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#1 Jan 11 2011 at 1:26 AM Rating: Decent
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i am rank 15 lancer and a lot of other stuff. i am still wearing the same armor from when i started. where can i get or afford new gear???
#2 Jan 11 2011 at 1:36 AM Rating: Decent
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Do 1-2 levequests, then go to the market wards and do an item search. Find whatever you can afford thats within your range.

Don't try to be cool and buy something 15 levels above you because you'll get less stats from it (by a lot).
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#3 Jan 11 2011 at 11:54 AM Rating: Good
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Look for Bone Scale Mail (r14 armor) in the Item Search Counter at the Market Wards. It should run you about 40k and be spot on for your rank. I found no benefit to swapping up to Brass Scale Mail until r19 (it's optimal rank). ZAM has a great database you can search to see which items meet your needs. See the buttons above.
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#4 Jan 11 2011 at 10:02 PM Rating: Default
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Buy gear in the 30 rank range, the bronze haub, you'll have a hard time finding anything lower in rank. Sorry, that's the way the game is, no one makes low level gear. You'll have to rnak up into some higher rank gear.
#5 Jan 11 2011 at 10:09 PM Rating: Decent
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EzellLangor wrote:
Buy gear in the 30 rank range, the bronze haub, you'll have a hard time finding anything lower in rank. Sorry, that's the way the game is, no one makes low level gear. You'll have to rnak up into some higher rank gear.


Not only is this incorrect, it is terrible advice. You get severely penalized for gear that far above your rank. And yes, there are plenty of people selling rank 10-20 gear (At least on Melmond). If worse comes to worst, buy it from an NPC in the wards. But I highly doubt you'd even need to resort to NPC buying.
#6 Jan 11 2011 at 10:13 PM Rating: Decent
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When I needed new armor, I asked my LS where I could find some and they just made it for me for free!
Then again, my LS is awesome so.. Good luck :)
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#7 Jan 11 2011 at 10:25 PM Rating: Good
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Eadieni wrote:

Don't try to be cool and buy something 15 levels above you because you'll get less stats from it (by a lot).


That, or you'll get more stats from it than a piece of equivalent level:

I wore a Rank 21 tunic at Rank 7 and it only gave me ~27% lower defensive stats (still better than my rank 1 fodder; it also varied by stat) and the full DEX bonus (+3), which could never have been given by any at-rank piece.

Test these things yourself: it is (for some crazy reason) different for each individual piece of armour (I've seen decreases of 24% all the way to 54%!); at this point in the game it's pretty hard to say, without extensive stat-comparison and testing, what is actually better than what.

Furthermore, the higher-rank piece had the additional benefit of allowing me to "grow into" it. In short, I would not outright decry wearing somewhat-significantly higher-ranked gear, it's a weird system, and I can only hope it changes drastically. ¯\(°_o)/¯
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#8 Jan 11 2011 at 10:49 PM Rating: Good
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In response to my last post (testing on a Botanist Rank 11):

Rank 39 Velveteen Kecks (black) give:

Def +20 (down from 58)
M.def + 13 (down from 38)
Eva + 29 (down from 41)
INT and STR + 2 (down from 3)

Rank 17 Sheepskin Culottes (brown) give:

Def +24 (down from 37)
M.def +10 (down from 15)
Eva +24 (down from 28)
VIT + 2, PIE + 1 (no change)

This simple test proves several things: first, that, if I want to wear pants over my rank, the significantly higher-ranked pants still give me more stats except, oddly enough, in terms of physical defense; second, that primary stats are less-severely reduced than defensive stats; third, that both improperly-ranked pieces result in a greater benefit than a pair of Rank 6 Hempen Slops, which is both un-penalized and closer to my rank.

Again, all I can really say is: ¯\(°_o)/¯
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