Gold from Shop Food

2 11 2008
Treasure Chest, source of team mission loot.

Treasure Chest, one source of team mission loot.

Part of the depth and richness of Anarchy Online is the vast array of items that one comes across when looting mobs.  Whether it be dynacamps, team missions, solo missions or dungeons, AO mobs drop thousands of different items.  The huge main body of the items seems to be useless for anything other than Shop Food.  While everyone dreams of the big Phatz drop, grid armor, nullity sphere, etc.,  is seems most of the time, loot is junk.  One line of loot that appears fairly frequently in lowbie mobs is that of the Boosted Grafts.  At first glance these are items that are worn like armor, but give buffs for various profession specific nano buffs.

Many nubies immediately shop food these if they are not for their profession.  What many nubies are not aware of is that these items may be hacked so that they may be used by any profession.  Hacking Boosted Grafts involves using a hacking tool.  Once a boosted graft is hacked it becomes a Hacked Boosted Graft that can be used by anyone.

Once you collect a few from mission loot or mission rewards, the next step is to decide if they are something you can use or if you will want to sell it.  Look closely at the hacked boosted graft to see what skill it locks, usually for 30 minutes or more.  If your luck the skill is one you don’t use to cast important nanos.  Some boosted grafts lock key skills like Time and Space.  The normally soldier Partial Harmonic Cocoon in hacked boosted graft form, locks time and space.  This means that an NT or Trader using it, will not be able to use their first aid and nano rechargers while time and space is locked.  This is not very practical.   While some other skills can be done without, especially if the boost is used for a Boss fight, the locking of Time and Space, prevents one from using health and nano rechargers.

Tireen is especially happy with her most recent hacked boosted graft for Blood Circle.  She has found it most useful for Boss rooms, because of the +1 increase to her heal delta.  She has found that while the heal data only lasts for about 10 minutes, it is enough time to provide an edged when taking heavy damage in a Boss room.  Heavy damage in a Boss room usually means, that all the mobs in the room have attacked.

Tireen shows off her new Triple Ribbons of Battle.

Tireen shows off her new Triple Ribbons of Battle.

Babaente and Tireen ran a number of team missions over this past weekend.  Babaente dinged twice reaching 58 and Tireen dinged up to 55.  Tireen also collected her 60th token, and upgraded her token board to Triple Ribbons of Battle which give +200 Health, +150 nano and +1% experience.  Babaente finished up Saturday evening with 57 tokens, just 3 shy for his 60 token board.  Their Rubi-Ka bank accounts have seen health increases from the team mission loot found while earning tokens.  They are averaging about 70,000 credits per mission each.

An advantage of pulling missions with mainly human type mobs is that they sometimes drop First Aid and Nano rechargers of the same quality as the mission.  Ever since Babaente and Tireen have been running team missions, they  have not had to buy any First Aid or nano rechargers.

Another boosted graft they found this past weekend was a sparrow flight graft.  This was put into a bank for safekeeping and eventual gift to future alts.  While it takes time for starting out toons to raise the 5-8 million credits needed and actually finding a low quality level Yalmaha, new toons can benefit from having Sparrow Flight, which even though it only flies a few feet off the ground, does have a fast speed, easing the nubi’s travel burden between far-flung missions.

Tireen is currently sporting a quality level 86 Vektor ND Lizard, now and getting 1050 critical hits.  Despite this, she tried a visit to the temple of the three winds a few levels back, and got sent back to reclaim by the Defender of Three.  For a solo squishy like Tireen, the DOT’s massive fire damage is pretty hard to stand up to, even while dishing out 1k critical hits in return.  We are still hesitant towards trying to dual log our pair in the temple.  Too many variables that can not be controlled, such that, when things go bad there, they tend to go down hill quickly.  It is looking like we won’t see Tireen back at the temple until she is a level locked 59 or 60 and solely to get one of those Exarch robes.

We have had good luck selling hbg’s via sloob guildmates in game shops.    Which brings us to our froob rant of the week.  Funcom, please, please, please, allow froobs to have access to the player shops.  There has got to be a way to do it programming wise, and it would benefit all players by invigorating a moribund market.  If Funcom wants to keep AO going, then this is one step that would not cost them anything, would require little if any development time, and again would benefit all players, froob and sloob.  Not being able to sell a great deal of a froobs loot is incredibly frustrating.

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