Guide:How to Make Zeny

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Note: The purpose of this guide to help new or returning players catch up on the all the tip and tricks to make zeny in this game. Please do not suggest any Bad Practices or Bannable Tricks!

Introduction

This Community Guide is created to help and advise New/Returning/Old Players on how to farm zeny in iRO. The aim is to provide guidance and the initial direction or even end-game farming. This guide will be updated with newer tips from time to time. Also requesting any other member to add their suggestions below or reach out to me to further improve the guide.

Where to Start?

To start off, it is advised to create a separate game account on the same Warp Portal account and level a Blacksmith to Base level 70 with maximum level Greed, Overcharge, Discount, Pushcart, Enlarge Weight Limit, and Vending. The reason will be explained in the Tips and Tricks section.

Tips & Tricks

Current Popular Farming

Ether Dusts from Lvl 200+ maps
Edda Bio Lab Instance for Bio Research Documents
Faceworm Nest instance for the Giant Faceworm Snake Skins

Blacksmith Related Tips

  • Buy a 14645.png Beelzebub Wing [1] (from Eden Merit badges) or cheap Fly wings. Enter Gramps Low TI and Greed everything that is on floor. Most of these can be sold to NPCs and some of them can be sold/vended in Prontera Shops.
  • Sell any Junk found to the NPC Shop or the High Value Trader with the Overcharge Skill.
  • Buy all NPC items using Discount. This will save zeny.

Farming Tips

  • Farm cards that are from the current content. There are some univeral cards that will be a good price even in later years
  • Farm Ether Dust from 200+ maps. This is used for Grading Armors and Weapons.
  • Farm Cards like Marc, Phen, Marine Sphere, Rockridge Cramp, Restless Dead Card, Marduk, Earth Deleter, Mavka, Anubis, Headless Mule, Polluted Wanderman, Sweet Nightmare, and Hunter Fly.
  • Farm Hair style items like glossy hair, short daengie, and daengie.
  • Farm Eden Leveling Items like Sticky Webfoot, Maneater Blossoms.
  • Farm SP Items like Strawberries, Ygg Berry, Ygg Seeds, Mora Mandarin.
  • Farm Crafting materials like Zenorc Fangs, Mushroom Spores, Poison Spores, Mermaid Heart, Karvodailnirol for poison bottles, Skeleton Bones or Orcish Voucher for Alcohol.
  • Farm Herbs like White, Yellow, Blue, Red.
  • Farm GX New Poison materials like Anolian skin, Sticky poison, Poisonous toad skin, Decayed nail.
  • Farm Maneater Roots, Mandragora flowerpot, Prickly fruit for plant bottles.
  • Farm Savage meat, Cold ice, Blood of wolf, Beef head, ice crystal, Ice piece, Drosera tentacle, Petite tail for +20 food

Quest Tips

Instance Tips

  • Sara's Memory is a good instance to farm for starter zeny. Selling the food items dropped can be sold to make up to 1 million zeny. Note: Doyen's food cannot be sold to NPC.
  • Faceworm Nest can be used to farm Karvodailnirol (10-20k) and Giant Faceworm Snake Skin (800k-1M) for some steady zeny.
  • Old Glast Heim, Nightmare Old Glast Heim, and Old Glast Heim Challenge Mode have MVP cards and other Instance specific materials like Coagulated Spell, Contaminated Magic, and Temporal materials.
  • Geffen Magic Tournament can serve as source of Yggdrasil Seeds and Berries, and Geffen Magic Coins (People buy coins for having 30k set to skip rounds).
  • Room of Consciousness (16.1 Bijou) instance is one of the quickest and easiest to do. Bijou Card is in high demand as well.
  • Central Laboratory works like having up to 3 Bloody Branches daily. It spawns 3 MVP/Miniboss and can be done daily.
  • Wolfchev's Laboratory (Biolab) is another quick daily instance but it needs some gearing (GTB Card and high damaging gears should make it easy).
  • Endless Tower has a lot of MVP options and some of the floor items are worth a lot to sell to other players.
  • VIP Summoner has the option to hunt MVPs with VIP activated.

