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Class, Build, and Gear Guide in Albion

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There are no class in Albion Online. All abilities are provided by gear that you’re actually wearing. For example, if you would like to be an archer, simply find a bow to access all bow related skills. In addition, different types of armor give you different set of skills as well.

If you are looking for more advanced strategies for Albion, this KillerGuides’ Albion Online guide is highly recommended. It is packed with insider techniques in all aspects of the game from a complete character progression, territory domination, gear mastery, to silver making techniques. In case you plan to buy Albion Gold or Silver, check MMOBUX.com


Abilities and Skills

Ability can be changed at any time by just changing gear. If you want to be a spell caster instead of a warrior, you only need to wear a casting staff instead of a sword.

All skills in Albion Online are associated with gear as well. These skills are applied on gear when you actually craft the item, and most items are crafted, or when the item actually drops. Some items will drop from humanoid enemies, so if you see a guy using a bow, there’s a chance he can drop a bow of his relevant tier. For example, if he’s a tier five enemy, he can drop a tier five bow.

albion gear progression

Skills change also depends on items. Spear is going to have a different skill set to a bow although they are considered under that similar style of being a ranger or being a hunter. In addition, when you craft your own gear, you have choice to decide which skills you want it to have. More skills become available as you progress.

It goes the same way with armor. There are several types of armor in Albion Online and each of them has a various types of skills as mention in this beginner guide. You can have a choice to choose which skills you want through crafting as well. For example, when you craft a chest armor, you have choice either you want to have self-healing skill or a berserker buff.

Crafting can be quite expensive but it’s a good way of an investment. And it’s going to be the main focus on the game since classes are entirely dependent on gear. Because of this, Albion Online character progression is very complex.

Quality Bonus

In addition, when you craft gear, it can be multiple quality tiers. A higher quality provides quality bonuses. If you have a non-quality bow, you will only have basic baseline without any addition bonus. Quality bonuses for weapon can be anything related to damage dealing such as extra damage, attack speed, and so on.

For armor, quality bonus is going to be related to defensive and mobility. For example, an epic quality boots can give you additional move speed as well as damage resistance for chest armor. Helmet might decrease cooldown on your skills. There’re also other bonuses depending on the item type as well.

Gear Progression

You progress gear up through the different tiers by gathering different tier resources, refining different tiers of those resources and then crafting them into different tiers of gear, and that allows you to progress in some areas of skill and also in passive effects.

albion gear tier

Destiny Board

Now in terms of how you actually dictate what you can actually wear, this is all managed by the destiny board. Although there’s no class in Albion Online, you do have to use and practice gear in order to be able to wear higher tiers of that gear. It means that you cannot just change into a spell caster and wear high tiers gear right away.

Destiny board dictates the maximum power level of your character in each of these different areas. If you want to be able to switch classes on the fly and fill different roles, then you are going to need to do some work in each of those different areas. Currently destiny board are mainly categorized into three types at present: combat, gathering and crafting

In case you are an archer, you use a bow for a little while and you’ll unlock Journeyman Ranger, and you’ll be able to start defining further how your character goes. This gives you access to leather armor and higher tiers of leather armor as you progress.

Initially you just need to wear some leather armor to progress into being more adept in leather armor and being able to wear adept tier leather armor. Then you need to wear adept tier leather armor in order to progress further beyond that.

It gets harder as you progress, because you need to make sure you are not just wearing some piece of leather armor. You need to be wearing all of them. And the same sort of deal happens with weapons.

If you use a bow enough to become adept, an adept bowman, to be able to equip adept tier bows. To progress beyond that in Albion Online Guide, you are going to need to kill enemies with your adept tier bow to be able to unlock war bows, and then you can progress further.

Then, you can even go further and get access to things like longbows as well. Now if you were to instead switch to spears, you would need to go back to the first spear tier.

albion online destiny board

Character Build

There are freedoms in terms of how you build your character because you can actually cross class basically as much as you want. If you progress your character in Destiny Board further enough, you are able to wear leather armor and be a spell caster or wear cloth armor but use a bow. Everything is possible.

The only sort of small difficulty you’re going to have is to get that initial class investment. For example, you wear spear in one hand, which opens up the opportunity of using a shield. However, this spear is under the hunter tree. In case you want to become a warrior spear user, you need to train with a sword to unlock the ability to become a Journeyman Warrior. After that, you can wear ditch sword for spear and continue training to pick up a shield. Armor wise,you can also pick up some heavy armor or continue wearing leather armor if you prefer.

Although there’s no classes, there are these kind of loose grouping of areas and the further you go down, the more defined your build will become. And you can create your build based on the combination of skills you select on gear. The actual weapon and armor you use and the combination of things from different trees in Destiny Board to create essentially your character’s build the exact way you want to play.

