Returning to TERA, or just hit 60?
TERA’s new expansion patch starts at level 60, although its systems such as Enchanting and Gear Tiers changes occur throughout the whole game. This guide will help you from level 60 to endgame gear and character progression. This guide is current for up to the Honorbound patch.
You’ll notice two things when hitting level 60 (or if you’re returning to TERA).
This will essentially guide you through the “Story Quests and Objectives” till 65. It also offers “Dailies” for a new reputation: Vanguard Initiative. You will collect credits when completing quests, these quests can be used to purchase essential items, such as Crystals and Gear.
If you feel like you’re ready, then proceed by using the scroll. Talking to the NPCs, you’ll receive the Fate of Arun Story Quests. They are fairly easy to follow and always remember that if you are stuck then press “H” to see what part of the story you are on. Clicking “Check Quests” will open your “Quest’s Log” and display what quest you are on and what you are required to do (like normal questing).
You’ll start automatically receiving Daily Quests, these are your “General” quests, there are also “Dungeon” and “Battleground” quests as well. You can complete the General quests as well if you want to, they will offer experience, gold, Vanguard Initiative credits, as well enchantment items called Feedstock. However, there is a limit on how many you can do a day, as you’ll find yourself not earning rewards after completing a certain amount. When completing a quest, you’ll see a message at the top of your screen. To turn in and claim your reward, click “Claim Reward” (you can also press H and click it there as well).
If your gear is outdated, do not worry, you’ll be offered gear to aid you from 60 to 65 as you quest.
- You’ll receive the Initia armor and accessories from the first set of quests, this is an enchantable set, I recommend you enchanting it to +6-9 if you can as it’ll help you in the level 61 dungeon. 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, I recommend you enchanting it to +9 if you can as it’ll help you in the level 64 dungeon and will be sufficient till level 65.
For your weapon you’ll start receiving Avatar Relic Pieces as you kill monsters (you also obtain some from quest rewards), don’t worry too much about hunting these pieces, 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, the amount of gold you earn from quest rewards is worth it (almost 10,000g with a 100% Quester’s Gold Boost). However, there are other ways to level such as dungeons, battlegrounds and grinding. If you feel like you want to grind your way to 65, then you can either kill BAMs or concentrated areas of monsters, such as the area outside Amadjuak Trading Post.
The enchantment system has changed; you’ll need Tier 4 Feedstock and Alkahest to enchant the above gear. Feedstock are obtained from quests, or breaking down gear and Alkahest can be bought from General Merchants. However, both of these drop from monsters from the new zones. More information on the Enchantment System changes can be found here: Enchantment System.
60+ Dungeons, Glyphs and Skills
Whilst leveling, you’ll pick up a yellow quest which asks you to clear a dungeon. There are two leveling dungeons:
Both of these yield a decent amount of experience and yield important Master Glyphs for your skills.
Master Glyphs are better versions of normal glyphs, that reduce the cost amount or offer a new effect. The dungeon bosses will drop a smart box (Khirian Glyph Crate) – when opening, it will give a random old master glyph for your class. The last boss of these dungeons will give a different smart box (Vanguard Glyph Crate) – when opening, it will give a random new glyph for your class. You can also purchase Glyph Tokens from the Vanguard Reputation Merchant and use these to purchase Master Glyphs – You can choose which one you would like to purchase.
- Old Glyphs – These are glyphs which were already in TERA before Fate of Arun. (Such as Priest’s Hearty Ressurection)
- New Master Glyphs – These are glyphs which were released with Fate of Arun (Such as Mystic’s Energetic Boomerang Pulse)
There is also a new tier of Rare Master Glyphs, but this cannot be earned from the Vanguard Reputation Merchant or the 60-63 dungeons. (See the rare Master Glyph guide for more details: rare Master Glyphs)
It is important to learn your new skills as you level, you’ll receive new skills at level 61, 63 and 65. Repeat both dungeons until you have attained all important glyphs.
