What can we expect from Jewellery in Isengard?
With the announcement that Beta will be closing on Monday 19th September, the Rise of isengard expansion will be here very soon. We came to Beta fairly late on, and we both had different things that we wanted to spend our time persuing, and investigating how they worked, and if we found problems, bugging them. Adams main one was to investigate and test the new Champion changes, which you can read all about here.
Neither of us wanted to run around Dunland and Isengard too much, especially not me. I wanted to save that for when the game was live, and I could go “oooooh” and “aaahhh” and explore everything properly, and be all excited about what I’d seen. Not so for the crafting – I wanted a look at that straight away. Crafting is a big part of my game (and real life to be honest) and I was keen to see what the new tier 7 Westfold items were like. With the removal of stat caps in the expansion, this could lead to some very interesting options for character builds, and thus crafted items, much more than we had seen before.
I concentrated on the jewellery because that is really the one craft where all classes can wear the benefits. Both Adam and myself have two Supreme Jewellers in the guilds for this very reason. I levelled up the jeweller in Beta to a level where I could see the stats for the critical successes of the Tier 7 recipes.
SPOILER ALERT – PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FOLLOWING IS A TASTER OF THE CRAFTED JEWELLERY CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN BETA. AS SUCH ALL ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
The following are the recipes available from vendors, and do not form a complete set, indeed there are no complete sets for a level like there has been for previous tiers. The other recipes, like the other tiers, will be world drops. The critical success stats are alongside in blue. It’s interesting to note that this time the yellow items (that is the items which have yellow text in chat, but who’s icon has a light green colour background), both crated, skirmish, and world drops, are actually worth considering this time, at least temporarily, and not auto-trash that they have been in the past.
The guild recipes are well worth a look, but I’m not going into those here as they can be seen linked on the forums here. It is notable that a lot of the new gear concentrates on heavily loading a few key stats into an item, which could lead to the temptation of heavily investing in your core stat, but perhaps leaving your character a little lacking in other areas, and thus perhaps forcing the choice of giving up some primary stats on an obvious item for your class, for one with secondary stats for your class, to round your character out a little more for raids and such.
VIBRANT CALENARD NECKLACE (LEVEL 66)
46 Might, 47 Might
23 Vitality, 47 Vitality
218 Morale, 225Morale
FATED CALENARD NECKLACE (LEVEL 66)
46 Will, 47 Will
23 Fate, 47 Fate
218 Morale, 225 Morale
RESILIENT WESTFOLD BRACELET (LEVEL 68)
48 Agility, 49 Agility
102 ICPR, 102 ICPR
140 Crit Rate, 284 Crit Rate
VIBRANT WESTFOLD BRACELET (LEVEL68)
24 Vitality, 49 Vitality
48 Will, 49 Will
206 Power, 212 Power
POTENT GREEN GARNET BRACELET (LEVEL 72)
104.4 ICPR, 105 ICPR
240 Power, 236 Power
148 Crit Rate, 300 Crit Rate
RESOLUTE GREEN GARNET BRACELET (LEVEL72)
52 Vitality, 53 Vitality
260 Morale, 267 Morale
148 Crit Rate, 300 Crit Rate
GREEN GARNET NECKLACE OF THE WARRIOR (LEVEL 72)
52 Might, 53 Might
52 Agility, 53 Agility
26 Vitality, 53 Vitality
GREEN GARNET NECKLACE OF THE WIZARD (LEVEL 72)
52 Will, 53 Will
52 Fate, 53 Fate
26 Vitality, 53 Vitaity
WINGED NECKLACE (lEVEL 75)
This is a single use recipe which drops from the new Draigoch Raid. It appears as if there is a single use recipe which can be dropped relevant to all crafts. The frequency of the drop is unclear, though I imagine that it may be similar to the rare drop of the Tortoiseshell bracelet recipe, from the Turtle. Either way, its pretty special. I’ll leave the exact details for you to find out when RoI launches, but I think this sort of attempt to tie uber crafting gear to instaces and raids is a great idea, the raiders can’t complain crafted gear is to powerfull when you need to run group content to get it, and the crafters have a reason to have a craft, and a reason to raid, and some great stuff to make.
At Galtrev (and possibly else where; as I mentioned we did not explore that much), there are Quatermasters for both the Dunlending faction and the Riders of Theodred, who sell a range of armour, weapons and jewellery, and also crafting recipes, both permanent and single use. I didn’t have time to gain reputation with both the Riders and the Dunlendings, so though I could see their recipes, and what they produced, I was unable to to see what their critted counter-parts would be, though many are clearly just the single use versions of the guild recipes. As it is, I’m pretty excited about it. I’ll give you a sneaky peak, but don’t want to spoil the fun! The recipes and items range in price from a few hundred silver to several gold, and in my opinion, they are well worth it.
From the Riders of Theodred Quatermaster:
From the Dunlending Quatermaster:
Barter items from the Jewellery vendor in Skirmish camps are also pretty nice, and are a good alternative to crafted gear. They include some pocket items also. I am not going to list them all here, as you can all see the full range for yourselves in 10 days time.
The Master Guardsman of Erulian items (min Level 70) are 596 Skirmish marks, the Veteran Master Guardsman of Erulian items (min Level 70) are 1192 Skirmish Marks and two Fourth Marks. The Master Guardsman of Adlan items (min Level 75) are 716 Skirmish Marks, and the Veteran Master Guardsman of Adlan items (min Level 75) are 1432 Skirmish Marks and two Fourth Marks.
So, that is it for our sneaky look at whats in store for us in terms of jewellery as we level from 65 to 75. I can say that I have seen the recipes and items from the other crafts and they are just as interesting, and will give us a lot of choice in terms of building our characters. Of course, this is taken from Beta, so like I said, they are subject to change. And we mustn’t forget that in addition to crafting, reputation barter and skirmish rewards, there will also be world drops, quest rewards and when the new instance cluster comes in December, more potential for some really great loot.
Thanks for looking,