Wondering what makes these weapons “Exceptional”
The Collectible Digest
DDOGamer’s Guide to Collectibles
The Collectible Digest continues, wrapping up by enumerating those types of collectibles too unusual to lump in with the others we’ve discussed in detail already. There are four types of these “special” collectibles:
- Antique Bronze Tokens
- Eberron Dragonshards
- Planar Shards
Let’s get right into the nitty gritty.
Antique Bronze Tokens
These collectibles looks just like Funerary Tokens and drop from every monster in the Menachtarun Desert. Those that would normally drop Blades of the Dark Six or whatever instead drop Antique Bronze Tokens. This is true in the adventure area, but also in all of the quests in the Demons Sands adventure pack.
Occasionally a desert monster will drop a Token instead of the more usual collectible types even when outside of the desert; I suspect this is a developer’s copy and paste error, but … <shrug>.
Tokens have a unique turn in method. Unlike other collectibles, Tokens can be used to purchase a random item. There is only the one vendor that accepts them, Masei Mkembe in Zawabi’s Refuge (hint: look inside the vendor store “Masei Imports”).
Mkembe’s barter box allows the adventurer to choose a weapon (simple or martial), armor (robe, docent, light, medium or heavy), shield, clothing or jewelry. Each of these categories is offered in a normal mode or as “Exceptional”. The former costing less Tokens per purchase (50-125), the latter costing more (250-650).
I am not certain there is really a difference between the regular and “Exceptional” versions. I didn’t experiment exhaustively, I bought regular and “Exceptional” light armor and simple weapons. All four items were the same minimum level (10), base cost (4000 plat) and enchantment potential (+6). In fact, in both cases the regular purchase was better: caustic handwraps versus a light hammer of nothing good, and studded leather of greater fire resistance versus studded leather of stability and something-else-I-forget-but-was-useless. This was probably just dumb luck, but it certainly does not motivate one to want to buy the more expensive versions.
The DDO Wiki write up differs from my experiences. Perhaps I didn’t buy enough items to get a valid sample.
One more interesting note: “Studded Leather” is no longer available anywhere else in the game. Mkembe appears to be selling the older, pre-Menace of the Underdark armor. Which by the way is also less effective than modern armor.
As far as I know, these collectibles only appear in chests*, and only very rarely even then. Unlike other collectible turn ins that reward you with in-game effects, Eberron Dragonshards may reward you with meta-game effects; things like portable rest shrines and experience elixirs.
* [Edit] Several readers are stating that I have this backward and they never drop in chests, only in collectible drops. Okay, I’ll go with that then.
They can also be turned into Purified Eberron Dragonshard Fragments, a required ingredient for many of the higher-level Cannith Crafting recipes. Although frankly, I’d never trade Eberron Dragonshards for a crafting ingredient. The meta-game effects are too useful, and there are other ways to get the Purified shards.
On the other hand, they are highly sought, and you can always get good platinum for them if you need it. Or probably Astral Shards, although I haven’t personally attempted that yet.
|Large||Bowdlin||House P||One use trinket||Small Jewel of Fortune|
|Large||Seld the Grey Sister||House P||One use trinket||Ethereal Rest Shrine|
|Large||Kayla Skywhisper||House P||treasure||Kohl’s Gem|
|Medium||Davyd Turner||Market||One use trinket||Mnemonic Enhancement|
|Medium||Clarice Roden||Market||One use trinket||Greater Restoration|
|Medium||Kipling Vranch||Market||One use trinket||Mass Protection from Elements|
|Medium||Chiugeon Laj’Amal||House D||One use trinket||Mass Cure critical Wounds|
|Medium||Tara Wightraven||House D||Potion||Greater Experience Elixir|
|Medium||Flintchip Fireson||House D||One use trinket||Sunburst|
|Medium||Yannick Drumdoom||Market||One use trinket||Summon Monster 7|
|Medium||Loura Jotun||Market||One use trinket||Mass hold Person|
|Small||Xovun Chalk||Market||Potion||Lesser Experience Elixir|
|Small||Peta Flashpin||Market||One use trinket||Rest of Eladrin statuette|
|Small||Rudolph Rightman||Market||One use trinket||Cure serious Wounds|
In the same manner in which everything in the Desert drops Antique Bronze Tokens, so it is that everything in the Subterrane drops Planar Shards.This includes both Subterrane zones (East and Central) and both of the raids contained therein.
Also like the Antique Bronze Tokens, the shards occasionally “leak”, inconsistently dropping from the types of monsters that are found in the Subterrane even when they are outside of the Subterrane.
Planar Shards look like coins which is a it confusing, nothing very shard-like about a bronze coin, but nonetheless that is what we have to work with.
Unlike most collectibles, Planar Shards are bind-to-character. Meh. I personally think that all of these collectibles should be trade-able, it adds interest and demand to an item that is otherwise a bit stale, but no one is asking me.
There is only one vendor that accepts Planar Shards, Vagan Taneer in the Marketplace. He has an old-fashioned text-based dialog rather than the (better and more useful) barter box. But on the other hand, he uses his creaky old UI to offer some unique rewards:
|one-use gem||Raise Dead (“Onyx of the twelve”)|
|one-use gem||Panacea (“Emerald of the twelve”)|
|one-use gem||Mass Cure serious x3 (“Alabaster of the twelve”)|
|one-use gem||Mass Cure serious x5 (“Diamond of the twelve”)|
|one-use gem||Raise Dead x2 (“Obsidian of the twelve”)|
|one-use gem||Panacea x2 (“Jade of the twelve”)|
|one-use gem||Heal (“Topaz of the twelve”)|
|one-use gem||Mass Cure critical Wounds x5 (“Sapphire of the twelve”)|
|bag||Large Ingredient bag|
|bag||Large Collecttible bag|
|bag||Large Gem bag|
Eveningstar Collectors and Turn Ins
When Faerun monsters drop collectibles, they are the same types as is found on their Eberron counterparts. Which is quite odd when you think about it from a lore perspective, why would a Faerun troglodyte be carrying around Blades of the Dark Six – symbols of (evil) gods that are unique to the Eberron milieu?