Because of this system, Albion Online gives you a lot of freedom that you can do and play whatever thing you want. You can be a ranger but using spear instead of bow. And you can also wear plate armor and shield at the same time because of its defensive capability

Albion Online class system is quite interesting. It may look simple on the surface but complex on the inside. It’s just like the skills aren’t just on the gear, but it does allow quite a bit of flexibility and customization.

build options in albion

Guide to Albion’s Mission, Factions, and Rewards

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Factions

In Albion, there are many different factions that the player encounters as he explores the world. These are usually people who were there before the player and his companions arrived in Albion.

If you are looking for more advanced strategies for Albion, this KillerGuides’ Albion Online guide is highly recommended. It is packed with insider techniques in all aspects of the game from a complete character progression, territory domination, gear mastery, to silver making techniques. In case you plan to buy Albion Gold or Silver, check MMOBUX.com


Royal Faction

Right now in Albion, the player can encounter the Royal Faction, which is actually a series of sub-factions, the Royal Military, the Royal Wagoners, and the Royal Artisans.

The Keepers

There’re the old inhabitants, an ancient faction known as the Keepers. They consist of all kinds of old races who have always been there. But there’s also more sinister players here. They’ll see the Cult of Morgana. They want to revive an ancient enchantress and conquer the world for themselves.

Undead

You can encounter the Undead, the survivors of the old war, a faction that is comprised of a lot of dead knights who still try to fight a war that they lost thousands of years ago. So as part of the mission system, you finally get the chance to interact with all these factions in Albion.

the undead in albion online

Missions

Missions work a little bit like quests in other games, in the sense that there’s a faction representative who will approach you with a task, which could be like transporting goods, crafting certain things, or effect combat missions, eliminating certain enemies. But then on the other hand, missions in Albion are not like quests. Everything will be tied in with the open world idea.

Balancing the In-Game Economy with Mission

One important thing to understand is that factions have a limited amount of silver they can spend on missions. And that means you’re competing for the missions with all the other players in the world. If all the players work for the same faction, that faction will in fact run out of money and you have to work for a different faction if you still want to do missions. So missions are not an unlimited source of silver. That is very, very important to keep the game economy intact.

Mission Reward

As you do more jobs for a faction, you gain more standing with them. Basically they start to like you more because you work for them. You may also lose this standing again if you do work for other factions that doesn’t further the original faction’s goals. The same idea is even applied to a RPG like FFXV quest system. So as you gain more standing with a faction, they will offer you more important jobs and more challenging jobs. When you complete a mission, you’ll usually get paid in silver. But on top of that, you also get a faction-specific reward. These are usually tokens from the faction. These tokens you can exchange with the faction for very specific gear.

Basically every faction has their own very specific reward that you can unlock by becoming aligned with them and working for them. The Keepers are usually very aggressive, so you can expect the Keeper gear to support a very, very aggressive play style. While the gear you get from the Undead is of course very dark and sinister.

albion factions fight

Albion Online Beginner Guide 101

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Albion Online Beginner Guide is a very simplistic explanation of the basics in the game. At some points in the article, you might need to refer to other article on albiononlinguide.com that focus on more specific aspects of the game and offer more detailed information. Please be informed that currently Albion Online is only in the beta state. Some information mentioned here is subject to change.

If you are looking for more advanced strategies for Albion, this KillerGuides’ Albion Online guide is highly recommended. It is packed with insider techniques in all aspects of the game from a complete character progression, territory domination, gear mastery, to silver making techniques. In case you plan to buy Albion Gold or Silver, check MMOBUX.com


Full Loot sandbox and PvP MMO

Albion Online is a Full Loot sandbox MMO with a heavy emphasis on player-driven economy, Full Loot PvP and role playing niches. What is a player-driven economy? It means in the certain cities and areas, NPC’s, buildings and all of that are all crafted in place by the players.

Potentially, every server has the capability to look different. Players are the main designers of the game using the tools provided by developers.

Albion Online is also using the Full Loot PvP system. In some certain areas in the game, your body is able to be looted with all the gear you had on you when you die. Usually these are PvP zones, using a red skull rating system, that have precious materials or silver.

One golden rule you should hold on to when playing a new character or when you are relatively new to the game is to stay within two or three zones of your starting area, which is usually caught at crossing such as the eastern, western or middle cross. Do not venture too far if your character isn’t strong enough.

Your starting cross has every crafting station to make all the gear from tier one through tier three. And you can find all tier two to three materials within two to three zones of the starting region. After tier three, you’ll need to craft the player main station that normally has extremely high taxes.

