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Khitai world-drop blues

The introduction of the achievement system in update 4.5 has been an unexpected boon for my efforts to catalogue the world-drop blue loot. (For my previous posts in this series, see: level 10–19, level 20–39, level 40–49).

A large number of (moderately) rare open-world bosses were introduced for the Bane achievements, and these bosses always drop a piece of blue BoE loot, even in normal-mode playfields. The two big differences between them and the traditional open-world bosses that we’ve known since release are the following:

(1) From the traditional bosses, a blue drop is only guaranteed if you kill them in an epic instance; in a normal instance, a blue drop is very unlikely. By contrast, the new achievement bosses always drop a blue item, even in a normal instance.

(2) From level 40 up, the loot tables of the traditional bosses include 12 armor sets (see my old posts for screenshots: level 40–69, level 70–80), which account for around 90% of the items in these loot tables. So if you’re only interested in farming the other items, those which aren’t part of the sets, you’ll have to kill the bosses a lot more times than on lower levels because most of the time they’ll be dropping the set pieces that you don’t care about. The new achievement bosses don’t have these 12 armor sets in their loot tables, so the problem is gone.

This makes the new achievement bosses very attractive for farming the open-world blue loot. They do have one disadvantage, however: they are, in principle, rare — you have to kill a placeholder mob and hope that your boss will then spawn in its place. But in practice, they aren’t *that* rare, so farming them isn’t that much of a problem.

When the Khitai expansion was released, the old open-world blue drop system was extended with a number of new level 80 items — armor pieces (which do not form complete sets), weapons, and accessories. Unlike in the old world, these items did not drop directly from bosses, but had a small chance of dropping from various bags which you could get as random drops from mobs (not just bosses) or as quest rewards. I got a few blue items that way, but the drop rate is very low, and there was simply no practical way for an individual player to explore the whole loot table.

But now, these Khitai blue BoE items also drop from the new achievement bosses in Khitai and the Dragon’s Spine, so they are quite easy to farm and I was able to explore the loot table in the same way as in my earlier posts for low-level open-world BoE blues; I kept killing the bosses until I had seen each item drop at least five times. Who knows, I just might eventually do the same for old-world level 50–80 blue drops.

Name

Level

Description
Administer’s Gloves

80

light hands, magic dmg
Band of Introspection

80

str/con ring
Bands of Consequence

80

heavy shoulder, str/con
Belt of Adulation

80

cloth belt, str/con
Bracers of Evaluation

80

light wrist, magic dmg
Bracers of Quick Study

80

ranger wrist
Ceremonial Blade

80

1he, wisdom
Cloak of Flourishes

80

cloak, magic dmg
Dagger of the Ninth Rank

80

dagger, magic dmg
Dragon Grips

80

plate hands, str/con
Drape of the Headless Man

80

cloak, combat rtg
Examiner’s Skirt

80

cloth legs, magic dmg
Exemplar’s Breastplate

80

plate chest, str/con
Girdle of Courage

80

heavy belt, str/con
Gloves of Remark

80

light hands, str/con
Greaves of the Bold

80

plate feet, str/con
Hammer of Fortunes

80

2hb, con, combat rtg
Harmonious Sword

80

2he, con, combat rtg
Heirloom of the Barren Line

80

DT talisman
Helm of the Wise One

80

medium head, wisdom (WTF?!)
Helm of Tribute

80

ranger head
Hoop of the Fox Demon

80

ring, magic dmg
Intruder’s Wrist-straps

80

light wrist, str/con
Lance of the Province

80

2hb, con
Lively Bands

80

ranger shoulder
Martial Blade

80

1he, con, combat rtg
Master’s Bolts

80

xbow bolts
Mysterious Necklace

80

necklace, magic dmg
Officer’s Chestplate

80

heavy chest, str/con
Pendant of Longevity

80

necklace, str/con
Prefect’s Hammer

80

1hb, hate inc
Red Fletched Arrows

80

bow arrows
Ring of Leverage

80

ring, combat rtg
Shield of the Scale Mountain

80

shield, con
Shirt of Contention

80

light chest, str/con
Shoes of the Long Road

80

cloth feet, magic dmg
Silent Treads

80

cloth feet, dex
Skirt of Sustaining Fire

80

cloth legs, str/con
Soulkindle

80

2he, HoX
Staff of Justice

80

staff, mage or priest
Steward of Secrets

80

dagger, combat rtg
Stifling Cord

80

cloth belt, dex
Survivor’s Luck

80

necklace, combat rtg
Swordsman’s Shoes

80

HoX feet
The Fifth Arm

80

guardian polearm
The Rose’s Bloom

80

crossbow
The Subtle Disguise

80

assassin legs
The Two Cranes

80

medium wrist, con
Thickened Silk Rope

80

cloth belt, magic dmg
Tightly-woven Armbands

80

BS shoulder
Truncheon of the Lawgiver

80

1hb, magic dmg
Tunic of Talent

80

light chest, magic dmg
Waterbuffalo Horn Bow

80

bow
Wind of Battle

80

cloak, str/con
Wise Man’s Trinket

80

talisman, int


(Click to enlarge.)


(Click to enlarge.)

An interesting difference compared to the old-world BoE blues is the absence of procs on these new ones — things like retortive revenge, sacrarial guard, and countless others. Such procs were a prominent feature of AoC combat and itemization at release; they were present on many pieces of gear and you could also get them from crafted gems. Later the developers seemed to change their mind; from the big changes in update 1.05 onwards, procs of that sort are more or less irrelevant, and none of the items added since then (including anything from the Khitai expansion) have them.

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  1. Diamondback
    January 14, 2016 at 10:30

    Your blog is incredibly helpful! Please don’t stop writing about you aoc experiences!

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