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Umbral Shards System Guide (Updated Up To Patch 1.3.4)

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Umbral Shards are a mysterious, powerful resource that enables you to take an item with a Gear Score of 590 all the way up to a Gear Score of 625. 

New World Expertise System

When you reach Expertise 600, you unlock the ability to upgrade items of that type via Umbral Shards, as well as the ability to acquire Umbral Shards from Gypsum Casts of that type, or crafting by GS 600 items of that type. 

Umbral Shards can only be applied to equipment if 2 things are true:

  1. The equipment item is Gear Score 590.
  2. Your expertise for that piece of equipment is also 590.

It’s also important to note that upgrading an item with an Umbral Shard will bind that item to the player.

Each piece of Gear carries a different weight towards your average Gear Score so you’re going to want to level up your gear in the correct order. There’s an Umbral Shard Gear Optimizer. Make a copy and specify your Gear Score of every item to find out which one you should level up first for a better average Gear Score.

The actual stat increase is pretty minimal, but damage scaling really depends on your Gear Score in both PvP and PvE. For example, Armor Gear increase from 601 up to 604:

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Weapon Gear increase from 601 up to 605:

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War Hammer 600 GS vs War Hammer 625 GS:

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Current GearscoreShards to Upgrade
5902
5914
5926
59310
59420
59535
59650
59765
59890
599125
6001
6012
6023
6034
6045
6056
6068
60710
60815
60920
61025
61135
61250
61365
61490
615125
616175
617250
618325
619450
620900
6211,000
6221,400
6231,900
6242,500

If you upgrade 590 GS Epic item, it’ll not become Legendary and will not receive one more perk.

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The only exceptions to this rule are items that come with a preset perks list (mostly named items), for example, Infamy, Will of the Ancients, Beginning, Featherweight Ring, Doom’s Chance Earring. Upgrading them to 600 Gear Score using Umbral Shards, will unlock the third perk slot (not counting Attributes and Gem slots), making them Legendary.

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The Gear Score – Perk Count system is used in two different ways:

  1. When dropping/crafting/obtaining in any way an item with random perks, you will only roll for the eligible perk buckets, based on the item’s Gear Score (which is rolled before the perks).
  2. When items have a preset list of perks, the system is still used to “disable” non-eligible perks. Even if the Gear Score is too low for the last perk, the perk itself is still attached to the item, compared to case #1 where it isn’t. The perk gets disabled. 

Acquiring Umbral Shards

You can acquire Umbral Shards in 4 different ways. 

1. The most efficient way is through running Mutated Expeditions.

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Mutated Expeditions award Umbral Shards based on their Difficulty Level and the Score Rank you achieve upon completing them.

Mutation LevelBronzeSilverGold
1273340
2405060
3536780
480100120
5133167200
6533667800
71,0001,2501,500
81,3331,6672,000
92,6773,3334,000
104,0005,0006,000

2. The next way to acquire Umbral Shards is by opening Gypsum Casts after the Expertise of that item type has reached at least Expertise 600.

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They give Umbral Shards based on the expertise of the item you are opening, so you want to open casts that correspond with your highest expertise items.

Expertise LevelShards Reward
600100
601112
602124
603136
604148
605160
606172
607184
608196
609208
610220
611232
612244
613256
614268
615280
616292
617304
618316
619328
620340
621352
622364
623376
624388
625400

3. Outpost Rush rewards Umbral Shards on completion of a match. 100 shards for the winning team, and 50 shards for the losing team. Players must obtain a minimum score of 501 points to be eligible for this reward.

4. Lastly, Umbral Shards can be acquired through Crafting. Once you reach at least Expertise 600 for a gear type, you will earn Umbral Shards any time you craft a GS 600 item of that type. The amount of Umbral Shards earned will increase as your Expertise level increases.

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Expertise LevelShards Reward
60025
60128
60231
60334
60437
60540
60643
60746
60849
60952
61055
61158
61261
61364
61467
61570
61673
61776
61879
61982
62085
62188
62291
62394
62497
625100

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