Begging is the ability to get small coins from various NPC's. It is a very dangerous skill, since many prefer to kill the begger rather than give him anything.

What is the best way to use this skill? How and where can you improve your begging skill? What, if any, use is this skill? What type of money can be made through begging?

Post your strategies on how to best develop and use the begging skill, and read, rate and comment on those posted by others.
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NPC in Netherbain Lair
# May 17 2020 at 7:37 AM Rating: Decent
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Go to the end of the hall, just befor the Dawnshroud Peaks zone in. You will find an NPC named Larin Sardor. I made it to about 198 before i started to see fewer skill ups but with a macro and some time, it will still increase.
# Apr 10 2020 at 7:12 PM Rating: Excellent
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Ok I have tried every suggestion in this guide. They aren't consistent and it will take you forever to level. I Found the Best NPC to my research and will get you 7 out of 10 skill ups to level 520 out of 575 then it's like 1 out of 20 from 520 - max 575.
The NPC's Name is PRINCE TARANT THEX (Dreadguard) Foun in Neriak Fourth Gate in the Barracks. This dude is by far the best and most consistent way to level Begging.

1. If you are not a Dark Elf then you are KOS to this mob and surrounding guards.
2. This NPC does not stay in one static place, he wanders within the room every 2 minutes. ( most likely on purpose so as to deter the AFK auto Players}
3. He does not give coin just the skill ups.

HOW to do this if you are not a Dark Elf
1. Have a Guise of the Deceiver Mask from the Casino award. (You can buy a total of 6 Gold Tickets to turn in to the Casino to Guarantee this Drop) Gold Tickets are bought from Bazaar players or from your Loyalty Tokens and handed in to Alerynril in PoK)
They are Lore so you have to buy one at a time them hand them in to Jacob Thornblade in Shadowhaven

2. You could buy 10 dose Dark elf illusions in Bazaar

Hope this Helps, if anyone can top this method please share !
By the way, when I found this method I was at 400 begging when I started. 2 and a half hours later I was maxed at 575. Compared to 6 skill ups every hour at the G-Fay Spires Scion

Edited, Apr 10th 2020 8:23pm by Nyquill

Edited, Apr 10th 2020 8:24pm by Nyquill
Easier since the patch
# Aug 05 2019 at 4:50 AM Rating: Excellent
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I tried this first with various NPCs in PoK but assume it's blocked the same way a bard can't play a AoE damage song, then followed advice and sat in the Nexus spire in Gfay begging from the Scion. After the Feb 2019 patch
it seems the skill rises quite fast. As a L48 monk with 255 stats I went up to 188 before an unsuccessful beg didn't give a skill increase. But with a 10s refresh it still took 45 minutes to get to 192 (at L48 that's out of 240) where the skill increases dried up. I created a social with 5 lines of
pause 100,/doability 6 [where 6 was Begging]
which helped a lot but it still took another 15 minutes to get to 200 so factor that in if you're looking to max your skill (at least at lower levels).

Even with a few pauses to break the tedium or bashing a wandering orc pawn for old time's sake I got to hate the mystic voice announcing the portal activity and Eldinn Ner wandering past. Should have done it on a character who could practise languages or divinity spells or something else to fill the time but I wanted this monk to be able to wear and figured there's only so much alcohol effects I can deal with (at least the refresh on drinking is half that of begging)
Skill but no money
# Apr 01 2019 at 2:31 PM Rating: Good
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I tried the soulbinder next to the bank in South Qeynos. I raised the skill from 2 to 55. Took about 10 hours using macro. However, not a single copper. :)
I am on 'The Al'Kabor Project' server.

Edited, Apr 1st 2019 3:32pm by Garrickk1
It still works in 2017!
# Oct 16 2017 at 4:35 AM Rating: Decent
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Yes, begging can still be leveled up in 2017 by carefully choosing who you beg from. Permarooted mobs would be good if they aren't so far above you where they can kill you with one shot. If you beg and they attack, you can back away and they won't chase you. A good mob for newbies is Arias in the Gloomingdeep tutorial. I got more than 20 skill ups from him with a new character recently without him ever attacking.
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# Oct 13 2015 at 2:11 PM Rating: Excellent
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Right by the Freeport PoK Book is a good spot. Marco Beg Erling Elsai.
Rest the Dead and Increasing Begging Skill
# Jul 12 2015 at 5:31 PM Rating: Excellent
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52 DE SHD -- using Rest the Dead on a lowbie zombie in Nektulous Forest and getting skill ups on Begging. Just passing along another option.
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Begging as a battle tactic.
# Dec 13 2014 at 10:14 AM Rating: Decent
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I can confirm that as a paladin, I used Flash of Light and Begging to increase agro. My original theory was that damage + Spellcasting + Begging would increase hate and protect a main tank in emergencies and is not 100% reliable. Additionally, the entire group needs to be aware as the goal is to keep hate close to main tank and for him to stop taunt/attack and step back to reduce his agro.
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Emissary Tinnvin
# Jul 26 2014 at 11:37 AM Rating: Decent
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Had just cast origin to try Crescent Reach soulbinder, saw Emissary Tinnvin standing there and decided why not try. Skilling up nicely after only a few minutes, no sign of change in how she considers me.
working begging up
# Jun 13 2014 at 10:37 AM Rating: Good
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Thanks to Loroth of Tunare. Use the npc in Nektulos called Farand Silver. He is a little east from the bridge, north side, up on bank.

