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.
Today’s lesson will cover the concept and use of magically enhanced gems that do not directly add to the adventurers’ power. Visiting your local wizard you might already know that certain pieces of gear can hold what many often refer to as “Utility Enchantments”. These Enchantments make your everyday life much more convenient by delivering wealth or extra loot. They normally simply increase awareness of what’s lying around, but some even create magical items of use. If you don’t have any, you simply miss out. So let’s go through a list of stuff available alongside the Sword Coast and rate it.
- Azure Enchantments (+% Experience)
Young adventurer’s are going to love Azure Enchantments. The warm energy from them gives a cozy feeling in your head and makes you much more receptive. You’re not only more eager to learn, you’ll do it much faster! The Enchantment enhances all areas, be it monster slaying, questing or doing professions.
- Silvery Enchantment (+% Glory)
The Silvery Enchantment shines the brightest on the tourneys across Faerûn. And what can I say, ain’t looks important? People seem to naturally idolize you while using these and you’ll earn more glory on the battlefield!
- Dark Enchantment (Movement)
The Dark Enchantment magically lightens your equipment and makes you move faster. It’s a pretty straight forward enhancement.
- Fey Blessing Enchantment (Rank 5 Enchantments)
Now let’s start with the really interesting stuff. The Feys of Sharandar have blessed some Enchantments to reward those helping to keep their home safe! When you kill a critter, a Wisp might spawn that finds an Enchantment for you. So when looting your enemies, be on the lookout and pick them up! Since the Feys want this to be a personal reward, the drops bind to account. Additionally the inherent magic diminishes over time and the Enchantment will be less effective the longer you use it.
- Dragon’s Hoard Enchantment (Refining Points)
Created out of dragon blood, these Enchantments are able to reveal gems and other Refining Stones on the ground. Not only will the Dragon’s Hoard find them, but also magically transfer the stones to your inventory. Just like the Fey Blessings however their magic has to recharge at a certain point.
- Quartermaster’s Enchantment (Enchantment, Runestones and Surplus)
The Quartermaster Enchantment is rumored to be of pirate origin. Designed to glean salvageable items from ship wrecks, it also works outside a nautical environment. We all know pirates are lazy, so the Enchantment packs useful materials into magically created bags and stuffs them into the adventurer’s inventory. If just everything could be so easy… But again folks: Magic doesn’t last forever and the Quartermaster can only pack so many bags per day.
Not so Utility Enchantments
Unfortunately there are also a few Enchantments that do not offer as much value when slotted. Do not get talked into trying these!
- Radiant (+% Gold Bonus)
Gold is great, but for adventurer’s alongside the Sword Coast it mostly comes naturally. You know, the dragon-slaying, world-saving business is usually well paid. There might be outlier cases in which Radiant Enchantment can help jump-start your journey, but generally you want to stay away from them.
- Tymora’s Lucky Enchantment (+Trash)
Ironically you can consider yourself lucky if you don’t own Tymora’s Enchantment. Not sure what Lady Luck was trying to do here, but the smile on your face when looking at these fades rather quickly if you learn what sort of Pouches the goddess created. Maybe she tried to remind us to value the things we already own by creating a mostly worthless pack? The contents are pretty much only useful to sell for gold, and for that matter you might want to refer to what I’ve said about Radiants.
Now what to do with your slots?
While we have talked about good and bad choices for Utility Enchantments, there are only five or six slots to fill. So decisions need to be made carefully. Let’s first cover the most obvious thing when it comes to the slots: Enchantments of the same type stack. Slotting one Radiant will net you Gold, slotting two will net you even more. In some cases it nonetheless makes more sense to pick a healthy mix of different Enchantments. Here are your typical scenarios:
For player versus player engagement it’s pretty easy. You slot Silverys if you need to more Glory and use Darks in all other cases.
When adventuring alone you can actually have up to six slots thanks to Makos’ Ring. RIP by the way, we’re all still devastated… While it might sound logical to just stack what you need most, it’s not as effective due to the magical cooldowns the best Enchantments have. A high percentage of the same type might land you a lot early on, but the longer your session the greater the risk that you are going hit the cap. What mix works best for you depends on what you need and how long you typically adventure, but generally I’d advise slotting two of each of the Fey Blessings, Dragon’s Hoards and Quartermasters. In a normal session you should be able to drain all of them and get the maximum number of possible drops.
If you’re really only doing quick bursts with certain characters, it might make sense to shift the focus to a specific Enchantment in order to generate more procs in a short amount of time.
The best mix of Utility Enchantments for group play depends on your role. Since Fey Blessings, Dragon’s Hoards and Quartermasters only proc off actual kills, support classes get little out of them in dungeons and are probably better off slotting Darks, or even Radiants. If you’re more of a damaging type then you have more options and pretty much can go with whatever you’re using in solo.
I hope today’s lesson helped you understand the concept and use of Utility Enchantments. Until next time, I must continue my research.
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