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Foghladha's PvP Gear 101 Guide For Completely Confused Players
I know some people are really confused with the whole "5 Tiers Of PvP Gear". I thought I'd share some light on this. First if your just joining RIFT post patch 1.7 you must be really confused. Mainly because you can only count 4 armor sets. So where's this mysterious 5th? Let me answer this for you all.
Tier 1: Removed In Patch 1.7
This armor used to be the entry level no requirements set. Armor used to be entirely based off of your PR Rank (8 PR Ranks back then). Now as Trion saw the problems with this they decided to move to a 40 Rank PvP System and allow people to Upgrade their armor instead of buying each set independently.
Tier 2: No Requirements To Buy
Guardian: Sold by Favor Quartermaster
Defiant: Sold by Favor Quartermaster
Tier 3: No Requirements To Buy
Guardian: Sold by Lieutenant Quartermaster
Defiant: Sold by Legionnaire Quartermaster
Tier 4: Tier 3 Required to Upgrade
Guardian: Sold by Constable Quartermaster
Defiant: Sold by Centurion Quartermaster
Tier 5: Tier 4 Required to Upgrade
Guardian: Sold by Colonel Quartermaster
Defiant: Sold by Eldritch Knight Quartermaster
Now if your just getting started in PvP you will want to get the complete Tier 3 set first. This will put you at the same Valor level as everyone else in the PvP Warfronts and Conquest you'll be going up against. Valor is like Toughness for PvP. If you try to tank Greenscale without Toughness you get 1 shot. If you try to PvP without Valor you get 1 shot. It's absolutely critical that you get your valor as fast as possible.
Once you have your Tier 3 armor take 1 piece at a time and upgrade it to max level. I highly recommend doing Chest then Pants then Shoulders then Helmet then Belt, Ring, Amulet, and Boots and Gloves last. This will maximize your armor protection increase while giving you the top statistical gains possible. Be sure to pick up your Tier 3 synergy crystal from Jiana Relos or Leesi Nalan to maximize efficiency.
By the time you've maxed your gear out you should be of the appropriate Prestige Ranks to buy your top Tier Synergy Crystal.
That in a nutshell is your PvP Goal. Some may choose to do it differently but this system worked well for me. Be sure to try to max your Planar Attunement of War as quickly as you can. That will help your survival quite a lot.
Last edited by Foghladha; 06-28-2012 at 02:07 PM.
Originally Posted by Foghladha
Did you hit rank 50 yet?
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LOL, still working my way through 27 G-Side and 17 D-Side. :P
Originally Posted by HannonHellbringer
One thing to add maybe, is while you may be tempted to get the Tier 2 gear (less expensive), this is the old started gear, and not very useful.
Another tip - now that conquest is here - even without PvP gear you get bolstered to Valor of 1k, and get a lot of favor (currency to buy PvP gear). A typical WF nets you 500-1000 Favor in losing side, and 1100-2000 in winning side. One Conquest run can net you 10-20k Favor, so que for it.
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For raiders entering PvP who are fine being a glass cannon for a bit, consider upgrading your chest first until it is HK or ID level (keep your other HK/ID gear on).
You can tell a piece of PvP gear is = 'level' to your raiding gear when the Armor values are the same.
Once your chest is to HK/ID level you can wear it in PvP and not affect your DPS much with a decent boost to survivalbility. Then start working on your boots/gloves/belt; then your shoulders/helm; then your legs; followed by the accessories then weapon.
If you are feeling too, squishy, then either play more defensively or trade out some of that HK/ID gear for lower level PvP gear.
It should go without saying that the trinket is probably something you are already working for PvE.
Last edited by MaddBomber83; 06-28-2012 at 06:40 PM.
Tier 3 to 4 is a MUCH bigger upgrade then tier 4 to 5, IMHO it's better to get full tier 4 before upgrading to tier 5.
Also if you try to play PVE in PVP you loose, to be good at PVP you need just as much commitment as raiding.
There are tons of good PVP guides, so read them.