Getting started in Trove: A few helpful tips

With the game’s officially launching this July 9, I thought it could be helpful to provide a few tips to get you started! Especially since you can already create an account and start playing right now if you want to!

In general, Trove isn’t a very complicated game and the tutorial explains a lot already. But as with every new game, some things can be confusing or unclear in the beginning.

Trove Barbershop
My character as an undead

First things first: You only have one character slot! Accordingly, you should choose your name wisely. This will be the name that others will know you by. But don’t worry about the different classes (there will be 11 different ones when the game launches). You can easily switch between those classes. Also, cosmetics can be changed for every class. Your Knight can be a white-skinned male with a mohawk and your Candy Barbarian can be a lady with ponytails – or an undead if you prefer that look. Not everybody is bothered by that, but I cannot create male-looking characters, because my character name is “Paeroka” and it just sounds female to me. I like having fitting names for my characters. Others aren’t bothered by that in which case you can ignore this paragraph. :p

Speaking of different classes: Equipment stays equipped with the class when switching to a different one. So, that really great sword on your Knight can only be found when switching to the Knight. If you want to use it with another class, you have to unequip it first. There is no “binding” of equipment, though, so unequipping something from a character is done with just a single click and you can even trade the item to somebody else if you want.

One thing I worried about when I first tried out was Trove was my cornerstone. I had placed it somewhere in the world where it had looked nice, but then realized that I would probably not find it again when I had left it to explore the surroundings. However, your cornerstone is not put on a static place. It moves with you and you can “call” it whenever you see a free cornerstone base. Just click on the sign with the question mark and your cornerstone will appear!

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My character as candy barbarian in her cornerstone

If you’re wondering why you should even bother about the cornerstone: When you placed it in the world and then you die, you get resurrected there instead of at the spawning point of that world. So, placing it near you every now and then isn’t a bad idea. Also, you can place a lot of useful items in there like the Loot Collector that lets you deconstruct items to get materials.

You can join up to 5 clubs. Clubs are like guilds in MMOs. You can only represent one club at a time (the club name appears behind your name), but you can read and write in all your clubs’ chats and access all of your clubs’ worlds. If you’re just starting out and plan to have a little club with just a few friends, you can certainly do so. At the same time, having this little club and finding an already established club that lets you use all the convenience items (crafting stations, portals and so on), are not mutually exclusive!

Trove_Welcome ScreenWhen you log into the game, you will see a big Welcome screen. This one also shows you which bonus is active on which weekday. If you’re a casual player who doesn’t get or want to play that often, use those bonuses accordingly. E.g., wait for Mondays to harvest things you planted in your garden as you will get more loot harvested this way. On Wednesdays, you get extra glim from adventuring. This is the glim you get from riding through grass with your mount, for example. I personally try to do my daily (doing dungeons for extra cubits) in the Fae Forest regions as they sometimes have dungeons with an abundance of glim around them. I just ride through it all and then do the dungeon.

Trove Fae Forest and Glim
A dungeon in Fae Forest with lots of flowers (which drop Glim when you ride through them)

Often times, I find myself getting distracted when roaming the map to find dungeons. All that ore! I need to have it! But seriously, I have hardly ever run out of Shapestone (the purple ones) so far. Infinium, however, is quite different. Most of the time when something I wanted to craft required Infinium, I had to go get some. And this seems to be the general rule: When you need something, it definitely won’t be anywhere to find. So my advice to you would be to not get distracted and harvest all the ore when you’re actually on your way to do something else, but as soon as you see Infinium, make an exception and grab it!

Trove Infinium
Shapestone ore (pink ), Formicite ore (blue) and Infinium ore (yellow ) – listed in increasing rarity

And speaking of grabbing: There is no stealing from others! Everybody close to you has a chance of getting loot when you kill a mob. Everything you harvest (plants, glim, ore) goes to their inventory as well – that is, both of you get the same amount of loot each! And everybody gets XP for killing mobs. On the downside, this can lead to people following you around and not doing anything, but I have hardly ever had that happen. In most cases, the other players and I fought together and mined together peacefully and happily.

One word of advice for when you want to afk: Don’t do so in seemingly save spaces. Every now and then, a Shadow Invader will spawn randomly and it has only one target: You. These mobs drop from the sky, by the way (and in my personal experience, they tend to do so exactly in that moment when you decide to quickly go grab a coffee in the kitchen or open the door for the mail). You can usually hear them arrive, though, because they make quite some noise when they spawn.

