# PVE – Player vs. Enviroment
Given that there are no ‘classes’ in Albion Online, we will refer to each character subtype as plate, leather and cloth. Which character style you play can greatly affect your enjoyment and self-sufficiency. There are many weapons in the game, so we will skip over those for now. The best strategy towards maximizing your self-sufficiency is to level your gear and weapon of choice to the highest level you can, and use that gearset to farm mobs for silver.
The higher your tier, the easier it is to farm. However, only wear gear higher than tier 4 in no-PVP zones. For it is very expensive to buy a new set if you loose it… and you will. Most tier 3 sets have an average cost of 5k silver or more and if you can only farm 6k silver an hour… well, you get the picture. Do not go into PVP-limited, or FFA PVP zones, unless you go farm with many other guildmates – which is still risky. However, if you have more than one set, you may decide whether or not it is worth the risk.
Plate armor – generally a melee class that has high physical damage mitigation, but is weak to magic. Currently, plate armor is the most self-sufficient armor in the game. It is much easier to farm mobs for silver with plate than any of the other armors. This is a great path to take for a new player. You can have a one handed weapon and shield, a two handed melee weapon, or even a ranged crossbow.
Leather armor – generally a ranged class that features powerful bows. Leather armor offers a nice blend of both spells and attributes between the plate and cloth classes. Great dps, decent damage mitigation, attach and support spells. Many plays will often use leather armor with a combination of plate or cloth.
Cloth armor – generally a ranged class that can either DPS or Heal. Cloth wearers are like mages. They are very self-sufficient at farming due to the fact that they can DPS and Heal on the fly, minimizing downtime. However, cloth armor is extremely weak to physical damage. Therefore, cloth wearers must farm lower tier mobs and are limited to how far they can push solo-farming capabilities. Also, cloth wearers must level two weapons or more, at the same time. This results in the class taking a very long time to level and requiring more resources to accomplish the same milestones as a leather or plate wearer. I recommend the cloth armor tree for only experienced players.
# Maximizing Silver per Hour
The key to maximizing your ability to farm the most silver per hour, will depend on your ability to set your character up for such an endeavor. As referenced above, sandbox MMOs are about risk vs. reward. If you get too greedy and go to farm silver without properly setting up your account, you are greatly exposing yourself to failure. Any mistake may result in a death which results in a loss of 33 durability points. If you wear tier 4 and higher gear, this can be a very expensive mistake – death is not an option. Typically, two deaths is all it takes to break all of your gear – which forces you to start over.
The first step is to level your character to at least tier 3 in both gear and weapons. The next step is to farm tier 3 and tier 4 mobs for silver until you have either bought enough tier 3 sets from the AH, or have crafted enough tier 3 sets so that you have a minimum of four complete gearsets in your bank. This way if you lose all your gear, no big deal, just grab another!
You may also want to visit the AH if you plan on farming in PVP lands with tier 4 or higher gear. Buy an invisiblity potion or a speed potion so that if someone attempts to jump your bones, you have a better chance of getting away.
If you find that you are down to your last gearset, then it is time to go back to routine farming until your bank is put back into the proper setup.