Albion 5 Essential Tips For Beginners

Overwhelmed by Albion Online? These Albion 5 Essential Tips is sure to boost your progress. Due to quarantine Albion player-count has shot up. If you are one of these new beginners, enjoy the guide and get ahead of the competition!

Albion Faction Map

These Albion 5 Essential Tips will prepare you for the epic, competitive and challenging world of Albion Online. The 5 essential tips mentioned in this Albion Online: Beginner’s Guide you will be more than ready to crush the competition. If that is your goal of course! (I know it’s mine). This is a sandbox play it how you want to.

Albion an MMORPG with a recipe made of components similar to Runescape, Leagues of Legends and Eve Online. If you have not heard of it check out our review. However, the game has been incredibly updated and improved since the original review.

Firstly to better understand these Albion 5 essential tips lets introduce some basic concepts or terms. Experience in this game is called “fame” it will be earned for every skill, however, you will only gain fame for the equipment type you are wearing. The other important term is tier’s the game is segregated into 8 tiers. Gear, enemies, zones, mounts, buildings will all have a tier.

There is also enchantment level and quality. Quality and enchantment increase the item power of the mount, gear, or item. The map is also split into zones starting in order of safety to most dangerous: blue, yellow, red, and black-zone/openworld. For a beginner, you should spend your early days within the safety of the blue and yellow zones. The red and black-zone have the consequence of full loot drop on death. Thus it is important to only bring what you can afford to lose when entering these dangerous zones. 

Albion Online is available through Steam

Albion's royal continent map

Many places to choose, each biome has different resources.

1. FREEDOM OF PLAYSTYLE

The sandbox MMORPG provides many ways to play the game, so do not feel pressured to follow a linear way of progression. When you first enter the game you may feel compelled to craft, create, and gather everything you need. However there is so many ways to approach the game and how you are going to make your silver. Some of the common silver making methods to pursue is farming, gathering, crafting, refining, marketing, trading, transporting, dungeons and player vs player combat (PVP). What you enjoy and choose to pursue is up to you.

The aspect that makes Albion so unique is you can progress to end game by doing only one of these methods or all of them. For example, I do a mix of skinning, dungeons and PVP and buy all gear I need from the player-driven auction house. Your play-style is completely self directed you choose what parts of the game you want to experience. I do see many new players trying to do everything themselves gather, refine and craft each item. It may take a very long time for someone to learn the whole supply chain. I suggest using the auction house to buy items needed and focus on what you find most enjoyable in Albion Online.

Avalonian Boss part of the Queen Patch

Avalonian dungeon.

2. COMBAT

Albion Online lives by its saying that “you are what you wear“. Your stats and strength is determined by your gear,  chest plate, boots, helmet, cape and weapon. There is also combat enhancing foods and potions. Albion has a multitude of gear to experiment with to make a build that suits you. However, there is 3 devoted classes for dungeons commonly known as DPS (Damage per second), tank and healer. There is also multiple armor types with plate, leather and cloth.

When learning combat I advise beginning with solo green dungeons in your starting area. Or finding a team of 5 people for blue portal dungeons which are harder but require more people and provide better loot and fame. Once you level up to be able to use tier 4 gear you can complete dungeons in the Yellow Zone. Yellow Zone only has light PVP with minimal losses from death so don’t be afraid to enter the green dungeons there. The higher the tier the dungeon is in, the higher the tier the enemies and loot. Gatherers who do not specialize in combat should at a minimum level daggers to tier 4 to unlock bloodletter. Bloodletter provides two dashing abilities which can allow an easy escape from player killers.

 

Fame farm to level quickly some of the best methods for this is when you are higher level risk going into the red or black-zone dungeons as they provide increased fame. High-risk high reward, however, the faster you level fame the stronger you’ll be in the long-term. Once you reach the cap of 100 fame with an item of gear, excess fame is generated that you can invest in other skill trees. Many players use this to their advantage by initially fame farming with high DPS in order for quick dungeon completion times. Then investing the excess fame into the gear they actually want to use. You can check out more about Albion Builds Here.

