What are the biggest mistakes new players make?

    • What are the biggest mistakes new players make?

      I am absolutely going to be playing this game. I have been watching videos and reading guides but I was hoping for a bit of help on the one thing that worries me. I just do not want to make a costly mistake in the first few weeks I am playing. You know the kind of thing you slap yourself for having wasted points and time on and now you know better. Foolish skills, messing up the private island, starting in a stupid place. All those kinds of things. Any tips on what to AVOID doing in the first few weeks?
    • You can play the game any way you like and what is fun to you. My suggestion however is to pick something you're interested in and stick with it until you're decent at it. Don't branch out and diversify into everything all at the beginning.

      For example: You like tanking. Stick to tanking until you get T6 armor and are comfortable with all the tanking weapons (know how they work and which is best for different scenarios).
      With combat it isn't that hard now to get T4 everything and try them all out.

      Sticking to something is more important for crafting and farming. Don't try to craft everything and don't try to farm everything. Pick one thing you like to craft. Or one thing you like to farm and stick with that. As your specialization gets higher you'll have extra crafting focus to use on other disciplines.

      Also, and probably more important than anything I can tell you. JOIN A GUILD.
      A guild is a great resource where you can get tons of information and connections just by logging in.
    • Andrite wrote:

      You can play the game any way you like and what is fun to you. My suggestion however is to pick something you're interested in and stick with it until you're decent at it. Don't branch out and diversify into everything all at the beginning.
      At the same time though if you don't like the weapon don't get stuck in the mindset of because you famed it your going to stick with it.

      There are certain weapons for faming and ganking and group pvp. For example if you like to play claws in pvp, don't expect groups to allow you to bring claws to pve.
    • The biggest mistake new players make is being so frightened of losing their stuff that you spend too much time in the safe areas. I spent almost 3 months frightened to go into a red zone and it is my biggest shame and my largest regret.

      Make enough money to have 10 sets of gear and then get out of those safe areas and enter the wonderful world of higher income and higher rates of progress.
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    • Udjani wrote:

      Which set would you recommend for beginners that wouldn't be too expensive and yet good enough to gathering in red/black zones? like a t4/t5 would be enough?
      For most gatherers fighting a PvP geared character isn’t on the agenda. Escape is the order of the day. You should be wearing proper gathering gear (which as well as bonuses to gathering has lots of evasion and escape abilities) and a weapon with some mobility. Your mount is important too as an ox in the black zone isn’t a great idea for escaping. T4/5 gear is fine early in but you’ll want gathering gear equal to your gathering level as you progress
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    • The 4 biggest mistakes

      1. Trying to progress every gear/build. A tip? Progress everything that seems interesting to you to T4. After that, decide to focus only on two different builds and nothing more.

      2.chosing multiple profesions. A tip? Focus on one only. If you are going to be a crafter, Do not try to gather your own ingredients. Buy them instead. Also focus only on one type of weapon/armor as crafter. If you are going to be a gatherer, focus only on 1 resource until you can gather T8. Dont try to gather all types of resources beyond T4.

      3. Too scared to lose stuff. I think this one is important. If you are scared to lose your gear, you will simply miss all the fun of the game. PVP is the main activity of the game. Evrything you do is to prepare yourself for pvp. Get your gear to T4(tier 4) and go out and do pvp in t4 gear. You will die most of the time at first because you will have no idea how to fight. After a while, you will get good.

      4. Trying to learn everything by yourself.
      Even if you are a solo player, you will eventually need some one to help you practice or test builds. Ask strangers for builds, duel strangers in cities and take a look at what they are wearing. Comunicate a lot with strangers. Even if you are going to be solo player, comunication is a must to get good at the game.
    • My biggest mistake was wasting learning points either by using them on low levels or in the mastery tree rather than spec tree.

      - In general you only want to use learning points for specialisation in your weapon of choice.
      - Only use LP once you have decided you are deffinately going to continue using that weapon.
      - Don't use LP until atleast level 60/100 because you gain more fame per point in higher levels. Some people may say not until 70 or even 80/100, it's up to you.

