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Volume 3 Book 1, Oath of the Rangers, has been keeping me busy on Bullroarer, the test server. I've been working my way through the new epic quest line, trying out the new Spring Festival events and drooling over the new Skirmish rewards. For this installment of The Road to Mordor, I've spent an unlawful amount of time at the Skirmish camp vendors transcribing the new rewards.

After the jump, I've listed the current stats of the new Heavy, Medium and Light Armors as well as the new Cloaks and Rift Cosmetics. There are also pics of the new items and a video showing the cosmetics. Keep in mind that this is all on the test server and subject to change.
New Skirmish Armor

The armor here is not anything exceptional, which is in line with other Skirmish rewards (better than solo quest rewards, worse than instance rewards.) Some sets cost Skirmish Marks plus Veteran's Third Marks (which drop from 6 and 12-man Skirmish runs). While other sets costs Skirmish Marks and Third Marks (which drop from 1 and 3-man Skirmish runs, and soon 2-mans.)

If you really want the armor from the set requiring Veteran's Third Marks, but don't run 6- or 12-man Skirmishes, you can use the Skirmish Exchange Vendor in any Skirmish camp to turn 2,190 Skirmish Marks and 1 Third Mark into 1 Veteran's Third Mark. Of course, given that you are going to need three of those bad boys, you're looking at an extra 6,570 Skirmish Marks per piece.

Better armor will drop from instances and possibly crit crafted gear, but if you love the Skirmishes you can at least see some kind of equipment progression. All Skirmish Mark costs are listed as SM.

Heavy Armor

There are two sets here, but they are identical in stats and name. Heavy Armor wearers like Guardian, Champions and Captains will be able to get these items either way they want to purchase.

Costs: 4,104 SM + 3 Veteran's Third Marks or 4,560 SM + 6 Third Marks
Patron's Boots - 440 Armor, +43 Agility, +21 Might, +21 Vitality, +21 Will, +88 Maximum Power,
Patron's Leggings - 917 Armor, +43 Agility, +21 Might, +21 Vitality, +21 Will, +88 Maximum Power
Patron's Gauntlets - 550 Armor, +43 Agility, +21 Might, +21 Vitality, +197 Maximum Morale
Patron's Breastplate - 1,100 Armor, +21 Agility, +43 Might,, +43 Vitality, +4% Tactical Crit Multiplier
Patron's Shoulder Guards - 330 Armor, +21 Agility, +43 Might, +21 Vitality, +260 Tactical Crit Rating
Patron's Helm - 330 Armor, +21 Agility, +21 Might, +197 Maximum Morale, +260 Tactical Crit Rating

Medium Armor

The Stalker set seems more geared toward classes that depend on Might and Agility like Burglars, Hunters and Wardens. The Enforcer set is for Minstrel's looking for the extra Will and Fate.

Cost: 4,104 SM + 3 Veteran's Third Marks
Stalker's Boots - 340 Armor, +21 Might, +43 Agility, +21 Will, +43 Vitality
Stalker's Leggings - 709 Armor, +21 Might, +43 Agility, +21 Will, +21 Vitality, +88 Maximum Power
Stalkers' Gauntlets - 426 Armor, +43 Might, +43 Agility, +197 Maximum Morale
Stalker's Jacket - 850 Armor, +43 Might, 43 Vitality, +176 Maximum Power
Stalker's Shoulder Guards - 256 Armor, +43 Might, +21 Agility, +21 Will, +21 Vitality, On any damage 5% chance to remove 1 Disease effect (max Strength 65)
Stalker's Helm - 256 Armor, +21 Might, +21 Agility, +21 Will, +21 Fate, +43 Vitality

Cost: 4,560 SM + 6 Third Marks
Enforcer's Boots - 340 Armor, +21 Agility, +21 Fate, +43 Vitality, +176 Maximum Power
Enforcer's Leggings - 709 Armor, +43 Agility, +43 Will, +21 Fate, +88 Maximum Power
Enforcer's Gauntlets - 426 Armor, +21 Agility, +21 Will, +21 Fate, +21 Vitality, +197 Maximum Morale
Enforcer's Jacket - 850 Armor, +21 Agility, +43 Will, +21 Fate, +43 Vitality
Enforcer's Shoulder Guards - 256 Armor, +21 Agility, +21 Will, +43 Fate, 21 Vitality, +88 Maximum Power
Enforcer's Helm - 256 Armor, +43 Will, +21 Fate, +43 Vitality, +98 Maximum Morale

Light Armor

Lore-masters and Rune-keepers have their pick here, but the Specialist's set has pieces with a chance to restore health when hit, which could help when things go bad. Plus, what Light Armor wearer needs Agility over extra Will/Fate? Melee LMs?

