Aurum Alley’s Hustle and Bustle Event Guide (Part 1)

The decaying Aurum Alley is now facing a chance of revitalization - It can either be funded and rebuilt by the IPC, or be led back to prosperity by the local merchant guilds. And now, you are in a position to influence its decision...

The decaying Aurum Alley is now facing a chance of revitalization – It can either be funded and rebuilt by the IPC, or be led back to prosperity by the local merchant guilds. And now, you are in a position to influence its decision…

Since the whole event is too long, I decided to divide the event guide into 2 posts. This is the first part of Back in Business (I) and (II). The next part can be seen here: Aurum Alley’s Hustle and Bustle Event Guide (2)


Gameplay Overview

  • After the event starts, a new series of Adventure Missions, “Back in Business,” will become available. Complete Back in Business (1) to begin Aurum Alley Operations. There are a total of 4 phases.
  • After the limited-time event, Aurum Alley’s Hustle and Bustle, is over, Trailblazers will be unable to claim the event’s limited-time rewards. However, Trailblazers can still head to the Xianzhou Luofu’s Exalting Sanctum’s Aurum Alley’s Hustle and Bustle to obtain Regular Rewards.
  • During Aurum Alley Operations, earn “Merchant Guild’s funds” to help the merchant guild solve the crisis. After achieving the Merchant Guild’s funding goal of each phase and delivering it to the merchant quild, the subsequent mission storyline will be triggered and the landscape of Aurum Alley will change.
  • During the operations period, you can also complete “Merchant Events” to establish collaborative relationships with stores. After which, you can advance the operations process and alter the store’s landscape. Some stores after establishing collaborations will provide goods that can be sold.
  • After advancing Aurum Alley’s Operations Phase, more Merchant Events will be unlocked.

Gameplay 1: Inventory Arrangement

  • During Aurum Alley’s operations period, you can earn Merchant Guild’s funds via Inventory Arrangement.
  • After completing Merchant Events, you can add new orders and goods for Inventory Arrangement.
  • After achieving Aurum Alley’s Phase Goal, you will unlock the “Custom Order” of each store as a gameplay challenge.
  • After advancing Aurum Alley’s Operations Phase, a larger-capacity freight starskiff will become available, allowing for larger shipping revenue.

Gameplay 2: Logistics Planning

  • During Aurum Alley Operations, you can plan routes in “Logistics Planning” and obtain corresponding rewards by achieving certain logistic scoring.
  • After completing Merchant Events, you can unlock the corresponding stores in Logistics Planning and plan the logistics route from the store to the dock.
  • After achieving Aurum Alley’s Phase Goal, there will be “Streetside Events.” Complete them to obtain rewards and unlock the route advantages in Logistics Planning.
  • After advancing Aurum Alley’s Operations Phase, the Low-Elevation, Mid-Elevation, and High-Elevation logistics lanes will be opened in order to accommodate more stores.

Gameplay Details

Back in Business (I)

Just follow Sushang’s tutorial

➥ Complete Inventory Arrangement (gameplay 1) on freight starskiffs and reach shipping targets to earn Merchant Guild’s funds. Select/Drag goods to perform arrangement on the starskiffs. You can also rotate the goods to change their positions (this is important for future orders).

Yuanfeng at Heron Express

Once again, just follow Sushang’s tutorial

➥ After the first tutorial is done, you need to talk to Yuanfeng to delve into Logistic Planning (gameplay 2). You need to plan the route from the store to the docks using as short a route as possible, so the docks will acquire new goods = more items in the Inventory Arrangement. Plan the route carefully so it will meet the Logistic Scoring so you can get all rewards. This time, the maximum reward for Logistic Scoring is 15.

Lianyan at Oldies Depot

For the last time, follow Sushang’s tutorial

➥ Following the quest navigation, you will now find Lianyan at Oldies Depot. This time, you also need to play with Logistic Planning, at the same time learning about Route Advantages (buff that can increase Logistic Scores). This time, the maximum reward for Logistic Scoring is 30.

