4.1. Slots 4.1.1. Armor pieces There is 6 armor slots. Imbuing: res, MI, SI, HPI, LMC, MR. Reforging: HCI, DCI. Artifacts: HLD, SSI, FCR. It's advisable to get HLD on your head slot from Mace and Shield Reading Glasses or Prismatic Lenses. Mace and Shield Reading Glasses: 25-10-10-10-10, 30 HLD, 10 STR, 5 DEX. Prismatic Lenses: 18-4-7-17-6, 30 HLD, 25 DI, 2 HPR, 3 SR. To get SSI you can use Animated Legs of the Insane Tinker (humans/elves) or Breastplate of the Berserker (gargoyles). Animated Legs of the Insane Tinker: 17-15-7-15-2, 10 SSI, 10 DI, 5 DIX, 2 SR. Breastplate of the Berserker: 18-16-5-11-5, 10 SSI, 15 DI, 5 HPI, 4 LMC, 3 SR. 4/6 casting Paladin or Mystic Warrior can also use Night Eyes. Night Eyes: 10-10-10-10-10, Night Sight, 10 DCI, 3 FCR. A woodland armor piece can get one additional property (preferably 5 HCI or 10 DI) from enhancing. A typical warrior's suit usually consists of: - Mace and Shield Reading Glasses - 3 pieces with 8 MI, 8 SI, 8 LMC, 5 HPI, 5 HCI/DCI - 2 pieces with 8 MI, 8 SI, 8 LMC, 15 Res, 5 HCI/DCI A cheap beginner's suit usually consists of 6 pieces with 7 MI, 7 SI, 7 LMC, 4 HPI, 13 Res. 4.1.2. Jewelery slots. There are 2 jewelery slots. They are more valuable than armor slot because you can imbue properties that cannot be imbued on armor pieces. Imbuing: DI, HCI, DCI, STR, DEX, EP, Skill, FC, FCR. Magical crafting: 5 SSI, 50 EP. Special loot: SSI, Stam, MR. A tinker can also craft Turquoise Ring (5 SSI) and Ecru Citrine Ring (50 EP). It's possible to find jewels with 10 SSI, 5 Stamina, 4 MR, 20 HCI, 20 DCI, 35 DI and so on. If you want to get 4/6 casting you must use Ornament of the Magician (bracelet). Ornament of the Magician: 2 FC, 3 FCR, 10 LMC, 20 LRC, 15 Energy Res. A typical warrior's suit usually contains at least one jewel with SSI. Other properties on jewels are used to maximize DI, HCI, DCI and add some skill points or base stats. In the past people usually had 50 EP on jewels but now some people prefer using a macro to equip EP jewels before drinking a potion. A cheap beginner's suit may contains 2 jewels with 13 HCI, 13 DCI, 22 DI, 7 STR, 7 DEX. 4.1.3. Hand slots. You can use: - 2H weapon - 1H weapon - 1H weapon and a shield 1H weapon has 500 imbuing intensity. 2H ranged weapon has 550 imbuing intensity. 2H melee weapon has 600 imbuing intensity. (This is true for crafted weapons only. Looted weapons have 50 less imbuing intensity). Imbuing (weapon): Slayers, HLL, HML, HSL, HLA, HLD, SSI. Imbuing (shield): DCI, FC. Reforging (shields): HCI, DI, SSI. Weapon slots are the most valuable because you can imbue properties that cannot be imbued on jewels or armor pieces. This is why it's so profitable to get HLD from a head slot. HML: must have HLL: if you don't use Vampiric Embrace (VE) or Cursed Weapon (CuW) SSI: if you cannot get max swing speed without it HSL: good to have, but you can go without HSL if you use metal armor and can refresh stamina by Divine Fury HLD: important to have if you haven't it on your head slot Slayer: recommended to maximize your damage output Hit Fatigue and/or HLA: nice bonus but less important than properties that are listed above (Hit Fatigue is better but you cannot imbue it) Hit Spell: pretty useless in PvM Hit Area: may be used on WW weapons A typical 1H weapon has: 30 DI, reforged HML, super slayer, max HLL, some HSL. A typical 2H weapon has: 50 DI, reforged HML, super slayer, max HLL, 50 HSL. You can replace HLL with SSI if you use VE or CuW. In some cases (see above) you can replace HLL with HLA or SSI. You can reforge HLL and imbue HML on a slower weapons if you have a lot of SSI on without weapon. You needn't to reforge HML on WW weapons (just imbue max or close to max value). A cheap beginner's weapon usually has: DI, Slayer, HML, HSL, HLD/SSI. There is no much sense to have HLL because your