Chettlebell Explains It All Vol. 6: What you Need From the ZEN Market

Good day! Tristopher Chettlebell, Neverwinter’s preeminent historian at your service. In my capacity as an expert in all things Neverwinter, I’ve agreed to author a series of articles detailing various situations in Neverwinter that adventurers regularly have trouble understanding. It’s a big job, but nevertheless, I must persevere.

Annoying, but needed

Today we’re continuing our mini-series about the ZEN market. After pointing out items you want to avoid, we’re following up by stuff that might not be a true bargain, but is surely needed on your adventures.

VIP treatment

Neverwinter Vip BannerWho doesn’t like being treated like the Protector himself? For a small fee you get some travel services, limited magical supplies, free keys from the dwarven forges to open some hidden chests in dungeons, a daily bath with pretty Elve… Oh, no bath you say? Nevermind, it’s still good. Get your entrance to the VIP area because it makes adventuring that much easier!

Lockbox Keys

Testing your luck can be annoying, but it’s not like the Forgotten Realms Anti Unemployment Daily Lottery (“FRAUD” Lottery) isn’t doing good things. It keeps the city rolling and there are some rumors the Protector himself might even have run out of money lately. So by all means, get your daily tickets and help Neverember and the city grow. The prizes are even worth it for the most part. You might not get a gigantic new Mount or legendary Artifact from the drawing, but the little things already will get you most of your money back, if not more.


Are you great at wielding your big-boy Scimitar, but have no clue how to fuse your Enchantments? Don’t feel bad, you’re not alone. The magic world out there is hidden to most and those that know don’t give away their stuff for free. Wards are as necessary as annoying and always a good buy.

Bags and Bank space

The same can probably be said for bags. You don’t want to run into a treasure room only to realize that you can’t take all the gold with you! It’s also recommended to rent protected storage space at the Enclave. It’s a good investment.

Character Slots

It’s good to have friends guys. No matter whether they store your stuff, help increasing your wealth or are just there for you when you need someone to talk to, you can’t have too few. Actually, while I think about it, try to limit yourself to around 50. You kinda start to lose track after that and risk neglecting some. After all you also need quality me-time to slay a dragon or two.

Retraining Tokens

Finding a tutor to teach you new things is unavoidable in case you feel that the current skill-set doesn’t match the requirements along the Sword Coast. I know it’s not cheap, but quality guidance comes with a certain price tag.

Stronghold Progression

Alliances BannerI guess this is a questionable one. Materials for your Stronghold cannot directly be valued, because having a sized Stronghold comes with prestige and other advantages. The packs some merchants sell aren’t exactly a bargain, but some high-profile guilds might want you to buy them. It’s not a bad investment for those that like to rush, over time however your guild will get progress anyway.

I hope today’s lesson helped explain which items on the ZEN market are a necessary evil. Until next time, I must continue my research.

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One thought on “Chettlebell Explains It All Vol. 6: What you Need From the ZEN Market

  • March 15, 2017 at 8:29 am

    I would keep my hands off retraining tokens off zen market until mod 12 loadouts. It would likely make sense to switch from one universal build to several specialized one like dungeon (better fitness to role), questing (AoE dps and solo survival), or pvp (things differ here). Currently one have to make some compromizes. Or some more strange variants like SW heal (in case of buffer DC that focus on dps in dungeon) vs SW dps. It would be better to keep retraining tokens until that time.


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