Originally Posted by KayIsAZombie
I've heard that minebot mines twice as fast as mining lv2, so I'd say it's definatly a investment.
IIRC correctly, mining level 2 is about 3 times faster than level 1 and mining level 3 is indeed twice as fast as level 2. The difference is less noticeable between 2 and 3 unless you've done a LOT of mining, but it's definitely faster.
As to if it's a good investment, that depends on a lot of things. You'll still need to invest a lot of time into mining to earn lots of Ely, and it can be incredibly boring. I generally watch videos/anime/etc. on a 2nd monitor (hooked to a different PC to avoid lag) while I mine so I don't go insane. It's not that hard to do this when the monitors are side-by-side, but it would be more difficult to pay attention to both if they weren't. I've found that it's not easy tow watch anime since it's hard to read all the subs and still mine effectively (I really don't like dubs
), so I generally watch English stuff while I mine. (I think I've watched about 30 hours worth of Modern Marvels episodes this year alone while mining.
On the plus side I've found I can help friends get gems they need from the Crystal Mine quickly which is nice. A half hour ticket will do for most of the stuff needed for equipment upgrades up to around 100/110 or so. Also the minebot can be put in the bank or fashion shop inventory so you can use it on different characters on the same account. It maxes out at level 5, but it does get auto-loot at level 5 in addition to mining level 3. Being able to use it on different characters is a big plus since you can't share any of the other pets between accounts. (At least not of the ones we've gotten so far.)
Basically, don't expect to become an instant billionaire with one, but you can make a good income as long as you invest time. You may prefer to spend your time playing instead, mining is incredibly boring after all, even with watching videos while doing it. If you're wanting it just to supply ores/gems for your own crafting it is definitely worth the investment.