damage is low. I recommend a Radiant Scimitar. It's fast enough to get max swing speed without SSI. You can use WW against crowd and Bladeweave (or Lightning Strike) vs one target. Both moves don't require much mana. There is just a few properties that you can imbue on a shield so reforging become more important. Usually you want to reforge 5 HCI and 35 DI or 10 SSI and some HCI/DI on a shield. Then you can enhance it to get additional resists. If you haven't enough gold for a good crafted shield you can use Sign of Order or Sign of Chaos. Sign of Order: 5 HCI, 10 DCI, 1 FC, 10 Chivalry, 1-0-5-5-0 resists. Sign of Chaos: 5 HCI, 10 DCI, 1 FC, 20 Soul Charge, 3-2-2-2-2 resists. 4.1.4. Misc slots There are 7 misc slots. Talisman Mana Phasing Orb: 15 DI, 5 HCI/DCI, 6 LMC, 1 MR/SR/HPR Slither: 10 HPI, 10 DCI, 2 HPR Conjurer's Trinket: Undead Slayer, 10 HCI, 20 DI, 1 STR, 2 HPR A Primer on Arms Damage Removal: 20 DI, 1 STR, 2 HPR Totem of the Void: 10 LMC, 2 HPR Soldier’s Medal: 10 Tactics, 2 SR, 5 HCI, 20 DI Duelist’s Edge: 10 Anatomy, 2 SR, 5 HCI, 20 DI Enchantress’ Cameo: Random Slayer, 1 STR, 2 HPR, 10 HCI, 5 SSI, 20 DI Totem of the Tribe: 5 Damage Eater, 2 HPR, 5 HCI, 5 DCI The Mana Orb is good and cheap but it's brittle (75 durability). Conjurer's Trinket has good stats but you will take double damage from Reponds (the opposite slayer). Slither is very good but expensive. On October 2014 two good clean up talismans were added. You can use them when you need DI or as a cheaper alternative to Slither (although Slither is still better in general case). On November 2015 two new artifacts were added. Enchantress’ Cameo is very good but it is very expensive. Totem of the Tribe my be useful when you want to maximize Damage Eater. Robe Conjurer's Garb: 2 MR, 5 DCI, [140 luck] Shroud of the Condemned: 5 INT, 3 HPI Mystic's Garb: 5 MI, 1 LMC (Gargoyles Only) Cloak Of Power: 2 STR, 2 DEX, 2 INT Cloak Of Death: 3 HCI, 3 DCI, 3 SDI Hawkwind's Robe: 2 MR, 5 SDi, 10 LMC, 10 LRC The Shroud is good and cheap. The Garb is better when you need MR. On November 2015 new artifact was added. Hawkwind's Robe is good for casters but it also good for a dexxer who doesn't need 140 luck from the Garb. Belt Crimson Cincture: 10 HPI, 5 DEX, 2 HPR Tangle: 5 DCI, 10 INT, 2 MR Ozymandias' Obi: 10 STR, 10 SI, 2 SR On November 2015 new artifact was added. Ability to get 10 Si from a belt is very cool when you aim 211+ Stamina. Back Ranger's Cloak of Augmentation: 5 SSI, 3 SDI, 1 LMC Shadow Cloak of Rejuvenation: 2 LMC, 1 MR, 1 SR, 1 HPR Despicable Quiver: 5 HCI, 5 Archery, 5 RPD, 10 Res Unforgiven Veil: 5 HCI, 5 Throwing, 5 RPD, 10 Res Quiver of Infinity: 5 DCI Jumu's Sacred Hide: 15 Poison Eater, 1 FCR, 20 DI, 5 SDI, 5 Fire Res Despicable Quiver is very good. Players that need SSI use Ranger's Cloak. Quiver of Infinity is cheap. On November 2015 new artifact was added. It looks even better than Despicable Quiver for a melee character. Sash: Corgul's Enchanted Sash: 5 DCI, 1 SI Lieutenant of The Britannian Royal Guard: 5 INT, 2 MR, 10 LRC LT Sash is better if you need MR but it is expensive and brittle (150 durability). Boots: Clean Up boots: 2 Res Unicorn Mane Woven Sandals/Talons: Night Sight Detective boots: 2/3/4 INT Boots of Escaping: 4 DEX, 1 SR Anon's Boots: -5 HCI, 10 DCI Shandy's Waders: 10 HCI, -5 DCI Minax's Sandals: 150 Luck, 5 LMC, 10 LRC, -3 Random Res Detective boots are brittle and few INT doesn't make much difference so they are not very popular. Usually players use Clean Up boots to adjust resists or leave this slot empty. Gargoyles can use this slot to get Night Sight. Since an event item - Boots of Escaping - was introduced it looks like the best option when you needn't resists. On November 2015 three new artifacts were added. Earrings: Nocturne Earrings: Night Sight Earring of Protection: 2 Res (11th Year Collection) Gargoyles hasn't Earrings slot. Humans usually use this slot to get Night Sight. 