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    Default Bolstering and its affect on essences

    I've read a few discussions on PVP essences and how bolstering affects them. I read that Freelancer essences are slightly better than the bolstered essences and Mercenary essences are slightly worse. I haven't tested the Mercenary (will do that next) but I can confirm that there are some noticeablestat differences with Freelancer essences, as shown in the following screenshots. These screenshots were taken from within a warfront. I'm not sure if bolstering behaves differently in conquest but I would assume this would also be valid in conquest.

    This is with the Rogue Freelancer fire essence (rightmost slot)
    Bolstering and its affect on essences-freelancer.jpg

    This is without (all the essences are just generic lvl60 green essences)
    Bolstering and its affect on essences-without-freelancer.jpg

    I'll be buying a Mercenary essence next to determine if they're worthwhile (outside of world PVP)
    Last edited by Bran15; 01-22-2014 at 08:32 AM.

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    The Mercenary's essence had no effect on my stats as demonstrated in the following screenshots.

    Without
    Bolstering and its affect on essences-without-merc.jpg

    With
    Bolstering and its affect on essences-merc.jpg

    It's also showing as a bolstered piece of gear in the buff tooltip.
    Bolstering and its affect on essences-bolstered.png

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    I was curious as to what stats the bolstered essences actually gave. I reset my planar attunement and cleared my souls for ease of calculation. I then compared stats given by a single bolstered essence vs. an empty focus. Here are the stats.

    No essences
    Bolstering and its affect on essences-empty.jpg

    Single bolstered essence
    Bolstering and its affect on essences-solo.jpg

    Which means the bolstered essences have the following stats:


    Bolstered Essence

    Dexterity +36 (27 ap, 18 crit)
    Strength +26 (6 ap, 13 crit)
    Endurance +55
    Physical Crit +26 (31 from str/dex)
    Attack Power +11 (33 from str/dex)
    Resist All +10
    Vengance +25
    Valor +120


    Compare with the following Mercenary's essence and you can see the a bolstered essence does have more stats so Mercenary's essences are for all practical purposes useless and a waste of time and/or credits. Be advised.

    Bolstering and its affect on essences-merc.png

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    I'm pretty sure essences are bolstered up to Freelancer now
    Even free cost too much now

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