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#1 Taper

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 11:42 AM

It's actually very simple.

1) Make your novice.
2) As soon as you spawn in the novice grounds, talk to Shion TWICE. Free base level!
3) Go to the castle, and talk to the receptionist and give your name to go to the next part.
4) Talk to the sader guy (can't miss him - straight up from where you spawn after talking to the receptionist guy). Spam through his messages. You get 1 base and 1 job, and
5) Now talk to the female blacksmith that's to right of the sader guy. PAY ATTENTION and do not spam; when she gives you 1 novice red potion, use it! If you do, she'll reward you with base level. DON'T SPAM yet, let her give you your novice equips and equip your novice slippers. She'll reward you again. Now you're free to spam away. You'll get a total of 2 base levels and 2 job levels if done correctly, and bunch of novice consumables.
6) Now talk to the Kafra Lady next to the female blacksmith, and spam through her dialogue - make sure to select two different options. You'll get a base level for the first option and job level for second option.
7) Now go and talk to the champ guy that's on other side of the room, to the left of the sader guy. Spam away for a base level and 2 job levels.
8) Go to the next room to the left (or ask the champ guy to send you there), and talk to the guy behind the left desk. Spam if you want until you get your next base level. You can ignore the options given.
9) Talk to the female behind the right desk for access to the monster grounds as well as 300 novice potions.
10) You can log out at this point, BEFORE hitting enter once you get your free items, then re-log in and talk to her again for another level and extra 50 novice potions, or if you're already outside poke at ANY monster you see and let it kill you. When you respawn, ask the same female NPC again and she'll give you another level and extra 50 novice potions.

By this point, you should equip all of your novice gears and novice weapon. Put bunch of your stat points (you'll have 28 points by then) you got into dex - preferrably to around 15 (you need all that early dex right now regardless of class you take, and those points won't be a waste for your character in the future because all melees need dex for HIT, casters (both acos and mages) use it for faster casting. Even forgers and brewers need it) so you'll miss less often, and have your 400 red potions hotkeyed. You'll also be at base level 9 and job level 7, so you only need to get 3 job levels to get to your target of job level 10 required for job change.

11) Now talk to the NPC that's just in front of you when you spawn in the monster grounds, pick the 2nd option that will send you to thief bug & spore map.
12) Now kill the Spores. Yes, it's stronger, hits harder, and you will miss more often. But that's what your newly-equipped gears and weapon is for, and chug a novice red pot every time you get HIT. Pay attention, sometimes you'll need to chug two instead of one. Keep your hp at 75% or higher at all times. Why? Spores can put you to sleep, and if you're low on hp when that happens, you die and you've wasted your pots for no xp gain.
Why hunt Spores? Out of all monsters available in the novice grounds, Spores give the most job experience, and that is what you need.
12b) Do NOT hit thief bugs, small or big - they hit fast and can swarm you instantly. If Spore you kill drop anything near the thief bugs, it's usually not worth the risk because by the time you click on the drop chances are that the bug's already taken it and you end up attacking the bug instead... and die from the resulting swarming mob.
13) I don't remember the exact number, but somewhere between 5-8 Spores will be enough to get you to 11/10 and still have about 50-200 novice red pots left. Congratulations! Don't forget to put all of your job skill points into the Basic skills to 9.

13b) For those who want to change into certain classes, it's recommened that you spend some extra time in novice grounds. Yes, it'll take more time, but it'll pay off in the end and save you frustration during your job class quests and/or first couple of levels after job change.
Acolyte: It's recommended to stay in novice grounds levelling off spores until base 12, 13, or 14 (I can't remember which) because once you de-novice, you won't be able to use novice main gauche anymore and you won't be able to use level 2 weapons due to level restriction. Plus as aco, you have no offensive skills - you're absolutely useless to everyone at this point until you get those early job levels whacking at monsters. So those extra stat points gained by those extra levels will help compensate somewhat. Edit: Probably not necessary, if you do the Personality quiz correctly, you'll get a Novice Mace which is just as good as Novice Main Gauche that your aco CAN use.
Archer: Go back to the monster NPC guy on the bottom of the monster map, and select option 2 to send you to willow map. Collect the trunks (Barren Trunk, Solid Trunk, and Fine-grained Trunk) they drop for your job change quest. Trust me, because the map's smaller you won't have to wander as much to find willows. If you die and get sent back to novice spawn point, just go back out and ask the NPC monster guy again for option 1. About 15-20 trunks should be enough.
Mage: Make sure to collect those jellopies and fluffs that drop. You'll need them for your job change quest. Also, it's recommended to stay in novice grounds levelling off spores until base 12, 13, or 14 (I can't remember which) because once you de-novice, you won't be able to use novice main gauche anymore and you won't be able to use level 2 weapons due to level restriction. That's what those extra levels are for, for you to put into int. Your first bolt spell will be slightly more powerful than if you changed at 10/10.
Merchant: Collect EVERY drop you can find. Go overweight if you have to. You need to collect 1000z worth of drops, because you'll have to pay that amount to finish the job change quest.

