Every item starts as a base type with an implicit amount of damage, armor, or other stats. As you level up, you’ll discover many new base item types with much higher numbers and more interesting passive effects.
For example, Copper Rings give implicit crit chance, Ash Staves give adaptive spell damage + less spell cost, and the inscribed tablet relic gives implicit mana + less mana cost on melee skills. This game has a lot of different implicit modifiers when compared to other action RPGs, and they get pretty creative in the later levels. Getting the right base type will play a big part of your gearing process.
This game goes by an Affix system very similar to path of exile, where each item can have 2 suffixes and 2 prefixes. Any item with 2 or less affixes is considered a blue “Magic” item, and anything with 3 or more is considered a yellow “Rare” item. There’s a very large pool of affixes, some give very simple stat increases, but there are some unique class specific ones that augment specific skills. You can hold ALT on your item to see the tiers of each affix. These effects are significantly stronger per tier, up to 6. The gearing process in this game is all about getting as many high tier affixes as you can, which is done through crafting or from drops for your item filter to point out, both of which we’ll talk about later.
Affixes can only go up to tier 5 when you upgrade them in the forge. Stronger tier 6 affixes are possible to get on items only through really rare drops. Any item that drops with a tier 6 affix is considered a light purple “Exalted” item.
Unique items are pretty rare, they all have their own special effects that are set in stone and can’t be crafted. There’s a large variety of unique items, from simple leveling ones like The Falcon that gives you movement speed when you hit an enemy, to super powerful game-changers like Woven Flesh that gives you overkill damage leeched as life, increased leech rate, and critical chance avoidance.
Some other examples of creative build-changing uniques are the Taste of Blood Axe that makes enemies tick bleeds twice as fast when you hit them, Transient Rest boots that gives you a percentage of your mana as ward when standing still, and Shroud of Obscurity that constantly drains current life for ward. Ward by the way is similar to the Energy Shield mechanic of Path of Exile.
Green “Set” items are part of of two or more items that give powerful bonuses when worn together. These set pieces seem to be pretty rare, at least when starting monoliths, I hear they drop much more often in later levels, but there are a total 13 of them, I’ve only ever found 2. I have a Ruby Fang Cleaver that belongs to a two-piece set with a shield, that increases the levels of all fire and poison skills by 1,giving you an extra point for their trees. The other Set piece I found was The Last Bears Scorn, when paired with 2 other items from it’s set, you’ll get a ton of health regeneration whenever you stun an enemy.
LastEpochTools.com is an amazing website made by the same guy who made GrimDawnTools, that houses an item database where you can see every single unique, set, and even affixes currently in the game. Taking a quick look through the sets, the coolest one that popped out to me was the 3-piece “Potions no longer heal you, but instead give 40 necrotic damage and reduces your resists for 4 seconds. Expect many more sets when the game is fully released out of early access.
Crafting in Last Epoch is very deterministic, you can add and upgrade any affix on any item if it has the space, but you have to be really lucky to not “Fracture” the item, leaving it uncraftable, or worse. The chance to fracture goes up with instablity that is added with each crafting action, so you need much less luck if you start crafting on an item that already has good affixes, rather than starting from scratch.
You can press F at any time to open up the crafting menu and throw your item into it. This menu shows prefixes on the left and suffixes on the right, both with 2 slots. If any slot is empty, you can add any affix that you have the shards for. Shards can be found pretty commonly from random drops, or from shattering items that we’ll talk about later. You can also upgrade any affix up to tier 5 if you have the shards.
Adding or upgrading any affix on this menu will add instability and increase the damage for a fracture that can leave the item uncreatable, or even lower the tier of affixes if unlucky. There are two “Support Glyphs” you can use in this menu to change the odds, both found from random drops.
The Glyph of Stability reduces the instability per action by 60%. This is perfect for when you’re just starting to craft an item.
The Glyph of the Guardian will reduce the chances of a fracture and reduce damaging fractures down to minor ones. This is perfect for ending a craft when your chance to fail is too high for comfort.
There are also several “Runes” used in this crafting menu to augment or destroy your items.
The most common rune you’ll use is the Rune of Shattering that destroys an item but rewards you a random amount of shards based on the item’s affixes. The vendor that resets every 10 minutes sells these, and they drop pretty commonly, so they’re very useful for collecting affix shards for the specific affixes you’re looking for.
The Rune of Refinement will re-roll all affixes within their tiers, but adds instability. You can hold ALT on your item to see the potential rolls of each affix, it’s usually not a big difference, so this rune is only for perfect min-maxing.
The Rune of Removal will remove a random affix from an item and add instability. This is useful when you pick up an item with some good stats, but one or two affixes you don’t want. This rune can potentially remove those bad affixes to make room for good ones, or it can brick your item.
The Rune of Cleansing removes all affixes from an item and removes instability. This rune is good for when you find a rare item but only care about the base type, letting you clear it and start crafting from scratch. Usually it’s too hard to craft good endgame gear from scratch, but this method is great while leveling and you just need tier 1 or 2 affixes.
Finally, the Rune of Shaping will re-roll the base implicit on the item, but add instability. Once again you can hold down ALT to see the rolls for each implicit, just like the rune of refinement, this is only for min-maxing perfect gear.
Last Epoch hands down has the best item filter in any Action RPG I’ve played, and allows for full in-depth customization in-game! You can find this in the settings menu under Gameplay. This lets you do basic loot filter things like hide or show items based on their rarity, level, class, base type. and more. You can also go a step further and Show, Emphasize or recolor certain Affixes that you’re hunting for, which is really important when looking for an item to craft on, or just to shatter for extra shards. You can select several affixes for one rule, and even use the advanced options to tell the filter what Tier the affix needs to be, or the what the total tier of affixes on items need to be. You can even add a Character Level Dependency for each seperate rule, so you can set up a rule to recolor an affix you’re looking for at tier 1 or above when you’re below level 20, then duplicate it, increasing the tier and level as you’ll eventually start to see higher tier affixes. Remember to Re-order all of your rules by dragging them around, the ones on top take priority over everything below.
That’s just how mine is set up, you can do a ton of different things with this filter. If you don’t want to do all that menu crawling, you can find many different loot filters made by the community online. I’ll link one popular forum thread with a casual Loot Filter for all classes made by Heavy. Just copy the content in any of the pastebin links, go to add a filter in game, and just click paste clipboard contents! I’ll also put the filter I’ve been using for my melee void knight that you could use as a template, just switching out the affixes for what your build needs.
My Custom Melee Void Knight Filter – https://pastebin.com/4Q3EMe3n
All of the Idol slots are locked at first, but you’ll unlock them gradually as you complete some main and side quests. Idols are simple pieces of gear that can only have 1 Prefix and 1 Suffix, all from their own special pool. Class Specific Idol Affixes are some of the most unique and build-augmenting effects available in the game, but you can’t craft them, so you have to be very lucky to get the perfect one. Idols come in all shapes, sizes, and lengths. The larger ones usually have much more powerful bonuses, so it becomes a puzzle of how to best fit them.
That’s most of the items in Last Epoch! At least the ones you can equip and use for crafting. I didn’t talk about Blessings in this video, because that’s something I want to tackle in the future in a video all about the Monolith of Fate endgame system! The item mechanics of this game look simple from the outside, but becomes pretty in-depth and customizable when it comes to affixes. Thanks for getting this far, I hope you enjoyed the video! and I hope you’re enjoying Last Epoch as much as I have been!