Processing FAQ

Answers to 20 Common Questions

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Heya, I'm Summer and I made this post to help you out with any questions you may have about processing. It's essentially a processing guide but the FAQ-style format is a bit nicer to ctrl+f in case you are looking for specific info.

Enjoy :)

Preface - for very interested readers :)

What is processing?

Processing is about taking raw materials, for example produced by your worker empire, and refining them for use in further activities like trading, cooking and workshops. It's a low effort lifeskill and doesn't take a whole lot to get started. One of the coolest things about processing is that once you get further into it you can form elaborate recipe chains to craft valuable items, like

Rough Stone
Rough Stone (gathering) ->
Metal Solvent
Metal Solvent
(alchemy) ->
Pure Iron Crystal
Pure Iron Crystal
(processing) ->
Balenos Fishing Rod
Balenos Fishing Rod
(workshops).

The state of processing

Processing for profit has seen better times, partly because some of the activities it feeds into, like trading and workshops, have seen better times too. The moneymaking potential has noticeably fallen behind comparable lifskills like bartering and cooking. Nowadays, the main appeal of processing is being low effort and afk-able.

On the bright side, leveling processing is fairly straight-forward (question 14). To earn money, you have a few recipes at your disposal (question 16). Processing markets these days are stable for the most part, which means I can share some for-profit recipes with you without negatively impacting the market. Beyond that, finding recipes has never been easier with tools like bdolytics.

Overview

TopicQuestion
Basics1. How to process?
2. How can I stop processing from failing?
Mass Processing and Mastery3. What is mass processing?
4. What does processing mastery do?
5. How much processing mastery do I need?
6. Why can't I mass process this item?
Recipes, Proc Rates and Process Times7. How many items does a craft yield and what affects it?
8. How long can I afk process for?
9. Why can't I chop plyoowd / heat pure crystals?
Gear10. What gear do I need?
11. How can I get processing artifacts?
12. Do I need the pearl shop costume?
13. Should I use mastery or silver embroidered clothes?
Leveling and Moneymaking14. How do I level processing?
15. Which EXP buffs can I run while leveling processing?
16. How to make money with processing?
17. Do I have to combine processing with trading to make it profitable?
18. What about that 3 bil/H recipe on bdolytics?
Misc19. Help, I can't equip a processing stone on my season character D:
20. How do I increase my weight for processing?

1. How to process?

  1. Open the processing window (L key)
  2. Select a processing type
  3. Input the materials
  4. Press 'Start' or 'Mass Process' (more on mass processing in question 4)

Processing can have the follow outcomes:

MessageMeaning
Processing has succeededThe craft succeeds.
Processing is not going as plannedThe craft has 'missed' and will be re-tried. (question 2)
It is not working at allYou input the wrong recipe or are missing knowledge (question 9).
Insufficient ingredients to continue processingYou got the recipe right but don't have enough materials for a full craft.

Don't worry, materials will only be consumed if the craft succeeds.

2. How can I stop processing from failing?

Even if you meet all conditions to succeed the craft, the message Processing is not going as planned can appear which means your character has to re-try the craft. The chance of this happening depends on your processing success rate, which is 70%* at base and goes up to 100%.

Here's how to increase your success rate:

CategoryItemSuccess Rate
Pearl Shop Costume
[Nova] Venecil Dress
[Nova] Venecil Dress
/
[Archer] Karki Suit
[Archer] Karki Suit
3%
Clothes
Silver Embroidered Craftsman's Clothes
Silver Embroidered Craftsman's Clothes
6%-40%
Food
Seafood Cron Meal
Seafood Cron Meal
(2 hours)
10%
Marvelous Eilton Meal
Marvelous Eilton Meal
(10 hours)
15%
Elixir/Draught
Verdure Draught
Verdure Draught
(15 mins)
20%
Alchemy Stone
Life Spirit Stone
Life Spirit Stone
11%
Sturdy Alchemy Stone of Life
Sturdy Alchemy Stone of Life
11%
Sharp Alchemy Stone of Life
Sharp Alchemy Stone of Life
14%
Artifcats
Sethra's Artifact - Processing Success Rate
Sethra's Artifact - Processing Success Rate
5%, up to 2x
Lightstone SetClang! Clang!20%

Items in the same category don't stack.

Is there a cap to processing success rate?

You may have heard that the success rate cannot reach 100% due to being capped. According to tests by the lifeskill community, we're almost certain that the success rate can reach 100%. However, some items seem to have a different success rate than indicated in the item description. This includes

Silver Embroidered Craftsman's Clothes
Silver Embroidered Craftsman's Clothes, the
[Clang! Clang!] Processing Success Rate +20% Processing EXP +10% Processing Mastery +20 Weight Limit +30LT
[Clang! Clang!] Processing Success Rate +20% Processing EXP +10% Processing Mastery +20 Weight Limit +30LT
set and potentially
Verdure Draught
Verdure Draught
. So to get 100% it helps to overstack success rate buffs by a few percent.

*We used to think that the base success rate is 67% but a recent source shows it to be 70%. Unfortunately, testing success rate is extremely tedious so we have no definite way of telling which is correct.

3. What is mass processing?

What it does

Mass processing lets you process mutltiple batches of items at once. It also takes 10x longer than regular processing. Example: processing timber into planks:

  • Regular processing: 6 second craft time, 1 craft at a time
  • Mass processing: 60 seconds craft time, 10+ crafts at a time
Processing Mass Proc Yield Example

The number of mass processing crafts depends on your mastery (question 4).

You need a

Loggia Processing Stone
Loggia Processing Stone /
Techthon Processing Stone
Techthon Processing Stone
/
Manos Processing Stone
Manos Processing Stone
to get access to the 'Mass Process' button in the processing menu.

What you can mass process

Mass processing only works on stackable items. You can't mass dry for example fish because they take up 1 inventory slot each.

Also, it only works on Shaking, Grinding, Chopping, Drying, Filtering, Heating.

There is no mass processing for Simple Alchemy, Simple Cooking, Imperial Cuisine, Imperial Alchemy, Guild Processing, Manufacturing.

Use mass processing or regular processing?

There is no downside to mass processing. At worst, it's as fast as regular processing and gets faster the more mastery you have (fast as in crafts per hour, not craft time).

If a recipe can be mass processed you should mass process it.

4. What does processing mastery do?

Processing mastery increases the number of crafts ('batches') you can perform at once through mass processing. For example, with 440 mastery you can perform 32 crafts at once.

Mastery does not affect how many items you get each craft (question 7)

MasteryBatchesMasteryBatchesMasteryBatches
2104403293076
20114603396080
40124803499085
601350035102090
801452036106096
10015540371100112
12016560381140118
14017580391180124
16018600401220130
18019620411260137
20020640421300144
22021660431350154
24022680451400162
26023700471450170
28024720491500178
30025740511550186
32026760531600194
34027780571650203
36028810601700212
38029840641800222
40030870681900235
42031900722000250

Table: mastery brackets and mass processing batches. Note that processing mastery brackets are not evenly spaced out at every 50 mastery like in other lifeskills but they vary from 20 to 100 mastery.

5. How much processing mastery do I need?

In other lifeskills, more mastery is always better. That only applies to processing to a certain point. Having higher processing mastery lets you process items at a faster rate but weight is still a limiting factor. With high enough mastery it's possible that your character will run out of weight before checking back on your processing. Increasing processing mastery beyond that point won't increase the number of materials you can process in one afk session. Also processing mastery scales fairly linear. There are no major breakpoints.

So here's my advice:

The sweet spot for processing mastery is where you barely run out of weight whenever you check back on your processing (on whichever recipe you commonly process).

6. Why can't I mass process this item?

The is no mass processing for Simple Alchemy, Simple Cooking, Imperial Cuisine, Imperial Alchemy, Guild Processing, Manufacturing.

Though some recipes have alternative '10x' versions which let you do 10 crafts at once by adding a certain item:

Processing TypeRecipeItemHow to obtainRequirement
Simple Alchemy
Caphras Stone
Caphras Stone
,
Black Gem
Black Gem
,
Concentrated Magical Black Gem
Concentrated Magical Black Gem
Black Stone Powder
Black Stone Powder
Central Market-
Simple AlchemyParty Elixirs, Blue Elixirs, Draughts
Ibellab's Essence
Ibellab's Essence
Material VendorAlchemy skilled 1
Simple CookingCron Meals
Nadia Rowen's Special Sauce
Nadia Rowen's Special Sauce
Cooking VendorCooking skilled 1
Imperial CuisineCooking Boxes
Heavy Duty Packaging Cord
Heavy Duty Packaging Cord
Old Moon ManagerCooking artisan 1,
Carolin's Expert Packaging Skills (Cooking)
Carolin's Expert Packaging Skills (Cooking)
Imperial AlchemyMedicine Boxes
Heavy Duty Packaging Cord
Heavy Duty Packaging Cord
Old Moon ManagerAlchemy artisan 1,
Carolin's Expert Packaging Skills (Alchemy)
Carolin's Expert Packaging Skills (Alchemy)
Ingame Crafting Note Caphras Recipe

Top: '10x' recipe - Bottom: regular recipe

7. How many items does a craft yield and what affects it?

Proc rates

Most recipes yield 1-4 items (~2.5 on average) but proc rates can vary between recipes. The table below shows proc rates as well as other info for common processing recipes. You can also check proc rates by going to a specific recipe on bdolytics and comparing the output materials to the number of crafts.

What affects the proc rate?

Proc rate is fixed to the recipe and neither affected by mastery nor by whether you're regular or mass processing. Some recipes require a certain processing level to get maximum procs.

Shaking, Grinding, Chopping, Drying, Diltering, Heating cap out at a certain processing level. For example, timber caps out at artisan 6 and ore at master 1. Once you're master 1, you'll have the maximum proc rate on 99% of recipes. A few recipes, like

Jade Coral Ingot
Jade Coral Ingot require guru 1 for maximum procs.

