How To Build Your Engravings for Endgame

Introduction

Engravings are one of the most crucial min max Endgame activities you can do. Planning your Engravings can be tedious and confusing if you don't know where to start. There are multiple philosophies in building your Engravings. Let's look at different ways you can make your build efficient!

I will first discuss Argos Endgame Engraving Builds and then discuss Legion Raid Endgame Engraving Builds.

To learn more about Engravings, visit our Engraving Guide.


Legion Raid Endgame 5x3 or 5x3 + 1x1 Engraving

With Legion Raids come Relic Accessories. Relic Accessories can have Engraving pairings of +5/+3. The most common Engraving spread with Legion Raids is the 5x3 setup. Uncommonly, you might encounter the 4x3, 1x2, and 1x1 setup. If you're a class that only really needs a Level 1 Class Engraving, you can choose to find an Engraving is decent at Level 2, like Adrenaline. This is sometimes more hassle than it's worth, so people just go for the Level 3 Class Engraving. For Wardancers with Dominion Fang Set and ~1600 Swiftness, it's possible to go Awakening Level 2.

The 5x3 + 1x1 is the whale Engraving setup. To achieve this setup, you need at least a +9/+7 or +10/+6 Ability Stone. You have less than a 0.1% chance of achieving this result from a Relic Ability Stone. If you are a whale going for this, hopefully you choose the cheapest Relic Ability Stone pairing. Before you scream P2W, this setup offers a marginal damage increase even if you are playing a class that uses a Class Engraving that has high efficiency at Level 1. The 5x3 setup is perfectly fine for the content we will have for the future up to Brelshaza Hard Mode.

5x3 Engraving Spread (75 Nodes)
+12 Equipment Engraving
+9 Equipment Engraving
+40 From Accessories (+8 per Relic Accessory)
+14 Ability Stone (+7/+7 or +9/+5)

5x3 Engraving Spread (75 Nodes)
+12 Equipment Engraving
+12 Equipment Engraving
+40 From Accessories (+8 per Relic Accessory)
+11 Ability Stone (+6/+5)

5x3 + 1x1 Engraving Spread (80 Nodes)
+12 Equipment Engraving
+12 Equipment Engraving
+40 From Accessories (+8 per Relic Accessory)
+16 Ability Stone (+9/+7 or +10/+6)

Example Build 1 (4x3 + 1x2 + 1x1 | 333321) (Does not account for cheapest pairings)
+12 Grudge Engraving Recipe
+12 Adrenaline Engraving Recipe
+5 Esoteric Skill Enhancement / +3 Adrenaline Burning Will Necklace
+5 Increases Mass / +3 Grudge Burning Will Earrings
+5 Increases Mass / +3 Raid Captain Burning Will Earrings
+5 Awakening / +3 Raid Captain Burning Will Ring
+5 Awakening / +3 Raid Captain Burning Will Ring
+6 Raid Captain / +5 Increases Mass Relic Ability Stone
Example Build 2 (5x3 | 33333) (Does not account for cheapest pairings)
+12 Grudge Engraving Recipe
+12 Esoteric Skill Enhancement Engraving Recipe
+5 Increases Mass / +3 Esoteric Skill Enhancement Burning Will Necklace
+5 Increases Mass / +3 Grudge Burning Will Earrings
+5 Increases Mass / +3 Adrenaline Burning Will Earrings
+5 Ambush Master / +3 Adrenaline Burning Will Ring
+5 Ambush Master / +3 Adrenaline Burning Will Ring
+6 Adrenaline / +5 Ambush Master Relic Ability Stone


Argos Endgame 4x3 or 4x3 + 1x1 Engraving

Within reason, the best possible Engraving setup you can reach with Legendary Accessories, is 4x3 + 1x1. 4x3 means that you have 4 Level 3 Engravings. 1x1 means 1 Level 1 Engraving.

For the additional 1x1 Engraving, you need to purchase 2x20 Legendary Engraving Books or 1x20 Legendary Engraving Books and cut a +9/+6 Ability Stone.