Cost: 4,104 SM+ 3 Veteran's Third Marks
Specialist's Shoes - 240 Armor, +21 Will, +21 Fate, +43 Vitality, +88 Maximum Morale, On any damage: 10% chance for +37.3 Morale
Specialist's Leggings - 501 Armor, +43 Will, +21 Fate, +43 Vitality, +88 Maximum Power, On any damage 10% for +37.3 Morale
Specialist's Gloves - 200 Armor, +21 Will, +21 Fate, +21 Vitality, +197 Maximum Morale, On any damage: 10% chance for +37.3 Morale
Specialist's Tunic - 600 Armor, +43 Will, +43 Vitality, +88 Maximum Power, +4% Tactical Critical Multiplier
Specialist's Shoulder Guards - 181 Armor, +21 Agility, +21 Will, +43 Fate, +21 Vitality, +88 Maximum Power
Specialist's Hat - 181 Armor, +43 Will, +21 Fate, +43 Vitality, +98 Maximum Morale

Cost: 4,560 SM+ 6 Third Marks
Mentor's Shoes - 240 Armor, +43 Agility, +21 Fate, +43 Vitality, +88 Maximum Power
Mentor's Leggings - 501 Armor, +43 Agility, +43 Will, +21 Fate, +88 Maximum Power
Mentor's Gloves - 300 Armor, +25 Agility, +17 Will, +21 Fate, +21 Vitality, +6% Tactical Crit Multiplier
Mentor's Tunic - 600 Armor, +21 Agility, +21 Will, +21 Fate, +43 Vitality, +4% Tactical Crit Multiplier
Mentor's Shoulder Guards - 181 Armor, +21 Agility, +43 Fate, +21 Vitality, +260 Tactical Crit Rating
Mentor's Hat - 181 Armor, +21 Agility, + Fate, +43 Vitality, +260 Tactical Crit Rating
Cloaks

These cloaks are subpar. You can get much better from questing or crit crafted. And the colors on the Specialist's Cloak...yikes!

Cost: 4,560 SM + 3 Veteran's Third Marks
Protector's Cloak - 367 Armor, +43 Might, +260 Evade Rating, +98 Maximum Morale, +88 Maximum Power
Specialist's Cloak - 367 Armor, +21 Will, +43 Fate, +21 Vitality, +98 Maximum Morale, +88 Maximum Power
Stalker's Cloak - 367 Armor, +21 Might, +21 Agility, +21 Will, +21 Vitality, +98 Maximum Morale, +88 Maximum Power

Rift Cosmetic Clothing

There are some really great new items, including the new top hat, the rolling pin, and a magnificent cloak with a flame-etched design. Unfortunately, in addition to Skirmish Marks, you'll need Lefnuilan Campaign Marks that only drop from the new 6-man and 12-man Rift Instance. So if you have to have one of these, get friendly with 5-11 other players and learn the tactics of the new Skirmish.

Top Hat: 385 SM + 7 Lefnuilan Campaign Marks
Rolling Pin: 390 SM + 3 Lefnuilan Campaign Marks
Fisher's Backpack: 462 SM + 9 Lefnuilan Campaign Marks
Flames of the Deep Cloak: 231 SM + 3 Lefnuilan Campaign Marks
Flame-touched Hauberk: 308 SM + 5 Lefnuilan Campaign Marks
Oven Mitts: 231 SM + 3 Lefnuilan Campaign Marks
Ceremonial Hat of the Elder Days: 1300 SM + 10 Lefnuilan Campaign Marks
Ceremonial Wandering Bard's Helm: 1300 SM + 10 Lefnuilan Campaign Marks
Ceremonial Circlet of Graven Word: 1300 SM + 10 Lefnuilan Campaign Marks
Ceremonial Doom-hunter's Helm: 1300 SM + 10 Lefnuilan Campaign Marks
Ceremonial Thrill-seeker's Helm: 1300 SM + 10 Lefnuilan Campaign Marks
Ceremonial Town-saver's Helm: 1300 SM + 10 Lefnuilan Campaign Marks
Ceremonial Helm of the North Star: 1300 SM + 10 Lefnuilan Campaign Marks
Ceremonial Rift-defender's Helm: 1300 SM + 10 Lefnuilan Campaign Marks

Below is a short video showing off the new Rift Cosmetics. Enjoy!

This article was originally published on Massively.