4.2. Item properties 4.2.1. Damage Reduction The first thing a warrior want from his suit is to cap all resistances. The normal cap is 70. Elves have +5 to energy resistance cap as a race bonus. Special forms (vampire, wraith, stone) affect your resistances. For example, if you're going to use Vampiric Embrace you need 25 more fire res on your suit. You can also change resistance caps by refinement. Mathematically there is no difference between +5% DCI and +1% to all resistances. You can get resistance on any main slot but it's better to use armor slots because they are the less valuable. Damage Eater is not very popular. The cap is 18 for Damage Eater and 30 for individual eaters. You can reforge Damage Eater on armor and on a shield. 4.2.2. Combat Relative HCI/DCI Usually you count how much HCI/DCI you get from misc slot, try to reforge as much as possible to armor pieces and imbue the rest on jewels to reach the cap. DI Usually you count how much DI you get from misc slot, decide how much you can have on the weapon and imbue the rest on jewels to reach the cap. SSI HLL/HML values depend on the weapon speed. To keep them higher it's better to get SSI from suit. It also gives you one more (the most valuable) weapon slot. You usually need 5, 20 or 35 SSI. With 3.75s weapons you need 55 SSI. Archers/Throwers usually use 4.00s weapon and need 45 SSI to get 1.5s per swing. You can get 5 SSI on a Turquoise ring. You can get 5-10 SSI on a "Shame loot" jewel. Divine Fury At 120 Chivalry it gives you +20 DI, +15 HCI, +15 SSI and -10 DCI. It's profitable to use it to get combat relative stats when you want to get 20+ SSI on your suit. Also it allows to new players to get 45 HCI and 100 DI with buying expensive reforged armor. Heartwood Enhancing You can get 10 DI or 5 HCI per armor piece by enhancing. Only elves can use woodland armor. Enhancing result is random so it takes few attempts to get the property you want. One times it take me 12 attempts - it like throwing to a trash can two full ready suits. Woodland armor doesn't give inherit LMC bonus. 4.2.3. Stats You can have up to 125 base STR/INT/DEX and up to 150 with items. Players often use potions to get 150 STR/DEX. With 50 EP a potions gives you 30 STR/DEX (31 for humans due to JOAT Alchemy) for 3 minutes. Taking off EP items doesn't change the effect from potions so you can have a backup EP jewels and use macro to take them on/off. It definitely worths to do when you use 2H weapon or a shield (switching two items is as fast as switching one item). When you use 1H weapon without shield you may want to have EP on your main jewels to be able drink potions faster. If you don't want to use potions you need to imbue STR/DEX on jewels. For example, if you use Mace And Shield Glasses, Crimson and Despicable Quiver and have 125 STR, 120 DEX than you need to imbue 15 STR and 15 DEX on jewels to get 150/150. STR gives bonus to damage, removes range penalty for throwing weapons and increase HP. You need 25 HPI and 150 STR to get max (150) HP. I prefer to have 130 STR and 140 HP with items. Usually it's enough. When I fight tough monsters I drink a potion to get 150 STR + 10 overcapped STR for cases when I'm cursed. DEX removes chance to block penalty, reduces time you need to apply a bandage and increase stamina. You need 80 DEX to remove chance to block penalty. You need 140 DEX to get min (4 sec) bandage applying time. I prefer to have 10-15 Stamina above the value that gives me max swing speed. When I fight tough monsters I drink a potion to get 30 more DEX/Stamina and usually continue swing at max speed even when taken a heavy hit and cursed. INT increases your mana pool. Usually 80-100 mana is enough. 