Foreword: Seeing as a lot of people commented on the p2w aspect of iRO, I made it a mission to complete the content without doing any of it. Why? How can I help people with the struggle if I don’t personally experience or live the struggle? Most of my content is oriented towards succeeding with only ingame content and the features and events that the server offers. Which is good enough. The market thrives in its own way, believe me, prices look like this but only in the early game. In the late game, things change. I do posses a lot of the OCP gears that I’ve re rolled from grandma boxter. People always sell these items but I feel reluctant showing them. Only lately have I started working with them, but this following approach was done when I first started iro and leveling multiple characters on Eden Gears to figure out how they work. The economy is wild.
Now that we are through with the novice phase, we start leveling. The thing that made iRO easier than I expected was the bounty board system. This ties in with the economy, watch.
If you’re not familiar, eliminate 150 monsters per mission, get a zeny reward (new bounty boards have a different zeny reward) and if you complete 4 missions on the NEW bounty boards, you get an Eden merit badge. Collect 8 and you can turn it into a magical reset stone. Get 5 turn it into a Beelzebub fly wing, which is basically infinite fly wings, it’s really good and it’ll help you find more monsters faster. The downside? Complete 20 boards to get 5 Eden merit badges. But at least you can grind a board for exp and collect loots. Here is where you connect the bounty board to the economy.
You may have noticed some people have Buy Shops in towns for things such as strawberries, Stems, and other materials. This is your target market and where you gotta make the connections with bounty boards.
I leveled up a swordsman at spores in payon and collected strawberries and sold them to buy shops. I also did this with my friend Death in our series “Zeroes 2 Heroes” but after two runs I said “you know what? Let’s take the economy into our hands” so I made a merchant and I started vending and buying strawberries. Bought for a bit lower and sold for higher. Was kinda like 8k but and 12~15k sell at that time.
The main idea here is: you can find a board that has an item that is in demand that will have buy shops. Mandragora for stems, spores for strawberries, they have bounty boards and have a loot that sells for higher. Ideally you’re building up to a magical reset stone or beelz fly wing to farm more, AND build up some zeny along the way. Should you decide to sell the magical reset stone you’re looking at maybe 7m or close to that price. Check the market page here:
The market page is a great resource, utilize it, check it and make it work in your favor.
Now, let’s talk levels, the above mention goes up to 20 since I think that’s the first level of boards that has those drops. At level 12 you can do the Eden group leveling quest and obtain the basic armors. No weapon yet but the novice weapon with enchants that I mentioned earlier AND the +100 HP and +50 SP armor is really good. This goes a long way, believe me. We even slotted an earth deleter Card for Death’s Knight for a long time.
Now at level 26, you can do the Eden group equipment quest for gear that includes a weapon!
Not very hard to do but you can get help and all. Now, the Eden group weapon will take you a long way. You can do the quest at a later point in time to get a stronger weapon.
Now at 26, I personally prefer the Bounty Boards because of the farm and the zeny that is tied to it, but you also have the Eden Group Leveling Quests!
You can also do these quests if you’d like to go around and try something new from the “150 monster missions boards”
And you can do that if you wish, I personally stayed for the zeny reward (before the rework) and the markets.
The route I took was: spores-> cocos to job 50 to collect more strawberries. Takes longer but it enabled me to buy spring rabbit cards and I eventually bought snowier cards and an evil Druid card.
But the market isn’t limited to just these consumables, cards are also in play. An example is archer skeletons. I farmed those on my priest on stream to get archer skeleton, sold for about 80m and helped put zeny for useful gears for the Knight on our stream.
It’s an example, it’s card but there’s also skel bones and apple of archer (which is an item for illusion of moonlight/Vampire dungeons, it combos with the illusion ballista, we will come back to this later, it’s an example of the market and making zeny while aiming for something else.
With snowier + evil Druid OR hell poodle/spring rabbit cards with an earth deleter, I was able to farm orcs and not die, I could bowling bash stuff and be fine. At 70 I got a +5 Earth element two handed crimson sword. I bowling bashed harpy to 99/50, rebirth will be covered in the next post. There’s a bit of a set up. Also, having an alt client priest to buff you and warp you could work. Marriage is also possible in game and you can buy the marriage covenant in game, marry priest + knight and you should be real good to warp back and forth to an Inn and your target map. Marriage covenant is 20m each.
Hope this is a worthy read as of now.
More equipment covered in next post as well as the rebirth approach.