Upgrading items with Valor is all about the math - which is Mr. Robot's specialty. Here's a few things that affect upgrading, and other things to consider for each 'factoid.' Mr. Robot takes all of these things into consideration with his advanced valor upgrading chip.
- iLevel matters: items with higher iLevels get more stats when you upgrade. Also consider: a lower iLevel with your BEST stats on it might be a better upgrade candidate than a higher iLevel with crappy stats.
- Slot matters: some item slots have a larger stat budget (like weapons) than other slots. Also consider: a higher iLevel waist (lower stat budget) might be a better upgrade than a lower iLevel head slot (which has a higher stat budget).
- Gem sockets matter: Gem sockets are taken out of the stats budget. So if a pair of pants has 1 more gem slot than another pair of pants at the same iLevel, it has less raw stats on it. Upgrading the pants with less gem sockets will get you more stats. Also consider: an item with less sockets but bad stats might be worse than an item with more sockets. Also consider the socket bonus (and colors of each socket) which affect the total value of each item.
- Trinket effects: upgrading RPPM trinkets will also increase their proc chance slightly.
Here's how Mr. Robot helps you upgrade:
- Rank items you own to find the biggest upgrades. This includes items you can buy with Valor as well as items you can upgrade with Valor.
- Rank items to find the most cost effective option. This looks at the increase in your gear score compared to the amount of Valor it costs. "Bang for your Buck!" In my case, the chest from the Shado-Pan assault is the biggest upgrade, but one of the most cost ineffective options - upgrading my weapons with Valor is much more cost effective.
- Rank all items that you own, not just what is equipped, if you upload your bag & bank data. You'll need our in-game mod for that. You can do automatic uploads with our client program or manual uploads of the .lua file. If you're using the mod, be sure to check out the Best in Bags feature too.
- Crafted items that require Blood Spirits are included in this list, since you can buy Blood Spirits with Valor. The cost listed for those items is the total cost of buying all of the required Blood Spirits.
Using the Valor Upgrade Tool:
Here's what all of the numbers mean for each item in the list:
- Here's an example of rankings for my character:
By default, it is sorted by the largest improvement. With that view, here's what's going on with my character:
- Line 1: This is a chest piece that I can buy with Valor from the Shado-Pan assault. It's the biggest upgrade that I can get with Valor.
- Line 2 & 4: Note that these are 2 different weapons. Since I've uploaded my bag & bank data, Mr. Robot knows I have 2 weapons to choose from. He's ranked them both for me
Let's look at the "Most Cost Effective" ranking:
As you can see, upgrading my weapons is much more cost effective than buying the chest piece. The weapon gives me a score increase of 137 per 100 VP spent (or you can think of it as 1.37 per VP). The chest from the Shado-Pan assault, while my biggest upgrade, only gives me a score increase of 42 per 100 VP spent. So upgrading my weapon is 3x more cost effective.
The chest costs 2250 Valor to buy. Compared to the cost of upgrading each item twice (500 VP), I can fully upgrade 4 items for the cost of the ONE chest. Let's see if it's worth it:
- Chest upgrade score: 964
- Upgrading my best 4 items: MH (687), Trinket (220), Set Legs (208), Set Gloves (162) = 1277.
Upgrading 4 items wins, but it's actually quite close. You can see how after my MH is upgraded, the other item scores don't touch the score of buying the chest. Decisions, decisions!!!
More than just Valor
Try the other options in the "Find Upgrades" feature. There are a lot of fun things Mr. Robot can help you with. Remember, everyone gets a free trial of the premium features, and we NEVER ask for the credit card when using the free trial (that's just not cool). If you like the features, you can upgrade for $12 / year. Nice and affordable. And as one user told me, "I appreciated the trial of the premium features and the no bullshit approach. Premium is like an amazing frosting on an already mind blowing cake."