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1. Pay Attention to Quest Summaries
Do not simply run to the location of the quest when you receive a new one, but be sure to read the summary so that you do not waste time in needless movement. Indeed, the quest summary not only tells you what monster you need to kill and loot, but also informs you of any item you may need to purchase from NPCs before moving there.

2. Rely On the Quest Indicators
When you accept a new quest, an indicator in the form of an arrow with a specific symbol/number and color will appear around your character, showing you the direction you need to take to reach the quest location. No need to get frustrated if you cannot find the monster you need to kill. It was either already killed by another player and will soon respawn, or you are at the right coordinates, but on the wrong floor. Quest indicators will also help you in finding items that may be hidden by the terrain.

3. Do Not Skip Quests
Never pass a quest just because the reward for it seems trivial. Sometimes this quest will lead to a longer chain of quests offering better rewards, and rare items. Pick up all the quests that you come across. Also be sure to check your mini-map for quest exclamation marks that will not always appear on your screen.

4. Always Overachieve
Some of the quests in ArcheAge have completion conditions that vary from the others. Indeed, upon reaching 50% of the quest conditions (4/8 monsters killed for example) you can submit the quest as an Early Completion. If you exceed the quest condition however (9/8 monsters killed) the quest switches to an Extra-Progression status, up to 150-160% (12/8 monsters killed) of the quest condition where it earns the Overachieve status. Completing the quest earlier will save you some time but reduce the EXP rewards, while Overachieving will take you more time, but boost the EXP received. Which one you choose will depend mostly on your play style, but if you want to level faster, Overachieving will help greatly.

5. Learn About Hidden Quests
ArcheAge has a number of hidden quests that normally involve killing 15-20 of the same mob to reach the objective. The catch is that these quests will remain hidden until you actually kill the number of monsters required, where a quest completion tab showing the amount of EXP you received will pop up. Look for guides and such that tell exactly where these quests are located to save time, or to decide if they are worth it or not.

6. Use and Abuse Your Labor Points
As soon as you have the option of using your labor points, use them to harvest crops, chop trees, mine ores or even do a trade run. These essential components of the universe of ArcheAge not only allow you to gain ARCHEAGE GOLD and resources, but also give you a decent amount of EXP that often exceeds what you get from the early mobs.
7. Do Not Grind Mobs
One of the basic methods to level in the average MMO is by killing mobs one after another. This is not the case in ArcheAge. While you can still level that way if you want the full Sandbox experience, the EXP you receive from monsters can be pretty minimal, and must thus always be done with a purpose in mind (for quests, Overachieving, or items). In fact, leveling by killing mobs would have been a viable option if it weren’t for the fact that they aren’t easy to kill. If you think you can take down a monster with a couple of hits, or that you can take on a whole group for faster kills, you’ll be in for a huge surprise. Most of the time you’ll only be able to take on 2 monsters at most, and even then you will have to pay attention to your health bar as it dwindles pretty fast. Moreover, your Mana is limited and will go down fast the longer you fight.

8. Level with A Party
As stated above, killing monsters isn’t that easy, and it will often take you around 4-5 of your skills to take one of them down. So why not save your time and Mana by getting other players to help? They will also receive EXP and complete their quest objectives. Not to mention that they’ll be here to help if you aggro too many mobs.

Sep
2014

Some of the Most Popular Class Builds in ArcheAge

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ArcheAge features over 100 classes built from 10 skillsets favored by the gods and heroes of the Great Expedition. After reaching level 10, you can combine any three skillsets to make a unique class. So, many players have been looking for advice on what skillset combinations and class builds to go for. This guide will give you a quick breakdown of some of the most popular class builds in ArcheAge which will hopefully give you some ideas about your characters.
Tanking Builds

Though not the most popular role, we’ll start off with tanks. Tanks are focused on holding aggro and absorbing damage from monsters and players, primarily to give damage dealers some breathing room to melt their enemies. Almost all tanking builds have the Defense skillset included. Most popular and viable skillset combinations are:

Abolisher (DefenseDefense,AuramancyAuramancy, BattlerageBattlerage) – good tanking and support of allies, with debuffs and melee damage options
Paladin (BattlerageBattlerage, DefenseDefense, VitalismVitalism) – good survivability and sustain, and decent damage dealing tools

Templar (DefenseDefense, AuramancyAuramancy, VitalismVitalism) – supportive tank with buffs and heals

Skullknight (DefenseDefense, OccultismOccultism, AuramancyAuramancy) – strong tank with powerful damage-dealing and crowd control options
Healing Builds

Behind every good tank is a good healer. Healer’s goal is to keep their tanks and damage dealers alive in fights through heals and other supportive abilities. In ArcheAge healers are typically capable of doing decent damage along with supporting their allies, and most popular classes for this are:

Templar (AuramancyAuramancy, VitalismVitalism, DefenseDefense) – heavily armored healer build with good survivability and supporting tools

Edgewalker (AuramancyAuramancy, OccultismOccultism, VitalismVitalism) – two strong supportive skill trees with strong ranged spell-casting potential for damage and some CC (crowd control)

Heirophant (AuramancyAuramancy, VitalismVitalism, WitchcraftWitchcraft) – another supportive build with strong CC

Cultist (VitalismVitalism, OccultismOccultism, SorcerySorcery) – clutch heals while dealing tons of damage
Damage Dealing Builds

Damage dealing classes have the most variety and plenty of combinations you can go for, so we’ll break down DPS builds into a few categories: Archery, Mage, and Melee DPS.

Archery

With a dedicated skillset called “Archery” building one isn’t overly difficult, but there are plenty of synergies with other skillsets you can combine to make your character more effective. Some of these are:
Ranger (ArcheryArchery, ShadowplayShadowplay, VitalismVitalism) – very strong DPS potential with decent sustain/healing

Stone Arrow (ArcheryArchery, ShadowplayShadowplay, DefenseDefense) – also focused on high damage, but with more direct survivability

Trickster (ArcheryArchery, ShadowplayShadowplay, WitchcraftWitchcraft) – ranged assassin build with strong single target and AoE crowd control

Primeval (AuramancyAuramancy, ArcheryArchery, ShadowplayShadowplay) – one of the most popular builds in the game with excellent damage and assassination potential
Mage

Mages are some of the most popular archetypes in MMORPGs, and it’s not much different in ArcheAge. You can combine many different skillsets and focus your damage dealing efforts to ranged spell casting, and most players choose some of the following:
Arcanist (SorcerySorcery, AuramancyAuramancy, WitchcraftWitchcraft) – excellent combo of single and area-of-effect (AoE) spells with supporting potential

Spellsinger (SorcerySorcery, SongcraftSongcraft, ShadowplayShadowplay) – high damage output class based on burst damage, with a lot of flexibility

Spellsong (SorcerySorcery, AuramancyAuramancy, SongcraftSongcraft) – build focused more on supporting allies but also capable of DPS

Daggerspell (SorcerySorcery, ShadowplayShadowplay, WitchcraftWitchcraft) – very popular build with high amount of burst damage and crowd control

Demonologist (WitchcraftWitchcraft, SorcerySorcery, OccultismOccultism) – powerful CC and burst damage, great build for PvP or PvE
Melee DPS

Melee builds are often different than mages or archers: since you’re on the front lines you need to consider taking more survivability, sustain, or other defensive abilities. Most builds here are focused on either Battlerage or Shadowplay skill trees, combined with some other tree with strong defense, sustain or crowd control. Some popular melee damage-dealing builds include:

Inquisitor (BattlerageBattlerage, ShadowplayShadowplay, VitalismVitalism) – crit-focused PvP build with devastating melee damage and self-healing