Albion Bear Mount, Island

A bear certainly helps get around

3. PREMIUM

Premium can be brought in-game with silver as well as with real money. The benefits of premium are helpful but not essential. A personal island requires 30 days of premium to purchase however once purchased is fully functional and usable after premium runs out. Getting a personal island is key to making large money from farming, breeding and raising animals, laborers and crafting stations. Buying premium with real money will absolutely speed up your progress into the game. However, the challenge of earning it can be quite fun too. 

Premium also offers benefits of a monthly reward system if you earn enough points towards the monthly reward you will get cosmetic items and a mount. The other benefits are progressive ones such as increased silver, fame, and gathering earnings. There is also a reduced tax using Albion’s market place. Premium is vital for crafters and refiners as there is an exclusive premium mechanic called focus which is used to get a resource return rate whenever you craft or return things increasing gains by 15%. 

faction gathering update artwork photo

Faction of Martlock preparing for battle

4. GUILDS AND ALLIANCE

Albion Online is strongly based around powerful guilds and alliances that control the open-world territories. Alliances are multiple guilds combined that share guild points and can not attack each other in PVP. Having a guild is vital to late game performance however I believe you can play this game solo. Playing solo will require a powerful and mobile build to get around the open world. safely One player can easily take on multiple in combat because there is a focus fire defense buff for each additional player you are fighting. 

The benefits of a guild is a guild island with tax free crafting stations and bases in the open world called hideouts. Ability to compete in guild battles, protection in the open world. Quickly find guild members to dungeon or PVP with. And various other benefits. However, it comes at a cost of many guilds having tax on picked up silver and potential rival guilds who may target you. 

Beware of guilds that invite in starting zones with 100% tax. Anything under 15% tax maybe worth joining depending on the guild’s goals and focuses. Some people try to take advantage of new players who don’t realize the excessive tax. 

Keybinding menu controls.

Keybindings are key to success in Albion.

5. KEYBINDINGS AND SETTINGS

Finally to set you up with a smoother experience some greatly important keybindings and settings!

  1. M for map. Vital when navigating at all times throughout the game. However super helpful in the early game to identify cities, towns and PVP zones to avoid. 
  2. N for local map. This shows the zone you are currently within. The local map gives extra indicators such as skull and crossbones where a player has recently died to another player. The top right corner of the local map also indicates what resources are available and at what tier. 
  3. B for skill tree. Important to spend skill points and identify what skills you would like to improve. 
  4. Left mouse click + Shift. The most important I have heard from players wanting to speed up dragging and dropping items. When in inventory shift-click to move an item from inventory into chest/market or from a chest into your inventory instantly. This will save a lot of time instead of dragging items around. 
  5. Left mouse click + Ctrl + Item.  While highlighting an item click+Ctrl to enter an item into the chatbox, it can help in many scenarios such as asking if anyone would like to buy or is selling the item you have highlighted. 
  6. Num lock for auto-run. Very helpful when traveling long distances with the character following the mouse cursor. I advise changing the keybinding to a more comfortable key. 
  7. Pick up silver in combat. In settings under the controls tab, deselect force combat mode.  This will allow you to interact with things in combat and pick up silver. Thank me later. 
  8. Setting quick-cast. MOBA players will find this familiar. This provides the ability to instantly cast abilities at cursor location rather than aiming and clicking an additional time to trigger the ability. Change this in game-settings-controls.

Albion 5 essential tips for beginners will be able to help new players skill up faster and compete with experienced players. If you enjoyed this Albion 5 Essential Tips guide stay tuned for further Albion Online articles.

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AlbionManiac

Switching weapon results in instant class change, this means having skilled multiple types of weapons makes you more versatile and brings a lot of value. One moment you can be a tanky knight and by equipping a staff you become a wise magic user. So for most it might be best to just buy items, you can buy various items I did that and full my armory up to the roof 😛 

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