Simple Alchemy, Simple Cooking, Imperial Cuisine, Imperial Alchemy, Guild Processing, Manufacturing recipes have fixed rates and are not affected by processing level. You can let your beginner 1 alt do these recipes without worrying about losing out on procs :)

At master 1 processing you get maximum procs on most recipes.

Common processing recipes

RecipeExampleProcess TypeProc RangeProc AvgLevel Req.EXPTimeRequired Knowledge
Plank (T2)
Ash Plank
Ash Plank
Chopping1-42.5Artisan 6200/5006/60-
Plywood (T3)
Ash Plywood
Ash Plywood
Chopping1-42.5Professional 65006/60
Chopping: Beginner
Chopping: Beginner
Sturdy Plywood (T4)
Sturdy Ash Plywood
Sturdy Ash Plywood
Heating1-32Professonal 110006/60
Chopping: Skilled
Chopping: Skilled
Melted Shard (T2)
Melted Iron Shard
Melted Iron Shard
Heating1-42.5Master 1200/5009/90*-
Ingot (T3)
Iron Ingot
Iron Ingot
,
Vanadium Ingot
Vanadium Ingot
Heating1-42.5Artisan 15009/90*
Heating: Beginner
Heating: Beginner
Precious Ingot (T3)
Gold Ingot
Gold Ingot
,
Mythril Ingot
Mythril Ingot
Heating1-42.5Artisan 18009/80**
Heating: Beginner
Heating: Beginner
Mixed Ingot (T3)
Brass Ingot
Brass Ingot
,
Steel
Steel
,
Bronze Ingot
Bronze Ingot
Heating1-42.5Artisan 18006/60
Heating: Beginner
Heating: Beginner
Pure Crystal (T4)
Pure Iron Crystal
Pure Iron Crystal
Heating1-32Professonal 110006/60
Heating: Skilled
Heating: Skilled
Precious Pure Crystal (T4)
Pure Gold Crystal
Pure Gold Crystal
,
Pure Mythril Crystal
Pure Mythril Crystal
Heating1-32Professonal 115006/60
Heating: Skilled
Heating: Skilled
Hide (T2)
Tough Hide
Tough Hide
Drying1-42.5Professonal 1200/5009/90-
Fine Hide (T3)
Fine Tough Hide
Fine Tough Hide
Drying1-42.5Skilled 15009/80
Drying: Beginner
Drying: Beginner
Supreme Hide (T4)
Supreme Tough Hide
Supreme Tough Hide
Shaking1-32Apprentice 110009/80
Shaking: Skilled
Shaking: Skilled
Feather (T2)
Lightweight Plume
Lightweight Plume
Filtering1-42.5Professonal 6200/5006/60-
Fine Feather (T3)
Fine Lightweight Plume
Fine Lightweight Plume
Filtering1-42.5Skilled 65009/80
Filtering: Beginner
Filtering: Beginner
Supreme Feather (T4)
Supreme Lightweight Plume
Supreme Lightweight Plume
Shaking1-32Apprentice 110009/80
Shaking: Skilled
Shaking: Skilled
Gem (T2)
Ruby
Ruby
Grinding1-42.5Artisan 1500/10009/80-
Resplendent Gem (T3)
Resplendent Ruby
Resplendent Ruby
Grinding1-32Skilled 110009/80
Grinding: Beginner
Grinding: Beginner
Special Gem (T4)
Blood Ruby
Blood Ruby
Shaking1-21.5Apprentice 120006/80
Shaking: Skilled
Shaking: Skilled
Usable Scantling
Usable Scantling
(T2)
Chopping1-42.5Artisan 6500/10006/60-
Standardized Timber Square
Standardized Timber Square
(T3)
Chopping1-32Professional 610006/60
Chopping: Beginner
Chopping: Beginner
Sturdy Timber Square
Sturdy Timber Square
(T4)
Heating1-32Artisan 115006/60
Chopping: Skilled
Chopping: Skilled
Cream
Cream
Shaking1-42.5Skilled 11506/60-
Butter
Butter
Shaking1-42.5Skilled 11506/60-
Cheese
Cheese
Drying1-42.5Skilled 13009/60-
Corn Flour
Corn Flour
Grinding1-42.5Professional 1706/60-
Corn Dough
Corn Dough
Shaking1-42.5Skilled 11506/60-
Thread/Yarn (T2)
Flax Thread
Flax Thread
Heating1-42.5Artisan 15006/60-
Fabric/Wool/Silk (T3)
Flax Fabric
Flax Fabric
Grinding1-42.5Professional 110006/60-
Black Stone Powder
Black Stone Powder
Grinding40-6050Artisan 1809/80-
Black Stone Powder
Black Stone Powder
Grinding60-10080Artisan 1809/80-
Purified Water
Purified Water
Filtering1-42.5Artisan 13006/60-
Ship Repair Material
Ship Repair Material
Chopping1-32Artisan 110006/60-
Polished Stone
Polished Stone
Grinding1-42.5Artisan 15006/60-
Cron Meal
Simple Cron Meal
Simple Cron Meal
Simple Cooking11Beginner 106-
Draught
Verdure Draught
Verdure Draught
Simple Alchemy11Beginner 106-
Party Elixir
[Party] Defense Elixir
[Party] Defense Elixir
Simple Alchemy1-21.8Beginner 106-
Blue Elixir
Elixir of Steel Defense
Elixir of Steel Defense
Simple Alchemy11Beginner 106-
Black Gem
Black Gem
Simple Alchemy11Beginner 109-
Concentrated Magical Black Gem
Concentrated Magical Black Gem
Simple Alchemy11Beginner 109-
Caphras Stone
Caphras Stone
Simple Alchemy11Beginner 106-

