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Zhu-Khang joins the Steam marketing team

July 25, 2015 Leave a comment

This is not strictly speaking an AoC post but I found it funny so I’ll post it anyway. Zhu-Khang is the NPC in Tarantia Noble District who offers to sell you thirty gold for the low price of forty gold. I was reminded of him when I saw the following package deal on Steam:


(Click to enlarge.)

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Vanir armor

July 17, 2015 Leave a comment

This is the Vanir counterpart to the post about Nemedian armor from a few weeks ago. Age of Conan contains a decent amount of low-level green Vanir-themed gear; much like the Nemedians, any Vanir mob can drop armor that is within a couple of levels of the mob’s own level. Most of this gear occurs across several levels, such that the different-level version of an item have different stats (and often also different names) but the same appearance. The lists below will try to indicate which levels each item is available on, but this information is probably a bit incomplete; there is so much Vanir gear that I didn’t explore it as thoroughly as I did Nemedian gear for my previous post. When not mentioned otherwise, the gear in this post is green and bind-on-equip.

Vanir weapons

Each sub-list below is a group of weapons with the same 3-d model, but different names (the corresponding levels are given in parentheses). Many of these 3-d models are used numerous times in the game for various quest rewards, dungeon drops, etc., and I don’t pretend to have collected all these variants; the lists only include those that I’m aware of.

  • One-handed blunt
    • Crazed Vanir’s Mace (41)
    • Vanir Prospector’s Mace (45, 47)
    • Vanir Raider’s Mace (23, 25)
    • Vanir Avenger (80 blue bind-on-pickup) from Overseer Olik in the Vile Nativity
    • Scoundrel’s Spiked Mace (80 green bind-on-pickup), quest reward from War on the Roofs, Tarantia Commons
    • Skullcracker (31 blue bind-on-equip), drops from Commander Vakarr in Conall’s Valley (I’ve seen it in the epic instance, not sure if it also drops in the normal one or not)
  • One-handed edged
    • Vanir Aggressor’s Axe (20, 22)
    • Vanir Beastmaster’s Axe (26, 28)
    • Vanir Sentry’s Axe (24)
    • Vanir Butcher Axe (80 blue bind-on-pickup) from Overseer Olik in the Vile Nativity
  • Dagger
    • Vanir Ambusher’s Dagger (21, 23)
    • Vanir Flametender’s Dagger (25, 27)
    • Vanir Oracle’s Dagger (31)
    • Vanir Ritemaster’s Dagger (45, 47)
    • Vanir Fleshcarver (80 blue bind-on-equip) from Overseer Olik in the Vile Nativity
  • Two-handed edged
    • Vanir Assailer’s Greataxe (40)
    • Vanir Infiltrator’s Greataxe (20, 22, 24)
    • Redspray (80 blue bind-on-pickup) from Tramplerage in the Onyx Chambers
  • Two-handed blunt
    • Vanir Basher’s Battlehammer (46)
    • Vanir Cutthroat’s Battlehammer (20, 22, 24)
    • Vanir Deathbringer’s Battlehammer (30)
    • Vanir Reaver’s Battlehammer (28)
    • Oxleg (80 blue bind-on-pickup) from Nefru in the Onyx Chambers
    • Spinebreaker (29 blue bind-on-equip), world drop
    • Icebreaker (32 blue bind-on-pickup); prob. a quest reward
    • Remorse (50 blue bind-on-pickup); prob. a quest reward
    • Malignant Crusher (80 bind-on-equip), old-world drop
  • Shield
    • Vanir Beastmaster’s Shield (27)
    • Vanir Champion’s Shield (31)
    • Vanir Desecrator’s Shield (29)
    • Vanir Raider’s Shield (21)
    • Vanir Sentinel’s Shield (25)
    • Vanir Warrior’s Shield (43)
  • Thrown
    • Vanir Champion’s Throwing Axe (30)
    • Vanir Raider’s Throwing Axe (20, 22, 24)
    • Vanir Reaver’s Throwing Axe (26, 28)
    • Vanir Warder’s Throwing Axe (40, 42)
    • Vanir Warrior’s Throwing Axe (44, 46)
    • Throwing Axe of the Ziggurat (80 blue bind-on-pickup) from Narvi in the Threshold of Divinity
  • Bow
    • Vanir Digger’s Bow (39, 41, 43)
    • Vanir Lookout’s Bow (21)
    • Vanir Master Scout’s Bow (31)
    • Vanir Sharpshooter’s Bow (45, 47)
    • Vanir Skirmisher’s Bow (23)
  • Shield
    • Vanir Square Shield (80 blue bind-on-pickup) from Overseer Olik in the Vile Nativity

Heavy armor

Each of these sets consists of 7 parts (everything except hands) at every possible level. They occur under two names: Vanir Champion’s (level 30, 32) and Vanir Warrior’s (level 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48). Regardless of name and level, all these sets look exactly the same.


