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Weapons and Armor

Circlets
Circlets are Helms that can have Magical Prefixes and Suffixes that you would not normally get on a Magic or Rare Helm. They also allow players to have the "hatless look" which will allow an Amazon, for example, to play with her hair showing. [Learn more about Circlets.]

Normal Weapons and Armor
Normal Items can be found on Normal, Nightmare and Hell Difficulty Levels. Magic and Rare Items can be Gambled.

Normal Armor Normal Weapons
Normal Helms
Normal Armor
Normal Shields
Normal Gloves
Normal Boots
Normal Belts

Normal Barbarian Helms
Normal Druid Pelts
Normal Paladin Shields
Normal Necromancer Shrunken Heads
Normal Axes
Normal Bows
Normal Crossbows
Normal Daggers
Normal Javelins
Normal Maces
Normal Polearms
Normal Scepters
Normal Spears
Normal Staves
Normal Swords
Normal Throwing
Normal Wands

Normal Amazon Weapons
Normal Assassin Katars
Normal Sorceress Orbs
Exceptional Weapons and Armor
Exceptional Items have Character Level Limits around level 25. Exceptional Armor has added Defense with higher Strength requirements. Exceptional Weapons have a higher Minimum and Maximum Damage. Weapons that give skill points, have higher level skills and spells on these items. Exceptional Weapons also have higher Strength and Dexterity requirements. There are Socketed, Magic, Rare, Set, Crafted and Unique versions of Exceptional items. Exceptional Items first appear late in Normal Difficulty and become more common as you get to higher difficulty levels tied to monster levels. Magic Exceptional Items can be found at the Vendors at higher Character and Difficulty Levels. Rare Exceptional Items can be Gambled.

Exceptional Armor Exceptional Weapons
Exceptional Helms
Exceptional Armor
Exceptional Shields
Exceptional Gloves
Exceptional Boots
Exceptional Belts

Exceptional Barbarian Helms
Exceptional Druid Pelts
Exceptional Paladin Shields
Exceptional Necromancer Shrunken Heads
Exceptional Axes
Exceptional Bows
Exceptional Crossbows
Exceptional Daggers
Exceptional Javelins
Exceptional Maces
Exceptional Polearms
Exceptional Scepters
Exceptional Spears
Exceptional Staves
Exceptional Swords
Exceptional Throwing
Exceptional Wands

Exceptional Amazon Weapons
Exceptional Assassin Katars
Exceptional Sorceress Orbs
Elite Weapons and Armor
Elite Items have Character Level Limits of 39-73. Elite Armor has added Defense with higher Strength requirements. Elite Weapons have a higher Average Damage with higher Strength and Dexterity requirements. Weapons that give skill points, have higher level skills and spells on these items. There are Socketed, Magic, Rare, Set, Crafted and Unique versions of Elite items. Elite Items first appear late in Nightmare Difficulty and become more common as you get to higher difficulty levels tied to monster levels. Magic Elite Items can be found at the Vendors at higher Character and Difficulty Levels. Rare Elite Items can be Gambled.

Normal/Exceptional vs Elite Items
Some Elite Armor has similar Defense to encourage players to adopt different looks. With regards to inconsistencies between Elite and Exceptionals in terms of how they "progress": Elite Weapons may not be perfectly analogous to their Exceptional versions. They are fairly balanced in such a way now that there is no clear superiority in terms of weapon selection. In general - average or minimum damage is more effective in gameplay than max damage. All of the weapons have been balanced for similar damage/time (as far as 1h vs. 1h and 2h vs. 2h is concerned).

Elite Armor Elite Weapons
Elite Helms
Elite Armor
Elite Shields
Elite Gloves
Elite Boots
Elite Belts

Elite Barbarian Helms
Elite Druid Pelts
Elite Paladin Shields
Elite Necromancer Shrunken Heads
Elite Axes
Elite Bows
Elite Crossbows
Elite Daggers
Elite Javelins
Elite Maces
Elite Polearms
Elite Scepters
Elite Spears
Elite Staves
Elite Swords
Elite Throwing
Elite Wands

Elite Amazon Weapons
Elite Assassin Katars
Elite Sorceress Orbs












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