Notes about this table

  • Level Req.: Level required to gain the maximum proc rate
  • EXP: Processing EXP. when two values are shown, the first one indicates the regular proc (e.g. ash plank: 200 EXP) and the second one the rare proc (e.g. ash plywood: 500 EXP)
  • Time: regular processing / mass processing time in seconds

* Zinc shards/ingots take 6/60 seconds. Ores are a huge mess in general.

** Some 9 second recipes seem to take 80 seconds when mass processed. Don't ask me why.

Source for the data: Daz' sheets, bdolytics, in-game testing for the times.

8. How long can I afk process for?

It depends on the materials you're processing and your max weight. This list shows the weight of common materials:

ItemWeight (LT)
Timber0.5
Ore, Gems, Stone0.3
Hide, Fabric, Feathers, Flour, Dough0.1
Cheese, Cream, Butter0.01

On bdolytics, you can check how long you can process for before running out of weight:

  1. Open the settings and enter your weight, fairy feathery steps level, processing mastery, success rate and whether you have the processing costume (more on the processing costume in question 13)
  2. Go to the recipe page of the item you want to process.
  3. Go to the WEIGHT tab.
  4. Read the Max. Crafts and input it as the Craft Quantity.
  5. Go back to the INPUT&OUTPUT tab and check the time.

Overnight Processing

Some items are so light that you can process them for multiple hours or even overnight.

Common recipes for overnight processing are

,
Cheese $/h
and
Butter $/h
.

9. Why can't I chop plyoowd / heat pure crystals?

You are missing knowledge.

To chop planks into plywood (T3) you need

Chopping: Beginner
Chopping: Beginner. To heat ingots into pure crystals (T4) you need
Heating: Skilled
Heating: Skilled
and so on. You can get the knowledge entries through a quest chain, which is outlined below.

Beginner Knowledge Quest Chain

Rewarded knowledge
Shaking: Beginner
Shaking: Beginner
,
Grinding: Beginner
Grinding: Beginner
,
Chopping: Beginner
Chopping: Beginner
,
Drying: Beginner
Drying: Beginner
,
Filtering: Beginner
Filtering: Beginner
,
Heating: Beginner
Heating: Beginner
Starting quest
[Processing] Learning Higher Processing Skills
[Processing] Learning Higher Processing Skills
Starting NPC
Ficy
Ficy
in Heidel
RequirementsApprentice 4 gathering OR have completed
[Processing] In Search of Higher Processing Knowledge...
[Processing] In Search of Higher Processing Knowledge...

Walkthrough by X3no Pain on Youtube

You can track the quest in-game via the quest menu:

  1. In the quest menu (O key), go to the 'Suggested' tab and look for [Life]Certificate Skilled Paradim.
  2. Make sure that you fulfill the quest requirements.
  3. Make sure to have all quests are enabled.
Processing Knowledge Beginner Quest Chain

Skilled Knowledge Quest Chain

Rewarded knowledge
Shaking: Skilled
Shaking: Skilled
,
Grinding: Skilled
Grinding: Skilled
,
Chopping: Skilled
Chopping: Skilled
,
Drying: Skilled
Drying: Skilled
,
Filtering: Skilled
Filtering: Skilled
,
Heating: Skilled
Heating: Skilled
Starting quest
[Processing] Excellent Magnate
[Processing] Excellent Magnate
Starting NPC
Villager
Villager
next to the blacksmith in Keplan
RequirementsGathering skilled 10 AND processing skilled 5 AND all 6 pieces of beginner knowledge

Walkthrough by X3no Pain on Youtube

Help, I can't see the starting quest!

Possible Reasons:

  • You don't fulfill the quest requirements
  • You don't have all quests enabled
  • You already have the knowledge: check the knowledge tab (H key) -> Life Skill -> Certificates
  • You have already completed parts of the quest chain (check if the quest chain in the 'Suggested' tab shows 0/4 (beginner) or 0/17 (skilled))
If you are struggling with any of the quests despite reading through this section, feel free to message me on Discord at Summer#8727 and I'll walk you through the questline.

10. What gear do I need?

You technically don't need any gear to process. A processing stone is needed if you want to mass process recipes. Beyond that, increasing your mastery and processing success rate can massively speed up the rate at which your process items.

Here are my personal gear recommendations based on silver efficiency. Feel free to go for a different setup where you see fit.

Beginner

SlotRecommended Gear
Processing StoneTRI
Loggia Processing Stone
Loggia Processing Stone
ClothesTRI
Loggia Craftsman's Clothes
Loggia Craftsman's Clothes

Total cost: ~300 mil

This gear will give a total of 260 processing mastery, which lets you process 23 batches at once. This does not include any additional mastery you may have from levels or from accessories.

Intermediate

SlotRecommended Gear
Processing StoneTET
Techthon Processing Stone
Techthon Processing Stone
ClothesTET
Loggia Craftsman's Clothes
Loggia Craftsman's Clothes
/ TET
Carta Craftsman's Clothes
Carta Craftsman's Clothes
Artifacts
Sethra's Artifact - Processing Mastery
Sethra's Artifact - Processing Mastery
/
Sethra's Artifact - Processing EXP
Sethra's Artifact - Processing EXP
/
Sethra's Artifact - Processing Success Rate
Sethra's Artifact - Processing Success Rate
/
Sethra's Artifact - Life EXP
Sethra's Artifact - Life EXP
/
Sethra's Artifact - Life Skill Mastery
Sethra's Artifact - Life Skill Mastery
Lighstones
[Clang! Clang!] Processing Success Rate +20% Processing EXP +10% Processing Mastery +20 Weight Limit +30LT
[Clang! Clang!] Processing Success Rate +20% Processing EXP +10% Processing Mastery +20 Weight Limit +30LT

Total cost: ~1.5b - 3b

TET

Techthon Processing Stone
Techthon Processing Stone is good bang for your buck. Depending on your budget, you can go for TET
Loggia Craftsman's Clothes
Loggia Craftsman's Clothes
or TET
Carta Craftsman's Clothes
Carta Craftsman's Clothes
. If you can snipe TET
Carta Craftsman's Clothes
Carta Craftsman's Clothes
from the market it's a great option. Enhancing it yourself will cost ~1.5b on average. For artifacts, it's fine to run whichever ones you have at the moment. The Clang!Clang! lighstone combo is great value and makes reaching 100% success rate a piece of cake.

Advanced

SlotRecommended Gear
Processing StoneTET
Manos Processing Stone
Manos Processing Stone
ClothesTET
Carta Craftsman's Clothes
Carta Craftsman's Clothes
/ TET
Manos Craftsman's Clothes
Manos Craftsman's Clothes
Artifacts
Sethra's Artifact - Processing Mastery
Sethra's Artifact - Processing Mastery
/
Sethra's Artifact - Processing EXP
Sethra's Artifact - Processing EXP
/
Sethra's Artifact - Processing Success Rate
Sethra's Artifact - Processing Success Rate
Lighstones
[Clang! Clang!] Processing Success Rate +20% Processing EXP +10% Processing Mastery +20 Weight Limit +30LT
[Clang! Clang!] Processing Success Rate +20% Processing EXP +10% Processing Mastery +20 Weight Limit +30LT

Total cost: ~4b - 10b

The endgame setup will let you reach between 1000 and 2000 mastery depending on your processing level and accessories. TET

Manos Craftsman's Clothes
Manos Craftsman's Clothes require a high budget, which is why TET
Carta Craftsman's Clothes
Carta Craftsman's Clothes
can be a great value option even for an endgame setup. If you have multipe artifacts to choose from, you'll be able to optimize based on which stat is needed (see question below).

Which artifacts should I use?

In theory, the Clang!Clang! set (20%) and seafood cron meal (10%) together with the base success rate (70%) should get you to 100%. But as the Clang!Clang! set seems to give less success rate than indicated, you will need to add a verdure draught or one success rate artifact to reach 100%.

In general, I would prioritize mastery artifacts (if it makes you hit a bracket) > success rate artifacts (if you don't have 100%) > EXP artifacts.

Buy or enhance gear?

Lifeskill gear is generally cheaper to buy than to enhance yourself on average. You can check mastery gear enhance costs using this sheet.

11. How can I get processing artifacts?

Processing artifacts drop from imperial cooking turn-ins. The chance to get an artifact is quite low (you can expect one to drop maybe every 5-10 turn-ins) so it might take a while until you get the artifact you want.

You don't need to worry about having perfect artifacts. While working on getting processing artifacts, you can still run a lightstone set using general-purpose artifacts like

Sethra's Artifact - Life EXP
Sethra's Artifact - Life EXP or
Sethra's Artifact - Life Skill Mastery
Sethra's Artifact - Life Skill Mastery
as placeholders. Once you get the processing artifacts, you can then extract the lightstones at a blacksmith with a
Lightstone Extraction Tool
Lightstone Extraction Tool
(bought at blacksmiths) and slot them into the new artifacts.

12. Do I need the pearl shop costume?

[Nova] Venecil Dress
[Nova] Venecil Dress and
[Archer] Karki Suit
[Archer] Karki Suit
can only be bought from the pearl shop, give 3% success rate and will let you process from storage. Note that you can only process from storage keepers, not storage containers.

When using a processing costume, the processed materials will go into your character's inventory. That means your character will only stop processing once you go overweight. Effectively, the processing costume lets you stay afk for longer (about 2 times longer as without the costume) before refreshing your processing. BUT the processing costume will not increase the afk time on recipes where the output materials are heavier than the input, like flour, dough, cream, butter and cheese. So the usefulness of the processing costume depends on what you are processing.

