In Iron Throne, we often spend a lot of time talking about gear. For good reason too, equipment can make or break your attack or defense set up. Gear also tends to be relevant for more extended periods of time. With some of the recent changes to equipment, it brings into question just how relevant are some of the older gear sets, such as Dark Lord Gear.
Would it surprise you if I said there are still people using Dark Lord Gear? Keep reading to learn more about Dark Lord Gear and whether or not it is still relevant in current gameplay.
Gear in Iron Throne
With the changes made to our gear, we are constantly seeing an evolving cycle of what equipment to wear and when.
Before we dive in, though, make sure that you take the time to go back and get the basics on Iron Throne gear in these articles and videos:
Building up your Gear on a budget.- How to build up and craft gear when on a budget
The Forge– All the basics you need to know about crafting and more
Gear for Beginner– A beginners video guide to gear from Princess Kat
Majestic Gear– A video guide to Majestic Gear From Princess Kat
Comparing the New with the Old: Iron Throne Gear update– A closer look at First and Second Generation Gear side by side
Gear up to Build up– A closer look at Gear for Economy functions
Gear up! Advanced Gear Tips– A look at first-generation combat gear and combat functions
Dark Lord Gear October Updates
One of the significant updates we saw in October is that our Dark Lord Gear can now get enhanced to +30. When enhancing this gear from +20, you will see the following set effects take place:
In addition to the increased set effects, you will get increased stats from your Dark Lord gear. These stats will continue to help your Dark Lord Gear to be functional and relevant in various scenarios.
Check out the table below to see the stats you get a +20 Dark Lord Gear vs. +30 Dark Lord Gear:
Why Dark Lord Gear?
I know what you are all thinking. Dark Lord Gear was released over a year or more ago. Why are we just now getting an article about it?
As the game has evolved with new gear sets, should you even care about Dark Lord Gear anymore? There are three reasons we are looking at Dark Lord Gear today:
- Because we never did, so why not?
- Because upgrades such as engraving have occurred.
- To answer the question, is Dark Lord Gear still relevant today?
What is Dark Lord Gear?
Dark Lord Gear is a level 30 gear set that was released after some of our original gear sets. This gear set has stats for your troops that are not type based.
The forge describes this gear as:
“An Equipment Set that strengthens all types of Troops with ancient dark power.”
There you have it. That answers all your questions, right? Well, let’s just go into a little more detail. Dark Lord gear was the Radiant gear of its day, but not as powerful. So, if Radiant gear is more powerful, why do we need to worry about Dark Lord Gear?
We’re going to break this down with some stat comparisons.
Dark Lord Gear vs. Radiant Gear
We are going to start off by looking at these two sets of gear on a one-to-one view. What does an unenhanced set of Radiant look like next to an unenhanced set of Dark Lord Gear?
Base Dark Lord Stats vs. Base Radiant Stats
When we look at the comparison here, Radiant gear is the clear winner. How could Dark Lord gear ever hope to measure up to current gear sets with this bleak outlook? Well, let’s take a minute. There are a few things we need to consider here:
- Dark Lord Gear would be used in different ways.
- Dark Lord Gear has the potential to rock out some stats that help at higher levels.
So the next thing we wanted to do was to look at base level Radiant gear set next to +20 Dark Lord gear.
Base Level Radiant Gear vs. +20 Dark Lord Gear
Dark Lord Gear is starting to look a little more promising now, isn’t it? Please note, these stats are calculated with only one accessory. Let’s keep going.
Dark Lord Engraving
What happens to Dark Lord gear stats after you engrave your Dark Lord Gear? Let’s see what each engraving each piece adds.
To engrave your Dark Lord gear, it must be enhanced to at least +20. The cost to engrave Dark Lord Gear is five equipment engraving stones per each attempt. So it is a relatively inexpensive gear to engrave.
However, if you engrave it to max levels, you get a nice boost in HP, Rally Troop HP, and Troop Attack. This continues to help Dark Lord gear maintain some relevance in today’s gameplay.
As you begin to enhance and engrave Radiant gear, you will see it again surpass Dark Lord Gear. In addition, keep in mind that Radiant equipment has some stats that you will not find in Dark Lord Gear.
Is Dark Lord Gear Relevant Today?
So when it comes down to it, is Dark Lord Gear Relevant today? Well, it depends. Dark Lord gear has the potential to be relevant in different scenarios.
One of the critical indicators that Dark Lord Gear could be beneficial to you is that you are struggling to not only get but craft Radiant gear.
- If you are struggling to get and enhance multiple sets of radiant gear, try equipping Dark Lord to some of your deputies at sanctuaries and in other battles. See how it works for you.
- Many players are still using Dark Lord Gear defensively in not only Domination but ADM.
- The Head and Chest give some tremendous defensive stats and could potentially be mixed into other gear sets.
So how do you know if substituting in Dark Lord Gear is right for you? The best thing you can do is to test your Dark Lord.
Work with your allies and alliance members to test different scenarios and see what works best. While this gear may not be able to stand alone, it can easily be a gear that helps back you up in scenarios where you do not have a good defensive set or enough Radiant equipment.
Do not miss out on reading some of our older articles and newer articles. We have tons of content to help you along your way as you set up the perfect defense or attack.
This article takes a closer look at our Cavalry-based Ferocious Gear set. If you like setting your account up with Cavalry stats and hits, do not miss out on checking out this gear and what it can do for you.
Willfully Craft Willful Gear
Check out this article on our Archer-based Willful Gear Set. Make sure you check out this gear as you are crafting the perfect attack or defense.
Aspirant Gear Set
The Aspirant Gear Set is the infantry counterpart to the Willful Gear Set. Make sure you check out this gear as well as you are crafting away in your Castle’s Forge.
An In-Depth Look at Radiant Gear
Take a minute to step back and check out the gear that is tearing up the battlefield as offensive players enhance it higher and higher.
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