Trove Personal Chest
Personal Chest UI (the lower half hiding behind the chat will be fixed soon)

When it comes to storage space, there are four different kinds of chests. One is the Personal Chest. As the name suggests, this is only for you! Nobody else has access to your storage. When another player clicks on a Personal Chest, they will only have access to their own stored items. The Club Chest and the Club Officer Chest are for fellow club members and/or officers. So be careful when placing items in there. Again, only those belonging to your club will have access to those stored items. Last but not least, there is the Community Chest. This one lets every single player access the same storage. So only put something in there if you want to donate it to whoever accesses the chest next and decides to take it. This chest is not for trading items. Use the Trading Post to do so.

Last, but probably not least, a rather new addition to the game are the “Challenges“. You can only participate when you have reached mastery level 30+, so this isn’t exactly a tip for beginners. But when a challenge is active, it lists classes that get a “bonus”. A challenge asks you to complete dungeons in a specific biome. When you do that with a class listed with a “bonus”, your count goes up by 3 for each dungeon completed instead of only 1. If you want to know more about challenges, read this guide on Waiting for Rez.

(Update July 16, 2015) – The price for a class changes over time from 8000 to eventually 5000 cubits. When it gets added to the game, it will be the most expensive one (8000 cubits). Once a new class gets added, the price will drop to 6500 cubits. Once two new classes have been added, it drops to the minimum price of 5000 cubits. So, if you’re low on cubits and can’t decide which class to unlock next, opt for the cheapest ones first. The newer ones will get cheaper one day. Each class will always be 1050 credits if you choose to pay with credits instead.

Trove: Biomes and their map colours

Update September 2016: I included the latest biome, Jurassic Jungle.

Update September 2015: I finally found the time to update all the pictures! There had apparently been enough complaints about some biomes being difficult to tell apart because the colours looked too similar, especially on the borders of the world map. At some point, biome-specific icons were added. You can now see them on my pictures as well! :)

The world in Trove features different biomes and they all have a specific colour on the map. Sometimes, I want to farm some specific items that drop in specific biomes, but I have a hard time remembering which colour is for which biome, so I decided to make a list with screenshots. Having a blog, of course, I will not keep that list only for myself but share it with you here instead. :)

trove_biome-map_sep16You can also just use the picture on the left  which shows all biomes in one single image (click on it to see it bigger or right-click and choose “save image as…”).

Each biome has a few maps with different names which I’m calling sub-zones. The colours on the map are still the same for each sub-zone that belongs to the same biome. The mobs found in each zone may differ slightly, though. For example, you can find fae in one of the Permafrost sub-zones as well as in one the Fae Wilds biome.With a recent update, the map only shows the names of the biomes and not the sub-zones anymore. I will still list the names of the sub-zones, in case Trion is adding them back.

Biome Sub-zones Colour on the map
Candoria Cupcake Canyon & Sugar Steppes Light pink
Cursed Vale Viking Burial Ground & Cursed Vale Purple
Desert Frontier Abandoned Boneyard & Desert of Secrets Orange (more like “salmon”, though)
Dragonfire Peaks Dragon’s Teeth & Blazing Emberlands Dark reddish brown
Fae Forest Bewitching Wood, Uncanny Valley & Spellbound Thicket Dark green
Jurassic Jungle Primal Preserve; Saurian Swamp Green
Medieval Highlands Deep Forest, Firefly Party, Frigga’s Fjord & Highlands Plains Bright green
Neon City Data Spires Dark blueish grey
Peaceful Hills Peaceful Hills & Outpost of Light Green (darker than Medieval Highlands)
Permafrost Dead of Winter Light grey
Treasure Isles I don’t know if there are sub-zones Turquoise-blue
Radiant Ruins (Sky Realm) I don’t know if there are sub-zones This is on its own map accessible only through a “Realm Portal: Sky” in a club world

This is all nice and well, but as you can probably see, I tried to narrow down the colours a bit by adding “dark” or even two colours (reddish brown). Additionally, some biome colours look much lighter at the corner of the map. I often confuse the Desert Frontier with Candoria. So, I will also show you screenshots now, so that you can clearly see the colours representing each biome.

Candoria

Trove Map Candoria Sugar CaneQuite obviously focusing on sugary goodness. Its icon is, very fitting, a candy cane. Let’s be honest here: This biome is not hard to miss at all. It’s light pink – too pink if you ask me. ;)

Cursed Vale

Trove Map Cursed Vale SkeletonThe Cursed Vale’s icon is a skeleton. It could also be a robot, though. The colour is purple, but when it’s at the corners of the world map, it also looks a bit grey-ish.

