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Enhancing Armour (4) - Exotic and advanced options

LuxRegem November 26, 2013 User blog:LuxRegem

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Beside the more every-day ways of enhancing armour there are a few possibilities that can be considered advanced or exotic. Those are practical only for the highest levels of the rarest armours or are only theoretical possibilities without a rational practical use. The options I am thinking of are:

Are those methods advantageous and if so, when?

Fusion Armors

There are a number of Rare and Super Rare Armor that can be easily fused and have an enhancement value of 50 for matching armour. The Rare Armors can be fused using the appropriate element Common Armor. They will all cost you 2 Common Armors + 25,000 gold + 1 Fusion Stone. That means they cost 25,600 gold and take 10 minutes to craft.

They are:

Easy to fuse 50 EP Rare Armours for Enhancement
Elements Result
Fire and Earth Volcanic Mantle
Fire and Air Flamestorm Finery
Spirit and Air Wind Monarch's Robes
Spirit and Water Wavecharmer's Mantle

There is no need to use unmatching Fusion Armors. Once you need them all crafting materials for any element combination will be easy to gather. So I will only look at using matching element ones.

In our formula they give:

50 EP = 25,600 gold + 1 ES

We already saw that Snakeskin Armor costs and yields

element matching:

24EP = 3,000 gold + 1 ES

not element matching:

20EP = 3,000 gold + 1 ES

So in case the armour to enhance contains water or earth using a Fusion Armor will be cheaper than Snakeskin Armor if

(25,600 + 1 ES) / 50 < (3000 + 1 ES) / 24  =>

512 + 1/50 ES < 125 + 1/24 ES  =>

(1/24 - 1/50) ES > (512 - 125)  =>

(26/1200) ES > 387  =>

1 ES > (387 x 1200 / 26) = 17861.54 gold.

That is level 60 and higher.

If the armour to enhance does not have a matching element with Snakeskin Armor this happens if

(25,600 + 1 ES) / 50 < (3000 + 1 ES) / 20  =>

512 + 1/50 ES < 150 + 1/20 ES  =>

(1/20 - 1/50) ES > (512 - 150)  =>

30/1000 ES > 362  =>

1 ES > 12,066.67

In this case Fusion Armor is cheaper in gold than Snakeskin Armor at level 49.

If used at level 69 an Enhancement Slot costs 25,000 gold. So using a Fusion Armor will save you

(50/24 x (3,000 + 25,000)) - (25,600 + 25,000) = 7,733 gold if matching and

(50/20 x (3,000 + 25,000)) - (25,600 + 25000) = 19,400 gold if not matching Snakeskin Armor

You have to decide if you want to use a Fusion Stone to save that amount.

Fusion Boost Armor

If I could I would want to buy Fusion Boost Armor for gold. But I can't. It's not for sale. At least not in unlimited quantities. The only place I know where to get it is donating to my Guild. If I donate 100,000 I will get 1. But the next one will cost more. What if I would buy that 1? Would it benefit me? Common sense tells me that I have to wait till it benefits me most. That will be at level 68 if I am enhancing a Legendary Armor or an Ultra Rare Armor, or above level 74 if I am enhancing an Epic Armor.

Don't use it at level 69. A Fusion Boost Armor adds 150 EP if matching and the size of level 70 is only about 120. So I need to use it at level 68 at 30 EP below the level 69 jump and skip that level with it or I will loose value. But will it benefit me?

We can do the same trick as before to find out. Should we use a Fusion Boost Armor if it costs 100,000 gold or a Snakeskin Armor or a Fusion Armor?

Let's see.

The EP cost of using the Fusion Boost Armor is

150 EP = 100,000 gold + 1 ES

We compare it to matching Snakeskin Armor:

(100,000 + 1 ES)/150 < (3000 + 1 ES)/24 =>

(1/24 - 1/150) ES > 666.67 - 125 =>

7/200 ES > 541.67 =>

ES > 15476.19

That is above level 54. So yes, using Fusion Boost Armor saves you gold. If you can get it for a reasonable price.

At level 68 enhancing 150 EP will cost you

with Fusion Boost Armor

150 EP = 100,000 + 24,500 = 124,500 gold.

with Snakeskin Armor (matching)

150 EP = 6.25 X 3000 + 5.25 x 24,500 + 25,000 = 18,750 + 128,625 + 25,000 = 172,375

note: using Snakeskin Armor requires you to add at least 1 armour in level 69.

with Fusion Armor

150 EP = 3 x (25,600 + 24,500) = 150,300

with Fusion Boost Armor

150 EP = 100,000 + 24,500 = 124,500

Fusion Boost Armor will be the cheapest option at level 68, if you can get it for 100,000 gold and you use it element matching.

Enhancing Before Enhancing

What if I would enhance and armour and then use it to enhance another armour? The enhancement value of an armour rises with its level. If I bring it to level 5 the enhancement value increases with (5 - 1) = 4 EP.

Can I use that? Let's see.

First of all: value for gold. The lowest cost enhancement we can get is in Common Armor and Uncommon Armor. According to this table that Packmann gave me we can get to level 3 by enhancing an armour like that with 10 EP (or less) and to level 6 with 20 EP.

So if I would enhance a Seafoam Armor with 2 other Seafoam Armors that would cost me:

15 EP = 3 x 500 + 2 x 150 = 1800 gold.

that would be 1800/15 = 120 gold / EP.

Level 1 Seafoam Armor only costs 50 gold / EP.

if we want to make it equal in value to Snakeskin Armor we have to bring it to level 15. That would need 69 EP.

So we would have to use 7 other Seafoam Armors to upgrade it. In the cheapest way: The first time we add 3 armours. That bring us to level 9. Then we add another 4. That will cost:

24 EP = 8 x 500 + 3 x 150  + 4 x 600 = 6850 gold.

That is more expensive than Snakeskin Armor.

But what if we would enhance the Seafoam Armor to the max and use it then? Maxed out it would add 39 EP. We need 194 EP to get it there. That would be done cheapest by adding 1 Seafoam Armor and a Stonescale Platemail together (18 EP) at level 1, 4 Seafoam Armors (40 EP) at level 5, 4 Seafoam Armors (40 EP) at level 13 and 4 Snakeskin Armors (96 EP) at level 19. (If you can do this cheaper, please tell me.)

It would cost:

39 EP = 11 x 500 + + 4 x 3,000 + 2 x 150 + 4 x 350 + 4 x 1,000 + 4 x 1,600 =

5,500 + 12,000 + 300 + 1,400 + 4,000 + 6,400 = 29,600.

That would be cheaper than using level 1 Snakeskin Armor if

(29,600 + 1 ES) / 39 < (3,000 + 1 ES) / 24  =>

29,600 x 24 + 24 ES < 3,000 x 39 + 39 ES  =>

15 ES > 710,400 - 117,000  =>

ES > 39,560 gold.

That will never happen.

So this trick will only cost extra gold and extra time and it will bring no benefit. There may be a tiny benefit if it is used around level 15 / 16, but it will be marginal.

Summary

Concluding we can say that:

Certain element matching Fusion Armors cost less gold if:
matching Snakeskin Armor: above level 60
unmatching Snakeskin Armor: above level 49
But you may want to use your Fusion Stones for something else.
Fusion Boost Armor should be used at level 68 to finish the enhancement at level 70.
Fusion Boost Armor costs less to use than Snakeskin Armor on and above level 53, 
provided you can get it for 100,000 gold.
It is useless to enhance an armour in order to use it for enhancement of another
armour.

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