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Vanguard Swamp Armor Overview

Updated Wed, Jan 26, 2011 by B. de la Durantaye

Understanding Vanguard's Swamp Armor

By Machail


Introduction

At level 45 the swamp armor quests become available.  These are end-game armor sets and have something for everyone.  The sets are divided into three factions, serving three statistics specializations.
  • Gorgalok Armor: This set is focused on offensive statisitics like +damage, and +critical chance.  This set requires killing in Ichtakhta.
  • Ichtakhta Armor: This set is focused on defensive statistics like +mitigation,  and +absorption.  This set requires killing in Flordiel.
  • Flordiel Armor: This set is a balanced set, mixing statistics. This set requires killing Gorgolaks in Vsurog Moor.
Before beginning the quests it is important to decide which set you want to go after.  As the three sets are separated by faction, when you quest for one set, you'll be losing faction with another, making doing multiple sets relatively difficult.  Not impossible, but difficult.  We'll get to that later.

Map of SwampsLocation

The Swamps can be found at the southwest of Thestra.  Flordiel has a riftway on the Tier 3 network (linked to Plains of Anguish, Pankor Zhi, Razad and Wyrmwing Slopes).  It is indicated by the white and black circle just above the first "L" in "Flordiel" on the map to the left.

It is easiest reached by going to the Flordiel Rift, but if you don't have it unlocked yet, you can either fly in or boat in with ease from New Targonor, which is just a bit east from the map shown here.

Regardless of which faction you decide you want to go for, it may be an idea to set up in Ruin Falls, which is just north of Vsurog Moor on this map.  There you will find a bind stone, a mailbox, and shops to do your selling.  You can also craft here for faction with any of the three factions.  We'll get to that a bit later too.

Choosing Faction

Once you decide which set of armor you want to do, you'll need to start by gaining faction for that city.  One way to do this is by hailing the steward for the city with which you want to gain faction.  They will offer a quest entitled "Atonement."  The stewards for each faction are:
  • Gorgalok: Emissary Geisel, located at -71700, -79500 in Vsurog Moor
  • Ichtakhta:  Karoz of the Ichtakhta, located at 50800, -54500 in Ichtakhta
  • Flordiel: Esurin, located at -70000, -46300 in Flordiel
The "Atonement" quest requires you to return to one of these stewards with the Ankh of the Fungus King.  This Ankh is dropped from King Mnalu in the Mnalus Caves, in the center of the Swamps of Rumug.  Getting the king to become attackable (as he's always there, just not attackable) requires killing the Prince, the Queen, and finally the King.

The alternate means of gaining faction is doing work orders in Elani in Ruin Falls.  For many, this will be an easier route, as in Elani you will find three craftsmen who offer work orders for any crafting level.  Each work order gives 500 faction upon completion, and negative 250 faction to the opposing factions.

Thirdly, you can begin killing creatures in any of the areas to start building your faction.  This is the slowest route though as they will only offer one or two faction points per kill.

In any case, you will need 2001 faction with your chosen city to be able to complete the armor quests.

Armor Sets

Each set comes in two tiers.  The first tier is the armor received for completing the quest.  This is rare quality armor and is generally pretty good.  However, all of these armor pieces are upgradable to heroic quality by combining it with a crafted component (more on this at a later date).  For this overview, we will do the charts based on the final upgraded armor pieces.

Available Sets:
Class Gorgalok Set Ichtakhta Set Flordiel Set
Bard
Blood Mage
  • Phytotoxinous
Cleric
Disciple
Dread Knight
Druid
  • Phytotoxinous
Monk
Necromancer
  • Phytotoxinous
Paladin
Psionicist
  • Phytotoxinous
Ranger
Rogue
Shaman
Sorceror
  • Phytotoxinous
Warrior

The Quests

Each of the factions has an NPC that will offer you the quests.  You can only obtain these quests at 2000 faction with your chosen town.  You can obtain these quests at level 45.

Gorgolak - Veregeth is located in Vsurog Moor at 12300, 16000
Ichtakhta - Stockpiler Gelmitz is located in Ichtakhta at -17600, 25000
Flordiel - Telnia is located in Flordiel at 29100, -25400

All factions require the same quest components apart from the raw armor drops.  The raw armor is what determines which set you can complete.