Event Tips

  • Please do all the free seasonal events that Gravity comes out with. They have tradable items like costumes, consumables, and gears that other player would like.

NPC Tips

Cash Shop Tips

Note: Please read this section carefully. This is a "Point of No Return"! It would not be advised to proceed with this but since it is a very legit or legal way to make quick zeny, I am adding this here.
Note: Please make sure you can actually spend KP in game and are not region blocked!!! Asking around in iRo Wiki discord would be a good start.
Note: Cash to Warpportal Energy (WPE) Conversion, Warpportal Energy (WPE) to Kafra Point (KP) Conversion, or Kafra Point (KP)  to Cash shop item conversion is final! Do not convert unless you are not sure!!!
  • Kachua Enriched Ore boxes are one of the most favorite items to be sold. People will mention what boxes they need. These are also available seasonally.
  • The most quickest sell is 23216.png [10Day Premium Subscription]. But unfortuantely this is also the least profitable item. So only trade in this if you are desparate.
  • Costume Eggs are also a good sell. These eggs cannot be traded, but you need to open them and then trade the costumes inside. Please make sure the costumes inside are tradeable, some are not.
  • Some Overseas Care Packages are tradeable through Guild storage. Caution and make sure that you know if they are not before promising something.
  • Utility Items like Gym Pass/Heavy Lifter, Omni Dye, Neuralizer, Name Change tickets, Silvervine Boxes and other stuff might also be in demand.
  • Opening "iRO Loot boxes" like Overseas Care Package, Kachua, or Costume Stone Enchants is another way. THIS IS GAMBLING, PLEASE PROCEED WITH CAUTION!!!

User Recommendations

Captain Sunbear's Quick Recommendation

  1. 1-99: picking up loot and selling to buy shops or farming a few cards
  2. 100-150: episodic content dailies and illusion dungeon dailies and instances and cards
  3. 150-200: 17.2 cards and instances

Lord Xeres' Early Level Recommendation

Farming while you level your character

  • 1-20: Red Herbs, Strawberries
  • 20-40: Ant hell loots; the sheer quantity can give good zeny
  • 40-60: Orcish Vouchers
  • 60-70: Orc Dungeon loots
  • 70-99: Glast Heim Church loots like Butterfly wings, White herbs, Fabric
  • 70-90: Harpy map (One south of Juno) loots; this will easily pay for the rebirth process
  • 90-99: Nogg 2 (Magma Dungeon 2) loots; this is a dangerous area
  • 70-99: Gramps Low TI loots with greed skill

The Sticky Webfoot Method

There are a number of ways to earn zeny. Most of them are already listed on the pages Making Zeny or Zeny Farming and present the information in a more condensed format than this guide. The easiest method that requires the least amount of set up for a newer player is obtaining and selling Sticky Webfoot. Players need Sticky Webfoot in order to complete quests to level up alts fast. You need zeny. Simple.

So, the first step to finding 918.png Sticky Webfoot or any other item in game is to utilize the wiki’s item/monster database. If you click the link I put in the previous sentence, it will bring up the wiki’s item database in your browser. That database page will show that Roda Frog drop them 90% of the time, it will also show that Roda Frogs are level 13 and that they can be located in Prontera Field 00. So, with that in mind, I will make two suggestions. Suggestion one shows you how to find Roda Frogs on your own using the navigation window so that you can eventually find other monsters/maps/items on your own. Suggestion 2 is directions on how to click the information I provide, paste it into the game and then you can head to your target if you don't want to learn how to use the in-game navigation window.