Medium armor

Each of these sets consists of 2 parts (head and chest) at every possible level. They occur under various names: Vanir Assailer’s (level 40), Vanir Deathbringer’s (30, 32), Vanir Raider’s (level 20, 22), Vanir Reaver’s (level 26, 28), Vanir Sentry’s (level 24), and Vanir Sharpshooter’s (level 44, 46, 48). Regardless of name and level, all these sets look exactly the same. In the following screenshot I combined the two medium parts with the other 5 parts of the heavy set (legs, feet, belt, shoulders, wrists).


Light armor

Each of these sets consists of 7 parts (everything except hands) at every possible level. They occur under various names: Vanir Ambusher’s (level 21), Vanir Berserker’s (level 27, 29, 31), Vanir Hunter’s (level 41), Vanir Infiltrator’s (level 25), Vanir Pathfinder’s (level 45, 47, 49), Vanir Skirmisher’s (level 23), and Vanir Warder’s (level 39). Regardless of name and level, all these sets look exactly the same.


Cloth armor

Each of these sets consists of 7 parts (everything except hands) at every possible level. They occur under four names: Vanir Acolyte’s (level 20, 22), Vanir Mystic’s (level 30, 32), Vanir Ritemaster’s (level 44, 46, 48), and Vanir Runecaster’s (level 24, 26). Regardless of name and level, all these sets look exactly the same.


Vanaheim Conquest armor

This is conqueror culture armor; like other culture armor sets, it consists of 6 parts: the head, chest, and legs are level 78, and the hands, belt, and feet are level 79. These are all crafted blue bind-on-equip items and the recipes (one for the big pieces and one for the small pieces) drop from the Ghost of Rorik in Atzel’s Fortress. This set looks exactly the same as the Vanir heavy armor we mentioned above (except of course that it lacks wrists and shoulders, and on the other hand it includes hands, which the Vanir green sets lack).


In principle you could combine the conqueror culture armor with low-level green Vanir heavy armor to obtain a complete set (the conq culture set has hands, the low-level green sets have wrists and shoulders, and the other 5 parts are available in both sets and look identical). However, the result isn’t that great, in my opinion; as the following picture shows, the hands don’t go too well with the wrists.

Excavator armor

This is a level 80 social armor set (containing all 8 parts) that drops partly from the Overseer Olik in the Vile Nativity and partly from Narvi in the Threshold of Divinity. It’s closely related to the Vanir heavy sets shown earlier. Here’s a screenshot of it from my old post about the House of Crom armor sets:


Miscellaneous armor

One of the Clan Vigdis vendors (in Conarch Village) sells level 39 purple chests using the same models as the green bind-on-equip sets we’ve seen above (to buy them, you need rank 2 in that faction): Housekarl’s Harness (light), Vanir Bloodied Mail Jerkin (medium), Pathfinder’s Jerkin of the Wilds (medium), Raider’s Feral War Coat (heavy).

Narvi in the Threshold of Divinity also drops a few additional pieces of armor (blue, bind-on-pickup, often with interesting stats, especially a high amount of constitution) that reuse the same models:

  • Vanir Armguards of Subterfuge (heavy shoulder, using the same model as shoulders from the low-level heavy sets above): 446 armor, 102 critigation, 74 str, 40 evade rtg, 46 hit rtg
  • Vanir Bracers of Deterrence (light wrists, using the same model as wrists from the low-level *cloth* sets above): 284 armor, 132 critigation, 75 con, 30 hit rtg
  • Vanir Helmet of Vitality (medium head, using the same model as heads from the low-level medium sets above): 699 armor, 263 critigation, 96 con, 5 nat stam regen, 45 hit rtg, 48 crit rtg
  • Vanir Boots of Rapidity (cloth feet, using the same model as feet from the low-level cloth sets above): 295 armor, 161 critigation, 65 con, 7.5 nat stam regen, 48 hit rtg, 58 crit dmg rtg, 5% out of combat movement speed

There are also several low-level cloth feet that use the same model as the feet from the Vanir cloth sets: you can get Frayed Padsoles (level 5, white) and Coarse Padsoles (level 10, white) from the armor vendor NPC in Tortage; green versions (with additional adjectives in the name, e.g. Dense Frayed Padsoles) in this level range also drop randomly from mobs.

Categories: Age of Conan, Vanity Gear

Nemedian armor

July 7, 2015 1 comment

Ever since the launch of the game, various low-level mobs have been dropping green armor with names and appearance specific to their culture. Thus, we have Vanir, Nemedian, Darfari, and Pictish armor. The introduction of the achievement system has encouraged us to perpetrate small-scale genocides against Vanir, Nemedians, and Picts, and this in turn has enabled me to work on cataloging as much of their loot as possible. This post will be about Nemedian gear, and hopefully one about Vanir gear will follow in due course.

