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Are Tacos Delicious? What happens if I eat 7,460 of them?

Satan gave me a taco once. It made me mighty sick. So naturally, I was suspicious when I met a rather terrifyingly friendly demon-looking-creature in the markets of London who was all too happy to ...
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Gear: Stats and rating

I didn't find a good/exact explanation on this so: How much rating (e.g. crit rating/penetration rating) is needed for 1% of the stat? How much hit rating is required? (cap for pve/pvp?) How does ...
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What exactly happens if I listen to the voices in my head?

At the end of each 'chapter' of The Secret World's main story quests, there's a sequence in which a disembodied voice calls out to you, asking for your cooperation, and pledging power unimaginable. ...
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What's the most efficient/an efficient AP Farming route at endgame?

I've finished the primary plot quest. Not only that, but I've finished the quest achievements for every zone, so while I may have missed a simple breadcrumb sidequest somewhere along the line, I'm ...
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How do I create chat links?

I have noticed frequently in general chat people advertising for guilds but now also for groups using chat links, which as per the screenshot below open up into an additional window containing more ...
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Are Nachos Nutritious and/or Tasty?

So, I've asked about Tacos. I know they are a flavorful and beneficial out of combat snack. I still don't know what happens to people who eat 7500 of them, but it's a start. And then I see this: ...
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Just how experimentation-friendly is the skill system in The Secret World?

I am seriously considering getting The Secret World, but I want clarification on some of the implications of some skill mechanics before making my decision. Is it possible to 'respec'? Essentially, ...
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How can I get around Agartha more quickly? Are there any shortcuts?

Getting around in Agartha sucks. Sure, the various Solomon Island zones are varying degrees of convenient, but getting to the portals for Egypt is a hike, and Transylvania may as well be in, well, ...
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How soon can I group in The Secret World?

I'm attempting to play The Secret World with my girlfriend. She will have no patience for soloing whatsoever, so I need to be in her group 100% of the time in order to keep her playing. How soon is ...
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How casual friendly is The Secret World?

I'm considering The Secret World as a new game to play, as the setting fascinates me. However, I'm hesitant to pick up a MMO, because the time I can invest in it is limited. Can I enjoy all of the ...
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What's the maximum inventory size?

You can increase your inventory size 10 slots at a time for an expenditure of Pax Romana. What is the maximum size your inventory can reach in this manner? Do you ever have to do anything other ...
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Where are the spiders for World Wide Web?

For the achievement World Wide Web I need to kill 50 Spider Guardians. Where is a good spot to find several of those in one place (that count for the achievement, of course)? I'm having trouble ...
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How do I defeat the Gatekeeper as a Damage Dealer? (The 'Furia' option?)

I've completed all 8 Elite dungeons, and have Blue QL 10 Talismans in every slot! Obviously, the next step is Nightmare modes! But in order to run those, I have to first defeat the Gatekeeper. I'm ...
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How can I predict whether I will be able to take on a specific enemy or group?

I know in many other MMORPGs, it is standard for health bars or other parts of an enemy's information to be marked in different colors depending on how difficult that encounter will be. Is there any ...
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What healing abilities either scale with stats other than Healing Power, or don't scale at all?

Having to mix in +Healing talismans in order to improve my sustainability is a drag. Sadly, most active, and even most passive healing skills scale primarily off of the Healing Power stat. Which of ...
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Do I have to go to London if I want to look cool? Or can I buy cosmetic clothing anywhere else?

I'm playing as a member of the Illuminati, and I've noticed that New York is... well, there's a lot of things wrong with New York but among those things is a distinct lack of shopping opportunities. ...
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How difficult are the quests from the terminal in the Orochi Group van in Blue Mountain?

I finally polished off all of the 'Major' missions in Blue Mountain last night. Or at least, I thought I had, as I had done all the quests from every NPC marked on my map. Until, as I finished my last ...
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Which speed hacks do I need to use to get Speedhax?

There's an achievement called Speedhax that requires that you run across the Dacian Span in under 30 seconds. Using the max rank of Sprint, I clocked myself at about 45 seconds to cross the span. ...
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How can I customise the UI in The Secret World?

I have read that the interface in the Secret World can be customised. How can I change my chat window and other things in the Secret World? I want to be able to customise my party list, and only ...
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Splitting up stacks for assembly

I frequently find myself shift-clicking stacks of an item to split up the stack, ready for assembly. This can get quite time consuming when making multiple items so I was wondering if there was ...
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How to spit in the black pool?

During the League of Monster Slayers admission quest, you are required to spit in the Black Pool. I found the pool, fought some monsters in and around it, but cannot spit in the pool itself. How can ...
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Clarification on Damage over Time (DoT) effects

I need some clarification on how damage over time (DoT) effects work in the Secret World; Can a tick from a DoT perform a crit? Does a tick from a DoT count as a hit? I mostly want to know this ...
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Can a Casted Weapon be cast again?

In The Secret World, there are Casting Toolkits which allow you to destroy a weapon and then allow you to apply its visual look to another weapon of that type. I got a Tyrfing from Polaris which I ...
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What happens if I cancel my account?

I like The Secret World. I want to keep playing it. I just don't have time to right now because there are so many other games. I want to cancel my subscription so that I save money while I'm playing ...
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Is there any reason to keep my Screaming Demon Ring?