Inventory Arrangement (1)

➥ Go back to Mingxi and complete 4 orders in Inventory Arrangement. You can follow the images below for a decent arrangement.
➥ Specific types of goods only fit in specific types of Placement Spots. Profit from a single inventory arrangement can be increased by overlaying goods on top of each other.

Order 1

➥ Below are the steps to complete the Shipping Target:
1. Tap on the Small Dark Box (200 Merchant’s Guild Fund) x 6 times
2. Tap on the Blue Vase (150 Merchant’s Guild Fund) x 6 times

Writer’s note: Merchant’s Guild Fund will now be short-formed to MG Fund.

Order 2

➥ Below are the steps to complete the Shipping Target:
1. Tap on the Long Dark Box (500 MG Fund), and rotate it so it is vertical x 3 times
2. Tap on the Long White Box (250 MG Fund), and rotate it so it is vertical x 3 times
3. Tap on the Blue Vase (150 MG Fund) x 3 times

Order 3

➥ Below are the steps to complete the Shipping Target:
1. Tap on Small Dark Box (200 MG Fund) x 6 times
2. Tap on Long Blue Mat (150 MG Fund), and rotate it so it is vertical x 3 times
3. Tap on Vase with Flower (300 MG Fund) x 3 times

Writer’s note: ‘Tap on’ will now be removed from the next steps, hopefully, you got the gist by now.

Order 4

➥ Below are the steps to complete the Shipping Target & High Profit:
1. Long Dark Box (500 MG Fund) x 3 times
2. Long White Box (250 MG Fund) x 2 times
3. Long Blue Mat (150 MG Fund) x 1 time
4. Vase with Flower (300 MG Fund) x 1 time
5. Blue Vase (150 MG Fund) x 2 times

Merchant Event: Food Stand

➥ After completing 4 orders, you should be able to start the first Merchange Event: Food Stand. Just follow the quest navigation to complete the mission, regardless of your dialogue options. By the end of this Merchant Event, you will get ‘Authorized Recordings by Mr. Xiyan’ and ‘Authorized Recordings by Back’n and Forth.’

➥ Once the mission is completed, a new Logistic Scoring – Food Stall – will be unlocked. Follow the images above, and you will get the maximum reward for current Logistic Scoring: 45.

Inventory Arrangement (2)

➥ For the last time in the Back in Business (I) mission, go back to Mingxi and complete another 4 orders of Inventory Arrangement and get the goal of 100,000 Merchant’s Guild Fund.

Order 1

➥ Below are the steps to complete the Shipping Target & High Profit:
1. Large Desk (1200 MG Fund) x 1 time
2. Long Dark Box (500 MG Fund) x 1 time
3. Chair (400 MG Fund) x 1 time
4. Dumpling (200 MG Fund) x 2 times

Order 2

➥ Below are the steps to complete the Shipping Target & High Profit:
1. Long Dark Box (500 MG Fund) x 3 times
2. Long Blue Mat (150 MG Fund) x 3 times
3. Chair (400 MG Fund) x 3 times

Custom Order: Heron Express

➥ Before you can complete the remaining 2 orders, Mingxi will interrupt and teach you about Custom Order. You need to complete this Custom Order before being able to continue with the Inventory Arrangement.
➥ Custom Orders will be available for each store (there are a total of 10 stores), and on this first day, you can only complete 3 Custom Orders.

