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Rift Artifact Hunting 101

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

I just broke 300 platinum this week, and thought I’d finally take the time away from Rift to post a bit more in depths about my big plat maker, artifacts! I only started collecting artifacts because of the vanity items you can purchase with the Lucky Coins you get for turning in sets. I have my eye on the Shiny Tartagon mount, which is a white version of the CE two-headed turtle mount, and am only 12 coins away now. Getting this mount will save me the 125 platinum it would have cost at level 50 to get an epic mount, which is also nice!

The thing with hunting artifacts is that you find A LOT of them that you already have. Artifacts have set spawn points in each zone, and if you’re always hitting up the same spawn points, I find you end up with a lot of the same artifacts, but that could just be me. You might think searching for artifacts would be a boring pass time, but it’s kind of like a huge sparkly Easter egg hunt! Sure the spawn points are always the same, but there are hundreds, maybe thousands of spawn points, so I’m always discovering new ones, even in well explored areas. I thought I’d share a few artifact hunting pointers in case any of you are looking for ways to bring in the plat and want to give it a try!

  • Roll a High Elf or Bahmi! The Angelic Flight and Mighty Leap racials will save you some serious headaches when getting to those hard to reach artifacts.
  • Look behind it! No matter what you see, a rock, a tree, a building, check around the other side! Usually you’ll find yourself an artifact.
  • Look up! There are artifacts in the trees, on top of structures, tucked into niches you can only just reach, so don’t keep your eyes glued to the ground.
  • If you see trees, you can probably reach them somehow, and there will be artifacts around their base!
  • Go down the mountain! Anytime you’re running along the crest of a mountain range, remember that if you see what looks like giant stairs down the side, each of those steps could have a couple artifacts on them! I have found SO MANY on the ledges surrounding Silverwood, so make sure you check! You can always climb back up to the top later.
  • Go to your opposite faction’s zones! You can still turn in sets of artifacts you collect even if they aren’t from one of your faction’s zones. Sure if you play on a PvP server it might be dangerous, but just think of how much you can sell those artifacts for in your auction house!
  • Some artifacts are needed for 2 sets! Remember to use these if you need them the second time, or post them for a little more in the auction house!
  • Check the Auction House for rares! Players who aren’t interested in artifacts are always posting rares for far too cheap. If you find one posted for less than 5 plat that isn’t from an invasion (it will say so in the tooltip) buy it out and repost it!
  • Don’t leave it behind! Even if an artifact is giving you trouble, remember that the harder it is to get, the more likely it is to be a rare!
  • Make artifact allies, not enemies! It’s important to remember the players selling the most artifacts are usually the players buying the most artifacts. So if you’re undercutting someone, maybe do it by more than just a silver (because there are no addons, nothing makes me angrier at a fellow Antiquarian than seeing they’ve undercut me by 1 silver. I won’t even bother canceling auctions to repost unless I notice I’ve been undercut by a silver, and then I go out of my way to undercut that player as often as possible no matter what they’re selling and won’t buy their artifacts, even if they are 1 silver cheaper than the rest.) Or if you notice two of you seem to be farming the same zone, talk to the player and see if there are certain days they post, so that you can post on the opposite days, or find out which zones they work in, and pick zones they don’t have covered (level permitting).Giving discounts to players you recognize who sell artifacts isn’t a bad idea either. They are going to find things you need and you are going to find things they need, so it can pay off to be nice!
  • Most of all, don’t sell yourself short! You went out and got your hands dirty collecting those artifacts, you fell off cliffs, got stuck in crevices and maybe even got ganked by some high level Defiants (or Guardians), so if you have one that isn’t already in the Auction House, post it for a platinum! If someone wants it, they’ll pay that much! If you find and uncommon, post it for 2-3 platinum. If you find a rare, post it for 10-20 plat! Remember that the deposit is only a silver, so it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t sell the for the first few times, and chances are it will sell eventually!

In addition, I finished my farming map of Silverwood/Gloamwood that I wanted to share. I leave from Sanctum (sorry Defiants, it will be a long trek, but you’ll run into almost no guards if you stick to the black line) and start to find artifacts as soon as I reach the black line. I zigzag into the hills above Moonshade Highlands and usually head down the hill by Palisade in Silverwood to check there, but other than that I just look on ledges and under trees and on peaks. There is a lake in the hills just southwest of Gloamwood Pines in which you’ll usually find an artifact, and a cave along the road leading north toward Iron Pine Peak where an artifact likes to hide behind the sparkly altar. When you leave the cave check around Loggerman’s Lift across the stream and there’s almost always one under the bridge there! Then head up the hill to Shadefallen Keep where there’s a bunch more!

