This guide will cover what tier gear to aim for, where they are found, and what will be the next step to aim for.
This guide is current for up to the Velik’s Fate patch.
Learning about gear progression is part of a three-part series:
Returning to TERA, or just hit 60?
You’ll notice two things when hitting level 60 (or if you’re returning to TERA as a pre-Fate of Arun player).
You’ll start automatically receiving Daily Quests: these are your “General” quests, there are also “Dungeon” and “Battleground” quests as well. Completing these quests will give you experience, gold, feedstock, and a new reputation credit called Vanguard Initiative credits, which can be used to purchase essential items, such as Crystals, Masterwork Alkahest and Glyphs. However, there is a limit on how many you can do a day, and you’ll get no rewards after you reach the limit. Be sure to turn in and claim your reward after you finish each Vanguard quest (press H and click “Claim Reward”).
If you feel like you’re ready, then proceed by using the Airship Platform Teleport Scroll which will take you to Velika Outskirts.
Gearing: Level 60-65
If your gear is outdated, don’t worry since you’ll be given new gear from the main story quests to aid you.
- You’ll receive the Initia armor and accessories from the first set of story quests. This is an enchantable set, and I recommend enchanting it to +9. Another alternate is doing Manaya’s Core for the Level 60 gear set.
- You’ll receive the Emina armor and accessories from quests around level 62. This is an enchantable set, and I recommend enchanting it to +9. This gear will be sufficient until level 65.
For your weapon you’ll start receiving Avatar Relic Pieces as you kill monsters (you also obtain some from story quests). Don’t worry about hunting these pieces, as you’ll get them eventually by just killing monsters for the quests.
- You’ll receive Ishara’s avatar weapon (level 60) when you collect 8 Ishara’s Relic Pieces, these are obtained by killing monsters in Velika Outskirts and the new zones when you’re level 60. I recommend enchanting to +9.
- You’ll receive Oriyn’s avatar weapon (level 62) when you collect 15 Oriyn’s Relic Piece, these are obtained by killing monsters in the new zones when you’re near level 62. I recommend enchanting to +9.
- You’ll receive Bahaar avatar weapon (level 64) when you collect 10 Bahaar’s Relics, these are obtained by killing monsters in Macellarius Catacombs, Velika Outskirts and the new zones when you’re level 63. I recommend enchanting to +9. Do not dismantle this weapon when you reach level 65, as it is going to be your first endgame weapon.
Questing is a good way to level to 65, as the amount of gold you earn from quest rewards will help you get started with your endgame gear. However, there are other ways to level such as repeating dungeons, battlegrounds or even simply mob grinding. If you feel like you want to grind your way to 65, then you kill BAMs or concentrated areas of monsters on your vanguard, such as the area outside Amadjuak Trading Post.
60+ Dungeons, Glyphs and Skills
While leveling, you may pick up a yellow quest in Amajuak Trading Post which asks you to clear a dungeon. There are two leveling dungeons:
Both of these yield a decent amount of experience and drop Khirian Glyph Crates and Vanguard Glyph Crates that give important Master Glyphs for your skills.
Master Glyphs are better versions of normal white glyphs, and they reduce the glyph cost or give a stronger effect. The Khirian Glyph Crate will give a random uncommon master glyph for your class. The Vanguard Glyph Crate gives a random improved glyph for your class. You can also purchase Glyph with Glyph Tokens from the Vanguard Reputation Merchant.
There is also a new tier of blue Rare Master Glyphs, but this cannot be earned from the Vanguard Reputation Merchant or the 60-63 dungeons. Instead, they can be obtained from Lakan’s Domination Tokens or from Island of Dawn tokens. (See the Master Glyph guide for more details: Master Glyphs)
I recommend repeating both dungeons until you have attained all important glyphs.
I’ve reached Level 65!
Congratulations on hitting level 65! Turn in the “Fresh Arms and Legs” story quest in Highwatch, and you should be rewarded with:
The Idoneal set, this includes a level 65 armor, belt and accessories. This set is not enchantable. There is no Idoneal weapon; instead players receive a level 64 weapon. This weapon will be the same as the Bahaar’s Avatar weapon from gathering avatar relic or the Purging weapon obtained from Macellarius Catacombs or the Vanguard Initiative merchant. If you completed the Fate of Arun story quests, you’ll receive a set of Vyrsks for your class. The Idoneal Armor Box also comes with a Complete Crystalbind and  Fine Hardy Niveots.
The armor is level 65 and therefore can equip a new tier of crystals: Niveots. The Idoneal jewelry is level 65 and can equip Vyrsks.
Note: Bahaar’s Relic weapon is level 64 and can only use Cruxes, but you will be able to use Weapon Niveots with your first gear upgrade.
Crystals add bonuses to your armor and there are 3 variations:
- Weapon: These are “Offensive” crystals, and they are red.
