Silver and gold, silver and gold (aka What is the capital city vendor buff?)

The economy of any MMO can be tricky to learn and extremely tough to master. This is especially true of a new game like WildStar that doesn’t have an abundance of resources to learn from yet. With new names for currency (plat anyone?), various points of sale (CX, AH, vendors, etc.), and so many  different types of currency (gold, renown, prestige, elder gems, crafting vouchers, CREDD), it’s easy to see where things might get confusing.

On my server, the prices on the commodities exchange (CX) haven’t quite normalized, and many people are selling items for less than the vendor sale price. For this reason, I sell a ton of stuff to the vendor. Wouldn’t it be great if you could get even more gold for your vendored items? You can!

If you are a settler, you can activate a settler buff in your capital city that will let everyone in the city sell items to vendors for 5% more and buy items from vendors for 5% less. It is called Thayd Vendor Discounts (Illium for Domnion) and applies the buff “Small Vendor Price Discount” to vendors. In Thayd, the settler resource depot can be find to the west of Fortune’s Ground.

Thayd Vendor Discounts

Small vendor price discount

You can easily tell if this vendor buff is active because the affected vendors have an explosion of gold coins over their heads.

Vendor buff

The vendor buff on my favorite vendor, Far-Trader Sawa.

So if you are a settler, try to activate this buff whenever you can. If you aren’t a settler, it’s okay, we can’t all be perfect. 😉 Just find a friend who has chosen this master path or ask in zone chat for a friendly settler to assist.

Happy vendor selling!

Challenge begins! (aka The six challenges of Thayd)

Challenges are one of my favorite parts of WildStar. In the span of just a few minutes, you can complete a fun task that usually gives a pretty sweet reward! If you’ve spent time in the Exiles capital city, Thayd, you’ve probably stumbled upon at least one of the challenges. Thayd actually has SIX challenges, and each one can be repeated every 30 minutes!

First, let’s talk about the rewards for these challenges. Winning gold will give you 10x odds for the reward you want, silver is 4x, and bronze is 2x. All six challenges have the same set of reward choices (from left to right):

  • Rewards for Thayd challengesSatchel of Scavenged Supplies: Contains contains food, medishots and boosts, skill amps, and bags
  • Chest of Crafting Components: Contains a variety of crafting materials
  • Feretory of Fascinating Furnishings: Contains one housing decor item
  • Trunk of Tarnished Tints: Contains one dye for costumes

These challenges are quick and easy to complete and can provide supplemental income (by auctioning or selling the items), a way to furnish your housing plot, a chance to get pretty dye colors, or a method of farming mats for your tradeskill. I still do these challenges on my level 50 when I have a few minutes because of the great rewards.

Map of Thayd Challenges

This map of Thayd shows the starting point of all challenges.

We start this tour of challenges with Thayd Sprint. This challenge is started from Super Sprinter Annalia in Spaceport Horizon. She gives you two minutes to zoom to the southern part of the Thayd. Follow the blue arrows on the ground and be sure to use your sprint ability as much as possible. Without a mount, you’ll only be able to get bronze on this one (silver with a speed boost from a settler kiosk…thanks RainyDay for letting me know about this trick!), but it’s still doable. Gold can be achieved with just a basic speed ground mount.

Super Sprinter Annalia Follow the blue arrows

Next is Fortune’s Advertising, which starts just up the stairs from the end point of Thayd Sprint in Fortune’s Ground. The first time you run this challenge, it starts from Friendly Friend Advertiser Benai (an adorable Lopp). You’ll have two minutes to hand out ads to Galactic shoppers and browsers in Fortune’s Ground. Target these NPCs and use your “T” ability.  The key to gold in this challenge is finding large clumps of shoppers and browsers to minimize travel time. On subsequent attempts, you can start the challenge from your Challenge Log. I suggest finding a high population area of shoppers and starting there.

Friendly Friend Advertiser Benai Galactic shopper

Always wanted to pick up the trash of others? No? Well, you don’t have a choice in the next challenge. In One Exile’s Trash… you will be collecting cups, cans, and bottles that are in the Crooked Corners. The challenge starts when you pick up any item of Thayd Litter (subsequent attempts need to be started from the Challenge Log). This one is fairly easy to score gold, as long as there aren’t too many other players attempting it at the same time.

Thayd litter

Heading up to Walker’s Bluff, we’ll tackle the Diary Detritus Deliverance next. Is is a mouthful, but it’s another easy challenge. You start this one by picking up any Explorer Diary Page (say it with me now . . . subsequent attempts need to be started from the Challenge Log). Keep collecting pages until you hear the sweet words, “Gold Level Awarded!”

Explorer Diary Page

Now we venture to the shady Lair of the Black Hoods to start the Dance Dance Revolution challenge, Dan’s Dancer Evolution!, from the arcade console. I’m still not sure about the “proper way” to complete this challenge. One person in my server’s advice chat suggested that you need a degree from Julliard to figure it out. Luckily, there is a way to complete it. It’s not pretty, but you can mash all four keys at once. To quote Ferris Bueller, “It’s a little childish and stupid…”  But, hey, it gets the job done!

Dan's Dancer Evolution!

The last challenge in Thayd is Bursting Their Bubble. This one eluded me for quite some time, since I don’t visit Arborian Gardens often. I was able to track it down with my favorite WildStar database site, Jabbithole. If you’ve followed the order of the challenges so far, the easiest way to get to Arborian Gardens is to hop on the settler’s teleport in Fortune’s Ground. This challenge starts from Tender Kaira initially, and you know the drill for subsequent attempts. 🙂 You’ll have three minutes to depressurize vind. Target the Thayd Vind and use your “T” ability. This challenge spans a fairly large area, so keep looking if you don’t spot the vind.

Tender Kaira Thayd Vind

Have fun tackling these Thayd challenges and enjoy the sweet loot!