One of the more annoying but realistic mechanics in DDO is the accumulation of wear and tear on your characters equipment. It is understandable that our weapons and armor should suffer some damage when our characters are battling other heavily armed and armored enemies or other beasts made from rocks, covered in scales, or magically enhanced. It also makes sense that our plain clothes would also encounter some wear and tear, such as your gloves, belts, and boots. I know that I often find myself having to replace these items in real life for more often than I would like and I’m certainly not battling heavily armored hobgoblins or going up against stone and earth elementals.
Although it is realistic, it is extremely annoying too!! For the most part, repairing your equipment is a small money sink, however it can also become a major problem if you forget about doing this. I can’t tell you how many times I have gone from one quest to another without repairing to realize that my primary (and in many cases my secondary) weapon was completely broken and couldn’t be used anymore for that quest until I could get repaired again. Couple this with the fact that some enemies tend to wear down equipment much more often than others (I’m thinking of rust monsters and slimes here) forgetting to repair can result in a quest failure. And we can’t forget that if you do get killed while adventuring, all your equipment that you were physically wearing takes temporary damage.
Erdrique’s Cannith Crafted quarterstaff showing a large amount of temporary damage (notice the blue bar).
There are a number of intricacies when it comes to loot wear and tear. Your character’s equipment can suffer two different types of wear. The first type is temporary. As you make your way through a quest, it is likely that your equipment will gather some wear and tear. This is indicated by looking at the blue durability and hardness horizontal bar when you examine your items. If any portion of the bar is clear, than that means your item has taken some temporary damage. Temporary damage is annoying but easily repaired. You can get temporary damage to your equipment (most likely your weapons) fixed by taking them to vendor and selecting the Repair tab. You can then add in any items that have taken temporary damage to the queue to be repaired and then pay the fee for them to get fixed. You can do this at all local bar tenders or other vendors.
The second type of damage is permanent damage. Permanent damage comes from temporary damage and sometimes occurs when you take the equipment to get repaired. When you take equipment to a vendor to get any temporary damage fixed, there is a chance that some of that damage will become permanent. When this happens, you see a portion of the blue durability and hardness bar turn red. If the entire bar turns red, then the item is permanently broken and cannot be fixed by a vendor. Also, it appears that the more red you have in the durability and hardness bar for that item, the more likely it will take temporary damage while questing.
Combating temporary damage is one thing but eliminating permanent damage is what many of our characters would like to see. Currently, all items that are bound cannot take permanent damage. This wasn’t always the case, but thankfully that is now. Also, you can apply a Stone of Change ritual to any item to make it bound to your character, therefore keeping it from acquiring permanent damage (or stopping it from accumulating more damage if it already had some). You can also do a few other things to eliminate or lessen change of accumulating permanent damage. The first thing you can do is to have your equipment repaired by the appropriate specialized vendors as opposed to the bar tenders or general vendors. These specialized vendors have a lower degree of returning equipment with permanent damage. You can also summon a special efreeti while in the quest and pay astral shards to repair equipment by clicking on the anvil in your inventory icon. Getting your equipment repaired in this fashion will eliminate any possibility for your equipment to acquire permanent damage. The third thing you can do is buy some restoration oil from the DDO Store which can then be applied to a piece of equipment with permanent damage which will then remove the permanent damage and restore the original hardness of the item.
Sludgge looking at his rapier that has temporary and permanent damage on it.
There is one other thing to note when it comes to equipment damage or wear and tear. This has to do with the durability and hardness of those items. Items made out of cloth and wood tend to have lower durability and hardness values while those made of metal tend to have higher hardness values. The higher the durability and hardness value the tougher the item and less likely it will acquire any damage. It also must be noted that some weapons tend to take temporary damage much more quickly or often than other weapon types. Some weapons that are notorious for gathering temporary damage are quarterstaves and rapiers.
In any case, if you are new, keep in mind this issue with equipment damage. Make sure to check after each adventure to see where your equipment stands in terms of damage taken and get it repaired if you need to. Don’t let that powerful sword break while you are fighting that end boss!!
Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in DDO!!