Posted Tue, Dec 08, 2009 by Savanja
Armor is really the biggest investment you make for your character. We upgrade regularly, spend countless amounts of kinah to buy the best we can afford, and spend countless hours to get the best drops. Making these investments more worthwhile for longer is what enchantments can do and if you haven’t tried using them yet then you are not getting the most you can out of your gear.
Below you will learn all about enchantment stones, what they do, why you need them, and how to use them. Hopefully by the time you are done reading, you’ll be ready to make your gear better and battle ready!
What are Enchantment Stones?
In a nutshell, enchantment stones are player created enhancements that you can buy from other players or create yourself then add to your armor pieces. Once successfully added to your gear you will enjoy an increase in stats that can be very valuable in both PvE and PvP gameplay. Often referred to as “leveling your gear”, you can use up to 10 enchantment stones per armor piece making them a great way to boost your base stats.
How Does Enchanting Work?
Step by step, enchantments aren't that complicated.
Each piece of your armor and weapons start out at basically level 0. Your gear will never degrade beyond its original level 0 stats. Each enchantment stone you add will give you an additional level indicated by a (+1) next to the name of your item. You can add up to (+10) on each piece of gear eventually adding a large amount of extra stats that can be very valuable.
You will obtain enchantment stones, add them to your weapon and armor pieces, and then see the resulting stat benefits. It sounds easy enough but it can get a little complicated.
How do I get started?
First you’ll need extraction tools. You can find these from general merchants in the cities and they go for around 1000 kinah each. They can only be used once so if you intend to do all of your gear you’ll need a stack of them.
Now you need gear to disenchant. If you’re planning ahead, you can save green armor drops which are by far the cheapest way to obtain enchantment stones. If you aren’t thinking ahead then you need to either pick up good deals off of the broker or just buy the enchantment stones. You’ll need gear the same level as the gear you intend to enchant or higher and preferably of green quality or better.
To use the extraction tool, right click on it then click on the gear you wish to disenchant. This destroys the item so don’t use anything you didn’t want to lose. Once the process is complete you’ll have anywhere from 1 to 3 enchantment stones to use. The stones will either be blue, white, or gold and what quality you receive seems to be random though whites or equal level to the piece of armor you extracted from are the most common. I extracted from 6 pieces of armor and weapons of green and white quality and all level 12 and got back 4 white level 12s, and 3 gold level 21s. Not a bad return!
I Have my Enchantment Stones, Now What?
Enjoy better gear immediately
Now comes the fun part…failure! If you intend to do all of your gear, the first order of business is to get everything to +1. The cheapest and easiest way to do this is to add enchantment stones that are about 5 levels higher than the gear you are enchanting if you are working with typical green armor. Blue armor would need stones 10+ levels higher and orange gear would need at least 15+ levels higher. Anything lower will just add to your chance of failure and even at this point you can expect to fail part of the time.
Higher level enchantments have a lower chance of failing, but you will still fail sometimes. This is why as you add multiple levels of enchantment to your gear you’ll really want to invest in higher level enchantment stones to avoid de-leveling your gear back to 0.
In doing my own gear, I had about a 50% success using enchantments about the same level as the gear I was enchanting so I’d really recommend not wasting kinah on higher level enchantments until you’ve achieved a level or two on each of your pieces. You cannot use enchantment stones a lower level than your gear; I tried several times and all failed. My best results were in using enchantment stones 10+ levels higher than my gear; I failed in about 1 of 3 attempts in this case.
Actually applying the enchantment stones is just a matter of right clicking on the stone then clicking on the gear you wish to enchant.
What will the Enchantments do for my Gear?
These kinds of stats are certainly nothing to sneeze at and while I don’t recommend enchanting at lower levels unless you’re playing a twink with cash to burn, it is something that is essential at higher levels as part of your typical armor upgrade routine.