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|			     Money Making FAQ				      |
|			     by meph					      |
|			     October 17, 2009				      |
|			     Only at GameFAQs.com			      |
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|Table of Contents\     					    	  /TOC|
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Version History ...........................................................*VH

Purpose ...................................................................*PP

Alchemicon: Ear Cosy and Gold Mail ........................................*AC

Platinum/Mythril Item Farming..............................................*PM

Ear Cosy Trips Chart.......................................................*ET

Ear Cosy Cost and Profit Table.............................................*EP

Gold Mail Trips Chart......................................................*GT

Grottos....................................................................*GR

projectargus's Method......................................................*PA

Special Thanks.............................................................*ST

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|Version History\     		   				          /*VH|
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09/14/2012 v1.2 Changed Purpose, added to Grottos section, added 
projectargus's method, fixed Table of Contents, changed contact info to
special thanks.
08/26/2012 v1.1 Changed shortcuts, fixed formatting and added Grottos
10/18/2010 v1.01 Fixed formatting
10/10/2010 v1.00 Completed all sections

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|Purpose\     							       	  /*PP|
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The purpose of this guide is to have an infinite amount of gold at your 
disposal in Dragon Quest IX. Although all of the methods can be found through
forums, they are collected here and I have added tables for the convenience of
knowing how much Alchemy ingredients you are capable of purchasing. I have
also listed tips I for keeping track of alchemy ingredients. There are various
methods of getting large amounts of gold. Every method has a use depending on 
how far you are in the game. Early game you should focus on making money
through alchemy. A couple of hours will net you nearly half a million gold. 
This will allow you to purchase rare DQVC items even before post game. When
you have access to higher level grottos then you should change your strategy
so that you can make larger amounts of money in a shorter amount of time. I'd
also advise against using alchemic items outside of the ones that I have
listed. Although a lot of alchemic items are useless and are better off being
used for profit; there are a variety of items that will cause you to face palm
when you realize how important they are to producing higher end items like the
highly sought after Agate of Evolution.

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|Alchemicon: Ear Cosy and Gold Mail\  				          /*AC|
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Ear Cosy = Fur Hood + Bunny Tail + Lamb's Wool

The ingredients are listed in a table below. Visit the cities in the specified
order. Batsureg is chosen first because When you are ready to quit Batsureg has
a church right next to the item shop. You can buy the items you need from the 
shop and then quit. It's a good idea to buy the exact number Ear Cosies that 
you can make in Lamb's Wool. When you quit you won't have to remember how much
of the other stuff you have to buy. Slurry Quay is chosen second to save time.
Since Fur Hoods cost more then the other stuff they are the easiest to buy 
until you can afford 99 of everything. Hit directional left and you will be at 
the max number you can buy; because Fur Hoods cost the most the max number you
can afford is closest to the number you want to buy. After you buy the 
ingredients head to the Stornway Inn and use the Alchemy Pot to make the Ear 
Cosies.

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| VISIT	|	LOCATION	|	ITEM		|COST x1| COST x99   |
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|  1st	|	Batsureg	|	Lamb's Wool	| 180G	| 17820G     |
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|  2nd	|	Slurry Quay	|	Fur Hood	| 550G	|54450G	     |	
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|  3rd	|	Port Llafan	|	Bunny Tail	| 240G	|23760G	     |
 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
				|	TOTAL		| 970G  |96030G	     |
				 --------------------------------------------

		COST		SALE PRICE	PROFIT x1	PROFIT x99

Ear Cosy	970G		1200G		230G		22770G

Once you've made 316960G it's best to make Gold Mails:

Gold Mail = Silver Mail + Gold Bracer + Gold Ring

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| VISIT	|	LOCATION	|	ITEM		|COST x1|  COST x99  |
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|  1st	|	Bloomingdale	|	Silver Mail	| 4000G	|  396000G   |
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|  1st	|	Port Llaffan	|	Gold Bracer	| 350G	|  21780G    |
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|  2nd	|	Port Llafan	|	Gold Ring	| 220G	|34650G	     |	
 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
				|	TOTAL		|4570G	|452430G     |
				 --------------------------------------------