The processing costume is purely a convenience item. It's up to you to decide whether the convenience of being able to stay afk for longer is worth spending pearls on.

13. Should I use mastery or silver embroidered clothes?

Mastery clothes and silver embroidered (SE) processing clothes have different benefits yet similar effects:

  • Mastery clothes: Processing mastery -> higher batch processing -> faster processing rate
  • SE clothes: Processing success rate -> faster processing rate. Additionally, processing EXP.

However, the success rate from SE clothes won't have any benefit if your success rate is already at 100%. It's very easy to reach 100% success rate with mastery clothes, for example base (70%) + seafood cron meal (10%) + Clang!Clang! set (20%) + verdure draught (20%). In practice, the success rate is only useful when you don't have all buffs running.

Therefore:

  • For profit: Always use mastery clothes. The extra mastery brackets are more valuable than success rate 99% of the time.
  • For EXP: You have to weigh the extra mastery brackets from mastery clothes against the extra success rate and the processing EXP from silver clothes. Depending on your mastery and grade of clothes available to you, either one can be better. You can do an exact comparison using this sheet. Though based on this chart, mastery clothes are preferred when going for EXP in most cases.
TL;DR: Just use mastery clothes :)

14. How do I level processing?

Beginner to Professional

Chances are, you have

Flax
Flax or
Fleece
Fleece
from workers in your Heidel storage. Otherwise you can buy them quite cheaply on the market. You can heat
Flax
Flax
->
Flax Thread
Flax Thread
(500 EXP) or
Fleece
Fleece
->
Knitting Yarn
Knitting Yarn
(500 EXP) to level up to professional.

Professional to Artisan

You can take the materials from leveling to professional and grind

Flax Thread
Flax Thread ->
Flax Fabric
Flax Fabric
(1000 EXP) or
Knitting Yarn
Knitting Yarn
->
Wool
Wool
(1000 EXP).

To liquidate the materials you can either try to sell them on the market or turn them into life clothes (e.g.

Silver Embroidered Fisher's Clothes
Silver Embroidered Fisher's Clothes or
Silver Embroidered Craftsman's Clothes
Silver Embroidered Craftsman's Clothes
)

Artisan to the moon (guru 50)

There are a few ways to level processing on a larger scale. I want to highlight one specific method that is easy, effective and doesn't require selling materials on the market. You may have already heard about it as the 'timber' or 'ship repair material' method. Here's how it works:

The method

  1. Buy any cheap timber, for example
    Ash Timber
    Ash Timber
    or
    Palm Timber
    Palm Timber
  2. Chop timber -> planks -> plywood ->
    Ship Repair Material
    Ship Repair Material
    (SRM)
  3. Sell the
    Ship Repair Material
    Ship Repair Material
    to any NPC (sell price: 4k silver)

Why it works

This method uses a 'feature' of mass processing. Chopping timber into planks (200 EXP) has a 5% chance to directly proc plywood (500 EXP). When mass processing timber into planks and one of the crafts in the batch procs plywood, the game mistakenly adds the EXP from the plywood proc to the whole batch. That means you get the plank EXP of 200 and the plywood EXP of 500 for a total of 700 EXP for all crafts in the batch.

The EXP bug doesn't happen when you don't proc any plywood. Though with a decent number of batches, getting no plywood proc is extremely unlikely. It's technically a bug but the developers haven't bothered fixing it for years. Full explanation by Goroshi.

This leads to the following effective EXP rates:

  • Timber -> Planks with the bug: 700 EXP
  • Planks -> Plywood: 500 EXP (yes, this gives less EXP than timber -> planks)
  • Plywood -> SRM: 1000 EXP.
  • Partial chain - Timber -> Plywood: 660 EXP
  • Full chain - Timber -> SRM: 728 EXP

The EXP bug is not limited to timber processing. It applies to all materials with a direct T3 proc on T1->T2 recipes, like ore, feathers and hide. It does not work for fabrics because the processing type switches from T1->T2 (heating) to T2->T3 (grinding), which means T1->T2 can not proc T3 materials.

How expensive is this method?

You can break even on the costs when buying timber below 540 silver. Though I wouldn't stress too much about the price. Timber bought below 1000 silver will lose you 'only' ~5-20 mil/H depending on your mastery.

Any downsides?

Timber is heavy, which leads to extremely low afk times. Even with a maxed out weight setup, you're looking at no more than 15 minutes of afk time.

Can I level processing and profit?

You sure can. Consider processing ore into ingots and timber into plywood, which will be slightly less EXP/H than the timber->SRM route but can be profitable depending on market prices.

You can check the bdolytics processing table for processing profits and EXP values.

Also, here is a link to Bearist's Processing EXP Calculator.

15. Which EXP buffs can I run while leveling processing?

I would pick buffs based on which ones you have access to and which buffs are reasonable to use.