- Armor: These are “Defensive” crystals, and they are blue.
- Accessories: These use “Accessory” accessories (called Zyrks or Vyrsks), and they are green.
To obtain new crystals, you can purchase them with Vanguard Initiative Credits, attempt to fuse crux crystals with Niveot Structures, or open Crystal Boxes for a chance at a random one. You can visit the credit store at any time by visiting Highwatch – to obtain more credits you must complete more Vanguard Initiative quests (press H).
Here you’ll be able to purchase the new crystals for armor, weapon and accessories. You’ll also be able to purchase other valuable things, such as Masterwork Alkahest Boxes, Glyph Tokens, and Instance Reset scrolls, so feel free to have a look.
So you should be in a set of Idoneal gear with crystals and have some Master Glyphs. Your item level should be more than 355, which is enough to queue for Kalivan’s Challenge, Channelworks and The Abscess Normal Mode.
First, pick up the “Raider’s Challenge” story quest in Highwatch, and let’s get ready to tackle the first dungeons.
However, before you actually go into your first dungeon, we recommend getting Brooch and Innerwear first.
Brooch and Innerwear
Brooches are essential accessories that offers offensive stats, and some brooch may have an active skill with special effects or additional stats; for example, “Cleansing” has the ability to self cleanse when used. Low-tier brooches are drops from dungeons but the high-tier of brooches must be crafted. These brooches can be re-rolled.
The recommended method to obtain your first brooch is to simply search “Flawless” on the trade broker and buy a Flawless Brooch. They are likely to be extremely cheap since the supply is very high.
To re-roll accessories, brooches and belts, you must use a “Semi Enigmatic Scroll”; Semi Enigmatic Scrolls are obtained from BAMs and EMP cash shop boxes. We don’t recommend using Semi Enigmatic Scrolls until you are further along your gear progression, as SES can be quite expensive!
More information about Brooches can be found here: Brooch Overview
Innerwears can be considered an accessory that offers defensive or offensive stats. One of the most basic innerwear you can obtain are green innerwears. Innerwears help boost your defense and can also help boost your offensive stats depending on what modifier type you choose. You can obtain one by completing the first dungeon Kalivan’s Challenge will allow you to turn in a story quest to receive a Idoneal Inner Armor Coupon. The coupon gives you a free uncommon innerwear of your choice, with Power, HP or Crit modifiers as options. You can also choose to buy one off the trade broker, much like the Flawless Brooch, as they are very inexpensive.
Possible innerwear upgrades are obtained from collecting 80 Goldfinger tokens, which drop from Ghillieglade, Broken Prison, and Alliance Vault. Right-click the tokens to purchase an Innerwear box; this box is RNG and will yield an Innerwear with a random stat and grade. Yellow (superior) being the best, Blue (rare) being the mid-tier and green (uncommon) being the low-tier. You can also purchase better looking ones through the TERA Store. Innerwear cannot be rerolled.
More information about Innerwears can be found here: Innerwear Overview
Now that you have a brooch and an innerwear, you should be ready to enter new level 65 dungeons.
Once you have your Idoneal gear, brooch and innerwear, the next gear set to aim for is Guile.
The Guile gear will be a big upgrade from Idoneal. This set is PVE/PVP hybrid, and will be your first level 65 enchantable gear. Enchanting this set to +12 and having optimal rolls will give you an item level of at least 417, enough to progress to the next set of dungeons and gear. This is sufficient to being able to tackle most of the endgame content (except the hard modes). For new players or players without much gold or resources, it is highly recommended to aim for a full +12 Guile set before looking to progress further.
There are several ways to obtain it, listed below. Please note that even if you already got your Guile gear from one source, you might still want to do the other content, as you’ll get extra rewards for related story quests.
- Dungeons: (Recommended) this is the most common way; obtained from Kalivan’s Challenge and The Abscess Normal Mode. Check with the NPC Dougal in Highwatch for story quests related to these dungeons, as you’ll get extra rewards to help you enchant your gear.
- Echoes of Aranea: (Recommended) Completing the story quest “Memory Lost” leads to this solo dungeon which rewards a Guile weapon for your class and some enchanting materials. You also obtain Underhold Tokens from its Vanguard Request, which you can use to purchase more Guile pieces.
- Island of Dawn story quests: (Recommended) Completing the story quests “Ominous News” and “Desolate Garden” (this quest chain starts with Seir in Highwatch) rewards the player with a full set of Guile armor (weapon not included), along with belt, accesories, some personal rare and extensive alkahests and an Emerald.
- Hold Token: (Recommended) You can collect Hold tokens from Island of Dawn vanguard quests and Celestial Arena to purchase Guile gear as well. This is a bind-on-pickup version. 20 Underhold Tokens buys a Guile piece. Remember that you can use gear pieces to enchant instead of using alkahests and feedstocks, so Underhold Tokens are ideal for this.
