Bragtoberfest: Level 50 & How I Accidentally Made a Lot of Gold in ArcheAge

My Farm Cart!

This will likely be my final brag for the month since I’m not sure what else I can do in ArcheAge to top what happened this weekend. I’ll be focusing on Halloween events (FFXIV, GW2, TSW, etc), and doubt there’s much to brag about there. Also have a trip IRL this weekend, so lots to keep me busy and away from blogging!

Ding 50!

Proof of my Lvl 50. Wait... don't laugh at my build. I'm still working on it! :(
Proof of my Lvl 50. Wait… don’t laugh at my build. I’m still working on it! šŸ™

So, I reached level 50 in ArcheAge yesterday. You know, it really isn’t even bragworthy. I haven’t quested for levels since the late 20s, aside from just compulsively wanting to finish up the zones I could. So, most of my leveling has come from just doing what I want to do – farming, fishing, gathering, gilda dailies.

In fact, I dinged 50 while finishing the Hearty Meal daily quest, which revolves around crafting an item at the Farmer’s Workbench, clicking on it in your inventory, then delivering it to the nearest auction house NPC. Oooh… strenuous!

So anyhow, I finished that, and switched out Battlerage for Songcraft so that I can level that and have the speed boost song. I was surprised at just how fast levels go when you do that. I’ve hardly done much at all and it’s already level 17.

Now, leveling proficiency? That’s another story all together.

Farewell to a Friend

A fellow blogger, who will remain nameless unless they wish to come forward in comments, has been playing alongside me on the Lucius server. They told me this weekend that the game’s not doing it for them, and they’re calling it a done deal. I was sad to hear this, but I understand.

So we said our goodbyes in game… and they promptly sent me all their stuff! I mean… my eyes boggled. This was obviously hard-earned stuff. And I just don’t know how to put my thanks into words because I really appreciate their total generosity on this.

So, in case you didn’t get my in-game mail in return… thank you. I will put this all to good use and not waste a drop of it!

The Gift Farm

Gift Farm! <3
Gift Farm! <3

One of the items gifted to me was none other than an aqua farm. My friend sent this to me knowing that I sold my previous aqua farm, and noted that I could sell this one, too. I found that idea difficult — I mean, it was a gift farm. You don’t just go sell gifts.

Previously, when I was attempting an aqua farm (a whole week ago), I didn’t have a boat, funds or fast means to move around to get to the farm. Part of my frustration was with travel to and fro. Also, sales of produce were slow, so I wasn’t sure how profitable it would be to maintain the farm.

Now, I’m in a much better position to take onĀ another plot of land. I have a boat for water transportation. The selling price for aqua farm blueprints is dipping (along with the small housing blueprints). The coral is much more in demand as people start getting higher level alchemy.

To make it short, I decided to keep the farm. Found a nice spot to set it. Named it Giftfarm.

Thank you again.

Thunderstruck Adventures

In AA, anyĀ time you plant a tree, you have a rare chance for lightning to strike it. This is called a Thunderstruck Tree.

These are used to build things like the Fishing Boat (which I really want one day) and various other high-end stuff. On my server, they sell for over 800 gold each.

There’s all sorts of speculation on how to get one. I read that longer-growing trees, such as pine, increased the likelihood of lighting striking (makes sense). SinceĀ I’m done with growing trees for lumberĀ now thatĀ I’ve finished my farmhouse, I decided it wouldn’t hurt to fill my farmĀ up with pines.

The RNG rarely favors me. So, when I came to log my pines yesterday and I found a Thunderstruck Tree, I just lost it.

OMG! OMG! Thunderstruck!
OMG! OMG! Thunderstruck!

The first thing that crossed my mind was — I just needed one more for my fishing boat! I had no intention to sell it, and all intentions to save it in hopes I’d get lucky for a second drop sometime in the future (what’s the chance in that, though)?

Only, it wasn’t to be. Because I derp.

