A guide to the new agony infusion slot and the updated agony resist system updated with GW2’s Fractured patch.
Agony infusion slot
Agony infusion slot is a new slot on infused Ascended items (rings and backpieces only).
- To infuse a backpiece: Place the following in the mystic forge: 1 Ascended Backpiece + 250 Glob of Ectoplasm + 1 Gift of Ascension + 1 Glob of Coagulated Mists Essence
- Gift of Ascension, purchased form the dungeon vendor inside Fractal of Mists for 500 Fractal Relics
- Glob of Coagulated Mists Essence = 5 Vial of Condensed Mists Essence + 1 Mystic Coin + 1 Glob of Ectoplasm +1 Pile of Crystalline Dust in Mystic Forge. Alternatively, Glob of Coagulated Mists Essence also drops from L10+ Fractal of the Mist.
- To infuse a ring: Place the following in the mystic forge: 1 Shard of Crystallized Mists Essence + 3 Glob of Coagulated Mists Essence + 5 Vial of Condensed Mists Essence+ Ascended ring
This slot is specifically for agony infusions, which is a new type of infusion introduced with this update that only goes into the Agony Infusion slot. Infusions from from previous updates cannot go into this slot. If you have infused your ring/backpiece before this update, you will have a +5 agony infusion already in this slot. If you infused your ring/backpiece after this update, this slot is now empty.
It is important to differentiate between the term agony infusion and agony resist infusion. Agony resist infusion means any infusion with agony resistance while agony infusions specifically refer to this new type of infusion which only contains agony resist and nothing else.
Acquiring & upgrading agony infusions
+1 agony infusions drop from the chest at end of each fractal. At a minimum you will get at least one +1 agony infusion but sometimes you can get more from the chest. These infusions tradeable and can be purchased from the Trading Post as well. At a minimum you should get at least four +1 agony infusions from a full fractal run.
To upgrade agony infusions, you will need have an artificer 100 level character. Place two identical agony infusions together with Thermocatalytic Regeant (purchased from the Master Artificer, 10 for 15 silver) to upgrade them a single infusion of the the next tier. For example, you can put two +1 agony infusions together to make a single +2. You can put two +3 agony infusions together to make a +4. There is no limit to how high you can go but it gets to a crazy amount after a while.
Here is a chart showing you how many +1 agony infusions you need to make an agony infusion of a given stat. Those more observant will notice that the number of +1 agony infusions you need doubles for each agony resist you gain. The formula is 2^(n-1)where n is the agony resist number. You can extract infusions you have placed into an item by using transmutation splitters sold on the gemstore.
The highest agony resist infusion crafted so far ingame is +12. The highest sold on trading post right now is a +11 agony infusion for 250 gold. (Nov 28, 2013)
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Getting Agony Resists
Before you spend your gold on agony infusions, deck out all of your ascended gear with Versatile Simple Infusion sold from the vendor inside the Fractal of the Mists. It costs 75 Fractal relics each and give you +5 Agony resist. You have 8 Ascended pieces so you will need 75×8 = 600 relics in total if you want to outfit all of your ascended pieces with them.
If you have infused your backpiece and rings before the patch, then your agony infusion slots should be already fitted with +5 agony infusion. This will add +5 agony resist per slot or +15 agony resist in total. This means you can have 55 agony resist total after you have decked out all of the Ascended slots with Versatile Simple Infusion. If you havn’t infused them pre-patch, then you will only have 40 agony resist in total.
A rule of thumb for how much agony resist you need to survive at full health is Fractal level –5. The amount of agony resist you need increase every 5 levels. So starting from fractal level 10 you will want 5 agony resist (10-5) to not die to agony. This is the minimum amount of agony resist you need, which means you will still take damage from agony.
If you want to completely minimize the amount of agony you take, you should aim for the amount of agony resist that is fractal level +10. So for a level 30 fractal having 40 agony resist should make agony a minor annoyance.
You will need 50 AR for fractal level 40 and 70 AR for fractal level 50 due to the Mistlock Instability which frequently inflicts your party with agony.