ItemLife EXPSource
Silver Embroidered Craftsman's Clothes
Silver Embroidered Craftsman's Clothes
5%-40%Marketplace
Craftsman's Clothes (Costume)
Craftsman's Clothes (Costume)
10%
Equipment Tailoring Coupon
Equipment Tailoring Coupon
Mastery Accessoriesup to 75%Marketplace / Enhance
Lightstone Combo (incl. stones)20% / 25%Marketplace
Sethra's Artifact - Life EXP
Sethra's Artifact - Life EXP
/
Sethra's Artifact - Processing EXP
Sethra's Artifact - Processing EXP
3%/5%Lifeskilling
Treant's Tear
Treant's Tear
30%Season quest
Caphras - Journal of Nature
Caphras - Journal of Nature
10%Caphras Journal
Seafood Cron Meal
Seafood Cron Meal
(Food)
10%Marketplace
Verdure Draught
Verdure Draught
(Elixir)
20%Marketplace
Perfume of Swiftness
Perfume of Swiftness
(Perfume)
20%Marketplace
GM's Blessing 1 (1 Hour)
GM's Blessing 1 (1 Hour)
-
GM's Blessing 3 (1 Hour)
GM's Blessing 3 (1 Hour)
10-15%Rewards
Secret Book of Old Moon (7 Days)
Secret Book of Old Moon (7 Days)
50%Pearl Shop / Loyalties / Rewards
Sealed Book of Life (1 Day)
Sealed Book of Life (1 Day)
/
Extra Life EXP Scroll
Extra Life EXP Scroll
50%Pearl Shop / Rewards
[Villa] Turning Gates (180 min)
[Villa] Turning Gates (180 min)
10%Villa / Tent (Pearl Shop)
[Event] 5th Anniversary Cake
[Event] 5th Anniversary Cake
100%Game Anniversary
Birthday Cake
Birthday Cake
100%Account B-day
Secret Book of Florin
Secret Book of Florin
20%Liana/ Events
Experienced Cry
Experienced Cry
/
Complete Perfection
Complete Perfection
10% / 20%Guild
Guru's Touch
Guru's Touch
40%Guild
Donkey Gear Buff3% / 5/ 10%
[Donkey] Krogdalo's Barding
[Donkey] Krogdalo's Barding
Petsup to 50%Pearl Shop / Rewards
Value Pack (7 Days)
Value Pack (7 Days)
30%Pearl Shop / Rewards
Server-wide Event Buff or Olvia50%-100%Event / Olvia
[Event] Giovan Grolin's Support Scroll
[Event] Giovan Grolin's Support Scroll
20%Event
[Event] Six-Leaf Clover
[Event] Six-Leaf Clover
8%Event
[Event] Hearty Grilled Turkey
[Event] Hearty Grilled Turkey
10%Event
[Event] Lara's Warm Black Tea
[Event] Lara's Warm Black Tea
30%Event
[Event] Special Coconut Juice
[Event] Special Coconut Juice
10%Event

16. How to make money with processing?

Where to start?

To get your foot into processing, you can take materials you or your workers collected and craft them into materials used for other lifeskills. For example, you can process

Melted Iron Shard
Melted Iron Shard,
Polished Stone
Polished Stone
and
Usable Scantling
Usable Scantling
to produce
Advanced Cooking Utensil
Advanced Cooking Utensil
or
Advanced Alchemy Tool
Advanced Alchemy Tool
. You could also process your own
Purified Water
Purified Water
for alchemy or
Corn Flour
Corn Flour
/
Corn Dough
Corn Dough
for cooking (side note: try to avoid processing wheat dough for your own usage, as it's less valuable than other doughs). It's usually profitable to process materials brought in by workers but I still recommend checking the profit for yourself.

If you process a lot, you will need to buy materials off the market. If you intend to process items for the market, you'll want to gain a basic understanding of which materials are in demand and what they go into, as shown below.

The processing market

The processing market can be broadly divided into three groups based on what is generating the demand for materials.

Demand fromMaterialsInfo
Crates / Alch stone upgradesPlywood, ingotsHigh supply, high demand, stable profits
CookingFlour, dough, cheese, cream, butterHigh supply, high demand, stable profits
WorkshopsSturdy plywood, pure crystals, special gems, supreme hides, supreme feathersLow supply and/or low demand, high but unstable profit potential

The first two groups are where you'll find consistent profit. Recipes from the third group can be much more profitable but are not beginner friendly at all. I'll go into more detail on those markets in question 18.

The bdolytics market processing table

You can check processing profits and additional info with the bdolytics processing table.

bdolytics market processing overview

The table can be a bit overwhelming at first, so I'll explain the info it shows.

  • Name: Name of the recipe
  • Favourite: Lets you bookmark recipes by clicking on the heart icon
  • Silver/Hour: Profit for one hour of processing when buying the materials and selling the product to the market (will adapt based on how you customized the recipe)
  • Market Price: Market price of the product
  • Price Change: Current Market Price compared to the Market Price 7 days before
  • Daily Volume: Number of items sold per day, averaged over the past 7 days
  • Volume Change: Current Daily Volume compared to the Daily Volume 7 days before
  • Experience: Experience per craft. If two numbers are given, e.g. 200/500 it refers to the main result and rare proc

Sort and Filter

Additionally, you can sort the table by one or more columns and search for specific items through the search bar. For example, if you search for

Ash Plank
Ash Plank, bdolytics will show the entry for
Ash Plank
Ash Plank
as well as all items it can be processed into, like
Ash Plywood
Ash Plywood
or
Ship Repair Material
Ship Repair Material
, and further recipes based on those items.

bdolytics processing recipe search

Pitfalls

There are a few pitfalls you want to avoid when choosing items to process for the market:

1. Picking a recipe with low daily volume.

While it can make sense to process low-volume items, those usually require special attention (question 18). I recommend sticking to high-volume items. When I use the processing table, I tend to first sort it by Daily Volume before looking at the Silver/Hour of the recipes to ensure all recipes have sufficient volume.

