Swords of Chult Artifact Gear Refinement Progression Guide

Module 12b will come with a significant overhaul of the refining system. It’s getting streamlined, the bag space issue is getting dealt with and pretty much all values are tweaked. So what has exactly changed? Is getting your Artifact Gear to legendary now easier or harder? We have all the answers!

We have attached the new Artifact Gear progression below and will refer to the table frequently. So make sure to scroll down in case you’re not sure where some of the numbers are coming from. Also note that unless stated otherwise this article uses the new RP values of all stones and gems.

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Permanent Double Refining

First of all, all refining point values are roughly divided by ten in the new system, and the same applies to gear as well. Since it’s a global change affecting all RP, the system doesn’t move here, it just operates with different values. Stuffing a Peridot of 500 RP into something that requires 10,000 RP obviously has the same effect as stuffing a Peridot of 50 RP into something that requires 1,000 RP.

On top of that however the devs cut progression RP of artifact gear in half. A rank 60 legendary piece of gear requires 232,260 RP, exactly 1/20 of its original 4,645,200 RP. What this means is that refining artifact gear works as fast as during a double refining event. Only that it’s permanent.

The reagents in the meantime stay the same. You still need three Marks on each level. The only change is that the three different types are now combined into one new Enchanting Stone. These however still drop in the same locations as before, like Dread Ring lairs.

More Variety in Refining Points

Now half RP obviously only helps if the availability of refining points doesn’t change. Fewer required RP wouldn’t be too great if at the same point you were no longer able to farm as much. But fortunately there’s good news on that front as well. Since refining points are now a global currency, and matching bonuses are gone, more stones and gems contribute to the progression. So gunning for upgrades you can now for example add Sharandar quests to the list, and are not limited to the Well of Dragons. A replacement to the former double event also makes sure you’ll still get some sort of time-limited boost. The new event will drop additional RP as you kill mobs.

There is one downside however. In the old system existing gear would roughly give 80% of its RP when refined into a matching type. In the new one this crumbles to 20%.

Conclusion

The refinement of artifact gear got a lot easier. The goal of the devs was to move away from a system that required saving up tons of different refining stones and gems for a double weekend. And for artifact gear, it does just that. Upgrading gear is now permanently as fast as during a former double refining. If you were utilizing these events, the speed of your upgrade won’t change. You can however now refine on the spot, which is a great convenience boost.

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Things unfortunately get a lot more complicated when you have to switch gear. Old stuff only giving 20% of its RP value means you’re nearly starting each and every piece from scratch. It’s a little bit difficult to foresee the impact here as much depends on the game’s future design. It can obviously turn out to be a pain if multiple consecutive mods introduce an upgrade for your build. On the contrary it will be less of an issue the longer you can stick with a particular piece. In any case you should think about turning your refined artifact gear into RP twice now.

Relic Weapons

Relic weapons present an outlier in the new system for multiple reasons. First of all they stay with their separate reagents. So you still need to farm Svardborg for the Marks. Also the specific refining stones in Sea of Moving Ice are getting a substantial nerf. Now that matching bonuses are gone, those handed out way too many RPs to just convert them to the system. So if you still have SoMI RPs try to use them before the update, even outside double events.

The New Progression Tables

LevelRP neededRP cumulativRP worth
10050
2282850
3356350
44210550
54915450
65621050
77028050
810538550
914052550
1017570050
1121091050
12245115550
13280143550
14315175050
153502100435
164202520519
174903010617
185603570729
196304200855
207004900995
2177056701149
2284065101317
2394574551506
24105085051716
25115596601947
261260109202199
271400123202479
281540138602787
291680155403123
301820173603487
311960193203879
322100214204299
332240236604747
342380260405223
352520285605727
362800313606287
373080344406903
383360378007575
393640414408303
403920453609087
414200495609927
4246205418010851
4350405922011859
4454606468012951
4558807056014127
4663007686015387
4768608372016759
4874209114018243
4979809912019839
50854010766021547
51910011676023367
52980012656025327
531050013706027427
541120014826029667
551190016016032047
561260017276034567
571330018606037227
581400020006040027
591540021546043107
601680023226046467
LevelReagentsSuccess%
 Rare (15) 3x Moderate Enchanting Stone90%
 Epic (35) 3x Greater Enchanting Stone50%
 Legendary (60) 3x Superior Enchanting Stone10%

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5 thoughts on “Swords of Chult Artifact Gear Refinement Progression Guide

  • October 12, 2017 at 8:53 am
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    What about artifacts? Since they will no longer have the 10x feeder bonus from the 2x RP event.

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    • NWO_Unblogged
      October 12, 2017 at 10:01 am
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      There will be a separate posts about artifacts in the next days. Cheers!

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  • October 12, 2017 at 2:38 pm
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    I really Like the new refinement on preview, but can’t wait to see what you think about artifact refinement 🙂

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  • October 18, 2017 at 9:21 am
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    Just an information. The enchantment stone now grant x2 while used on Artifact. Will be converted in RP using that x2 value or flat one.

    For instance an Azure level 5 will give 108RP (1080/10) or 54RP (540/10) when converted on new system?

    Thanks for feedback

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    • NWO_Unblogged
      October 18, 2017 at 11:05 am
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      54 RP. The Artifact progression RP are halved instead to generate the permanent “x2 feeling”.

      Reply

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