Hi, I am Spark of the Freebies guild and I make 3m per hour at sleepers. I made this guide because I want to help people start from scratch. There is more to sleepers than just making a Knight. I will make this guide as concise yet detailed as possible. As the saying goes, less is more.
You will need two accounts, a main and an alt. On each account, make 2 novices and reach level 19 via Manuela's quests. From here, you can use the !party command to partner up your characters and have your alts leech your mains.
Stats: Full Int
Skills: Fire bolt 8, Fire wall 10, Flame launcher 5
Use job changer to turn your first alt into mage and reset stats to full int. Go to Eden group and sign up, then go to the second floor and do the tutorial quests for some job levels to level up fire bolt. You can use !pj blue herb to sell them for 2k each, and sell everything else to a tool dealer.
Warp to Payon dungeon and train there until fire bolt is level 8. Next, warp to Payon city and bring one of your mains. Buy butterfly wings. Walk two maps south, pop your field manual and bolt them wolves. As you gain more int, you will be able to use a lower level bolt for faster cast. You want to stay here until you max out fire wall. Later, you can sell strawberries for 2k each by typing !pj strawberry.
Now here is the fun part. Go back to town and warp to Glast Heim Prison dungeon. Using the vertical fire wall technique, you can wipe out zombie prisoners in 1-2 casts. Here's how to do it. If the monster is approaching you from the upper left, cast fire wall next to your left and walk downwards. Similarly, if the monster is approaching you from the lower right, cast fire wall next to your right and walk upwards.
By mastering this technique, you will be way more efficient than mages spamming soul strike or acolytes spamming heal. Stay here until job 40, which is all you need for an endow slave. After that, change to sage and continue leveling until you can max out flame launcher.
The role of sage is giving your weapon elemental attack, which can spell the difference between 1-shotting and 2-shotting sleepers. For the skill to work, you need to be in the same party or guild as the character you are buffing. Personally, it is more convenient to have them in the same guild. Kindly ask your guild leader to invite both to the guild, or make your own guild using the /guild command (no Emperium needed).
Finally, sell your loot (elunium to players) and type !sj red blood, then park your sage beside the doctor.
Stats: 99 Str
Skills: Enlarge weight limit 10, Pushcart 10, Overcharge 10, maybe Vending 10
Hopefully you have been leeching this character with your sage. If not, buy some meat at Izlude and let your sage buff you, then train at wolves until you are 20 levels below your sage. (You may need to reset because you need enough Dex for 65 hit.) That should be enough to even share exp with your party. Your goal is level 65 for 99 Str which, together with maxed enlarge weight limit and pushcart, gives you the highest possible carrying capacity. You will want smith/alch and not merchant/super novice because they have a higher weight bonus.
The role of smith/alch is converting great natures (sleeper's main drop) into green lives, which sells more to Npcs. On average, 1 great nature = 6.5 green lives = 4030 zeny. Breaking GN takes seconds, which is the reason why breakers buy them, but don't fall for them. Do the following quests.
You don't have to rush these. You can wait until your knight is strong enough to hunt most of the materials, or until your alts have enough money to just buy them through !sj. You can convert meat into Mr. smile materials at the Npc just outside Utan chief's building, and you can buy gemstones at the tool dealer.
The GN conversion procedure is usually left click, 4 enters, down, 4 enters, type 15, spam enter. However, this can be interrupted by an occasional captcha.
As a final tip, you can use !autotrade to try selling GN for ~4k or buying them for ~3k before you sleep for more income.
Stats: Full Int
Skills: Fire bolt 8 + Fire wall 10 or Heal 10 + Teleport, Blessing 10, Increase agi 10, Warp portal 4
For this part, you need to make a super novice or an acolyte. It's faster as SN because they can fire wall like sages. To become SN, you need base level 45, which you can get from wolves. The starting dagger has +60 atk and +20 hit, so you can start with 25 Dex and 20 Str. After becoming SN, you can follow the sage guide above.
If instead you made an acolyte, you can follow the sage guide right away, excluding the wolves part. Type /ns so you can heal bomb zombies at Payon dungeon, and stay there until you have teleport and maxed heal. Then, go straight to GH Prison. You will notice that your SP is not enough to kill a prisoner at first, but that's alright. Turn off !noks and ask someone to finish off the zombie for you, or even use !map or !recruit to make a party. Also, you can just teleport back to town and use the doctor to heal you back to full, then go back to hunting.
If you take the time to turn your acolyte to priest, you gain the skill Recovery which lets you cure sleep, while Blessing cure stone curse. You can use this with the !return command later on.
