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Khitai world-drop blues

October 31, 2015 1 comment

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


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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.

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.

Level 20-39 world-drop blues

March 22, 2014 5 comments

This is a continuation of my recent post about level 10–19 world-drop blues. In today’s post we’ll deal with the world-drop blues in the level 20–39 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.

Let’s start with a table for the level 20–29 range:

Name

Level

Description
Bane

26

2hb, str
Battlehide Belt

20

light belt
Bladesplinter

26

shield, retributive procs
Bleeder

29

dagger, dex
Bloodband

21

ring, str + con
Bloodhallowed Jerkin

26

light chest, str
Bloodpath

29

sin shoes
Bloodthirsty Bolts

24

bolts
Bonecrusher Boots

29

medium feet, combat rtg
Brindlebone Boots

22

light feet, str
Corpsehacker

20

1he, str
Deepnight Belt

27

sin belt
Duskhunter Pants

23

sin legs
Fatetwisted Belt

23

cloth belt, mana
Feyspinner Leggings

24

cloth legs, mana
Fleetbarbs

22

arrows
Frostspike*

26

sin dagger
Gorthogs Axe

24

2he, str
Grimstaff

23

staff, magic dmg
Gutgirth

28

light belt, combat rtg
Hammerfirst Belt

27

medium belt, str
Headsever

28

1he, combat rtg
Heartwoe Leggings

23

medium legs, con
Legantine Necklace

25

necklace, protection
Lexicon of Murmurs

25

talisman, int
Magebraid Belt

20

cloth belt, con + retrib proc
Mark of Damnation

27

DT talisman
Nomad Chestguard

25

medium chest, con + retrib proc
Preystalker

22

bow
Rageblow

22

1hb, combat rtg, hate inc
Red Edge

21

sin dagger
Sageweaver Robe

26

cloth chest, int
Sandstride Sandals

21

sin feet
Shadowfall Chest

25

sin chest
Skewer

27

guardian polearm
Spinebreaker*

29

2hb, str
Thewgristle Leggings

24

light legs, combat rtg
Thundercoil

24

crossbow
Thunderer’s Boots

21

medium feet, combat rtg
Willwarper Ring

29

ring, int + wis
Witchwalkers

22

cloth feet, int

And here’s a table for the level 30–39 range:

Name

Level

Description
Backbiter Tunic

34

light chest, str
Bitterbite Jerkin

33

medium chest, combat rtg
Bladecheater Tunic

33

sin chest
Bladeskip Belt

35

medium belt, str
Bloodsnapper

32

crossbow
Bonewarden

34

shield, str
Bramblebite Fauld

39

medium legs, dex
Brim of Hathor Ka

31

ring, magic dmg
Cliffshatter

34

2hb, combat rtg
Cabalist’s Slippers

38

cloth feet, str
Corpsecutter Leggings

39

sin legs
Creepersoles

37

sin feet
Crystalmind

31

staff, magic dmg
Dark Heart*

32

DT talisman
Deathdancer’s Boots

30

light feet, str
Flamegirth

36

light belt, combat rtg
Fleshbreaker Bolts

32

bolts
Girthbrace Girdle

32

heavy belt, str
Gladewhisper Boots

37

medium feet, dex
Heartnock Arrows

30

arrows
Hungerflesh

36

1he, str, combat rtg
Jawbreaker

38

1hb, combat rtg, hate inc
Keen Claidhmore

32

2he, str
Libram of Clarity

33

talisman, int
Manaweb Leggings

32

cloth legs, mana, +speed
Mark of Catastrophe

35

DT talisman
Mercyfist

30

1hb, combat rtg
Mindgirdle

36

cloth belt, magic dmg
Naysayer Choker

33

necklace, con, stamina
Nemedian Skinning Knife**

34

sin dagger
Numinous Robe

34

cloth chest, int
Painbarbed Hauberk

38

heavy chest, str
Painbarbed Tasset

36

heavy legs, str
Ramnyr*

31

bow
Ringlet of Hathor Ka

37

ring, magic dmg
Saman-darun

35

guardian polearm
Serpentstrike Belt

35

sin belt
Skrymir*

32

2he, str
Skullcracker*

31

1hb, str
Snowfly

30

bow, +range
Soul Pins

38

arrows
Soulfang

37

sin dagger
Soulwarder Tasset

32

light legs, con
Spellsurge Slippers

30

cloth legs, magic dmg, +speed
Spinewarp

38

bow, +range
Steelskin Boots

34

heavy feet, str
Subtlestep Boots

38

light feet, combat rtg
Weaselweave Leggings

31

sin legs
Wisewalker

39

staff, magic dmg
Woodsneak’s Fauld

31

medium legs, combat rtg

Notes:

* Items marked with an asterisk aren’t really part of the regular world-drop BoE system (although they are BoE). Instead, they can appear as an extra drop when you kill the Ymirish bosses in Conall’s Valley. Each of these 6 items drops from a specific boss:

  • Dark Heart drops from Jorgrimm
  • Frostspike drops from Battlemaster Torgvall
  • Skrymir drops from Lodur Frostbeard
  • Spinebreaker drops from Commander Magni
  • Ramnyr from Commander Ramn
  • Skullcracker from Commander Vakarr.

** The Nemedian Skinning Knife isn’t part of the world-drop boe system either. Instead, it’s a bind-on-pickup blue item that can appear as an extra drop when you kill General Zarathus in the Border Range.

We can again see many instances of multiple items sharing the same model:

  • Bleeder (level 29 dagger) uses the same model as Sandtooth (level 13), Red Edge (level 21), and the Nemedian Skinning Knife (level 34).
  • Grimstaff (level 23 staff) uses the same model as Skullstave (level 15), Crystalmind (level 31), and Wisewalker (level 39).
  • Corpsehacker (level 20 1he) uses the same model as Windreaver (level 12), Headsever (level 28), and Gargoyle Master’s Demise (BRC quest reward).
  • Bane (level 26 1hb) uses the same model as Hullbreaker (level 18).
  • Rageblow (level 22 1hb) uses the same model as Stonecrusher (level 14), Fist of Siptah (from Ulf in Atzel’s Fortress) and the ToS T1/T2 raid blunt.
  • Skewer (level 27 polearm) uses the same model as Lightning Rod (level 11) and Marauder (level 19).
  • Mercyfist (level 30 1hb) uses the same model as Jawbreaker (level 38).
  • Saman’darun (level 35 polearm) uses the same model as Reaching Strike (level 80 city crafted).
  • Spinebreaker (level 29 2hb) uses the same model as Icebreaker (level 32 blue BoP, probably a quest reward), Remorse (level 50 blue BoP, probably a quest reward), Malignant Crusher (level 80 BoE world drop) and Oxleg (from Nefru in the Onyx Chambers).
  • Skullcracker (level 31 1hb) uses the same model as Vanir Avenger (from Overseer Olik in the Vile Nativity), Scoundrel’s Spiked Mace (level 80 green quest reward from Tarantia Commons) and Vanir Raider’s Mace (level 20-ish green BoE from Vanir mobs in Conall’s Valley).

Below are the screenshots of all the items. Since there’s so many of them, I split them into several images, roughly in alphabetical order for each level range (20–29 and 30–39).

Level 20–29, part 1:


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Level 20–29, part 2:


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Level 30–39, part 1:


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Level 30–39, part 2:


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Level 30–39, part 3:


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Level 10-19 world-drop blues

January 25, 2014 5 comments

As is well known, the pre-expansion playfields can be entered in either normal or epic mode; in epic mode, all the mobs are group mobs, they hit harder and and have suitably higher health pools; but they also drop better loot. Among other things, each boss in an epic instance is guaranteed to drop a blue bind-on-equip item of a suitable level. These blue items exist across the whole range of levels, from 11 to 80. These items also have a small chance of dropping from normal-mode mobs and bosses, and a slightly less small chance of dropping from random mobs in various dungeons, both solo and group ones; they can also drop from Excavator’s Kits (green caches which drop in various high-end 6-player dungeons, e.g. the Vile Nativity) and Unopened Chests (green caches from the unchained dungeons introduced in update 4.1.4). Since they are tradable and their stats aren’t very good compared even to old-world dungeon items, let alone post-expansion items, they are often also available very cheaply on the trader.

At higher levels, the set of possible items that might drop at any given level is very large as it includes twelve full sets of armor (twelve sets in the level 40–69 range and twelve in the level 70–80 range; each of these sets exists in several versions all over its level range) in addition to various odd bits and pieces (both armor and weapons).

