Welcome back to yet another guide by Yours Truly. Today’s subject is all about refining in Albion Online.
What is refining in Albion Online?
So, for those of you that don’t know, refining is the process that takes place after gathering and before crafting. It basically consists of transforming raw materials into refined items which later on are used to craft equipment – or to sell on the market, if you’re looking to make a profit.
Making a profit
For anyone to be able to craft equipment, they will need refined resources. If you are good at refining, then this can be a rather good source of income.
The first thing to do is to research the market and its current trends. This is an important step, one that I’ve mentioned many times before. There is no point in refining items that will not be bought and for which you have no use.
You should also pay attention to the price variations on the Auction House. It’s a player-driven economy, so prices fluctuate a lot. A lot of players choose to buy the raw material and refine it themselves, as often the raw materials are cheaper.
Why are refined materials in high demand?
And while the high-rank guilds have their own self-sufficiency system, where guildmates donate refined materials to the guild’s crafters, the rest either refine it themselves or buy off the market.
Where to find the raw materials to refine?
Raw materials can be found all across Albion’s very open world. I admit it is rather difficult to gather the materials in the right ratios to refine high-level resources, but it is not impossible.
However, you should always plan ahead, making sure you get everything you need in a few trips, as multiple trips to the wilderness can sometimes end badly.
The refining process
Refining raw materials can be done at refining stations. As for the refining process itself, it is quite easy, once you get the hang of it. First, the raw materials must always match the tier level of refined resources you are looking for. This means if you want a tier 4 refined resource, you will need tier 2 raw materials. Easy, right?
The number of raw materials you need to refine resources will also depend on the tier. First, you will need 2 raw materials to make 1 refined resource, but he higher the tier, the more raw materials you will need.
Pro tip: Using Focus when refining will get you a reasonable amount of resources back, which is great in the long run. However, I recommend you save your Focus points for better resources, like 4.3 and above.
Best locations for refining
Once you are done gathering, looting or purchasing all the raw materials you need, it’s time to move on to the next step: refining.
You’d think there would be a refining station that works on every material, but that is not the case. There is pretty much a different building for each specific material. Wood is refined in Lumber mills, Cloth is refined in Weavers, Stone in Stonemasons, and so on.
All of these refining buildings are found within each major city and guild island, and can even be built on your island. Plus, each city offers a bonus for refining a specific material. Some locations require a higher tax than others, so you do well to check them all out and see which provides more refined resources for a lower cost.
Why not do it on your island? Well, it is convenient to do it on your own safe island, but the truth is that doing it in the cities provides you with a 15% resource return rate, which is quite a relevant number.
As you can see, refining isn’t that scary or complicated. It is quite easy if you just give yourself time to learn. I mean, sure, you need a certain level of patience to gather the raw materials and study the market trends, but I truly believe it’s worth it in the long run.