Landmark – A Beginner’s Guide
Welcome to EverQuest Next: Landmark, a groundbreaking new title from Sony Online Entertainment and engine of the long awaited EverQuest Next MMORPG. At its heart, Landmark is a gathering/building game in the same vein as MineCraft, but has many MMO-like qualities that are expected to be added as the game evolves.
Welcome to Landmark
The purpose of this guide is to help new and aspiring players quickly attain the knowledge and in-game resources and tools required to begin building advanced structures in EverQuest Next: Landmark.
If you are an EverQuest Next: Landmark “Founder”, you will find in your inventory (hotkey “I”) your exclusive items, including clothes, accessories, and a Founder’s Pickaxe. Equip any desired items on your character (hotkey “H”) and you’re all set! Another important hotkey to know is to your map (hotkey “M”). Alternatively, or if you forget the hotkeys, most of these menus can be found in the lower left portion of the screen with an appropriate icon.
This is also a good time to place items in your toolbar to easily swap between tools. Simply drag and drop the item from your inventory into the desired toolbar hotkey (labeled numbers 1 through 0). Oh, and if the default view is too close for you, use “Shift+Mouse Wheel” to zoom in and out from your character.
Movement is controlled by the common WASD keys with no custom key binding yet supported. Jump using the space bar; run by holding down shift.
You will begin at a Ley Line. Ley Lines are large pyramid-shaped structures that serve as rapid travel to and from other continents/islands. To use the Ley Line, approach the floating gem in the center and left-click to reveal a menu of Servers and Continents.
At each Ley Line, there will also be a Stone Forge. The Stone Forge is the most basic crafting station that will serve you as you advance to Tier 2 tools and resources. Now let us begin!
NOTE: If you wish to immediately claim land and begin to build a structure, you’re able to do so; albeit with limited capabilities. In order to use more advanced building tools (such as the Selector, Paint, and Smooth tools) and higher quality materials (such as iron, marble, etc.) you must first obtain the tools and resources to do so. Thus the purpose for this guide.
Well then, let’s get to it!
Resources can currently be divided into 4 unique types: Metals, Gems, Stones, and Woods. All of which are required, in various combinations and quantities, to craft more powerful harvesting tools (such as the pick and axe), as well as improved crafting stations and player accessories.
Each resource fits into a “tier”, or general rating of the difficulty and experience required to gather it. In order to advance to harvesting higher rated metals and gems, you must craft or upgrade tools in order to gather the next “tier”.
There are currently Tier 1-4 resources in alpha. You should have begun your journey on a Tier 1 continent/island, and will eventually be forced to travel to a higher Tier 2 or Tier 3 continent/island in order to continue advancing your gathering and crafting skills.
Gathering Metal, Gems, and Stone
Upon finding a mineral vein, equip your pick (in this case the Founder’s Pickaxe), move the circular reticule over the miner until it turns blue, then left-click to begin mining. Hold down your mouse button to mine continually while directing the target location and view with your movement keys and right mouse button. It may also help to zoom in on your character.
NOTE: When mining, be sure to leave an easy path back out or you’ll be forced to mine your way back out. It is also important to note that mineral veins (and the rest of the world, save “claimed” land) “heals” itself over time. So if you choose to burrow deep within the ground, know that it will begin to fill in after about 20-30 minutes.
TIP: Equip the Ring of Bounty for a +10 Harvest Bonus, increasing the amount of ore you get each hit. Once you’re able to craft the “Keen-Eye Band” from a Marble Forge, a pair of these improves Detection by 2, increasing the chance to harvest rare Elemental minerals.
If you’re in a forested area or happen across a tree in the deserts, equip your Founder’s Pickaxe and approach a tree. You can currently harvest only small and medium-sized trees. The largest trees are not yet harvest-able in Alpha. Your selected tree should glow orange, indicating that it can be harvested. Left-click the tree and watch for a green progress bar at the top of your screen to know that you’re hitting it.
NOTE: Find an area with lots of medium-sized trees. Each hit on any tree earns you about the same amount of wood, but the medium trees take more hits before they fall so focusing on these saves you from traveling from tree to tree as often. A current bug allows you to alt-tab while chopping a tree and your character will continue to chop until the tree is destroyed. That’s [mostly] how I managed to write this guide! J
TIP: Equip the Ring of Bounty for a +10 Harvest Bonus, increasing the amount of wood you get each hit.
- Copper – Orange in color; commonly found at the surface
- Tin – Silver/White in color; commonly found at the end of a copper vein, rarely at the surface
- Agate – Yellow/Orange in color; commonly found at the surface and at the end of a tin vein
- Tourmaline – Green/Purple in color; commonly found at the end of a copper or tin vein, rarely at the surface
- Dirt – Brown in color; currently found in all biomes in all tiers at and below the surface
- Sand – Tan in color; currently found in the desert biome, primarily in flat regions
- Stone – Grey in color; currently found in all biomes in all tiers at and below the surface, primarily mountainous regions
- Plain Wood – Commonly found in all tree types
- Burled Wood – Rarely found in most tree types
- Striped Wood – Rarely found in few tree types (orange-spiked trees and the trees with narrow trunks in the desert climes)
- Iron – Dark grey in color; commonly found at the surface
- Silver – Silver in color; commonly found at the end of an iron vein, rarely at the surface
- Aquamarine – Teal/Aquamarine in color; commonly found at the surface and at the end of an iron vein
- Topaz – Yellow/Green in color; commonly found at the surface and rarely at the end of an iron vein
- Marble – White in color with grey veins; commonly found at the surface
- Tungsten – Green in color; commonly found at the surface
- Gold – Gold in color; commonly found at the end of a tungsten vein, rarely at the surface
- Amethyst – Dark blue in color; found at the surface, although you must look hard so as to not confuse it with cobalt
- Emerald – Dark green in color; found at the surface, although you must look hard so as to not confuse it with tungsten
- Amarinthe – Pink in color; found at the surface
- Cobalt – Blue in color; commonly found at the surface
- Rubicite – Red in color; commonly found at the end of a cobalt vein, rarely at the surface
- Sapphire – Nearly black in color; rarely found at the end of a cobalt vein
- Ruby – Red in color; found at the surface
- Alabaster – White in color with grey veins; rarely found at the surface; looks nearly identical to Marble
- Mithril – Unknown color; likely found at the surface
- Obsidian – Black in color; likely found at the end of a mithril vein, rarely at the surface
- Diamond – Transparent color; rarely found at the end of a mithril vein
- Moonstone – Unknown color; likely only found beneath the surface
Now that you’ve got the gist of gathering resources, what do you do with them? And in what order? Below you’ll see an ordered list of what you should craft in order to advance your harvesting and crafting skills the quickest.
- Copper Reinforced Saw Table
- Stone Forge
- Iron Pick
- Silversteel Pick
- Roughwork Sifter
- Tin-Trimmed Work Bench
- Keen-EyeBand (x2)
- Marble Forge
- Tungsten Pick
- Gold Axe
- Viridium Pick
- Tungsten Reinforced Saw Table
- Assesor’s Mark (x2)
- Gold-Trimmed Work Bench
- Amaranthine Forge
- Cobalt Pick
- Cobalt Reinforced Saw Table
- Indigo Pick
- Rubicite-Trimmed Work Bench
- Alabaster Forge
- Trademan’s Sifter
- All you need to know about Claims
- Descriptions of each of the building tools
- How to create a template
I hope you enjoyed this brief guide to start you on your journey in Landmark. There’s sure to be more to come as we’re just in alpha, so bookmark this page and check back often!
Updates, comments and suggestions welcome in the comments section below. Good luck and have fun in Landmark!