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Pirate gear

There are several sources of pirate-themed social gear in Age of Conan. One of them is the Silk Road Cove, one of the random encounters that you can get if you talk to the Khitan pathfinder NPC in Khemi and say that you want to act as a caravan guard rather than paying him to take you to Khitai. There are about 8 possible encounters, you get a random one each time, so if it isn’t the one you want, you can either relog (to find yourself back in Khemi) and keep trying, or you can complete the quest in your current encounter and return to Khemi after that, which ensures that you won’t get the same encounter again during the next hour (while its associated quest is on cooldown).

Anyway, once you get the Silk Road Cove encounter, you don’t even have to take the quest (which would require you to collect some fruit and fish supplies) — you can simply go kill the Hyrkanian Pirate Captain boss there (158, 428); you can reach him most easily by riding up the hill and jumping from there to one of the walkways, thereby avoiding pretty much all the trash mobs that you’d otherwise have to fight on your way upstairs). He always drops one of five possible pirate items. The complete set looks like this:

Avast, me hearties!

Pirate gear from the Silk Road.

You can also buy a set of similar (but not exactly the same) pirate gear from the item shop for 500 Funcom points. Judging by bebot’s item database, these are level 9 bind-on-pickup items, and they are actually cloth armor with some melee DPS stats on it, rather than stats-less social armor:

Pirate gear from the item shop.

Oddly, the description in the item shop says “This item is usable by the following classes: Assassin, Herald of Xotli”, so if you have the Show Usable option enabled, you won’t see this set in the shop unless you’re from one of those two classes. But as we can see from the screenshot above, there don’t seem to be any real class constraints on the items themselves.

There are several other similarly-themed armor sets in the item shop: Marauder (cloth armor), Buccaneer (light armor), Swashbuckler (light armor), and also Tamara’s Corsair Armor Set (social armor).

You can also get several vaguely pirate-themed items from low-level mobs in Tortage Island (the solo level 1-5 area that you go through before reaching the City of Tortage). However, a more thorough investigation of these will have to wait until a future post.

A few of these items also drop, under different names, from Crates of Assorted Concoctions — see my post from a few weeks ago about those. These crates can also drop an eyepatch, which AFAIK doesn’t drop anywhere else. It looks like this:

Eyepatch from the crates, together with one of the white shirts from Tarantia Common District (see below).

Finally there are white shirts that you can get in Tarantia Common District. (The Silk Road Cove boss drops only blue shirts, as far as I can tell. I got several blue shirts from him by now, but no white ones.) One of the first quests you get there is to infiltrate the Crows gang, in the course of which they’ll send you to kill a member of the enemy gang, the Rats, and bring his shirt as proof. This is one of the rare occasions where a mob drops exactly the gear that it has been wearing; so you’ll get either a blue shirt with a diagonal belt (which looks the same as the one seen above), or a white shirt with a diagonal belt, or a white shirt without a belt.

Pirate shirts from Tarantia Commons. (Click to enlarge.)

Interestingly, the two white shirts (with and without the diagonal belt) also differ in a few other details, as the following screenshot shows (the belt armor slot has been left empty to prevent the belt from hiding the view of the bottom part of the shirt):

(Click to enlarge.)

There is also a blue shirt without a diagonal belt (e.g. on yg.com; it doesn’t seem to be in bebot’s item database, however), but I don’t think it’s available to players; I haven’t seen any of the killable Rat mobs in the harbor area wear it. Upstairs, around (444, 936), where a bunch of Rats are about to push a captured Crow member off the plank, some of the Rats do wear a blue shirt without the diagonal belt; but as this group of Rats is not attackable, you can’t get this shirt from them.

(Note: as we saw above, the pirate set from the item shop also includes a blue shirt without a diagonal belt. But that can’t be the same one that is mentioned on yg.com; the item shop one is a blue level 9 cloth item named Pirate’s Shirt, the yg.com one is a white level 1 social item named Pirate Shirt.)

If you hand in the quest, you’ll lose the shirt and won’t be able to get the quest again; so, if you want to keep the shirt, you should delete the quest and take it again afterwards (if you still want to continue with the Crows quest chain).

You can use the same trick to get a social hood item from the opposite gang, the Rats (who give you a quest to kill one of the Crows and get his hood as proof):

Crow Hood, together with a Steelsilk Tunic (level 80 cloth armor).

The main problem with getting these items is that once you’ve handed in these quests, you can’t do them again on the same character and thus you can’t get the items to drop any more. But you can mail them from one character to another, or even buy them from other players on the tradepost. For the Crow Hood, another alternative (which looks exactly the same) is the Ravenkin Hood, a caster hood that drops in the Crows’ Nest dungeon.