Executioner (ShadowplayShadowplay, BattlerageBattlerage, OccultismOccultism) – melee DPS with damage and CC spells

Blackguard (BattlerageBattlerage, VitalismVitalism, OccultismOccultism) – crowd control and healing mixed with melee damage

Dreadnought (ShadowplayShadowplay, OccultismOccultism, DefenseDefense) – burst-based build with increased survivability

Darkrunner (BattlerageBattlerage, ShadowplayShadowplay, AuramancyAuramancy) – very strong and popular melee damaging build with group utility

Blighter (DefenseDefense, BattlerageBattlerage, ShadowplayShadowplay) – PvP-focused build with improved defense and extremely powerful melee attacks
Support Builds

For the most part support builds are based on Songcraft skill tree, often mixed with Vitalism for healing allies, and strong crowd control from several other skillsets.

Cleric (AuramancyAuramancy, SongcraftSongcraft, VitalismVitalism) – full support build with healing and buffs

Caretaker (DefenseDefense, SongcraftSongcraft, VitalismVitalism) – healer and support build with higher survivability

Dreambreaker (WitchcraftWitchcraft, DefenseDefense, AuramancyAuramancy) – some damage potential but mostly based on supportive spells and crowd control

Blade Dancer (BattlerageBattlerage, ShadowplayShadowplay, SongcraftSongcraft) – strong melee DPS with supportive abilities from Songcraft
Leveling Builds

In essence most leveling builds have at least one damage-dealing and one supportive skill set. Vitalism is very frequently found on leveling builds for most players as the self-sustain can help immensely in clutch situations. Though very often any DPS build can work well — if you can take out your enemies quickly enough there’s no need for sustain. Flexibility is also the key with leveling builds, as you will want to have both single and multi target spells, some sort of crowd control, and escapes or heals if things get rough. Some builds you can start with if you lack inspiration are:

Necromancer (OccultismOccultism, WitchcraftWitchcraft, VitalismVitalism) – good mixture of single target and AoE spells, crowd control and healing

Paladin (BattlerageBattlerage, DefenseDefense, VitalismVitalism) – melee build with decent sustained damage with strong survivability and sustain

Naturalist (SorcerySorcery, VitalismVitalism, ArcheryArchery) – ranged damage dealing with flexible mix of spells and abilities good for various leveling situations
This is by no means an exhaustive list of class builds in ArcheAge. Have fun.

Aug
2014

How to Build House in ArcheAge

How could you without a house in Archeage? No matter to craft weapon and armor during the later, or raise pets and plant that all need house. There are two different styles in housing and are both available to all players. Today, we are glad to introduce the ArcheAge Housing System and help you build house easy.

To start building your house you will need three things:

The Blueprint
The housing blueprints can be purchased from Mirage Isle(shown above). There are two different locations to buy from, which feature different style houses, however both the Nuian and Haranya styles are available to all players. When you have the required Gilda Stars, travel there through any portal and navigate to the housing section.
Go up to the model of your choosing and buy the blueprint. Now you are ready to look for a good location for your house!

The Plot of land
You can build a house anywhere on the map that is designated for farms. There are special areas in certain zones that only allow houses, or allow certain types of houses.
Once you have found a space, use the blueprint in your inventory and place your house in the desired location. Feel free to rotate the house in your favored direction but note that this is permanent and cannot be changed without demolishing the house and starting over.

The Materials
Once you have placed the house design, a construction site will appear on the land. You will then have to carry the materials to the house to begin building it. Keep in mind that the materials will lose if you are attracted by other players. And the moving speed becomes very slow even ride a mount when you carrying the materials. So you may need to think about attach the teleport skill which costs 10 Archeage Gold.
Each material bundle will function as a trade package and when carried to the house must be used with Labour Points to increase the house development stages.

Note: Once the owner has placed the blueprint, any other player may carry a package and work on the house. This allows multiple people to work together to create larger houses.