Greater Essences will be useful again come 2.3

PTS posted by Cupcakes

greater essence upgrades It has been a long time since Greater Essences have been viable outside of leveling. Back in Greenscale’s Blight, River of Souls, and even in the Hammerknell raiding days, it was common for healers to stack the shielding Greater Essences like the  Frozen Deep One Tear

Frozen Deep One Tear
Equip: Healing Spells Have A Chance To Surround Your Target With A Shield Of Ice, Absorbing Up To 564 Damage For Up To 15 Seconds.
Requires Level: 42
Calling: Rogue,Cleric,Mage,Warrior,Primalist
Runebreakable (Runebreaking 226)
and the Hailstone Tideshard
Hailstone Tideshard
Equip: Healing Spells Have A Chance To Surround Your Target With A Shield Of Ice, Absorbing Up To 686 Damage For Up To 20 Seconds.
Requires Level: 50
Calling: Rogue,Cleric,Mage,Warrior,Primalist
Runebreakable (Runebreaking 226)
57 36
because the tanks then only had around 8-12k hp buffed depending on the raid tier and gear they had. That possible 1250 HP absorb made a huge difference especially if you were in a role as a Purifier which guaranteed the shields on a specific tank. Or what about the much sought after Guardian quest reward for the  Necrotic Rage
Necrotic Rage
Bind On Pickup
Equip: Damage And Healing Spells Have A Chance To Increase Spell Power By 60 And Assume The Form Of A Death Touched Minion.
Calling: Rogue,Cleric,Mage,Warrior,Primalist
Runebreakable (Runebreaking 151)
or  Necrotic Semblance
Necrotic Semblance
Bind On Pickup
Equip: Weapon Attacks Have A Chance To Increase Attack Power By 50 And Assume The Form Of A Death Touched Minion.
Calling: Rogue,Cleric,Mage,Warrior,Primalist
Runebreakable (Runebreaking 151)
that gave you 50 AP or SP from damage (or healing) and turned you into that awesome Death minion?

I remember overriding it before realizing it was actually best-in-slot at the time and ended up leveling up a mage to level 40 just so I could complete the quest again and put the greater in the Barnacle Encrusted Sigil of the Five. Back then, those greaters were really worth using over full lesser essences.

However, once Infernal Dawn came around the necessity of Greater Essences were severely diminishing. Our HP pool increased and our lesser essences saw huge boosts that made going after static stats more valuable than a random chance proc. Then we move into Storm Legion where the lesser essences were still best-in-slot for all six essence slots… That left our poor Greater Essences from our new SL Raid Rifts to rot or make some Runecrafter or Apothecary happy for the epic mats he’d be able to receive.

Well, all that is going to change with 2.3. On the PTS right now are new upgrade paths for the new Torvan Hunters Venerated notoriety essences. Any of the Hunt Legend essences can be upgraded with a specific Greater Essence and a Lycini Plane Bender item to upgrade it to a Greater version that still has base stats and the proc of the Greater Essence that was upgraded with it.

Hunt Legend Mender’s Greater Lifewood

hunt legend mender's greater lifewood For example, if you’re a cleric, one of the new essences you can purchase is called “Hunt Legend Mender’s Lifewood” and requires Venerated notoriety with Torvan Hunters. The stats on it are:

• Wisdom +77
• Intelligence +43
• Endurance +50
• Crit Power +96
• Life Resist +89

This base item is required in order to upgrade to the Greater version. This particular lesser essence requires the following upgrade items (at the time of this post):  Demulcent Faesource

Demulcent Faesource
Bind On Equip
Equip: Healing And Absorb Spells Have A Chance To Heal The Target For 1910 Health Over 8 Seconds.
Requires Level: 60
Calling: Rogue,Cleric,Mage,Warrior,Primalist
Runebreakable (Runebreaking 376)
98 71
and a Lycini Plane Bender. The Lycini Plane Bender is under Equipment > Upgrade Parts in the Rift Store and currently costs 9600 Infinity Stones. Once you have those two items, you upgrade your lesser essence and now it becomes a Greater Essence called “Hunt Legend Mender’s Greater Lifewood.”

The base stats will stay the same but now the Lesser Essence is a Greater Essence, Relic Quality, and now has the proc from the Greater Essence. Since it upgrades to a Greater Essence, you can only have two in your sigil so chose wisely!

Get to farming your raid rifts for the Greater Essence of your choice!

As always, this is based off of the PTS as of 5/29 and could very well be changed by the time 2.3 is released.

About Cupcakes

By day I'm a web developer and by night I'm slayin' internet dragons. You may know me in game as 'Cupcakey' which has been my main since I started playing Rift in March 2011. I also used to run Rift Nerd before collaborating on Rift Scene.

  • Tung Nguyen

    I would’ve preferred them do something about the proc or its effect rather than adding straight stats to greater essences. It just defeats the purpose of having a lesser essence in a greater essence slot. Basically before we were playing with the “Would it be more beneficial for me to use a Lesser Essence in a Greater Essence Slot for this situation? Why?”. But from the looks of it, now it’s just straight up Greater Essence as BiS for all cases. Feels like RIFT is taking away my freedom as far as hybridisation of builds and now hybridisation of gear.

    Just seems like a lazy fix. But, I’ll take it. Thanks for the info Cc. ;P I’ll call you Cc now XD

  • Mmo Unfo

    I think this is fantastic news! However, I was searching through many different databases and can’t even find where more than half of these greaters drop from. Does anyone know where I can look to see which raid rift/hunt rift I need to start farming for these? Here are some examples of greaters that I have no clue where they drop: Entrenched Stonesource, Energized Stormsource, Regenerative Faesource. Any help would be great. ty

  • Malcolm Swoboda

    I don’t even want to begin to contemplate the grind for a full set of these.

    • Will Denham

      A full set? It would just be two. You can only equip two greaters and four lessers in the “best” sigil/source engine.

      • Malcolm Swoboda

        Well I mean for a tank and DPS engine for my rogue. And I like to have every element. And things.

        • Ben Dover

          and don’t forget your alts too

          • Malcolm Swoboda

            I only have one alt, a Guardian, and he’s for just the story. I might make Mage and Warrior alts but I’ll only really get the prompt to if/once Trion makes a LOT more things account-shared.

          • Denzidrine

            I like that idea, I was just trying to understand why bound to account in this game just really seems to mean bind on equip or pickup.

        • Buri

          You don’t really need resist cores. Having one of every element is a silly idea.

          • Malcolm Swoboda

            Yeah I know. I still do it. I mean, I’m only really working on Air and Death (and kinda Life and Earth) DPS ones right now – I just fill up Water and Fire when I can.

  • Karthos

    I seem to be saying this a lot about the upcoming changes, but it’s about damn time. Say what you will about the upcoming F2P, but there seems to be a great focus on Quality of Life. Something I am very much looking forward to.

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