Gear Progression & Failstacking Guide

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Gear Progression & Failstacking Guide

Last Updated: 22nd March 2018

This guide is more advanced and detailed than our Enhancing guide. It covers how to fail stack efficiently and what sort of fail stacks you should be using to enhance your gear.

If you’re looking for the basics of enhancing, click here


Enhancing Guidelines

Important note:(maximum of X)” refers to the amount of failstacks you can use on this item until it stops increasing the chances of success. For example: at +11, you can use up to 16 stacks to increase the chances to 32.5% of success, but using any more failstacks won’t continue to increase the chances. These figures are based on tests in Korea on green grade items and may differ for yellow grade items. However, you can still use these as a guideline of when to stop and save your failstacks when you are enhancing. Full tables of sucess rates can be found here

Enhancing Green Grade Armor

(Grunil, Rocaba, Heve, Agerian, Zereth, Talis, Taritas, etc.) Even if you ultimate the gear, use these guidelines.

  • Safe enhance to +5
  • Force enhance to +7
  • Use  5 or more fail stacks to get +8
  • Use  6 or more fail stacks (maximum of 15) to get +9
  • Use  7 or more fail stacks (maximum of 16) to get +10
  • Use  8 or more fail stacks (maximum of 17) to get +11
  • Use  8 or more fail stacks (maximum of 18) to get +12
  • Use  9 or more fail stacks (maximum of 20) to get +13
  • Use  10 or more fail stacks (maximum of 25) to get +14
  • Use  15 or more fail stacks (maximum of 25) to get +15
  • Use 12 or more fail stacks (maximum of 25) to get PRI (+16)
  • Use 18 or more fail stacks (maximum of 35) to get DUO (+17)
  • Use 28 or more fail stacks (maximum of 45to get TRI (+18)
  • Use 40 or more fail stacks (maximum of 90to get TET (+19)
  • Use 60 or more fail stacks to get PEN (+20)

 

Enhancing Green Grade Weapons

(Yuria, Krea, Bares, Kalis, Azwell, Offhands, etc.)

  • Safe enhance to +7
  • Force enhance to +8
  • Use  9 or more fail stacks (maximum of 14) to get +9
  • Use  9 or more fail stacks (maximum of 15) to get +10
  • Use  12 or more fail stacks (maximum of 16) to get +11
  • Use  12 or more fail stacks (maximum of 18) to get +12
  • Use  15 or more fail stacks (maximum of 20) to get +13
  • Use  16 or more fail stacks (maximum of 25) to get +14
  • Use  18 or more fail stacks (maximum of 25) to get +15
  • Use 12 or more fail stacks (maximum of 25) to get PRI (+16)
  • Use 18 or more fail stacks (maximum of 35) to get DUO (+17)
  • Use 28 or more fail stacks (maximum of 45) to get TRI (+18)
  • Use 40 or more fail stacks (maximum of 90) to get TET (+19)
  • Use 60 or more fail stacks to get PEN (+20)

 

Enhancing Boss Armor

(Giath’s Helmet, Dim Tree Spirit’s Armor, Red Nose’s Armor, Muskan’s Shoes, Bheg’s Gloves)

  • Safe enhance to +5
  • Use 10 or more fail stacks (maximum of 13) to get +6
  • Force enchant to +8
  • Use  11 or more fail stacks (maximum of 14) to get +9
  • Use  11 or more fail stacks (maximum of 15) to get +10
  • Use  15 or more fail stacks (maximum of 16) to get +11
  • Use  15 or more fail stacks (maximum of 18) to get +12
  • Use  18 or more fail stacks (maximum of 20) to get +13
  • Use  20 or more fail stacks (maximum of 25) to get +14
  • Use  20 or more fail stacks (maximum of 25) to get +15
  • Use 20 or more fail stacks (maximum of 25) to get PRI (+16)
  • Use 25 or more fail stacks (maximum of 35) to get DUO (+17)
  • Use 30 or more fail stacks (maximum of 45) to get TRI (+18)
  • Use 50 or more fail stacks (maximum of 90) to get TET (+19)
  • Use 80 or more fail stacks to get PEN (+20)

 

Enhancing Boss Weapons

(Liverto, Kzarka, Kutum, Nouver, Dandelion)
**If you’re enhancing a blue grade awakening weapon use these guidelines.

