Crafting And Gathering

When I first started playing the game I wasn’t sure what the crew skills were supposed to do and I sure as heck had no idea how to craft. I thought it was a silly option that didn’t amount to much. But as I started getting more invested in the game, I would notice all the people running around with cool outfits, lightsabers, blasters, and mounts. I wanted to get those things too, but I had a bad habit of buying a bunch of stuff right away rather than waiting a few months to let my CC’s build up so I could buy the more expensive items.

About a year into the game I learned about the GTN and made a beeline for it; eagerly shifting through the long list of items only to be disappointed by how ridiculously expensive everything was. I had saved up a few million measly credits between 3-4 characters, but not nearly enough to buy any of the more expensive items. I was right back where I started.

At first I went around killing things to get a pitiful amount of credits to add to my little stock pile and in the words of Jar Jar Binks I thought, “This is nuts.” There was no way I would be able to amass a large amount of credits to buy anything off the GTN at this rate.

I looked up ways to make credits in the game, flipping between several blogs and guides. All of them said the same things. Either buy from the Cartel Market and sell it on the GTN, PVP, or craft and gather. I elected to try the crafting and gathering skills since so many people highly recommended it.

I tried my hand first at crafting. Admittedly, it’s not a favorite past time of mine but I made a bunch of low level items and then matched the prices on the GTN. It’s always best to see before hand how many of the same crafting items are being sold and how much competition you might have. Some people like to craft one specific item like a chestguard so there will be an over abundance of them and not enough of the lower robes to go with the chest piece. If you don’t want to compete with other player’s it might be best to craft the items that aren’t on the GTN.

After crafting for a little while to get the hang of it, I had another character pick up only gathering skills to see what that was like and I have to say that I enjoy gathering materials more than crafting them. Most of the planets have an over abundance of gathering materials so it’s fairly easy to pick a good amount of several materials. Sometimes you may encounter others gathering things as well so you either race them to the next item or go somewhere else to gather.

Funny story. I’ve heard that there are a lot of bots that gather crafting material on Yavin 4 and that’s one of my favorite places to go because there are so many materials there. One day my BH was moseying along gathering things and I guess I kind of got into a pattern. I avoided the predators and grabbed the materials. It took me awhile to realize I was being followed by another player. At first I thought nothing of it and kept going and they just kept following me around. I finally stopped and turned to look at them and it finally occurred to me that he probably thought I was a bot. So I turned and shot at the nearest creature next to me and that seemed to satisfy him because he took off. That has happened to me three times so far. The third time I whispered to the player that I wasn’t a bot and she responded by saying, ‘lol. I did wonder.’ So there is that to contend with if someone wanted to strictly gather things.

By selling what I crafted or gathered I very quickly became wealthy almost overnight and was able to afford to buy off the GTN. What I initially considered useless turned out to be very useful, especially given how inflated the economy is.


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