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In Tera, you can gather different materials. On the US Tera, gathering falls under 3 categories : energy, plants, and mining. Each has their own stat, and successfully gathering the respective material raises that stat.

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What's the maximum stats for energy, plants, and mining - how high can I go?

Besides obviously gathering materials easier, are there any other advantages to higher gathering stats?

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The literal answer to your question is 250, but I think what you want to know is how much you should raise it at a given time (or at least, that's what I would want to know if I asked a question like this).

For gathering professions there are 5 tiers (TERA seems obsessed with tiers):

  1. tier 1 are in areas <20
  2. tier 2 are in areas <30
  3. tier 3 are in areas <40
  4. tier 4 are in areas <50
  5. tier 5 are in areas <=60

The idea being that as you progress in gathering professions you'll be able to acquire higher tier nodes. If you aren't keeping your gathering up with your leveling you'll start failing a lot.

Each tier corresponds to about 50 skill points, so you'll want to make sure you're hitting that rate of improvement as you move through the zones, otherwise it'll become more difficult.

Having a high gathering skill doesn't provide stats on it's own, but successful gathering does provide benefits (such as increased stamina up to 135). These temporary (usually 10-20min) buffs make leveling significantly easier. However, if you haven't kept up on your gathering skills you'll find higher tier nodes hard to mine (multiple failures and even destroying plentiful nodes before you extract everything out of them), so you lose out on said buffs. Thus, while having a high skill doesn't directly denote a buff, it indirectly allows you to receive buffs.

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Thanks for the comprehensive answer! –  rlb.usa Apr 24 '12 at 17:51
    
FYI: Normal nodes won't collapse, they'll just fail to gather on a non-success. However, if you fail on a plentiful node (which will allow 3 gathers if you keep succeeding), then that node destroys itself. I took the liberty of tweaking your answer to that effect. Other than that, great answer as always! –  Shaun Apr 25 '12 at 0:40
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