My ThunDERPstruck Moment

I was so excited about the tree, I wanted to share it in chat with someone. It wasn’t good enough to type “I got a Thunderstruck Tree,” though. No. I need to link it in chat.

I’m not familiar with the chat system here, and honestly have no idea how to link something in chat. Maybe you drag it to the bar? Dunno. So, I did the first thing I thought to find options for an item. I right-clicked the Thunderstruck Tree.Ā 

ArcheAge happily let me know that I had unintentionally chosen to cut my Thunderstruck Tree into Thuderstruck Logs.

I panicked! This was not what I wanted to do!

I tried to cancel the action by moving. However, my cursor was still in the chat window, dutifully typing “wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww”. By the time I thought to hammer the esc key, the damage was already done.

I was now the owner of four Thunderstruck Logs. And I was crushed!

So, let me put this here for all to see:

Warning: Right-clicking your Thunderstruck Tree will cut it into Thunderstruck Logs. Be careful!Ā 

Salvaging the Situation

It took me about 10 minutes to come to acceptance with the fact that my fishing boat was now just as far away as it was earlier.

Afterall, I still had the logs, and that was something. Right?

So I took to the Auction House to see what they were worth. Over 200 gold each!

“Okay,” I thought. “That’s quite a bit. But who is going to pay that kind of money for one log?”

Half an hour later, I’d sold two of them for over 200 G each.

The other two were sitting up there, but not selling yet. So I went to find out what in the world these logs were used for. Then I discovered…

The Farm Cart!

I was under the impression a farm cart required a whole tree, not a log.

I started to think about it. Farm carts are cute. I’m growing all the stuff I need for the eco-friendly fuel. So why not make one?

That’s what I did. I pulled oneĀ log from the AH, sold the last one and went to work on building my farm cart!

I was happy to see that Yny was about to go into peace mode, so I tried out the cart on a long journey up north. It’s a bit slower than I’d like it to be, but considering I’m taking two packs instead of one, I suppose it was worth it.

They see me rollin'... they wonder how much I spent on this cart. Wait, that's not how the song goes!
They see me rollin’… they wonder’n how much I spent on this cart. Wait, that’s not how the song goes!

Elite Merchant’s Cushion

Yes, please! :D
Yes, please! šŸ˜€

Finally, the last thing I splurged on was the downy yata fur I needed for the Elite Merchant’s Cushion. I’ve been raising yata in hopes of gathering the material, but don’t see it happening anytime soon. I decided I may as well buy the fur and make the cushion, that way I can sell whatever fur the yata produce from here on for a profit.

That’s what I did. It’s soooo very nice to have access to the Bank, Auction House and Merchant in my home! Worth every gold I spent!

And goal achieved — though not in the way I expected to achieve it.

In Closing

Though I was distraught about accidentally salvaging my Thunderstruck Tree, I think in the end, it was the most profitable and beneficial thing to do. I’m no where near the number of gilda stars I need for the fishing boat blueprint. And even if I did get it, I’d still need to hope that the RNG loved me enough to give me another Thunderstruck Tree (what’s the odds in that)?

So, saving the tree would have done me little good. While selling the logs and crafting a cart that can boost my earning potential was actually a good thing. At least… that’s what I keep telling myself…

So what’s my current goal in ArcheAge? I’ve come a long way in one month!

I have a farmhouse. I have a farm and aqua farm. I have a boat. I have farm cart.

I guess I need to focus on crafting and raising my skills. I’m enjoying fishing. I need to keep working up my gathering to reach the point where I can make seed bundles. I think I want to dabble in leather working, but I’m not sure yet.

Lucek and I hanging at the house. Hanging = AFK XD
Lucek and I hanging at the house. Hanging = AFK XD



  1. Oh noooes! Welp, personally I think fishing from a fishing boat out on the ocean is going to be pretty impossible as a solo player anyway (due to pirates and whatnot).

    Also I hope you know this already, but you can carry three packs in the farm cart.. two in back, one on you. I pretty much only use it when Hellswamp opens up, which ends up being once a night.

