Posted Wed, Apr 17, 2013 by Messiah
Updated for patch 5.3!
Patch 5.1 brought with it a very interesting new feature that potentially makes gearing up your character a little bit more interesting and confusing than it already was. This new feature is the ability to upgrade high level items by using either justice of valor points for PVE gear or honor or conquest points for PVP gear.
Patch 5.2 took this ability away from players, but Patch 5.3 brings back the Voidbinders and the ability to upgrade items once more.
|Item Type||Upgrade Cost||Ilevel Increase||# of Upgrades Allowed|
|PVE Rares||500 Justice Points||+8 ilevels||1|
|PVE Epics||250 Valor Points||+4 ilevels||2|
|PVP Rares||1500 Honor Points||+8 ilevels||1|
|PVP Epics||750 Conquest Points||+4 ilevels||2|
When you want to upgrade an item, simply head to a capital city and find the Ethereal area.
Once there find the item upgrader and talk to him.
Drop the item you are considering upgrading into the display box and it will show you what the upgrade will cost and how the stats will improve.
IMPORTANT: Be aware that trinket procs will be upgraded as well as stats on them, however at this time the proc upgrade does not show in the preview.
This new feature allows you to spend those extra justice, valor, honor, or conquest points to upgrade the gear that you really need to keep, but want it to be a bit better. It is important to remember however that upgrading gear is expensive point wise, so unless there are no reputation items left as upgrades for your character it is probably better to use them for purchasing better items than upgrading items that you already have.
Once you are in a position to upgrade items the order of most benefit (assuming all items are the top item level that you are likely to get) to upgrade is as follows:
The priority list above is based simply on the amount of stats allocated to items of the same ilevel across different slots.
An example of great items, regardless of slot, to upgrade are tier set items. For example certain tiers of gear grant such good 2 or 4 piece set bonuses that players keep them for a long time, even after the next tier set comes out.
While the Voidbinders were away for patch 5.2 they rethought several of their policies. The key things to be aware of that are different than the first time they appeared are the following: