How to Make a Lot of Zeny in Ragnarok Online
Some people think that Ragnarok Online goes by the rule “pay to win,” but that’s absolutely not true in most cases. Actually, Ragnarok Online is wholly a “play to win” game. You just need to be armed with the right knowledge and information. Also, it’s a plus point if there are no bots in your server. Bots, as many people know, are cheaters that ruin the economy of the game.
If you are determined to learn how to make a lot of zeny in this game, then this guide will help you! Truth be told, there are various ways to become rich in this game. I’ve laid down some helpful pointers here to help you reach your goal of becoming a rich player. Now all you have to do is play hard and play smart.
Ragnarok Online Zeny-Making Guide
1. Create a Merchant Class Character
When it comes to money-making, no class specializes in it better than the Merchant class. With an array of skills tailored fit for zeny production, each Ragnarok account should at least have one merchant class character.
Merchants have the Discount and Overcharge skills, which lowers and increases NPC price values by as much as 24%, respectively. Likewise, they also have the Vending skill, which is very useful when trying to sell items and equipment to other players.
Remember that the goal of the Merchant Guild is to control at least 20% of the economy of Rune-Midgarts. By creating a Merchant class character, you’re already traversing one step ahead of anyone who didn't create one.
2. Buy and Sell
There’s a well-known maxim in the world of business: “Buy low, sell high!” This is what you should always keep in mind when trying to become filthy rich. Always be on the lookout for people who are selling items at a very cheap price. Likewise, try to sell items at a price that will give you the highest amount of profit. The art of buying and selling can be very complex at times, but when you get the hang of it, you’ll begin reaping all the rewards that come with it.
The best place to buy and sell stuff in Ragnarok Online is Prontera. It’s the place where many players come to either buy or sell what they have in their inventories, storage, and carts. It’s a tough world out there. Be sure that you have knowledge of the current item and equipment prices so you don’t get scammed or cheated.
3. Grind and Farm
Grinding and farming are the easiest method to make a lot of zeny in Ragnarok Online. All job classes can grind and farm. All that’s required is diligence and patience.
When you grind and farm, you gain valuable loots from the monsters you defeat. Loot prices can range from 1 zeny to a value that is way over the top. It’s all just a matter of learning what monsters to kill and knowing where to grind and farm.
Listed below are some areas where you can grind and farm valuable loots:
- Xmas Dungeon (Toy Factory) - Many monsters here drop expensive loots that you can sell to NPCs. Besides that, you might pick up slotted hoods, slotted sandals, pearls, and gift boxes in this place.
- Payon Cave - As you get deeper inside Payon Cave, the loots also become more valuable.Soldier Skeleton, Archer Skeleton, Hydra, and Sohee cards fetch good prices to players. The loots aren't too shabby either. Certain monsters in this area often drop slotted shoes, slotted mufflers, slotted stilettos, apple of archers, trunks, and authoritative badges.
- Orc Dungeon - This place is teeming with monsters. More monsters mean more loots, which you can sell to NPCs. Also, certain monsters here drop emperiums, rough oridecons, and rough eluniums.
- Payon Fields - These areas are great sources of trunks, strawberries, dead branches. The aforementioned loots are always in demand and can be sold to players at high prices.
4. Open Gift Boxes, Old Blue Boxes, and Old Violet Boxes
Believe it or not, some players get rich by pushing their luck in opening Gift Boxes, Old Blue Boxes, and Old Violet Boxes. It’s true that these items are expensive, but when you open one and luckily get a rare item, then it’s a BINGO for you! As they say, “the more risk you take, the more reward you could gain.”
5. Become a Forger
Forgers in Ragnarok Online have the potential to become the richest denizens of Rune-Midgarts. They are the Blacksmiths who collect forging materials, fashion them into powerful elemental weapons, and sell them to players for huge profits.
The path to becoming a pure forger Blacksmith is laden with difficulties, but once you successfully master the craft, zeny will start pouring down on you like rain.
6. Become a Brewer
Similar to forger Blacksmiths, brewer Alchemists make a lot of money by selling consumables. They brew all sorts of potions and concoctions in order to turn a profit. As times always have it, healing potions are eternally in demand!
