A number will have achieved it pre-1.1. Basically when the game launched the most “efficient” way of levelling a profession was to make thousands of low-level items. 1.1 changed this so that you need to use higher level items with a ~25% increase in XP required too.
The old way was still challenging and required vast quantities of low-level resources, but not having to move beyond a few locations made it more straightforward (if duller).
Some certainly will be fed bits from their companies or co-ordinated between a group (e.g. if you pass me your sandpaper & wood, I’ll pass you my flux & ore).
There are also some players who have put in vast quantities of hours (some in the 1000+ hour mark)
20-25% easier is definitely a lot less time needed if you look at it that way.
I have been looking at stonecutting which seems the easiest of them all. To get from 100 to 150 now it requires about 4632 lodestone and 24704 stones. I can see myself gathering stones… they are easy to come by… you just need time. But for the lodestone that’s a whole different story. You have to compete with other players and for a lot fewer nodes. I can’t imagine other tradeskills that require even rarer materials. I wonder if anybody at AGS did the math.
In my case I found something to do while the player base was being robbed of all their efforts with dup/cheat/exploits. I know these things still are happening but this is what I did instead of participate in any other parts of the game, which were or are broken. I leveled to 60 this way. Gathering my own mats to craft is all I did. It became unbearable upon transferring to Camelot on the first round transfer. Too many bots, farmers, and international players have a player base here too, so there isn’t a dead time to run around to gather. You fight bots and farmers around the clock for every node.
Then they made it tougher to level crafting.
Other players were fed by dups or companies all they needed to get maxed out right away. Many players are there from duplicate cheat/exploit and spent their dup stuff given to them on crafting asap.
I am 200 in all but 163 Weapon 125 carpentry, 69 fishing. I don’t know I will bother to do those anymore. I could probably spend my 140k, 100k of it made inthe last week, on finishing those skils, but then I would quit the game.
But ues I get that all the exploits/dupes did help those players reach their level so quickly. At some point in time I thought I would try to level up by crafting but it seemed way too time consuming and boring.
I guess there is also people playing the trade post buy/sell in quantities to manipulate prices and make a profit. That might be another way to gain gold quickly
Dont forget players like asmongold using farm bot exploits . getting thousands of gold for being a streamer.
Getting companies to donate and give best information dump.
Getting ahead in general cause best crafters got the most materials which equals even faster leveling.
I started by grinding the materials for a few particular trade skills. In these professions, I was among the first people to sell key items - Starmetal & Orichalcum gathering tools (1-2k+ each), then pristine jewelry (2-3k+ a piece).
I was able to use these proceeds to purchase materials for further profession training, at a time when material prices were much lower. Also I leveraged buy orders (which few people seemed to use at the start) - I was able to get iron ore for 0.01 each, and similar extremely cheap prices for other key materials.
I’m now 200 in all trade skills apart from fishing & weaponsmithing (no interest in anything I can craft from WS)
Once you obtain a decent amount of money, the easiest way would be to place buy orders through the trading post. Depending on your server, you might be able to make back money while leveling your craft.
For example, the cost of Oakflesh ingredients can be cheaper than selling the potion itself. That means you can level up your crafting and make back the money.
Another route I’ve seen people do is place buy orders and sell the item back for a higher amount. Unfortunately, there isn’t a quick get rich scheme; people are putting the work into to it and getting rewarded in doing so.
If you are leveling armoring, arcana, weapon, engineering, jeweling, etc. see if you can borrow trophies from your friends. This way when you’re leveling it, you can sell some of the items and make some money back.
Crafting is really very cheap and easy IMO. As I’ve said before I played other games where hitting cap took many months. Here you can just easily buy your way to cap in a day or 2 if the market is in a good spot.
Getting to 200 isn’t really a big deal, it’s fairly easy. However for say armor crafting, the bonus gear is like 2k each (besides the common drops) and the trophies are like 75k each…
I leveled armoring first and was just focusing it, just going to ck rawhide and boarsholm over and over again, then arcana, alot of mote, azoth water and hyssop farming, then jewelcrafting a lot of silver runs. I havent basically anything from anyone. Just used a lot of hours.
Invested time is likely just going to be the biggest factor of difference. Post 1.1 it became a bit lengthier, but it certainly wasn’t easy mode already to begin with.
Another good possibility is buying your way there. That way it can be really fast. You do need the coin in order to make this possible though. Dedicate crafters in pre-existing guilds are likely easiest to fall in this category.
Thank you all for the replies! It’s very interesting to hear different opinions from people that have been playing through different times and that have experienced leveling up in different ways.
I need to take some time and munch all this information and come up with a strategy that would work with the current state of the game. It could be a mix of different activities like playing the Trade Post, gathering some resources, trading them for others I need, planning how much of the different resources I will need to level up the tradeskill. Maybe focus on just one tradeskill at a time instead of leveling them all together.
It also looks like being part of a big company and doing some regular trips out there to collect caches from elite regions might help with hard to find reagents.
If you guys have suggestions please keep them coming.