Gathering yourself a lot of money is not technically a requirement in Aria of Sorrow, however once Hammer opens his store, it will allow you access to a selection of powerful consumables, weapons and equipment. Key among these is the Soul Eater Ring, and whilst our feelings are mixed when it comes to this particular item due to its unreasonable expense, you’ll need to generate a lot of cash to earn its 300k requirement. Even reduced via the Tsuchinoko soul, that’s still over 200k, so we’ve put together a shortlist of tactics that we’ve used to bolster our coffers over the years.
It might seem simple, and it might seem like you’re unlikely to gain a great deal through this method, but you’d be surprised how much can be gathered by returning to some key locations in the castle. Essentially, this tactic relies upon returning to a room that always either houses, or drops a good amount of money, specifically from breakable candles. You may encounter a couple of these as you make your way around the castle, and it’s always worth earmarking these when you do, because you’ll often backtrack through areas on multiple occasions and stopping by to grab these bags is a great idea.
The best option that we have found is the long room found in the colosseum, which houses a 1k bag guarded by a few enemies, culminating in a Giant Skeleton. Once these have been despatched, the final candle will always drop a $1,000g bag. This might seem like a lot of effort, however it’s worth remembering that you’ll gain a reasonable amount of experience whilst going through here, and the enemies also have a chance to drop some nice equipment, like the aforementioned Giant Skeleton dropping a Durandal.
Enemy Loot Drops
Speaking of which, it’s almost always a good idea to farm some enemies in Aria of Sorrow. Not only can every enemy drop a Soul, which forms the basis of Soma’s power in the game, but they can also drop rare items and money. Given that the drop rates of items do not tend to be that high, this may at first seem like quite a poor method, however this can be mitigated by a few accessories; Gold Ring and Rare Ring. These boost your opportunity to find either money or items, and should be used depending on your current target. One of our favourite grinds is to get yourself in a location where enemies constantly respawn, such as the one pictured above, and throw the gold ring on for a while. You’ll get yourself some experience, the occasional item and more importantly, plenty of gold.
Mimic Soul Money
All of our prior options detailed here pale in the face of this, the Mimic Soul. This is a soul that automatically raises your gold total as you take damage. For every 1HP of damage that is taken, $5 is deposited into your wallet. Obviously, this is an excellent way to make yourself a great deal of gold, especially when you’re at a higher level and as such, have a larger pool of total health. Two problems do arise from this however; where should you take damage, and how can you sustain this?
Generally speaking, taking damage from spikes is the accepted method of controlling this. It’s not gated by any enemy variables, and allows you to leave the location and heal whenever you want. There are a few places where this is doable, like the Colosseum or Clock Tower, but you’ll want to make sure that you can quickly and easily return to a save room to refresh your health. Locking yourself into a rotation of spike damage and healing is by far the quickest way to gather money in Aria of Sorrow, and it’ll enable you to grab that annoying Soul Eater Ring in super quick time.
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