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Overview

Creating Your First Item
A formula is a "recipe" for creating an item. To create an item, you will need:

- the formula
- the ingredients that make up the item (called components)
- (usually) some amount of gold

The easiest way to try this out for the first time is to use the Alchemist Starter Kit. You can get one by clicking on this link. Click on the starter kit in your inventory to unpack the components.

Okay, ready to create your first formula? Go to Shops / Alchemy in the menu (or use this link to go their directly), read the introductory text, and then what you'll see is something like the following:

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There are three tabs here. Click on the one that says "Incomplete."

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The Featured tab shows new and/or interesting recipes that you can buy from the store. The Ready tab shows those alchemy components that you can create right now. The Incomplete tab shows the formulas that you have that you don't yet have all the components for.

Clicking on "Details" for the any of the recipes will give you a list of every component and how many you have:

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So, you have everything you need except the Ocean Top (the one showing 0/1). Click on it to go to the store and buy it. Next time you come back to alchemy (you may need to refresh the page), you'll see that you now have a formula in the "Ready" tab. Click on the "Ready" tab and then on the "Complete" button, and you'll get a dialog like this:

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Just click "Craft" to craft the item!

A number of things will happen:
  • you'll see the bar in the upper right hand portion of the page go up
  • the formula, components, items and gold will be removed from your inventory
  • you'll have a new item in your inventory


The Basics of Crafting
Every formula has a level associated with it. You can only do formulas at your level and below. (That is, if you're level 2, you can do either level 1 or level 2 formulas).

Every formula has a chance of success. This is the chance that you'll succeed if you have all the components.

If you fail at a crafting, you do not lose the components. However, any gold that is required by the formula will be lost.

If you succeed at crafting, you only lose the components that are required for that recipe. For example, if you have 10 flowers but just did a recipe that only requires 5 flowers, then you only lose 5 flowers.

Paths

Many formulas have alternate paths -- these are optional ways of achieving the recipe. You will not see these alternate paths unless you happen to have one of the components in them. You can use any of the paths to create your item, and you'll only need the components for one of the paths.

Alternate paths will show up in the lower right as a set of numbers, representing the number of different paths. As an example, let's look at the formula for the GGB:

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The GGB formula has 4 alternate paths.

You can use any of the paths to create the item. The item created is always the same no matter which path you use -- one path does not make a "better" item than another. Also, all the paths have the same chance of success -- one is not "easier" than another.

Experience Levels
Every time you successfully craft something, you get a little bit of experience. There are 10 levels to crafting. As you get more experience:
  • you will have a wider range of formulas that you'll be able to craft
  • formulas below your level will become much more likely to succeed. (Note that currently the difficulty description does not change, but you'll find that the formulas become exponentially easier if you are a level or two above the formula level).
  • you'll get less experience for accomplishing formulas below your level
  • you'll need more experience for each successive level


If you'd like to advance while doing the fewest number of craftings, then it is most efficient to do formulas that are at your level.

Where To Get Components And Formulas
Most of the lower level components are found around the site in the various flash games and/or DC. The marketplace is a good place to find them.

As you progress up in the formulas, you'll find that the you'll need special components and want higher level formulas. These formulas and components, almost exclusively, are dropped by the Philosopher's Cache and Alchemist's Case items.

Basics of Leveling Up

So, to get from level 1 to level 2, do level 1 formulas.
To get from level 2 to level 3, it's faster to do level 2, but may be cheaper to do level 1.

Getting to Level 3

You can get to level 3 without spending any gold, if you just want to farm your way there.

The Philosopher's Cache, Golden Giftbox, and Alchemist's Case are all farmable components.

If you'd like to get there more quickly, then it is best to buy components off the marketplace, craft the item, and then put it up for sale. The cheapest route to do this is entirely dependent on prevailing marketplace prices for items.

As an example, however, here are some of the cheaper formulas (less than 50k per formula) as of October 21st (taking into account the two week running average of marketplace components but not taking into account the cost of the formula). A negative number here means that you can usually sell the end product for more than the base components.