Quest Drops:
Armor Slot Quest Components
(apart from raw armor)
Drops From
Arms - 2 Warped Wind Essence - Various 2-dot creatures in Ichtakhta, Flordiel, Vsurog Moor
Waist - 2 Fragmented Wind Essence - Various 2-dot creatures in Ichtakhta, Flordiel, Vsurog Moor
Wrists - 1 Fragmented Wind Essence - Various 2-dot creatures in Ichtakhta, Flordiel, Vsurog Moor
Feet - 2 Residual Chaos Energy
- 2 Undamaged Fungal Fiber
- Various 3 dot named in Ichtakhta, Flordiel, Vsurog Moor
- Any Mnalus (fungus creature) found in most swamp chunks
Hands - 1 Warped Wind Essence - Various 2-dot creatures in Ichtakhta, Flordiel, Vsurog Moor
Head - 1 Residual Chaos Energy
- 1 Spore Beast Membrane
- Various 3 dot named in Ichtakhta, Flordiel, Vsurog Moor
- Any Sporebeast in Mnalu Caves
Chest - 1 Core of Ezigoth - Hegnerian - Mnalu Caves in Swamps of Rumug
Legs - 3 Nihilistic Storm Particles
- 1 Fungal Arcane Bulb
- Various 3 - 5 dot named in Ichtakhta, Flordiel, Vsurog Moor
- Various 3 - 5 dot Mnalus (fungus creature) in Mnalu Caves
Shoulders - 2 Nihilistic Storm Particles
1 Leech Barbs
- Various 3 - 5 dot named in Ichtakhta, Flordiel, Vsurog Moor
- Snake creatures in underwater caves in Mnalu Caves

Raw Armor Drops:
Armor Slot Heavy Raw Armor
Gorgolak
Ichtakhta
Flordiel
Medium Melee Raw Armor
Gorgolak
Ichtakhta
Flordiel
Medium Healer Raw Armor
Gorgolak
Ichtakhta
Flordiel
Light Raw Armor
Gorgolak
Ichtakhta
Flordiel
Arms Cracked Husk Underlay
Hardened Wood Underlay
Solid Bone Underlay
Tough Membranous Underlay
Splintered Bark Underlay
Swamphibian Hide Underlay
Shattered Chitin Underlay
Treated Sap Underlay
Gorgalok Patchwork Underlay
Pulsing Mucus Underlay
Formed Leaf Underlay
Gorgalok Linen Underlay
Waist Cracked Husk Girdle
Hardened Wood Girdle
Solid Bone Girdle
Tough Membranous Belt
Splintered Bark Belt
Swamphibian Hide Belt
Shattered Chitin Belt
Treated Sap Belt
Gorgalok Patchwork Belt
Pulsing Mucus Sash
Formed Leaf Sash
Gorgalok Linen Sash
Wrists Cracked Husk Bracer
Hardened Wood Bracers
Solid Bone Bracer
Tough Membranous Wristguards
Splintered Bark Wristguards
Swamphibian Hide Wristguards
Shattered Chitin Wristguards
Treated Sap Wristguards
Gorgalok Patchwork Wristguards
Pulsing Mucus Cuffs
Formed Leaf Cuffs
Gorgalok Linen Cuffs
Feet Cracked Husk Sabatons
Hardened Wood Sabatons
Solid Bone Sabatons
Tough Membranous Boots
Splintered Bark Boots
Swamphibian Hide Boots
Shattered Chitin Boots
Treated Sap Boots
Gorgalok Patchwork Boots
Pulsing Mucus Slippers
Formed Leaf Slippers
Gorgalok Linen Slippers
Hands Cracked Husk Gauntlets
Hardened Wood Gauntlets
Solid Bone Gauntlets
Tough Membranous Gloves
Splintered Bark Gloves
Swamphibian Hide Gloves
Shattered Chitin Gloves
Treated Sap Gloves
Gorgalok Patchwork Gloves
Pulsing Mucus Gloves
Formed Leaf Gloves
Gorgalok Linen Gloves
Head Cracked Husk Helm
Hardened Wood Helm
Solid Bone Helm
Tough Membranous Cap
Splintered Bark Cap
Swamphibian Hide Cap
Shattered Chitin Hood
Treated Sap Cap
Gorgalok Patchwork Cap
Pulsing Mucus Hood
Formed Leaf Hood
Gorgalok Linen Hood
Chest Cracked Husk Breastplate
Hardened Wood Breastplate
Solid Bone Breastplate
Tough Membranous Tunic
Splintered Bark Tunic
Swamphibian Hide Tunic
Shattered Chitin Tunic
Treated Sap Tunic
Gorgalok Patchwork Tunic
Pulsing Mucus Robe
Formed Leaf Robe
Gorgalok Linen Robe
Legs Cracked Husk Greaves
Hardened Wood Greaves
Solid Bone Greaves
Tough Membranous Leggings
Splintered Bark Leggings
Swamphibian Hide Leggings
Shattered Chitin Leggings
Treated Sap Leggings
Gorgalok Patchwork Leggings
Pulsing Mucus Pantaloons
Formed Leaf Pantaloons
Gorgalok Linen Pantaloons
Shoulders Cracked Husk Pauldrons
Hardened Wood Pauldrons
Solid Bone Pauldrons
Tough Membranous Shoulders
Splintered Bark Shoulders
Swamphibian Hide Shoulders
Shattered Chitin Shoulders
Treated Sap Shoulders
Gorgalok Patchwork Shoulders
Pulsing Mucus Shawl
Formed Leaf Shawl
Gorgalok Linen Shawl

