Ultimate AION Guide: How To Make More Money (Kinah) in Aion [Part One Of Three]
Aion is a MMORPG - Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game developed by Korean NcSoft, very successful ever since its release (in S.Korea in last semester of 2008). As with other games of this kind, such as World Of Warcraft or Lineage II, having a strong financial position, along with other aspects such as free time and skills, can help you keep your character above the other players and make you a worthy opponent for everyone.
The currency in Aion is Kinah, though some players refer to it as gold or, put simply, money.
Acquiring kinah is not very hard, but having enough of it at any given time, quite frankly is. In the following guide, I will show the various ways through which you can make much kinah, and you can opt to follow any of them or all of them; combining these techniques will work for sure, no matter if you spend few time in the game or really much. Though, to be honest, some time is really needed to be spent if you want to become very wealthy.
It must be noted that some of the methods mentioned here (such as broker manipulation) will require an intiial investment from you, and that comes in kinah. Use some other method to make that starting kinah which can be invested for more.
Gathering - Essencetapping and Aethertapping
Your character, even at low levels has these two skills. Essencetapping involves gathering stuff from the ground, such as ores and fibres, while aethertapping involves gathering aether, which is floating on the sky. Essentially, aether is found only in areas where flying is allowed.
Both gathering methods can earn you much money, if you know which gatherables to prefer. To start with, you need to follow certain gatherables near your profession level (p). At low p, gatherables are not very needed and generally do not sell well in broker, but you have to go through them anyway to gain the ability to gather higher p items. Keep every single item you gather in your inventory, and when you are ready to get rid of it compare its vendor price to broker - if you find it selling higher at broker, sell it there. Later on we will mention broker techniques, but for now just sell what you gather.
When your p is higher you will notice that what you gather can be sold for more money and slowly, depending on the server economy, you will find some gatherables which sell enough to make you rich. Generally, ores such as titanium, adamantium and orichalcum sell quite high because they can make weapons and armors. Moreover, some plants sell well too, particularly those which are used in alchemy and cooking. If you gather ores, keep the Greater and Rich you get, because they tend to sell high due to their rarity. If their price is lower than the price of 3 of their lower quality (for example, if 1 greater orichalcum sells for 10K but 3 orichalcum ores sell for 4k each) you can opt to convert the greater into simple ore and sell it this way. There is however a drawback – it might take longer to sell because you are competing with many other sellers in broker.
Aether, in all its forms, from the smaller to the highest quality Magical Aether sells verywell. Increase your aethertapping p by gathering in Verteron, Eltnen and Heiron and sell all in broker, preferably in smaller bunches.
Some quests will ask for a standard number of gatherables to be delivered to the quest giver; these quests exist even at low levels and can be a good chance for some profit for you. If you know of a quest which asks for 10 gatherables, create a private store next to the quest giver and sell bunches of 10, in high values. You can opt to do this while you are busy with something else, because, of course, you cannot do anything else in game if you are selling in private store. Many players do not level up their gathering skills and will keep buying what others sell in order to complete the quest; Knowing this, you can also broker your bunches of items. For example, good profit can be made in Alabaster quest which asks for 3 magical aethers. You can make bunches of 3 (yes, only 3) in some of your minor characters but sell them extremely high. No-one would buy a 100 piece bunch, if they only need 3, instead they would choose your products even if too expensive.
Keep every drop you get from mobs. Especially at first levels, even the smallest amount of kinah earned from junk items that drop can help you. Sell all junk in vendor and those which seem useful, just check in broker. If there are people selling it, you sell it too. Later on you will come to know which items sell and which not and even choose to throw away some which will only sell for tens of kinah, such as MP manastones.
Furthermore, try to find out which mobs tend to drop kinah or good items in a common basis; check in internet aion databases, such as Aion Armory, Aion Database and so on, what mobs near your level tend to drop. Do not spend your time and energy fighting a mob which only offers EXP and junk drops, but choose that one which has some chances to drop equipments, kinah and of course EXP too. The online databases will help you get a feel of which mobs are better choice, but you need to combine and cross-check their information, because sometimes they are outdated, or simply wrong. If they all agree on one mob dropping something of high quality, be patient with it - do not stop if it hasn't dropped anything for 10 kills, because you never know what the 11th or the 12th kill will bring. On the other hand, if you have killed hundreds and nothing of high value showed up, move on to something else.
Balaur mobs tend to drop balic ingredients, which sell quite high in broker because they are used in balic crafts. Additionally, what you do not want to sell you can use on raising your craft p later on. Aside balic ingredients, balaurs near your size drop kinah and sometimes equipments, so it might be a good choice to grind in areas with Balaur mobs, for example abyss or Inggison.
Some named mobs could be a good choice of enemy; they aren’t too hard to beat, though they are tougher than normal monsters, but they can drop green or blue items from which you can extract stones or sell. Every now and then try to locate some named mobs positions and hunt them one by one when no other players are after them; sometimes there is interest on them and you might have to target these when not many people are online or around.
Next tip is also related to mobs drops; but not yours, others'. When you are in an area where some players have been PVE'ing and they did not pick the drops, check through them. Some people do not pick up things like elemental stones, hides and leathers, but you would be surprised to find out that they are all needed quite much in broker. I never understood why these players do not loot the mobs when they are dead. Don't make the same mistake, collect what they have left behind that has some decent value.
Just Spend Few More Seconds
While you are on your way to complete a quest, or need to walk through some distance, don't hesitate to stop to gather items. For example, while fighting in Verteron coast, stop by for those Veneras and Afaris and spend few seconds for few gathers. It might be annoying to interrupt your quest, but later on when you reach the point of emptying up your inventory by selling, you will surely enjoy the fact that some of the items in there can be sold in broker (and you level up your gathering p this way, too).
Move on the the second part of this guide. Quest bonus tips, Broker Manipulation and more!