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Yet more unchained loot

(Earlier posts in this series: part 1, part 2.)

The Red Ruin heavy set

If you open the unchained caches on a guardian, you can get three armor sets: Fallen Empire (full plate), Red Ruin (heavy), and Pharaoh’s Guard (social). I was pretty luck with the Fallen Empire set and got all 8 parts of it within a few weeks after the unchained dungeons were released. I completed the Pharaoh’s Guard set about one month later. With the Red Ruin set, however, I was plagued by bad luck; it took me until today to get the chest piece (after opening 134 blue and 111 purple caches; meanwhile I got most of the other parts of the set multiple times, of course).

The main problem with this heavy set is of course the helmet, which makes you look like Hannibal Lecter’s more dangerous and less well-adjusted cousin:


Having zoomed in and checked carefully, I think I can safely say that there are no holes for the eyes whatsoever. Let’s hope the helmet is well-padded as you’re going to bang into a lot of things if you wear it πŸ˜›

If you get rid of the helmet and the belt (the latter seems to have been pilfered from a semi-retired wrestling hero), you’re left with a pretty decent-looking set of slutplate armor, though I think I still prefer the Fallen Empire / Acheronian Keeper set. The shiny black color makes that set look much more badass and menacing, as you would expect from an Acheronian set. You can almost hear the screams of victims on the altars as you walk around wearing it πŸ˜›

Much like the other “new” unchained armor sets, the models of this set are anything but new. It’s the same as the full-plate set from Xibaluku (Voidcage (chest), Impenetrable Legguards, Nescient Helm, Warlord’s Cinch (belt), Spiteful Gauntlets; there reportedly also exist boots called Bloodfeint Sabatons; I’m not sure about wrists and shoulders). The same models are also used Some of these models are also used in the normal (level 63) version of the Amphitheatre of Karutonia (full plate: Bloodbrute Chestguard, Bloodbrute Legguards; heavy: Frostmaw Helm, Frostmaw Gauntlets, Frostmaw Boots, Frostmaw Vambraces). The helmet model is also reused as the Mask of the Master Gaoler, which drops from Norach + Surberec in Xibaluku since 4.1.

In terms of stats, the purple parts of the Red Ruin set are similar to e.g. Tiger heavy armor from Khitai, but with a bit less constitution (and some combat rating replaced by strength).

Moar pets

Mini-Pet: Queen Cao-Polyphya

This pet dropped from a Mystical Excavator’s Kit.


Note: the pet is the ugly malevolent hag on the left,
not the beautiful guardian on the right πŸ˜› (Click to enlarge.)

She does various emotes and has a couple of magic-looking animations:


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Click to enlarge.)

Mini-Pet: Acheronian Raider

This pet dropped from a green cache. He doesn’t seem to do anything particularly interesting, just a few emotes such as /track and /poundchest.


(Click to enlarge.)

Accessories from the Excavators quest

I got the following beautiful bind-on-pickup purple cloak, Great Cloak of Blessed Winds (117 wis, 193 heal rtg, 45 hit rtg, 54 crit dmg rtg), on my ToS from a Mystical Excavator’s Kit (purple cache that you get as a quest reward from the excavators quest):

Given the stats, I would imagine that PoMs can also get it. The amount of heal rating is unusually high for a cloak; only the Cloak of Shivering Stars (from the Coils of Ubah Kan) is comparable (201 heal rtg), but has just 80 wisdom and no hit rating. The T4 cloak has only 72 heal rtg, but on the other hand it has 122 wis and an extra 20 magic damage. (Two of the legendary cloaks from the Portents quest will have still more heal rating: 227 on the BS legendary cloak and 425 on the non-DPS healer cloak.)

Judging by the dev’s post on the testlive forum, there is also a Bear Shaman cloak with the same style, but orange instead of white; as well as a dexterity necklace and a HoX ring.

