This game is interesting money-wise, especially when it comes to gear. There are no repair costs, but literally everything costs money, and a lot of it.
- Ports: it costs a small fortune to move through just one town, anywhere from 1200 to 10k or more. This is cost prohibitive to new players, which is why newbie travel tokens came into play. How about just reducing the port cost altogether?
- Warehouse fees: Why does it cost money to put stuff in a bank, or send it to someone else? WoW came out the same time as L2 and sending mail to anyone cost nearly nothing, and your bank was free, outside of optional purchase of bags to make it bigger.
- Weapon and armor upgrades: Holy beans does this get out of hand. For example my no-grade (level 1 to 19, technically) gear was probably around 45k. I skipped D grade but a mithril set was probably 1 mill. My C grade set was 3 mill. So from no grade to C grade, a 6500% increase. You can see how it’s basically pointless to sell your own gear to help with newer gear. Letting a 3 mill C grade set go for a 30 mill B grade set is ridiculous 900% increase. 3 mill is nothing in that case.
Then even if you do come up with 30 mill, you need more than that to account for other increases, especially in the realm of weapons. Shots and spiritshots cost more as your weapon gets better. As any class but especially summoner, you can’t drop all your money on your armor because you need some at a minimum for shots and crystals to even summon your ‘weapon’ which is your pet.
I still want BW light because I get hit quite hard just once or twice if I can’t get my pet to pull aggro quick enough, but I’ll have to buy it at 30m but have 40 mill just in case for other things.