Neverwinter’s module 12, “Tomb of Annihilation” offers a true flurry of new gear for all tiers of players. But before we dig into the new stuff we are going to deal with a rather large change to the acquisition of Relic pieces from the Storm Kings Thunder campaign.
Out with the old, in with the new!
In case you didn’t notice, both the Seal of the Protector as well as the Seal of the Elements and the corresponding gear are pretty outdated. Introduced in Elemental Evil they have served as Salvage fodder for the longest time now. So it’s about time to put the stuff away, at least as rewards at the Seal Vendor.
In Module 12 the trader will be reworked and all Elven and Alliance pieces scratched. Additionally Seal of the Elements will be replaced with Protectors in all loot tables. The Seal Vendor will then sell purple Ostorian Rings, unrestored Relic Gear and all necessary reagents to restore it. The body pieces and rings are 300 Seals, all other gear 200. The prices for the reagents can be looked up in the picture on the left.
Relic gear for everyone!
This essentially means that Relic Gear will become the new standard for all classes. The cost for a restored chest piece is 1,375 Seals for example, more than reasonable. You can probably even farm a full set on a single day. The one thing that the Seal Vendor can’t do for you is farming Voninblod of course. But even fully discharged you have a very cheap item level 420 set that’s also going to help in Storm Kings Thunder content. Compared to Elven Gear, which was 405, it’s only a moderate uptick, but with Relics you have the option to go all the way up to 480.
With the new gear that’s coming in “Tomb of Annihilation” it was a necessary adjustment. The base sets that can be bought for ADs start at 420 as well, the new height will be 500. Literally nobody would have been grinding Heroic Encounters in Storm Kings Thunder for the Relic Gear reagents. Now with the Seal Vendor you have a great starting point and can improve your gear with Voninblod until progression takes you to the next source of 480+ item levels.
Some folks, me included, originally thought this could be a slight nerf to Salvage values, but it’s actually quite the opposite for single characters. Currently on preview the chests still drop Elven and Alliance gear, but you’re of course now exclusively getting Protector Seals, which you can trade for those Ostorian Rings. So content that formerly dropped Elemental Seals gets a little bump in Salvage value, most namely Shores of Tuern, which probably already was the best farming spot for rough ADs.
The rings however are currently bound to character. So players that mainly farm on one toon and spread Salvage across their account can no longer do that with the stuff they buy with Seals. Bosses and chests do still drop Elven and Alliance BtA gear by the way.
And the Economy?
If you still own any Lanolin or other reagents related to Relic Gear, sell them asap. The market already heavily reacted on PC and it’s bound to get worse. Lanolin for example is 15 Seals, which means you can buy four to six for each completed dungeon. It will eventually sell for pennies. It’s also time to say goodbye to any Heroic Encounters in Storm Kings Thunder and Sea of Moving Ice. With the exception of Bryn Shander (Voninblod farming) the areas are now officially outdated.
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