4x3 Engraving Spread (60 Nodes)
+9 Equipment Engraving
+9 Equipment Engraving
+30 From Legendary Accessories
+12 Ability Stone (+6/+6 or +9/+3)

4x3 + 1x1 Engraving Spread (65 Nodes)
+12 Equipment Engraving
+12 Equipment Engraving
+30 From Legendary Accessories
+12 Ability Stone (+6/+6 or +9/+3)


Philosophy Behind Building Engravings

Equipment Slot Engraving Philosophy

Most people figure out the most expensive Battle Engravings on accessories and slot in +9 for that Engraving on their equipment. This way, you don't have to purchase some insanely expensive accessory to complete your build. Now, whether you choose to also slot in a +9 or +12 Class Engraving on your equipment will be discussed below.

Class Engraving on Equipment Slot or Accessories

Class Engravings are not guaranteed on Legion Raid Accessories in any form. Therefore, the price of Relic Accessories with +5 Class Engraving become much more expensive than their Legendary Accessories counterparts. Imagine needing 3 of these to hit Level 3 for your Class Engraving. Because of this, players opt for slotting a Class Engraving on their Equipment Engraving Slot. Players also opt to purchase 20 Class Engraving Recipes for their Class Engraving. You will need one Engraving on your Equipment Slot to be +12 regardless to hit 5x3.

If you're going for a 4x3 setup, you might consider going for Class Engravings on Legendary Accessories instead of equipment slot. Accessories from Hard Mode Oreha Abyss Dungeons and Argos Abyss Raid are guaranteed to have Class Engravings. Because of how easy it is to get these types of Accessories, you might find that a Class Engraving + Battle Engraving accessory would be a cheaper pairing than double Battle Engraving accessory. So people like going +3 Class Engraving from each of their 5 accessories to hit their Level 3 Class Engraving.

Battle Engravings on Ability Stones Philosophy

People like going for an Ability Stone that has a Battle Engraving pairing that is expensive to find on accessories. If the bare minimum you need is +6/+5, you shouldn't fail all too much and will make your accessory search cheaper.

If the situation calls for a +7/+7 cut, I like choosing the cheapest Ability Stone combination that fits my Engraving setup. The reason being so that when I inevitably fail to cut an ideal Ability Stone on the first one I purchase, I can re-attempt without much cost. Of course, they still cost Pheon. It's up to you to figure out which option you prefer.

Cutting an Ability Stone First or Last

There are two ways people approach an ability stone; some people cut their Ability Stone first and then find the correct accessories to match, or leave their Ability Stone for last.

Cutting Stone First: Let's take a look at one situation, you have 2 +12's on your equipment slot. This means you only need a +6/+5 Ability Stone at the minimum. Let's say you cut a stone and you get +6/+6. This means that on one accessory, you have the possibility of only needing a +4/+3 instead of a +5/+3 accessory, saving you some gold.

Cutting Stone Last: I like leaving my ability stone for last. The reason being is because of the 4 Malus Engravings (i.e. Atk Power Reduction). I make sure that my accessories only fill out 3 Malus Engravings and I leave the last Malus Engraving for my Ability Stone. Because the market has such a high number of Ability Stones to choose from, I don't have to be super careful with the Accessories I buy. If you're going Ability Stone first, you have to make sure your Accessories don't conflict with the Malus Engraving on the Ability Stone.

For 5x3, if you only have 1 Engraving whose Battle Engraving Recipes you purchased for, your life becomes more difficult. You must hit +7/+7 on your Relic Ability Stone. The odds of that happening on a Relic Ability Stone are close to around 5%. Depending on how much Pheons cost and how much Relic Ability Stones cost, it might just be cheaper to purchase 20 Class Engraving Recipe for a 2nd Engraving. This way, you only need a +6/+5 Ability Stone for a 5x3 build.


Summary

You can flip points 3 and 4.

  1. Choose expensive Class Engraving or Battle Engravingto put on Equipment Slot.
  2. Select cheapest Ability Stone Engraving pairing (more expensive Accessories) or Select Expensive Ability Stone Engraving pairing (cheaper Accessories). Choose to either cut stone first or save until last.
  3. Buy Accessories to fill out remaining Engraving nodes and make sure not to accumulate more than 3 Malus Engravings.
  4. Buy the Ability Stone with the 4th Malus Engraving and cut it.

Credits

Written by Yaen
Reviewed by Starlast