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So I am currently approaching lvl 70 with my Warrior but I am quite disappointed with the gear I'm still using. I believe I use an uncommon greatsword and still have regular armour. Although they do quite a bit of damage (or block damage) I'm looking for some better (cool looking) armour since I still look like a lvl 10 char.

My actual question would be where can I find better weapons and armour. I am talking in drops not in purchases or crafting. Any help would be appreciated.

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Do you count karma vendors as purchasing? –  Shadur Apr 22 '13 at 14:38
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Do you want better looking items or items with better stats ? In GW2 those are separate since you can transmute things. No idea if there are armour sets/weapons known for being particularly cool looking, or if there's a reliable way to find them. –  Alex Apr 22 '13 at 14:54

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Short answer: it's not really worth buying or crafting armour and weapons until you're level 80 and plan to keep your gear.

Long answer:

Stats from items dropped as you level up should be good enough for general PvE unless you plan to play "at the edge" of your level. If your gear isn't so good, just explore and complete maps 5-10 levels below your own and don't get ahead of yourself in your personal story.

If you're worried about looks before you get to 80, use transmutation stones (from map completion or dailies) to transmute items with skins you like (you can always preview what it will look like) onto your current best gear. Once you hit 80, those transmutation stones will be worthless (to that character) anyway since they only work on gear up to level 79. Keep gear you like, learn to manage your inventory and your account storage, sell or salvage gear you don't like. If you played Guild Wars (1), the Hall of Monument skins look decent enough and are free, you don't even need transmutation stones.

Once you're finally at level 80, it's worth spending a bit of time buying or crafting at least Masterwork (green) gear - I know you said you're more interested in drops but you might just have to get over that. (Plus, remember that what seems extremely expensive when you're first at level 60 is chicken feed by the time you get to 80.) Or, if you're in a decent guild, ask your guildies if they can donate some spare gear. If you're really against buying/crafting, run some events down in Orr (e.g. the Plinx chain of events is great for this), you'll be visiting merchants quite frequently to make space in your inventory from all the drops.

Initially, you'll want to ignore the stats and go for the highest armour you can get your hands on. After that is when you want to inform yourself about specific builds that interest you and what sort of gear works best with them (e.g. Berserker for a warrior, etc.), and set about obtaining each piece. Aim for rare (yellow) items first, then exotics (orange). One other recommendation is to go for magic find gear (e.g. explorer armour with opal orbs) first, and wear that to get better drops. As you get them, don't be afraid to sell good gear you don't want on the trading post and use the money to buy gear you do want.

An easy way to a) get nice-looking exotics, b) make lots of money, and c) get karma and experience is to run dungeons. Just make sure you only join groups willing to take along someone still improving their gear and expect to die lots until you've improved your gear and figured out how best to play each dungeon. Citadel of Flame has most groups running it (use http://gw2lfg.com) and arguably some of the best-looking gear (trade dungeon tokens you get in at the appropriate trader in Lion's Arch).

So to sum up the long answer, there's no single, cheapest, quickest way to achieve what you want. It's a process of continually improving your gear over time, or you'll have to farm money and buy from the Trading Post or craft your own. Even if you're very lucky and get the drops you're looking for (more likely, though, "these are not the drops you're looking for"), you'll need to invest some money in specific runes for specific builds - it's very hard to find all the right runes by yourself. It comes down to how much time and how much money you're willing to invest.

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i love your answer thank you for taking the time. –  Marco Geertsma Apr 23 '13 at 5:56
    
@SadlyNot: Oops, of course you're absolutely right, I meant PvE - corrected it just now. –  Amos M. Carpenter Apr 25 '13 at 1:35

You can "farm" event/puzzle chests for random, better than average items, but in Guild Wars 2 you don't really farm a specific area for a specific gear drop. It is all about gold, karma and crafting materials, i.e. resources used for buying and crafting.

Even if you don't like it, buying gear is a very good way to keep your gear updated while leveling. For stats, good gear is very cheap in the trading post.

For looks, you have lots of options, but most involve buying (remember you can apply the skin of a good looking item to an item with good stats with a Transmutation stone):

  • The trading post of course (right click an item in there and select "preview" to see the skin). There are many good looking items that still are very cheap, for example some of the crafted sets.

  • All hearts you complete unlock a vendor that sell some distinct looking karma gear.

  • Dungeon vendors in Lions arch sell dungeon sets for dungeon tokens.

  • Each race has a cultural set... which you can buy.

And so on, a good place to find skins you like might be dulfy.net. Also remember that even the most horrible armor can be dyed in pink (or other colors) for improved visuals.

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+1, good answer - although I was tempted to vote it down just for the suggestion that horrible-looking armour is made any less horrible if it's pink... ;-) –  Amos M. Carpenter Apr 23 '13 at 0:47
    
We should establish the pink day... when every player will dye armor in pink tones... :) –  Frhay Apr 23 '13 at 9:18
    
@Frhay: Actually, that would be a great idea for Pink Ribbon Day in October! It would be awesome if ANet got behind the good cause (raising awareness for breast cancer) and simply forced every character to appear pink for a day ;-) –  Amos M. Carpenter Apr 25 '13 at 1:41
    
@aaamos I lead a small guild, I hope for october we're grown enough, but anyway I'll ask my mates to wear pink armours for Pink Ribbon Day... :) –  Frhay Apr 26 '13 at 7:23

I would suggest map completion as a good and reliable way to get rare (yellow) items as drops.

Other things would be to complete jumping puzzles and other activities which reward chests, as these will drop better items for you.

It's also worth mentioning the use of Magic Find food and boosters to aid your chances of getting a better item.

I like the Cup of Lotus Fries

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Omnomberry Bars FTW! :) –  Frhay Apr 23 '13 at 9:19
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@Frhay Good shout. Also for other looking, this is a handy page. wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Magic_Find#Consumables –  DavidYell Apr 23 '13 at 10:10

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