Today we continue our guides of Sea of Moving Ice by previewing the new Relic Artifact Weapons. They outperform the Twisted set by a decent margin and are absolutely best-in-slot for any DPS builds. Ahead of next week’s Double Refinement event players surely ask themselves what they need to do to restore their Relics in time. But also generally the provided info should give you comprehensive information about how to acquire your new set.
Acquiring the Unrestored Relics is the easiest part. Just complete the storyline quests in Sea of Moving Ice. Upon defeating the final boss in the Runestead, you are granted the unrestored set (Rusted Trailblazer’s Axes).
Now the fun stuff begins. Just like the Relic Armor Set, the Relic Artifact Weapons have to be restored to be usable. Restoration requires a flurry of resources that have to be farmed in different spots.
Players need 50,000 Voninblod that comes from Heroic Encounters, Relic farm or the new Treasure Hunt.
Treasure Map Resources
There are four resources that drop from Treasures in the Sea of Moving Ice: Ostorian Residuum, Livewood Sap, Dubbin and Chert Waterstone. You need three of one of these for the Main and an additional two for the Off-Hand. The types vary with your class.
Another four new resources drop from Fishing. Four specific types of fish can be gutted to get them. The Ventdiver drops Naphtha, the Runechanged Nautiloid the Runechanged Ink, the Icebound Whelk the Permafrost Shell and the Myrmidon the Diluted Vitriol. Check the collection to see in which locations these fish can be farmed. For a comprehensive guide on fishing, you may browse here. The types vary with your class and you need five for the Main and three for the Off-Hand.
Players require 60 Reclaimed Runes for both Relic Artifact Weapons. Since three drop per day you should be good in case you haven’t missed too many days of SoMI progression since its launch. Otherwise you might not be able to get enough Runes to complete restoration before the Double Refinement event.
Dragon Turtle Moult
Next to the uncommon Turtle Moult both rare resources that drop from HEs in SoMI are required. We assume the drop rate is equal to the rare resources in the other zones like the Permafrost Shell.
Artificing and Weaponsmithing
Lastly players need two of the new resources that can be crafted from max-level Artificing and Weaponsmithing, one for the Main and one for the Off-Hand. The types vary with your class. All recipes require 20 Lanolin and 10 Masterwork Resources. Artificing ones add a Permafrost Shard from Cold Run Heroics and Weaponsmithing Northern Animal Fat from Lonelywood ones.
Since the Mod 10 resources are also available at the Protector Seals vendor and Masterwork stuff is relatively cheap on the AH, this is no longer much of a pain.
Quite a list
Not lying, that’s quite a list. You not only have to farm the new activities, but also go back to the old areas to farm for the Profession recipes. The good news is, you can largely cover the all areas with just the Treasure Hunt. It’ll not only net you Voninblod and the Treasure Map Resources, but also Dragon Turtle Moult, Lanolin and in rare cases the fishes that can be gutted. So Fishing for Bottles is a solid way to start off your farm and go from there. You should also aim for Rank IV fish, because it could be one of the valuable ones, and skip the rest.
*** UPDATE *** Starting with Module 12b and the new refining system, the next paragraph is no longer up-to-date. The mentioned refining stones will no longer grant nearly as many RPs as they used to for the Relic Weapons.
Even if you have Treasure Map Resources covered, proceed with Fishing because it’s also the fastest way to get the needed refining points. Aim for 5,000,000 RP from the BtA Relic stones. This amount is enough to instantly refine both Relic Artifact Weapons to legendary. Much less in needed when you plan feeding your old ones into them. You’ll quickly build up Shimmering Hill Emeralds and those rough Diamonds. The Rough Amethyst should be easy to restore to the Lustrous Cloud Amethyst because you should easily be able to pile up more Treasure Map Resources than you need for the Relic Artifact Weapons.
Heroics after Treasure Hunt
After the Treasure Hunt it’s time to assess the situation. You’ll probably still need stuff from the Heroics so that would be the logical next step. It’s up to you whether you absolutely go berserk with them though. RNG can be brutal and especially the rare resources you need from Cold Run, Lonelywood and Sea of Moving Ice can be hard to get. If you have covered RP with the new Relic-specific stones you should have a nice overflow of Black Opals and other unbound Gemfood. Sell them and get what you need. This also applies to the Rank IV fish. It’s unlikely that you still need Voninblod after the Treasure Hunt and Heroics, but the best way to farm is still Relics in Bryn Shander.
Now all that’s left is getting the Reagents you need from Artificing and Weaponsmithing. You either do it yourself or ask a guildmate or flip the required resources and a few extra AD for the Reagents on the AH. Fortunately the Masterwork Resources aren’t too expensive, because the devs purposely picked the least valuable ones.
Marks from Svardborg
With that, you should soon be the proud owner of the Relic Artifact Weapons. Unfortunately that’s not the end of the road. Even though you have restored your Weapons and can stuff them with sufficient RP, you still need the new Marks from the Svardborg Trial to upgrade them.
Especially the drop rate of legendary ones can be brutal. That’s why in some cases it might be clever to leave the off-hand piece at epic. You’ll need a sizeable amount of runs, and keys, to gather the required 30 marks for both pieces, but at least the purple ones are relatively easy to get.
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