Maxxed Begging
# Feb 24 2014 at 1:13 PM Rating: Decent
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My main toon is level 88 and I have just maxxed my begging at 440. I mostly raised it with the guards in Felwithe (north and south) and Kelethin, but I also went to Field of Scales with an iksar illusion and raised it on mobs; I call it "begging the mobs to death" Instead of hitting attack, I taunt bash and use spells to kill the mobs so I can keep begging. It took me a lot of time to max it. Now, I am wondering what use it is. I can get copper, silver and gold from NPCs with the title "guard" (not guardian) My disarm is maxxed as well so I can make mobs drop their weapons which provides another small amount of money now and then.
# Feb 13 2014 at 5:33 AM Rating: Good
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Never bothered with this "skill" before but now I'm kinda obsessed with maxing out every measurable skill in EQ. Using the Soulbinder in Rivervale I was able to skill up to 188 very quickly. But that seems to be some sort of "cap" since further increases have slowed to a complete crawl. Took 32 attempts to get to 190 (2 successes!) Oh well, something to do while watching TV. Altho at this point I'll probably switch to the macro version shown here and level it up along with some of my melee skills. My H2H is really poor! ;)

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Are you Drunk or just building aggro?
# Aug 25 2013 at 5:44 AM Rating: Decent
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The only successes I have had from begging were when I was drunk. If I'm not, I usually just get ignored. At a skill of 180 I got as much as 1 gold from a guard. My skill is much higher now and I have not tried to beg npc's much since 180.

I skill up off mobs I'm fighting.

A macro I wish I new earlier is /doability #
/autoattack off
/doability #
/autoattack on

On another note, there is a heavy circulating rumor that Begging can build aggro. But I don't know how to confirm this.
Are you Drunk or just building aggro?
# Aug 27 2013 at 8:51 PM Rating: Decent
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I used that macro successfully grinding aa in Barindu.

My begging rose steadily. Also, I did see an increase in aggro doing this. Paladin boxing a druid.
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# Mar 08 2013 at 9:10 AM Rating: Decent
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Raise your begging skill on the Soulbinder in your home town, the one in PoK will not work.
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and for those who think it is a useless skill
# Apr 30 2012 at 7:10 PM Rating: Decent
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There are actually a few quests that need a begging skill-- breakdown in communication comes to mind-- and it counts toward your proficiency ratings
Success comes when preparation meets opportunity -- and EQ is no exception.
i'm gonna make it easy
# Apr 30 2012 at 6:50 PM Rating: Decent
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Find a Nexus Scion - anywhere but the nexus-- most are in a safe area and are indifferent to about anyone. Then make a hot key from your begging skill - and key it "e" or some unused key in the key part of your options. Then, on your computer, press the shift key 5 times -- this should turn on your sticky keys and make your computer hit the same key or key sequence over and over. quoting from wiki "Usage

In Windows, to toggle on the StickyKeys feature, the user presses the Shift key 5 times in a row or press left Alt, left Shift and Print Scrn, and to turn it off press both shift keys at the same time. When activated, a dialog box appears, and the computer makes an internal chirp.[4] This is consistent with the activation sequence on the Macintosh. The activation is indicated by a small icon in the menu bar."

this allows you to beg while afk. The scion is one of the safest to beg from. my begging is now maxed.

Edited, Apr 30th 2012 8:54pm by iyeni
Success comes when preparation meets opportunity -- and EQ is no exception.
i'm gonna make it easy
# Sep 29 2012 at 4:10 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm confused -- I understand everything up until the point that my EQ client will beg while I'm AFK...?

I start the program while I'm loaded in my EQ client by clicking the left 'SHIFT' key twice -- it starts up and then I click 'YES' -- now what?

How do I then have key "1" (my hotbutton macro) pressed (w/ or w/out an interval) while I'm AFK?

Nothing seems to happen when I hit "1" in game once the program has started.

I'm running WIN 7 w/ EQ in maximized window mode.


i'm gonna make it easy
# Aug 21 2012 at 2:36 AM Rating: Decent
Upon reading about sticky keys, I only found that you could use it to continuously keep shift, crtrl, alt etc. down? Not to repeat the "e" key?

Could anyone confirm that this is a way to repeatedly press "e"?
Combat Beggin
# Mar 27 2012 at 10:53 AM Rating: Decent
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I made a hotkey that turns attack off, then begs from the mob, then turns attack back on. I have it set to the same bind key as kick, so every time I go to kick the mob, it begs from them, too. This has allowed me to raise my begging.
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Near Blightfire PoK portal
# Nov 11 2011 at 9:30 AM Rating: Decent
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I dont recall his name offhand but theres a Scout Somethingorother on a little ridge right near the PoK book In Blightfire Moors, overlooking one of the Mucktail Gnoll camps - he gives some quests for the mines and such - I tried begging off him while medding and got 3 skillups in like 10 tries.

