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Upgrading Guide : KO Submissions

Posted: October 20th, 2006, 6:34 am
 
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The first thing you should realize when upgrading an item is that there is always a possibility for it to break (unless otherwise stated) no matter what kind of scroll you use. And respectively, the lower the + on the item your upgrading, the better the chance for success. I use the following methods to upgrade various low, medium, and high priced items. The success of the upgrade depends heavily on two main factors: the color of the anvil and scroll placement.



Balance of the Anvil

The most important thing you should know is that there is a reason that the Anvil wisps different colors as you upgrade. If you are successful it turns white-goldish, if you fail it turns orange-reddish. This is intentional and was establish to keep balance within the game. So in that respect, our greatest chances of success are immediately after a long series of failures. This is when the Anvil turns bright red. When the Anvil becomes completely red, the next lucky person to do and upgrade will have a nearly 99% chance of success. But, with so many people at the Anvil at a time, it is very tough to be that very next person to quickly hit upgrade. So it is advisable that you try to do your upgrading when there isn’t so much of a crowd that you can’t beat anyone to the punch, but at the same time you want a few people upgrading next to you so that you can optimize on their failures. SIMPLY PUT, IDEALLY, WE WANT TO WAIT TO QUICKLY HIT UPGRADE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE ANVIL TURNS SOLID RED. Now to wait for those conditions AND to be the one to consistently succeed in upgrading directly after those conditions would take many hours. So then it comes down to how expensive of an item is this that we’re upgrading and is it worth the patience? If it’s a low end item, I not going to sit at the anvil all day to INSURE a successful upgrade. Besides, low end items are easier to upgrade anyhow, which we will get to. I think you get my point, but this is the most important concept with upgrading therefore I wanted to be as thorough as possible in my explanation.



Scroll Placement

Secondly is the placement of the scroll. You notice that you have 9 options as to when you can place the scroll. There is a set pattern of success rates which are different for each item (although the items can be somewhat grouped into their appropriate classes: low class, middle class, & high class) corresponding to where you place the scroll on the Anvil. Take a look at you’re keyboard number pad. Now relate you’re keyboard number pad to the spots you can put you’re scrolls in. The patterns are as follows:



(+1 to +2) place the scroll in spot 2 (approx. 99% success rate)

(+2 to +3) spot 2 (approx. 94% success rate)

(+3 to +4) spot 9 (approx. 75% success rate)

(+4 to +5) spot 6 (approx. 60% success rate), if the particular item fails often at this spot try spot 1

(+5 to +6) spot 1 (approx. 40% success rate), if the particular item fails often at this spot try spot 7

(+6 to +7) spot 2 (approx. 25% success rate), if the particular item fails often at this spot try spot 3

(+7 to +8) spot 4 (approx. 6.0% success rate)

(+8 to +9) spot ? (approx. 1.0% success rate)



Elemental Upgrades – Adding Stats to your weapons/armor

When adding stats to weapons or armor, I always use position 1 to place the scroll. I do not recommend adding any stats until you get your weapons/armor to +6.



Upgrading to +8 – Glowing Weapons

Upgrading an Item to +8 is perhaps the most tricky and hardest things you can do, but it is well worth the risk in my opinion. The percentage of success of getting an item to +8 is 5%, as long as a Blessed Upgrade Scroll is used. The percentage of success of getting an item to +9 or +10 is 0%. A Trinas Piece adds a 20% increase to your chances no matter what your upgrading and no matter what level your item is at.

You do not upgrade an item to +8 as you would any other item. You must get the item to +7/70 or +7/12 first. After you have achieved this you should use a Trina along with a blessed upgrade scroll and must wait for 7 breaks (reds). The chances of there being 7 breaks in a row at the anvil are highly unlikely however there are rare times when a noob tries to upgrade an item and fail consistently. This is when the anvil becomes DARK red. Once you see this you know you have hit the Jackpot. This would be the right time to upgrade such an item (or any other item) to +8 with no hesitation. Hesitation is why I lost many of my items before I came up with this method, Remember If you hesitate then someone else will just upgrade their item and if they do it before you you’re item will break and theirs will upgrade.



Regular Items (mirages, chitins, etc..)

From +1 to +2 will always work with regular upgrade scrolls

From +2 to +3 you should wait for 1 red before upgrading

From +3 to +4 you should wait for 2 reds before upgrading

From +4 to +5 you should wait for 3 breaks

From +5 to +6 you should wait for 3 breaks and use a blessed upgrade scroll

From +6 to +7 you should use a blessed upgrade scroll and wait for 4 breaks when you are using blessed upgrade with a lower upper class item you should wait for the following

From +3 to +4 you should wait for one break

From +4 to +5 you should wait for two breaks

From +5 to +6 you should wait for three breaks

From +6 to +7 you should use a blessed upgrade scroll and wait for 4 breaks




Upper Class items (shards, elixir, raptor, shells, etc.)

From +1 to +3 will always work with regular upgrade scrolls

From +3 to +4 you should use a Blessed upgrade scroll and wait for 3 breaks

From +4 to +5 you should use a blessed upgrade scroll and wait for 4 breaks

From +5 to +6 you should wait for 5 breaks however if you are going to use a Trina which I highly recommend you should only wait for 3 breaks

From +6 to +7 you should wait for 4 breaks and definitely use a Trina



You might think unique weapons would be hard to upgrade, but you might be surprised at how easily you can get them to +6 (For Unique items such as Chitin Bow, Scorpion Bow, etc.)

From +0 to +1 will work 100% of the time with a Blessed Elemental Scroll

From +1 to +2 will work 100% of the time with a Blessed Upgrade Scroll

From +2 to +3 will work 100% of the time with a Blessed Upgrade Scroll

From +3 to +4 you should wait for 3 breaks

From +4 to +5 you should wait for 4 breaks

From +5 to +6 you should wait for 5 breaks OR use a Trina and wait for 3 breaks

(Use Trina depending on price of item)

From +6 to +7 you should wait for 4 breaks and definitely use a Trina’s

From +7 to +8 you should wait for 8 breaks and definitely use a Trina’s


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Posted: October 25th, 2006, 4:27 pm
 
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Wrong about the part where you say +9 and +10 are impossible,i've seen +9 half plate gaunts with str on em used by a friend, damn funny watching a guy in chitin and shell wearing half plate gaunts too :D


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Posted: October 25th, 2006, 6:32 pm
 
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I've seen this before....hmm.....


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Posted: October 26th, 2006, 2:39 pm
 
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Can premium members say yay or nay to this being moved to a confirmed section.


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Posted: October 26th, 2006, 8:06 pm
 
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