Chettlebell Explains It All Vol. 7: Value Buys on 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.

Here’s some value

We already looked at stuff that you absolutely want to avoid while crawling through the ZEN Market and items that are annoying, yet needed. So let’s now dig up some value from the merchants!

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Call-to-Arms Companion Packs

Wait, didn’t you, I mean, what? Ok, slow down a second here. Yes, the packs were included in the “don’t buy unless you’re completely out of your freaking mind” section, but there are two sides of the coin here. For some reason, although their actual usefulness is low, there sometimes is some resell value. Add up the items included and compare it to the pack’s price. Market depth however is not really great, so it could take a while until your investment pays off.

Class, Collection, and Founder’s Packs

This one’s tricky. The collection packs are expensive, but their value is hard to judge because it mostly comes from exclusive items that you can’t get anywhere else. So if you like the cool transmutes, included companions and their active bonuses or other perks, it’s probably a good buy simply because it’s not available somewhere else. They additionally include account unlocks that you can claim on each character you create. This majorly adds convenience to mules, mains and alts alike. The major example here is the Dragonborn Legend Pack. With the race, a 30-slot bag, purple Artifact and a purple ring that scales with your level, it’s a must-have.

Unfortunately these kind of packs have to be judged on a pack-to-pack basis. The Founder’s Pack of Module 13 for example offered decent value as well.

Siege Master and Wild Hunt Rider

Let’s talk about Companions a bit now. There are limited ones that truly outshine the competition, but the Siege Master is a nice hire. As long range specialist he will increase your potency in any fight. Same goes for the Wild Hunt Rider, which is limited to those that can keep up the buff however. Control Wizards are the prime example here. Last but not least, the Dread Warrior can help maintaining thread for tanks.

You need to carefully value companions against the Auction House though. In most cases you might need to wait for one of those 40% sales to get them cheaper than on the open market.

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Inscribed Garments

If you run an expanding brand and recruit adventurer’s to your roster frequently, add these Garments to your shopping list. It’s worth it!

Mounts

Mounts on the ZEN market are great because they unlock for your whole team. Once bought any of your adventurers can go to your stable, grab the Mount of choice and benefit from their perks. You should at least have an epic one for the speed bonus and there are some rare ones with interesting Insignia combination as well. Especially the Gilded Giant Spider which has Wanderer’s Fortune is a good investment.


I hope today’s lesson helped explain which items on the ZEN market hold some value. Until next time, I must continue my research.

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Tristopher Chettlebell

Tristopher Chettlebell is a genius and scholar, recently employed by Zami Monini to perform some... genealogical research... in the Neverdeath Graveyard, but currently seeking work elsewhere, preferably very far away from anything resembling an angry dracolich.

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