Desert Frontier

Trove Map Desert Frontier CactusI used to confuse Desert Frontier with Candoria, because the Desert Frontier map looks kind of pale pink at the border of the map and only changes to its regular colour when you get closer. Now that they have icons, it is much easier to tell them apart! Desert Frontier has a cactus.

Dragonfire Peaks

Trove Map Dragonfire Peaks FireDragonfire Peaks has a dark brown colour. Its icon is a flame.

Fae Forest

Trove Map Fae Forest ButterflyThere definitely were too many greens on the map. This is another great example of why adding icons is great! I could never remember which green stood for which biome. Fae Forest is dark green and has a butterfly as its icon.

Jurassic Jungle

Trove Map Colours Jurassic Jungle biome

This biome, Jurassic Jungle, was added with the dino tamer class and, as you can guess from the names, it’s all about dinosaurs! Unfortunately, it is yet another green piece on the map. Just look for the footprints and you’ll find it!

Medieval Highlands

Trove Map Medieval Highlands TreeThis biome is represented by a light green… pretty easy. The icon is a tree.

Neon City

Trove Map Neon City CircuitsThis biome always reminds me of Futurama. Neon City is dark grey with circuits as its icon.

Peaceful Hills

Trove Map Peaceful Hills FlowerThe Peaceful Hills biome hosts sunflowers where you can get the bulbs needed for gardening. Other than the shadow invaders that sometimes drop from the sky, no hostile mobs can be found here. Its icon is a flower.

Permafrost

Trove Map Permafrost SnowflakeThe frost biome is the easiest to spot. Much easier than all the greens, at least. And if that isn’t easy enough, the snowflake icon definitely helps!

Treasure Isles

Trove Map Treasure Isles WheelNot really difficult to miss. Treasure Isles are the huge light blue areas, also called “water”. :) Still, they also got an icon, a wheel.

Radiant Ruins

Trove Map Radiant RuinsAs mentioned in the table above, the Radiant Ruins are a special case. You can only enter them through the “Realm Portal: Sky” which can be placed in a club world. There are no other biomes up there, so they also did not get an icon.

Ask Nerdy Bookahs: Questions about Trove

It’s time for another “Ask Nerdy Bookahs”. We have looked at the questions in the search terms that led people to our blog for which we know we do not have fitting entries and we’re trying to answer those questions now.

This time, the topic is Trove. We have seen quite a lot of questions that led to this blog, but we have not answered them here yet. Or we have, but they are outdated. Trove has gone into open beta at the beginning of November and with it, the game saw quite a few changes again.

How do I get cubits?

Cubits are the game’s currency. The kind you get from playing the game, not the kind you have to buy with real money (those are called “credits”). You used to get cubits the first time you entered the game after creating your account. Since you could buy things in the store and trade them to others, Trion Worlds have pulled back on the amount of cubits you get without doing anything. You no longer get any cubits when you first log into the game. You also no longer get free cubits just for logging on once a day.

Trove Questions

You do get a bar at the top right corner of the screen that fills when you do dungeons. Once the bar is filled, you get the amount of cubits written on there (500 on any week day, 1000 on Saturdays and Sundays). You can only do this once per day. At server reset (12 pm for us here in Paris/Berlin time), the bar reappears and you can fill it up again. If you don’t have much time on a given day, don’t worry. The progress is saved! Fill the bar a little bit every day if that’s all you can do. But remember: Once it fills up, you can’t fill it up again until after server reset. So, if you can only fill it up once a week, for example, try to time it so it fills on a Saturday or a Sunday in order to get the 1000 cubits. ;)

A second way to get cubits is to increase your mastery level. Click “C” to open your character sheet, then click on the ribbon to see the rewards you get for each mastery level. Reaching level 3 gives you 500 cubits. Level 6 gives you 100 credits, by the way! So, mastery even gives you a bit of the currency you usually have to spend money for.

Trove Questions

Gaining mastery isn’t hard either. Almost everything you do in-game gives you mastery. Levelling the gardening profession, for example. Gathering and unlocking skills. Gaining levels with your classes. Just play and you will see the messages on the right of your screen whenever you get some more XP towards your mastery levels.

How do I get skins?

This is quite easy, actually. You play the game! Mobs can drop items, as do the chests from bosses in dungeons. Each item that has a skin (rings don’t, for example), will either have a green line of text saying you haven’t collected that item skin yet, or a red one saying you already have collected it. If you haven’t, throw it in the Style Saver (careful: This will destroy the item! Only do it once you don’t need the item anymore, e.g. when you outlevelled it). This will unlock the style. By default, you can open the collections window with “I”. Click on the “Styles” tab to see all the styles you have collected already. Each collected style will also give you some XP for your mastery level!