Just sayin'
Begging skill 1-375
# Jun 16 2011 at 12:43 PM Rating: Decent
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The best/safest place for skill ups I found are starting cities. I maxed my skill at 375 just off the Soulbinder.

From my knowledge pets and anything in PoK gave no skill up on anything I tried.

Other information I gathered from doing skill ups are anyone (everyone I attempted at least) with just a name and no title under it will attack eventually. For example Guards, Eracon Krengon, or Exterminator's will attack but Soulbinder Novalu with a title under name (Soulbinder) will not. Secondly I noticed that if I did not get a skill up in the first 20 or so attempts (skill 1-100) from an NPC I moved on until I did. Examples are Sorn Copperhold (Banker).

Begging skill 1-375
# Dec 22 2011 at 10:01 PM Rating: Decent
I went from 200-393 from the Soulbinders; thank you much for the tip.Smiley: blush
begging skill up
# Nov 28 2010 at 4:42 AM Rating: Decent
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well just like to say as a beastlord i took the advise that mobbs give you better chance to skill up. I found i don't get aggro from gators in LP with my class so i can just beg gators or the natural mobbs in beach area and never even fight one.
Taelosian NPC
# Jul 09 2010 at 10:43 AM Rating: Decent
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Misan Rostenan near the Absyamal Sea portal mage doesn't attact, and does increase skill. No coin yet, but several levels of skill ups so far.
Taelosian NPC
# Sep 29 2019 at 1:51 PM Rating: Decent
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Abysmal Sea can be reached via Guild Lobby Magus to Nedaria's Landing. I found that begging from any NPC that is not a merchant or quest giver seems to skill you up fast.

Edited, Sep 29th 2019 3:18pm by Nenyagumba
A Mystical Snow Griffon - Plane of Time
# Jul 03 2010 at 10:13 PM Rating: Decent
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Plane of Time's "a mystical snow griffon", in the snow covered area, works very well for skill ups on begging. You can also practice your foraging skill there, and pick up "rye of eternity" and "water of eternity", which are miraculous meals.
Easy begging.
# Oct 18 2009 at 7:32 PM Rating: Good
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Zone into Time. Look left. Run across river. Target a mystical griffon. Beg away.

I've gotten 13 skill ups in about 10 minutes.

I tried begging my pet in Korafax and Pok and baz and nothing. Interestingly enough, it was at 80 to start...because I used to beg my pet while I fished at lake of ill Omen, while waiting for mana. Way, way back in the day.

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How to Beg and attack in combat
# Aug 13 2009 at 11:46 AM Rating: Decent
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It's pretty easy to skill up... Heres what I did on my BL. He's only lvl 75, but his beg skill is maxed (325). I just use it in combat along with kick and it skills up.

If you're a horrible at making hotbuttons I am going to walk you through it so that it is practically impossible to get lost while making this hotbutton:

First, Set up Begging:
Do CTRL+A. This should switch your "Actions" window (the window that normally has Find, Invite, Disband, Camp, Sit/Stand, Run/Walk on it) to the "Abilities" page. Right click on the square at the top left of the abilities page. This should bring up a window with a list of skills to pick from. Click Begging.

Second, Making the actual Hotbutton:
Type in on your chat window this text exactly as follows:
/Hotb Beg+Atk /attack off
Typing this in should make a Square appear on your cursor that says "Beg+Atk" on it. Place this Square onto your hotbar, (if you don't know what a hotbar is do ALT+H to toggle it on and off and draw some attention to where it is) it doesn't matter where on the hotbar you decide to place the square, just place it somewhere on there. Now that the hotbutton is on the hotbar, right click it. When you right click the button it should bring up a window named "Edit Social". There should be 5 lines on this hotbutton. You should edit the hotbutton so that they are like this (THIS DOES NOT ALSO INCLUDE WRITING THE PHRASES "Line #1", "Line #2", and "Line #3"):

Line #1: /attack off
Line #2: /do 1
Line #3: /attack on

Then click accept at the bottom right of the window.

While fighting a mob, click on your hotbutton and it should enable you to attack and beg at the same time.
# Oct 15 2007 at 10:29 PM Rating: Decent
I went to Freeport looking for the NPC mentioned, and couldn't figure out how to get into the Academy of Arcane Science. So I begged off random Freeport NPCs for about two hours, and got three skillups. Then I was on my way to PoK to get and INT buff spell, and I begged off Freeport's animals (and deathfist orc, and skellies) on the way. Goe 7 more skillups in the space of 20 minutes (keep in mind about the begging skill not being SPAMmable). So it seems animals are more likely to give you skillups then people, or rather, mobs that are designed to be killed rather then merchs and quest-givers.

This is at level 0, begging is now at 9.
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