How do you acquire equipment?
- Common = White Named Item
- Uncommon = Green Named Item
- Rare = Blue Named Item
- Heroic = Purple Named Item
- Mythic = Yellow Named Item
Gear is obtained from most PVE contents.
Field mobs can drop gear even of high rarity. The higher the level of the enemy, the higher rarity of gear it can drop (people have dropped Heroic rarity gear for example from level 39 enemies in the open world).
World bosses can drop gear as well, and special event bosses have a chance to even give you boxes which can guarantee to give you high rarity gear. The event bosses spawn at the top of the hour and you need to be quick to join the instance for them, which pops up at the right side of your screen.
Dungeons and raids (we haven’t experienced raids yet, but it’s confirmed that there will be raids) can provide gear as well, and the better you perform the better rewards you get. High star ratings come from beating the time attack which yields high rarity boxes which have a chance to have high rarity gear in them.
Dimension Portals have special objectives which you can complete to turn in for equipment as well. For example for around 1100 currency in the 38 Dimension Portal you can get a guaranteed piece of Heroic equipment. Likewise, the 42 Dimension Portal offers you an opportunity to get accessories such as earrings and rings.
Questing can get you situated with an early set of gear that will last you until you get into Heroic gear. By the time you reach 36 or 37 the main quest (yellow quests) should have fully kitted you out in blue gear (so refrain from buying blue equipment if possible).
Crafting is also an important way to obtain really high end equipment. Through crafting you can obtain Mythic gear as well as Breakthrough equipment.
You can also obtain gear through the auction house. In Elyon, soul binding does not exist with most gear. When someone is done with their equipment, they can actually list the equipment on the auction house, enhanced and all.
Rings and earrings become available starting from level 40 content, but can be worn as early as level 35 for blue rarity ones. You can equip two of each. They are VERY powerful. Rings provide increased damage (and a very significant amount) and earrings provide increased HP (also not a small amount). They can be enhanced like normal gear, but they do not get rune slots.
There are set effects in this game, partial and full.
What is Breakthrough equipment?
Breakthrough equipment is gear that can break when you fail to enhance it. In fact, these items break on first failure. The reason they’re important is because they have abnormally high stats, and they’re considered holy grail items that define your gear loadout. You’re only allowed to have a few Breakthrough items equipped, and the quantity depends on your character level. Level 35 players can have 1 Breakthrough item, level 40 can have 2, and level 45 can have 3, the max. Breakthrough items come from a few places, such as general drops, crafting, and Dimension Portals.
As mentioned, the very first time you fail an upgrade on them, they break, unlike normal items
What are runes? How do I get them? How do I upgrade them? Where can I get them? Can I dismantle them?
Runes can be placed in your gear. Literally you can just drag the rune from your inventory into the item. Adding runes to your gear increases its item level. By default, items have one random color rune slot. Every time the item gains +4 enhancement, it gains an additional rune slot. An item can naturally have a max of 5 rune slots (by +16), with the exception of some items that have 6 such as the level 20 off-hand you receive for free from quest that can’t be enhanced.
The rune slot can house a rune of corresponding color. Red, blue, green, yellow, purple, orange. If a rune slot is white, it can house any color of rune.
Colored runes give you rune attributes towards unlocking traits related to that rune color. For example, red runes work towards red traits which are about dealing damage. Orange runes work towards orange traits which deal with control states and applying CC to enemies.
The more runes of a specific color you equip, the more points you get towards that rune’s attributes which let you unlock the traits. You can freely add and remove the runes to your gear without any penalty or cost.
20 red trait points allows us to pick between the first 3 red traits.
You can also upgrade runes using rune powder. When you max out a rune’s EXP, it gains slightly more stat, and then you have the option to upgrade the rune to the next tier. Applying rune powder can CRIT, giving x1.5 rune EXP. This means you should always apply rune powder in a smaller quantity so as to not waste potential critical EXP. Runes start at Tier I and then can upgrade to Tier II after maxing out, Tier III, so on and so forth.
Rune upgrading. You must polish the stone fully before you can advance it to the next tier.
Upgrading runes has a probability of success beyond Tier III, at which point failure results in tier loss. Beyond Tier III, you need additional materials in order to upgrade the rune (such as Shock Absorbers to prevent level loss), but I haven’t seen runes beyond Tier V yet. In order to upgrade a rune to the next tier, you need to sacrifice a rune of equal tier. It doesn’t need to be the same color, just the same tier is required.
