Farming the Silverwastes is an excellent way to earn gold in Guild Wars 2, particularly for free accounts, and for players who don't have the Heart of Thorns or Path of Fire expansion packs.
Here's what to do with your Silverwastes loot, in order to get the best profit:
Loot Bags: Open these on a low-level "bag opener" character to get the best prices for the materials. Read our article Make Gold: Use a Bag-Opener for more details.
Junk and Green/Blue Runes/Sigils: Sell to a vendor.
Ambrite: Sell on the Trading Post.
Sand: Double-click to consume the piles. Sell the resulting Piles of Silky Sand on the Trading Post.
Greens and Blues (Masterwork and Fine): Salvage with a Basic Salvage Kit or Copper-Fed Salvage-O-Matic.
Yellows (Rare): Check the price on the Trading Post. If the price is above about 50 silver, sell it. If the price is less than 50 silver, salvage it with a Master's Salvage Kit, Mystic Salvage Kit, or Silver-Fed Salvage-O-Matic.
Oranges (Exotic): Check the price of the item AND the rune/sigil on the Trading Post. If the rune/sigil has a higher price than the item, salvage the item with a Black Lion Salvage Kit and sell the rune/sigil. If the rune/sigil has a lower price than the item, sell the item.
Check LFG for a squad with a description like "SW RIBA," "SW _%" or "SW FARM." Join the squad. To switch to their instance of the Silverwastes map, right-click a player's icon (ideally the commander's, if you can locate it) in the squad display on the upper left-hand corner of your screen. Choose "Join in the Silverwastes."
If you get a message that the map is full, keep trying. People will often cycle in and out of Silverwastes maps. You will probably be able to get in after a few minutes.
You will need Bandit Keys to open chests. Use Bandit Crests (the map currency) to buy keys from the vendor at the main camp. You will want about 50 keys per map run.
If you don't have enough Bandit Crests, don't worry. You will earn them quickly on the map, and you will get Bandit Keys for finishing the meta.
This is where RIBA comes in. (What is RIBA?) Basically, run around doing events until it's time for Breach. To find out what happens next, see our Silverwastes Breach Guide.
After Breach, it's time for the final event: Vinewrath. Head west, choose one of the three lanes marked on the map, and get ready to defend your lane. Read our Vinewrath Guide for more information.
After killing Vinewrath, you may be able to pop over to the Tangled Labyrinth to use your Key of Greater Nightmares to open the chest.
At this point, many squads will do a chest run. Follow the squad commander, who will be opening chests with Silverwastes Shovels. Equip any speed boosts you have available, because the squad moves fast! In addition to gear bags, chest runs are a great way to earn Bandit Crests and Obsidian Shards.
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