4.2.4. Casting Some template require faster casting and faster cast recovery. The caps for Chivalry is 4/6 FC/FCR. FC is important when you use Chivalry to heal yourself during a fight. Otherwise FCR is more important. 1 FC reduce the time you need to cast a spell by 0.25s (but not bellow 0.25s). 1 FCR reduce the time you need to recover from casting a spell by 0.25s. Magery spells have 1.50s base recovery time so you can reduce it to zero. Chivalry spells have 2.00s base recovery time so you can reduce it to 0.50s only. You can get 1 FC on weapon, shield, ring. You can get 2 FC on bracelet (Ornament of the Magician). You can get up to 3 FCR on ring, bracelet. You can get 3 FCR on helm (Night Eyes). 4.3. Suit advices 4.3.1. Starting suit The simplest hunting suit should have 70 all resistances and some HML on the weapon. In this case you use fast weapon to maximize your swing speed and spam Lightning Strike to get max HCI. You may also want to have 100 LRC to train Chivalry/Necromancy for free. Such suit is enough to train your weapon skill while earning some gold at the same time. 4.3.2. Cheap suit On this stage you want to maximize DI/HCI, get HLD and increase HP/Stamina/Mana/LMC. For example, you can have: 6 armor pieces with 4 HPI, 7 MI, 7 SI, 6 LMC, 13 Res Mana Phasing Orb with 5 HCI, 15 DI 2 jewels with 22 DI, 13 HCI, 13 DCI, some stats or skills weapon with Slayer, DI, HML, HSL, HLD or HCI You can refine it to get 75 Physical resistance. You can alternate special move (AI/DS) with Lightning Strike to avoid double mana cost for special moves while doing pretty high damage. Such suit is enough to farm gold and to solo mini spawns in Abyss. 4.3.3. Good suit A suit with max resistances, combat related skills (DI, HCI, DCI), HPI, LMC and good bonuses to Stamina/Mana is counted as a good suit. It's usually reforged and post-imbue-enhanced (but you can as well do enhancing right after reforging to make it cheaper). It's usually contains artifacts for the head slot and for 5 main misc slots (talisman, robe, belt, sash, back). Usually an armor piece looks like: 5 HCI, 8 LMC, 8 SI, 8 MI, 15 res/5 HPI/2 MR. Such suit is enough to solo champion spawns, some peerless and other bosses. 4.3.4. Advanced suit Nowadays it's not so difficult to maximize all main properties. You can even do it without jewels. For example, DI: 20 DF, 30 enhanced, 50 weapon HCI: 15 DF, 10 enhanced, 15 reforged, 5 quiver DCI: -10 DF, 10 slither, 10 reforged, 10 garb/sash (-25 refinement) HPI: 5 armor, 10 slither, 10 crimson LMC: 40 armor Res: 65 glasses, 4*64 armor, 51 armor, 10 quiver = 382 total (75-75-75-75-80) Even if you don't use woodland armor and don't want to refine your suit you can get some free room on your jewels. There are few ways (directions) to improve your suit. Base stats Since you already have 150 STR and enough DEX this means getting more INT and mana or getting 150 STR/DEX without potions. Although this way gives you more comfortable game-play it usually doesn't make quality difference. Swing speed You can try to increase SSI on your suit so you could use slow weapon without imbuing SSI on it. Your thrower/archer can have 45 SSI (1.5s with 4.00s weapon). Your melee character can have 35 SSI (1.25s with 3.50s weapon). Casting You can and some FC/FCR for more comfortable using of chivalry spells. Skills You can add 100+ skills on your suit and use some interesting mixed templates. 4.3.5. High-end suit High-end suit must be based on crafted and/or new loot system artifacts. Such items may have 800+ imbuing intensity so 2 artifacts can give you as much properties as 3 imbued items. To craft artifacts you use reforging by high-end runic tools. Usually you use 2-3 artifacts and craft/imbue rest items to adjust resists/LMC/HPI. Then you add one looted jewel with high intensity and imbue the second jewel to adjust HCI/DCI/DI.