There are also white runes. White runes do not give color points towards any of the six trait trees, however what they provide instead is a stat on the very first line. These include:
- Artifact Points
- Resource (Mana)
- Critical Hit Rate
- Acceleration (Cast Speed)
White runes can be embedded in any rune color slot. The point of them is that you trade rune attributes for more stat and some flexibility in your gear slots.
All runes, regardless if they are color or white rune, additionally give Artifact Points. By upgrading the rune, you increase not only their stat, but also how many Artifact Points they provide. A Tier II rune gives 2 Artifact Points, a Tier V rune gives 5 Artifact Points, etc.
When a rune reaches Tier III, Tier V, and Tier VII, they also unlock an additional line of stats. These new lines are selected at RANDOM from the pool of white rune stats above. So for example, when any rune reaches Tier III, it can randomly acquire HP, or Artifact Points, or Accuracy, etc. This means runes can get up to 4 lines of stats, including the starting line. Each of these lines also upgrade as their tier upgrades.
Lastly, there are special runes. They operate like white runes in that they can be embedded into any color slot. However as far as I’ve seen, they cannot upgrade beyond Tier I. Instead, they generally feature very high stats that separate them from normal runes. I’ve only seen two of these runes thus far.
Runes come from a variety of contents. They can be a reward from dungeons, you can get a lot of runes from PVP battle pass paths, loads of different content reward boxes that have random runes in them. The sources are all over the game.
Runes that you don’t need can be dismantled. This will give you powders which you use to upgrade your other runes.
You can change the rune color slots on items through an NPC that allows you to use a sacrifice item and potentially swap its rune slots into your main item at a probability. To swap rune slots on higher gear though you’ll have to use upgraded items as catalysts for additional rune slots to swap from.
Item on the left has an orange rune slot. Trying to sacrifice an item on the right which has a red rune slot. It’s a 50% chance it’ll choose orange and 50% it’ll choose red. Outcome appears in the center.
What is enchanting? How do I do it?
You’ll be introduced to enchanting around level 38 or so via the main quest. Enchanting applies an additional random set of stats to your gear. There is a specific NPC for it.
Enchanting your gear is different than enhancing it. You need manastones in order to enchant (I’m not yet familiar with all of the sources of these). They provide a substantial amount of stats though, so please do not neglect it.
How do you enhance your gear?
You’ll be introduced to enhancing your gear very early on in the mid 30s. Upgrading your gear can be done at most major cities.
In order to do it, you need weapon or armor upgrading stones.
The amount of times that you can upgrade an item is signified by the amount of diamonds on the tooltip. The amount of times an item can be upgraded is random and determined upon acquisition, between 3 and 6 diamonds.
Diamonds may have a golden border. When enhancing on a gold-border slot, you have an increased chance of success.
When you are enhancing your gear, you can either use basic blue upgrading stones, Heroic ones, or Mythic ones. 10 of any type of stone upgrades to the next rarity, by double clicking the stack of stones in your inventory. In the case of Mythic, you also need an Unstable Accelerator which drops in Dimension Portals.
Pictured is 10 Heroic grade weapon stones and an Unstable Accelerator to craft a Mythic weapon stone.
They can be obtained from all sorts of contents, including the hourly boss, random mob drops in the over world, PVP, RVR, and more.
When using the blue upgrading stone, you can either gain +1 or fail the upgrade attempt. If you fail the upgrade attempt, the diamond will grey out, meaning that, that upgrade attempt is gone for good. As mentioned previously, the amount of diamonds tell you how many times you’re allowed to upgrade an item.
The Heroic upgrading stone will either provide +2 or -1, meaning this is the point at which items can downgrade. The very first upgrade attempt on an item cannot -1 because it’s currency at +0, so starting off an item’s upgrade with one of these stones is always safe.
You can also use an item called Shock Absorbers in order to negate the downgrade. This does not stop the diamond from greying out though, and the attempt is used up regardless.
Shock Absorbers can be obtained from various contents as well, but the best source of them that I noticed came at the end of each PVP battle pass path.
Mythic upgrade stones can upgrade an item +3 or -1. Once again Shock Absorbers can prevent the downgrade. However note that it takes more than one Shock Absorber to prevent downgrade. One confirmed source of the Mythic upgrade stones is from maxing out your honor points in a realm vs. realm conflict.
All of these upgrade stones can also be sold on the auction house.
It is also possible to reset the enhancement of an item by using an initialization order that matches the grade of the equipment. This will reset the item back to +0, also resetting its rune slots.
