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There are many gacha RPGs out there for you to explore, but none of them look as good as Lord of Heroes. While this game doesn’t do much to innovate upon the tried-and-true, turn-based, randomized rolling, and auto-battling mechanics, it offers some of the best graphics we’ve seen in the genre.

Lord of Heroes on PC - An Introduction to the Equipment System

However, the game DOES have somewhat of a learning curve for newcomers, particularly regarding the equipment system. And in this article, we’re going to explain everything you need to know about gearing yourself in Lord of Heroes, so that you can start on the right track.

Equipment Type

Your gear in Lord of Heroes comes in three quality types:

  • Normal Gear

The most basic type of equipment in the game, usually referred to as the “white” gear, due to their lack of color background. Whites are the pieces you’ll get most often, which serve no purpose other than to fill a slot in a character that has nothing else to equip. While they can have a few substats like other pieces, their main drawback is that they usually provide a flat increase to the main stat. On the flipside, others can give a percentage-based boost, which will be much useful later on when your characters’ stats rise to absurd levels.

Lord of Heroes on PC - An Introduction to the Equipment System

Even when white pieces give a percentage boost to a stat, it’s usually much lower than other equipment types.

  • Replica Gear

The purple pieces of equipment are similar to the whites, except that they can give percentage-based bonuses when equipped. However, every piece of this category is restricted to a specific role, which means that no one else but the indicated character type can equip it. Moreover, Replica equipment always starts off with at least 4 substats, in contrast to whites that can have anywhere from 1 to 4.

Right off the bat, purples are much better than white pieces of gear and you should strive to outfit your units with as many of these as possible. However, purples don’t even hold a single candle to the best equipment type, Artifacts.

  • Artifact Gear

Artifacts, also known as legendaries, or orange pieces, are the best equipment in Lord of Heroes. They not only have lots of substats, but they also provide bonuses to certain types of units, and even better boosts to specific characters. 

Like purples, Artifacts are also restricted to the type of character indicated in the item’s description. However, while they can boost the skills of specific units, they don’t necessarily have to be equipped to the character in question. For example, if an Artifact can boost one of Charlotte’s skills, you can still equip it on any other Cleric.

Lord of Heroes on PC - An Introduction to the Equipment System

It’s worth noting that, while every piece of gear has a number of substats, you can upgrade it to add more substats to the said piece. For every 3 levels you upgrade, a new substat will be added. However, since Gold is very scarce in Lord of Heroes, we suggest only upgrading purples and artifacts—preferably the latter.

Equipment Star Level

This part is pretty simple; the star level of a piece of equipment will determine the potency of its base stat. In a nutshell, the higher the star level, the better the stat boost. As such, we recommend only investing in gear with at least 5 stars. Sinking gold into anything else would be a waste, particularly since upgrades are not 100% guaranteed to succeed after a certain point. If you’re going to roll the dice, you might as well do it with pieces worth upgrading.

Just remember that the star level, as well as the base stats of pieces you get are randomized, so it’s often better to just roll for new pieces rather than invest in the weaker ones.

How to Obtain New Equipment

And speaking of rolling; there are a couple of ways in which you can obtain new pieces of gear, one of which is simply by progressing through the main story. Every stage you beat often gives you new pieces of equipment, with the first few chapters giving you mostly whites and weaker pieces. Regardless, they’re much better than nothing so be sure to equip them as soon as you get them.

Lord of Heroes on PC - An Introduction to the Equipment System

The most reliable way of scoring powerful pieces of gear, however, is through Alchemy, which is the game’s version of a gacha system. In other words, instead of rolling for characters, you’ll be spending premium currency on creating pieces of gear, all of which are completely randomized.

Every 11x artifact roll will set you back 1,500 Crystals, while each individual roll will cost 150 Crystals. This means that you basically get one roll for free by purchasing the 11x option, which is what you should always do. Furthermore, rolling on 11x alchemy attempts will guarantee you get at least one Artifact piece.

Lord of Heroes on PC - An Introduction to the Equipment System

You can farm all the Crystals you need for alchemy by completing main story stages, achieving new feats, and participating in the coliseum, among others.

To Reroll, or Not to Reroll?

Last but not least, the question you should always ask yourself when starting in a new gacha, and Lord of Heroes is no exception. Luckily, the answer is quite simple this time around, considering how difficult it is to farm crystals:

No, you shouldn’t reroll in this game; you have more than enough tools at your disposal to blaze through the story missions. And while some stages will be tougher than others, you can usually get by through upgrading your team or by swapping out their equipment. In fact, if you’re ever stuck, spending Crystals on alchemy shouldn’t always be your go-to solution; try to upgrade your gear or your characters first. Consider alchemy only if you’re truly stuck, or if you’re ready to invest on unlocking Artifacts and Replicas, which is a considerable Crystal and gold investment.

Lord of Heroes on PC - An Introduction to the Equipment System

And that’s it for our introduction to the equipment system in Lord of Heroes. Feel free to share your own tips, tricks, opinions, and questions in the comments below!