  • Safe enhance to +7
  • Use 10 or more fail stacks (maximum of 13) to get to +8
  • Use 10 or more fail stacks (maximum of 14) to get to +9
  • Use  11 or more fail stacks (maximum of 15) to get +10
  • Use  11 or more fail stacks (maximum of 16) to get +11
  • Use  12 or more fail stacks (maximum of 18) to get +12
  • Use  15 or more fail stacks (maximum of 20) to get +13
  • Use  16 or more fail stacks (maximum of 25) to get +14
  • Use  20 or more fail stacks (maximum of 25) to get +15
  • Use 20 or more fail stacks (maximum of 25) to get PRI (+16)
  • Use 25 or more fail stacks (maximum of 35) to get DUO (+17)
  • Use 30 or more fail stacks (maximum of 45) to get TRI (+18)
  • Use 50 or more fail stacks (maximum of 90) to get TET (+19)
  • Use 80 or more fail stacks to get PEN (+20)

 

Armor/Weapons Tips

Enhancing your Armor/Weapons to +15 can be harder than enhancing them from PRI to TRI due to the chances of success. Remember that when you are failstacking, keep an eye on your failstacks and save the failstacks for higher enhances if it goes past the recommendations. For example, if you are enhancing your boss armor to +11 and you get past 25 failstacks, you should stop and save these for +15/PRI/DUO attempts. Log onto another character or use an Advice of Valks to begin failstacking back to the recommended failstacks.

Important tip: When repairing the max durability of Liverto weapons or blue grade awakening weapons, you should use Artisan’s Memory (400 Loyalty) and the weapon. This will repair 30 durability and works out much cheaper than using memory fragments to repair.


Enhancing Blue Grade Accessories

(Mark of Shadow, Witch’s Earring, Tree Spirit Belt, Red Coral Earring, etc. )

  • Use 18 or more fail stacks (maximum of 25) to get PRI
  • Use 30 or more fail stacks (maximum of 35) to get DUO
  • Use 40 or more fail stacks (maximum of 45) to get TRI
  • Use 70 or more fail stacks (maximum of 90) to get TET
  • Use 100 or more fail stacks to get PEN

 

Enhancing Yellow Grade Accessories

(Ogre Ring, Basilisk’s Belt, Ring of Crescent Guardian, Tungrade Earring, etc.)

  • Use 25 or more fail stacks (maximum of 25) to get PRI
  • Use 35 or more fail stacks (maximum of 35) to get DUO
  • Use 45 or more fail stacks (maximum of 45) to get TRI
  • Use 90 or more fail stacks (maximum of 90) to get TET
  • Use 120 or more fail stacks to get PEN

Accessories Tips

You can use Cron stones on some cheaper accessories such as Bares Necklace, Coral Earrings/Rings and the Belt of Shultz the Gladiator. Remember that you won’t build fail stacks when use Cron stones but they will stop the item from being destroyed. It can still disenhance so make sure to failstack correctly.

I recommend only enhancing accessories if you have a back up. Either with duplicate accessories at the same enhancement, or cheaper accessories where you won’t lose too much AP if your main accessory fails. A TRI/TET Bares Necklace is great as a backup for when you are going for PRI/DUO ogre rings and they don’t cost much to make.


Enhancing Wagon/Boat/Horse Gear

  • Use  3 or more fail stacks to get +1
  • Use  4 or more fail stacks to get +2
  • Use  5 or more fail stacks to get +3
  • Use  6 or more fail stacks to get +4
  • Use  7 or more fail stacks to get +5
  • Use  10 or more fail stacks to get +6
  • Use  10 or more fail stacks to get +7
  • Use 20 or more fail stacks to get +8
  • Use 20 or more fail stacks to get +9
  • Use 25 or more fail stacks to get +10
These recommendations are NOT including the Epheria Sailboat blue grade parts as I am still testing these at the moment.

