Just id all blue armor drops as you go along and you'll get runes. Be sure to check with a rune trader npc to see the value of the runes. If it's not worth more than a couple hundred gold, they aren't worth salvaging to sell once you have enough runes for yourself and/or your heroes.
Armor can take one insignia and one rune each. If you try to salvage a rune you run a chance of destroying the item you salvage it from. THIS INCLUDES YOUR CHARACTER ARMOR! So be careful. You can use a Perfect Salvage kit to take runes/insiginia off your own armor but they aren't cheap and you'll be upgrading your armor a couple times any way. If you apply another rune to a piece of armor with a rune on it already, it will just over write the old rune.
I usually get head piece armor with the attribute I use most and add a minor rune of the same attribute to that then minors for any other attributes in my build (like Expertise for Rangers). The rest I fill up with one vigor rune, or runes of attunement or runes of whatever the health ones are called.
For insignia I still like Survivor, but I think everyone's moved to armor runes.
I'm pretty sure most of the above comments about runes were referring to buying them, or that your armor will be upgraded so don't worry. But they do drop in the areas you are in, so you should use them when you get them.
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27-03-2012, 22:05 #31
27-03-2012, 23:47 #32
Thanks for the rune explanations, all. I understand a bit better about using them. Despite all of your best efforts, however, I'm still a bit lost with regard to finding runes. I find a blue/purple weapon, I ID it, and it says "damage +10%" or "health+17", etc. These aren't runes, right? Will it say something else when there's actually a rune? Or do I have to salvage it with an expert kit before I find out that there's a rune? And do these runes show up on weapons? Or just on the random drops from monsters like "Axe fiend armor", "Flame wielder trappings" or "Shaman garb," etc? So far I've only seen white drops that seem to be armor, but plenty of blue and a few purple weapons/shields. Do I need to wait for a blue armor type drop?
28-03-2012, 00:11 #33
Yes, you need to wait for a blue/purple/gold armor drop. A gold Axe Fiend Armor, after you identify it, may become Survivor Axe Fiend Armor of Superior Vigor. The prefix is the insignia (in this case, Survivor) and the postfix is the rune (Superior Vigor). When you use an expert/superior salvage kit on it, you'll be given the opportunity to extract one or the other, with a chance of destroying the armor (along with the other unextracted one). It'll also give you the option of salvaging materials, which will guarantee destruction of any of the insignia or rune still left on it.
Weapons work the same way, most blue/purple/gold weapons will have at least one modifier. They also work in the prefix/postfix way like armor, with different bonuses attached to them. In Nightfall and Eye of the North, you'll get weapons where you can extract and change the third modifier.
28-03-2012, 03:35 #34
28-03-2012, 12:29 #35
Thanks for the rune explanations. I found a blue armor piece and salvaged the rune. I also thought people might like to know that I'm following a lot of your advice and sticking to the missions/skill quests atm and the game has magically become more fun. :) I've just arrived in Yak's bend.
28-03-2012, 13:33 #36SpoilerFor now just feel angry at the charr for destroying your beloved pre-searing. It's what most of us do to cope with the loss of Ascalon.
28-03-2012, 16:35 #37
you can now take 6 henchman so you have some more room to play around with, personally would advice taking at least the necro because the necro uses blood ritual, that skill gives +3 energy pips.(pips are the arrows showing how fast something regenerates)
29-03-2012, 12:43 #38
I'm sorry for being an ***, but it's a party size of 6, which means 5 Henchies + you...
29-03-2012, 13:24 #39
He starts at ToA, which has the party size of 8.
EDIT: I though we were in the Galrath-topic. Carry on...
29-03-2012, 13:56 #40
Yeah, PROTIP; leave the Galrath quest for now - it takes a lot of time and doesn't give out that much by way of reward compared to hitting Factions or Nightfall from LA.
Do it later though, there's some nice scenery.