I often wear sub-optimal gear just to avoid the effect in the OP. Being maxed out to fight evil as a superhero is great and all, but I want to look fabulous while doing it.
I recently did Christmas Island with both a shadow warrior and a dragon mage in honor of the season (kind of a yearly tradition of mine), and the Merry Christmas set for the shadow warrior did indeed suck eggs. I took it off immediately.
However, I'm finding that the set for my dragon mage is actually useable for an early level (56 on gold) dragon mage, and it has arguably better bonuses than my other, still incomplete sets. The set bonus is +9.6% to experience, and the individual pieces give significant reduction to regeneration times, as well as a few other good bonuses for a caster dragon mage, and each piece has two slots, enabling lots of nice mix-and-match jewelry and blacksmith arts possibilities.
EDIT: I've been playing a bit this afternoon still wearing the Merry Christmas set, and that xp bonus has gone up to +10.5% after only a couple of level-ups. It appears to scale with character level. That makes it even more useful, imo.
Do all sets scale their synergy bonuses with character level? I always thought that it was the aggregate equipment level of the pieces that determined the bottom line synergy bonuses.
The main temptation for me to take it back off, is that if I combine three pieces of any two of the three common dragon mage sets, I get a total +8 to all skills, and as soon as I have two pieces of Mavv's, I can use those for the last two armor slots to get another +3 to all skills.
Right now, I'm enjoying wearing the Merry Christmas set, and I'm roflstomping the gold level game, so I don't need the more optimal +all skills bonuses, and the experience bonus from the Christmas set is helping me level faster.
I'll probably change into something more power-gamey whenever I start to feel the game getting harder, but for now, I'm having a blast running around looking like Santa Claus. (Or Father Christmas, if you're on the other side of the pond.) I've named my white steed Draconicon mount "Rudolph". It feels even more appropos because I've seen lots of images of Saint Nicholas wearing red, carrying a staff, and riding a white horse.
Ah, good times. I think I'll always play Sacred 2 for at least a few months a year, for life.
Edited by belgarathmth, 01 January 2015 - 10:54 AM.
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