Ever since the Cradle of the Death God went live with Neverwinter’s Module 13, there was some controversy about how the drops are supposed to work that you need to vivify your Relic Armor (Omuan Carvings) and upgrade to Exalted Weapons (Soulmonger Ampules). Now the mystery has finally been solved, not everyone however will be pleased with the conclusion. As answer to a player asking if not receiving the Carvings on the first run each week is working as intended, Community Manager nitocris83 replied:
Up to 10 Hours of Grinding per Week
As always, the devs like to paraphrase and often euphemize actual drop rates. Some players reported more than 30 runs to get their Carving. Whether or not that fits the term “low-ish” is certainly up for debate. At 20 minutes per run (including building up your party and such), that’s up to 10 hours of gameplay per week just for that part of the progression. Obviously this is a worst-case (and you get other stuff in the process), but illustrates what low drop rates can do to you.
It would certainly have been nice if this was better documented within the game, or communicated earlier, but at least we now have the confirmation that the Carvings are NOT just a guaranteed weekly reward, but also gated behind RNG. Soulmonger Ampules by the way are a guaranteed drop, as stated by nitocris83 roughly three weeks ago.
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