      Learning points are very valuable, even more valuable if you are not going to have premium because you will only gain 10 per day instead of 20 per day with premium active.
    • Fusionbomb wrote:

      -Don't use any LP for a few weeks

      -Don't craft stuff expecting to make money

      -Avoid gathering on an ox
      I disagree with these blanked statements if you know what you're doing.

      If you're brand new and have absolutely no clue: 1 & 2 I can see as easy to remember for until you know whats happening and can agree.

      But if you want to gather for gathering sake (3) an Ox is ok imo.

      Why would you advise against? @Fusionbomb
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    • People are so in love with the carry capacity that they completely ignore the travel time between nodes. With f2p coming and competition for nodes coming back its a bigger deal to be faster than your competition.

      The easiest way to think about it is that you are looking to maximize fame/hour or silver/hour, and both of them have the main component of time. So the fact that a T3 Horse is 50% faster than a T3 Ox is sort of a thing.

      The further you get from town though, the better Ox get. Since the travel time back to town over and over eats up the speed between nodes advantages, and you get to just stay out there for longer on your ox and only ride back once.

      Either way though, whatever mistake you make isn't going to be life altering, its more of a time maximization calculation.
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    • Piddle wrote:

      People are so in love with the carry capacity that they completely ignore the travel time between nodes. With f2p coming and competition for nodes coming back its a bigger deal to be faster than your competition.

      The easiest way to think about it is that you are looking to maximize fame/hour or silver/hour, and both of them have the main component of time. So the fact that a T3 Horse is 50% faster than a T3 Ox is sort of a thing.

      The further you get from town though, the better Ox get. Since the travel time back to town over and over eats up the speed between nodes advantages, and you get to just stay out there for longer on your ox and only ride back once.

      Either way though, whatever mistake you make isn't going to be life altering, its more of a time maximization calculation.
      That's why stag is great for gathering in yellow and maybe even red zones. Once you move to gathering in black, T7/T8 armored or direwolf is a must. Speed is king
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    • As someone stated previously, I definitely wouldn't spend too much time in safe zones.

      It's good to start learning the basics but if you stay too long there, you will miss out on a lot of things.

      Black zones and Caerleon has always been/is the end game in AO. Everything is relatively better in the Black zones, although the risk is higher.

      One thing I learned the hard way was despec'ing. Do not try to despec, blow silver on a certain node/skill tree if you end up giving up on using that certain weapon or armor piece. Meta always shifts around and eventually, you will regret having removed that t6+ level from a skill. I did that by removing from t8 main spears thinking I would never go back to it. Regretted it and ended up releveling it.

      If you don't plan on using that certain node any more, just leave it aside. It could eventually become relevant to you once the meta shifts around.

      Good luck!
    • 1 more thing that might be an issue when it goes F2P. Be careful too be Faction flagged in the yellow and blue zone.
      If faction flagged its still possible too get ganked in the safe zone and u will lose your gear.
      Will be many Faction Flagged players around in the lower Zones with players just looking for action...
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    • My greatest advice would be to take your time Albion Online has a lot of things that you will only learn the hard way, listen to what the other players have said in this thread. Especially to do with LP I personally would not even advice you to use it for a few weeks as whatever you think you know, will probably get spun on its head.

      Experiment with builds however think about what you want out of the game, as different play styles require different gear. When you have had fun for a few days put some time aside and look at the spells on the gear and work out what is best for you.

      As far as your first day is concerned, don't be in a rush to get anywhere. In fact use the starting noob zone village to your advantage don't even bother going to another city until you have gathered/refined all your things to t3, made a few things, all the shops are free to use. Then when you do take the risk to the other city's you can take some refine resources to sell, these resources you sell will be enough to get you a better mount, and some low level gear.

      Only wear what you can afford to lose in any PVP area, you do find some nice players but generally speaking if something is to good to be true it isn't. People will kill you on sight, rob your resources plunder your gear.

      Find yourself a nice group of players to play with, be careful of noob guilds with a high tax rate, they are just pulling you in so you slave away getting them silver.