The role of buffer/warper is to provide blessing/increase agi and instant access to hunting areas. The +10 Str +10 Dex +12 Agi is like a free trial of Lord Kaho Horns, a 55m item. It will allow you to farm sleepers without needing meat. As for warp portal, visit and type /memo in the following areas:
Go to magma dungeon and enter the north portal.
Go to splendide near the east portal, but don't enter (pinguiculas).
Go to the building for the ore downgrading quest.
Finally, buy as many blue gems as you can and park your character beside the doctor.
Stats: 110 Str, 85 Dex (total with buffs and bonuses), rest Agi
Skills: Increase recuperative power 10, Bowling bash 10, Cavalry mastery 5, Spear mastery 10
Items: Rental Brocca (60 bronze coins), Eden gear (free from quests, 0 weight), Earth deleter card (250k) + Silk robe (10k) or Grape juice (168z each), Fly wing or Infinite Fly wing (175 merit badges), Butterfly wing or !return from bonus bundle (50 copper coins)
Unlike your other characters, you must not use the job changer. Instead, use the official job change quests to gain bronze coins.
Level up your knight the same way you would with smith/alch. You may need to leech at GHP until level 79 because imo it's the fastest way with nil gear. Then, go to Hugel city and organize/join an Odin party. You should be able to reach 91+ in a day, which allows you to do Eden's hunting board pinguicula quests for merit badges more bronze coins.
Temporary alternative: As of this edit, high orcs give double exp and bronze coins due to tamtam bonus. You can access them via orc dungeon entrance, then go one map left. Use sage's frost weapon for this. The setup for one-shotting sleepers should be enough to one-shot high orcs as well.
Moreover, gramps is a great way to gain more merit badges and bronze coins. You can find him and learn about his quest's rewards at the eden group.
Now we focus on the items. As a knight who did the job change quests, you should have enough bronze coins to buy Rental Brocca from the rental master.
For armor, do Eden quests from Boya and Ur with some help from other players. You may choose to sell the low tier armor.
Next we want some SP recovering items. I'm selling 10+ earth deleter cards for 250k each (mail Spark Knight). With this, you will have enough SP even without GEC. If you cannot afford this yet, then you can opt to buy grape juice instead, perhaps 200 at a time.
Fly wings are a necessity for farming efficiently, however they weigh a lot. I typically bring 400~600 at a time. Once you have enough merit badges, you can buy infinite fly wing from merry barker at the left side of eden group. This should save a lot of weight.
Finally, we want to bring a couple of butterfly wings to make use of our warp portal and doctor npc. You can also avail of bonus bundle from reward master and bind !return in your alt m shortcuts. To obtain copper coins for bonus bundle, you can vote here: https://panel.talonro.com/voting/.
With all of these, you should be able to 1-shot sleepers with bowling bash while taking minimal damage. Although your flee is reduced against multiple enemies, it doesn't really kick in until the 2nd set of hits. Since you can 1-shot instead of 2-shot, you do not have to worry about tanking more hits. Moreover, with earth deleter card, mobbing 2 or more helps maintain/regain SP, but don't waste time mobbing. You want to focus on teleporting and immediately BBing any sleeper you see. Only mob when you teleport into one.
Here's the flow when I farm sleepers.
Use sage to endow knight, then switch to priest.
Open warp portal and buff bless/agi.
Fly wing and bowling bash any sleepers you see.
When bless/agi expires or you are 90% overweight, butterfly wing/!return to town and store GNs.
While endow buff remains, go back to step 2.
Switch to smith/alch and take 225 GNs from storage.
Warp and agi your smith/alch to umbala and start breaking, then !return and sell to npc.
While you have GNs in storage, go back to step 7. (Each session is ~2 minutes, 1~3 captchas.)
Congrats, you just made a lot of money.
Including the other loots (not overcharged), you get 3m per hour if you farm 44 GN per 4 minutes. However, it is possible to get anywhere from 35 to 55 GN.
You can follow a similar procedure for hunting pinguicula for bronze coins and merit badges. You can get the quest from Eden group's hunting boards at the right side.
Since our knight does not need to be geared expensively, we can put our resources towards another character. One of the first big milestones in this server is having your own LKH. Other than that, you can work towards a sinx for farming geffenia, which produces 4m per hour on a 70m budget and 5m per hour on a 140m budget. Link to guide: https://forum.talonro.com/topic/30775-sparks-geffenia-guide/.
A special thanks to you, the reader, for making it this far. Happy farming!