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#1 Oct 08 2010 at 4:06 PM Rating: Good
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I was wondering.
I had been using lvl 8 copper rings. 2 acc a piece.
Now that I'm lvl 16 I bought some brass rings. 3 acc a pop.

But they are lvl 18.

I'm really confused. Should I wait for 18 to equip them? I have -no- idea what the level difference penalty is. How would I know how much acc is working?
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#2 Oct 08 2010 at 4:15 PM Rating: Decent
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MajidahSihaam wrote:
I was wondering.
I had been using lvl 8 copper rings. 2 acc a piece.
Now that I'm lvl 16 I bought some brass rings. 3 acc a pop.

But they are lvl 18.

I'm really confused. Should I wait for 18 to equip them? I have -no- idea what the level difference penalty is. How would I know how much acc is working?


Based on what I've heard, it'd probably be best to wait. 33% penalties for being one level short are common, and the brass rings will be more expensive to repair (and will probably wear faster, too). Basically, overlevelled gear is generally a bad idea, especially if you have access to level-appropriate stuff. However, you can try parsing your battle output to get more evidence for a decision.


Edited, Oct 8th 2010 6:18pm by ChrisMattern
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#3 Oct 08 2010 at 4:20 PM Rating: Good
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Equip them and see. From what I've seen the minimum penalty to stats on items over your rank is 25% and scales from there.

You don't need to parse or do any of that silly stuff; it shows on your character sheet. (Unless you suspect hidden penalties...)

Edited, Oct 8th 2010 3:22pm by BaseVilliN
#4 Oct 08 2010 at 4:37 PM Rating: Good
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BaseVilliN wrote:
Equip them and see. From what I've seen the minimum penalty to stats on items over your rank is 25% and scales from there.

You don't need to parse or do any of that silly stuff; it shows on your character sheet. (Unless you suspect hidden penalties...)

Edited, Oct 8th 2010 3:22pm by BaseVilliN


good call! the acc bonus seems unaffected by the level difference, sweet.
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#5 Oct 08 2010 at 4:41 PM Rating: Good
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Also realise it's based on your class rank, not your physical level. Just in case you didn't know.
#6 Oct 08 2010 at 5:23 PM Rating: Good
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You want to be as close to the optimal rank as possible, but a few levels before the opt, it will match the lower rank item. So like at level 18(22), will have the same stats as rank 11 weapon.
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#7 Oct 08 2010 at 5:44 PM Rating: Decent
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ChrisMattern wrote:
However, you can try parsing your battle output to get more evidence for a decision.


I wasn't aware there was a combat log parser already created for this game.

Is there a link to a tool that can be used to come to a definitive conclusion about the original question? If not, does anyone know if there is one in development?
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