Custom Order: Heron Express

➥ Below are the steps to complete the Shipping Target:
1. Short Dark Box (200 MG Fund) x 4 times
2. Vase with Flowers (300 MG Fund) x 2 times
3. Dumplings (200 MG Fund) x 4 times

Order 3

➥ After completing the Custom Order, talk to Mingxi again to continue the Inventory Arrangement. Below are the steps to complete the Shipping Target & High Profit:
1. Long Dark Box (500 MG Fund) x 3 times
2. Long Blue Mat (150 MG Fund) x 2 times
3. Long Dark Box (500 MG Fund) x 1 time
4. Dumpling (200 MG Fund) x 4 times

Order 4

➥ Below are the steps to complete the Shipping Target & High Profit:
1. Long Dark Box (500 MG Fund) x 2 times
2. Small Dark Box (200 MG Fund) x 2 times
3. Long White Box (250 MG Fund) x 2 times
4. Long Blue Mat (150 MG Fund) x 2 times
5. Small Dark Box (200 MG Fund) x 2 times
6. Dumpling (200 MG Fund) x 2 times

Merchant Guild Letter of Appreciation 1

➥ After you complete all the orders in Inventory Arrangement on this day, you will get Merchant Guild Letter of Appreciation 1. In this letter, there will be 3 Streetside Events and 3 Custom Orders (Yes, these are the custom orders from before that I told you to skip first). Let’s start with Streetside Events first before the Custom Orders.

Streetside Events

➥ Complete specific Streetside Events to generate new route advantages (buffs) in the courier network and obtain higher logistic scoring.

Streetside Event 1

➥ Talk to the Responsible Cycrane on the ground and solve the Abacus Circuitry puzzle. The solution can be seen below:
1. Choose button 1 and rotate right 2 times
2. Choose button 2 and rotate left 2 times

Streetside Event 2

➥ Talk to Cycrane that was about to break down and solve the Abacus Circuitry puzzle. The solution can be seen below:
1. Choose button 1 and rotate right 3 times
2. Choose button 3 and rotate left 2 times
3. Choose button 2 and rotate left 1 time

Streetside Event 3

➥ Talk to Tall Auntie and she will ask you to check up on a Cycrane that was slacking off. Head north near Xingmi (you can also see the cycrane icon on the map) and Investigate the boxes. I choose ‘Whisper “you can get off duty” to its ear, although I believe every option is correct.

Custom Orders

➥ Now let’s go to Custom Orders. In Day 1, there are only 3 Custom Orders, each one is respective to the stores you visit and complete their Logistic Planning. You already completed the first one before (Heron Express), and now only 2 Custom Orders left: Oldies Depot and Food Stall.

Custom Order: Oldies Depot

➥ Below are the steps to complete the Shipping Target:
1. Small Dark Box (200 MG Fund) x 6 times
2. Long Blue Mat (150 MG Fund) x 3 times
3. Small Dark Box (200 MG Fund) x 3 times
4. Long Blue Mat (150 MG Fund) x 1 time
5. Small Dark Box (200 MG Fund) x 1 time
6. Blue Vase (150 MG Fund) x 2 times

Custom Order: Food Stall

➥ Below are the steps to complete the Shipping Target & High Profit:
1. Long Dark Box (500 MG Fund) x 3 times
2. Long Blue Mat (150 MG Fund) x 3 times
3. Small Dark Box (200 MG Fund) x 3 times
4. Long Blue Mat (150 MG Fund) x 1 time
5. Chair (400 MG Fund) x 1 time
6. Dumpling (200 MG Fund) x 1 time

Low-Level Logistic Planning

➥ Now that you have completed the Merchant Guild Letter of Appreciation, go back to Mingxi and choose Logistics Planning. You will notice that the Low-Level section has been upgraded with a maximum score of 90 with lots of buffs. Follow the images above to reach the maximum Logistic Scoring.


Back in Business (II)

➥ After the new Adventure Mission is unlocked, you can meet Mingxi in Aurum Alley for the next task. She bought a snack for you so you can get it from Tall Auntie at her stall. But the primary task for this mission is the Debate function. Your first opponent is A-Feng, and when he starts talking about ‘the presence of an ingenium’ like in the image above, presents the evidence: Courier Package.

➥ Next is the debate with Skott and there is 2 evidences you can show him. The first one is during his statement about ‘the inability to pay the rent,’ and you need to present evidence: Rent for Aurum Alley Dock.