Incidentally, the Rats mobs in Tarantia Commons also exhibit an interesting variety in belts. In the first screenshot above, we saw a red Pirate Belt from the Silk Road Cove boss. In Tarantia Commons, there are also cyan belts in addition to the red ones; I don’t think any such belts are available to players, however.

Another type of variety that is available to mobs but AFAIK not to players concerns the pants. On the first screenshot above, it looks as if the blue shirt extended below the belt, but actually it doesn’t; the blue fabric that we see below the belt is really the top part of the pants. Thus, if you switch the shirt for a white one but keep the old pants, you’ll be wearing white above the belt but blue below the belt. Some of the Rats mobs in Tarantia Commons wear pants where this top part is white instead of blue, and still others wear pants without this top part at all, but I’m not aware of any way that players could get such pants. In any case, the Rats exhibit little sense of color matching and can be frequently seen wearing a blue shirt with white-on-top pants, or vice versa (see the above screenshot of the mob with the blue shirt without a diagonal belt).

Cyan belt, and pants with and without the top part.

Another case of mismatch between shirt color and the top part of the pants.

So we have 3 possible shirts (blue with diagonal belt, white with diagonal belt, white without belt), 2 belt colors (red, cyan) and 3 possibilities regarding the top part of the pants (none, blue, white). This gives us a total of 3 × 2 × 3 = 18 combinations, and I have indeed observed all 18 among the mobs of Tarantia Common District. (In principle you could get another 6 combinations by also including the blue shirt without a diagonal belt; but I haven’t observed all those in practice yet, because you can’t easily generate new mobs of this type by killing the old ones — only the unattackable mobs at the top of the cliff can have this type of shirts, so you’d have to reset the playfield to spawn new ones.)

Categories: Age of Conan, Vanity Gear
  1. Sandokan
    July 23, 2012 at 16:26

    I love your blog, i read any time i can. You can do it a guide about social vanity gear from guild city.

  2. Sandokan
    July 24, 2012 at 19:14

    I love this blog… you doing an amazing job. Maybe you can do it a guide about the vanity gear from guilds city.

  3. July 27, 2012 at 13:54

    Thanks for the comment; I’ll keep it in mind – I haven’t found that gear to be terribly interesting so far, but I might get around to doing a post about it eventually.

  4. Tjaza
    September 27, 2012 at 11:10

    Heya Cynara. I have been grinding Silk Road Cove encounter for a few days now, and the Boss ALWAYS drops boots. Am I just unlucky or did FC change something?
    But I was lucky with the eyepatch. I got it in the 4th Crate of Assorted Concoctions I oppened.

    P.S. I ❤ your blog. Keep up the good work 🙂

    • September 27, 2012 at 12:27

      Well, depends on what “grinding […] for a few days now” means. If the boss still drops all 5 items, each with a 20% probability, then the chance of getting nothing but boots after 5 kills is 1 in 3125 — unlucky to be sure, but out of thousands of players, sooner or later it’s got to happen to someone. After 10 kills this probability drops to 1 in 9.76 million, at which point I’d definitely be perfectly willing to doubt that the boss really drops all 5 items equally often. Or maybe you killed the boss hundreds of times — another possible interpretation of “grinding for a few days” — in which case getting nothing but boots is so ridiculously unlikely that a bugged loot table is the only reasonable explanation.

      I’d be surprised if Funcom changed anything there recently, as the content of the recent patches doesn’t include anything where one would expect them to tinker with the Silk Road encounters. But on the other hand, this wouldn’t be the first time they broke something that no sane person would consider related to the things a patch was actually about :}

  5. Mc
    February 28, 2013 at 19:46

    Hi Cynara.. so there is no way to get the pants/belt only red to match the bandana?
    Or can u get the Pants with white (common) and then red belt (silk) over it?

    • February 28, 2013 at 19:50

      I’m not aware of any way to get pants with the white part at the top; the ones I’ve seen available to players (all of which are shown in my post) have a cyan part at the top. As for the red belt, you can get it from the Silk Road (see the first screenshot above).

  6. Mc
    February 28, 2013 at 19:54

    so then the one u posted are actually blue pants but the white shirt over it?

  7. Mc
    February 28, 2013 at 19:58

    or just the mobs that are in common?

  8. February 28, 2013 at 20:02

    As I explained in the post, what looks like the part of the shirt below the belt is actually part of the pants — the shirt is entirely above the belt. The screenshots that have pants with the white part on the top are all of NPCs (this is easy to recognize because all my characters are female, so any male characters in my screenshots are definitely NPCs :P).

  9. Mc
    February 28, 2013 at 20:05

    aha..ok.. that makes sence then 🙂 thx.. (then it might look better all in blue)

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