As you explore the large and expansive areas of Reveria, you'll find more than just monsters out for blood. Like in real life, nature is bountiful with resources that you can gather to use or sell off for Dosh.
To begin with, there are items you can gather without requiring a specific Life skill. You don't exactly need a particular skill to pick flowers, catch bugs or pull weed, for instance.
All you have to do here is press the A button (without a weapon equipped) when the gather prompt--a grabbing hand--appears.
Ore deposits meanwhile will require a Mining skill and a Pickaxe equipped to gather from. You will also need to put more work into it--and by that we mean physical labour. Makes sense, as gathering ore is harder than picking flowers.
When next to an ore deposit, press the A button to target the deposit and the A button again to strike the deposit. Striking deposits consumes SP--if you strike without SP you'll do no damage, so keep an eye on your SP and refill it if necessary.
Deposits also have " sweets spots ". When you've target a deposit, you can circle it with the Circle Pad. When you strike a normal spot, which is mostly the entire deposit, you will do normal damage.
But if you happen to strike a sweet spot, you will hear a distinctive sound and do greater damage! This is the key to getting more bang for your buck (or more damage for your SP).
Once the deposit reaches 0 HP, it will break and produce ore that you can gather with the A button.
Finally, if you cause a lot of damage to the deposit compared to its remaining HP (in other words, "overkill"), you will see a " Excellent " message pop up and receive more ore than usual!
Certain trees can be cut down if you have a Woodcutting skill and a Axe equipped. Cutting down a tree works exactly in the same way as mining ore, so just refer to the above instructions.
Boss Ore and Trees
As you progress through the game, you will also find special boss ores or trees. Like boss monsters, these are harder to gather from than normal and often produce a Bounty upon reaching 0 HP.
The mechanics for gathering work the same way, but boss ores and trees often heal HP automatically , so if your Mining or Woodcutting skill is too low, you may end up doing so little damage that the boss just heals it all back.
The automatic HP recovery also means it's more important than ever to find that sweet spot.
But just to throw a spanner in the works, boss ores and trees can change their sweet spot's position after you've hit it a certain number of times. When you hear a chime and see a shimmer, that means the sweet spot's changed, so better go find it again.
Finally, you can also fish from the river if you have the Fishing skill and a Fishing Rod equipped. Fishing is quite different from mining or cutting trees, because fish are, well, very much alive.
To begin with, after casting your rod, you need to wait patiently for the fish to hook. A pair of exclamation marks over your lure will indicate the fish has hooked. At this moment, press the A button to land your fish.
Pull too early and you'll have to try again; similarly if you pull too late. Pull at exactly the moment the fish bites and you'll perform a Counter Hook , which deals a larger amount of damage than normal.
Fishing: The Battle
Next, you can hold the A button to gradually deplete the fish's HP.
But you must be careful of the tension of the wire, shown in the gauge to the top-left of the screen. As you pull at the fish, the cursor will move slowly towards the right. Should it go all the way to the end, your line will snap and you'll lose your fish.
To reduce the tension, simply let go of the A button and the cursor will steadily move back to the left. Just be aware that fish slowly restore HP, so your Fishing skill is very important so the fish doesn't end up healing all of its HP.
Fish can also get angry and cause the tension to increase faster than usual. To counter this effect, point the Circle Pad in the direction shown by the double arrows over your character.
Like monsters, ores and trees, there are boss fish too, but they just have more HP than normal and get angry more easily.
Note : Fishing drains SP and unlike mining or tree-cutting, there's no way to use SP Potions in the middle of fishing.
Tip for Gatherers
After gathering resources, you can make them reappear again by sleeping until the next day. For non-boss resources, you can simply visit two unique areas in succession before returning.
Note : Boss fish don't always appear and you may need to sleep another day or come back again later.