Equipment in Wildstar is not all about the stats. While these are very important in helping you flesh out a build or role, they’re only the starting point for gear customization and optimization. Particularly at later levels, you’ll have access to greater numbers of rune slots, and it becomes important to plan out which rune sets to use in order to get the most out of your gear. Entre Runecrafting!
Runecrafting is not exactly a trades kill per se, but it behaves much like one. There is no leveling to be done, or patterns to be learned,, or talent points to be invested, but it using a similar crafting interface and idea. What it boils down to is you select an element and available stat from a pool of attributes within that element, then craft the rune. You then socket this rune into a similarly elementally-aligned slot on your gear, and voila! You just gained additional attribute points.
While getting more shields, brutality, girls, or max health is all fine and dandy, the true power of runecrafting lies in the use of set runes. There are currently 30 rune sets in the game, each of which can provide a unique bonus or effect to your gameplay, and all of which can offer substantial improvements to your damage/healing output or utility. Each class has 2 class-specific rune sets that introduce an interesting new mechanic or improve existing skills, and all classes have access to the general rune sets that can dramatically improve your efficiency in combat. Each role has several notable rune sets, such as Assassin or Weapon Specialist for DPS, Focus Regen and Team Player for Healers, and Crsyalize and Shield Specialist for tanks, but they can be mixed and matched to suit your palystyle and enhance your role. One thing’s for sure, though… they’re very potent. Optimizing your rune choices can result is as high as a 30% boost to damage output or significantly increase your healing or tanking prowess.
General Notes on Runes
1.You cannot place 2 identical runes in a single piece of gear. Multiple runes in the same set, element, and even attribute are fine, but not all 3 at once.
2.Runes come in 3 power levels that determine how much of a bonus they provide. Primary runes give the largest bonuses, followed by Secondary, and finally Tertiary.
3.Omni rune slots can hold any rune.
4.Similar rune set bonuses stack. For instance, both the 4 and 8 point bonus for the Assassin Rune set increase your Assault Power.
5.Most greens and blues feature 0-3 runes. Purples typically feature 3-5 rune slots. The best known roll for rune slots is 6.
6.Each item has a roll of X-Y number of rune slots and then rolls the element of each of the rune slots. Ideally you want 6 Omni Runes, but a grab bag of 3-5 elemental runes is much more reasonable to expect.
7.Each time an item is crafted/purchased/dropped it rolls for number and type of rune slots. So you can buy the same piece of gear repetitively until you get a set of rune slots that appeals to you.
8.Each rune set can only be crafted with certain elements and with certain stats. It is important to match your existing rune slots to your potential rune sets before crafting them so they don’t go to waste.
9.Each rune set can only be crafted with certain elements and with certain stats. It is important to match your existing rune slots to your potential rune sets before crafting them so they don’t go to waste.