Decent Dirt Cheap Sorc Equipment I keep seeing lots of posts looking for equipment help. Let me try to paste together a collection of decent, dirt cheap equipment, starting with armor. Thereâ€™s lots of good rare stuff out there, but Iâ€™ll limit this to unique gear that can be had for less than 10 pgems, or runewords that donâ€™t take anything higher than Fal/Ko (which can be bought for about 10 pgems). This is meant to point out gear that is useful even for level 70-85 sorcs as they make it through hell, but many of these items will come with a low level requirement and will make excellent low-mid level gear as well. I hope this helps. Unique Armor Silks of the Victor Ancient Armor Defense: 468-514 (varies)(Base Defense: 218-233) Required Level: 28 Required Strength: 100 Durability: 60 +100-120% Enhanced Defense (varies) +1 To All Skills 5% Mana Stolen Per Hit +2 To Light Radius Itâ€™s a normal unique that gives +1 skill and not much else. At least the defense is reasonable, but the str required is kinda high. It can be upâ€™d easily, but then the str reqâ€™d goes through the roof. If this is all you got, then there may be problems. You probably wonâ€™t survive hell with this, but at least its better than nothing. Definitely not worth socketing though. The Spirit Shroud Ghost Armor Defense: 295 (Base Defense: 102-117) Required Level: 28 Required Strength: 38 Durability: 20 +150% Enhanced Defense Cannot Be Frozen +1 To All Skills Replenish Life +10 Magic Damage Reduced By 7-11 (varies) (Only Spawns In Patch 1.09 or later) Again we get +1 skill and not much else. The cannot be frozen is nice, but the defense is kinda low. The str and level reqâ€™d are low, but this is exceptional unique armor and it will take lem+ko to up it (beyond our price range) and I donâ€™t think its worth it anyway. You can buy much better armor for a lem. If you find this cheap around at less than level 40 or so, go for it, but itâ€™s not viable in hell. Definitely not worth socketing either. Skin of the Vipermagi Serpentskin Armor Defense: 279 (Base Defense: 111-126) Required Level: 29 Required Strength: 43 Durability: 24 +120% Enhanced Defense +1 To All Skills 30% Faster Cast Rate Magic Damage Reduced By 9-13 (varies) All Resistances +20-35 (varies) (Only Spawns In Patch 1.09 or later) This is the beginning of decent armor. +1 skill, 30% fast cast rate and resistance â€“ all great mods. The higher % resistance ones will easily get out of our price range, but anything around 20-25% resistance is dirt cheap. If you can find something with more than 30% resistance itâ€™s probably worth uping (beyond our price range I know, but that will get you almost 1000 def and the str reqâ€™d is still low). If you canâ€™t up it, youâ€™ll want more defense in hell, but other than that, this is good armor â€“ if you play conservatively you will probably survive some hell meph runs. Iâ€™d even spend a socket quest on this, regardless of % â€“ you can always improve it bit there. Skullder's Ire Russet Armor Iâ€™ll just mention it here because it out of our price range. Decent armor for the MFer -if you find it. Que-Hegan's Wisdom Mage Plate Defense: 628-681 (varies)(Base Defense: 225-261) Required Level: 51 Required Strength: 55 Durability: 60 +140-160% Enhanced Defense (varies) +1 To All Skill Levels +3 To Mana After Each Kill 20% Faster Cast Rate 20% Faster Hit Recovery Magic Damage Reduced By 6-10 (varies) +15 To Energy (Only Spawns In Patch 1.09 or later) Lots of good mods here, and even decent defense. We have a winner. You can pick this up cheap and wear it all the way through hell if you want. If you canâ€™t afford better, Iâ€™d spend the socket on it, although it isnâ€™t really worth the runes to up it. Of course if you did, youâ€™d end up with over 1000 defense and still take only 106 str. Uping is possible, just not recommended. Ormus' Robes Dusk Shroud Defense: 371-487 (varies)(Base Defense: 361-467) Required Level: 75 Required Strength: 77 