- Dungeon Token: You can also gather Crocstar tokens and purchase the gear with them. These tokens are obtained from many dungeons.
- Crafting: (Not recommended) This is another way of obtaining sets. Crafting requires you to hunt other materials and then craft them into gear. However, you will need a certain crafting level to do so. Crafting gives you a tradeable version, meaning you can sell it (this also means you can actually buy this set from other people). Generally, this method is not recommended since Slaughter is not hard to obtain from the other sources.
Make sure to turn in the story quest “Raider’s Challenge” from Dougal in Highwatch to obtain Tiered consumables to help with rerolling and perfecting your gear.
Be sure to enchant and reroll your gear to your class’s optimal rolls! (See the Enchanting & Masterworking Guide!) Use Tier 10 Spellbinds and Tier 10 Master Enigmatic Scrolls to get appropriate gear rolls for your class.
If you are a DPS class, read this for gear rolls and more:
Basic DPS Guide
If you are a Tank class, read this for gear rolls and more:
Basic Tanking Guide
If you are a Healer class, read this for gear rolls and more:
Low-tier Jewelry: Demense
Your next dungeon is Channelworks, which will give you accessories upgrades: Demense jewelry.
Demense jewelry has 2 variations: Power (Estate-) and Crit (Manor-). Each variation set has a Tier 1 (-guest) and Tier 2 (-borne), with Tier 2 having better stats. For example, Manorborne Ring would be the Tier 2 Crit Ring from the Demense set. There is only Tier 1 for the necklace. You can’t wear more than one Tier 2 piece of the same name (this is indicated by “Unique Item” on the tooltip), unless you using the resizing kit.
These are level 65 jewelry and can use the level 65 Vyrsks (Crystal for accessories) purchased from the Vanguard Initiative Reputation Merchant.
There are several ways to obtain it:
- Dungeons: The Demense Jewelry pieces are obtained from Channelworks.
- Island of Dawn story quests: You receive a full set of T1 Demense jewelry for completing the “Ominous News” and “Desolate Garden” story quests.
- Tyrantblood Tokens: You may also get Still accessories using the Tyrantblood Tokens obtained from dungeons.
- Hold Token: You can collect Hold tokens from Island of Dawn and Celestial Arena to purchase Demense jewelry as well. Note that this is a bind-on-pickup version.
Remember to accept and turn in the story quest from Dougal in Highwatch for rewards after completing Channelworks.
Resized jewelry will share set bonuses with non-resized jewelry pieces, so it is not ideal to equip two Tier 2 Demense Rings and two Tier 2 Demense Earrings since you will get a 5-piece jewelry bonus instead of the ideal 3-2 jewelry bonus.
Your next gear set is the Misery set; this is your 2nd level 65 enchantable set and Mid-Tier gear. This gear set is a also PVE/PVP hybrid set, but with stronger stats. I recommend masterworking and enchanting this to +12 before progressing for High-Tier gear. This is the most commonly-used set as it is sufficient enough to complete all content.
The ways to obtain it are:
- Dungeons: (Recommended) This is the most common way. You can obtain this set from Velik’s Hold Normal Mode (Weapon and Footwear) and Bathysmal Rise Normal Mode (Body Armor and Footwear).
- Hold Token: (Recommended) You can collect Hold tokens from Island of Dawn and Celestial Arena to purchase Misery gear as well. This is a bind-on-pickup version.
- Crafting: (Not Recommended) Crafting gives you a tradeable version, meaning you can sell it. (This also means you can actually buy this set from other people). For most players, this is not a recommended way as it can be expensive to level crafting and crafting is now irrelevant.
Remember to accept and turn in the quest from Dougal in Highwatch, it gives you some materials to help Masterwork your newly acquired Misery gear.
High-Tier Jewelry (PvE): Godly Accessories
The Godly accessories is a PvE jewelry set introduced with the Velik’s Fate patch. The Tier 1 pieces have the “God-” prefix, while the Tier 2 pieces have the “Heaven-” prefix. The two variations of Godly accessories are: Crit Factor (suffix “-trap”) and Power (suffix “-lock”). So for example, a Heaventrap Ring would Tier 2 Power Godly Ring while a Godlock Earring would be a Tier 1 Power Earring.
The Tier 1 Godly pieces will have similar stats as Resized Tier 2 Demense pieces, but the Tier 2 Godly pieces will have higher stats. Necklaces can only be Tier 1. Again, because these jewelry pieces are Unique Items, you can’t wear more than one Tier 2 piece of the same name (i.e Heavenstrap Ring with another Heavenstrap Ring). However, the PvP jewelry set Key Accessories offers almost the same stats as the Tier 2 Godly jewelry pieces and can be concurrently equipped. [See next section for details on Key Accessories.]