    Grats on the aqua farm! I haven’t even looked into those yet.

    1. I wondered if I could take another pack on my back. Thanks for letting me know that! šŸ˜€

      I figured the fishing boat might be painting a target on me in the ocean, though my guild in general enjoys fishing, so I’d probably not go out there alone. We’ll see. I’m honestly okay with fishing freshwater, even if it’s not worth as much.

      Are all the ocean fishing spots out in war zones then?

      1. It isn’t too bad out there as it seems most of the major pirate are focused on the cinders tone and.. (the other east war zone) for two guilda or fredriech.

        My main recommendation is to have some underwater breathing potions. Catching those big fish turn into a trade pack.. Easy target. With the potion and you see another ship.. Despawn and go to the bottom of the ocean. Pop potion and swim with your donkey a little distance away.

        1. Sounds like a great idea! Thanks for the tips!

          What happens to the packs on your ship when you despawn it? I was always curious about that.

  2. Ha! Oh my gods, Aywren, such drama! I didn’t realise the trees themselves were needed for the fishing boat.

    Your first cart journey was without the eco-fuel, right? If that’s the case, I think you’ll be much happier with the speed once you can nitro-boost it. šŸ™‚ Though I hear it can burn through the fuel quite quickly.

    1. Look at all the drama! What else do you expect from me? XD

      I wasn’t expecting to build a cart, so I sold most of my compost all weekend. I only had one fuel to use on my trip, so it was slow going. Since then, I’ve been storing the mats, and have crafted more fuel, which I plan to try out tonight.

      Yessss… the fishing boat needs TWO trees. *sigh* Well, it’s a future-future goal, right? Or maybe I should shoot for the Sub that’s coming out with Auroria! That sounds like fun.

      1. Even if you don’t hit any more thunderstrucks, at least planting pines can still give you a good income stream from lumber, or you can build up your stocks for the packs needed for the fishing boat.

  3. Grats on making such progress. All well that ends well. Don’t worry too much though, you’ll get the trees eventually.

    Don’t get your hopes up but if I ever get any thunderstruck trees I’ll gladly give them to you if you’ll need them by the time. Just one note The RNG Goddess or god has it out to get me so… yeah we’ll see.

    Also have fun on the trip. ^^

  4. Just read this page after playing archeage through all Beta events and a month after Headstart now and I have to say that a big point of Archeage is playing in a guild. AA is not made for playing alone or with a few friends. Sure you’ll stop playing archeage if you only play alone/in small groups. You may get some cool stuff like Houses or boats, but its not the way archeage makes fun. You have to play in a well organised Guild with about 200-300 active members. So you can enjoy big PvP battles with lots of Galleons and hundreds of clipper fighting against another big Guild. Just to see ~50 farm carts with your guild tag trading packs is so much fun. And you dont have to do everything alone, you can focus on just fishing or farming, and let the other guild member help you with whatever they are focusing. So try to get in a big guild and see how much fun this is (if its a good guild wiht See battles and fights on land, stealing hundreds of packs from other guilds, or landing wiht 10 tradeships on freedich and fighting your way to the GildaStar Trader)

    Cant say how annoying it is to see someone without one on his back

    1. The very first comment to this article informed me that I could take a pack on my back. Sorry that annoys you, but this was the first time I ever used a farm cart. New players have to learn somehow, correct?

      I am part of a guild of over 170 members, many of them quite active. I don’t think I ever said anywhere that I don’t have a guild or that I don’t play with other people. In fact, a picture above shows my guild tag.

      Just because I set solo goals for myself doesn’t mean I’m not involved with other folks. I just enjoy giving myself things to work towards personally. If I didn’t set personal goals, and only relied on other people to make my content for me, then I’d surely stop playing ArcheAge real fast.

      I’m not interested in PvP battles at all. I enjoy AA for the crafting, gathering, farming and trade runs. Different people play different ways. šŸ˜‰

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