Accessories are upgraded at the accessory crafter NPC. It requires sacrifice accessories and rune powder to upgrade, and whenever successful, you can choose how the accessory upgrades (increase positive or decrease malus).
Finally, it is possible to upgrade items to the next rarity. Blue items can be upgraded to Heroic at +7 and Heroic to Mythic at +10 respectively. Doing so requires catalysts for that specific slot, which you get by dismantling other items of that rarity to get shards. Combine 10 shards to get the catalyst required for upgrading. Heroic to Mythic also requires an Unstable Accelerator.
What is the Luminous system? How do I get Luminous? How do I upgrade them? How do I know which ones are good?
Luminous is THE P2W system of Elyon. Nothing else really comes close in this game to this system. As always, it is subject to change.
Think of Luminous as an additional special equipment that you equip in the same UI as your pet. Note that it isn’t related to the pet in any way, it’s just in the same UI for some reason.
Luminous comes in a total of 54 varieties.There are 9 prefixes and 6 affixes. The prefix determines what stats it can get on the lines, and the affix determines which rune color attribute it boosts on the first line. The stats of each line are predetermined based on the prefix and are not random, with the exception of one prefix’s line.
Luminous come in 1 to 5 stars. As you increase the amount of stars, it gains an additional line of stat with each star, and all existing lines increase to match the new rarity. For example, a 1-star Luminous may boost the red rune attribute by 2, but a 2 star Luminous of the same type will increase it by 4 and also would unlock an additional stat like increased physical damage or something.
Can you upgrade Luminous? NO. You cannot upgrade Luminous in the way that you’re thinking.
You can synthesize 3 of the same rank Luminous, and the product will be a random Luminous that is either one rank higher or the same rank (failure). Obviously, odds of success go down the higher you go up. But even synthesizing a 2-star can fail. Meaning if you have an amazing 4-star there is no way to upgrade it directly into a 5-star. If you fail, the main Luminous of the operation remains intact without being scrambled. Upon success however, it becomes a random new Luminous.
That means if you have an amazing 4-star, DO NOT use it to synthesize a 5-star unless you literally have a bottomless well of money at your disposal. You want that 4-star as a fallback in case your 5-star that you synthesize sucks.
Starting from attempting 3-star synthesis, every failure will also give you Luminous Fragments. Collecting 5 of these will allow you to combine them into a box which gives you a random Luminous of that corresponding tier. For example, failing to synthesize a 5-star 5 times will give you 5 Mythic Luminous Fragments, which will let you combine into a box with a random 5-star Luminous inside.
The main source of Luminous unfortunately is the cash shop. There is an NPC that sells 1 Luminous per 800 Gears or 10+1 Luminous for 8000 Gears. Gears are the intermediary cash shop currency for Elyon. There are a few sources of Gears from in-game achievements but it’s not notable in any way. In USD value, it’s a little under $2 per Luminous box this way. All Luminous that you obtain from the Gear shop can be 1-star or 2-star, weight towards 1-star, with the exception of the 10+1 deal, where the 11th bonus Luminous is guaranteed to be 2-star always.
Additionally, you can buy up to 3 Luminous boxes per day from another NPC (which you might have to level up a little bit to unlock). These cost 100,000 Gold per 1 box and refresh daily. These boxes grant 1-star to 3-star Luminous, obviously weighted towards 1-star.
You can only have one Luminous equipped at a time. Some people may want to consider a second Luminous for PVP which has better suited stats for PVP such as PVP damage. Luminous are account-wide, so if you get an amazing Luminous that sucks for your class, well you can always make an alt that can make use of it.
Once you register a Luminous (you can have 10 registered on you at any given time) you can no longer trade or sell it. Luminous can be listed on the auction house before they are registered to you. Of note is that since 4-star and 5-star Luminous boxes can now be crafted, you may find them on the auction house.
Currently, your Luminous unsummons if you die or change instances. Please remember to resummon it.
Are there pets? Are they important?
Yes there are pets. They come in grades of 1-star to 5-star. By sacrificing other pets (?) you can raise the grade of a pet that you want. Not sure of the specifics of this system.
Pets roll minor random non-combat traits. Things like reduced merchant costs and increased drop rate. There might be some amazing traits but we don’t have a list of them yet.
Pets extend the range of your auto-loot. You can only have one pet summoned out at a time. Unsure if leveling the pet raises the range of the auto-loot.
Currently, your pet unsummons if you die or change instances. Please remember to resummon it.
Guide by Saintone