Congratulations on hitting level 65! Turn in the “Fresh Arms and Legs” story quest in Highwatch, and you should be rewarded with:
The armor is level 65 and therefore can equip the new crystals (Niveots). Bahaar’s Relic weapon is level 64 and can only use Cruxes. The Idoneal jewelry is level 65 and can equip Vyrsks. 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 either attempt to fuse crystals, hunt them or purchase them with Vanguard Initiative Credits. 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 things, 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 Demokron Factory (Normal). 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
Some dungeons will also offer a Brooch – another piece of armor. The lower tier brooches are drops from dungeons but the highest tier of brooches must be crafted. These brooches can be re-rolled. Some brooch may have a special effect attached to it; for example, “Cleansing” has the ability to self cleanse when used. More information about Brooches can be found here: Brooch
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!
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. More information about Innerwear can be found here: Innerwear
Now that you have a brooch and an innerwear, you should be ready to enter new level 65 dungeons.
Low-tier Gear Set: SlaughterSlaughter 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 410, 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 Slaughter set before looking to progress further.
There are several ways to obtain it, listed below. Please note that even if you already got your Slaughter gear from one source, you might still want to do the other content, as you’ll get extra rewards for related story quests.
- Dungeons: this is the most common way; obtained from Demokron Factory (Normal) and Kalivan’s Challenge. Check with the NPC Dougal in Highwatch for story quests related to these dungeons, you’ll get extra rewards to help you enchant your gear.
- Echoes of Aranea: Completing the story quest “Memory Lost” which leads to this solo dungeon which rewards a Slaughter weapon for your class and some enchanting materials. You also obtain Undercede Tokens from its Vanguard Request, which you can use to purchase more Slaughter pieces.
- Island of Dawn story quests: 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 Slaughter armor (weapon not included), along with belt, accesories, some personal rare and extensive alkahests and an Emerald.
- Cede Token: You can collect Cede tokens from Island of Dawn vanguard quests and Celestial Arena to purchase Slaughter gear as well. This is a bind-on-pickup version. 20 Undercede Tokens buys a Slaughter piece. Remember that you can use gear pieces to enchant instead of using alkahests and feedstocks, so Undercede Tokens are ideal for this.
- Tyrantblood Token: You can also gather these tokens and purchase the gear with them. These tokens are obtained from many dungeons. Note that you cannot convert any previous tokens to the new Lakan’s Charm.
- Crafting: 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.
Be sure to enchant and reroll your gear to your class’s optimal rolls! (See the Enchanting & Masterworking Guide) Use Tier 9 Spellbinds and Tier 9 Master Enigmatic Scrolls to get appropriate gear rolls for your class.
- If you are a DPS class, I recommend checking out this Basic DPS Guideline that covers gear rolls and more.
- If you are a Tank class, I recommend checking out this Offensive Tanking Guide that covers gear rolls and more.
- If you are a Healer class, I recommend checking out this Healer Fundamentals Guide that covers gear rolls and more.
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.
Low-tier Jewelry Set
Still jewelry has 2 variations: Power and Crit. The set is divided in a lower tier (T1) variation, collectively known as Gate jewelry, and a higher tier (T2) variation, known as Vain, which has better stats. There’s only T1 for the necklace. Keep in mind that you can’t wear more than one T2 piece of the same name (this is indicated by “Unique Item” on the tooltip).
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 Still Jewelry pieces are obtained from Channelworks.
- Island of Dawn story quests: You receive a full set of T1 Still 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.
- Cede Token: You can collect Cede tokens from Island of Dawn and Celestial Arena to purchase Still jewelry as well. 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.
Mid-tier Set: Guile
This gear set is a combined PVE and PVP set, with both PVE and PVP rolls available.
I recommend masterworking and enchanting this to +12 before progressing for Best in Slot gear. This is the most commonly-used set as it is sufficient enough to complete all content.
The ways to obtain it are:
- Dungeons: This is the most common way. You can obtain this set from Lilith’s Keep (Normal).
- Cede Token: You can collect Cede tokens from Island of Dawn and Celestial Arena to purchase Guile gear as well. This is a bind-on-pickup version.
- Crafting: 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.
Remember to accept and turn in the quest from Dougal in Highwatch, it gives you some materials to help Masterwork your newly acquired Guile gear.