Enhancing Fishing Rods

  • Use  6 or more fail stacks (maximum of 13) to get +1
  • Use  8 or more fail stacks (maximum of 14) to get +2
  • Use  11 or more fail stacks (maximum of 15) to get +3
  • Use  11 or more fail stacks (maximum of 16) to get +4
  • Use  11 or more fail stacks (maximum of 18) to get +5
  • Use  15 or more fail stacks (maximum of 20) to get +6
  • Use  15 or more fail stacks (maximum of 25) to get +7
  • Use 25 or more fail stacks (maximum of 25) to get +8
  • Use 30 or more fail stacks (maximum of 35) to get +9
  • Use 45 or more fail stacks (maximum of 45) to get +10

Enhancing Silver Profession Clothes

  • Use 2 or more fail stacks (maximum of 25) to get PRI
  • Use or more fail stacks (maximum of 35) to get DUO
  • Use 24 or more fail stacks (maximum of 45) to get TRI
  • Use 42 or more fail stacks (maximum of 90) to get TET
  • Use 72 or more fail stacks to get PEN

Failstack Optimisation/How to Failstack

**When failstacking, remember to use the prioritize durability option or you will be unable to build failstacks on Green grade items.


1 to 12 failstacks: Use +14 Reblath armor to get these failstacks. If it goes to +15, log onto a level 10 character with negative karma** (kill wild horses to get negative karma) and die to mobs to delevel the enhancement back to +14. You can instantly revive on the spot if the character is level 10 or less. You can also use cheap green grade accessories for 1 – 3 failstacks and these can help to save you money that you’d use on the Black Stones, but they do have a high chance of success. You can also use +10 to +12 green grade offhands, but in terms of optimisation, Reblath is the best method for up to 12 failstacks.

12 to 20 failstacks: Use a +14 green grade offhand or grunil. You can buy cheap offhands on the special deals, such as Krea, Bares, Seleth, Rosar or Azwell. You can also buy other offhands such as the Steel Dagger or buy grunil pieces if you want to sell them afterwards. You can also use these stacks to attempt PRI on yelllow grade accessories or whilst upgrading boss gear between +10 and PRI.

21 to 32 failstacks: Use PRI, DUO or TRI grunil to get failstacks at this point. I would recommend keeping your armor if you get boss armor so you can use these to failstack on. You can also use PRI – TRI armor/weapons if you have extra pieces. You should use your 21 – 32 stacks on attempting DUO boss armor/weapons and if unsuccessful the stacks will be useful for TRI attempts later on. You can also use these stacks to attempt DUO on yelllow grade accessories.

33 to 49 failstacks: Use these stacks to attempt TRI on boss armor/weapons. If you are unsuccessful these stacks will be useful for TET attempts later on. You can also use these stacks to attempt TRI on yelllow grade accessories.

50 to 100 failstacks: Use these for TET attempts on your boss armor/weapons or TRI/TET attempts on yellow grade accessories

100+ failstacks:
Use these for PEN attempts on your armor/weapons or PEN attempts on yellow grade accessories


**Making a Negative alt:
Create a new character or use a character that is level 10 or lower for maximum efficiency. Characters under level 10 can revive instantly on the spot.
To create the negative alt, you will need to kill horses to lose karma. I recommend checking our World Map for horse spawn locations. You can do this by selecting “Wild horses” from the drop down box in the top right.
Killing the horses can be difficult if you don’t have much AP. Be careful to not reset the horse by chasing it in a straight line and instead attack it from the sides. You can also ask a friend to help you by lowering the HP of the horse first and allowing you to last hit it.

Once your character is under 1,000 negative karma, you can equip gear and then die to the guards around the town. When you die to PVE (guards/monsters) the gear has a chance of deleveling the enhancement. For example, a +15 Reblath Armor can go down to +14 when you die, but the item must be equipped. This is useful when failstacking because you don’t have to start failstacking on a new piece of gear. As well, if your character is level 10 or lower and in the Balenos region, you can revive instantly on the spot without using Elions Tears. You should do your enhancing in Velia because of this and also because you can buy Reblath from the Blacksmith in Velia.