To learn the navigation window method:

  1. Go in game and open your navigation window then type in Roda Frog and press Enter. This will show 5 entries. The first two entries are champion monsters which provide extra experience when defeated and are slightly tougher than regular mobs. The third entry is where normal Roda Frogs are located.
  2. Click the third Roda Frog entry and it will show 4 entries under the Roda Frog image.
  3. Click prt_fild00. gef_fild01 is another option with a lot of Roda Frogs but it is a bit further to get to if you’re starting in Geffen instead of Prontera.
  4. Click the find button. This step will make the game show arrows on the ground for how to get to your destination quickly.
  5. Get to the location and get farming.

To learn the simpler method:

  1. Click one of the following links to copy it to your computer’s clipboard prt_fild00189151 or gef_fild01370116 (this one is a bit further to get to if you’re starting in Geffen)
  2. Paste it in chat in game and the game will show navigation arrows on the ground.
  3. Get to the location and get farming.

If you're having troubles with the navigation system, I provided one example of how the navigation system is unreliable in the leveling tips section above. The navigation system is useful to locate what field a monster is located in, but sometimes you have to find your own way to your destination.

Once you have those Sticky Webfoot other players will buy them from you at their stalls for 800-1500 zeny depending on the market. If you’re not in a rush to sell them I recommend seeing what prices are offered in Geffen, Payon or the main trading area Prontera for them. Or, you can set up your own stall and try to sell them for roughly 2,500 zeny. I recommend switching to an alt to check the prices people are offering at those cities' Shopping Board.

Finding Alternatives to the Sticky Webfoot Method

The most important thing to ask yourself when researching what to buy and sell in any Massively Multiplayer Online game is "Why are people buying or selling something?" And the answer is usually more detailed than "Because someone needs it."

If you want to find items that players need for turn-in quests that are similar to Sticky Webfoot, check out the Eden Group Leveling Quests page for the sections on collecting missions. You could also check out what items are needed for the Mora Daily Quests page. These quests reward Mora Coins for Mora Equipment. Another page with items that people might buy from you is the Catalyst Items page which lists items required for certain skills.

If you don't want to look items up and just want a quick recommendation of what else to farm then Strawberries from either Spores (which are level 18) in pay_fild083074 or Yoyo (which are level 38) in prt_fild0330249 are good options. I’ve seen Strawberries being sold for 2000 by other players at the cheapest but they only have a 6% drop rate from Spores and 10% on Yoyos compared to the 90% drop rate of Sticky Webfoot from Roda Frogs. The reason why Strawberries and other SP recovery items are in demand is because NPC vendors don’t sell SP recovery items.

If you decide to farm Yoyo mobs for Strawberries, keep in mind that while Yoyos are passive, they will assist other Yoyo once a fight starts. And combined with the fact that they are looters, you likely wont be looting anything yourself until almost everything around you is dead because the Poporing in the area are also looters. If you decide to go over 50% carry capacity to grab all the loot while farming strawberries in this area (due to how far away Prontera is), I recommend eating the bananas you pick up in order to restore your HP. That way you can continue to ignore the penalty towards HP regeneration.

If you decide to farm Spores keep in mind that while it costs 120 zeny to get to Payon, it will cost 2000 zeny to get back to Prontera and there isn't a Payon to Izlude teleport service. I don't recommend using the navigation window to try and find your way back to Izlude or Prontera. It will recommend teleporting to outside the dungeon Glast Heim and there are level 100 Gargoyles on that map. Not that many but still enough to kill your character if you follow its directions.

Higher level mobs like Stalactic Golems are going to drop things like Brigan worth 373 zeny and Mud Lumps worth 438 zeny for a total of roughly 811 zeny per kill worth of vendor items fairly consistently and occasionally drop things like Elunium 1.64% of the time (I have seen stalls offer to buy Elunium for 10,000 zeny each). So, while it is potentially less zeny per kill depending on what you kill at higher levels, you’re gaining exp while farming and occasionally getting a high value item when killing those higher level mobs compared to just farming Sticky Webfoot. The only downside is that there are level 98 Nereids in Beach Dungeon 2 where the level 68 Stalactic Golems can be found in abundance. They're not too tough as one part of the Eden Group Equipments Quests takes place in that dungeon and those quests don't tend to put you in too much danger, but they are tougher than the golems. If you find that you can't fight the Nereids but you still want to farm there, you could avoid them with fly wings and see where those place you in the dungeon.