		COST		SALE PRICE	PROFIT x1	PROFIT x99

Gold Mail	4570G		4900G		330G		32670G

When you reach 453000G do the trick once everytime you need gold. You will 
earn 32670G each time you do it. That is most likely enough to cover 
everything DQVC offers that day. If it's not you'll just have to do it again.
Never fall below 453000G or your profits will drop. Before you go out 
adventuring buy the maximum number of ingredients you can so that if you die 
the gold that will be cut in half will be profit. Going from 453000G to 
278000G is a huge loss you shouldn't risk. Alternatively, you could use the 
bank. However, if you buy the ingredients you are setting yourself up for the 
next time you need money.

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|Platinum/Mythril Item Farming\			    		          /*PM|
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Doing this will give you good money to start with. I used this method to make 
money before I took the time to make the 99 Ear Cosies/Gold Mails. The Pros 
are that there are 2 Nectar Spawn points near Batsureg and Swinedimples. The 
Cons are that it takes so long to gather the items and it takes even longer 
for the items to respawn. Zoom to the locations listed below and follow the 
instructions to find the item spawn points. If you have the Starflight you can
Zoom to the locations and then use the whistle to land close to the gathering
spots. However, it will still take around 2 hours of having the game on and
being in a town for the items to respawn. When you get them just sell the
items you have gathered and you will be using your profits 25500G to start
making Ear Cosys. With the Whistle, if you don't mind the wait this method is
actually faster and it works wonders on your play time.

LOCATION				   	  ITEM	      SELLING PRICE
_____________				   		     
|Bloomingdale| 				   		     
-------------------------------------------|-----------------|-------------
Head 1 screen North and the head Northwest.| Platinum Ore x3 | 4500G
					
_____________________
|Swinedimples Academy|
-------------------------------------------|-----------------|-------------
Head 1 screen East and then head North.    | Platinum Ore x6 | 9000G

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|Batsureg|
-------------------------------------------|-----------------|-------------
Head 1 screen North, 1 screen East then    | Mythril Ore x4  |	12000G
follow the East until you run out of road  |                 |
and head south.                            |		     |


When you have sold all the items you should end up with 25500G in addition to 
whatever you started with. You are now ready to use the Ear Cosy Trips Chart.


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|Ear Cosy Trips Chart\			   			          /*ET|
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The following chart shows you how many Ear Cosy trips it will take to get 
enough money to start producing Gold Mails starting at 25500 which is how much
money you can make from the Platinum/Mythril Item Farming Trip. It also lists
how many Ear Cosy Ingredients you can buy with the money you have. The amount
of Ear Cosies you can make is the same as the amount of ingredients you can
buy.

Trips	|   	Ear Cosys	|	Gold Held 
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0	|	26		|	25500
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1	|	32		|	31530
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2	|	40		|	38890
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3	|	49		|	48090
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4	|	61		|	59360
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5	|	75		|	73390
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6	|	93		|	90640
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7	|	99		|	112030
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8	|	99		|	134800
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9	|	99		|	157570
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10	|	99		|	180340
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11	|	99		|	203110
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12	|	99		|	225880
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13	|	99		|	248650
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14	|	99		|	271420
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15	|	99		|	294190
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16	|	99		|	316960


At this point we will stop making Ear Cosys. When you have 316960G the Gold
Mail combo makes slightly more money than the Ear Cosy combo. It will take you
the same amount of trips to the 453000G you need to make 99 Gold Mails whether
you switch to Gold Mails at this point or stay on Eary Cosys. However, the Ear
Cosy takes 4 trips (Batsureg, Port Llaffan, Slurry Quay, Stornway) and the
Gold Mail takes 3 trips (Port Llaffan, Bloomingdale, Stornway). So what you
save in time far outweighs the benefit of the routine you stuck to for 16
trips and as a bonus you end up with more money (480640G versus 453580G).

