In today’s episode of our Exploit History we have something for all you haters of enchantment upgrades and the randomness that comes with it. As you know each upgrade of enchantments and runestones in Neverwinter only has a chance to succeed. If it doesn’t, you’ll lose your reagents. The only way to prevent that is using wards to either safe the reagents from destruction on unsuccessful tries or even guarantee a success. Albeit several changes to the refinement system itself, this basic RNG mechanic has never changed.
The amount of required wards (and clicking!) on higher levels can get quite annoying. Additionally wards are a ZEN store item, so it’s one of the aspects of progression that is gated behind spending money. In the early stages of the game however, players used a rather simple exploit to circumvent this madness.
Artificial Delays Strike Again!
Back then fusing enchantments was artificially delayed by a few seconds. A progress bar appeared that had no real use other than letting the player wait, probably to create more excitement. However just like Astral Rifts, this interaction came back to bite Cryptic. It turned out that during the delay, used Wards weren’t locked in place. You could freely move them back into your inventory. And even better, when swapped with another item, they didn’t even got consumed while still granting their benefits.
So players took enchantment shards, slotted a Coalescent Ward and started the process. During the interaction, they swapped the ward with a trash item. It was really that easy! Effectively you could just use a Coal for any fusing upgrade and succeed every time without actually using the ward. As hilarious as the exploit itself was the way it leaked on Ownedcore in June 2013. The author presented it with an own version of the “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” title song. That was creative, but didn’t prevent the issue from being patched within hours.
Exploit History: Locking Auctions – Caturday – Masterwork Nodes – Permadodge – Arcane Reservoir – Full GF Runs – Attribute Enhancement – Using the old Refining System – Killing Fulminorax and Valindra From Below – Skipping Shadowfell – Resonator Exploit – Safely Killing Traven Blackdagger – Foundry Power Leveling – Castle Never Picture Frame Shortcut – Infinite Buff Stacks and One-Shotting CWs – Max Level In About One Hour
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