Formula 1: Fortune Egg (path 0) = -34959.06
Formula 1: Fortune Egg (path 1) = -69066.96
Formula 1: Emerald Seed (path 0) = -68365.38
Formula 1: Suspicious Package (path 0) = -31766.41
Formula 1: Gee Boi Turbo (path 0) = -33929.03
Formula 1: Midsummer Swirl (path 0) = -28749.04
Formula 1: Lonely Star (path 0) = -39881.83
Formula 1: Lonely Star (path 1) = -54832.83
Formula 1: Dark Reflection (path 0) = -58539.39
Formula 1: LeXBox (path 0) = -27878.08
Formula 1: Azrael's Trickbox (path 0) = -189307.97
Formula 1: Azrael's Trickbox (path 1) = -150903.17
Formula 1: Azrael's Trickbox (path 2) = -116789.57
Formula 1: Animal Quackers (path 0) = -6245.31
Formula 1: Snow Apple (path 0) = 32895.41
Formula 1: Love Charm (path 0) = 774.08
Formula 1: Poseidon's Legacy (path 0) = 10255.63
Formula 1: Code Alpha (path 0) = -133203.79
Formula 1: Code Alpha (path 1) = -139656.49
Formula 1: Code Alpha (path 2) = -145920.79
Formula 1: Code Alpha (path 3) = -49456.39
Formula 1: Code Alpha (path 4) = -104212.89
Formula 1: Code Alpha (path 5) = -65048.59
Formula 1: Code Alpha (path 6) = -146218.59
Formula 1: Perfect Tragedy (path 0) = -8484.94
Formula 1: Perfect Tragedy (path 1) = -45300.34
Formula 1: Perfect Tragedy (path 2) = -50671.45
Formula 1: Perfect Tragedy (path 3) = -53070.85
Formula 1: Perfect Tragedy (path 4) = -56915.83
Formula 1: Perfect Tragedy (path 5) = 26756.81
Formula 1: Perfect Tragedy (path 6) = 18427.76
Formula 1: Perfect Tragedy (path 7) = -42782.95
Formula 1: Perfect Tragedy (path cool = 36794.78
Formula 1: Luna's Incense (path 0) = 25798.15
Formula 1: Famestar Hero (path 0) = -45685.78
Formula 1: Cirque du Gothique (path 0) = -5966.09
Formula 1: Hell Prison (path 0) = -14094.29
Formula 1: Neon Core (path 0) = -28988.08
Formula 1: Lost Chapter (path 0) = 12493.63
Formula 1: Lost Chapter (path 1) = -538.57
Formula 1: Love Charm II (path 0) = 33799.69
Formula 1: Love Charm II (path 1) = 6067.89
Formula 1: Love Charm II (path 2) = 16748.99
Formula 1: Crystal Overdrive (path 0) = 3016.70
Formula 1: Crystal Overdrive (path 1) = -9576.50
Formula 1: Arcana Break (path 0) = 9947.22
Formula 1: Arcana Break (path 1) = 5391.02
Formula 1: Eternal Rivals (path 1) = 39582.58
Formula 1: Screen King (path 0) = -2876.59
Formula 1: Double Rainbow (path 1) = 27647.86
Formula 1: Brown Magical Giftbox (path 0) = 20689.59
Formula 1: Blue Magical Giftbox (path 0) = 27659.40
Formula 1: Pink Magical Giftbox (path 0) = 39227.63
Formula 1: Golden Magical Giftbox (path 1) = -2050.81
Formula 1: Golden Magical Giftbox (path 2) = -14809.81
Formula 1: Golden Magical Giftbox (path 3) = -14840.81
Formula 1: Alchemist's Case (path 1) = 25449.91
Formula 1: Alchemist's Case (path 2) = -102140.09
Formula 1: Alchemist's Case (path 3) = -102450.09
Formula 1: Philosopher's Cache (path 0) = 10945.73
Formula 1: Philosopher's Cache (path 1) = -137872.52
Formula 1: Philosopher's Cache (path 2) = -201667.52
Formula 1: Philosopher's Cache (path 3) = -201822.52
Formula 1: Live Free or Pie Hard (path 0) = 25542.54
Formula 1: Aspiring Alchemist (path 0) = 16861.88
Formula 1: LIMITED EDITION Golden Magical Giftbox (path 0) = 3348.83
Formula 1: LIMITED EDITION Golden Magical Giftbox (path 1) = -9410.17
Formula 1: LIMITED EDITION Golden Magical Giftbox (path 2) = -9441.17
Formula 1: Giant Rainbow Lollipop (path 0) = 17006.27
Formula 1: Duck in a Box (path 0) = 41142.90
Formula 1: Tire Dress (path 0) = 41373.46
Formula 1: Twin Snake Shoulderpads (path 0) = 37625.61
Formula 1: Neverland (path 1) = 29142.85
Formula 1: Neverland (path 2) = 43204.65