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Level 40-49 world-drop blues

September 18, 2014 1 comment

This is a continuation of my previous posts about world-drop blue items (level 10–19, level 20–39). In today’s post we’ll deal with the world-drop blues in the level 40–49 range. I collected the data in the same way as in the previous post: I was farming bosses in epic playfields until I saw each of the following items drop at least five times.

The main problem in discovering world-drop BoE blue items from level 40 onwards is that the loot tables now also include 12 full armor sets, one for each class (see my old post about the level 40–69 armor sets). That’s 12 × 8 = 96 items; half of them exist on every odd level, the other half on every even level; thus, on our level range (40–49) there are 480 items from these sets. I’m really only interested in documenting those items that are not part of these sets. As the following table shows, there are 63 such items in our level range. Thus, out of 480 + 63 = 543 items, only 63 are of interest to us. In other words, when you kill a boss, there’s only an approx. 10% chance that you’ll get a non-set item; or in yet other words, you can expect that you’ll have to kill ten times as many bosses as you had to do at lower levels where there were no set items. (Due to this fact and due to the boredom from all this farming, it took me several months to reach my goal, i.e. to see each non-set item drop at least 5 times)

This same problem of course continues at higher levels, all the way up to (and including) level 80, where it is compounded by the fact that mobs have more HP and take longer to kill, plus from about level 55 or so the epic bosses start to hurt noticeably even on a level 80 character. So this post is probably the last one in this series; I doubt I’ll ever get around to exploring the level 50–59 range in the same way, let alone the higher levels.

Name

Level

Description
Battlebrawn Necklet

49

necklace, combat rtg
Battlescar Tasset

44

heavy legs
Battlezeal Belt

43

medium belt
Blacksever

48

2he, int
Bladeblur Mantle

40

cloak, con, evade
Bloodblight Bolts

48

bolts
Bloodburr Jerkin

49

medium chest, combat rtg
Bloodrighteous Belt

48

heavy belt
Bloodsear

40

xbow
Cicatrix Boots

42

heavy feet
Cloudbreaker

43

guardian polearm
Cloudguard Belt

44

cloth belt, mana
Compendium of Many Hurts

49

talisman, magic dmg
Compendium of Will

41

talisman, magic dmg
Earthscar

42

2hb, combat rtg
Embergrim

44

1he, combat rtg
Evanescent Boots

46

light feet, combat rtg
Fleshrender Hauberk

46

heavy chest, str, con
Frostlight

40

2he, str, combat rtg
Heartblight

45

dagger, combat rtg
Hexhammer

46

1hb, combat rtg
Howler Hide Cloak*

40, 42, 44, 46, 48

cloak, combat rtg
Icebiter Belt

40

heavy belt
Iceblessed Arrows

46

arrows
Mark of Hate*

40, 42, 44, 46, 48

DT talisman
Mark of the Lifereaver

43

DT talisman
Martyrs [sic] Robe

42

cloth chest, int
Mindmuse Necklet

41

necklace, magic dmg
Ophidian Leggings

47

cloth legs, combat rtg
Painthreaded Leggings

48

cloth legs, magic dmg
Porcupine Tunic

41

cloth chest, combat rtg
Providence

41

medium chest, combat rtg
Razorlegs

47

medium legs, combat rtg
Shadowsin Treads

45

cloth feet, dex
Sightshift Mantle

48

cloak, -hate, protection
Silentgrace Boots

45

medium feet, combat rtg
Skyscreamer

46

bow
Sleekspeed Leggings

48

light legs, str
Soulhallowed Jerkin

42

light chest, magic dmg
Soul Anvil

42

shield, con
Soulbleeder

47

staff, magic dmg
Soulfeast*

40, 42, 44, 46, 48

staff, int
Soultainted Belt

44

light belt, combat rtg
Sparkblessed Bolts

40

bolts
Sparkfrost

48

xbow
Spellwarder Braid

45

ring, con
Styptic Belt

43

cloth belt, combat rtg
Thighthew

40

light legs, combat rtg
Vigorspine Tunic

49

cloth chest, combat rtg
Wardthreaded Leggings

40

cloth legs, magic dmg
Whipspeed Slippers

46

cloth feet, magic dmg

*An interesting new phenomenon at this level range are a few items (Howler Hide Cloak, Mark of Hate, Soulfeast) that exist at multiple levels — at each even level from 40 onwards. The table above shows them up to 48 but actually they continue all the way to level 80. The different-level versions have the same appearance and the same stats, only in different amounts. These items are bind-on-pickup, not bind-on-equip, but they seem to be part of the same system as the bind-on-equip items (and the 12 armor sets), so they are included in this post as well.


