In most RPG’s, Alchemy is the time-honored profession of mixing potions until you drop. That’s really no different in Aion, save for the fact that there is a good deal more than potions to craft. This guide will get you off on the right foot to leveling Alchemy, as well as provide a few tips to help you along the way, so that you ca make your profession not only productive, but profitable.
With six profession choices in Aion, it’s difficult to make a case for choosing one over the other – and you can only master two. Making the case for Alchemy is difficult for some players because of the fact that in order to complete your work orders, you have to invest a high amount of kinah outright. Too, unlike other crafting professions, Alchemy doesn’t bring in high amounts of kinah like crafting gear does. What you make is consumable, so Alchemy tends to be a steady income stream at a lower volume, because you can create things that all players want and need.
Alchemy creates a large list of items, such as potions, scrolls, mana stones, orbs, and spell books. The last two are especially useful, as you won’t have to buy them from someone else, and they can get pricey. This profession is especially useful for Mage classes – Sorcerers, Spiritmasters, etc. It’s also excellent for PvP, and the high level mana stones will sell well. To be successful at Alchemy, you’ll need plenty of inventory space and a reliable income. Some people choose not to level Alchemy until they’re close to the level cap for these reasons.
There are a few important crafting basics that you need to know before you set out to level your Alchemy in earnest.
First of all, it’s important to note that crafting failure CAN happen in Aion. Your materials will be used up, but you won’t get anything out of it. Your failure rate is based on your skill level, meaning the higher your skill level, the less likely you are to fail. It’s always good to stock extra materials just in case failures happen.
You’ll make your goods at a crafting station, after you’ve completed some introductory quests. They’re relatively straightforward to use: approaching one will prompt you to use it. Once you decide to use it, up pops a list of the items you can craft, plus the materials you have. From there, you’ll make your goods.
Some materials – such as bottles, and other materials that can’t be gathered – will need to be purchased from vendors. These vendors will be near the crafting station, and should be easy for you to find.
You can’t pick up a profession until you’re level 10, but what you can do is begin to gather your raw materials. At first, you’ll only be digging in the earth for materials, and after you ascend, you’ll pick up Aether Extraction so that you can begin extracting your raw materials from the world around you. One of the smartest things you can do is to begin to level your gathering skill early – that way, once you’re ready to start crafting, your gathering skill will already be above 1, and you will also already have a stock of materials to use. Beginning recipes will be using angelica, which grows in Ishalgen and Poeta, so pick it up when you see it.
When you ascend, you can pick up your profession; for Alchemy, Asmodaeans will go to Honir, and Elyseans will go to Diana. The trainer will offer you an introductory quest that will do several things. First, the introductory quest gives you 3000 kinah and an Alchemy recipe upon completion. It also, however, introduces you to the other low level material you’ll be using, which is the Lesser Elemental Stone.
To complete the introductory quest, you’ll need to make 15 potions. Since you’ll need stones for this, which you collect off of the nearby mobs, go ahead and gather about 4-5 of them. You only need 3 stones, but it’s always smart to be prepared in case of failure.
Speak to your trainer again once you’ve gathered the materials. They will enable the crafting station for you. Use the crafting station to make Lesser Elemental Water for your quest, and return to the trainer to turn it in once you’re done.
Turning in the quest will give you two options from your trainer: Learn Alchemy and Craft Request. Learn Alchemy is used for when you need to train up – i.e., you won’t need to use it until you’re ready to progress past the 1-99 stage of your profession. Craft Requests, on the other hand, allow you to create items and level up your profession without having to go out and gather materials (the only other way to level up your profession, also called “grinding”). Craft Requests will require you to pay kinah to get items that aren’t provided already by the vendors, so if you’re low on funds, grinding is a better option. However, Craft Requests are a much faster way to level your trade skills.
- Levels 1-30 of Alchemy can generally be seen as a preparation phase. In these levels, you are crafting materials that you will need for later levels – so keep them! You will need to stock up on materials for Lesser Elemental Water and Stone Powder and make these items until they turn gray and you’re no longer able to get skillups. Save what you make!
- From levels 30-45, you will begin making potions. You will essentially just want to make what you have the materials for, so gathering while you quest is important. You can also make Lesser Magic Power Crystals and Lesser Wisdom Stones for these fifteen levels, but they’re really only useful if you plan on making weapons in the first tier of your profession.
- Levels 45-65 begin to offer you a chance at making money. If you’ve leveled your Aether Extraction, it will start to be beneficial around 45 skill points. Make Lesser Wind Serum at this level, because it’s something that the vast majority of people will want or need. You can make a profit off of it, and you can also provide it for yourself so that you can be self-sufficient, instead of having to buy it from someone else.
- From levels 65-99, you’ll want to change your tactic. The mid-sixties onward in the first tier are notoriously difficult, and the best way to handle skillups is to take work orders. Importantly, however, work orders for levels 1-99 will end up costing you about 3500 kinah, so it is an investment you’ll have to keep in mind. The skill points may be difficult to obtain, though; work orders begin to award more skill points the higher in skill level you get and the harder the materials for those work orders are to obtain, so this first level may not be terribly useful in terms of skillups, but it’s about the best option for getting you there.
- Once you hit level 90 or so, start using your lower quality mana stones to try to make better ones. If you get good quality mana stones, you can save them for yourself, or attempt to sell them. It might be wise to keep only what you need and try to sell the rest, since Alchemy takes a significant money investment to successfully level.
These tips for beginner Alchemists are just that: beginners’ tips. While we’ve provided a useful guide to get through your first skill level, after that, it’s up to you to take the tips you’ve learned here and turn them to your advantage. Conserve materials as best as you can. Gather extra materials in case of failure. Be self sufficient, but try to get into the market for Alchemy items so that you can help fund your craft. From here, it’s up to you how far to go with it – you may find yourself cornering the market.
~ By Kat G.