There are several ways to obtain it:
- Dungeons: The Godly necklace drops from Demokron Factory (Normal Mode) and Kalivan’s Dreadnaught (Normal Mode). God (T1) Earring drops from Kalivan’s Dreadnaught (Normal Mode), while the God (T1) Ring drops from Demokron Factory (Normal Mode). The Heaven (T2) Earring drops from Timescape (Normal Mode) and Velik’s Sanctuary (Normal and Hard). The Heaven (T2) Ring drops from Demokron Factory (Hard Mode), Velik’s Hold (Hard Mode) and Velik’s Sanctuary (Normal and Hard).
- Crocstar Token: You may also get Godly jewelry using Crocstar Tokens obtained from dungeons.
- Hold Token: You can collect Hold tokens from Island of Dawn and Celestial Arena to purchase Godly jewelry as well. This is a bind-on-pickup version.
High-Tier Jewelry (PvP): Key Accessories
Key Accessories jewelry is very much similar to Landsheart/Bluebred; it is an PvP jewelry that has similar stats to the Tier 2 PvE jewelry of this patch. Key accessories have 2 variations: Crit (Keytrap) and Power (Keylock). Unlike Godly Accessories, there is only one tier, and Key Accessories are not considered Unique Items. Key Accessories are crafted by collecting materials and designs from battleground boxes rewarded from winning battlegrounds. These jewelry pieces require a Godly Accessories as a crafting material. For those looking to min-max their characters, these may be a good choice to mix with Godly jewelry for maximum Power or Crit Factor.
There is two ways of obtaining it:
- Crafting: Key Accessories are crafted using Godly (Tier 2) pieces and materials obtained from the battleground boxes. Refer to the Key Accessories page for more information on the designs and materials needed.
- Trading: Key Accessories pieces are tradeable, therefore they can be bought from other players or from the trade broker before being bound to a character.
Alternative Mid-Tier Set: Ambush (VM8)
The high-tier gear of last patch, now considered Mid-Tier gear: Ambush (VM8). The Ambush set was buffed with the release of the Velik’s Fate patch, so it continues to be a relevant gear set for many classes. However, the new VM High-Tier gear is a big improvement, so while Ambush may be a viable option for those more limited in gold or resources, it is generally recommended to focus on the new High-Tier gear instead. Misery +12 will also be better than Ambush +12, so if you choose to pursue Ambush, be prepared to +15.
If you still wish to craft this set, gather all the materials for the Ambush gear from Demokron Factory (Normal and Hard Mode), Kalivan’s Dreadnaught (Normal Mode), Bathysmal Rise (Normal Mode), and Timescape (Normal Mode). As of the beginning of the Velik’s Fate patch, each Ambush piece may cost anywhere from 300k to 500k gold to purchase from other players. [See the Ambush (VM8) page for more details]
Gear Upgrade: Behemoth (VM8.5)
Although there is no longer a way to obtain the material to upgrade Ambush (VM8) to Behemoth (VM8.5), since the Harrowhold raid was removed with the Velik’s Fate patch, it is worth mentioning that provided you already have the upgrade material, Ambush (VM8) pieces can be upgraded to an better stat version that cannot be liberated. A fully enchanted (+15) Behemoth piece will be stronger than a Misery piece, but since you can no longer obtain the upgrade material, Misery is still the recommended Mid-Tier gear.
The High-Tier gear in the Velik’s Fate patch: Deathwrack (VM9). After obtaining +12 Misery or +15 Ambush (VM8), all uncommon and rare Master Glyphs and new accessories, the grind can begin for the High-Tier gear: Deathwrack (VM9).
This gear set will be a combined PVE and PVP set, much like Guile, with both PVE and PVP rolls available. This set has an extra rerollable stat on weapon and chest armor, compared to Misery, and is a considerable upgrade for DPS and tank classes.
Gather all the materials for the Deathwrack (VM9) weapon from PvP Battleground Boxes, Hold token shop, and/or dungeons such as Velik’s Hold (Normal and Hard Mode), Velik’s Sanctuary (Normal and Hard Mode), Timescape (Normal Mode) and Demokron Factory (Hard Mode). Each Deathwrack +15 piece may cost 500k-1 million gold or more, depending on enchanting luck. Good luck and may RNG be on your side!
Gear Upgrade: Oblit (VM9.5)
Although not currently available, eventually Deathwrack (VM9) will be upgradeable to Oblit (VM9.5) when Harrowhold (20-man version) is released. To upgrade Deathwrack (VM9) to Oblit (VM9.5), you will need to obtain upgrade material (Vergos body parts) from the Harrowhold raid. Much like Behemoth (VM8.5), Oblit (VM9.5) cannot be liberated so choose carefully.
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