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A few examples of interesting and recycled models:

  • Frostlight (lvl 40) and Blacksever (lvl 48) use the same model as Gorthogs Axe (lvl 24).
  • Soulfeast uses the same model as the Rod of Righteous Might (BRC quest reward).
  • Soulbleeder (lvl 47) uses a very popular model (staff with a snake head): it is also used by Ancient Serpent Staff (from the Treasury of the Ancients), Souleater (lvl 55 BoE world drop), Forbidden Firestaff (Sewer King, Main System), Incandescent Cane (Aturballon, the Catacombs), Deathwalker Staff (level 70 crafted), Kefmeh (level 78 quest reward from Onyx), Amun-Nepthek’s Staff (from Amun-Nepthek in Tarantia Commons) and Mindcurse Staff (Atzel’s Fortress).
  • Soul Anvil (lvl 42) uses the same model as the Arcane Shield (from the Treasury of the Ancients) and Bloodbane (from the Amphitheatre unchained).
  • Howler Hide Cloak uses the same model as Frostfur (quest reward from Behind the Ice in Atzel’s Approach), Nera’s Cloak (green quest reward from the Eiglophian Mountains) and Northern Frostcape (Atzel’s Fortress).
  • Bladeblur Mantle (lvl 40) and Sightshift Mantle (lvl 48) use a very widespread red cloak model; it also appears as Chancellor Cloak and Spectral Cape (both from Toirdealbach’s Tomb), Lifeswath Mantle (lvl 72 BoE world drop), Redblood Cloak (Shaddrizzar, the Cistern), Spellbane Mantle (lvl 40 BoP), and no doubt several others.
  • Earthscar (lvl 42) has a very peculiar-looking model; I don’t remember seeing any other item that looks the same.

The Tenth Portent

September 10, 2014 2 comments

This month’s world boss is called Remnant of the Lurker and looks like a slightly smaller version of the Lurker at the Threshold from the House of Crom. It spawns at the entrances to the House of Crom, on both sides (in Field of the Dead (550, 1285) and in the Eiglophian Mountains (165, 1280)).

Before the boss spawns, five green mobs appear, called Memory of X, where X = Khor-nu, Xan-phon, Queen Cao-Polyphya, Myk-ra, and Syth-los; they look like the bosses of the same name in the House of Crom. The Queen repeats the following speech in the /say channel a few times:

Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: Remember our pact, oh Threshold Lurker. That is not dead which can eternal lie. Give me nepenthe, give me sleep. Bring me a favorable dream.
Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: I dream. I walk up the steps of the ziggurat. I ascend toward heaven. The ritual is nearly complete. Below, my people cheer, and I love them.
Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: The gods have forsaken Atlantis to endless tragedy. Our culture breathes its final breath, but they cheer, for I, their queen, have a plan. My people love me with a love that is more than love and trust me past all calamity.
Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: Though the gods are silent, Valka will answer tonight. He must. For I carry a swaddling bundle, the Little Prince, divinely conceived. The god of land, sea, and sky will come down to see his son.
Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: Oh Valka, Lord of the Heavens, delight of the gods, from whom all evil retreats — to thee do we cry for banished children of Atlantis. Almighty Valka, your children cry out in the dark! Raise us from this ocean of tears.
Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: I stand atop the ziggurat. Bellow, my people chant the prayers I taught them. The ritual is complete. My people cheer. The eye of heaven opens! Valka, god of all gods, is about to answer our every prayer…
Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: It is a pleasing fiction… A pretty lie… No, no! The truth flutters in as a moth-winged nightmare. Fie! Fie! Truths are poisoned thorns on a flower’s stem. I squeeze! I squeeze!
Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: This dream turns rancid. Truth is the worm that devours everything in life that is sweet. Below, the people cheer, but only because they know not the truth: no one is coming to save us.
Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: The truth is, I kept a secret. How could I tell them? My people give me their love and faith, use the last drops of their blood and will to build this temple, because they believe in me. How could I tell them all was for naught?
Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: The truth is, while I gave them hope, there was no one to give it me. A secret held grows inside, gestates and devours everything that was sweet and good. Truth is the conquering worm.

This explains the background story of the House of Crom and is similar to the things she’s saying in her room in the Vile Nativity. Once the boss spawns, the green mobs die from the first big aoe hit.