High-Tier Jewelry: Demense
This, along with the Landsheart/Blubred jewelry, is the Best-in-Slot jewelry available for PVE. Demense jewelry has 2 variations instead of the normal 4: Power and Crit Factor. There are no Healing or Aggro variations. The lower tier (T1) is called -guest (similar to the Gate jewelry), while the higher tier (T2) jewelry is called -borne (similar to the Vain jewelry). There’s only T1 for the necklace. Again, you can’t wear more than one T2 piece of the same name. However, the Landsheart/Blubred jewelry offers almost the same stats as the T2 Demense Jewelry and can be concurrently equipped. [See next section for details on Landsheart/Blubred jewelry]
There are several ways to obtain it:
- Dungeons: The Manor necklace drops from Demokron Factory (Hard) and Vault of Kaprima. Manor (T1) Earring drops from Vault of Kaprima, while the Manor (T1) Ring drops from Demokron Factory (Hard). The Demense (T2) Earring drops from Shadow Sanguinary (Hard) and Ruinous Manor (Normal and Hard). The Demense (T2) Ring drops from Sky Cruiser Endeavor, Lilith’s Keep (Hard), and Ruinous Manor (Hard).
- Lakan’s Charm: You may also get Manor jewelry using Lakan’s Charms obtained from dungeons.
- Cede Token: You can collect Cede tokens from Island of Dawn and Celestial Arena to purchase Manor jewelry as well. This is a bind-on-pickup version.
High-Tier Jewelry: Landsheart/Blubred
Landsheart/Blubred jewelry has 2 variations: Power and Crit. There is only a higher tier (T2) version available and, unlike the T2 pieces of other jewelry sets, you can wear more than one of the same name as they are not considered Unique Items. This is the first craftable jewelry in the game, and these pieces are crafted by upgrading Demense jewelry with materials from the Battleground shops. For those looking to min-max their characters, these may be a good choice to mix with Demense jewelry for maximum Power or Crit Factor.
There is two ways of obtaining it:
- Crafting: Landsheart/Blubred accessories are crafted using Demense (T2) pieces and materials obtained from the battleground shops. Refer to the Landsheart/Blubred jewelry page for more information on the designs and materials needed.
- Trading: Landsheart/Blubred jewelry is tradeable, therefore it can be bought from other players or from the trade broker before it’s bound to a character.
Mid/High-tier PvP focused Set: Conflate
- Crafting: This set is crafted from designs and materials found in battleground shops. For more information visit the Conflate page.
This gear set offers high attack and defense modifiers which make its item level score higher than Guile. Some players may find this useful if they need a boost to meet the requirement to obtain the vanguard rewards from the higher-end dungeons.
Alternative Mid/High-tier Set: Imperator (VM7)
The Imperator set was buffed with the Spellbound patch, so they continue to become relevant and recommended for many classes. The estimated damage difference between Imperator VM7 and Ambush VM8 is about 7.5% for DPS and Tank classes. Imperator may be a viable option for those more limited in gold or resources, compared to Ambush.
Gather all the materials for the Imperator gear from Demokron Factory (Hard), Sky Cruiser Endeavor (Hard), and Shadow Sanguinary. As of the current patch, each Imperator piece may cost anywhere from 100k to 200k gold. [See the Imperator (VM7) page for more details]
High-tier Set: Ambush (VM8)
After obtaining +12 Guile or +15 Imperator (VM7), all uncommon and rare Master Glyphs and new accessories, the grind can begin for the best-in-slot gear: Ambush (VM8).
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 Guile, and is a considerable upgrade for DPS and tank classes.
Gather all the materials for the Visionmaker weapon from PvP Boxes, battleground merchants (both Bellicarium and Killing Spree), Cede token shop, and/or dungeons such as Ruinous Manor (Normal and Hard), Shadow Sanguinary (Hard), Lilith’s Keep (Normal and Hard), and Sky Cruiser Endeavor (Hard). Each Ambush +15 piece may cost 500k-1 million gold or more depending on enchanting luck. Goodluck!
High-tier Upgrade: Behemoth (VM8.5)
After obtaining +12 or +15 Ambush, you may obtain Behemoth gear from the Harrowhold using Vergos’s Body Parts and your Ambush gear. You may also obtain the belt from the Harrowhold. Please keep in mind that this gear cannot be liberated and cannot be sold! Choose carefully when deciding to upgrade your Ambush to Behemoth.
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