Gear Progression

This part of the guide will go into more detail about optimising your AP/DP and getting the most of your money. It will show “checkpoints” for your gear and what most classes should be aiming for. Gear Progression is very RNG, especially at the higher gear scores and it really depends on what items you can obtain. Some items such as boss pieces and accessories can be a struggle but this part of the guide will show what is best in terms of optimisation or what to aim for if you are unsure. 

If you’re still unsure what you should be doing next or want specific advice on your gear, feel free to hop into our discord and ask questions in the help section. 

Remember when improving your gear you should prioritise Awakening Weapon > Main Weapon > Secondary Weapon > Armor > Accessories
You should also keep spare accessories as backups in case they break when you enhance them, and keep your armor to failstack on when you get boss armor.

I’m using the Heve set for this example because it’s a good set for all classes if you don’t have boss gear yet. Another set you can use is the Grunil set, which you can use  instead if you prefer to. The Heve set is a smoother transition to boss gear, but it really doesn’t matter too much. I’m also using Striker as an example in this guide so the offhand weapons listed might not fit your class, but you can check out our class guides for more information on which are the best weapons for your class.




  • +7 Rosar Gauntlet
  • +7 Leather Vambrace
  • +5 Strength Helmet of Heve
  • Roaring Magical Armor
  • +5 Strength Gloves of Heve
  • +5 Strength Shoes of Heve
  • Asula’s Crimson Eye Ring
  • Asula’s Crimson Eye Ring
  • Asula’s Crimson Eye Earring
  • Asula’s Crimson Eye Earring
  • Asula’s Crimson Eye Necklace
  • Asula’s Crimson Eye Belt
This is your beginner gear and what you should aim to have at level 50. If possible, use the Asula accessory set, otherwise aim for the Jarette accessory set, Bares accessories or anything that has AP. For your main hand I recommend using Rosar if possible or Yuria.



  • +15 Ultimate Rosar Gauntlet
  • +15 Ultimate Leather Vambrace
  • +15 Ultimate Strength Helmet of Heve
  • Roaring Magical Armor
  • +15 Ultimate Strength Gloves of Heve
  • +15 Ultimate Strength Shoes of Heve
  • Asula’s Crimson Eye Ring
  • Asula’s Crimson Eye Ring
  • Asula’s Crimson Eye Earring
  • Asula’s Crimson Eye Earring
  • Asula’s Crimson Eye Necklace
  • Asula’s Crimson Eye Belt
You should now be aiming to get +15 on your armor and weapons. I would also ultimate the armor/weapons as soon as possible using ultimate reform stones. You can buy these from the market place. For more information on this click here.

 


  • I PRI: Liverto Gauntlet
  • I PRI: Ultimate Iron Chain Gardbrace
  • I PRI: Ultimate Leather Vambrace
  • I PRI: Ultimate Rocaba Helmet
  • I PRI: Ultimate Strength Armor of Heve
  • I PRI: Ultimate Rocaba Gloves
  • I PRI: Ultimate Strength Shoes of Heve
  • Asula’s Crimson Eye Ring
  • Asula’s Crimson Eye Ring
  • Asula’s Crimson Eye Earring
  • Asula’s Crimson Eye Earring
  • Asula’s Crimson Eye Necklace
  • Asula’s Crimson Eye Belt
PRI your armor/offhand and switch to a PRI Liverto as soon as you have the money or resources to do so. At this point you’ll also want to swap some of your armor for the Rocaba set if you have the money. Save your other gear for failstacking or sell it if you don’t have much silver. You may be higher than level 56 now so use either the green grade or blue grade awakening and get it to PRI as soon as possible.



  • II DUO: Liverto Gauntlet
  • II DUO: Ultimate Iron Chain Gardbrace
  • II DUO: Ultimate Leather Vambrace
  • II DUO: Ultimate Rocaba Helmet
  • II DUO: Ultimate Strength Armor of Heve
  • II DUO: Ultimate Rocaba Gloves
  • II DUO: Ultimate Strength Shoes of Heve
  • II DUO: Mark of Shadow
  • II DUO: Mark of Shadow
  • Asula’s Crimson Eye Earring
  • Asula’s Crimson Eye Earring
  • II DUO: Ancient Guardian’s Seal
  • II DUO: Ancient Weapon Core

Next you want to get your gear to DUO. You should DUO your weapons and armor first, then work towards replacing some of your accessories.



