See also: Buying and Selling on the Market
Starting a game with your pocketbook and bank account empty is never fun. Sometimes you struggle due to lackluster gear since you can't afford new shiny equipment and the enjoyment of the game begins to drain away. Other times maybe you want to save up for something special, such as a new guild hall, but just can't seem to get there.
That's what we're here to help with!
Questing is the lifeblood of EQ2, and almost every quest rewards money. As you hit higher level quests, the monetary rewards will get larger, so always keep on with questing. Early on, a quick way to earn some coin is by heading out to the Isle of Mara to begin the Gathering Obsession series. Each quest (there are 9 in total that work through a wide range of levels) will award you at least 17g to 18g .
While out questing, you'll be running into plenty of monsters ripe for the picking. Sometimes they'll drop coins or trinkets that have no purpose other than to help you earn some money. Items which state that they are "looted X treasure" (ie: precious, antique, etc) will always sell for a reasonable amount to your local NPC vendors.
Other professions can be equally beneficial to your character. Carpenters create house items, strong boxes and various types of merchant crates that can be used on the broker. Tailors create cloth and leather equipment, backpacks, cloaks and bags for ammunition. Armorers create shields as well as chain and plate armor. Weaponsmiths create... well, metal weapons! Provisioners create long lasting (and stat boosting!) food and drink. Woodworkers create wooden weapons, ammunition, bucklers and totems.
However, not everyone likes crafting, and that's where seeking out help from others comes into play. Not everyone can afford the prices charged on broker for their armor or other needs. If, for example, you want a full set of feysteel plate armor, do your research on which components you'll need, harvest them and purchase the fuel, and then bargain whatever you can afford for a tip (if you don't have much money, perhaps offer an extra rare you got while harvesting or a stack of extra raws). The Crafting chat channel is handy for finding the appropriate crafter!
Need a mount but don't have the money? All starting zones now have 25% movement speed mounts. Also, you can obtain up to three different 40% movement speed mounts (20 charges on each that last for 24 hours per charge) during the Moonlight Enchantments (two from the Greater Faydark grotto, one from Antonica) -- each Moonlight mount only costs one token which you can get from the grotto quests, which makes them free. In comparison, a 40% non-status mount from the city stablehands would cost you 9p .
...is another man's treasure, of course!
While adventuring, you're going to acquire a lot of items. Some of these might end up being equipment or ability upgrades. Some might be tradeable, and some won't. Generally, whatever you don't plan on utilizing, whether on your own character, an alt or by giving to a guildie or friend, is probably considered junk to you.
Usually this "junk" can earn you some money--and we don't mean from an NPC vendor. Plenty of players are waiting to buy the junk in your trunk.. er, backpack!
Sometimes you just need to know when to play Scrooge and close up your coin pouch's strings for a while. Here's a few tips on ways to save yourself some extraneous costs.
When listing an item, always make sure you check other people's pricing first before giving yours a price. The market will normally speak for itself and you should see several similar prices for most items on broker. The goal isn't to severely undercut your competition, just stay competitive without completely devaluing that item for your server. Make sure you check back on your broker pricing occasionally--if an item isn't selling, you may need to readjust the price as the markets do tend to fluctuate often.
On the flip side, if you place an item on broker that you feel is severely overpriced, then put it for what you think is a more reasonable price. While this is more of a uncommon occurrence, it's usually seen when only one or two other players are selling said item. As mentioned above, do keep your server's economy in mind and make sure that while you're pricing it, you're not cheating yourself as well.
Holiday Live Events (such as Nights of the Dead, Frostfell, etc) have unique crafting recipes and collections. During these events it's usually a good idea to pick up the recipe books, special harvests and shinies and put the finished products, extra harvests and extra collections on the broker when you feel the market is ripe for it!
A couple of notes about Holiday event crafted items: Frostfell crafts can ONLY be made DURING Frostfell. If you want to stock up on these items you MUST do it during the event! Also, some live event items sell much better than others, and this varies by server--for example, players may only want to pay 50s for a Frostfell card or 15g for a keg table, but also would pay 2p for a Snowdrift or 1p for a grassy knoll of butterflies.
Yup, that's it! In general, the best way to earn money in EQ2 is by playing the market well and to not spend too much of what you earn. Utilizing the services of crafters or providing said service to yourself and others will benefit everyone involved, and trading items if the broker isn't working out for you may provide better results.
As you become more accustomed to what your server's economy is like and continue to work hard at your adventuring, questing and/or crafting, you'll find yourself with a thick, padded wallet before you know it.
|ZAM would like to thank Voldran for suggesting the creation of this guide.