What is a club?

This is simple. A club is what guilds are in MMORPGs. You can join up to 5 clubs (just like you can join different guilds in Guild Wars 2). You always only represent one of the clubs, though. The clubs window can be opened with “P”. Click on the little flag of the club you want to represent. Click on “Club World” to enter that club’s world. The good news is that even when you’re not currently representing a club, you can still read that club’s chat! You can also use a club for yourself to have a huge world to build in. You can create a club with a “Club Card”. Go to the Crafting Bench (if you don’t have one yet, click “V” and craft a Crafting Bench. Put it in your cornerstone!) and click on the “Club World” tab. The Club Card costs 100 Formicite Ore, 300 Shapestone and 100 Warpsteed. It may sound like a lot, but it isn’t.

Boss attacks house?

I am actually not 100 % sure what the person asking this question wanted to know. Sometimes, you can hear a loud “bang” and see something like an explosion. The guy that lands is a “Shadow Invader”. This invader is a bit more difficult to kill than regular mobs, but not that difficult either. When it dies, it usually gives you some flux which is needed to later upgrade your items. Don’t worry about flux if you’re just starting out. Collect it and wait with upgrading your items until you’re higher level.

Something slightly annoying is that regular mobs (and Shadow Invaders!) also spawn and enter your cornerstone. So, you may find yourself in the situation of having to fight them. Uninterrupted building on your cornerstone isn’t possible because of this, so be careful. Especially when using skills that can also be used to mine building blocks as you can destroy everything on your cornerstone.

That’s it for today. If there are more questions, I will try to answer them here.

Guild Challenge: Map for Deep Trouble

We were just doing the guild challenge “Deep Trouble” again tonight. For those who don’t know what it is: It’s a guild challenge in Mount Maelstrom where you have to rescue quaggans from krait. It’s a bit tricky as there are several quaggans that need to be saved and once you free one, they start running and krait spawn. You definitely need more than one person to escort the quaggan. The quaggans are always in the same spots, but it’s a bit difficult to coordinate your groups as some are quite close to each other (so saying “the one in the east” is misleading).

While trying to coordinate which group should go for which quaggan, we realized that the map on dulfy’s website is outdated. Apparently, the quaggans were repositioned at some point. So, in order to help our guild coordinate, we made a new map and we figured: “Hey, we’ve got a blog. Let’s share this new map with other players!” :p

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Map for the guild challenge “Deep Trouble” showing the locations of the captured quaggans.

When doing this guild challenge, make sure that your party is close together and moves on when the quaggan does. Ignore the krait, just follow the quaggan (and kill the krait when the quaggan stops moving and starts to fight them)! And don’t free a quaggan if your party isn’t close to you. Those krait are tough to fight alone. If even one quaggan dies, the guild challenge is failed.

Costume Brawl without spending gems?

GW2 Costume Brawl Candy Corn

Update (September 28): This guide does not yet include the quaggan tonics. I will add them in later.

I bought the pirate outfit from the gem store some time ago. Funny thing is I had totally forgotten about that afterwards and was surprised when I saw that my charr engineer wasn’t wearing his town clothes outfit when I wanted to switch to that one. So yeah, thanks to that, I can do Costume Brawl whenever I want to. Sometimes, “Costume Brawl champion” appears as part of the daily and since this is an easy enough category, I like doing it for some extra XP for my characters. And when we’re waiting for guild missions to start, it’s also a nice pastime. But I don’t always feel like being a pirate. That is, even though it’s mostly just “spam attack”, I want a different flavour from time to time. I do not want to buy all the costumes for real money, though. That’d be a waste of money if you ask me because Costume Brawl isn’t that much fun.

I know there are various ways of starting/entering Costume Brawl. Sometimes, there’s a cauldron placed by another friendly player and the box of fun can transform you as well to give you Costume Brawl skills. But that means having to rely on other players and I prefer being self-sufficient.

My first stop was the wiki, of course. For “entering Costume Brawl” it lists “Available after equipping a toy, picking up certain bundles and while under the effects of a tonic.” but when you go to those individual pages, there are no easy lists to see which tonics give you access to the Costume Brawl and which ones don’t. So, I bought all available tonics from the Trading Post and tried them out. The table is probably not complete, especially as ArenaNet adds new stuff every now and then, but it hopefully gives you a pretty good choice of what you want to have for your next Costume Brawl session. Some of those tonics are made with the artificer profession, but none of the following tonics are bound, so you can buy all of those tonics from the Trading Post.