14) Talk to the npc guy at top of the monster map to go inside the castle, and talk to Hanson guy. He'll direct you to Bruce. Spam through ALL of his options. Then talk to the Hanson guy again. Take his personality test and use this guide http://irowiki.org/o...nds_Novice_Test to pick the answers you want to get the job you want.
15) Now you can go ahead and take your job change quest.

All this takes only 15-20 minutes if you can do it fast enough (excluding extra prep time for some classes in 12b).

Edited by Taper, 30 June 2012 - 04:01 PM.

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#2 Halation

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 11:44 AM

For acos espically, if you do the character test correctly you'll get a novice mace so no need to stay in grounds overtime.
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#3 Taper

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 11:47 AM

Oh, thanks for the info. Updated the guide.
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Posted 30 June 2012 - 11:57 AM

9) Talk to the female behind the right desk for access to the monster grounds as well as extra stuff.

You'll also be 8/7

After this NPC gives you stuff, log out and talk to her again to get a base level and more free stuff.
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#5 Taper

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 12:03 PM

That won't be possible, because the NPC warps you outside to the monster spawn map after giving you the first set of free stuff. The only way to get back inside to see her again is to die and respawn.

But thanks for the reminder, updated the guide.
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#6 KitanaWalker

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 12:14 PM

If you die she gives you 50 novice pots
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Posted 30 June 2012 - 12:42 PM

You should mention for Mages that after they job change they should talk to the Female Mage standing just outside the Geffen Mage Guild. She explains the different Magic skills and things, but more importantly is that you will get like 7 Free job levels out of her without having to kill anything.

Also follow this guide upto step 4 early on and you will get a free Wand[2] just for killing Pups and collecting their drops. She doesn't even take them from you so you can pass them to others to skip the collecting.

http://irowiki.org/o..._Training_Quest

After step 4 it's a bit more difficult and you will need to get a few different items but they are not needed really that early on.

Edited by EvilLoynis, 30 June 2012 - 12:43 PM.

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 01:58 PM

That won't be possible, because the NPC warps you outside to the monster spawn map after giving you the first set of free stuff. The only way to get back inside to see her again is to die and respawn.

But thanks for the reminder, updated the guide.

It certainly is possible. You have to press enter to get warped outside after receiving the first batch of free stuff. You can log out instead. I did it all the time before renewal and I did it a bunch more times today.
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#9 Taper

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 03:05 PM

Hm, didn't know about that. Nice trick, updated the guide with it.
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Posted 25 July 2012 - 08:56 AM

Thanks for the info, very helpful and works like a charm.
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Posted 27 July 2012 - 09:28 PM

It certainly is possible. You have to press enter to get warped outside after receiving the first batch of free stuff. You can log out instead. I did it all the time before renewal and I did it a bunch more times today.


But there's one problem, you get warped outside near Shion if you die in the training grounds instead of respawning inside the room.
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Posted 27 July 2012 - 09:48 PM

7) Now go and talk to the champ guy that's on other side of the room, to the left of the sader guy. Spam away for a base level and 2 job levels.


That NPC can give you an extra job level if you use First Aid after he prompts you for it and your health gets halved.
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Posted 28 July 2012 - 05:22 AM

Great guide, thank you, I didn't know about the Smith and Monk tweaks.

Edited by Velkran, 28 July 2012 - 05:24 AM.

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