Guide:Gearing on a Budget

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Gearing a 7-hero team is an expensive task. However, the cost-to-effectiveness of different gear pieces are not all created equal. In other words, by properly prioritizing which gear pieces to buy first, and by making appropriate substitutions where applicable, gearing a team of 7 heroes can be far less intimidating. As a note: trader costs are in constant fluctuation, so all rune/insignia costs in this guide were current as of December 2020.

Example Bar

Consider with a typical hero Mesmer bar, pulled straight from 7 Hero Mercenary Mesmerway

The cost of fully equipping this hero is pretty hefty:

Equipment Piece Approximate Cost
Rune of Superior Domination Magic 8Platinum
Rune of Major Fast Casting 400Gold
Rune of Minor Inspiration Magic 14Platinum
Rune of Superior Vigor 70Platinum
Rune of Attunement 1Platinum
5 Prodigy's Insignias 5x19Platinum =95Platinum
40/40 Domination Magic ≈ 10Platinum
Total ≈ 198 Platinum 400 Gold


Making Appropriate Substitutions

When on a budget, rather than purchase the listed equipment, it is recommended to first purchase similar and cheaper alternatives before eventually upgrading. The most obvious example is the Rune of Superior Vigor. Rather than pay for the premium superior rune, it can easily be replaced with a Rune of Major Vigor or a Rune of Minor Vigor, which provide nearly the same benefits at a fraction of the cost.

Some other common substitutions:

While these examples are specific to a Mesmer, the same guidelines also apply to any profession with notably expensive profession-specific equipment (such as Shaman's Insignias).

Prioritizing Your Purchases

Not all equipment pieces are equally impactful. For example, attribute runes should be purchased first, whereas insignias can be saved for the end. The generally recommended order in which you should purchase your equipment is as follows:

1. Cheap Attribute Runes
2. A Rune of Minor Vigor
3. Weapon set
4. Cheap Insignias (radiant/survivor's)
5. Miscellaneous runes (attunement/vitae)

And once you are ready to upgrade to more expensive equipment:

6. Replace cheap Attribute Runes with the preferred (usually Superior) attribute rune
7. Replace the Rune of Minor Vigor with a Rune of Major/Superior Vigor
8. Replace cheap Insignias with preferred Insignias (such as Prodigy's/Shaman's)
9. (As a player) purchase additional weapon sets (shield set, high energy set, longbow/flatbow)

A useful note on weapon sets: most 40/40 weapon sets can be crafted by Gertrud in Vasburg Armory or Telamon in Leviathan Pits. Furthermore, most high energy weapon sets can be crafted by Honglei Sun in Maatu Keep.

Budget Breakdown

Returning to the example of a typical Mesmer hero, the following table shows the cost breakdown of gearing the hero on a budget:


Equipment Piece Budget Setup Improved Setup Optimal Setup

Attribute Runes

Rune of Major Domination Magic = 100Gold

Rune of Major Fast Casting = 400Gold

Rune of Major Inspiration Magic = 100Gold

Rune of Superior Domination Magic = 8Platinum

Rune of Major Fast Casting = 400Gold

Rune of Major Inspiration Magic = 100Gold

Rune of Superior Domination Magic = 8Platinum

Rune of Major Fast Casting = 400Gold

Rune of Minor Inspiration Magic = 14Platinum

Vigor Rune

Rune of Minor Vigor = 4Platinum Rune of Major Vigor = 9Platinum Rune of Superior Vigor = 70Platinum

Miscellaneous Runes

Rune of Attunement = 1Platinum Rune of Attunement = 1Platinum Rune of Attunement = 1Platinum

Insignias

5 Radiant Insignias = 5x200Gold = 1 Platinum 5 Radiant Insignias = 5x200Gold = 1 Platinum 5 Prodigy's Insignias = 5x19Platinum = 95 Platinum

Weapon Set

Random Green Staff ≈1Platinum 40/40 Domination Magic = 10Platinum 40/40 Domination Magic = 10Platinum

Total

≈7 Platinum 600Gold ≈29 Platinum 500Gold ≈198 Platinum 400Gold


Clearly, it is possible to gear a hero with a completely adequate set of runes/insignias for only a fraction of the cost.

See also