Some things to keep in mind labor is very important in archeage. While people might tell you that labor doesn't have a price or value this isn't true you can make excuses all you want and tell people its worthless but keep in mind if your gaining labor as a free player you only get 5 labor every 5 minutes and 10 every 5 minutes. So lets assume we are talking about a free player. In an hour you'll gain 300 labor so time is still money at the end of the day. So getting the most out of what little labor you can get is very important. We have a trick which we can do on free accounts to get labor which will be important cause we need labor to make money and provide services.
Gaining labor for free accounts can be accomplished by auto attacking dummy's in falcloth for example. All we need to do is leave our character attacking these poles which keeps our character in combat and as of this point it is not considered illegal to keep yourself logged into game using this method. So it isn't considered a "hack". We want to get as much labor as we can so if you have to leave it for 5 or 6 hours so you can max out on the 2k labor this makes it easier and cheaper then trying to buy workers compensation potions. We also want to avoid spending money which could be spent on other things.
The type of services we will provide will depend on what's making money but we have a few options:
- Processing materials
- Giving ship transport rides
- Selling resources mined or gathered
Crafting this type does however require you to level up said craft type which might not be something you want to invest. But if your RNG rolls are good and you get lucky crafting some of the items from handicrafting or tailoring ect you can be looking at some serious money made. Always make sure you don't over spend on materials as well in this case cause you don't want it to turn into a gamble when crafting.
Ship transports this one is usually something people will need since you have the quest for the 16x16 farm if you drive the ship good and can keep your party out of danger as well as get the quest completed for them they will be happy customers. And charging them a fee for your time is a great way to make money. Keep in mind you can also rent out more then just a cutter ship. You could also do the same thing for a merchant ship and charge a per pack fee or a flat rate fee over all.
Selling resources is a good way to make money especially if you can find stuff being planted by someone and jack it to sell over the market place. Some research has to go in before all is said and done since you wouldn't want to end up gathering something that doesn't sell or won't make you enough for your labor.
Some other important things to keep in mind avoid using exploits and I know your gonna be like but my friend exploited Apex recently and made a fortune. But keep in mind you don't wanna risk your account getting banned cause that would be game over. We want to do things legit so we don't come up as a possible banning suspect.
We could also gather materials to make trade packs one of the more valuable runs which is short and sweet is the rookborne to falcloth. Running from a pvp zone is increased pack money. The runs materials are easy to come by you can actually gather the figs from the enemy side and grow cucumbers to get the veggies. This is one of the fastest ways to be able to run packs and requires low investiment. 130% on rookborne packs pays over 9g per run. But even at the lowest point you will still be making 5g off each pack and thats only for about a 5 minute run by donkey. Of course if you make a cart your looking at increasing the amount of packs you can run. But over all the donkey method is a great money maker for someone trying to establish money in a server to buy apex.
Another great way to make money but this requires some investiment to make it efficiant is leveling fishing up. While it is possible to catch some of the lower end sport fish the higher the base skill the bigger the fish you can catch. But fish only require labor to catch them after they turn into a pack they give money without the cost of labor. Fish can be worth anywhere from 2 gold to 45 gold max and the investment gets less the higher it gets leveled since it causes labor reductions the higher you level fishing. The only investiments required to make this work will be bought using vocational badges the fishing pole can be crafted or bought they usually go for around 3 gold.
Another aspect of fishing is stealing fish if you can manage to steal fish off people its free labor but this of course will require a higher leveled character in order to pull that off since most people will be geared and likely hard to beat.
Gathering and selling resources are going to come down to what's doing well in the market but keep afew things in mind. Look for fellowship workbenches on servers usually these require materials. A perfect example of this is the rookborne one which costs 180 corn and 50 dried flowers. Since corn can also be used for grain as well. It can be very valuable and many people will likely buy it when its sold since it requires so much to make a pack. If you plant 100 corn seeds on an 8x8 you can usually expect to make 20-30 gold on average on a server and thats without farming leveled. The investiment is only 1g 40 silver.
We also have afew ways to make money with a new character as well. We can sell the gilda stars you'll get a max of 50 if you rush though the story quests certain races can do this easier like for example elf on the west side or the furry race on the eastern side. Quest wise when you hit 50 you can get a free scroll for regrading. The weapon regrades are usually the best price wise but just check the server to make sure. If you can find someone on the server with a car and ask for some help they can run you though the eco fuel quest in rookborne which will give you some really good money as well.