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Sprockets, Candy Corn, Zhaitaffy and Pristine Toxic Spore Samples

These four seemingly unrelated items can be bought for lost belongings during the Escape from Lion's Arch event. Perhaps these are the four colors to be used in ascended gear associated with this patch?

How do I know there is a good chance of this? A picture is worth a thousand words...

I'm investing 25 gold into each of the four markets, hoping for big profits since everyone else is just selling theirs off. It's funny, everyone saw the ability to get Sprockets, Zhaitaffy, Candy Corn, and Pristine Toxic Spore Samples, and instead of thinking clearly, they all panicked. You watch, these four items will play a very important role soon enough. I have to assume that we will be able to upgrade our backpieces and/or maybe create new items with the blades that we pick up in Escape from Lion's Arch.

EDIT: Within 24 hours every item I suggested investing in has gone up nearly double in price except for the spores.

In the mean time, invest with some confidence that these four items will likely prove valuable within a month's time. Also, keep playing the Escape from Lion's Arch event so that you have a ton of blade shards when the time comes to start using the new recipes. It's funny but I just got done a game where someone was talking in Map chat about how there was no point to keep doing the event once you had the achievement. He or she couldn't be more wrong! Also, Also... I have a hunch that thick leather sections, orichalcum ore, rugged leather section (up to 3 silver now!) and gossamer scraps will soon see a price increase from upcoming events. It's just a hunch so don't go crazy investing in those.

Just remember that this event is creating a huge increase in supply for many markets (especially silk scraps) as well as demand in others (iron and copper ore), so don't expect prices to remain the same after this series of events are over.

Anyone else think that the new Spinal Blades Backpiece feels like something out of Starcraft 2: Broodwar?


  1. Blade Shards item description says : used in crafting of Spinal Blade Pack back items. So it won't be used for other items for sure.

  1. Markco said...:

    What if you need to use the spinal blade packs in future recipes?

  1. Anonymous said...:

    There is no actual source for Pristine Toxic Spore Samples right now, right? Just the ones that are already around. So I think it's safe to say that they WILL rise in price again, but it make take some time.

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Sprockets aren't sellable through tp.
    What is your ing?

  1. rly osim said...:

    i generally agree with most of the ideas you come up with but i really do think youre wrong to be investing heavily in these in hopes of a future event. i think its much more likely that anet is just giving access to items that were, until now, finite in supply. either way tho theyll go back up in price so you can flip them!

  1. Anonymous said...:

    I highly doubt that Markco. However, I do agree that the four items you listed are definately worth looking at. It's often indicative that Anet is going to do something with items that they bring back again.

  1. Markco said...:

    Exactly they must be thinking that these will play a role very soon. Sorry if my speculation isn't 100% thought out yet; it's a hunch that isn't perfectly reasoned yet.

  1. They gave a source of 4 mats,at a vendor that sells recipes for an ascended backpiece and obsidian shards.I believe they want people to have a source to get some,cause next patch they`ll need them.But that might be just me fooling myself.

  1. Anonymous said...:

    I love reading these blogs, excellent speculative info. I've very cautious since I dont have much gold to invest. I bought some Karka shells a while ago as was suggested and didn't make any profit. So I'm a bit hesitant to invest in these ones.

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Looking at the walls at Thick Leather Sections, will you really be able to make a profit?

  1. Anonymous said...:

    errr... you didnt make any money when the karka shells dropped??????? I wish i invested more in them, only had about 10 stacks but still made heaps from them when i sold them for about 7s each

  1. Markco said...:

    How did you not make a profit? Did you sell too quickly? They went up a crazy amount months later.

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