FAQs for Upgrading, Enhancing, Refining & Enchanting

In this page we try to answer all questions about upgrading, enhancing, refining and enchanting as much as we can. We recommend that you read the basics first in our full guide: Ultimate Guide to Upgrading, Enhancing, Refining & Enchanting

What’s the difference between enhance, refine, enchant and upgrade?

  1. Enhancing – from your bag using zeny, enhance up to your current level, transferrable to other items
  2. Refining – via Hollergrehnn, requires Ori/Elu, adds “+” to the item, gives “Refine” stats like Refine Atk or Refine MAtk
  3. Enchanting – via Cat NPC in Geffen, requires zeny or Mora Coins, gives random set of bonuses. Full Guide here.
  4. Upgrading – by clicking the red (sometimes blue) Up arrow in your item detail window, requires crafting materials, upgrades the item to higher Tiers (I, II, III, End tier)

Check out our full guide for more info.

Should I enhance, refine, enchant, or upgrade first?

(1) Enhance/Enchant anytime —> (2) Upgrade to End tier —> (3) Refine and Add Slot

When Upgrading to End tier, refine level will be reduced by -2 and the extra card slot is removed (if you added it manually). Enchantments will stay. So, Enhance and Enchant as much as you want, but do not refine and add the extra card slot before Upgrading to End tier if you cannot afford to lose the -2 refine and the extra card slot.

However, some players actually prefer to have their equips at Tier 3 with good refine, enchants and cards while the End form materials are still impossible to obtain.I will leave that decision up to you.

UPDATE: Some players also suggest refining the item to +10 first before upgrading to End tier (i.e. End tier will start at +8) as it’s more expensive to refine and repair End tier items. We have yet to confirm this.

Will my item Refinements, Enhancements or Enchantments disappear when I upgrade it to End tier/Final form?

  • Refinements will decrease by -2 (e.g. from +10 to +8)
  • Enhancement — Not affected, will stay
  • Enchantments — Not affected, will stay

Will my item slot/socket disappear when I upgrade it to End tier/Final form?

Yes, the extra card slot that you added via Socketing NPC will be removed. If the removed slot has a card, the card will go back to your inventory.

Upgrade the item to Final tier first before socketing it.

Can I upgrade a Refined/Slotted item to End tier?

You can, but the Refinement will decrease by -2 and the extra slot will be removed if you manually added the slot. It’s recommended to Upgrade to final tier first before fully refining and adding slot.

Why did my item’s Enhancement level decrease after I inherit it from other item?

Short answer: Stronger equips cost more to enhance per level than weaker equips. You will get refunded with zeny (check System chat) if you inherit from a stronger weapon. You won’t lose any money.

Long answer: It’s complicated to explain so I’ll give an example:

  • Strong Item A (Enhance Lv. 40 = 100k total cost)
    • costs 80k total to enhance to Lv. 35
    • costs 20k total to enhance Lv. 35–40
  • Weak Item B (Enhance Lv. 50 = 100k total cost)
    • costs 80k total to enhance Lv. 35
    • costs 20k total to enhance Lv. 40-50

As you can see, with 100k you can enhance more levels for Weak Item B since it’s a weaker item and costs lesser to enhance per level.

Now, let’s say you have equipped a Strong Item A with Lv. 40 enhance (100k worth). You equip Weak Item B Lv. 0 and Inherit it. Strong Item A Lv. 40 enhance is now passed to Weak Item B. But remember, Weak Item B Lv. 40 only costs 80k right? So what happens is you will get a refund of 20k zeny! (You will see it in system message)

So now, you have equipped Weak Item B Lv. 40 (80k worth). Then, you equip Strong Item A Lv. 0 again and Inherit the Lv. 40 enhance. But! Strong Item A will be at Lv. 35 only, not Lv. 40. Why? Because Strong Item A at 80k worth is only Lv. 35! (see enhance cost above)

Can I deposit Enhanced/Refined/Enchanted/Upgraded items to Shared Storage?

