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By on Jul 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm, in News, RIFT  |  Comments: No comments yet

Last month PCGamer reported that tier armor sets from Hammerknell will be getting set bonuses. With there being so many souls per calling, it would be quite difficult to balance out 8 different souls fer set. So the solution became Synergy Crystals; an item that will be dropping from Hammerknell raid bosses that you can equip and will give you a bonus based on whether you have 2 or 4 pieces of the armor set.

Today, on the PTS, we got a chance to check out those set bonuses.

Keep reading for screenshots.

By on Jun 22, 2011 at 2:50 pm, in News, RIFT  |  Comments: No comments yet

From an article on

In order to avoid this potential problem, Trion found a clever workaround: Rift’s Armor Sets are still defined by your class, but the extra bonuses given for collecting multiple the pieces of gear in that Set aren’t on the items themselves. Instead, those meta-bonuses will be applied through a new, compeltely separate item that will show up in the Character pane when 1.3 launches. They’re called a Synergy Crystals, and each one (there will be 32 different ones at patch launch) gives bonuses to different stats–but only once you’ve collected enough pieces of your Armor Set. Alone, the Crystal doesn’t do anything, but with each Set Item that is equipped, it provides more and more stat bonuses.

For example, a Warrior Riftblade will want to get a Crystal that gives bonuses to Crit, Hit, and Damage, while a Warrior Warlord will be searching for one that enhances his Health and Armor. They’ll both be rolling on the same Plate armor pieces to collect the same Armor Set when they drop from the new Hammerknell content, but the two players will be using them to activate and empower their own, distinct Synergy Crystals–getting completely different bonuses out of the Armor Set. There’s a Snyergy Crystal for each Soul in the game, so there should be at least one good option for every single combination of Souls.

It seems there will be another factor in creating and building your character. It is yet to be seen if these armor sets will strictly be from Hammerknell or will be inserted into current raid or dungeon sets.