2. Not checking the input material availability.

looks profitable on paper. Though
Bottle of River Water
Bottle of River Water
has a red mark next to it indicating that it's not available on the market. In this case, you can swap the
Bottle of River Water
Bottle of River Water
for
Bag of Muddy Water
Bag of Muddy Water
, which has a much higher supply. Though swapping input materials isn't possible for all recipes and some recipes will always have bottlenecks that you'll need to work around.

purified water recipepurified water material change

17. Do I have to combine processing with trading to make it profitable?

Short answer: No.

It can make sense to pack processed materials into crates for certain playstyles, for example when you process a lot or have no

Value Pack (7 Days)
Value Pack (7 Days). Turning in a big stack of crates for billions of silver is satisfying but trading in itself is not a huge moneymaker. Realistically, trading is an optional step on top of processing, which gives a bit of extra profit and requires a fair bit of work.

Long answer: See my post on this topic.

18. What about that 3 bil/H recipe on bdolytics?

This is a screenshot from the processing overview.

Processing is 3 bil/H?? I have to get on that! Where's the catch?

Problems

Problem 1: Limited demand

Dawn Fallen Silk
Dawn Fallen Silk 3 bil/H looks pretty good, huh? But take a look at the daily volume: 220 units sold a day. In an hour of processing at 2k mastery, you could produce 25k dawn fallen silk, which is enough to fully supply the market for almost two weeks. Therefore you should take the 3 bil/H figure with a huge grain of salt. Effectively what it means is: any time spent on this recipe is very much worth it but this time is heavily gated.

Problem 2: Limited supply

Pure Mythril Crystal
Pure Mythril Crystal requires
Mythril Ingot
Mythril Ingot
/
Melted Mythril Shard
Melted Mythril Shard
/
Mythril
Mythril
, which are extremely hard to come by. Pre-orders fill slowly and there is no way to gather them efficiently. So while the recipe is profitable, the real question is whether the profit is worth the effort of getting the materials.

Problem 3: Price fluctuations and razor-thin margins

Since supply and/or demand for those items is so small, prices tend to fluctuate a lot. Unfortunately, a slight change in input material or product price can easily make these recipes go from +3 bil/H to -3 bil/H.

Solutions

Niche market processing means researching recipes on your own and dealing with the inherent difficulties of these recipes. Here are possible solutions to the problems outline above:

Solution to Problem 1

Expand your profit avenues by crafting and selling multiple items at once not to oversupply the market.

Solution to Problem 2

You can address supply problems by pre-ordering items. You an also consider gathering them yourself, though you'll first want to evaluate whether that's a worthwhile use of your time.

Solution to Problem 3

Forming product chains can stabilize margins, for example turning self-made

Metal Solvent
Metal Solvent into
Pure Iron Crystal
Pure Iron Crystal
. By using the
Metal Solvent
Metal Solvent
you get to save on the market tax compared to selling it. The tax savings can massively widen the margin and let you turn a profit where the recipe would otherwise not be profitable when buying the solvent.

I hope this outlines why niche market processing is a lot more difficult to get into than processing for the common markets. To get into niche market processing, you'll be spending initial time on research and then time each day checking prices and listing/re-listing items. The return on the time spent processing and managing your sales can far exceed the income on other activities. But I personally find it quite stressful.

That's why I like to look at niche market processing not as profit per hour but profit per headache. Make of that what you will :)

19. Help, I can't equip a processing stone on my season character D:

Season characters can't equip any gear that gives mastery, processing stones included. That means season characters cannot use mass processing. We can only hope that PA implements a solution for this in a future patch.

20. How do I increase my weight for processing?

SourceWeight
Verdure Draught
Verdure Draught
200 LT
Seafood Cron Meal
Seafood Cron Meal
(2H) /
Marvelous Eilton Meal
Marvelous Eilton Meal
(10H)
100 LT / 300 LT
Alchemy stone of life (spirit stones don't give weight)15 - 120 LT
Clang! Clang! lightstone set30 LT
4x
HAN Magic Crystal - Gervish
HAN Magic Crystal - Gervish
or
Combined Magic Crystal - Gervish
Combined Magic Crystal - Gervish
in mainhand and sub-weapon
150 LT + 60 LT if using HAN crystals
Polar Bear
Polar Bear
up to 50 LT (tier 4) per pet
Strength levelup to 40 LT at lvl. 30
Loyalty weight50 LT, up to 4x
Pearl shop weightUp to 1050 LT

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