*** Update: One of our users shared a flaw in the comments. In our example, we used Rank 10s in the utility slots. Going with Rank 9s there means you need to upgrade more Armor Kits. ***
Last week we showed you guys how to get to the required amount of Everfrost Resistance to enter the new Fangbreaker Island dungeon. Most of the current attention and rage is still about the Everfrost gating, but some players might also ask themselves what’s actually needed to get to 3,100 item level.
Purple gear, legendary Artifacts and Rank 9s
The math on this issue is rather simple. A basic character with purple gear has 16 gear slots, including Artifacts. Epic gear starts at 130 item level. So 16 slots net 2,080 which leaves 1,020 to be covered by 22 enchantment slots, including Reinforcement. That’s slightly over 46 per Enchantment, or Rank 9s.
And actually the reality matches that theory. Building a character in full Rank 9s and current gear brings players to 3,112 item level. As you can see we used some M10 gear like the Frostborn Gauntlets and Relic Boots, assuming players need them to enter Fangbreakers anyway because of the Everfrost Resistance. Most of the purple gear already has over the 130 item level we calculated with, but you need to bring Artifacts to legendary level to match that.
The plus in item level from gear also offsets the fact that the Reinforcement Kits only grant 35 at best. You don’t even need Major kits everywhere, the example uses Greater Kits in the Jewelry.
More slots are better than higher ranks
Of course everything gets a little bit easier if characters already unlocked more enchantment slots (Layout #2). Three more slots from dual slot rings or legendary gear mean Rank 8s are sufficient. It also shows why you should always look to get more slots first before upgrading enchantments. At least if you’re solely looking to up item levels. The cost per item level dramatically increases with higher levels. A Rank 8 costs about 1,300 AD per item level, a Rank 9 already 6,250. That’s why it’s cheaper to simply add an enchantment slot instead of upgrading multiple other enchantments for the same item level gain.
After all the theory is not too complicated, is it? If you have further questions or remarks please add them in the comments below or visit our message board!