My inventory is usually full of artifacts by the time I reach Shadefallen Keep, which is why my rout ends there. Sometimes I change things up by swinging into the Scarlet Gorge and heading down to Stonefield and Freemarch, or sometimes I stick to Silverwood and just do a few circles and check out Overwatch Keep just to keep things interesting. Rare artifacts seem to be very rare, so it always makes my day when I find one! I’m guessing they show up around once out of every 100 artifacts I find, which is why they sell so well and why I’m always so happy to find one! I hope that you find this information useful! I know it seems like a strange thing to focus on in this new shiny game, but I’m having a lot of fun and making a lot of plat!

Thanks for Reading!
Miss Mediocre <3

On My Way To Becoming A Platinum Princess

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

I enjoyed having enough gold in WoW to buy whatever I wanted. I think the biggest change I’ve experienced in my switch to Rift is that I’m no longer able to spend without consequence. I was happy with how much gold I was accumulating for the first few levels until I visited the mount vendor and realized that the highest currency in game wasn’t actually gold, it was platinum, and that the cheapest horse would cost me a whole 2.5! I was sitting around 65 gold at the time and realized I needed to develop some platinum making strategies, and quick. After a few more levels I discovered Sanctum and the Guardian Auction House. Unfortunately prices were all over the place and there really wasn’t much posted at all, as the shard had only been around for a few days. I posted what I thought people might go searching for, a few shoulder and head armor items that were a little harder to find than the rest and some leather I’d butchered. I way overpriced everything, and not surprisingly none of it sold, so it was back to the drawing board.

Later I was running around Silverwood Forest questing my little heart out when I saw a bright sparkly thing. Obviously I had to click on it, and I got my very first “artifact”. I thought it was pretty neat that you could find sparkly things just laying around the world, and became instantly hooked. I completed a few of the Silverwood artifact sets, spending any extra gold I had to purchase the ones I’d yet to find from the Auction House. I began finding doubles and triples of ones I’d already used, so I decided to post them in the AH to try to make back some of my gold. There were rarely any of the ones I found already in the AH, so I decided to risk putting them in for a platinum a piece as the fee to post an artifact is only 1 silver, so it wouldn’t really matter if they didn’t sell. To my surprise and delight, they nearly all sold! I started going out to explore and look for artifacts specifically, which was a lot of fun and is probably why I’ve yet to reach level 50. I only sell ones I already have because I’d noticed once you turn in 100 sets of artifacts, you can get one of the fastest mounts, which became a goal of mine. I also started purchasing artifacts to re-post in the AH that were under priced, something that isn’t easy to do without addons, but I managed.

I like hunting artifacts for platinum because it’s something I’d be doing anyway. I want to finish all the artifact sets and get my special mount and I want to explore every corner of Telara, I just so happen to be making money along the way! I’ve gotten to the point where I have every artifact from Silverwood and Gloamwood now except for a few of the rares. So I head out to search once a day until my bags are full of artifacts, which usually takes 15-30 minutes because I’m very familiar with the artifact spawn points in both zones now, and then I head back to the Auction House to post whatever I couldn’t use. I have fun riding around seeing the world and fighting off any rifts or invasions I come across, and I usually make at least 10 platinum in the process, sometimes much more. I don’t even have to worry about mobs getting in my way as I find the greatest success just sticking to the mountains.

I’m not sure how much platinum the average Rift player has right now, as I only have a few people to compare to, but I know I’ve got a fair bit more than them. I also don’t know what level 50 brings in terms of ways to bring in the plat, but I think as a nooby level 36, 220 platinum has me well on my way to becoming a Platinum Princess! At this rate anyway I should have at least 1000 by the time I reach level cap. Players love those vanity items, me included, hehe.

If you’re interested in starting to farm artifacts as well let me know and I’ll post a map with my favorite spots! Also if you’ve been working on making platinum with the Rift AH, leave me a comment and let me know how it’s going! If there’s a better method for someone still leveling to bring home the bacon, I’d really like to hear about it! Finally, how have you been managing playing Rift without any addons? Are you always glancing to your titan panel to see how long you have to go until you level up, or typing /auctioneer commands in the AH only to realize sadly you’ll have to figure that all out on your own? Oh, and do you like the new header? I thought I should throw some of my Rift characters in there now that it’s such a big part of my gaming agenda!

Thanks for Reading!
MM <3