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The Basics of Choosing a Profession in LOTRO
When it comes to making money in game, there are many different ways that you can do it. Unlike other MMO games where you choose each profession that you want, LOTR does not allow you to choose single professions, but you choose a vocation that is comprised of three professions. Since the professions are bundled into groups of three, they all include at least one gathering skill and two crafting professions that go hand-in-hand together. These help to create a sort of dependence on all the vocations in the LOTR economy, requiring that players trade for things that they need for their vocations. Here is a break down of the different vocations that you can choose and which professions they include:
1.Armorer – includes: prospector, metalsmith, and tailor.
2.Armsman – includes: prospector, weaponsmith, and woodworker.
3.Explorer – includes: forester, prospector, and tailor
4.Historian – includes: farmer, scholar, and weaponsmith.
5.Tinker – includes: prospector, jeweller, and cook.
6.Woodsman – includes: forester, farmer, and woodworker.
7.Yeoman – includes: farmer, tailor, and cook.
Just like in other MMO games, professions are generally either gathering or crafting. The gathering professions will always make money in any MMO, as other professions need these items to make their crafts. The higher that the skill is, the better the materials you can gather. And, the crafting professions will make items that players need, or want, for their toons. Just like the gathering professions, the higher that your crafting skills are, the better items you can make and the more money you can sell them for. But, sometimes it is hard to pick which professions might be the best for you.
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How To Choose?
Well, this can be a hard one. But, here is a tip that you can easily use to choose the profession that will be the best for you and the one that will make you some good cash - head to the nearest auction house before you choose one and check the prices of the items that you'll be able to make with this profession. You can them compare the different items and mats that you will be able to make or those that you will need for your profession, so you can see which will make you the most cash in the end.
Now, keep in mind that at lower levels, you won't make near as much money as you will as you level up your profession. So, no matter which profession you choose, you cannot realistically expect to make tons of gold right off. You will have to be patient.
But, when you have checked the normal prices on the auctions for materials and items that you can sell and use, you will then be able to narrow down your choices to see which profession will make you the most and which will go the best with your class. For example, if you are one of those players who loves to go out and PvP and get all torn up, then metalsmithing or tailoring might be the way to go to save you some money on repairs and upgrades. For those who love to gather up materials and sell them for a good profit, then you might want to go with the professions that allow you to do just that.
There are tons of different ways to use your profession to your advantage, and in the next parts of this series, we'll go through the professions a bit more in detail so you'll be able to see which ones fit your playing style best.