The raw armor pieces tend to drop off the same creatures, regardless if you're after the light, medium or heavy.  These drops can be very rare, so prepare for a lot of camping.

Gorgolak Faction Armor Locations

Armor Slot Drops From
Arms
(Cracked Husk Underlay,
Tough Membranous Underlay,
Shattered Chitin Underlay,
Pulsing Mucus Underlay)
  • Hulking Abhorrent - Ichtakhta
  • Ichtakhta Consort - Ichtakhta
  • Ichtakhta Seer - Ichtakhta
  • Ichtakhta Tender - Ichtakhta and Vsurog Moor
  • Swamp Lancer - Ichtakhta and Vsurog Moor
Waist
(Cracked Husk Girdle,
Tough Membranous Belt,
Shattered Chitin Belt,
Pulsing Mucus Sash)
  • Ichtakhta Bloodhook - Swamps in Ichtakhta
  • Ichtakhta Worker - Ichtakhta
Wrists
(Cracked Husk Bracer,
Tough Membranous Wristguards,
Shattered Chitin Wristguards,
Pulsing Mucus Cuffs)
  • Ichtakhta Bloodhook - Swamps in Ichtakhta
  • Ichtakhta Worker - Ichtakhta
Feet
(Cracked Husk Sabatons,
Tough Membranous Boots,
Shattered Chitin Boots,
Pulsing Mucus Slippers)
  • Abhorrent Brute - Ichtakhta
  • Ichtakhta Adjutant - Ichtakhta
  • Ichtakhta Hillguard - Ichtakhta
  • Ichtakhta Mistress - Ichtakhta
  • Ichtakhta Royalguard - Ichtakhta
  • Ichtakhta Server - Ichtakhta
  • Proletarians in Ichtakhta
  • Stewards in Ichtakhta
  • Tunnelsentries in Ichtakhta
Hands
(
Cracked Husk Gauntlets,
Tough Membranous Gloves,
Shattered Chitin Gloves,
Pulsing Mucus Gloves)
  • Hulking Abhorrent - Ichtakhta
  • Ichtakhta Consort - Ichtakhta
  • Ichtakhta Lookout - Swamps in Ichtakhta
  • Ichtakhta Nestkeeper - Many locations in Ichtakhta
  • Ichtakhta Seer - Ichtakhta
  • Ichtakhta Sentry - Ichtakhta
  • Swamp Lancer - Ichtakhta and Vsurog Moor
Head
(Cracked Husk Helm,
Tough Membranous Cap,
Shattered Chitin Hood,
Pulsing Mucus Hood)
  • Abhorrent Brute - Ichtakhta
  • Ichtakhta Royalguard - Ichtakhta
  • Stewards in Ichtakhta
  • Proletarians in Ichtakhta
  • Tunnelsentries in Ichtakhta
Chest
(Cracked Husk Breastplate,
Tough Membranous Tunic,
Shattered Chitin Tunic,
Pulsing Mucus Robe)
Queen Vixxaeva - Boss encounter in Ichtakhta
Legs
(Cracked Husk Greaves,
Tough Membranous Leggings,
Shattered Chitin Leggings,
Pulsing Mucus Pantaloons)
Vezilan the Prophet - Mini Boss encounter in Ichtakhta
Shoulders
(Cracked Husk Pauldrons,
Tough Membranous Shoulders,
Shattered Chitin Shoulders,
Pulsing Mucus Shawl)
  • Advisor Selikzer - Ichtakhta
  • Consort Mekulet - Ichtakhta
  • Culixina the Patient - Ichtakhta
  • Elder Verilix - Ichtakhta
  • Garuli the Feeder - Ichtakhta
  • Gulgarekk - Ichtakhta
  • Handmaiden Zellina - Ichtakhta
  • Kilikki the Protector - Ichtakhta
  • Zelrinik the Hillsinger - Ichtakhta
* The above drop locations are as recorded by Curse Gaming

