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The Real Secret of SouthSun

Basically, I think that Karka Shells are a good item to invest in right now. Allow me to explain why, and remember, we are not gambling today.

There is potential for Arenanet to utilize the Karka Shells in some way, especially because these creatures are already present in and around Southsun cove. They could be used for new crafting recipes (although not armor) for example. Even if Karak Shells aren't used at all, odds are they will rise in price up to the event's release date, as so many people will have the same ideas as I have had. Even now, the price is starting to rise on these shells. However, speculating is just gambling without understanding the market.

These Shells maintain much of their value for two very important reasons:

1. Karka's are annoying to kill. This decreases supply.
2. Karka Shells are valuable crafting components for items players want at max level. This increases demand.

Even if you get 'stuck' with Karka shells you will be able to sell them slowly or in piles due to their demand.

At the moment, prices are rising and I found it very difficult to purchase these shells with buy orders. I gave up on the small money it would have saved and bought a few stacks as buy outs. I recommend that you buy at least a small number (25-50) to get your feet wet as a smart speculator. If things start to turn south, slowly offload your inventory of Karka Shells back into the economy. Worse case scenario you might take a small loss, but odds are by the time you sell these items will have doubled in price from speculation alone.


  1. Anonymous said...:

    sure.... of people doing missions and kikin' karkas around, huge karka shell drops, price will plummet surely... like mithril because of that nodes with azurite inside.

    stay away from karka shells

  1. Markco said...:

    I've thought of that as well, but I'm assuming they will have a use for these shells at the same time. And if there are OTHER monsters in the area, then people will continue to mostly ignore the karkas.

  1. Anonymous said...:

    What about the globs of ectoplasm which are falling in price at the moment? Any predictions?

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Hopefully they rise in price.

  1. The Black Lion said...:


    I hope people took the advice in your last paragraph, anyone still holding karka shells after today's patch may be looking at some expensive losses!

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Ya... I lost over 120 gold so far... I mean.. if I sold them now, I might as well hang onto them though and hope the price goes up a bit at least.. so I don't lose quite as horribly as I am now.

  1. Markco said...:

    It has been several days since I told people to buy Karka Shells. When the announcement was recently made, it took an entire day for the prices to drop back down. That was the window of opportunity to cut and run.

    At this point, your best bet is to simply hold on to them and pray they recover.

    If you invested more than 10% of your money into this, learn your lesson and don't do it again. That's why I wrote the post about gambling versus investing.

  1. Anonymous said...:

    A complete misread.

  1. Steve White said...:

    If you invested too early and have the gold to spare, you may be able to subsidize some loss by buying out even more Karka shells as the price bottoms out due to overfarming. Hold on to them until after the event when the supply normalizes and sell for normal price. Opportunity from adversity, plain and simple.

  1. Anonymous said...:

    The prices of karka armors have come down substantially with the event but amazingly enough the prices of karka weapons are still pretty good. I bought the shells at around 1.7 silver and make around 40g in profit selling the weapons. I also plan to stock 5000 karka shells at this price, hopefully to have a year supply for crafting the weapons.

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