Being in a guild full of halflings, there is never a shortage of rogues. Mechanic rogues, assassin rogues, stick-fighting rogues, all kinds of rogues. Lots of rogues.
Not that this is a bad thing. It is not.
It so happens that a couple of occasional Halfling Commandos who have a more casual play style have hit level 20 at the same time. This is not coincidence, we’ve been helping them level, and in fact have been leveling them at a pretty fast clip. At least, a fast clip for casual players. This is awesome, even though they’ve been playing for years, their casual style, multiple servers, and multiple characters mean that level 20 is somewhere they are not used to being: all new content for them, all the time!
But there is a drawback. First-life characters who have been pulled to level by running high-XP quest series do not have the same chance to equip themselves as characters that level more organically. The character quickly outgrows his/her stuff. Then they reach level 20, the game difficulty stiffens up, and … well, let’s just acknowledge that “lightly equipped” does not combine well with “increased difficulty”.
And so my Gamer Girl, no mean player of rogues in her own right, found herself researching equipment for epic rogues that is both (1) likely to be useful and (2) not impossibly difficult to obtain.
This is her list.
Star of Day short sword ml20
Easy to get (turn in Cleric of Amaunator commendations) but partially randomizable. If you get the right randomized attributes this blade will go a long way towards compensating for the traditional rogue weakness versus undead
Envenomed Blade short sword ml16
The easiest item to get on this list due to high drop rate (last night five of us ran Lords of Dust and we all got one) this is an excellent blade versus fleshy opponents
Sacrificial Dagger dagger ml20
Another weapon that is most effective versus fleshies, this one also returns hit points to you on each hit. A nice TWF combo when paired with Envenomed Blade.
A roguey set:
Each of these items is worthwhile to a newly epic rogue on its own, providing lots of DEX, hiding and moving, true seeing and seeker. But when you have the set you also get +4/+6 to your sneak attacks. An impressive list of features that will hold you in good stead for several levels yet to come.
Treasure Hunter’s Spyglass ml20 (other versions available)
Spot, Seach, UMD, exceptional INT. The tier 3 version of this is Perfect! With a capital ‘P’!
Ring of the Buccaneer ring ml20 (other versions available)
DEX and protection.
Hide of the Goristro light armor ml22
Most useful for the meleeing rogue, probably, a random item that can be upgraded to replace the Leathers of the Woodsman in the Woodsman Guile set
Whisperchain light armor ml18 (other versions exist)
Hit points, a sneak attack bump, but best of all Blur and Ethereal, together in one item
Miscellaneous Questing Items:
Vim and Vigor necklace ml18 (other versions available)
Strength, hit points, and most importantly, permanent Greater Heroism
Skullduggery Kit belt ml16 (other versions exist)
Exceptional INT and DEX skill boost plus a random but always rogue-useful bonus
Shadowsight goggles ml16 (other versions exist)
WIS for saving throws, Ethereal for those pesky Wraith-type undead
Bracers of Twisting Shade bracers ml 18 (other versions exist)
Disable, Search, Exceptional Seeker, and a permanent Blur!
Skirmisher Ring ring ml19 (other versions exist)
It’s all about the CON. The yellow augment is nice too.
Spare Hand belt ml20 (other versions exist)
Disable, Open Lock, UMD, and lots of nice combat improvements
Backstabber Gloves gloves ml 14 (other versions exist)
Bluff, Sneak attack, and Deception. Deception is extra nice on a non-weapon slot
Dream Visor goggles ml14 (other versions exist)
Ring of Shadows ring ml14 (other versions exist)
Hide, move silently, and another way to get permanent Blur!
Nether Grasps gloves ml18 (other versions exist)
Open Lock, Seeker, and reduces melee agro!
Cloak of the Wolf cloak ml20
Dodge, Seeker, and reduces melee agro!
Draw Piwafwi cloak ml20
Hide, Move Silently, Sneak Attack, and a nifty guard that turns you invisible when you are hit. Even if I can’t say this item out loud without sounding like Kripke from the Big Bang Theory
Seal of House Avithoul ring ml21
Lots of Sneak Attack! A random roguey stat. Best of all, Improved Deception, on a non-weapon slot.
And there you have it. Clearly one cannot wear ALL of these items. And some of the items are most definitely harder to get than others.
But this isn’t a shopping list. It is intended to inform the newly epic rogue player who is looking for a quick increase in effectiveness. Maybe this will help someone target a few specific quests while seeking specific items. Maybe it will help someone else who has more resources and is willing to upgrade via the auction house.
What do you think? What other items did we miss?
🙂 😀 🙂
[Edit] thanks to Tholgrin and Saekee for the fact-checking!