So you’ve hit level 70 in Neverwinter, but you don’t know what to do now. Fear not, this is what most fresh level 70’s feel like. End-game in Neverwinter can be quite confusing, but this guide is designed to help you out on your way to gearing up your character. This guide is also great for new level 70 alts. In this guide I will be showing you how to get to around item level 8400, without spending much time or astral diamonds. At 8400 you will have unlocked Demogorgon, a few Epic Dungeons and all the Skrimishes. I had my new alt at 8400, the same day as i dinged 70, with spending less than 100k AD. This guide is updated for Neverwinter The Swords of Chult, mod 12b.
First things first! Getting some new gear after hitting 70.
- Weapons: Buy some Chultan Weapons of the Auction House. You might have your eyes on some other set down the line, but these are really cheap and when you get a new set you can use these for refinement anyway. I recommend getting them to atleast rare quality as this is also very cheap. The pair plus an upgrade will usually cost less than 40k AD.
- Armor: For the head, arms, chest and feet, you will have a few options. If you have trade bars you can spend them to get a few pieces of 480 gear. If this is an alt and your main has a lot of Chultan riches, you can spend your Chultan riches on 440 gear. The easiest is however to spend Seal of the Protector on Storm King’s Thunder relic armor. Everything you need to restore these can now also be bought for Seals. If you have other characters with Seals, you can also buy gear for your alts and send it via the shared bank. If you have to farm the seals, hit up dungeons and skirmishes to earn them. The “Master of the Hunt” skirmish is good to start with as it has now item level requirement and can be completed in about 5 minutes.
- Cloak & Belt: Find out what cloak and belt you want for your build. Thankfully for me the belt i wanted only cost a few thousand AD and the cloak cost me some guild marks that I had already saved up while leveling. If the items you want in the long run are really expensive, consider getting some less pricy placeholders. Upgrading these to at least rare quality is also very cheap.
- Rings: Rings are same as armor, bought with Seals. Alternatives are Chult rings if you have another main character.
- Shirt & Pants: Drowcraft Shirt & Pants can be bought for cheap on the AH.
- Artifacts: Same as with the cloak and belt. Find out what artifacts you want, if they are really expensive, consider placeholders, and upgrade to at least rare quality.
- Enchantments: As I was on a budget i chose to put rank 7 enchantments in all my slots, as rank 7 is the last rank you can get for relatively little AD.
Next up we have companions. These also give you higher item level. The problem with companions is that they can be really expensive. So you might have to wait with the ones you actually want. So before you can get the good companions, get some cheap rare and epic quality ones. For example the epic quality Redcap Powrie only costs around 10k AD, and does actually do a fair amount of damage. Rare companions are item level 50 and rare are 100, so it’s a nice boost.
You will also want to get some gear for your companion. Item level 420 companion gear is quite cheap to get on the AH, or you can farm it yourself in Illusionist’s Gambit. Slot the gear with at least rank 7 enchantments, as well as getting rank 7 runestones. Ideally you want bonding runestones, the only reason I am using Profane is because i had them lying around, they will be replaced by bonding as soon as i can.
Cheap mounts can be bought off the AH, or from the mount vendor, or they can be gotten from events. Slot each of your mounts with 2 or 3 insignia’s.
Boons also affect item level. Work your way through the modules to earn them. Also be sure to join a guild and choose your guild boons, these will boost your item level with 150 or 250 IL per boon!
And that’s all there is to gearing up! Congrats on getting to item level 8400 without breaking the bank. At this point you will most likely have more of an insight in what endgame is about in Neverwinter and what you should be doing. If you have any questions or suggestions, let me know in the comments and i will try to help you out!