Completing content like Savage Raids can be highly rewarding and quite stimulating, enticing players of all different skills to attempt to complete both new and old content.
Though we tend to see more Savage Raiders during the launch of new tiers, there are a good amount of players who join tiers midway through their release or will try to clear them long after they are no longer in the “High-End Duty” rotation.
Generally, I don’t have an interest in completing Savage content when it releases since I’m not too fussed about having the best Gear and all I truly want from are the Mounts. Of course, a lot of this also has to do with the fact that if I were to try to complete Savage content on release I would want to do it with a Static that meets at least 3 times a week to practice, which is something I cannot commit to at this time.
I am currently playing with a very casual Static on my alt account, who meets up every few weeks and while there are some benefits to how long a clear is going to take us for each tier, the reality is that the majority of players won’t want to clear Savage content like this and it is extremely understandable why. At its core, Savage Content is meant to be completed as new tiers are released. While early completion will be a difficult feat, the Savage tier was not intended for players who want to take part in casual content but is meant for those who require a challenge and are simply tired of doing dailies.
Now, due to the purpose of Savage Content, there are many rules that players do not see in any other content. Though casual players will be familiar with loot rules that only allow them to get a single piece of Gear a week for completing newly released Alliance Raids or Normal Raids, Savage content takes it one step further.
Instead of the Loot Rule being attached to each unique individual the amount of loot that appears is tied to the players in your group, allowing one person to “ruin it” for everyone. While this can be frustrating for players who want higher chances at getting the loot they want, it’s typically why players won’t queue for Savage content and will either make a Party Finder or join a Static instead.
Though a player may be confused as to why these Loot Rules are implemented in the first place, the main reason is to limit the number of players who sell carries for real-world currency. Unfortunately, this is always an issue for MMOs that include high-end content.
I must say, I don’t understand why anyone would pay real money for a carry in Savage Content as realistically the Gear is only worth getting if you’re planning on clearing the remaining tiers of Savage and the Mounts can be obtained extremely easily when completing the content unsynced during a later expansion. I understand wanting a Mount on release, but at that point save your money and spend it on an exclusive Mogstation Mount.
I digress, the following post will take you through everything you need to know about Savage Loot Chests and the safeguards you may want to take if you are trying to ensure you are eligible for the highest chances of loot when completing a tier.
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HOW MANY PIECES OF LOOT CAN YOU GET A WEEK FROM SAVAGE CONTENT?
When Savage content is new, players will be restricted to a single piece of loot a week, similar to how Alliance Raids and normal raids function. This gets lifted once the Savage Raid tier is considered obsolete, meaning that you will want to wait if you are simply hoping to use the Savage Raid gear as Glamour.
Due to the restrictions of loot when Savage content is new, players will want to make sure that they only roll for Gear which is for their main job. This is still true if you are running Savage content using the Duty Finder or Party Finder, as you will most likely be able to clear the content for a second time that week.
As players will also receive a token for completing a tier each week, they can utilize these to gear up side jobs or fill out any missing pieces they didn’t get. These are especially useful if you are a player who does not want to repeat a Savage fight multiple times a week to get the Gear you want and if you don’t mind taking things a bit slower it won’t be as prevalent which piece of Gear you get from the chests.
Typically players will complete tiers they’ve already cleared each week to get extra tokens for pieces of Gear. These reclears should be quite simple as you can join parties in Party Finder that have already cleared previously. Sometimes my husband will join Party Finders if his Static is not planning on doing reclears simply for the Tokens.
IF THERE ARE NO PLAYERS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE SAVAGE TIER THIS WEEK
Players who are serious about Savage content and want to guarantee the highest chance of the loot they want will want to make sure they only join parties that have not cleared the content that week.
Two chests will be available if no players have cleared the content that week. Upon entering the duty players will be notified how many chests are available if the duty is completed.
IF THERE ARE 1-4 PLAYERS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE SAVAGE TIER THIS WEEK
When 1-4 players have completed a tier of Savage content only one chest will be made available. Upon entering the duty it will be made explicit that this is the case.
I would strongly recommend only using Party Finder if you are worried about getting into a group that already has had a player clear. Sometimes players will re-run a Savage tier in Duty Finder because they did not get the drop they wanted from their first clear, however, if you are simply looking for a Token for the week this is a plus because you also have a chance at an extra piece of loot.
IF THERE ARE 5 OR MORE PLAYERS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE SAVAGE TIER THIS WEEK
When 5 or more players have completed a Savage tier for the week, no chests will be available to players. Again, this mostly happens in Duty Finder and will still reward players a Token for clearing.
The major benefit to this is that you can assure yourself that you will clear the content rather rapidly as it means more players have completed the content recently and typically 5 players are more than enough to carry a group to success. I will say, it can be common for groups like this to disband since chances are those who have queued again were trying to get their loot for the week, but sometimes players are running these with friends to help them get their Token for the week or helping them learn the fight.
ADVICE FOR GETTING LOOT AS FAST AS POSSIBLE IN SAVAGE CONTENT
If players are extremely serious about completing Savage Content as quickly as possible and already have a static they can rely on to complete content regularly, I strongly recommend that you think about creating alts.
While yes this requires players to put in some extra effort to level up alts, levelling can be pretty painless if you know what to do. When statics choose to do the alt method, players will be guaranteed their main job’s loot twice as fast, leading to a much faster clear for the whole tier of raids. This is not necessary and many statics do not do this, but my husband’s most recent static ended up doing this and they were able to move on to trying out Ultimates long before the raid tier was considered obsolete.
Choosing to do the alt method will highly depend on the skill of your Static. If you don’t see yourselves clearing the tier before Tomestone Gear catches up in Gearscore, don’t even start thinking about it. Otherwise, if you’ve been with your static for a while and you’re all comfortable with your skill you may want to think about this for the next expansion or between Savage Raid tiers because it is well worth it when saving time.
Realistically all Savage Raids can be completed with the minimum iLvl and going in with better gear is only useful for saving time. When you do the alt method, not only will you be able to get Gear faster, but since everyone already knows the fights, you should be able to clear no matter what.
DO THE LOOT RULES LIFT AFTER SOME TIME?
Yes, much like Alliance Raids, Normal Raids and other loot-limited content, as soon as there is another Savage Raid Tier in rotation the Loot Limit will lift. This includes the limitation of how many chests appear.
If players are hoping to farm Gear specifically for Glamour, it tends to be a better idea to do so once a Savage Raid Tier has become obsolete not only because the content is significantly easier once a player can unsync the content, but because players will be able to pick up multiple tokens that can be exchanged for Gear and will not require as many players in the instance, thereby increasing the number of pieces you can obtain.
My community has farmed old Savage Content a few times now to get people the glamours they want. It tends to be very quick to get everyone the Gear they want even when there are 4+ players.