Durability: 20 +10-20 Defense (varies) +20% Faster Cast Rate +10-15% To Cold Skill Damage (varies) +10-15% To Fire Skill Damage (varies) +10-15% To Lightning Skill Damage (varies) +3 bonus to a random Sorceress skill (Sorceress Only)* Regenerate Mana 10-15% (varies) (Only Spawns In Patch 1.10 or later) All the useful skills will put this way beyond our price range, but the worthless skill ones can be had for almost nothing. The problem is that the worthless skill sets donâ€™t have a whole lot for us. The +damage will be useful for just about everyone, and the fast cast and mana regen are nice. But defense isnâ€™t great. Still, if you pick this up for a few pgems, good. Go ahead and spend the socket quest here. Youâ€™ll could end up wearing this for a while â€“ it will be viable all the way through hell. Of course you probably canâ€™t equip it until then due to the level 75 requirement. Arkaine's Valor Balrog Skin Defense: 1295-1450 (varies)(Base Defense: 410-517) Required Level: 85 Required Strength: 165 Durability: 30 +150-180% Enhanced Defense (varies) +1-2 To All Skills* (varies) + (0.5 Per Character Level) 0-49 To Vitality (Based On Character Level) 30% Faster Hit Recovery Damage Reduced By 10-15 (varies) (Only Spawns In Patch 1.10 or later) This is only within our price range if is a +1 skill variety and even then youâ€™ll probably only find the lower defense damage reduction ones for less than 10 pgems. But, this is good armor if you can get it, and you have the str to wear it. The str requirement alone probably puts it out of the reach of most sorcâ€™s, but you can work around that if needed. If you canâ€™t, then go ahead and pass it to your merc â€“ heâ€™ll thank you. Rune word Armor Lionheart 3 Socket Body Armor Hel + Lum + Fal +20% Enhanced Damage Requirements -15% +25 To Strength +10 To Energy +20 To Vitality +15 To Dexterity +50 To Life All Resistances +30 Iâ€™ll mention this for the sake of completeness. There just isnâ€™t much here that impresses me. The mods are decent, but not great. Iâ€™d say keep the runes and use them for something else. Smoke 2 Socket Body Armor Nef + Lum +75% Enhanced Defense +280 Defense Vs. Missile All Resistances +50 20% Faster Hit Recovery Level 6 Weaken (18 Charges) +10 To Energy -1 To Light Radius If you can build this in a piece of elite armor you could get around 700 def total in the end. That along with great resistances and even some hit recovery make this decent armor. Now if you drop this in the first 2os breast plate you find, youâ€™ll be disappointed. As with all rune words, the base armor your build it in will factor into the level and str reqâ€™d. Depending on the base armor you use, this could end up being viable armor into hell. Stealth 2 Socket Body Armor Tal + Eth Magic Damage Reduced By 3 +6 To Dexterity +15 To Maximum Stamina Poison Resist +30% Regenerate Mana 15% 25% Faster Run/Walk 25% Faster Cast Rate 25% Faster Hit Recovery Four good mods here, but you wonâ€™t get any improvement in the defense of the armor you started with. Again, if you start with a good elite armor (450+ def), this could be viable for a while, but youâ€™ll probably want something better before you start running hell. Conclusion: Beyond the equipment listed above, thereâ€™s actually fairly few pieces of really â€œgodlyâ€ gear. Some of them weâ€™ve already talked about (Good skill Ormus, High resist% Upâ€™d Vipermagi) some of which we havenâ€™t. The other things youâ€™ll see people wearing, but are no where close to cheap are Tal Armor, Enigma, and Chains of Honor. Disclaimer: I only play ladder, US East, and at the time of this post, its pretty late in the ladder season, so lots of stuff has gotten cheap. After a ladder reset, you can expect prices to rise as availability will be an issue. Some of this gear may also be priced differently depending on what realm you are â€“ it all goes back to supply and demand. Iâ€™ll try to indicate whenever I mention any gear that is ladder only.