Early Access: Eden Eternal Equipment, Fame, and More
By Darren Henderson (DizzyPW), OnRPG Editor-in-Chief
Jean Pan (NuttyKitten), OnRPG Guest Writer
Thomas von Wolffradt (Platypus), OnRPG Guest Writer
The time is here. In just 2 days Eden Etenal enters closed beta, and OnRPG will have beta keys to make sure all of you faithful readers of this series can experience Eden Eternal for yourselves. Over the past weekend, I had the pleasure of joining my writing team (NuttyKitten and Platypus) back in the Eden Eternal universe for some last minute pre-CB playtime.
We trashed world bosses, leveled many classes, abused each other in duels, and found our soulmates! So now we can confidently share with you an accurate depiction of Eden Eternal equipment, crafting systems, and how fame ties into it all in this final pre-CB preview of Eden Eternal!
Equipment in Eden Eternal is done in quite a unique way. As shown in the screenshot below, there are 2 sections of items for your equipment. The upper section is dedicated to weapons and general items usable by all classes; the bottom section is broken into arcane, light, and heavy armor and can only be used while related classes are activated. For instance, your light armor is only accessible while your character has the ranged damage or melee damage archetypes activated. This can cause a bit of a dilemma for players mastering two classes when collecting armor sets within the same archetype as some stats like 'healing boost' might be excellent for a cleric but useless on a magician.
Weapons on the other hand are surprisingly not class specific. In fact the only measures implemented in this game to encourage you to use weapons related to a specific class are class unique passives and skill requisites. The skill requisites are the most important mechanism as it will prevent a hunter from using powerful range attacks while wielding a dagger. Ah but if you don't have a bow handy and want to level your archer class, you can still viably use the hunter's crit and accuracy/attack speed buffs to cut down some enemies with your daggers!
For other classes, the skill requisite limiter is not as much of an issue. A great example of this is the cleric, who is capable of casting spells with both wands and maces. However, maces provide greater physical damage while wands provide greater magical damage. To the uninformed, the obvious choice would be to wield the wand for greater magic damage and healing skills. Yet on closer inspection, you will see that each class gains certain passives when using their recommended weapon.
In the case of the cleric, they receive a 10% cast time reduction, allowing them to take a good chunk out of their many spells that carry long cast durations such as cure. This can easily be the difference between life and death as cleric spells are easily interrupted once agro is drawn on you. With so many weapon types and off-hand items offering unique bonuses to each class, by the time players reach level 20 they will realize the hard truth that mastering every class equally is not an option.
So now you have the gear? It won't keep you a step ahead of your fellow players for long, at least not without some help! There are three ways to improve your gear to legendary status in Eden Eternal.
Guard/Power Scrolls: These upgrade scrolls are used to fortify your best equipment. They can be found from quest rewards and while leveling. You must exercise caution when using these scrolls though as the greedy will be severely punished with the destruction of their prized equipment. You can fortify an item up to 10 times, with the risks and rewards rising with each step. Also it adds the ultimate MMO status symbol, making your weapons glow.
Enchantment Scrolls: Enchantment scrolls are acquired much the same way as Guard/Power Scrolls. These carry specific stat bonuses like Evasion +7 or Healing Effects +5. You can only have one enchantment scroll in effect on each gear.
Socket Gems: Sometimes gear you find or craft will have a few open circles at the bottom of their stats. These are for inserting socket gems. These can be purchased at high price but allow you the best option of customizing your gear's stats to meet your needs.
Dyes: Have you found it too expensive trying to beat the rest in stats? Well you can always turn to fashion as your vehicle to bragging rights. At certain intervals in each class' progress, you will unlock new costumes as a trophy for your strength. Each outfit has 3 sections that can be dyed.
With literally dozens of dye colors and cash shop fashions in-game, the options for customizing your look become near endless. Just beware the danger of random dyes so you don't end up looking like me!
Fame exists in 3 forms in Eden Eternal, regional fame, general fame, and special fame. For the beginning stages of your journey, regional fame will be your only concern. Regional fame is recorded separately between each major map area in the world. By completing main quests and repeatable quests for local villagers, you can build this fame up.
Eventually you can check with the local fame master (usually the mayor) to trade in your fame and a large chunk of gold to unlock epic orange loot. Generally this loot is focused on general items like rings and trophies, providing some passive effects that are unattainable by any other means. At later stages the other fame types come into effect, offering some pretty unique weapons and armor in the capital city of Aven that blew my nooby mind compared to my own pre-lvl 20 gears.
Titles are a nice little touch for rewarding players that reach certain milestones in the game. Besides being able to display them over your name, titles also come along with certain stat bonuses, usually specific to a character class' abilities. Don't miss out on the closed beta testing as there are certain titles exclusively reserved for players that reach set milestones before the end of closed beta!
Has that little pug caught your eye yet? I love how much utility pets offer in Eden Eternal! Besides just being cute and furry, they also offer to pick up all your item drops for you with extreme efficiency (and you get a pug for free early on in the game).
Later on you at level 25, you can begin to further train your pet to heal, buff, attack, or do cute tricks to impress your friends. An important side note: Hungry pets are hateful pets. Don't expect them to aid you in battle without a full belly.
Certain classes like hunters have skill related pets. These pets are unique from the pet system and allow you to have both your class specific pet and regular pet out at once. Nothing says protection like walking around with a pug and a tiger ready to tank for your hunter.
Out of all the features in this game that Eden Eternal has made its own, crafting is by far the most outlandish and strange. Crafting revolves around something easily recognizable by MMORPG players at first, a blueprint. The blueprint outlines all the materials needed to craft your item, whether it is a weapon, armor, potions, or other oddities.
Once you have the blueprint, you will need to collect the materials. This is done through miner and farmer npcs. You must acquire maps for the miners and cultivation secrets for farmers in order to acquire said materials. This takes a period of time before you can collect the resulting materials. Monster materials are also needed and acquired through summoning scrolls, which summon a monster you must face at Aven's Summoning Altar.
Once you have items from all 3 sources, you can trade them in to craft a blueprint. Then you will need to take the blueprint along with all the materials to a blacksmith, alchemist, or craftsman to combine them for the final product.
This process not only prevents the annoying MMO system of players endlessly cycling long tedious mat runs, it provides an excellent counter to inflation because these blueprints will suck your wallet dry!
The End is Only the Beginning
Even though OnRPG has covered Eden Eternal in four extensive articles thus far, I feel as though we have only scratched the surface of all this game is hiding. Charms, mounts, PvP, tricky world bosses, achievements, guild base types, soulmate love tokens, and so much more still remain a bit of a mystery to me despite all the hours our team has put into this game. But what would the fun be if we discovered everything for you?
This series should give you enough of an introduction to ensure you hit the ground running. And who knows what adventures you might find in this vast ever expanding world. Just be sure to bring some friends or make some new ones because Eden Eternal will eat you up and spit you out without proper backup. You have been warned, the cute looks of this game hide a vicious MMO with hordes of agro mobs waiting in ambush (not out in the open waiting to be pulled), and dungeon bosses ready to cut you down at the slightest mistake.