Jun 212013
 

Turning in Antique Bronze Tokens
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
  • Commendations

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.


Eberron Dragonshards

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.


Dragonshard Vendor Location Qty Reward Effect
Large Bowdlin House P
3
One use trinket Small Jewel of Fortune
Large Seld the Grey Sister House P
3
One use trinket Ethereal Rest Shrine
Large Kayla Skywhisper House P
3
treasure Kohl’s Gem
Medium Davyd Turner Market
3
One use trinket Mnemonic Enhancement
Medium Clarice Roden Market
3
One use trinket Greater Restoration
Medium Kipling Vranch Market
3
One use trinket Mass Protection from Elements
Medium Chiugeon Laj’Amal House D
3
One use trinket Mass Cure critical Wounds
Medium Tara Wightraven House D
3
Potion Greater Experience Elixir
Medium Flintchip Fireson House D
3
One use trinket Sunburst
Medium Yannick Drumdoom Market
3
One use trinket Summon Monster 7
Medium Loura Jotun Market
3
One use trinket Mass hold Person
Small Xovun Chalk Market
3
Potion Lesser Experience Elixir
Small Peta Flashpin Market
3
One use trinket Rest of Eladrin statuette
Small Rudolph Rightman Market
3
One use trinket Cure serious Wounds

Planar Shards

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:


Planar Shards
Reward Effect
10
one-use gem Raise Dead (“Onyx of the twelve”)
10
one-use gem Panacea (“Emerald of the twelve”)
10
one-use gem Mass Cure serious x3 (“Alabaster of the twelve”)
25
one-use gem Mass Cure serious x5 (“Diamond of the twelve”)
25
one-use gem Raise Dead x2 (“Obsidian of the twelve”)
25
one-use gem Panacea x2 (“Jade of the twelve”)
50
one-use gem Heal (“Topaz of the twelve”)
50
one-use gem Mass Cure critical Wounds x5 (“Sapphire of the twelve”)
150
bag Large Ingredient bag
150
bag Large Collecttible bag
150
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.


Vendor Collectible
Qty
Reward Effect
Wilkan Drome Commendation: Clerics of Amaunator
1
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?

I did.

:) :D :)

  8 Responses to “Collectible Digest: Special Turn Ins”

Comments (8)
  1. A correction for you – many of the turn-ins for medium eberron shards actually have multiple charges, pretty significant difference :) the mnemonic one is 20 charges of major SP pot which is rather nice & the greater restoration one with 20 charges of GR can be a lifesaver for anyone who isn’t a cleric, fvs, druid, paladin or a half elf with the fvs/cleric dilly – UMD isn’t much of a help in those situations as more than a couple of negs & your UMD & success change with those scrolls drops like a stone.

    The antique bronze tokens used to be a really good way of getting gear when they gave it in the old-style reward-list approach where you’d get a selection of items within the category.. it was quite common to be able to pull a clean +stat item, race restricted too if you were lucky. Now though, unless you have really good luck IMO they’re best for turning in the cheapest (basic armours 50 tokens each) to deconstruct for cannith crafting to make twinky gear.

  2. Nice series. From my experience, I’ve only found Eberron Dragonshards (small, medium and large) in collectible piles (like mushrooms, adventurer packs, etc) and not in chests. The rate for me is usually 1 or 2 for every 100 piles I find. And I agree, I would never use them to get Purified ones (I use +1 and +2 tomes for that).

  3. Eberron dragon shard fragments can be found in both chests and collectable piles. I’ve had them appear both places.

  4. Would Necropolis scarabs, Invasion tokens and adamantine ore from Relic be worth including in this list?

    • What about Red Fens pearls? What about Gianthold relics? What about the unfinished gems in Marauding the Mines? What about marks in Lordsmarch plaza or weird fleshparts and thingies in the Xoriat Harbinger series or …

      I had to draw a line.

      I decided that “collectibles” drop in purple bags and/or get turned into people who are shown as Collectible Vendors on map notes.

      Thus this list.

  5. What about tapestry/shield/tome pieces from the Orchard quests and wilderness area?

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