Imbuing on Pandora is definitely the best way to gear up. You can pay someone a modest fee to imbue items with your materials, you can spend huge sums of gold to buy your gear, OR you can hop right in and start imbuing for yourself. This will cover the basics of imbuing items, and farming the materials yourself. The skill Imbuing (found under "Magic" in your skills) makes you able to enhance items your character can use and is wearing. These items are Armor, Weapons, Clothing, Talismans, Quivers, Spellbooks and Jewellery. The enhancements make it possible for you to increase your stats, for example Hitpoints, Mana or Intelligence and also the effectiveness of your weapons by adding effects on them, such as Hit Lightning, Hit Mana Leech and much more. There are specific requirements for Imbuing. These are a proper skill level (raise it by Unraveling or Imbuing) and specific items and materials you need.
Where do I find Imbuing Materials?
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To start Imbuing you need different Imbuing Materials. You can collect them by killing specific monsters (Minichamps, Champions, Peerless, several different monsters) or Unraveling. You will also need a Soul Forge and a Rune Chisel. The Soul Forge you need to imbue items. For that you doubleclick the skill Imbuing or a Soul Forge. You find several Soul Forges in Luna (Malas), in the Royal City (Ter Mur) at Britain's West Bank (Trammel) and at several other locations. Some players also use House Soul Forges. They give you a bonus on the Imbuing skill. Most of the players let those Soul Forges open for public use. You can buy a House Soul Forge in the Donation House (via Moongate). There you can also buy a Portable Soul Forge which will give you also a bonus and you can carry it in your backpack. The Rune Chisel you need for Unraveling. For both, Imbuing and Unraveling, you need Rough Stones. You can get them by Unraveling itself (see below), killing Minichamps, Champions, Peerless, several different monsters who drop imbuing materials. In Felucca you can get Rough Stones by killing any monster. You might consider there is a drop rate, so not every monster will drop a Rough Stone! The best way to obtain Rough Stones in a fast way is to kill Champion Spawns. Every monster there has the chance to drop a Rough Stone. Another way to get Rough Stones is crafting them!
There are some Soulforges available for use. The first Soulforge is located in Britain. Located right next to the west bank this forge has easy access to the bank, but does not give any bonus to your imbuing odds. The second Soulforge is located in the center of the Royal City. This is called the Royal City public forge. The third The Soulforge is Queen’s Soulforge. Located in the Royal City palace. this one gives you a 5% imbuing bonus. The fourth is the donation Soulforge. It can be carried in your backpack and gives you a 10% imbuing bonus.
Crafting Rough Stones
First of all you need two books to be able to mine Granite and craft Rough Stones out of it. The first book is called "Mining for Quality Stone". The second book is called "Making valuables with Stone Crafting". Read both books by doubleclicking them. You find both books in Ver Lor Reg (Ilshenar) at the Stone Crafter NPC. There you can also purchase Mallet and Chisel. After you've read the first book you can mine for Granite. It will drop together with the ore you are mining (you have to adjust the settings on your shovel or pickaxe!). Once you have ordinary Granite you use the Mallet and Chisel to craft Rough Stones (one Granite gives one Rough Stone).
If you want to skill and use Imbuing a Gargoyle is strongly recommended because they receive a race bonus on that skill!
Skills that are recommended or very helpful in Imbuing are: Inscription, Magery, Arms Lore, Alchemy.
How Imbuing works
This is a small paragraph and manual how you imbue an item step by step. In our example you will apply "Hit Mana Leech" on a weapon. You put the recommended materials (in this case Rough Stone, Crystals of Poison, Magical Residues, Sapphires, Void Orbs) in your backpack. Then you doubleclick the Soul Forge you use or doubleclick the Imbuing Skill. A menu will open, you choose "Hit Mana Leech" and the intensity you want to achieve, then you confirm. If you succeed, the Rough Stone will transform into a "Hit Mana Leech" rune. To apply it on the weapon doubleclick the rune and then click on your weapon. The used materials are gone now. If you fail in making the rune, you will lose some of your materials. You cannot fail when you apply a rune on an item! Before you confirm your Imbuing in the menu you can check your success chances on the left side of the menu! The chances depend on your skill, race and the type of Soul Forge you are using.
Ratings and Rune Slots
Every imbuable item on Pandora has a base rating that shows you if it is imbued and if so, how high the imbued intensities are. The higher the intensities are and the more properties are imbued on an item the higher the rating will be. If you imbue an item the rating of it will raise. Every single Imbuing Property raises the rating of the item. If an item is imbued to a certain intensity/rating, it cannot be imbued any further because the cap is reached or you imbued it slightly under the cap. Every property you imbue on an item does not only take rating, it also takes one rune slot, shown on the item. If you reach the max slots an item has, you cannot imbue it any further. There are crafted or looted items and artifacts that already have properties. These take ratings and rune slots. If you don't want the properties on one of those items or arties you can unravel these properties (see below) to get a "clean space" of 0 Runes and 0 Rating. The color of an item name shows you the (imbued) intensity, starting with the lowest they are: grey, white, green, red, purple, pink, orange.