Ichtakhta Faction Armor Locations
Armor Slot Drops From
Arms
(Hardened Wood Underlay,
Splintered Bark Underlay,
Treated Sap Underlay,
Formed Leaf Underlay)
  • Blue Moth - Flordiel
  • Faes in Flordiel
  • Fairies in Flordiel
  • Fox Rider - Flordiel
  • Savage Tree NPCs in Flordiel
  • Treants in Flordiel
Waist
(Hardened Wood Girdle,
Splintered Bark Belt,
Treated Sap Belt,
Formed Leaf Sash)
  • Flordiel Explorer - Flordiel
  • Flordiel Swampwalker - Flordiel
  • Grove Mother - Flordiel
  • Savage Tree Landstalker - Flordiel
  • Savage Tree Spiritist - Flordiel
  • Savage Tree Wanderer - Flordiel
Wrists
(Hardened Wood Bracer,
Splintered Bark Wristguards,
Treated Sap Wristguards,
Formed Leaf Cuffs)
  • Flordiel Explorer - Flordiel
  • Flordiel Swampwalker - Flordiel
  • Grove Mother - Flordiel
  • Savage Tree Landstalker - Flordiel
  • Savage Tree Spiritist - Flordiel
  • Savage Tree Wanderer - Flordiel
Feet
(Hardened Wood Sabatons,
Splintered Bark Boots,
Treated Sap Boots,
Formed Leaf Slippers)
  • Alanil - Flordiel
  • Daenura - Flordiel
  • Delbreon - Flordiel
  • Elder Lifewarper - Flordiel
  • Elder Treelord - Flordiel
  • Elder Trunkbreaker - Flordiel
  • Fae Guards in Flordiel
  • Fierce Tree Wolf - Flordiel
  • Bezalia - Flordiel
  • Elbrion - Flordiel
  • Faid - Flordiel
  • Julif - Flordiel
  • Kestra - Flordiel
  • Ledora - Flordiel
  • Malik - Flordiel
  • Merana - Flordiel
  • Ramara - Flordiel
  • Sage Drakel - Flordiel
  • Sage Vilerin - Flordiel
  • Savage Tree Royal Guard - Flordiel
  • Serela - Flordiel
  • Taldin - Flordiel
  • Vayin - Flordiel
Hands
(Hardened Wood
Gauntlets,
Splintered Bark Gloves,
Treated Sap Gloves,
Formed Leaf Gloves)
  • Blue Moth - Flordiel
  • Faes in Flordiel
  • Fairies in Flordiel
  • Fox Rider - Flordiel
  • Savage Tree NPCs in Flordiel
  • Syldan - Flordiel
  • Treants in Flordiel
  • Tree Guardian Chosen - Flordiel
Head
(Hardened Wood Helm,
Splintered Bark Cap,
Treated Sap Cap,
Formed Leaf Hood)
  • Alanil - Flordiel
  • Daenura - Flordiel
  • Delbreon - Flordiel
  • Elder Noble - Flordiel
  • Fae Guards in Flordiel
  • Fierce Tree Wolf - Flordiel
  • Bezalia - Flordiel
  • Elbrion - Flordiel
  • Faid - Flordiel
  • Julif - Flordiel
  • Kestra - Flordiel
  • Ledora - Flordiel
  • Lifeshaper Cultivator
  • Malik - Flordiel
  • Merana - Flordiel
  • Ramara - Flordiel
  • Sage Drakel - Flordiel
  • Sage Vilerin - Flordiel
  • Savage Tree Royal Guard - Flordiel
  • Serela - Flordiel
  • Taldin - Flordiel
  • Vayin - Flordiel
Chest
(Hardened Wood Breastplate,
Splintered Bark Tunic,
Treated Sap Tunic,
Formed Leaf Robe)
Lord Faladrian - Boss encounter in Flordiel
Legs
(Hardened Wood Greaves,
Splintered Bark Leggings,
Treated Sap Leggings,
Formed Leaf Pantaloons)
  • Lady Menara Orglade - Flordiel
  • Lord Dagon Aerwood - Flordiel
  • Mavara Willowsong - Flordiel
  • Methumeus - Mini Boss encounter in Flordiel (triggered event)
Shoulders
(Hardened Wood Pauldrons,
Splintered Bark Shoulders,
Treated Sap Shoulders,
Formed Leaf Shawl)
Named 3-dot Trees in Flordiel
* The above drop locations are as recorded by Curse Gaming