One also must traverse back to Eberron to turn in any of these collectibles; there are no “regular” collectible vendors in Faerun. But there are several vendors that will accept your Commendations for a variety of gear and potions.
Commendations do not drop from monsters, rather you are awarded them for completing random encounters in the Kings Forest and other Faerun adventure areas. You will also occasionally find them in chests, especially in Adventure Area chests, and they are available as end rewards for some of the Menace of the Underdark adventure pack quests.
Sadly and inexplicably, Commendations are also bind-to-character which severely limits their usefulness.
Commendation gear is in a narrow niche of usefulness; there is other gear at the same minimum level that is better. But these versions are easy to get and that can be worthwhile in itself.
On the down side, much of the gear comes in three-part sets and one must equip all three pieces to get the set effect – I hate three-piece sets, it is so difficult to come up with a gear load out that includes all three pieces. On the plus side, some of the pieces are useful individually, and Commendations are easily acquired. And the potions can be pretty cool too. Also, differing types of Commendations can be swapped at the rate of three to one. making it even easier to target and acquire a specific piece of gear.
|Wilkan Drome||Commendation: Clerics of Amaunator||Potion||Shield of Faith (+5)|
|Wilkan Drome||Commendation: Clerics of Amaunator||5||Docent||Amaunator’s Blessing|
|Wilkan Drome||Commendation: Clerics of Amaunator||5||Necklace||Amulet of the Shining Sun|
|Wilkan Drome||Commendation: Clerics of Amaunator||5||Ring||Signet of the Shining Sun|
|Wilkan Drome||Commendation: Clerics of Amaunator||10||Medium Armor||Breastplate of the Shining Sun|
|Wilkan Drome||Commendation: Clerics of Amaunator||15||Short Sword||Star of Day|
|Wilkan Drome||Commendation: Clerics of Amaunator||1||Potion||Deathward|
|Acton Greenwort||Commendation: Druids of the King’s Forest||10||Leather Armor||Leather of the Woodsman|
|Acton Greenwort||Commendation: Druids of the King’s Forest||15||Quarterstaff||Implement of the Deep Woods|
|Acton Greenwort||Commendation: Druids of the King’s Forest||5||Goggles||Lenses of the Woodsman|
|Acton Greenwort||Commendation: Druids of the King’s Forest||5||Boots||Boots of the Woodsman|
|Acton Greenwort||Commendation: Druids of the King’s Forest||1||Potion||Barkskin (+5)|
|Acton Greenwort||Commendation: Druids of the King’s Forest||1||Potion||Restoration|
|Acton Greenwort||Commendation: Druids of the King’s Forest||5||Docent Upgrade||Woodsmen’s Guile|
|Toregar Falmon||Commendation: Purple Dragon Knights||5||Docent||Knight’s Loyalty|
|Toregar Falmon||Commendation: Purple Dragon Knights||5||Gloves||Purple Dragon Gauntlets|
|Toregar Falmon||Commendation: Purple Dragon Knights||5||Helmet||Purple Dragon Helm|
|Toregar Falmon||Commendation: Purple Dragon Knights||10||Heavy Armor||Purple Dragon Armor|
|Toregar Falmon||Commendation: Purple Dragon Knights||15||Longsword||Oathblade|
|Toregar Falmon||Commendation: Purple Dragon Knights||1||Potion||Greater Heroism|
|Tellie Scavelman||Commendation: Villagers of Eveningstar||5||Docent Upgrade||Way of the Sun Soul|
|Tellie Scavelman||Commendation: Villagers of Eveningstar||1||Potion||Health over time (hearty apple cider)|
|Tellie Scavelman||Commendation: Villagers of Eveningstar||15||Quarterstaff||Stout Oak Walking Stick|
|Tellie Scavelman||Commendation: Villagers of Eveningstar||10||Outfit||Vestments of the Sun Soul|
|Tellie Scavelman||Commendation: Villagers of Eveningstar||5||Belt||Belt of the Sun Soul|
|Tellie Scavelman||Commendation: Villagers of Eveningstar||5||Bracers||Bracers of the Sun Soul|
|Tellie Scavelman||Commendation: Villagers of Eveningstar||1||Potion||Spell points over time (sparkling apple cider)|
|Relton Trapalo||Commendation: War Wizards||1||Potion||Haste (level 20)|
|Relton Trapalo||Commendation: War Wizards||15||Quarterstaff||Alarphon’s Staff|
|Relton Trapalo||Commendation: War Wizards||10||Robe||War Wizard’s Robe|
|Relton Trapalo||Commendation: War Wizards||5||Bracers||War Wizard’s Bracers|
|Relton Trapalo||Commendation: War Wizards||5||Necklace||War Wizard’s Amulet|
|Relton Trapalo||Commendation: War Wizards||5||Docent Upgrade||Battle Arcanist|
So there you go. This marks the end of the Collectible Digest. By now you’ve encountered everything you wanted to know about Collectibles – and more, because really, who had a burning desire to learn about Collectibles?