  • II DUO: Kzarka Gauntlet
  • II DUO: Ultimate Iron Chain Gardbrace
  • II DUO: Ultimate Leather Vambrace
  • II DUO: Ultimate Rocaba Helmet
  • II DUO: Ultimate Strength Armor of Heve
  • II DUO: Ultimate Rocaba Gloves
  • II DUO: Ultimate Strength Shoes of Heve
  • II DUO: Mark of Shadow
  • II DUO: Mark of Shadow
  • II DUO: Witch’s Earring
  • II DUO: Witch’s Earring
  • II DUO: Ancient Guardian’s Seal
  • II DUO: Ancient Weapon Core

Work on replacing the last of your accessories. You can use Witch’s Earrings or Red Coral Earrings if possible for higher accuracy. You should aim to always have around 350 accuracy. If possible you should now be trying to obtain boss gear as well by killing World Bosses when they spawn. Use the Night Vendor as often as possible as soon as you have over 200 million silver saved up. You can also try to snipe boss gear from the market place. Kzarka Weapons, and Dandelion Awakening Weapons are the highest priority.







  • III TRI: Kzarka Gauntlet
  • III TRI: Ultimate Iron Chain Gardbrace
  • III TRI: Ultimate Leather Vambrace
  • III TRI: Ultimate Rocaba Helmet
  • III TRI: Ultimate Strength Armor of Heve
  • III TRI: Ultimate Rocaba Gloves
  • III TRI: Ultimate Strength Shoes of Heve
  • II DUO: Mark of Shadow
  • II DUO: Mark of Shadow
  • II DUO: Witch’s Earring
  • II DUO: Witch’s Earring
  • II DUO: Ancient Guardian’s Seal
  • II DUO: Ancient Weapon Core

Now you want to ideally get all your gear to TRI. You should prioritize your weapons first, starting with your mainhand.



  • III TRI: Kzarka Gauntlet
  • III TRI: Dandelion Gardbrace
  • III TRI: Ultimate Leather Vambrace
  • III TRI: Griffon’s Helmet
  • III TRI: Dim Tree Spirit’s Armor
  • III TRI: Bheg’s Gloves
  • III TRI: Urugon’s Shoes
  • II DUO: Mark of Shadow
  • II DUO: Mark of Shadow
  • II DUO: Witch’s Earring
  • II DUO: Witch’s Earring
  • II DUO: Serap’s Necklace
  • II DUO: Basilisk’s Belt

At this point you should aim to get all boss pieces and improve your necklace and belt. Ideally you want to get the best in slot boss gear for your class, which is usually Bheg’s Gloves, Urugon’s Shoes, Dim Tree Spirit’s Armor and Griffon’s Helmet. Prioritize them in the order I have listed them and try  I would recommend using a DUO Serap’s Necklace or PRI/DUO Ogre Ring/Laytenn’s if possible and either a Tree Spirit Belt or preferably a Basilisk’s Belt.





  • III TRI: Kzarka Gauntlet
  • III TRI: Dandelion Gardbrace
  • III TRI: Nouver Vambrace
  • III TRI: Griffon’s Helmet
  • III TRI: Dim Tree Spirit’s Armor
  • III TRI: Bheg’s Gloves
  • III TRI: Urugon’s Shoes
  • Capotia Ring
  • III TRI: Mark of Shadow
  • II DUO: Witch’s Earring
  • II DUO: Witch’s Earring
  • II DUO: Serap’s Necklace
  • II DUO: Basilisk’s Belt

If you are going for the full AP build (which I would recommend, especially if you are unsure), then here is where you want to ideally switch your offhand for a TRI Nouver and use a TRI Kutum for PVE as well. This alone will significantly increase your AP. You want to make sure that you still have around 350 accuracy and should be aiming to use JIN Vipers in your gloves. You may need to use a TRI Red Coral Earring to help with this. If you are level 61 then you should have the Capotia Ring as well. You will also want to enhance your accessories to at least match the ones in the example.