➥ The second one is when he mentioned ‘buy off a dock worker.’ Present the evidence: Dock Worker’s Testimony. There is some continuation but there is no puzzle whatsoever so just play the mission until the end.

Inventory Arrangement (1)

➥ Complete 2 orders from Inventory Arrangement before you can unlock new stores and goods. Now, you will get a mid-size freight starskiff. More spaces = more items = more funds.

Order 1

➥ Below are the steps to complete the Shipping Target & High Profit:
1. Large Square Desk (1200 MG Fund), and place it in the middle x 1 time
2. Chair (400 MG Fund) x 13 times

Order 2

➥ Below are the steps to complete the Shipping Target:
1. Large Square Desk (1200 MG Fund) x 2 times
2. Long Dark Box (500 MG Fund) x 4 times
3. Long Blue Mat (150 MG Fund) x 4 times
4. Vase with Flower (300 MG Fund) x 6 times

Mr. Xiao at Artistry Hardware

➥ After completing the 2 rounds, you will talk to Yukong. Then, you can talk to Mr. Xiao at Artistry Hardware to talk about Logistic Planning, but he will test you first with an Abacus Circuitry puzzle first:
1. Choose button 2 and rotate left 1 time
2. Choose button 1 and rotate right 1 time
3. Choose button 2 and rotate left 3 times

➥ Only then can you plan a route in the Logistics Planning. Follow the images above, and you will get the maximum reward for the current Mid-Level Logistic Scoring: 15.

Inventory Arrangement (2)

➥ Now we’re back to Mingxi for another 2 orders of Inventory Arrangement. You will get 3 new items from the Artistry Hardware.

Order 1

➥ Below are the steps to complete the Shipping Target & High Profit:
1. Automaton (1600 MG Fund) x 2 times
2. Square Blue Mat (1100 MG Fund) x 2 times
3. Star Globe (750 MG Fund) x 1 time
4. Long Blue Mat (150 MG Fund) x 2 times
5. Vase with Flower (300 MG Fund) x 2 times

Order 2

➥ Below are the steps to complete the Shipping Target & High Profit:
1. Square Blue Mat (1100 MG Fund) x 4 times
2. Star Globe (750 MG Fund) x 2 times
3. Long White Box (250 MG Fund), stack them above and below x 2 times
4. Long Blue Mat (150 MG Fund) x 3 times
5. Long Dark Box (500 MG Fund) x 1 time
6. Long Blue Mat (150 MG Fund) x 1 time
7. Vase with Flower (300 MG Fund) x 2 times

Merchant Event: Longevity Hall

➥ After the successful 2 orders, you will get a Merchant Event with Qingque as the special guest. Just follow the quest navigation to complete the mission, regardless of your dialogue options. But the correct one is: Copy of Medical Certificate.

➥ Once the mission is completed, a new Logistic Scoring – Longevity Hall – will be unlocked. Follow the images above, and you will get the maximum reward for the current Mid-Level Logistic Scoring: 30.

Inventory Arrangement (3)

Order 1

➥ Once again, we have another 2 orders in the Inventory Arrangement. Below are the steps to complete the Shipping Target & High Profit:
1. Long Red Shelf (900 MG Fund) x 4 times
2. Long Dark Box (500 MG Fund) x 2 times
3. Bed (350 MG Fund) x 2 times
4. Long White Box (250 MG Fund) x 3 times
5. Blue Vase (150 MG Fund) x 7 times

Order 2

➥ Below are the steps to complete the Shipping Target:
1. Square Blue Mat (1100 MG Fund) x 4 times
2. Row of Boxes (550 MG Fund), place them at the edge of the starskiff x 4 times
3. Star Globe (750 MG Fund) x 1 time

Merchant Event: Delicacy Pavilion

➥ We’re back with another Merchant Event. First of all, you need to talk with Small Auntie for the initial task of solving a Navigation Compass puzzle in Stargazer Navalia. Below are the correct steps to complete the puzzle (Make sure the yellow circle is the same as the image below):
1. Switch x2
2. Rotate x1
3. Switch x1
4. Rotate x1
5. Switch x1
6. Rotate x1

➥ After defeating a Lupus inside the freight starskiff and bringing it back to the Small Auntie, time for the next task. This time, you need to take an order of 3 guests and choose the correct dialogue options. Below are the correct orders that the guests want:
Guest 1: A large bowl of moonlight rice.
Guest 2: Steamed soy sauce chicken. No coriander.
Guest 3: A medium cup of herbal tea.

