EQ2: Gearing Up in a New Tier

Gearing up in EverQuest II used to mean that you either had mostly treasured equipment from questing and killing solo mobs, mostly legendary gear from dungeons, or mostly fabled gear from regul

Gearing up in EverQuest II used to mean that you either had
mostly treasured equipment from questing and killing solo mobs, mostly legendary
gear from dungeons, or mostly fabled gear from regular raiding. Unless you have
a guild on a solid raid schedule, the hope of having really good stuff was far
out of reach.

The last two expansions have brought in more options
allowing players, even casual players, to get a hold of some pretty decent gear
for not much more than some solid player effort. We are going to take a look at
some of the newer options for gearing your character and tell you how you can
get some nice items that won’t cost you a whole lot of coin.

Shards R Us – Tier 8

Like many players, I took a break from EQ2 to explore other
games and came back to check out the Sentinel’s Fate expansion. While I’m having
a lot of fun re-learning the ropes, this break has left my main character under
geared for most of the new content. I asked around about what I should do to get
caught up a bit and the most common response was “shard gear”.

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So pretty, but just a little out of my reach.

Void shards are the “currency” used in the Shadow Odyssey
expansion to purchase armor, weapons, and accessories. Whether you are aiming
for a nice upgrade from your mediocre tier 7 items or if you happen to be
ambitious enough to shoot for the brass ring of fabled armor, the void shard
system has a little something for everyone.

Shard gear comes in three tiers. The first full armor set
costs a mere 45 (give or take) shards. It’s a good set for the average casual
player and it will get you equipped well enough to get started on the Sundered
Frontier content.

The second tier of shard armor costs shards plus the
original piece from the first tier of shard armor and is an excellent upgrade
for the player intent on getting into battlegrounds and dungeon gameplay in tier

The third tier is much more difficult to get as it is raid
quality gear. For each piece you wish to upgrade, you need the tier 2 piece, a
mold from the shard raid zone, plus void shards. Generally there aren’t a lot of
players who would desire or need this level of shard gear, but if you are up for
the challenge, then it is available!

Great! So umm, how do I get mine?

If you are level 75+ you can earn shards in the Shadow
Odyssey dungeon zones.  Group quests and dungeon chests are the quickest way to
earn them. You can get these quests from Ragheejb Yasir in the Moors of Ykesha
dropship landing zone. He offers a new quest daily that will take you into the
many great dungeons of the expansion and it awards two shards upon completion. You can also find some of these shard quests in the
Commonlands at the Befallen instances, in Everfrost at Miragul's Phylactery,
Loping Plains from Somborn, Lavastorm, Guk, and Fens of Nathsar in Omen’s Call.
If you’re going to be playing in these dungeons anyway, grab the shard quests
before going through the door!

For those who can’t find a group or tend to play solo or in
small groups, you aren’t left out! At level 79 you can travel to Lavastorm and
speak with Pallasa Rargon in the building on the Lavastorm docks. She gives a
series of easy solo quests that will unlock the ability to take quests from
Marathan Allim. She will continue the series of quests that will finally give up
the ability to earn a shard a day with her solo shard quest. It is a bit tedious
to get through all the quests, but worth it. Once you’ve done them all, you can
speak with Marathan each day and just get the repeatable shard quest.

Buying the gear is the best part. You can pick up the first
two tiers from merchants on the Moors of Ykesha docks and the third tier on the
Lavastorm dock. I suggest that if you are undecided on whether or not shard
armor is worth it that you stop by and have a look at just how drool worthy this
stuff can be.

Tier 9 – Faction, Faction, Faction

Getting into the level 81+ content, you’ll find that solo
mob drops and soloable quests really don’t offer anything that is a real upgrade
from the last tier, especially if you are already decked out in legendary or
better gear.

Armor in this tier is meant to be earned but you have a few
good options as to how you get that done.

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You can't get all your gear with marks, but it's a good start!

Battleground tokens are one way to gear up. If you enjoy
PvP at all, you can rock the battleground games and earn yourself fabled armor,
weapons, and accessories that come fairly close to raid gear without ever having
to step foot in a raid zone. This gear is usable outside of the battlegrounds
minus the PvP specific stats so it is worthwhile to have even if you don’t
intend to use it for just PvP.

Very much like the shard armor of the previous tier,
Sentinel’s Fate added another form of armor currency called a Mark of Manaar.

These are earned in pretty much the same way void shards
were earned. Starting at level 85 you can pick up quests inside Paineel and
outside the dungeon zones of the Sundered Frontier and Stonebrunt Highlands that
will award marks.  At level 89 you can get daily quests to earn marks. You can
only have one of each kind of quest at a time so earning these may be slow going
at first. These also come as mob drops in the Sentinel’s Fate group zones plus
the instances will also have an unlockable chest that will yield a mark.

Marks of Manaar are spent in Paineel for the first tier of
gear and in Moonfield Hamlet for the second tier.  You can’t actually purchase
the full sets through marks alone. If you desire to have it all, you’ll have to
hit up dungeons and earn the missing pieces from dungeon drops.

If you’re a casual player and the thought of earning marks
or battling in PvP makes you sleepy, then no worries, Sentinel’s Fate has some
great sets available through faction merchants. Generally you can earn close to
a full set just by completing the quests from a faction so you really wouldn’t
have to buy much, but if you wish, many factions have a merchant hanging around
ready to take your coin in exchange for armor and shiny trinkets.

The latest gearing options offer so much more diversity.
Even if you choose to not spend tons of time in dungeons or dedicate yourself to
raiding, you can still get great gear at your own pace.

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