Every imbuable item on Pandora has also a "Tier". A tier allows you to enhance the maximum rating and rune slots an item has. One Tier will give you one Rune Slot and more maximum rating over the base cap an item comes with. Example: You imbued an armpr piece with full rating and 10 Rune Slots. You get Tier One, so you get more rating and one more rune slot. This means you are able to imbue one more property on the item, if the rating allows it, because you earned one more slot. You get a Tier by killing monsters. For every Tier you need a certain amount of experience points (XP): If you reach this amount your item has Tier One and when you reach the next amount, it has Tier Two and so on. The amount of XP and Tiers are shown on every imbuable item. Every monster on Pandora gives you a certain amount of XP when you kill it. This amount will be applied on each of the items you are wearing (not those in your backpack!). You get the full amount on each of the items! If you are in party killing monsters the XP will split on every party member. This also affects when someone is close to you and kills the same monster. The person who does the highest damage gets the most XP (this affects fights vs harder monsters more than vs small monsters, the exact formula is not known to the author!).
Imbuing Properties, Materials, Imbuing Menu
If you doubleclick your skill or a soulforge the Imbuing menu will open and you can click through all categories and properties, check the needed materials and their quantity, depending on the intensity of the property. The menu will show you: 1) The materials and the amounts you need 2) The UO Expansion that is recommended 3) Your success chance, depending on the intensity of the property, your skill and race 4) The item types that can get the enhancements (Not every item can have every property!) 5) The Rating the property will consume You may also check the list down below.
A special Imbuing Material, introduced with Pandora's Publish 49, are the crystals. You need them for every property you want to imbue, from 1 to 3 of the same crystal type, depending on the intensity of the property. There are different types of Crystals: Crystal of Earth, Crystal of Energy, Crystal of Water, Crystal of Poison and Crystal of Fire. Every monster on Pandora has the chance to drop one or more of these crystals. The drop rate is higher on Felucca Facets! The type of crystal you find in the loot of a monster depends on the type of damage a monster does: Crystal of Earth = Physical Damage Crystal of Energy = Energy Damage Crystal of Water = Cold Damage Crystal of Poison = Poison Damage Crystal of Fire = Fire Damage
This does not mean that Elementals would have a better drop chance than other monsters. It really depends on the damagetype of a monster. You can check the type of damage a monster does by dragging your cursor on the monster. If a monster does 25% damage of a certain element the drop chance of that crystal is 25%, IF a crystal drops! You can get crystals also by Unraveling or Transmutation (see below).
Example: A monster does 75% Physical Damage and 25% Energy Damage. If you are lucky and a crystal drops, the chance for it to be a Crystal of Earth is 75% or 25% for a Crystal of Energy.
Another way to get crystals is "Transmutation", based on Imbuing and Alchemy skill. With Transmutation you can transform crystals into other crystal types or other imbuing materials into crystals. You need a tool for this, called "Inverter". You can puchase it at an Alchemist! Doubleclick the Inverter and a menu will open. There you can decide if you want to transform crystals into another type of crystal or transform Relic Fragments and Magical Residues into a special crystal type (you also need a certain amount of mana which will regenerate after the attempt). To create one crystal of an element you need 5 of another element. To create one crystal of an element with Relic Fragments and Magical Residue the amount of Relics and Residues depends on the success chance you want to achieve. The higher your success chance should be the more Relics and Residues you need (up to 20 Relics and 20 Residues). You can check your success chances and the needed materials and crystals the same way as in the Imbuing Menu! For using Transmutation you need to stand close to a heat source, for example a regular forge (as used in blacksmithy).
This is one of the most secure ways to obtain Imbuing Materials of any kind. You need the Rune Chisel and Rough Stones to unravel items. When you unravel an item you get a certain amount of Imbuing Materials, dropping in your backpack. There are three ways of Unraveling: 1) You can unravel a complete item. Therefore you doubleclick the Rune Chisel and create an Item Unravelling Rune. You doubleclick the rune and click the item you want to unravel. The item will be completely destroyed and you get a random amount of different materials back. 2) You can unravel a complete item also within the crafting menu: Therefore you check the option "Unravel" in the crafting menu (highlighted green). You will unravel all items you craft without the possibility to get the crafted items. Meaning: The materials will drop automatically in your backpack! 3) You can unravel specific properties on an item to receive the materials you'd need to imbue the same property (or property of this type). Therefore you doubleclick the rune chisel and chose the property on the left side of the menu to create the specific unravel rune. Doubleclick the rune and you receive the materials with the property removed.
Here is a list of all of the things you can imbue onto your items (material cost given is for the maximum value you can imbue). You find the needed Crystals at the end of each category, for they are vital to each property and very rare!
Slayer Types (List)
For more information continue here: Basic Imbuing
Special Thanks to:
Michael Dean for writing the charts. great job and well done!