➥ Finally, you can add the Delicacy Pavilion to the logistic plan. Follow the images above, and you will get the maximum reward for the current Mid-Level Logistic Scoring: 45.

Inventory Arrangement (4)

➥ Time for another 2 orders in Inventory Arrangement.

Order 1

➥ Below are the steps to complete the Shipping Target:
1. Long Red Shelf (900 MG Fund), place them at the edge of the starskiff x 4 times
2. Bananas (450 MG Fund) x 4 times
3. Large Square Desk (1200 MG Fund) x 1 time
4. Oranges (500 MG Fund) x 1 time

Order 2

➥ Below are the steps to complete the Shipping Target:
1. Long Stool (700 MG Fund), place them at the edge of the starskiff x 4 times
2. Automaton (1600 MG Fund) x 1 time
3. Long Dark Box (500 MG Fund) x 4 times
4. Bananas (450 MG Fund) x 4 times

Merchant Guild Letter of Appreciation 2

➥ You are done with Inventory Arrangement and Logistic Planning for the day. Now, on to Streeside Events and Custom Orders.

Streetside Events

Streetside Event 1

➥ Talk to Yuanfeng and he will mention a Cycrane that likes to slack off (yet another one). Meet the group of Cycrane just east of Yuanfeng’s location and choose ‘Catch them all’ to complete the event, pretty sure the options do not affect the overall ending of this event.

Streetside Event 2

➥ Talk to New Tester and help her navigate the lost Cycrane. For the first option, choose ‘Go left.’ After that, you need to find the Cycrane again because it wanders off, but you can just check on the map for its icon.

Streetside Event 3

➥ Talk to Little Tian and then you need to fight the fake Cloud Knight Officers. The dialogue option does not matter here.

Custom Orders

Custom Order – Artistry Hardware

➥ Below are the steps to complete the Shipping Target:
1. Long Red Shelf (900 MG Fund), place it at the edge of the starskiff x 4 times
2. Automaton (1600 MG Fund) x 1 time
3. Long Blue Mat (150 MG Fund) x 4 times
4. Vase with Flower (300 MG Fund) x 4 times

Custom Order – Longevity Hall

➥ Below are the steps to complete the Shipping Target:
1. Square Blue Mat (1100 MG Fund) x 4 times
2. Long Blue Mat (150 MG Fund) x 6 times
3. Small Dark Box (200 MG Fund) x 6 times
4. Long White Box (250 MG Fund) x 4 times
5. Blue Vase (150 MG Fund) x 6 times

Custom Order – Delicacy Pavilion

➥ Below are the steps to complete the Shipping Target & High Profit:
1. Long Red Shelf (900 MG Fund), place it at the edge of the starskiff x 4 times
2. Long Blue Mat (150 MG Fund) x 4 times
3. Oranges (500 MG Fund) x 4 times
4. Automaton (1600 MG Fund) x 1 time

Mid-Level Logistic Planning

➥ After completing every mission in the Merchant Guild Letter of Appreciation 2, go to Mingxi and choose Logistics Planning. The Mid-Level will now have more buffs and the maximum reward for current Logistic Scoring is 90. Follow the image above for a route that can get all rewards.


Back in Business (III)

Continued in another post: Aurum Alley’s Hustle and Bustle Event Guide (2)


Back in Business (IV)

Continued in another post: Aurum Alley’s Hustle and Bustle Event Guide (2)

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