So, I finally made it to 80 unconquered. I got the rewards, etc. and then decided to finally kick the tires on this toon to get a feel for what he can do - I attacked The Sewer God in Tarantia Commons.
I did pretty good but wasn’t quite geared up for it (and don’t have many AA’s yet including VOM), so the dirty rat killed me (it was close, lol). Anyhow, I got the "you have been conquered message as I expected and also as I expected the rewards didn’t disappear and I checked another toon and confirmed the level 80 robe and weapons cache were available.
What I did notice is that the leaderboard does continue to show me as 79 in second place (for DT class). So Cappa appears to be correct about dying after 80, it may stop you from being updated to 80 on the leaderboard.
I didn’t even know about the leaderboard until Cappa posted so I can honestly say, I don’t really care and not worried about it.
But I wanted to pop in here and give a heads up to those who do care about the leaderboard. Once you hit 80 you may want to park your toon for a bit - at least until you see the leaderboard update you to 80.
Maybe there’s a dealy and mine will eventually update, but I suspect that Cappa may be correct. If the leaderboards only update periodically and not in real time, then by dying within a few minutes after I made 80 unconqured and received all of the rewards, I think it’s possible that the next update cycle for the leaderboard my look for the unconquered flag, which would mean even though I hit 80 unconquered as the 8th DT, it may never know to update me and alas no-one will ever know what an incredibly awesome player I am (<-sarcasm, lol ).
So, if you don’t really care about the leaderboard and just wanted the feeling of accomplishment (and the vanity weapons for all toons! ) then go for it and play normally.
If you do care about the leaderboard then Cappa may be correct and you might want to hold off at least until you see it updated.
Best of luck to all!
Oh, I should mention that Atilius Mansion in the Common District seemed like a good place to grind out the last part of 79 but I kept getting swarmed by mobs from several rooms even with extremely careful pulling. I noticed a mob completely far out of aggro range from both me and my pull and not aggro linked to my pull after a delay would suddenly run into the next room like she’s a Vanir running for the alarm horn. Not sure why that was happening as I have done this zone many times before and have never had this problem. It’s almost as though they knew I was going for unconquered and were determined to get me! I think Funcom may have offered them free ale at the tavern if they kill an unconquered. Maybe they just hate me for the other times I came through in the past and ruined their fun.
But seriously, be careful in instanced zones. There really does seem to be some kind of mass aggro mechanism happening that I don’t remember seeing before (not all the time, but often enough to make me wonder what’s going on).