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    Default PVP Essences. Again. Sort of.

    Right, so. I've topped out my merc gear, and as I approach Freelancer, I've started looking at essences. Looking between the Rare and Epic sets of essences has me stuck in a little loop, though.

    Let me make sure I'm getting this straight, based on the Bolstering buff. If the essences in your sigil/source machine aren't of at least Merc level, they're replaced with Merc essences for the purposes of the buff. If that's correct, then isn't there no point at all in getting them? That would mean the Epic essences are the only worthwhile choice, but they cost a mountain of CQ marks and a smaller mountain of IS.

    Do I have that right, or am I missing some part of the bolstering mechanic?
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    I do not belive you get the valor from the essences unless you have them. I could be wrong tho.
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    in wfs u do in open world or duels u don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dday View Post
    in wfs u do in open world or duels u don't.
    This. It's the stupidest part of the bolstering system; in warfronts or CQ, it doesn't matter if you've equipped the freelancer essences, or drops from Freemarch.

    In other words, don't waste your favor unless you're on Seastone or like dueling.
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    definitely don't waste your time with the blue ones

    but after getting your trinket and your seal, there's really nothing better to spend CQ marks on than the CQ essences

    i don't CQ much at all, i pretty much just do my weeklies, and not even every week, and I've so far afforded 2 of them, only 4 to go

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    Default Thank you all.

    Alright, thanks everyone. That is pretty much the answer I was looking for. Now I can just use the one Source Engine for PVP and PVE, until such time that I have enough marks and stones for the CQ essences.

    ...at which point a new tier of them will probably be available.
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    I think after you reach a certain rank, bolstering doesn't work anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Misun View Post
    I think after you reach a certain rank, bolstering doesn't work anymore.
    Hm. I'll have to keep my eye on the Bolster buff, then. If I see the essences drop off the list, I'll have to start grabbing them.
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    As far as i remember, only the lower essences are bolstered, you should therefore only buy 2 for the superior slots, before being able to afford those of CQ. IMO, buying the four other has no interest (whatever rank you may have?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gamma Ray View Post
    Hm. I'll have to keep my eye on the Bolster buff, then. If I see the essences drop off the list, I'll have to start grabbing them.
    it works the whole time i believe. i still have buddies in the high 70s who dont buy the essences.

    the cq ones arent worth it IMO. def a solid upgrade but the amount of time to get them is absurd. With raiding im lucky if i can get a few hundred marks a week. it would take months of casual play to upgrade all of them.

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    you are bolstered until 60, then all bets are off. simple enough answer

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    Quote Originally Posted by azabar View Post
    you are bolstered until 60, then all bets are off. simple enough answer
    u are bolstered beyond 60

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    Quote Originally Posted by azabar View Post
    you are bolstered until 60, then all bets are off. simple enough answer
    Wrong enough answer.

    Each slot is compared against the lowest set of PVP gear available.

    If your gear is less powerful its stats will be replaced with the Mercenary set.

    If the gear you have equipped lacks Valor and is more powerful its stats will be replaced with gear from the Mercenary set.

    Procs and Runes have no effect if they are replaced.

    Synergy Crystal Bonuses use your equipped items to determine which bonuses are applied.

    Synergy Crystals, Greater Essences, Trinkets and Seals are excluded from Bolstering.
    Last edited by Baramos; 04-23-2013 at 09:26 AM.

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    Default uh

    maybe you are... but the rest of the community isnt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azabar View Post
    maybe you are... but the rest of the community isnt.
    if you dont have a piece of PVP gear in a slot is gets bolstered either up or down to merc gear

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