Updated drop statistics

Unopened Chest (green)

This cache can drop one or two of the following things:

What How many times it dropped
3 Daggamalt

55
3 Sweetpressed Haste

51
3 Moonspill

37
Manual of Instruction [2000 Mastery AA XP]

54
Manual of Discipline [10000 Mastery AA XP]

25
Flask of Completion [20000 Mastery AA XP]

11
2 Ta Neheh Leaf Elixir

9
2 Kingsmight Ale

7
2 Bloodpurple Ale

5
money (1–5 silver)

102
an old-world level 80 blue BoE item (not from one of the level 70–80 sets); e.g. I got a Freestrider Tasset, a Deathvigil Tunic, a Marrowbite Hauberk, a Demonflesh Tasset, and Bladefervor Boots

5
Pet: Shredder

4
Pet: Emperor Scorpion

3
Mini-Pet: Undead Guardian

1
Mini-Pet: Acheronian Raider

2
Pharaoh’s Guard armor (1× Sleevelets, 1× Gloves, 1× Boots)

3

These are statistics from opening 328 green caches; in 44 cases, two items dropped instead of one, and in one case there were in fact 3 drops (money + Pharaoh’s Guard Gloves + money), though I guess it might be possible that there’s some mistake in my records. There were two occasions where two separate money drops came from the same cache, which I guess answers my questions from one of the previous posts (if the game decides to give you two money drops from the same cache, they will be shown separately in the money channel, rather than added up and shown as a single drop).

From the 103 money drops seen so far, it seems pretty reasonable to conclude that the amount of money in each money drop is distributed uniformly in the range [1, 5] silver. (The actual minimum and maximum I’ve seen were 1.0062 and 4.9796 silver.)

One notable new drop compared to my original post is 4-hour mana food. Perhaps it’s just a coincidence that it never dropped for me in the first few weeks, or perhaps they added it in one of the subsequent patches. In any case, mana potions were dropping from the very beginning, which suggests that the drops from the green caches are independent of the class of the character that’s opening them.

Acheronian Cache (blue)

Here are the results after opening 134 blue caches on my guardian. Again each cache can drop 1 or 2 of the following (a double drop occurred in 40 out of 134 cases):

What How many times it dropped
money (10–49 silver)

7
Food:

2 Ta Neheh Leaf Elixir

14
2 Kingsmight Ale

7
Blue potions:

2 Dire Sweetpressed Haste

4
Green armor:

Pharaoh’s Guard Armplates

1
Pharaoh’s Guard Gloves

2
Pharaoh’s Guard Goldmail

3
Pharaoh’s Guard Helm

5
Pharaoh’s Guard Shenti

1
Pharaoh’s Guard Sleevelets

4
Blue armor:

Belt of Red Ruin

8
Belt of the Fallen Empire

6
Greaves of Red Ruin [feet]

9
Greaves of the Fallen Empire

14
Rerebrace of Red Ruin [shoulder]

13
Rerebrace of the Fallen Empire

12
Tasset of Red Ruin [legs]

16
Tasset of the Fallen Empire

17
Purple armor:

Gloves of Red Ruin [hands]

1
Vambrace of Red Ruin [wrist]

1
Vambraces of the Fallen Empire

1
Buffs:

Elixir of Brute Force [366 combat rtg]

3
Elixir of Guile [73 crit rtg]

5
Elixir of Invigorative Rejuvenation [15 nat stam regen]

6
Elixir of Precision [73 hit rtg]

6
Refined Elixir of Precision [183 hit rtg]

3
Minor Elixir of Resurgence [self-rez]

1
Pets:

Mini-Pet: Demigod

1
Pet: Living Statue

2

Regarding money drops, we still don’t have enough data to say anything much about the distribution; the 7 drops I’ve seen so far were 10.4923, 10.8027, 29.6378, 36.7848, 46.032, 46.0483, 48.1415, 49.3365 (plus 15.0030 and 34.5042 on other characters). IMO the safest guess would be that it’s uniform in the range [10, 50] silver.

Mystical Acheronian Cache (purple)

Here are the results after opening 112 purple caches on my guardian. Each cache can drop 1 or 2 of the following (a double drop occurred in 19 out of 112 caches):

What How many times it dropped
Blue potions:

5 Potent Daggamalt

6
5 Dire Sweetpressed Haste

5
Purple armor:

Breastplate of Red Ruin

1
Cuirass of the Fallen Empire [chest]

3
Gauntlets of the Fallen Empire

3
Gloves of Red Ruin

4
Helm of the Fallen Empire

4
Mask of Red Ruin

1
Vambrace of Red Ruin [wrist]

6
Vambraces of the Fallen Empire

8
Other purple gear:

Claw of the Death Master [1hb: 116.1 dps, 86 str, 47 hit rtg, 47 crit rtg, 55 crit dmg rtg]