It appears that any Nemedian mob has a chance of dropping a piece of Nemedian gear (in addition to whatever other things you might expect a mob of that level to drop); however, a mob can only drop Nemedian gear close to its own level. Thus, if there is no Nemedian gear of a suitable level, the mob in question won’t drop any Nemedian gear. As we’ll see below, two pieces of Nemedian gear are level 37 (two-handed weapons) and everything else is on level 26–30. This means that you can’t get Nemedian gear from Nemedians in Tarantia Noble District and in Poitain; and the level 37–39 Nemedians in the eastern parts of the Wild Lands of Zelata can only drop two pieces of Nemedian gear (level 37 two-handed weapons). Thus, the best place for farming Nemedian gear is in the southeast of the Wild Lands and in the Border Range. Since this gear is green and bind-on-equip, you can also buy it from other players.

Nemedian weapons

  • Nemedian Crossbow
  • Nemedian Double-handed Axe
  • Nemedian Falchion
  • Nemedian Mace
  • Nemedian Pugio
  • Nemedian Scrotum Scutum
  • Nemedian War Maul

These weapons are available in several versions with different levels: 26, 28, 30, 32. Additionally, the Double-handed Axe (2he) and War Maul (2hb) are also available in a level 37 version.

There is another weapon which is a bit of a special case, called Nemedian Skinning Knife. This is a blue bind-on-pickup weapon (unlike everything else in this post, which is green and bind-on-equip), exists only in a level 34 version and drops from General Zarathus in the Border Range.

Nemedian Legionary’s armor

This medium armor set consists of 6 pieces (head, chest, wrist, belt, legs, feet) and exists in a level 30 and 32 version.


Some items with the same models also appear elsewhere: the helmet uses the same model as Zukas’ Prized Helm (from Zukas in the Main System) and Border Kingdom Helmet (quest reward for Atzel’s Head on a Pike, from Aelfrith in Conan’s castle); and the leg piece looks the same as Dogmatist’s Tasset (from Zukas in the Main System).

Nemedian Mage armor

The only Nemedian Mage item is a chest piece (Nemedian Mage Robe), which also exists in a level 30 and 32 version.


This robe uses the same model as generic level 20–29 mage cloth chest pieces; the basic level 20 white version is called Rough-stitched Robe (you can buy it from NPC vendors) and there are also lots of green versions with additional adjectives in front of the name. Another similar robe, but not quite the same, is the Dark Ember Robe (from the HoX level 40–49 world-drop set).

Nemedian Scout’s armor

This light armor set consists of 7 pieces (everything except hands) and exists in a level 30 and 32 version.


It looks exactly the same as the Pathfinder set (level 40–69 world-drop set for rangers), except that the latter also contains hands. The Pathfinder set is medium armor, so Nemedian Scout’s might be a useful option if you want it for vanity on a character that can only wear light but not medium armor.

Some of these models are also reused elsewhere: the legs look the same as Corruptor’s Tasset (from Renato Savill in the Cistern); the shoulders look the same as Proselite Armbands (from Zukas in the Main System).

Nemedian Cursecaller armor

This is HoX culture armor and is thus not really part of the Nemedian armor system; it doesn’t drop from any Nemedian mobs (although you can see some of them wearing at least some parts of it, e.g. caster mobs in the Noble District, so I just mention it here for the sake of completeness. Like other culture armor sets, it consists of six parts: the head, chest, and legs are level 78, and the hands, belt, and feet are level 79. These are all crafted blue bind-on-equip items and the recipes (one for the big pieces and one for the small pieces) drop from Black Ring Slave Masters/Mistresses in the Onyx Chambers.


Interestingly, this set used to look pink but was eventually changed into a much less appealing pale green. See the following screenshot of my HoX from early 2009 or so:


It looked a lot less attractive on male HoXes, as can be seen from the following picture (linked from the now-lost EU forum):

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There are also some other items with the same models: the chest (Nemedian Cursecaller Robes) uses the same model as Darkcraft Vesture (from Hek’lar in the Main System) and Corpse-mouldered Robe (Trapped Ghost, Slaughterhouse cellar); the head (Nemedian Cursecaller Cap) uses the same model as Border Kingdom Headdress (quest reward from the Atzel’s Head on a Pike quest, given by Aelfrith in Conan’s castle).

Sexy boots!

Some of the lovely Nemedian Priestesses in the Wild Lands of Zelata wear these very cute boots, but unfortunately they don’t drop as part of the Nemedian armor drops:

I’ve also seen some other mobs wear these boots, e.g. Jovus in Crows’ Nest.

It turns out that this model is available to us players on the following items: Leopardbane Slippers (level 44 quest reward from the Armsman’s Arena), Shadowmantis Treads (level 61 world-drop blue bind-on-equip item), Svelte Treads (level 69 world-drop blue bind-on-equip item), Ironsilk Padsoles (generic level 75–79 assassin cloth feet; you can buy a white version from NPC vendors, you can craft green and blue ones (the blue version is called Fine Ironsilk Padsoles), and there are also several green ones with additional adjectives dropping from mobs in that level range).

Categories: Age of Conan, Vanity Gear