If you have the right tools and skills you can collect items from the corpses of monsters, these items can later be used to craft items such as Food, Weapons and Potions.
1) Collecting Skill
After killing a mob, players will often see an image of a hand at the top of the screen under the name of the corpse. If this icon appears, it means that the player can collect an item from the mob, by u sing the collection skill.
Players must be level 7 before they can learn the collection skill from the adventurer. Adventurers can be found in different places throughout the world of Chantra, but they can always be found in the starter towns too. As well as buying the collection skill from the adventurer you will need to buy a knife from the merchant too.
Press J and you should see the collection skill shown in the crafting window. It should appear as a colored picture of a hand. If the picture appears in black and white check you have purchased a knife. If you have purchased a knife and it still appears in black and white - try relogging. Using the left mouse button, drag the collection skill into a vacant window of your task bar. Each time you kill a mob and the collection skill icon appears under its name at the top of the screen, right click on the collection icon in your skill bar, and your character will then attempt to collect an item from the mob
The collection skill is not 100% successful, but with each successful attempt at collecting, your collection level will increase by a set percentage. As your level of ability increases, you will be able to collect rare items and after level 9 you will be able to collect "finest items".
The items you collect can be used for different things, some are required to complete quests, and others can be used for cooking and alchemy. With Cooking it is possible to create foods to give you extra defense, attack and protection skills; with Alchemy you can make metamorphosis potions and also boxes that contain items such as potions, stones and passports.
Mobs in the Chaotic Frontiers also have items you can collect which will reduce you cast time and
cool down times, or give you 10% chance to convert damage, or skill block +10%, and the bone shards from CF can be used to make a mask, which does all 3 and will last for 30 minutes. Also all the items you collect can be sold at the Auction House (with the exception of items collected in the Chaotic Frontiers), and selling them is a good way of increasing the quantity of gold you have in game.
Your success in collecting rare and finest items increases as your collection skill level increases too. Finest items rarely drop before level 9, but by level 15 (current maximum level for crafting) you should collect the finest items more often. Each mob usually will drop one of 3 different items (there are a few exceptions) and each of these items usually drops in 2 different forms – normal and rare. Also each mob will drop 1 kind of finest item, and part of the fun is discovering from which mob you can collect the items from. For those who do not want to search for the items, check the table below:
Many other mobs will drop the items above so the above list is by no means complete. Half of the fun is trying to find which items the mobs drop too. Also please note that some of the items change name as they switch from Normal to Rare to Finest:
These items can usually be found in the Auction House too, although if you collect them yourself you can save a considerable amount of gold, and make quite a lot of gold selling your spare collected items too.
2) Cooking Skill
Cooking and Alchemy are useful in game for several reasons. Cooking will allow you to create foods that will give your character greater defense, attack or resistance, or can also increase your HP or MP for a limited period of time. Alchemy will allow you to make either metamorphosis potions which you can use to transform yourself into various mobs and increase your powers for a limited time, or you can use alchemy to create boxes which will contain items useful to you such as potions, stones, scrolls, passports and occasionally serazaren pets. Both skills are necessary to complete the buddy system, and items created by both skills are necessary for some of the game quests.
Cooking can be learned from level 10. You need to buy the main skill from the cook, and you will
need to purchase the recipes too, so select crafting to purchase the skill and recipes suitable for your cooking level. The recipes available depend on your cooking level, as your ability at cooking increases, the number of recipes available to you will also increase.
Then you will need to purchase additional ingredients and cooking utensils so on the conversation screen choose the Buy/Sell option and purchase your utensils.
Once you have bought the cooking skill from the cook press J, the cooking ability should be shown on your crafting screen as below: If the skill appears grayed out (as in the collection and alchemy skill shown below), then you need to ensure you have purchased the cooking utensil. If you have already purchased the utensil and it still is grayed out, try relogging. Drag the cooking skill from the Craft skills box into your skill bar using the left mouse button:
To create a recipe, right click on the cooking skill in the skill bar and the list of recipes you have learned will appear. Hover the mouse over each recipe and you can see at a glance which items you have and which you are missing in order to create a recipe.
If all your recipes titles are written in grey you do not have enough of any ingredients to complete a recipe – missing items are written in red. Cooking recipes involves a mixture of food items bought from the cook, and collected items which you have either ransacked yourself or purchased from another player or the Auction House.
If one of the recipes is written in white this means you have all the ingredients necessary to attempt to cook the recipe. Click on the white recipe and the create box will light up, along with pictures showing how many of each item is needed to make the recipe. Click create and your character will cook the chosen recipe. If you are unsuccessful, then a message will appear the
bottom right of the screen stating that “Cooking has Failed”. If your cooking is successful the food will appear in your bags and your level of cooking will increase by a small percentage. To consume the food, right click on the item in your bag.
There are optional additional seasonings available for purchase from the cook, and these can be used in order to increase the success rate of the recipe. Buy them from the cook and these will automatically be used in your recipe if you have them stored in your inventory.
3) Alchemy Skill
This is almost identical to the cooking procedure, but with a few minor differences; You must be level 15 in order to learn the skill,and there are 2 main types of items you can make – metamorphosis potions or boxes.
First you need to learn the skill from the Alchemist. Alchemists can be found all over Chantra, but
always in the first towns. As well as learning the skill you will also need to learn the recipes for the potions and boxes. The metamorphosis potions can be seen at the top of the list, but if you scroll down you will soon see the alchemy box recipes that are available for your level too.
Alchemists sell the Alchemy cauldron under the Buy/Sell section, and they also sell alchemy scrolls
for each different alchemy recipe. These scrolls are optional, but can improve the success rate of
the alchemy attempt.
Once you have learned the skill of alchemy, and purchased the recipe and the alchemy cauldron, press J and drag the alchemy skill into your skill bar. If the skill appears grayed out, check you have bought the cauldron, if it still appears grayed out, relog back into the game.
As with cooking, open the alchemy skill box by right clicking on it in the skill bar. However the mouse over each recipe to see which items you still need. If the recipe is written in white rather than grey, then you have all the ingredients necessary, and clicking on that recipe will highlight the create button and display images of how many of each item your recipe will cost.
Click the create button and if you are successful the potion or box will appear in your bag and your alchemy level will increase by a small percentage. To use the item, right click on it in the storage bag – if you use a metamorphosis pot ion your character will mutate into that creature – to end the metamorphosis early, right click on the metamorphosis icon shown at the bottom right corner of the screen. The metamorphosis potions have level restrictions on them, so although you may be able to create a metamorphosis potion, you may not be able to use it until your character is a higher level.
To open a box you have created, right click on the box in your storage bag.
All the crafting skills can be very useful, but take some practice. Getting into the habit of collecting from mobs when you can, and storing all the items where possible to make into potions and boxes and food can make a big difference to the amount of gold you have available in game.
Selling the items you collect that you do not need to the merchant or for more money to the Auction House, can also increase the players‟ wealth, especially if the items are needed by other players in order to complete quests. If you have crafting skills it is a good idea to regularly check the auction house and see which items and products are selling for the most money, this can help considerably and can allow a player to spend more when other players of the same level, but without crafting skills are struggling for gold.
Also IF you accidentally spend too much gold and then have none left for potions, collecting the necessary items from low level mobs will allow you to make the alchemy boxes that contain potions and therefore let you continue to play without having to sell anything important.