1
Clasp of the Fallen Empire [necklace: 68 str, 37 hate inc rtg, 192 protection]

1
Emblem of Red Ruin [necklace: 86 str, 42 con, 18 hate dec rtg, 67 crit dmg rtg]

1
Trinket of Old Acheron [necklace: 534 combat rtg, 50 fatality rtg, 28 hate dec rtg, 67 crit dmg rtg]

1
Ring of Ancient Python [52 con, 52 hit rtg, 267 protection]

1
Ring of the Fallen Empire [80 str, 50 con, 35 hate inc rtg]

1
Buffs:

Refined Elixir of Guile [183 crit rtg]

4
Refined Elixir of Invigorative Rejuvenation [30 nat stam regen]

3
Refined Elixir of Precision [183 hit rtg]

3
Refined Philtre of Constitution [+5% con]

28
Refined Philtre of Strength [+10% str]

26
Other:

Minor Elixir of Resurgence [self-rez buff]

10
Phial of Tranquility [1 Expertise point]

5
Pet: Scorpion Archer

2
Mini-Pet: Un Nefer

2

One particularly annoying detail: not one, but TWO hate decrease necklaces (both bind-on-pickup, of course) can drop for a guardian. Perhaps they were inspired by John Donne‘s bitter but delightfully snarky lines:

  My constancy I to the planets give;
  My truth to them who at the court do live;
  My ingenuity and openness,
  To Jesuits; to buffoons my pensiveness;
  My silence to any, who abroad hath been;
      My money to a Capuchin:
    Thou, Love, taught’st me, by appointing me
  To love there, where no love received can be,
Only to give to such as have an incapacity.

Mystical Excavator’s Kit (purple)

These are the purple caches that you get as a quest reward for the excavator quest (to clear Ardashir Fort, Vile Nativity, Sepulcher of the Wyrm, and the Coils of Ubah Kan). Here are the results after opening 24 purple caches on my guardian. Each cache can drop 1 or 2 of the following (a double drop occurred in 4 out of 24 caches):

What How many times it dropped
Purple gear:

Fellhammer of the Sanguine Disciple [2hb, boe: 133.3 dps, 67 str, 45 con, 391 combat rtg, 38 hit rtg, 60 crit rtg, 90 crit dmg rtg] 1
Halberd of the Archaeologian [polearm, bop: 142.7 dps, 169 str, 221 combat rtg, 100 hit rtg, 86 crit rtg, 55 hate inc rtg, 123 crit dmg rtg] 1
Partizan of Red Ruin [polearm, boe: 135.8 dps, 50 str, 40 con, 7.7 nat stam regen, 409 combat rtg, 50 hit rtg, 75 crit rtg, 80 crit dmg rtg] 1
Buffs:

Refined Elixir of Brute Force [732 combat rtg]

2
Refined Elixir of Invigorative Rejuvenation [30 nat stam regen]

2
Refined Elixir of Precision [183 hit rtg]

6
Refined Philtre of Constitution [+5% con]

4
Refined Philtre of Strength [+10% str]

5
Pets:

Mini-Pet: Forsaken Child of Yig

2
Mini-Pet: Queen Cao-Polyphya

1
Other:

Phial of Tranquility [1 Expertise point]

1
Minor Elixir of Resurgence [self-rez buff]

2

The Halberd of the Archaeologian uses the same model as Polearm of the Black Pharoah (from Coils of Ubah Kan).

The Partizan of Red Ruin uses the same model as Blighted Halberd (from Xibaluku) and Imperial Acheronian Halberd (from the Iron Tower). A recolored version of the same model is also used for the Whispering Touch (T3 crafted polearm).

In terms of stats, the bind-on-pickup polearm (Halberd of the Archaeologian) is very nice; basically the same stats as on the T4 polearm, just in slightly lower amounts. The bind-on-equip polearm (Partizan of Red Ruin) is much less attractive; compared to other purple polearms in the game, it’s low on strength and constitution and it seems to be a bit more dps-oriented. I guess you could say it’s somewhere on the level of T1/T2 polearms. At least it’s better than the other bind-on-equip purple polearms (The Herald of Blight, Return of Time).

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