§An Eye on Epics
The 2.5 is very very easy. However, no one can help you with it, there really isnt any combat and it can be one of the most annoying parts of the entire epic process through 4.0. The 2.5 requires that you be a caster or fighters guild member. Once you are, you can go to the epic fatass, click the 2.5 link and enter the Hushed Banquet. I strongly recommend an instance here, as competition for barrels is annoying!
The Hushed Banquet only has one type mob: a red con roving eye that, if it "sees" you (line of site, any direction for the eye, within its agro range which is thankfully short) will eject you from the zone or DT you. Just go through the zone, smashing barrels, without being seen by the eyes. Rarely, randomly, the barrel will contain a key, which will appear in your mouse pointer. Then you give the key to one of the chests in the zone. Randomly, rarely, a chest will contain a 2.5 epic book, which you will hand in with your 2.0 to the epic fatass for your 2.5. Thats it. Sneak/hide/invis doesn’t work on the eyes, but FD will. The eyes cannot be killed; agro one and you get booted. Oh, and no pets in this zone! Pet classes will need to cast, range with a thrown item or melee.
A popular way to do this is to work a “safe room”, which is a safe haven from eyes, often with a few barrel pops. Pick one with a good number (dozen or so) of easy to get to barrels without multi eye traps.
Ok, Management made some changes to how epics are handled. Epics now are WEAPON AUGMENTS, not weapons themselves. How these are handled is pretty straightforward:
- Step One: Find a weapon, range or secondary (anything with a type 21 slot, Class augment) in the tier you can farm in, or use a UW. You'll want this BEFORE you complete the new epic augment!
- Step Two: Take your old epic (or aug) and the new epic book (3.0 epic or epic aug, and 3.5 completed book, for example) and hand them both in to the epic fatass, and get the new Class Augment. MAKE SURE IF ITS A WEAPON YOU ARE HANDING IN THAT ANY WEAPON AUGS ARE REMOVED!!! Let me state that again:
MAKE SURE IF ITS A WEAPON YOU ARE HANDING IN THAT ANY WEAPON AUGS ARE REMOVED!!!
- Step Three: reslot your augs into new weapon skin
Ta Da! New epic! Easy stuff. After this you can slot any other weapon augs you may have. REMEMBER: If you're slotting into a tier 7 dropped weapon you MUST MAKE SURE YOUR WEAPON STRIKE AUGS ARE RANK 9 OR HIGHER!
Another note: for characters doing their first weapon aug (3.0) you can zone into PoDragons and purchase a weapon with the correct slot for your epic aug for 0 plat. Thats right! ZERO plat! If you pay him 0 plat and 0 gold he will give you your new weapon and 0 plat, 0 gold in change! Since you can now get the 3.0 book in Qvic without completing the 15 token hand in quest, it is possible to get a new 3.0 epic aug and have no means to get a weapon to slot it into. SO....do NOT do your 3.0 hand in until you have zoned into PoDragons and purchased your new weapon! Let me state that again:
DO NOT DO YOUR 3.0 HAND IN UNTIL YOU HAVE PURCHASED YOUR NEW WEAPON IN PODRAGONS!!!
With the new epic system there really isnt a need for multiple epics past 2.5 for most characters. Warriors only need one epic aug as the system stands now. Same for bard, and ranger (no sword epic aug for ranger, its JUST bow epic). The only classes that seem to benefit from multiple epic augs would be monk and BST, since the aug adds a proc to any weapon, or knights who want both 1h and 2h versions of their epics.
For players with the old weapon epic, returning and wanting to get epic augs: if you are a knight class (pal/sk) you can just hand in the epic (REMOVE ALL STRIKE AUGS FIRST!!) and receive an epic aug of the same level. For every other class, you need to wait til you upgrade your epic to the next level to go from weapon to augment. This will give you a chance to find a nifty weapon to slot it into :D
When you get the chance shoot Hateborne a thank you for making the new epic system so user friendly!
§Epics Quick Reference