I stopped getting the bonus experience from this before I ever left Kingsmouth (I was informed you could tell when you stopped getting the experience because the preorder pet stops giving a buff at ...
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Is there any way to have sound while The Secret World is not the focused program?

In a number of other games I play, there is an option in the Sound menu or similar that allows me to still hear my sounds even when alt-tabbed out of the game. Generally, this option is something like ...
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Where is Polaris?

The General and Looking for Group chat is spammed constantly with people looking for teammates to do a dungeon called "Polaris". From their messages, it seems that QL3 is about an appropriate time to ...
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How does sharing missions work?

The help files aren't very specific about this, but apparently you're supposed to be able to hit the 'share' button in your missions journal to give the quest you're currently on to party members. ...
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The Secret World Combat Table

In comparison to other games the combat table in the Secret World seems to differ in many ways. So far it appears to be built up of the following possible outcomes to each attack: Evade (miss) Block ...
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What do the different colours and markers mean on the experience bar?

What do the different colours and markers mean on the experience bar? It seems to be split into three sections with two markers and the both the bar and the markers can be orange or blue, what does ...
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How can I leave General chat?

I typed /help and read every command, and came across the /chat command. According to the info, /chat leave General should make me leave the channel, but it doesn't. How can I leave the General chat ...
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How is experience handled outside of groups?

I've been exploring the first real quest area after joining the Illuminati, and (expectedly) found a bunch of other people also wandering around, killing zombies. If I decide to help someone kill a ...
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What's an effective endgame Blade/* DPS build?

So, I find myself in the situation of having a far better Blade than any other weapon available to me. (A QL10.1 purp would tend to be.) Fortunately, thanks to doing my vertical progression using the ...
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What am I supposed to see through the Telescope on A Reasonable Man - Tier 3?

I'm working on the quest A Reasonable Man on The Savage Coast. I've just reached Tier 3, and I've been directed to 'Use a Telescope'. Easy enough, I've found the scope, and if I pan around, I can see ...
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Opening doors in Kingsmouth

I am doing one of the very early quests to find missing townspeople. However, the indicators direct me right to their doorstep, after which I have no idea what to do. There doesn't seem to be any way ...
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How can I keep running?

Even with sprint (X) turned on, I have to keep pressing W to actually move anywhere. Is there some way to let the character keep running by default, so that all I have to do is course corrections ...
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Resource consumers in the Secret World

In The Secret World, there are many abilities which 'consume' stacks of a resource, but the descriptive text for these abilities is a bit vague in what effects are gained by consuming the resource. ...
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What are the various availiable types of Cabal Government, and what, if any, is the difference between them?

So, I joined a Cabal. As with 'guilds' in most MMO's, there's a rank structure, and a bank, and a Message of the Day. We also have a 'Type of Government'. I know my Cabal is a Mobocracy, and I know ...
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Where do I find slow and dry moving zombies for the quest “They Never Stop Coming”?

On tier 3 of the quest 'They Never Stop Coming' from Norma Creed, you need to kill four specific kinds of zombie. The four kinds you're asked for are: Zombie cultists Fast and dry moving zombies ...
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How many character slots do you get?

By default, how many character slots do you get in The Secret World with the various purchasing options? One option has "+1 character slot" as a perk, which made me wonder about the default case.
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Is it possible to join a different secret society?

Can you change your faction without rerolling your character? How? If so, can you access faction-exclusive cutscenes for content you've missed? (The only real compelling reason to change factions ...
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Clarification on bonus hits from passives

I need some clarification on the "additional hit" effects from passives in The Secret World: Can additional hits perform critical hits? Does an additional hit count as "hit"? (like a hit from an ...
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How can I start Tango & Cash

There is a quest in the junk yard called Tango & Cash where you are supposed to try and break the record at mob killing the two dogs have. The first step says to go to the barriers and prepare. I ...
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How to get pre-order package rewards?

I bought a pre-order pack / registered the key before a set date, and am supposed to get some stuff for it (e.g. Screaming Demon ring, cat, dog, etc.). But I cannot seem to find it in my inventory! ...
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Where are the Sequin vendors and what do they sell?

I looked around online but couldn't find a good guide detailing where the vendors who took Sequins (Solomon Island, Valley of the Sun God, and Transylvania) are and what they offer (specifically what ...
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What's the fastest/most efficient way to farm Black Marks of Venice?

I'm looking to upgrade to more epic gear, and PVP gear is a nice parallel means of doing so while sitting on Nightmare lockouts. However, PVP gear is throttled by a limited acquisition currency: Black ...
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How can I cancel a channel or cast that's already in progress?

One of the things I love about TSW's combat is how mobile it is - you can cast basically anything with a cast time on the move. One of the things I don't love is that sometimes, I'll be halfway ...
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Do I benefit from assigning skill points to both weapon sub-skills?

When assigning skill points (SP) to weapons, I can put points in Damage and Survivability (slightly different between weapon types). In order to fulfill the SP requirement for being able to wield a ...
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How do I pierce the secret of the windmill for “The Girl Who Cried Wolf” tier 5?

I am on tier 5 of "The Girl Who Cried Wolf" in The Secret World and I have taken the rune stones found by the Orochi but I am unable to progress with the quest further. The quest text says I need to ...
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Is there a hairdresser or any place to change appearance?

In the Secret World, I am aware of clothes shops in game but is there a hairdresser/barber shop style building where I can change my hair colour/style or any other place that allows me to change the ...