It won’t be easy to level up as a pure brewer Alchemist, but if you successfully do so, then the rewards are great!
7. Over-upgrade Equipments
This is another one of those “high-risk, high-return” endeavor. What you do in this method is you take weapons and armors to upgrade shops and try to refine them beyond their limits. The higher the refinement levels of an equipment, the more expensive it becomes!
In this endeavor, you’ll need a lot of equipment, oridecons, eluniums, and failed attempts before you are able to turn a profit.
8. Play with Inflation and Deflation
As with any other economy, inflation and deflation also occurs in Ragnarok Online.
Essentially, inflation is when prices generally go up and deflation is when prices generally go down. More often than not, inflation is what always happens—meaning prices tend to always go up.
With this in mind, it’s always good to store items and equipment rather than zeny. Your zeny will most likely decrease in value over time while your items and equipment rises in value. It’s safe to assume that the opposite may also happen. Thus, it’s best to always be prepared! Go stockpile an item if you think it’s going to be in-demand in the future. On the other hand, immediately sell items you think will have less value in the future.
Here are a few examples:
- If your server is starting on Classic mode and plans to patch to Renewal mode in the future, then it's a good idea to start buying and storing strawberries and other SP recovery items because they will surely be in demand soon.
- If your server always holds seasonal events, then buying headgears like black bunny bands might be profitable if an event such as a Black Bunny Band Upgrading Event takes place come Easter.
- If your server plans to update to Renewal mode soon, then it would not be wise to buy and store slotted equipment for pre-transcendent characters. This is because transcendent characters have a lot more equipment options to choose from. With this event occurring, the aforementioned slotted equipment are sure to decrease in value.
9. Offer Leeching Services
Leeching is a method wherein you party with a weaker player and you do the killing for him/her. In this process, you both gain experience. And this is where the Leeching Service business framework comes in!
It’s simple: a low-level player with a lot of zeny to spare approaches you in order to avail your leeching services. He/she then pays you in zeny or in kind, and you in turn kill monsters as he/she gains experience while practically doing nothing. He/she levels up and you earn some money—it’s a win-win situation for both of you!
10. Become a Midman
A midman is a person who gets in-between two dealing parties in order to make sure that their transaction goes smoothly and perfectly. It’s a weird system but players do hire midmen. It’s to ensure that no scammer can get in the way of delicate business deals.
Basically, two players pay a midman to handle their transactions (e.g. trading, leeching, tanking, boosting). With this method, interaction between the two parties are kept at a minimum. It’s the midman who receives all the goods and zeny, and who in turn distributes them to the two players involved.
Note: Usually, midmen are high-level players who have already proven their trustworthiness in the Ragnarok Online community.
11. Create a Rogue
When it comes to looting, Rogues have every other job class beat. Their ability to use both Steal and Snatch comes in handy whenever they are grinding and farming. The Steal skill is an active skill that allows a player to steal an item from a monster at a high rate. The Snatch skill, on the other hand, enables the Steal skill to happen automatically on attack. It is noteworthy to remember that stolen items from monsters don’t affect the loots they drop. This means that Rogues gain significantly more loots than any other job class.
If you want to become rich by grinding and farming, then creating a Rogue is the best way to do it! Also, I forgot to mention that Rogues also have the Steal Coin skill that enables them to steal zeny directly from monsters.
12. Become a Premium Player
Some servers offer Premium Player status at a price. Usually, you use real money to avail this service.
Becoming a Premium Player enables your account to get a boost in base experience, job experience, and item drop rates. This in turn provides a lot of benefits. You level up faster and gain more loots than usual. Sometimes, easy access to certain areas also becomes available to you.
Depending on how you take advantage of the Premium Player status, you can make a lot of zeny doing so.
13. Go Boss-Hunting (MVP-ing)
If you have a high-level character that is suitable for boss-hunting, then you can make a lot of zeny in no time. You can either do it alone (depending on your job class, build, and equipment) or try it with a party. The thing with hunting bosses is that bosses always often drop expensive items and equipment. As a bonus, the player who deals the highest damage to the boss is given the title MVP and gains a rare item directly from the boss.
Boss-hunting can be tough but the rewards are always great. If you’ve got what it takes, then I can see no reason for you not try your hand at boss-hunting.