Below level 40, the set of possible blue BoE items that drop as part of this system is much smaller, so we can attempt to catalogue them all. As a first step, this post contains the items in the level 10–19 range. I’m not aware of any better way of collecting them than simply killing bosses in epic instances until you’ve encountered each item several times. Thus, investigating the level 10–19 range is quite easy now that you can enter White Sands Isle with a level 80 character again; if you had to go there with a level 25 character, killing the bosses would be a lot more time-consuming. I kept farming the bosses in epic White Sands Isle until I saw each item at least 5 times; and in fact, by then I’ve seen most of these items more than 10 times. So I guess it’s fairly unlikely that some other item drops there which I never saw drop at all.

The bosses in White Sands Isle are level 12 (Tear-Kirahn, Old Craggy), 14 (The Silverback Behemoth), 15 (Flesh-Eating Plant), 18 (The Ravenous One, Pict Chieftain, Greater Black One) and 19 (Gorilla Queen). Since each boss can also drop items that are up to two levels above or below him, this should cover the level 10–19 range pretty well.

Name

Level

Description
Augur’s Sash

18

cloth belt, int
Beheader

16

2he
Believer

17

necklace, protection
Blasphemy

19

DT talisman
Bloodleather Leggings

16

light legs, combat rtg
Bonegrinder Girdler

19

medium belt, str
Briskrunner Boots

14

light feet, +3% ooc movement speed
Brutecord

11

medium belt
Darkrift Cover

17

cloth chest, dex
Deadbolt

16

crossbow
Defiler Belt

19

cloth belt, combat rtg
Focus

17

talisman, magic dmg
Hangman’s Rope

11

cloth belt, dex
Helmpiercers

16

bolts
Hullbreaker

18

1hb, str
Lightning Rod

11

polearm, magic dmg + combat rtg
Marauder

19

polearm, combat rtg
Predator Leggings

15

medium legs, combat rtg
Prowler Legs

15

cloth legs, combat rtg
Resolve

18

shield, str
Runeskriven Robe

18

cloth chest, int
Sandtooth

13

dagger, dex
Savage Chest

18

light chest, combat rtg
Shockshafts

14

arrows
Skullstave

15

staff, magic dmg
Skyrush

14

bow
Sneak

13

cloth feet, combat rtg
Spellthreads

16

cloth legs, int
Spellwhisper Slippers

14

cloth feet, int
Stompers

13

medium feet, str
Stonecrusher

14

1hb, combat rtg
Strider Belt

12

light belt, str
Survivalist Chestguard

17

medium chest, str
Wavecrest

13

ring, protection
Windreaver

12

1he, str

Most of these items are very plain in appearance, but some are a bit more interesting or at least share their model with other interesting items. For example, you might find the Windreaver a bit familiar — it has the same model as Gargoyle Master’s Demise, a BRC quest reward that used to the the first purple sword many people got. (Several other world-drop blue swords use the same model: Corpsehacker at level 20 and Headsever at level 28.)

Stonecrusher might also look familiar: it uses the same model as the ToS T1/T2 raid weapons (Mace of the Cloudseer and Heaven’s Torment). Other weapons with the same model include Rageblow (level 22 world drop) and the Fist of Siptah (from Ulf in Atzel’s Fortress).

Resolve also shares a model with a much more familiar high-level item: Deflector, the level 80 city crafted shield which many tanks use for protection fights.

The stats on most of these items are of course not very interesting, as the stats you get at such low levels won’t make much of a difference in fights anyway. I was however intrigued by the Lightning Rod, which is a very rare example of a ToS/guardian hybrid polearm. Although any guardian and any ToS can equip any polearm, in practice most polearms have stats that clearly make them useful for only one of those two classes, and the Lightning Rod is the only exception I’m aware of. It would be interesting if more hybrid polearms would exist; but I guess PvPers would find a way to complain that they are OP. If you want to make a polearm attractive to guardians, you should put constitution and strength on them; to make it attractive to ToSses, you should put wisdom or magic damage on them; and it might be argued that a polearm that has both of these things will give a ToS too much survivability (while not forcing him to sacrifice any DPS for it).

Here’s a screenshot of all these items:


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