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Iron/other ores farming

I need to craft some Ascended weapons and I got a problem - I need iron. A lot of iron (and platinum).
I don't want and can't spend money so I decided to farm it. And I find out the mining sooo boring that I wanted to leave the game and never come back for the first time.
Is there any others stable ways to farm ores? Cause I didn't find it in wiki.

P.S. Hi (sorry for my bad English)

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  • JustTrogdor.7892JustTrogdor.7892 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited July 11, 2018

    You may find this on GW2 Efficiency helpful. It you shows you were to find the rich nodes by type of material and the closest waypoint. Also you'll normally run across some regular nodes along the way as well.

    https://gw2efficiency.com/gathering/permanent-nodes

    If you don't have one already and have an extra slot you can make a solo guild and then paste the code for the waypoint into the guild chat then click the code in the chat channel and it will open up the map with the waypoint. I suggest this way so you are not posting a bunch of waypoint codes in map chat or say. Once you get used to it, you can farm all the rich nodes rather quickly and then move on to other things.

    Other than that there is always the option to buy the iron ore off the trading post with the gold you earn from other in game activities.

    Edit: I also forgot, there is a really helpful thread in this very sub forum where players can make a one time request for items they want or need, "I'd really like this.." A lot of people have received help with crafting mats there among other things.

  • Ayrilana.1396Ayrilana.1396 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited July 11, 2018

    It’s more efficient to farm gold and then buy them. Farming the ore will likely never be enjoyable.

  • Do you have some empty character slots or characters who haven't map-completed? I find it a lot more interesting to work on map completion in areas with the ores/lumbers I need, and just do the gathering along the way between hearts and exploration. (Plus every map completed gives you a chance at a black lion chest key.)

  • You can't guarantee you'll get what you want, but Cowrie League and Hamaseen trade caches have a chance of giving you iron or steel.

  • Blude.6812Blude.6812 Member ✭✭✭
    edited July 12, 2018

    Here's info that may help https://www.reddit.com/r/Guildwars2/comments/1xffs0/permanent_rich_ore_locations_30_final_version/
    Scroll down a reply or two and there are links to maps.

  • perilisk.1874perilisk.1874 Member ✭✭✭

    @GreyB.5731 said:
    I need to craft some Ascended weapons and I got a problem - I need iron. A lot of iron (and platinum).
    I don't want and can't spend money so I decided to farm it. And I find out the mining sooo boring that I wanted to leave the game and never come back for the first time.
    Is there any others stable ways to farm ores? Cause I didn't find it in wiki.

    P.S. Hi (sorry for my bad English)

    Couldn't you create a mid-level alt and let them open equipment bags to get items that can be salvaged for iron? You could just sell any excess iron to buy platinum.

  • Overlord RainyDay.2084Overlord RainyDay.2084 Member ✭✭✭
    edited July 12, 2018

    @perilisk.1874 said:

    Couldn't you create a mid-level alt and let them open equipment bags to get items that can be salvaged for iron? You could just sell any excess iron to buy platinum.

    Actually this is probably the easiest solution. I was always against bag-opener alts, until I made one myself and now he's drowning me in platinum and hard wood. I have yet to make any money off of it like other people do, but that's only because I keep using all the mats myself.

  • Turkeyspit.3965Turkeyspit.3965 Member ✭✭✭

    @perilisk.1874 said:

    @GreyB.5731 said:
    I need to craft some Ascended weapons and I got a problem - I need iron. A lot of iron (and platinum).
    I don't want and can't spend money so I decided to farm it. And I find out the mining sooo boring that I wanted to leave the game and never come back for the first time.
    Is there any others stable ways to farm ores? Cause I didn't find it in wiki.

    P.S. Hi (sorry for my bad English)

    Couldn't you create a mid-level alt and let them open equipment bags to get items that can be salvaged for iron? You could just sell any excess iron to buy platinum.

    I just recently started doing this. I have a LV 53 alt who sits in LA all the time, and he got to LV 53 by leveling both WS And AS to 500 each, so he hasn't got time for personal story or heart completion, he needs to be at the Traders forum, hammering away at stuff.

    I started sending him the bags I'd accumulate from running AB and Silverwastes Meta, and while some of the containers still award LV 80 gear, most give 52-53, and I'm getting a mix of iron, platinum, linen and rugged leather. According to GW2efficiency, doing that for the past 2 days alone has saved me about 5g in material costs for crafting my next ascended armor piece.

  • artemis.6781artemis.6781 Member ✭✭✭

    Also, if you have one, throw in the prospector glyph into your mining pick. You can't get extra strikes on rich nodes, but you can gather the extra materials using the prospector for metals.

  • mindcircus.1506mindcircus.1506 Member ✭✭✭
    edited July 14, 2018

    @GreyB.5731 said:
    I need to craft some Ascended weapons and I got a problem - I need iron. A lot of iron (and platinum).
    I don't want and can't spend money so I decided to farm it. And I find out the mining sooo boring that I wanted to leave the game and never come back for the first time.
    Is there any others stable ways to farm ores? Cause I didn't find it in wiki.

    P.S. Hi (sorry for my bad English)

    Your absolute best plan for iron is to have a few alts and park them at the north end of Brisban Wildlands. There is a rich node there and and 3-5 regular nodes within short distance. Do one alt, swap... even with 5 alts this goes really fast. There are a few other easily accessible static rich Iron nodes as well (Diessa Plateau, Fields of Ruin, Snowden Drifts, Kessex ect) that if you cycle them one after the other on multiple toons you can get most of what you need with very little effort.

    Other than that, the packets you get for unbound magic and the shipments for volatile magic you get on the LS maps is also very heavily weighted towards iron.
    Cowrie League trade caches on the PoF maps generate decent amounts.
    That fails? having a level 50 bag opener toon to open your Silverwastes bags also generates decent amounts of iron after breaking down the loot.

    As always, varying the options above will allow you to generate the materials you need without making you want to poke your eyes out with a stick.

  • Khisanth.2948Khisanth.2948 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @artemis.6781 said:
    Also, if you have one, throw in the prospector glyph into your mining pick. You can't get extra strikes on rich nodes, but you can gather the extra materials using the prospector for metals.

    A glyph of the tailor is better in that case since the cloth you get is at least as valuable as the iron and it works on everything.

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