  • III TRI: Kzarka Gauntlet
  • III TRI: Dandelion Gardbrace
  • III TRI: Nouver Vambrace
  • III TRI: Griffon’s Helmet
  • III TRI: Dim Tree Spirit’s Armor
  • III TRI: Bheg’s Gloves
  • III TRI: Urugon’s Shoes
  • Capotia Ring
  • III TRI: Mark of Shadow
  • III TRI: Witch’s Earring
  • III TRI: Witch’s Earring
  • II DUO: Ogre Ring
  • II DUO: Basilisk’s Belt
By now you should be aiming for a DUO Ogre Ring/Laytenn’s and TRI Witch’s Earrings or DUO Tungrad Earrings.




  • IV TET: Kzarka Gauntlet
  • IV TET: Dandelion Gardbrace
  • IV TET: Nouver Vambrace
  • III TRI: Griffon’s Helmet
  • III TRI: Dim Tree Spirit’s Armor
  • III TRI: Bheg’s Gloves
  • III TRI: Urugon’s Shoes
  • Capotia Ring
  • III TRI: Mark of Shadow
  • III TRI: Witch’s Earring
  • III TRI: Witch’s Earring
  • II DUO: Ogre Ring
  • II DUO: Basilisk’s Belt
You should now aim for TET on your weapons, starting with Kzarka. You may have better accessories before this point as well such as a TRI Crescent Ring. If you are unsure about going for TET on your gear, you should aim to get a second boss set as a backup and make the enhancing process much less stressful for yourself.



  • IV TET: Kzarka Gauntlet
  • IV TET: Dandelion Gardbrace
  • IV TET: Nouver Vambrace
  • IV TET: Griffon’s Helmet
  • IV TET: Dim Tree Spirit’s Armor
  • IV TET: Bheg’s Gloves
  • IV TET: Urugon’s Shoes
  • Capotia Ring
  • III TRI: Ring of Crescent Guardian
  • III TRI: Tungrad Earring
  • III TRI: Tungrad Earring
  • II DUO: Ogre Ring
  • III TRI: Basilisk’s Belt
TET the rest of your gear and aim for better accessories. You will want to TET your Bheg’s Gloves first ideally.


 




  • V PEN: Kzarka Gauntlet
  • IV TET: Dandelion Gardbrace
  • IV TET: Nouver Vambrace
  • IV TET: Griffon’s Helmet
  • IV TET: Dim Tree Spirit’s Armor
  • IV TET: Bheg’s Gloves
  • IV TET: Urugon’s Shoes
  • Capotia Ring
  • III TRI: Ring of Crescent Guardian
  • III TRI: Tungrad Earring
  • III TRI: Tungrad Earring
  • III TRI: Tungrad Necklace
  • III TRI: Tungrad Belt
These are the BiS items if you are going for full AP. Obviously they are very hard to obtain and even harder to enhance. If you reach this point then you should know what you want to do with your gear. If you are still unsure you can check out our other gear build guidelines for full Damage Reduction and Evasion builds. Below we have also listed the BiS gems you can currently use in your gear.


Example End-Game Gear Builds

Full AP Gear 

If you are unsure which build to go for, use this build with the guidelines below. You should aim to have around 350 accuracy with the Nouver weapon before you switch to it and you can use a Red Coral Earring and Precision/JIN Viper gems to help with this. This build will work for any class. For PVE, you should be using a Kutum offhand instead because of it’s high monster damage item effect.



Full Damage Reduction Gear 

The FULL Damage Reduction build isn’t always viable and really depends on your class. It only really works for a few classes like Warrior, Valkyrie, Berserker, Striker and Mystic. It is particularly strong on the Warrior class because DR makes their block stronger and harder to get through. It’s also a good build to use in large scale PVP. I would only recommend switching or using this build as an alternative if you already have the gear in the full AP build.



Full Evasion Gear 

The FULL Evasion build isn’t always viable and really depends on your class. In the current gear META, players often have a lot of accuracy already so you really need to stack a lot of it to get any sort of effect from it. It only really works for a few classes, especially classes with a lot of passive evasion, such as Kunoichi and Ninja. The Evasion build can also be good on Wizard and Witch if you would like to play them with full DP. However, I would only recommend switching or using this build as an alternative if you already have the gear in the full AP build.


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