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 Tutorial: Shops, Blacksmiths, and Equipping, how to buy, improve, and use equipment
Final Fantasy Online
Posted: Nov 18 2004, 01:37 AM

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Your chances of survival in the wilderness are slim without decent equipment, and being able to obtain new equipment and maintain your existing equipment are vital to success in FFO.

New Banian has several vendors who will be able to meet your needs. As you walk around town, notice the symbols above the doors to buildings. As you may recall, a jar with a spout and handle indicates an item shop. A sword indicates a weapon shop and a shield indicates an armor shop. Slightly more difficult to find is the blacksmith, who will upgrade your equipment for a price; the blacksmith can be found in west-central New Banian.

Your objectives:

- Visit the armor and weapon shops.
- Buy any additional equipment that you would like to use.
- Find the blacksmith and upgrade your equipment.
- Equip the items you have bought/upgraded.

Buying/Selling Items:

After you click a shopkeeper, you will be presented with a graphic representation of his/her wares. Hovering your mouse over an item will display its name in the bottom left corner of Dream Seeker below the console. Clicking an item will show you how much it costs, as well as any additional information (e.g. - if you are unable to equip it). If you have enough money to purchase the item, you will be asked if you would like to buy it.

To sell an item, simply drag it from your quick select panel or Item subpanel into the shopkeeper's window. In both cases, a confirmation message will appear.

You cannot sell equipment that you are currently wearing. Also note that you can only carry 30 items or pieces of equipment at once (with certain exceptions). Currently-equipped equipment does not count towards your item count, and unequipping equipment while your item count is at 30 will still unequip them (being one of the exceptions).

Upgrading Items:

Once you've bought some equipment, take it to the blacksmith. After you initiate conversation, you will notice three large boxes labeled "Upgrade", "Engrave", and "Repair". To upgrade, engrave, or repair an item, simply drag it from your inventory or quick select panel into the appropriate box. A confirmation message will appear, indicating the cost.

All equipment names are preceded by a condition modifier. Condition modifiers range from "Worthless" to "Perfect", with numerous conditions in between. Condition is perhaps the single most important aspect of equipment; high quality equipment tends to be more effective in battle than lower quality equipment of the same type. Better quality equipment is also more durable than lower grade equipment. Blacksmiths can upgrade a single item numerous times; the cost to upgrade increases with each improvement.

Engraving equipment adds your name to an item and imparts several other properties as well. Your engraved items are never dropped upon death/repawn. Engraving also prevents all other players from using, stealing, or logging out with your item. Dragging an engraved item into the "Engrave" box will allow you to unengrave an item for a small fee. You cannot remove someone else's engraved name from an item, even if it has been given to you.

Over time, the use of equipment during combat will cause your equipment to degrade. This is the reverse of the upgrading process mentioned above. Since upgrading expensive items costs a great deal of money, repairing is the most cost-effective way to maintain quality equipment. (However, inexpensive equipment may actually be more expensive to repair than to upgrade.) In addition to repairing single unequipped items, it is possible to simultaneously repair all of your equipped items by clicking the "All" button below the "Repair" box.

Equipping Items:

Equipping items is quite simple. Just drag the equipment you want to equip to the picture of your character at the top of the Inventory panel. The game will automatically place the item to the correct slot. To remove an item, simply drag it beneath the character (doesn't matter if it's the item or equipment subpanel). You will notice that there are two other weapon slots next to the primary slots. These are "swap slots", and allow you to carry two additional one-handed weapons (or one weapon and a shield), or one two-handed weapon. Pressing the F12 button will swap what you have in the primary and secondary slots for the weapons in the swap slots.

Related: Armor Types
Related: Element Info and Levels
Related: Equip Macros

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