Flordiel Faction Armor Locations
Armor Slot Drops From
Arms
(Solid Bone Underlay,
Swamphibian Hide Underlay,
Gorgalok Patchwork Underlay,
Gorgalok Linen Underlay)
  • Gorgalok Native - Vsurog Moor
  • Gorgalok Tender - Vsurog Moor
  • Gorgalok Scout - Vsurog Moor
  • Gorgalok Sentry - Vsurog Moor
  • Velok Hatchling - Vsurog Moor
  • Velok Youngling - Vsurog Moor
Waist
(Solid Bone Girdle,
Swamphibian Hide Belt,
Gorgalok Patchwork Belt,
Gorgalok Linen Sash)
  • Gorgalok Scout - Vsurog Moor
  • Gorgalok Sentry - Vsurog Moor
  • Veloks (3 and 4 dots)  in Vsurog Moor
Wrists
(Solid Bone Bracer,
Swamphibian Hide Wristguards,
Gorgalok Patchwork Wristguards,
Gorgalok Linen Cuffs)
  • Gorgalok Scout - Vsurog Moor
  • Veloks  in Vsurog Moor
Feet
(Solid Bone Sabatons,
Swamphibian Hide Boots,
Gorgalok Patchwork Boots,
Gorgalok Linen Slippers)
  • Bloodclaws in Vsurog Moor
  • Blood Lords in Vsurog Moor
  • Blood Lurkers in Vsurog Moor
  • Cabalists in Vsurog Moor
  • Cleft Troopers in Vsurog Moor
  • Flamewardens in Vsurog Moor
  • Guuls in Vsurog Moor
  • Seers in Vsurog Moor
  • Shadowsouls in Vsurog Moor
  • Troopers in Vsurog Moor
  • Watchers in Vsurog Moor
Hands
(Solid Bone Gauntlets,
Swamphibian Hide Gloves,
Gorgalok Patchwork Gloves,
Gorgalok Linen Gloves)
  • Gorgalok Native - Vsurog Moor
  • Gorgalok Tender - Vsurog Moor
  • Gorgalok Scout - Vsurog Moor
  • Gorgalok Sentry - Vsurog Moor
  • Velok Hatchling - Vsurog Moor
  • Velok Youngling - Vsurog Moor
Head
(Solid Bone Helm,
Swamphibian Hide Cap,
Gorgalok Patchwork Cap,
Gorgalok Linen Hood)
  • Bloodclaws in Vsurog Moor
  • Blood Lords in Vsurog Moor
  • Blood Lurkers in Vsurog Moor
  • Cabalists in Vsurog Moor
  • Cleft Troopers in Vsurog Moor
  • Flamewardens in Vsurog Moor
  • Guuls in Vsurog Moor
  • Seers in Vsurog Moor
  • Shadowsouls in Vsurog Moor
  • Troopers in Vsurog Moor
  • Watchers in Vsurog Moor
Chest
(Solid Bone Breastplate,
Swamphibian Hide Tunic,
Gorgalok Patchwork Tunic,
Gorgalok Linen Robe)
Tishra - Boss encounter in Vsurog Moor
Legs
(Solid Bone Greaves,
Swamphibian Hide Leggings,
Gorgalok Patchwork Leggings,
Gorgalok Linen Pantaloons)
  • Gorrulosh - Mini Boss in Vsurog Moor
  • Silidoth the Destroyer - Mini Boss in Vsurog Moor
  • Tishra - Boss encounter in Vsurog Moor
Shoulders
(Solid Bone Pauldrons,
Swamphibian Hide Shoulders,
Gorgalok Patchwork Shoulders,
Gorgalok Linen Shawl)
  • Blood Guardian - Vsurog Moor
  • Gurgrek - Vsurog Moor
  • Krul - Vsurog Moor
  • Prishar - Vsurog Moor
  • Saphson - Vsurog Moor
  • Savesh - Vsurog Moor
  • Steth - Vsurog Moor
  • Vindicators in Vsurog Moor
* The above drop locations are as recorded by Curse Gaming


 


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