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|Ear Cosy Cost and Profit Table\				  	  /*EP|
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Use this table to determine how many ingredients you need to start buying. 
Remember for each Ear Cosy you need 1 Fur Hood, 1 Lamb's Wool and 1 Bunny Tail
so the number of each ingredient is the same as the number of ear cosys. It is
pointless to make the same chart for the Gold Mails because you won't start
making them until you have enough money to make 69. From that point on you
will produce a set profit.


# of Ear Cosys	|	Cost			|	Profit
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1		|	970			|	230
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2		|	1940			|	460
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3		|	2910			|	690
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4		|	3880			|	920
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5		|	4850			|	1150
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6		|	5820			|	1380
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7		|	6790			|	1610
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8		|	7760			|	1840
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9		|	8730			|	2070
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10		|	9700			|	2300
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11		|	10670			|	2530
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12		|	11640			|	2760
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13		|	12610			|	2990
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14		|	13580			|	3220
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15		|	14550			|	3450
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16		|	15520			|	3680
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17		|	16490			|	3910
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18		|	17460			|	4140
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19		|	18430			|	4370
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20		|	19400			|	4600
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21		|	20370			|	4830
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22		|	21340			|	5060
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23		|	22310			|	5290
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24		|	23280			|	5520
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25		|	24250			|	5750
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26		|	25220			|	5980
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27		|	26190			|	6210
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28		|	27160			|	6440
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29		|	28130			|	6670
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30		|	29100			|	6900
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31		|	30070			|	7130
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32		|	31040			|	7360
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33		|	32010			|	7590
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34		|	32980			|	7820
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35		|	33950			|	8050
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36		|	34920			|	8280
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37		|	35890			|	8510
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38		|	36860			|	8740
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39		|	37830			|	8970
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40		|	38800			|	9200
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41		|	39770			|	9430
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42		|	40740			|	9660
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43		|	41710			|	9890
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44		|	42680			|	10120
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45		|	43650			|	10350
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46		|	44620			|	10580
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47		|	45590			|	10810
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48		|	46560			|	11040
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49		|	47530			|	11270
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50		|	48500			|	11500
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51		|	49470			|	11730
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52		|	50440			|	11960
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53		|	51410			|	12190
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54		|	52380			|	12420
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55		|	53350			|	12650
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56		|	54320			|	12880
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57		|	55290			|	13110
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58		|	56260			|	13340
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59		|	57230			|	13570
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60		|	58200			|	13800
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61		|	59170			|	14030
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62		|	60140			|	14260
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63		|	61110			|	14490
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64		|	62080			|	14720
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65		|	63050			|	14950
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66		|	64020			|	15180
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67		|	64990			|	15410
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68		|	65960			|	15640
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69		|	66930			|	15870
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70		|	67900			|	16100
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71		|	68870			|	16330
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72		|	69840			|	16560
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73		|	70810			|	16790
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74		|	71780			|	17020
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75		|	72750			|	17250
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76		|	73720			|	17480
-----------------------------------------------------------------
77		|	74690			|	17710
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78		|	75660			|	17940
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79		|	76630			|	18170
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80		|	77600			|	18400
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81		|	78570			|	18630
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82		|	79540			|	18860
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83		|	80510			|	19090
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84		|	81480			|	19320
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85		|	82450			|	19550
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86		|	83420			|	19780
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87		|	84390			|	20010
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88		|	85360			|	20240
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89		|	86330			|	20470
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90		|	87300			|	20700
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91		|	88270			|	20930
-----------------------------------------------------------------
92		|	89240			|	21160
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93		|	90210			|	21390
-----------------------------------------------------------------
94		|	91180			|	21620
-----------------------------------------------------------------
95		|	92150			|	21850
-----------------------------------------------------------------
96		|	93120			|	22080
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97		|	94090			|	22310
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98		|	95060			|	22540
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99		|	96030			|	22770

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|Gold Mail Trips Chart\     			   		   	  /*GT|
===============================================================================

This chart shows you how many Gold Mails you can make when you reach 316960G
and how much you profit with each trip. It will take you 6 trips to be able to
buy the ingredients for 99 Gold Mails. Just like the Ear Cosy Trips Chart he
number of Gold Mails you can make is the same as the number of ingredients you
can buy.

