Shards, as they are commonly known, are a special type of loot which may drop from any creature in game. The chance for this is fairly low and you shouldn't expect getting too many of them from killing the rats and other pests. Higher level monsters have a higher chance of dropping them and prestigious monsters have a considerably higher chance. These shards may be used to imbue magical stats to items.
There are several different types of shards:
- Stat shards
- X max, X regen, strength, dexterity, constitution, intelligence, wisdom, charisma, fire, cold, poison, lightning, acid, asphyxiation, psionic, sonic, speed, accuracy, damage
- Offensive shards
- alacrity, thaumaturgy, celerity, prowess, infused with X
- Spell damage shards
- Damage type shards
- Resistance shards
- Skill shards
- Spell essence shards (e.g. Bane of the living)
- General shards (e.g. defiance, light/darkness)
- Special shards (e.g. example eternal magic)
Sharding order table:
|Slot||Resist||Stat||Spelldamage||Skill % shard||Spell % shard||Infusion||MK 1.5|
|Head||Anytime||Any time||This or stat||Any time||No||This or MK1.5||This or infusion|
|Ear||Before stat||After resist||After stat||Any time||Yes||This or MK1.5||This or infusion|
|Neck||Before stat||After resist||This or stat||Any time||No||This or MK1.5||This or infusion|
|Amulet||Before stat||After resist||After stat||Any time||Yes||This or MK1.5||This or infusion|
|Cloak||Before stat||After resist||After stat||Any time||Yes||This or MK1.5||This or infusion|
|Torso||Any time||After resist||This or stat||Any time||No||This or MK1.5||This or infusion|
|Arm||Before stat||After resist||This or stat||Any time||No||After MK1.5||Before infusion|
|Hand||Before stat||After resist||This or stat||Any time||Yes||After MK1.5||Before infusion|
|Finger||Before stat||After resist||After stat||Any time||Yes||This or MK1.5||This or infusion|
|Belt||Before stat||After resist||This or stat||Any time||Yes||This or MK1.5||This or infusion|
|Leg||Before stat||After resist||This or stat||Any time||No||This or MK1.5||This or infusion|
|Foot||Before stat||After resist||This or stat||Any time||No||After MK1.5||Before infusion|
|Clothes||Before stat||After resist||After stat||Any time||No||This or MK1.5||This or infusion|
|Misc||Before stat||After resist||After stat||Any time||Yes||This or MK1.5||This or infusion|
|Weapon||Cannot put||Any time||This or stat||Any time||Yes||After MK1.5||Before infusion|
MK1.5 = alacrity, thaumaturgy, celerity, prowess "This or stat" = choose which one you put, cannot put both. "This or infusion" = choose which one you put, cannot put both. "This or MK1.5" = choose which one you put, cannot put both.
Each category has its special rules for imbuing:
Stat and offensive shards can be put on the item if item doesn't already have one of them or spell damage shard.
Spell damage shard can be imbued on item if it doesn't already have a magical stat from 'stat shard' category. You can always imbue them on ear, finger, amulet, clothes and miscellaneous slot items even if they would have other magic as long as they don't have stat from 'spell damage' category.
Damage type shard can always be imbued on weapon that do 100% phys damage regardless of other magics on the item.
Resistance shard can be imbued on item if it doesn't already have a magical stat from 'stat shard' category. You can always imbue them on torso and head slot items even if they would have other magics as long as they don't already have a resistance stat.
Skill shards may always be imbued on any item that already doesn't have any skill magic on it.
Spell essence shards can be imbued in any item that is a weapon or takes ear, amulet, cloak, hand, finger, belt or misc slot and doesn't have a spell shard on it yet.
(**NOTE** If someone still has "Conjure undead " spell essence shards (with a //double-space// after "undead" ), contact a wizard, because it will break your item you shard it in. Possibly there are similar errors in other shards (none have shown up so probably not), so keep that in mind if you get some trouble from them. This was fixed but if you have really old shard, it is possible.)
General shards may always be imbued on items regardless of other stats.
Special shards will follow their own rules based on shard types. For example eternal magic can be imbued on any magical item if it already doesn't have that magic imbued on it.
You can always imbue infusion shard on an item that takes hand, arm or feet slot, even if it has a offensive shard in it (for example, a prowess shard), as long as you imbue the infusion shard last.
Upgrading stats with shards
It is possible to upgrade stats on magical items with shards. When you imbue a shard on the item it will replace the previous stat on it. For example you imbue +2 strength shard on and item that has +1 strength on it so the +1 gets replaced by +2. There are some limitations to this though. You may not upgrade a negative stat into positive and you must always imbue a more powerful shard on the item to replace the stat, meaning you cannot downgrade stats. Another limitation is that if the item has multiple stats of same type you may not upgrade any of those stats. For example if an item has +1 to strength and +1 to dexterity you cannot upgrade any stats from 'stat shard' category. Generic and damage type shards are excluded from this rule.
List of shard names and what they give:
Stat Shard spmax magic power hpmax haleness epmax stamina pspmax mental strength spregen magic might hpregen health epregen vigor pspregen willpower light light magic
Weapons (damage shards):
Damage type Shard asphyxiation damage and resist asphyxiation magic Fire damage fire damage magic
Spell type Shard poison type spells (coven) poison spell magic
Skill name Shard Avoid hits Tiny shard of crystallized avoid hits skill essence
Spell shards (like skill shards, but for spells, take different slot in sharding)
Spell name Shard Bane of the living Tiny shard of crystallized bane of the living spell essence
Adjectives were changed to new ones to be more informative. Old adjectives are in ()'s
tiny = (Inferior) small = (Minor) large = (Considerable) huge = (Exceptional) massive = (Marvelous)
Alacrity Increases your promptness at defending. Artisan's sorrow Shard will remove all magic affecting weapon stats or protection from an item. Averseness Removes all magic affecting regen from an item. Celerity Increases your attack speed of each of your attacks. Defiance Increases your hardiness against mighty foes. Humility This shard will remove all magic affecting alacrity, prowess, celerity and thaumaturgy from an item. Ineptitude Removes skills from item. (Removes spells also) Infused with <type> Every time you hit in melee or throw/shoot you have a chance to do extra <type> damage on target. Infusions also give 50% of their value as +spell damage. Inner purity Removes infusions from item. Lethargy This shard will remove all magic affecting stats from an item, this includes mk2 stats. Prowess Increases your chance of gaining a special hit. Thaumaturgy Increases your casting speed. Void Removes all stats/spells/infusions etc. from item. Weakness Removes all resists from item. Witch-bane This shard will remove all magic affecting spell damage from an item. Occult medium magic The crystals can be used to 'imbue' magic onto weapons to make them a medium for magical energies.