hahnsoo wrote:Step Four: Equipping a Collar Casero de la Cripta
This step is the biggest pain in the butt, in my opinion. You will see why in a moment. The Collar Casero de la Cripta is one of the best neck slot items for a low level twink. Even if it is severely OE (will be 25% in this case), you get most of the benefits of the collar. The problem is that it will take 470 BioMet to equip the darn thing. This will take pretty much every buff in the game for BioMet, plus a lot of specialized equipment. The biggest advantage, though, is a whopping +30 NCU!
However, let's take a look at the buffs needed, shall we?
* BioMet Expertise: 4 NCU, +20 BM
* Mocham's Gift: BioMet: 51 NCU, +140 BM
* Team Skill Wrangler (Premium): 58 NCU, +132 BM
* Intelligence Boost: 3 NCU, +2-3 BM
This is 116 NCU! We only have 88 NCU. We can raise this a bit by attempting to ladder in higher Comp Lit implants and putting in slightly higher NCU chips. Another option is to put a Rebuilt NCU implant of low QL in the Left Wrist. I did not do this, however...
What I ended up doing is using a full suit of QL 21 Carbonum (you can use up to a suit of QL 16, and it is suggested that you get this as low as possible). I needed Stamina Boost to wear it, which further crunches my NCU. A full suit of Carbonum armor at that QL gives 2 NCU per piece, or 14 NCU total. This brings us to 102 NCU, which is still not enough. We need some extra help from a Ring of Nucleus Basalis. We can level this ring up with our treatment buffs to give us more than the NCU that we need (I leveled it to give the exact amount, +14).
Now, in the previous step, we implanted some BM in the head (+43) and waist (+16). We also will need a Chest BM implant. If you just have a BM cluster in the Chest, it will be based on Strength. Since the left and right arm slots are open, we can buff Strength by quite a bit, on top of Nano Program buffs.
Our base Strength is 60, which can be boosted by Prodigious Strength, Concrete Cushions (which you need to briefly cast Thug's Delight to equip), Essence of Behemoth, and Strength Boost. With the aforementioned NCU buffs, you should be able to hold it all. This gives us:
60 (Base) + 27 (Behe) + 40 (PS) + 12 (Boost) + 16 (CC) = 155
There is a wrinkle, though, of implanting that high. You won't be able to get enough treatment, because you don't have enough NCU for a treatment buff. (rawr!)
70 (Base) + 42 (Implants) + 78 (Med Suit) + 100 (Surgery Clinic) = 290
This IS high enough Treatment to put in QL 60 implants:
* Left Arm: QL 60 Shiny Strength, Bright Brawling, MatMet Faded
* Right Arm: QL 60 Shiny Brawling, Bright Strength
This gives a total bonus of 32 Strength. This is more than enough to implant a QL 75 Chest. I killed Behe and used SFA instead:
* Chest: QL 75, Bright BioMet (+25)
Still, even with all of those buffs, we will come up short:
63 (Base) + 84 (Implants) + 140 (Mocham's) + 20 (Expertise) + 132 (Wrangle) + 3(Int Trickledown) = 442
Now here's where the Pistol implanting comes into play. There is a gun called the Soft Pepper Pistol which adds 14 to BioMet at QL 51. This pistol requires 251 Pistol to equip. Our pitiful Pistol skill is 16. However, with our implants, we raised it another 85 points, to 101. This means with Pistol Expertise and a Wrangle, we can equip this pistol. This is what I used:
16 (Base) + 20 (Pistol Expertise) + 85 (Implants) + 131 (Wrangle) = 252
Great! That's 14 more points. We also can get another point of trickledown from equipping a QL 1 Second-Hand Old English Trading Co. pistol in the Right Hand.
That still brings us to 442+15=458 points. We need 12 more points from somewhere. Let's look at armor, shall we? (ignoring the fact that we have Carbonum armor on that we need for NCU buffs). I used a White Sack, which drops from J00 the Leet in Omni Forest, and gives +5 BioMet (you need 16 Psychic to equip this... interesting that I raised my Psychic to 16, eh?). I also used the Omni Special Executive Suit, which is obtained by a Nanomage-only quest from the OT Tailor, and gives us +6 more BioMet. This leaves us with 458+11=469, one stinkin' point off from 470. You can use a pair of low QL Ring of Presence for those remaining points, OR you can turn to the BioMet buffing rings from SL (which are usable by froobs), an Emerald or a Sapphire embedded in a Filigree ring. If you are clan, you NEED these items because you won't have access to the Omni Special Executive.
However, we ARE using our Carbonum Armor for buffing NCU. The trick is, of course, that you still keep your buffs even if you lose the NCU from the Carbonum Armor from disequipping it. So in order to make this work, we have to:
* Receive our buffs, Mocham's Gift: BioMet, BioMet Expertise, Intelligence Boost, 132 Wrangle
* Equip the White Sack
* Equip the Rings
* Equip the full Omni Special Executive
* Finally, equip the Collar Casero de la Cripta, before the Wrangle runs out.
It's a LOT of hot swapping. But after you succeed, you'll have 30 more NCU to play with, along with a ton of nice buffs for PvP.