Yung's Guide to the Smuggler's Cove!
The Smuggler's Cove may seem like an enigma, you hear about amazing items being stocked there but you always seem to miss them yourself? No need to fear that there is something wrong and you just can't see them I will explain how the Smuggler's Cove works.
TNT will post in the New Features that a new item has been released into the cove.
The post will look something like this:
You may have to do a little searching to find the latest Battledome item. We heard it was available in a secret cave somewhere far away...
This is your cue to go gather up your dubloons and find a good Cove Thread. Since Cove Items are usually Battledome equipment the Battledome threads are where you should lurk. You can normally find out quickly how much a Cove Item costs from the first thread you find. The Frozen Cyrodrake Shield depicted above is a prime example, it cost 300 Dubloon Coins.
You don't need exact change so you didn't need to have exactly 300 dubloons to purchase one you just needed to have at least 300 dubloons. The first Frozen Cyrodrake Shield I restocked I had 302 dubloons on hand.
When you restock is on the minute, as it restocks randomly on the minute. It could restock at :02 minutes past the hour and then again at :03 minutes past the hour... or it could restock at :19 minutes past the hour and not restock again that hour. It is random.
It is VERY easy to get restock banned, these bans typically last 30-60 minutes. You could get restock banned anywhere from 1-12 refreshes (speaking from personal experience), however I usually get banned after 1 or 2 refreshes. I literally had 12 bans in a row where I had only a single refresh. In other words, I clicked on the Smuggler's Cove at 09:17 and there was nothing there. At 09:18 I click again only to find I have been restock banned.
If you see this image it means you are restock banned:
Strategy When You See an Item:
Be ready to click whenever you refresh, hover your mouse cursor under the boat and press F5, as it is refreshing move your hand into position to quickly press enter. If you see that there is an item there click and then hit enter. I've missed items before by mixing up the order of my clicking and enter pushing. You have roughly < 1.6 seconds to click and hit enter so just be ready when you see it. (This is based on the average time reported by users)
How Many and How Often?
The Smuggler's Cove restocks only a single copy of the item on the random minute. Since there is only one there you want to ensure that you are the one that gets it.
The Smuggler's Cove generates 100~120 of the item, as soon as it hits its max the item is "semi-retired" which means it is technically retired but TNT has, at their discretion, released an additional 20 into the populace.
Who is This Valuable to?
First and foremost Battledomers, often times these items are extremely powerful, this is after all where the Super Attack Pea came into existence from. The second group is collectors. The final group are investors. I am not counting Avatar Collectors as to date only the Super Attack Pea gives an avatar.
- Battledome Players
- Battledome Collectors
- Battledome Investors
- Smuggler Cove Collectors
- Smuggler Cove Investors
The Avatar for Equipping the Weapon
The main thing to consider when trying to decide whether or not it is worth attempting to go for a Smuggler's Cove item consider this:
I bought 3 One Hundred Dubloon Coins at 90k each. That is 270k. I bought a Frozen Cyrodrake Shield that is currently worth 20mil. This is a profit if I sold just one right now of 19,730,000 NP. Due to the collectors and users of these items however it is quite common for them to rise very high in value over time. The Super Attack Pea restocked there for only 200 dubloons and is now worth an estimated 1.2 billion Neopoints on the current market. That is 1,200,000,000 NP.
EDIT: (August 22nd, 2012)
Pro advice for restocking the cove.
What you need to do is make sure that you already at least/more than enough dubloons to buy the item that is restocking.
- Click the url bar to highlight the url.
- Have the mouse hanging out centered where the item should restock. There will be only one so it will always restock there.
- Wait for the time you're wanting to refresh, click enter when you are ready.
- Immediately click when the page refreshes.
- Immediately press enter AFTER clicking.
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Edited by Yung, 22 August 2012 - 05:24 PM.