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Leveling, Class, and Character Progression

Unlike many MMOs, Albion Online does not have the traditional leveling or class system. Instead, you progress by basically upgrading your gear to various tiers. Each successive tier grants more powerful scalabilities and different scalabilities.

Your gear also determines what role you will play in game. If you want to play a ranger, all you need to do is equip a bow. That bow will grant you bow abilities.

If your team needs a mage, all you need to do is equip a staff and some cloth and you instantly get some mage abilities. Although team’s very different, it’s basically the same thing as leveling up in the class system, except there’s more freedom to choose and flip between decisions.

Destiny Board

Perks are added via the Destiny Board, which is kind of a fame-based system which allows you to upgrade, craft and use higher tier equipment as you use items more. The freedom of this systems grant is why Albion has such great potential.

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Destiny Board, the heart of character progression in Albion Online

Gathering

There are three things in Albion Online that will encompass every part of the beginner game play. These include gathering, crafting and fighting. They can be called the three main aspects of the game. Let’s start with gathering.

In order to create better gear, you’re going to want to be able to gather materials because that first silver is hard to come by and you need to gather them yourself.

Five Raw Materials

There are five raw materials that are the foundation of every item in game. These include ores, fabrics, stones, animal hides and woods. Like gear, raw materials come in different tier which allow you to craft the gear for that corresponding tier.

In order to craft items, you’ll need to refine the raw materials. The raw materials are refined at corresponding crafting stations for each raw materials. Ores are refined at the smelter, fabrics are refined at the weaver, stones are refined at the stone mason and wood is refined at the lumber mill.

Weight Limit

Another tip when gathering is to be cautious of the weight limit. In Albion Online, your character has a limit to how much you can carry. If you go over this limit, you will go very, very slow. This is extremely annoying. Your limit can be increased by crafting a bag, getting a mount which you can ride when you’re over encumbered with items.

If you want to learn more about resource in Albion Online, read this Complete Resources and Gathering Explanation article.

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Crafting

As previously mentioned, almost all weapons and armors in the game must be crafted. Crafting is very important to gaining new gear and also creating duplicates for later because in Albion, gear can break. But never fear, because if your fear does break, you can always repair it at the tool maker or at the repair station. Repair only cost of a little bit of silver.

When crafting, most of your gear gives you several choices to place spells on them. This is not a gear bow, these spells are abilities that you can use in combat. This is basically how the class system works. You can place different spells on items to fit your role in the game. For example, as a DPS ranger build, it is recommended to place the highest damaging spells on a bow instead of crowd control related spells. This way you can deal maximum damage and leave the crowd control to a tanker.

crafting artwork in albion

Combat and Fighting System

Let’s talk a little bit about the combat and fighting system of Albion Online for tiers one through three. Well, it’s pretty simplistic from the beginning tiers because you’ll be soloing most of the time, and you’re going to be doing PvE instead of PvP. As a solo fighter, you don’t really have to do much except stand still and cast skills. Most of the difficulty and complexity in Albion’s combat comes in harder dungeons such as hellgates which normally require a team rather than a solo play.

The only tip for beginners not to bite off more than you can chew. You might think you’re pro and powerful but you cannot take more than three enemies at once most of the time.

albion factions fight

Using a Higher Tier Equipment

In order to level up your fighting and be able to use better equipment, you also need to use the previous tier of equipment until you gain mastery of that tier. That allows you to use higher tier equipment and become more powerful.

Other Important Features

Silver

Main currency of the game is silver. Silver is key to repairing gear. They don’t drop from every mob. Mostly silvers only drop from humanoid-shaped mobs such as skeletons, bandits and other similar creatures. They are often hidden away in certain areas of each region or in dungeons. A tip to make more silver is to scour every region and locate the local silver font that you could go and form silver during your downtime.

Auction House and Bank

In each major town, there are also several buildings that you should know what they are. The first of these is the market place of Auction House where you can make a lot of money. This place of commerce is not globally linked. So let’s say you try to sell something in the eastern crossing Auction House. Someone in the middle class will not be able to buy that item. The second building is the bank. Just like the market places, they are not globally linked. Don’t stash something in one place and expect it to be at a bank in another town. It does not work like that.

albion online auction house

Land

And finally, owning and maintaining a piece of land is also another key part of game but lots cost a lot, and they cost a lot to maintain. In certain areas, there is places where you can buy an offshore island. It’s a player personal island where you can build any buildings here, the same as a normal plot. You can build a farm on there, anything you want. And it costs no upkeep. However, it’s not on any actual land. It’s on your own instance and it just acts as a home for you to go to.

build your own island in albion