Recent Update: This article was written before the coming of Focus Items. These magical items help casters of all sorts improve their spells in many ways. These effects have the largest impact on your performance of any pieces of equipment. If you are levels 44 and below, many of them can be easily acquired. There are a few focus equipment lists around but the following items can be purchased easily and contain very powerful effects. Runed Mithral Bracers (reagent conservation 3), Mithral Runed Tunic (spell haste 2), Book of Obulous (improved healing 2), Black Alloy Medallion (mana conservation 2), Batfang Headband (Extended Duration 2), and Golden Bracers (Improved Range 2). In short, Focus Items are the best way to improve your character through equipment. End of Update.
Though I have accepted my life as a vehicle for Tunare's love across Norrath, I have the merchants blood flowing through my veins. While the joy of helping Tunare's citizens out is my true love, I too am a sucker for the latest wares at the East Commons Tunnel Bazaar. This guide is designed to help clerics with their choices in equipment in Everquest. We first discuss some of the important issues surrounding equipment and then go into some details at different levels for items you might want.
First let me start with the number one rule to loot in Everquest. Equipment really doesn't matter. I know you are asking how that can be true, so let me explain. Your Level matters far more than any equipment you can buy. Verant doesn't want any particular character to be picked over another because of the equipment they possess. While boosting your wisdom might get you more total mana, it will do nothing to your overall mana regeneration rate. How often do we start at full mana in a typical group? Nothing matters more to your character than your level. The spells you get, the abilities you gain and your power compared to the monsters you face is mainly based on level and hardly based on equipment at all.
When thinking about spending time gaining a particular item, really ask yourself whether it is better to spend your time camping an item, or simply gaining experience. More often that not it will be the latter. Equipment simply comes and goes, but levels last forever (unless you die a lot =)
We are all here to have fun and your equipment should be no different. Wear the items you like the best, whether it be something with a fun little proc (like the Holgresh Spirit Beads) or some truly wonderful stat boosting item (Herophant Cloak for those of you with too much money).
So within this constraint. Knowing that really, equipment doesn't matter that much. How DOES it matter? The following are guidelines on determining what items are the ones to go after.
Now that we have determined to use the equipment we liked best, we should know a little about what stats are important. After all, while one item will make little difference, a lot of items will. For clerics, certain statistics should be considered when looking at an item. They are in order from most important to least important:
Remember though not to worry about these TOO much. If you sacrifice all your other stats just to reach 200 wisdom as fast as you can, you will have a hell of a time carrying all your loot as well as getting cut to ribbons by the first mob who hits you. You also might not be wearing the items that best define you as a character. Dare to be unique and roleplay!
I am personally a big fan of items that fit my character from a roleplaying perspective. As a snobby cleric of Tunare, you wouldn't find me caught dead in a bloodstained tunic, but the golden armor might be a little harder to resist. I always look at items to see if it is something I would expect my character would use. I also like to pick items that help define clerics. If an item is cleric only, that is weighed higher than something that you would find on anyone. Balancing the items that define your character along with their statistics is a hard job, especially when the options are many. Just try to remember that the numbers aren't the most important thing.
The following is a short list of equipment for clerics that offer the best bang for the buck. They also represent some of the best items you can get for a cleric realistically.
While I just brought up a couple of examples, there are some truly wonderful and relatively inexpensive items to be had out there. I started a thread on Best items per Plat on the Healers United bulletin board to discuss your favorite cheap items.
Remember, the important thing is to have items you enjoy. As you progress through your levels, equipment will find a way to you, never get caught up in any particular item. Level means a lot more, but having fun means the most.