Every now and then we kill a mob in Albion Online that drops magical fragments. But what exactly are you supposed to do with them? In this article I’m going to show you what runes, souls and relics in Albion Online are, and how you can use them effectively to improve your game, and save up a lot of money in the process.
What are runes, souls and relics?
Runes, souls and relics are magical fragments used to create and improve weapons and gear in Albion Online. Runes are the simplest of all the magical fragments, and can be melded to create uncommon-level items. As for Souls, they are meant to be melded to produce rare items.
Last but not least, Relics can be melded to create exceptional items.
Knowing what you need
In order to put your magical fragments to good use, you’ll need to visit the Destiny Board. In there, you can open the weapons node and find that each and every weapon has 3 normal versions and 3 artifact versions. The first 3 can be crafted without any magical fragments or artifacts, but the same cannot be said of the artifact versions.
Let’s take the Sword Fighter as an example. You have the Broadsword, Claymore, and Dual Swords as the normal weapons. Then you also have the Clarent Blade, Carving Sword and Galantine Pair, which require artifacts in order to be crafted. On each of those weapons, you’ll find out which specific artifact you need.
Crafting weapons and gear
In each and every city of Albion’s open world, you’ll find an Artifact Foundry. The Artifact Foundry provides you with 4 different services: Melding, Salvaging, Enchanting and Transmuting. But let’s break it into parts.
First off, we have the meld. The meld is used to create artifacts. In this tab, you get to choose the tier of the weapon you want, starting at Tier 4 and going up to Tier 8.
Once you’ve selected the option you want, you’ll have to choose between rune, soul and relic, the rune being the less valuable fragment and the relic the most valuable one. Last but not least, you can choose the class of the item you’re crafting: warrior, mage or hunter.
If you want to craft the item for a specific class, you’ll need to pay 50 of the magical fragment you initially chose. For example, if you chose a T5 soul warrior item, you’ll pay 50 souls. If, on the other hand, you have no specific goal, you can just ignore the class option and pay only 36.
Note that you can choose the specifications however you like, but you will never get to choose the final artifact. You’ll see a list of potential items, and you’ll get one at random.
Salvaging is nothing more than breaking an artifact weapon apart in order to salvage the artifacts invested, and also some of the silver. There are two different reasons you might want to use this option. First, if you have collected an artifact weapon from an enemy defeated in PvP and find that the artifact is worth more than the artifact weapon itself, you would want to salvage it.
The second reason to salvage something is if you created an artifact weapon but didn’t get the one you wanted. Then you’d just salvage it and try again.
There are three enchantments which can be made: 1, 2 and 3. What I mean by this, is that if you have a T5 weapon, you can enchant it to Tier 5.1, Tier 5.2 or Tier 5.3. Each time a weapon is enchanted, it will gain increased damage, spell and item power.
So, enchanting is quite easy, once you get the hang of it, and by that I mean knowing whether you’ll need either runes, souls or relics.
As you can see in the table, each enchantment level requires a different fragment. So, for example, if you had a T4.2 cursed staff you wanted to upgrade to T4.3, you’d need relics in order to do so.
To enchant items, they need to be at 100% durability, so pay a visit to the repair station to repair any item you want to enchant.
As for the cost of enchanting items, they follow the following rates:
The cost of enchantment has a trick to it. Imagining you wanted to enchant a one-handed weapon from 0 to 1: the cost would be 72 runes. From 1 to 2 it would cost 24 souls, and last but not least, from 2 to 3, the cost would be 72 relics. This ratio applies to all enchantable items.
Transmuting is nothing more, nothing less that converting one magical fragment into another. For example, if you are in dire need of souls, you can use runes and convert them into souls. But to be honest, this option isn’t really viable, as the price of doing so is incredibly high. It is almost always better to buy them at the marketplace.
At the beginning of the article, I mentioned you’d save a lot of money using magical fragments, and here’s why: crafting or enchanting items to a higher level is cheaper than buying the upgraded version right off the marketplace.
Not only that, but you can craft and enchant the items and then resell them at the marketplace. With some items, the price range from normal to artifact version can range up to 50k! Sometimes, just the crafted artifacts are worth more than the finished product.
And there you have it! Now you know everything you need to know about using runes, souls and relics in Albion Online.