Tonic Effect Acquisition
Aetherized Tonic Transformation only – Temporary Drop (Sky Pirates of Tyria)
Fiery Tonic Transformation only – Bought with Dungeon Tokens (Citadel of Flame)
– Random Drop from Citadel of Flame
Ghostly Tonic Transformation only – Bought with Dungeon Tokens (Ascalonian Catacombs)
– Random Drop from Ascalonian Catacombs
Knavish Tonic Transformation only – Bought with Dungeon Tokens (Caudecus’s Manor)
– Random Drop from Caudecus’s Manor
Multicolored Ooze Tonic Transformation only Artificer (400)
Overgrown Tonic Transformation only – Reward from Nightmare Court bosses
Phantasmal Tonic Transformation only – Bought with Dungeon Tokens (The Ruined City of Arah)
– Random Drop from The Ruined City of Arah
Ruminant Tonic Transformation only Artificer (200)
Sinister Automatonic Transformation only – Bought with Dungeon Tokens (Crucible of Eternity)
– Random Drop from Crucible of Eternity
Tonic of the Moletariate Transformation only – Bought with Dungeon Tokens (Sorrow’s Embrace)
– Random Drop from Sorrow’s Embrace
Ursan Tonic Transformation only – Bought with Dungeon Tokens (Honor of the Waves)
– Random Drop from Honor of the Waves
Candy Corn Tonic Costume Brawl: 3 skills – Special drop during Halloween (2012)
Concentrating Halloween Tonic Costume Brawl: 2 – 4 skills – Artificer 400 (recipe from Halloween)
– Special drop during Halloween (2012)
Festive Golem Tonic Costume Brawl: 4 skills – Special drop during Wintersday (2012)
Halloween Tonic Costume Brawl: 2 – 4 skills – Special drop during Halloween (2012)
Mummy Tonic Costume Brawl: 4 – Artificer: 350 (recipe from Halloween)
– Special drop during Halloween (2012)
Plastic Spider Tonic Costume Brawl: 2 – Artificer: 200 (recipe from Halloween)
– Special drop during Halloween (2012)
Plush Griffon Tonic Costume Brawl: 3 – Made in the Mystic Forge with material from Wintersday 2012
– There is also an endless version of the tonic.
Princess Doll Tonic Costume Brawl: 2 – Made in the Mystic Forge with material from Wintersday 2012
– There is also an endless version of the tonic.
Reindeer Tonic Costume Brawl: 4 – Drop during Wintersday (2012)
Snowman Tonic Costume Brawl: 4 – Drop during Wintersday (2012)
Toy Golem Tonic Costume Brawl: 2 – Made in the Mystic Forge with material from Wintersday 2012
– There is also an endless version of the tonic.
Toy Soldier Tonic Costume Brawl: 2 – Made in the Mystic Forge with material from Wintersday 2012
– There is also an endless version of the tonic.
Toy Ventari Tonic Costume Brawl: 2 – Made in the Mystic Forge with material from Wintersday 2012
– There is also an endless version of the tonic.

GW2 Costume Brawl Blue MoaAdditionally, the artificer profession can also make specific mystery tonics (those are account-bound!). One Jug of Water, Pile of Crystalline Dust, Vicious Claw and Vicious Fang each give you five mystery tonics. Artificer is required to be at skill level 400 for it to work.The problem here is that you do not know what you’re going to get. There are three types of mystery tonic: Furniture (like a chair, you cannot move and you do not get Costume Brawl skills), forest (transforms you into some kind of tree, not useable for Costume Brawl either) and beast. The latter transforms you into an animal and only this version lets you do Costume Brawl.

The GW2 wiki has a page about the endless version of the beast mystery tonic which also lists the various beasts you can transform to with their Costume Brawl skills. My first try (of the non-endless one!) transformed me into a fire imp. The Endless version comes from a Black Lion Chest, so there is no way to craft it or buy it from the TP. But back to the non-endless one: If random isn’t your thing (and it probably isn’t if you just want to do a Costume Brawl without turning into a chair first), then have a look at the wiki page for the non-endless mystery tonic (beast): You can use two(!) of the mystery tonics that you create with your artificer and use two other ingredients to get the mystery tonic that you want. Those are mystic forge recipes now, so you don’t need to rely on your artificer anymore at this stage. The result is still account bound, though, so don’t expect to earn any gold with this method. I love moas, so I used this to get blue moa tonics. This isn’t just a way to get Costume Brawl skills for free, it’s also great fun to run around as a moa… now excuse me while I go see if people want to place bets on me for the moa race in Lion’s Arch… ;)