How to Avoid Spending Zeny

Now, instead of talking about how to get zeny, lets talk about how to not spend your hard earned zeny. More specifically, how to avoid spending all your zeny on hp recovery items. I am going to preface this section by saying this, you will find better healing options at higher levels in either the “useful recovery items” section of your class’ wiki page or on the Healing Items wiki page.

Of the many healing items out there Fresh Fish and Meat seem like the best options for recovering hp for lower level characters. 579.png Fresh Fish has the best weight to healing ratio of the two options. It is the best choice for those longer leveling sessions or using on weaker characters. However, Fresh Fish can be quite expensive in my opinion if you’re burning through them. You can buy them from a cooking merchant for 250 zeny. It heals for 100 ~ 150 and has a weight of 2. I don’t think the cooking merchants have been added to the wiki’s database yet. So, if you want to find a cooking merchant in game you will need to use the in-game navigation window. 517.png Meat is the cheapest but also the heaviest of the two options. If you’re healing with Meat purchased from a meat merchant it will cost 50 to heal 70 ~ 100 and have a weight of 15. Meat merchants are found in Izlude, Lighthalzen, Morroc and Prontera. This means you will need an alt in one of those cities to buy meat, store it, then retrieve it from storage on the character you want to continue playing if you’re near a city without a meat merchant. Or you could just buy a large batch of Meat and throw it in storage. The Healing Items wiki page also mentions that you could RODex Meat to yourself.

Another suggestion I have for saving money is to look into what events are active. As of writing this guide, there are cookies that drop when you beat up Aldebaran Mystcases and Aldebaran Siromas. Those cookies heal 5% hp and give boosts like +10% atk, increased attack speed and +30 hit for 10 minutes. It might be enough to turn a 3 hit mob into a 2 hit mob or prevent the enemy from getting an extra attack in on you. The only downside is that the mobs which drop those cookies take 10 hits to kill which can be a pain at lower levels with less agility to make your swings faster. So, in order to make the event buffs last longer, I hold off on using them until my hp is low enough that I can use 1 of each cookie which will heal 20% of my hp.

I can’t stress how important the Eden Group Equipments Quests line of quests are to get gear appropriate for your level and to reduce the damage you’re taking. And the best part is that you don’t have to hand over zeny to npcs to get gear to level up to 99.

Also, Blacksmith Thorn will enchant your Eden Group Armor, Eden Group Manteau II, or Eden Group Boots IV with 2 random enchantments provided you give him some items. He requests you bring him 20 iron ore and 10 iron at levels 60-79 or that you bring him 20 used iron plates at levels 80+. This can be repeated once per day with 0 chance of failure regardless of whether its already enchanted or not. Weapons Expert BK will enchant an Eden Group Weapon III a total of 3 times and the weapon enchantments are permanent. He requires you to have completed the level 70+, 80+ and 90+ Eden Group Equipments Quests for each enchantment. Completing a 90+ Eden Group Equipments Quest should provide access to all 3 enchantments.

Keep in mind if you’re using a single handed weapon, you should look into whether your class can equip a shield like a Guard or Buckler in your offhand. For example, when you switch from Novice to a Thief, the game doesn’t provide you with a free shield to indicate that you can use certain shields. And using a shield will raise your defense by 20-40 which will make your healing items last considerably longer.

It is also a good idea to keep track of how close you are to leveling up your base level to save zeny spent on hp and sp restoring items. I like to run around with at most half hp and sp when I get close to leveling up my base level because those hp and sp bars will refill to full upon leveling up.

Minimizing expenses also includes reducing how often you put things into storage to avoid the 500 zeny fee. I’m only mentioning that fee in case you aren’t aware of the storage costs, find yourself accessing storage excessively, then wondering where your zeny went.