Trips	|	Gold Mails	|	Gold Cost
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0	|	69		|	316960
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1	|	74		|	339730
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2	|	79		|	364150
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3	|	85		|	390220
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4	|	91		|	418270
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5	|	98		|	448300
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6	|	99		|	480640

Once you reach over 453000G you will always have enough money to buy the 
ingredients for 99 Gold Mails. The profit for each Gold Mail run is 32670G. So
every time you need money for the DQVC just do a Gold Mail run or two and you
should have enough to buy out everything that is being offered. If your
willing to invest the time, you have infinite money.

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|Grottos\     			   				          /*GR|
===============================================================================

The best way to make money in Dragon Quest IX actually comes from hunting in
Grottos. The enemy you are hunting for is the Gem Slime. A single Gem Slime
will yield 10,000 gold. In the time it takes you to do a Gold Mail run you
could have killed 5-7 Gem slimes if you are unlucky. That is about double the
amount of money. It is also less boring and less stress on your fingers. 
However, getting a grotto with Gem Slimes in it isn't easy. Lucky for us, you
can find out what's in a grotto by knowing what type of grotto it is and what
enemies you find on the first floor. In addition, if you're extremely lucky
you will find a Gem Slime Treasure Map that will have one floor in the
Grotto dedicated only to Gem Slimes; so you won't even have to run around
waiting for Gem Slimes to pop up because they will be the only enemy that
pops up!

Use this treasure map searcher from woodus.com to locate the grotto:
http://www.woodus.com/den/games/dq9ds/tms/

Now use this Grotto Calculator also from woodus to check if the grotto
has gem slimes:
http://www.woodus.com/den/games/dq9ds/dq9_grotto.html#Predict_H0_Netxc_I0_R0

The grottos you are looking for are Water, Ruins and Ice grottos. These are
the only grottos that contain Gem Slimes. Water is the worst Gem slime grotto
to have so don't settle for it. Ice grottos are the best grottos to have for
Gem Slime farming. To distinguish the grottos look at the scenery. For water
grottos you will be walking on a giant puddle of water. Ruins will look like
an underground castle. Ice grottos look like a frozen cave. Monsters are 
grouped in ranks, I will list the Gem Slime rank of each grotto below:

Water: S-Rank (Appears as early as B13)
Ruins: A-Rank (Appears as early as B9)
Ice: B-Rank (Appears as early as B5)

The lower the rank the sooner you can get to the Gem Slime. By sooner I'm
talking lower level treasure maps and in some cases lower level floors in
those grottos. So Ice; which is one of the rarer treasure maps, is the best 
treasure map to have to farm Gem Slimes. Below I will list the enemies that
you will want to be on the lookout for on the first floor to get a map that
has gem slimes. Note that these aren't all the monsters on the floor; these
are the monsters that if present on the first floor will guarantee that your
grotto will be a Gem Slime in the floors that are listed below. You must 
also have a grotto that can reach those floors before reaching the boss.

S-Rank Grottos (Gem Slime Floors): Enemies on 1st floor
Water (B13-16): Boogie manguini, Mandrake monarch
Ruins (B9-12): Sluggerslaught, Freaky tiki, Alarmour
Ice (B5-B8): Firn fiend, Darkonium slime, Grim reaper, Wight emperor

A-Rank Grottos (Gem Slime Floors): Enemies on 1st floor
Ruins (B13-B16): Barbatos, Gem jamboree, Sluggerslaught
Ice (B9-12): Charmour, Night knight, Firn fiend, Cannibelle, Freezing fog

B-Rank Grottos (Gem Slime Floors): Enemies on 1st floor
Ice (B13-B16): Freezing fog, Wight king, Great troll, Belisha beakon

In addition to normal grottos, there are special treasure maps that will
have Gem Slimes only on specific floors. As they are extremely rare I
only know of them and have never acquired one myself. Certain names are
more likely to have these floors then others. However, keep in mind that
there is no guarantee that having a map with these names will actually
turn out to be a Gem Slime Map. These are simply the names of maps that
have been found in the past and are more likely to be Gem Slime Maps.
The names I have found on the forums. Special thanks to ignasia7 for his 
post on the Gem Slime maps. He has credited foifoi2, ohitsthatguy1 and 
MelonGx for information leading to the post.

