OK, so since 2.4 deployed I have been playing a bunch. I have set up my base near the Pools of the Grey Ones, getting my thralls from the neighboring Stygian camps and a couple of Purges.
I have explored the Dusklands now and I had already done so during the Testlive period. My point is: why on earth should you go to the Dusklands? In the Savannah:
- You can farm Grey Ones for weapons (which kick ■■■ and deal a ton of damage in the hands of a thrall) and dismantle them for Obsidian bars.
- You can farm Grey Ones for Fragments of Power (I think I got roughly 100 of them since I started this run).
- You can farm camps for Figurines, then go to the Pools and summon them for legendary weapons, Schematic Fragments and ???.
- There is good visibility during the day. (although this is up to personal taste).
In the Dusklands there are pirates, cimmerians, and baboons that sound like shalebacks, I guess?
Seriously, between this and the Redwood forests, the eastern side of the island is WAY more interesting and has a lot more opportunities than the western side. There are NO flotsam crates on the western side, so no early Gravedigger. New Luxur and its recipes via the Judge are there.
It’s a shame because I find the western side to be a lot better-looking than the east side, but EVERY SINGLE INTERESTING OR IMPORTANT THING IS ON THE OTHER SIDE.
The western side needs a BIG overhaul IMHO, or servers are going to be absolutely empty on the west.
EDIT: And don’t take my word for it, here is the proof: this is the Isle of Siptam Map from Conan Exiles Interactive Map - Isle of Siptah. Look at how flotsam crates, recipes and camps are spread. There is simply no contest.