Some people compared the boss to a raspberry, but I’ll always think of it as a giant brain. It’s tempting to imagine the mighty Lurker shivering in fear while a mob of zombies approaches, drooling at the prospect of such a feast 😛


Braaaaaaaaainz!
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The mechanics of the fight are relatively interesting, and I was particularly glad to see that there are no knockbacks 😛 The boss does crushing white hits on the aggro holder. Occasionally he casts Tendril of Despair, which spawns a giant tentacle and does a crushing AoE hit to people around it. There’s another AoE attack called Soul Eater, which hits people around the boss with unholy damage; it also puts a 2-second debuff of the same name on them, but this debuff doesn’t seem to do anything. Often, but not always, Soul Eater also heals the boss, most commonly by 112500 points, though I’ve sometimes also seen other numbers, going up to 150000. They tend to be relatively round numbers, so I guess the amount depends on the number of players hit by the AoE, but it isn’t a plain old linear function. Life Syphon is a channeled spell which does about 10 ticks in 4 seconds; each tick does a small amount of unholy damage on the aggro holder and heals the boss for around 13k hit points. The boss has a special animation during this spell, rising in the air a bit and spinning in a circle. There’s also Fragment of Reality, which spawns an add (a small brain) on a random player. Finally there’s Transcending Reality, where the boss disappears into the ground and spawns a number of adds (Fragments of Reality); the boss reappears about 20 seconds later and the adds disappear. The Fragments of Reality tend to just float around randomly and eventually do an unholy AoE attack called Reality Burst.

In terms of loot, there’s nothing particularly new. Since the boss appears in Cimmeria, it drops the Cimmerian regional social armor sets (Black Leather, Hyperborean Shaman) in addition to the global ones (Shattered Colossus, Slayer’s). Among other social items, there’s the Crown of Winter again. Among crappy social consumables, Winterdream Wine seemed to drop particularly often.

There is of course also a new mini-pet, Remnant of the Lurker, which is decently large and surprisingly cute for an oversized floating brain 🙂


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The pet doesn’t do anything terribly interesting; it has a Life Syphon animation, and it can disappear into the ground like the boss does during Fragment of Reality.

Here’s an overview of the loot I got on my guardian from this boss:

Count

Item
Social animations, particles etc.
2

Bottled Spirits
2

Cowardice Remedy
3

Electric Boogie
5

Flaming Sanduca
4

Ritual Knife
3

Sticky Fresh Blood
10

Winterdream Wine
4

Ymirish Prayer
Food, potions, buffs
1

Potent Daggamalt, Dire Sweetpressed Haste
7

Ta Neheh Leaf Elixir
8

Kingsmight Ale
4

Elixirs (0 Guile, 0 Invigorative Rejuvenation, 3 Physical Might, 1 Precision)
0

Philtres (0 Constitution, 0 Strength)
0

Minor Elixir of Resurgence (self-rez)
Vendors of crappy social consumables
3

Traveller’s Merchant Contract
Social armor sets
8

Black Leather set
3

Hyperborean Shaman’s set
1

Slayer’s set
4

Shattered Colossus set
0

other social armor sets
Other social armor
2

Crown of Winter
5

Tigerskin cloaks
Raid gear
16

T1 armor
10

T1 weapons (3 swords, 3 shields, 4 polearms)
6

T2 armor
2

T2 weapons (1 sword, 0 shields, 1 polearm)
AA urns
6

Flask of Completion (20000 Mastery XP)
2

Flask of Direction (50000 Mastery XP)
4

Coffer of Radiance (62500 Mastery XP)
Pets
5

animal pets (1 Black Cobra, 1 Fat Harry, 2 Fire Salamanders, 1 Wolverine Kit)
2

dancing pets (1 Khitan female, 1 Stygian male)
Purple caches
4

Slayer’s Cache of the Lurker (purple cache)

And an overview of purple caches from all bosses so far, on all of my characters:

Boss Total
no. of
kills
# purple caches Drops from purple caches
from
blue
direct total Simple
Relics
Urns Rare
Relics
Pets

Gear
Dragon

185

6

2

8

7 (29)

0

0

1

0
Yeti

61

3

2

5

4 (15)

0

0

1

0
Basilisk

141

4

2

6

2 (7)

2

0

2

0
Serp. Man

78

3

6

9

7 (25)

0

0

1

0
Thrice Dr.

236

1

12

13

8 (31)

4

0

0

1
Ice Worm

191

1

9

10

8 (33)

0

0

1

1
Nergal

91

0

4

4

2 (7)

1

0

1

0
Leviathus

161

1

5

6

5 (20)

1

0

0

0
Execut.

122

0

6

6

4 (15)

0

0

2

0
Lurker

151

4

5

9

6 (29)

1

0

1

1

This is the third time so far that I saw a piece of non-raid purple gear drop from the world bosses; it was yet another crappy ring (Pearl Ring of Assault: 44 evade rtg, 55 hit rtg, 55 crit rtg, 44 immunity rtg, 120 protection).


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