Much respect to the man, the myth, the legend, AKOdin for testing Rune of Fortune's capabilities. (see faq below)
"I have not hit a cap after applying 10 Rune of Fortunes to my active party. RoF's do NOT apply if they are on companions NOT in your active party. Finally, all RoF's are not created equal. The RoF's on companion armor generate roughly +10% each after rounding." - AKOdin
Let's get started. (+better equipment section at end of guide added 8/6/11)
Talk to both groups hiring you in the Gallows courtyard.
Take the Merchant's bribe during Athenril's quest - 2g
Complete Meeran's quest by killing Friedrich. - 5g
7g + change
Hightown - Robes by Jean Luc - buy backpack
Viscount's Keep - pickup Aveline
Black Emporium - Buy Rune of Fortune & Design: Rune of Fortune
Lowtown - Apparel Shop - Buy backpack, Varric's Armor upgrade - Warning: Do NOT buy Amulet of Influence
The Hanged Man- Listen to Varric's lead on Anders
Lowtown - Lirene's Ferelden Imports - pick up Design: Rune of Frost while you are there
Lowtown - Gamlen's House - gear up - get Birthright quest
Hightown - Sandal - RoF in Varric's Armor (10% in ACTIVE companion armor)
Darktown - stop by Anders' Clinic for his quest - then head to the Amell Family Estate & complete Birthright quest (triggers Hubert's Bone Pit letter)
Gamlen's House - read Bone Pit letter
Hightown - Hubert - Obtain Bone Pit quest.
Bone Pit(zone) - 1st Dragon fight - Refined Lyrium #1 - then finish the area
Sundermount - Long Way Home - Silverite #1 - Complete Quest (This triggers Javaris) - clear the rest of area***
Back to town then head back to Sundermount - Ambush with Javaris triggers - get *quest, unlocks The Wounded Coast
The Wounded Coast - *Blackpowder Promise - Tal-Vashoth Cave - 1st Officer's Room - *2 traps* - Silverite #2
Down the stairs from Officer's Room - Raw Lyrium #2 - Leave
Black Emporium - Buy 3 slot Lady Rosamund's Bulwark (5.2.31g) or use 2 slot Lion of Orlais(free dlc) (+3.75% per shield slot)
Hightown - Worthy's Rune Shop, buy 5-6 RoFs - Sandal - $$$$$
If you need a visual reference of where to find each resource use this video.
Appearences in video are as follows:
Silverite #1 @ 1:24; Lyrium #1 @ 2:20; Silverite #2 & Lyrium #2 @ 3:50
Where do I find that armor upgrade that adds a rune slot to my companions' armor? thank you naughty99
For the entire first act it is recommended that you sell all of your poultices, except health*, at every opportunity to further increase your bankroll. *mainly for nightmare.
***Do NOT loot the Arcane Horror's corpse untill the completion of this guide.
***Shadow Warrior Dagger: "Arm of Adruil" -- Ameranthine Traitors Sword:"Royeaux One and Two"
Understanding - Enemies Drop Better Equipment :
It is my understanding that this stat increases your level variable when calculating the loot table for the zone you are entering for the first time and any random "creature drop" loot table checks when you kill an enemy.
You can increase the overall value of the items being loaded into the zone by first equipping items that have the stat "Enemies drop better equipment" before entering that zone. This will affect all the items in pre-set chests/caches for that zone, not creature drops as those are based on the level you are when you killed that enemy and are entirely random unless pre-set as well. (i.e. Swindler droping the rogue chest piece in lowtown during the Ashes quest.)
THIS IS A ONE TIME OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE THE "RANDOM" ITEM GENERATIONS THAT ARE SET FOR EACH ZONE!
DA2 Tactics : How do they work? - NM Blood Mage Compendium
Edited by SuicidialBaby, 16 June 2014 - 09:48 AM.