In Last Epoch you will discover equipment and items that you can use to enhance your character with more powerful stats. Nearly every piece of equipment you will see will be different when one drops the base item is randomized along with the number of stat modifiers, the type of stats that are modified, even the exact quality of each individual stat on the item. Between this level of item randomization and our gameplay changing Unique and Set items, there are untold ways to use equipment to customize your experience.
Each piece of equipment has a basic quality to it. Obsidian Plate will withstand more punishment than Scholar Robes, a Steel Spear will have a further range than a Steel Battleaxe, a Titan Greatsword will strike harder than an Iron Greatsword. The basic quality of an item forms the foundation upon which more powerful equipment is built.
When a piece of equipment drops there is a fair chance that it will be a Magic Item and have somewhere between 1 to 4 stat modifiers represented as prefixes and suffixes in the item’s name. You can expect a Viper Belt of the Devourer to deal poison damage while also draining your enemy’s life to add to your own!
Items can also have implicit modifiers.
In addition to the randomly generated Magic Equipment, there will also be powerful unique items that will potentially provide a higher degree of stats and unique alterations to skills, abilities, and the way you play. Wield the fearsome Stormbreaker and command the wrath of lightning!
A special kind of unique equipment is the coveted Set Items that become more powerful when equipped their brethren. If you are lucky enough to acquire all items of the same set you may reap significant increases in power. Unite the twin rings Reprise of Light and Reprise of Darkness to gain the boon of Harmony and feel your life and mana course with power!
On your journey, you will find special items called Shattering Stones, these items will enable you to customize your gear in a nearly infinite amount of ways. When you take a Shattering Stone to certain NPCs, you can use it to break down pieces of Magic quality equipment, turning a random assortment of the stat modifiers into items that represent these stats called shards. You may then take these shards and use them to add these stats to another piece of gear increasing its power! Beware though, the more you add shards to an item the higher chance you have of causing it to crack, rendering it unable to take any more shards.
Eternity Cache System
Hidden throughout the world are Eternity Caches, special containers with the unique quality of being immune to the changes of time around them. By placing an item within an Eternity Cache along with certain rare materials too potent for mundane crafting, a player may return to the same cache hundreds or even thousands of years later to retrieve the resulting synthesis. This is no easy task, for the Eternity Caches lie in places dark and forgotten, places exalted and under the watch of fierce guardians, or worse of all may have attracted the attention by foes eager to snatch the treasure you’ve locked away for themselves.
Player economy is one of the most enjoyable aspects of this genre for many players and we want to do it justice. Last Epoch will have a Bazaar system in which players will be able to anonymously buy and sell items from other players using the gold they’ve found on their adventures.
As a seller, you may have up to 5 items listed on the Bazaar at a time and once a starting price and closing time have been set you will be unable to prematurely remove the listing. Other players will then be able to bid on your listings and once the bidding window is up the winner will receive your item and you will receive the gold they bid on it. While you will have to be physically at the Bazaar to list new auctions, you will be able to track your current items at any time through a special UI window.
As a buyer, you will be able to search through all of the items within the Bazaar using an extensive filtering system to narrow down your options and help you find the exact item you want. Once you’ve bid on an item, the gold you’ve bid will be removed from your inventory and if someone outbids you this gold will be returned to you. If you have the current highest bid on an item once the auction closes, congratulations! You won the item! Be wary to not get too caught up in bidding wars though, the Bazaar takes a percentage of the gold you’ve bid if you win, and this percentage increases as the listing’s closing time draw nearer.
We are designing this system very carefully to ensure that while the Bazaar can be a fantastic way to find certain items, it will never overshadow the rewards of engaging with the world yourself. In the world of Eterra, particularly powerful uniques known as “legendaries”, gear crafted using rare and potent materials, relics and more will not be able to be traded. We want playing the game to be the core focus of Last Epoch, not maximizing your trade skills, even if skillful trading can help fill holes in your build.
Fear not, friends will be able to freely gift items between each other as long as they have been friends for a reasonable amount of time and both own the full game. The definition of “reasonable amount of time” will be a function of the level of items you are attempting to trade and the length of time you have been on each other’s friend list. In addition to this, gold will not be giftable to other players.