It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it!
Within Blade Wars there are a number of “Life Skills”, which allow players to collect ore, chop down tress, catch fish, and even sew and forge new armor pieces. Today, our Warrior Flex is going to venture out into the countryside in search of mining veins in order to acquire materials for a new set of armor. Unfortunately for him, he doesn’t have the skill yet :).
In order to remedy this, let’s go to Luo Yang and Visit the Mining Master (173, 202). He seems like a nice and approachable character, so I proceed to strike up a conversation.
The first thing he tells me is that I need to be level 15 before I am experienced enough to learn this craft. Fair enough, besides, there are bound to be loads of monsters and other players who are out for the same ore, so no sense in worrying about it until a little later. Being level 31 though, I think I can hold my own out there :). I accept his training, and pay the master 1,000 coins for sharing his knowledge.
You can check what Life Skills you currently have by going to the following tab:
You can get to this screen by pressing “F6” (Skills & Formations), and then selecting the “Life” tab at the top. You can tell which skills you have learned by their clear picture, compared to those you don’t by their red tint. I have three known skills, and seven unlearned ones. Your skill level and proficiency points are also provided for the selected skill.
Now that I now have some mining skill, let’s get out there and unearth some hidden treasures.
After heading to Solar Village, I check my minimap, and success! I see some mining veins, which show up like small rocks on the landscape.
You can tell what mining skill level that you need to mine any particular vein by just mousing over the rock pile. This does look rare indeed, but unfortunately I am only skill Lvl. 1, and I need to be Lvl. 7 to mine for goodies here.
Since these veins are too high level for me, I decided to head back towards Spring Avenue. Here, I finally found a Lvl. 1 vein…but it was surrounded by monsters! I guess I’ll have to use my axe first before I can start exporting these riches.
After dispatching these foes, I claim my prize!
Every time you mine you consume some Vitality. Also, you will usually obtain some ore, some jade, or some combination of both. If you are lucky, you will also see your proficiency go up as you see above :).
You can take these pieces of ore and jade and further refine them into their usable forms. You can see the interface in the following screenshot:
After enough mining, which should be no real problem if you mine most veins you come across, you will see your proficiency level rise. When you get enough experience by collecting enough ore and jade, you will be able to go back to the Mining Master and “upgrade” your skill. Each time you upgrade your proficiency; there will be more mining veins that will be available for your benefit as well as improved loot. With each new ore and jade you receive, new armor and weapons will be available to craft. Make sure to keep up with your other life skills with your mining so you can fully take advantage of this new loot you are now collecting!
Some of the best items in the game can be gained by utilizing these crafting skills, so make sure to take some time to work on them! They aren’t required by any means, but are a nice supplement to the regular loot drops in the game.
Tune in next time when we will explore more of Flex’s adventures in the world of Blade Wars!