Known Gem Slime Only Maps (Name of map, Lv):

Emerald Crypt of Bliss Lv.57

Platinum World of Glee Lv.64

Silver Crypt of Dread Lv.69

Diamond Glacier of Bane Lv.72

Emerald Ruins of Gloom Lv.72

Diamond World of Bliss Lv.74

Sapphire Maze of Dolour Lv.74

Diamond Glacier of Hurt Lv.75

Steel Crypt of Ruin Lv.79

Silver Ruins of Dolour Lv.80

Emerald Snowhall of Hurt Lv.81

Emerald Maze of Gloom Lv.81

Platinum Ruins of Dread Lv.83

Diamond Path of Dread Lv.86

Diamond Crypt of Gloom Lv.86

Ruby World of Evil Lv.89


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|projectargus's Method\     			   			  /*PA|
===============================================================================

projectargus came up with an ingenious method of making money that rivals Gem
Slime. His method is to steal from the Cumulus Hex monster that appears as 
early as B-Rank in Nature grottos (Caves). What makes this method better then
regular Gem Slime farming is that the Cumulus Hex monster is a common monster
and doesn't require a lot of running around to see. In addition, the types of
grottos that Cumulus Hex appears in are among the most common. However, if you
happen to find a Gem Slime Map with a Gem Slime floor; don't bother using this
method. The items as well as how much they can be sold for are listed below:

- Mistick (common) - sells for 8250
- Flowing dress (rare) - sells for 9000

The best setup for stealing these items are to have at least 3 LVL 99 thieves 
or rangers in your party. Note that a Ranger has more deftness than a thief
so they will actually be better at stealing than thieves. You will also want 
to try to get a hold of some Dire Critical Fans for your thieves as the fans 
give +10% chance to Coup de Grace and the Coup de Grace of a thief guarantees 
loot from an enemy even after you steal from that enemy. The 'Thieve's 
Theory' scroll can also get you a chance at another loot. This means you can 
potentially get 27k in a single fight; but that is an extremely rare case.
Either way, the average is around 10k per fight which is about the same as 
Gem Slime farming on a normal map. Again, since a Cumulus Vex is not a rare
monster you'll be able to get into more Cumulus Vex encounters than you
will Gem Slime encounters; unless you have a Gem Slime only map.

The treasure maps you are looking for are nature grottos that are listed as
Caves in the Grotto Calculator provided by woodus.com. Caves look like they
are described; caves. However, they can be confused with fire grottos which
also look like caves with magma running through them. Don't confuse the two.
Below I have listed the enemies to look for on the first floor to see if you
have the a Cumulus Hex map. In parenthesis you will find the location of the
Cumulus Hex.

Rank-E (B13-B16):
Cumulus vex, Cobra cardinal, King cureslime, Gem jamboree, Red dragon

Rank-D (B9-B12):
King crab, Genie sanguini, Prism peacock, Terror troll, Moai minstrel, 
Drakulard

Rank-C (B5-B8):
Drakulard, Sluggerslaught, Cosmic chimaera, Wishmaster


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|Special Thanks\     			   			          /*ST|
===============================================================================

Originally written by meph. I'd like to thank my family for having
the patience to deal with my video game addiction. Also, Thanks to Mimas for
the original post on the Gold Mail method and xckx and GrandAlchemist for
bringing it to the attention of the Dragon's Den. Thanks to Celestrian for the
Ear Cosy method. Thanks to the Dragon's Den for keeping the information of who
originally came up with these methods. Special thanks to ignasia7 for his 
post on the Gem Slime maps. He has credited foifoi2, ohitsthatguy1 and 
MelonGx for information leading to the post. Also, thanks to projectargus for
his method of stealing items to make money. Thanks to the various posters that 
indirectly brought these methods to my attention. Lastly, thanks to GameFAQs
for hosting  this FAQ as well as all the other FAQs they host and keeping it
free. You read it exclusively at GameFAQs.