Everyone wants to have the best gear! We live in a materialistic society so it’s normal. Don’t feel bad. Just don’t make the mistake of giving it all of your attention. Please. Runes and abilities are just as important, in many cases more important.
First of all, gear defines your character class. Equip a sword and shield, you’re a warrior. Equip a staff and orb, you’re a mage. Equip a bow and quiver, you’re an archer. You can do this at any time. You can develop multiple heroes at once but I don’t recommend it. It takes enough time and energy to develop just one!
Which Gear is Best?
When you get your hands on some shiny new gear, study it carefully. Not all gear is created equally. Check the damage potential and the additional skills it will convey before wearing it into battle.
Gear is colored according to its potential strength; grey has the least, green is better, then blue, then purple. Orange gear has the highest potential. The different classes of gear can also accept different numbers of runes. Grey and green can hold no runes. Blue gear can hold a single rune, purple and orange can each hold two.
Having gear that can hold more runes is very important. Go for the purple and orange when you can but consider this: purple gear leveled to three is less expensive and more powerful than orange gear leveled to two. It’s generally advisable to upgrade lower level gear, then use it to level up more powerful gear when you’re ready.
Upgrading Your Gear
The blacksmith in Grayhaven will upgrade and evolve your gear. Simply drag the gear you want to upgrade into the appropriate slot. Drag enough salvage gear over to meet the craft value requirement, make sure you have enough gold, then tap “upgrade”.
Craft value points come from salvage gear (equipment you don’t need). Examine your gear, do you see the anvil icon? This is the item’s “craft value” or CV for short. Orange gear has high craft value but is expensive to upgrade. Grey gear has much lower craft value but don’t even think about upgrading it. You’ll find better gear soon enough. Use it to upgrade green, blue, purple, and orange gear.
Once you upgrade your gear to its maximum value you can evolve it using evolution resources (scrap) from the Star Altar.
Fair and Balanced
It seems as though the Developers of Guild of Heroes would prefer that you didn’t, for example, upgrade your archer’s bow while ignoring every other aspect of your hero. For this reason, beginning with update 1.63.7, you will be prevented from focusing on any one gear item, ability, or rune to the exclusion of all others. If you try you’ll see something like this:
If you’ve been reading Guild Arcana this won’t be a problem for you. You’re already developing your gear, runes, and abilities to build the most powerful hero possible. If, for some reason, you haven’t been doing this you’ll need to get to work on it!
Best Gear for Building up Craft Value
At some point you will not have enough craft value to upgrade your favorite gear items. When this happens you will need to upgrade lesser items first and use them to level up the gear you are going to use. So which items are best for building craft value?
There are differing views. The best items I’ve found are green and blue weapons with as many stars as you can find. You’ll probably start with three-star green weapons. Four-star green swords, bows, and staffs are fairly easy to level up and will provide over 28k cv. Four and five star blue weapons are more difficult to level but can return upwards of 50k cv! Purple items are significantly more expensive, both in cv and coins. Better to stay with the greens and the blues as long as you can. Here are some green and blue gear items with their leveled craft values:
- Arcanist Staff – Green – 3/3* – 15,242
- Nomad’s Bow – Green – 3/3* – 15,242
- Abyssal Blade – Green – 3/3* – 15,242
- Regal Mage Staff – Green – 3/3* – 20,521
- Arcanist Staff – Blue – 3/3* – 21,766
- Nomad’s Bow – Blue – 3/3* – 21,766
- Abyssal Blade – Blue – 3/3* – 21,766
- Tribal Ring – Blue – 3/4* – 22,835
- Bloodmoon Staff – Green – 3/3* – 28,061
- Arcanist Staff – Green – 4/4* – 28,524
- Nomad’s Bow – Green – 4/4* – 28,524
- Abyssal Blade – Green – 4/4* – 28,524
- Noble Pathfinder’s Bow – Green – 4/4* – 37,863
- Arcanist Staff – Blue – 4/4* – 42,334
- Nomad’s Bow – Blue – 4/4* – 42,334
- Abyssal Blade – Blue – 4/4* – 42,334
- Blood Moon Orb – Blue – 3/5* – 42,738
I stopped leveling after they reached the highest star. They will all go a bit further if necessary.
Many weapons give you a small increase in craft value when you evolve them to one star. Don’t worry. You will see a much larger increase when you evolve them to two stars. And three. And four.
Using Diamonds to Level your Gear
If you don’t have enough craft value to level your gear you can spend diamonds to carry you the rest of the way. If you power down (remove the gear you are wearing and your ability gems) before you activate the Blacksmith your cost in diamonds will go down!
There are seven-piece sets of powerful gear to be found in the dungeons from the Forgotten Catacombs to the Abyss below the Underground Labyrinth. There are even better nine-piece sets in the dungeons of the Endless Swamp, Hellfire Mountain, and Dark Citadel. You can also purchase pieces of Legendary Sets in guild shops that have reached level ten. Better gear becomes available when tour guild reaches level 13.
These sets bestow specialized powers upon the user. Equip a partial set to win some of the powers. Equip the full set to have them all. These sets are highly sought after and well worth the effort of obtaining them. Click on the map tab to see more information on Legendary sets, what they do, and where to find them.
Here’s an example of what used to be the best warrior gear available. You can find it in the Dark Citadel dungeons or in the guild shops once the monster level you are compared with in your hero’s defense and offense statistics approaches 160. Check the Power page for more information.
The guild shop is a great place to buy gear. You’ll find high quality items there that would require a great deal of time (or diamonds) to obtain from the dungeons. You can also purchase mid-level items to use as salvage materials for higher-level gear that you want to equip. Shop items refresh once a day. If you’re willing to shell out a few diamonds you can refresh the selection as often as you like.
Don’t try to haggle with the shop keeper. She cuts heads, not deals.
The selection in the guild shop improves as the guild level increases. You can level up your guild faster by defeating the most difficult bosses. This may require some help from higher level heroes. Or you can just go shopping in high level guilds that are open, then return to your own guild when you’re done!