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Slicing Ilum Farming

           When it comes to farming for Slicing there isn't really a set path that you can follow. There are more... Locations that you will want to "hang out" at for gathering nodes. The two locations for Republic players that I have found on Ilum that are good are both friendly to Republic players. This means that the mobs in these areas will not attack you while you're here, which is great because you can run around freely and gather up all of the Slicing nodes!

Enough talk, now lets take a look at a map of Ilum. Below it is an explanation on exactly what you're looking at with the map.

Location of Slicing Nodes and Chests on Ilum:

Ilum Slicing Farming Locations

Quick Key: The blue squiggly lines are the friendly places where you will find Slicing nodes

           For Republic players there are only two really good areas to farm with Slicing the first and best area is far northwest in the Talz area. This area will be completely friendly to you although you will run into quite a few Imperials here. That of course won't be a problem on a PvE server since they won't be able to attack you but on a PvP server they could very easily ruin your farming experience. Also up in this area you will find a chest, which this chest isn't some lackluster medicore chest, this is a full blown 3 pronged chest. That means it's the highest yield chest you can find.

           I'm sure many questions are raised about this chest, luckily I can answer every single one of them with a single guide! If you'd like to learn everything you could possibly every want to know about this chest click here. The Slicing nodes and this chest up here have roughly a 10 minute respawn timer. I leave my slicer logged off here and switch to an alt after I'm done gathering everything for 10 to 15 minutes as I wait for these nodes to respawn.

           Each time I log on my Slicer I gather the chest, all the nodes up in the northwest corner and then I move down to the chest around the center of Ilum (marked on my map northeast of the Republic Waystation) I grab the chest here and the Slicing node. Also the you can grab the chest next to the Republic Waystation if it's not being botted, which it is 24/7 on my server. After I grab that chest I head far northeast to the Imperial territory and grab the Slicing nodes up here as well as the chest. After I'm done that I return to the Talz area in the northwest and log off as I wait to start the cycle all over again.

That's about all there is to farming Slicing on Ilum.

Profiting From Slicing

           Many people are curious exactly how it is that you profit from Slicing. When it comes to gathering nodes throughout the world such as this you'll make steady profit just from the lockboxes but when running missions you'll only make real profit from the Mission Discoveries. You'll get the Mission Discovery items from normal gathering too at about the same rate you get them from missions, quite rare in other words. If you're wondering what all the epic Mission Discoveries are here is a nice list of them I put together.Mission Discovery: InvestigationMission Discovery: Investigation

This is an extremely common mission that you get through Slicing and is almost entirely useless since it is only used in Armstech. Not saying Armstech or Investigation are useless but they aren't nearly as popular as other Crew Skills. I have trouble selling these missions for below the listing price. Currently I am just stockpiling them up for something to happen in the future and their prices to skyrocket.

Mission Discovery: ArchaeologyMission Discovery: Archaeology

These missions are fairly rare and sell for a good amount when you do get one. I usually can sell an Archaeology mission for 8 - 9k depending on the day.

Mission Discovery: BioanalysisMission Discovery: Bioanalysis

These missions are much like the Archaeology ones, I can normally grab 8 - 9k each depending on the day.

Some servers are reporting that this doesn't sell that well at all, it may vary depending on your server as do tons of other missions. That is why it is important to always CHECK the Auction House before listing an item.

Mission Discovery: Diplomacy (Dark)Mission Discovery: Diplomacy (Dark)

These missions are much like the Investigation ones, you'll be lucky to get your listing price for each one.

Some servers are reporting that these actually do sell well, (or at least the Rank 6 materials they bring in do) so they may be worth using depending on your server. As with everything it is important you always check the Auction House before listing items, prices vary from server to server and from day to day. It's impossible to always be 100% accurate with a guide.

Mission Discovery: Diplomacy (Light)Mission Discovery: Diplomacy (Light)

These missions are much like the Investigation ones, you'll be lucky to get your listing price for each one.

Some servers are reporting that these actually do sell well, (or at least the Rank 6 materials they bring in do) so they may be worth using depending on your server. As with everything it is important you always check the Auction House before listing items, prices vary from server to server and from day to day. It's impossible to always be 100% accurate with a guide.

Mission Discovery: ScavengingMission Discovery: Scavenging

These are the best selling of the gathering Crew Skill missions usually bringing in at least 12 to 13k per sale.

Mission Discovery: SlicingMission Discovery: Slicing

This is a tough one because sometimes you can get up to 30k for a Slicing Mission Discovery on the Auction House and sometimes learning the mission is better. I personally learn them and use them because I want a better shot at getting Underworld Trading missions to use or Treasure Hunting missions to sell. It's a massive gamble though, one many may not want to take.

Mission Discovery: Treasure HuntingMission Discovery: Treasure Hunting

You can get anywhere from 17 to 23k per mission and maybe sometimes even more depending on how much in demand they are on your server.

Mission Discovery: Treasure HuntingMission Discovery: Treasure Hunting

You can get anywhere from 17 to 23k per mission and maybe sometimes even more depending on how much in demand they are on your server.

Mission Discovery: Underworld TradingMission Discovery: Underworld Trading

Can sell for up to 28k or more!!

Mission Discovery: Underworld TradingMission Discovery: Underworld Trading

Can sell for up to 28k or more!!

                               
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