Yes. But for Enhanced item you need to remove them first by passing it to another equip. Just equip the Enhanced item, then equip a different item of same type (e.g. weapon or armor), then click “Inherit.”

Can I sell Enhanced/Refined/Enchanted/Upgraded items to Exchange?

  • Upgraded — Yes, but you need to remove the upgrades first with a zeny refund
  • Enhanced — Yes but the enhancement will be removed with a zeny refund
  • Refined — Yes
  • Enchanted — Yes

What’s the safe refinement level?

+4. Beyond that and the refinement may fails.

What happens when the refine fails?

Unlike classic Ragnarok Online games, the item will not disappear when the refine fails.

When the refine fails, the item will either:

  1. Decrease -1 refine level (e.g. from +3 to +2)
  2. Decrease -1 refine level AND become broken

Can I still equip broken items?

You can still equip the broken item as if it was a regular item. The only effect to broken items is you can’t refine it, that’s all.

How can I repair broken items?

Get another copy of the broken item and talk to Hollergrehnn in Prontera to Repair. The copy doesn’t need to be same refine or Tier level. But it should be the exact same item (e.g. if the broken item is Final tier, you need a copy of the final tier too.)

Can I Enhance/Enchant/Upgrade broken items?

  • Enhance — Yes
  • Enchant — Yes
  • Upgrade Tiers I-III — Yes
  • Upgrade to End tier — Yes, it will still be broken

Can I remove Enchantments, Enhancements, Refine, Upgrades, or cards of an item?

Yes, just talk to the Stove NPC in Prontera next to Hollergrehnn.

Can I use broken items to repair broken items?


Can I use non-slotted item to repair slotted items?

Yes, it doesn’t have to have the same number of slots.

Do I need same Upgrade Tier to repair mid-Tier items?

As long as it’s the same item name. So, you can use a Tier 1–3 version of the item to repair. But you need End tier to repair an End tier item.

Can I use broken items to socket/add slot?

Yes. Update (Feb 3, 2019): This has been changed in the latest patch (SEA). You can no longer use broken items to socket.

102 thoughts on “FAQs for Upgrading, Enhancing, Refining & Enchanting

  1. hi! thanks for the detailed guide.

    do we have information on if refine def, reduces damage taken from everything? from like MVP’s ?

  2. Hi.
    Can I use broken items to repair broken items?

    So even if I have +10 broken item, I can repair it with a broken item provided they are the same?

    Someone mentioned that only up to +5 could be repaired by a broken item.

    Than ks!~

      1. In my experience, I can’t repair +6 broken with broken item. Instead, the NPC forced me to buy +5 non broken item

  3. Hi, I have a Mystery Bow with advance enchantment but without special effect. Once I put it on exchange does the buyers can see the advance enchantment of the item?

  4. Hi Romsilog, got a question here. If I upgrade a 2slot Fullback Dagger that I bought thru exchange then upgrade to Holy dagger. Thus is affect the 2slot (not manually added)?

    Your response is much appreciated!
    Thanks for the guide by the way. .

    1. Yes. Upgrading to Tier 3 or End Tier will remove the 2nd slot and deduct 2 refinement. So if for example you upgrade your +8 FBD [2] to Holy Dagger, it will become +6 HD [1].

      1. EDITED**

        Yes. Upgrading to End Tier will remove the 2nd slot and deduct 2 refinement. So if for example you upgrade your +8 FBD [2] to Holy Dagger, it will become +6 HD [1].

  5. I see an Katar of Quacking with
    Morale 4: Ignore def 20%(Refine +6 effective)
    And the price was 25 mil Zeny.
    How to get that morale enchant guys?

    1. Get to lv 70 and do the whole quest at cat friend @ geffen (i’m not sure this is the correct name thou). U need to do basic – intermediate – and advance enchantment quest. the 1st and 2nd was piece of cake, but the 3rd one, u gonna need alot of quite expensive materials (such 3 star crumbs, 3 parts, 3 fabrics, etc).

  6. I have a Strength Ring III, and if I socket it (add slot), will it be SR III (1) or SR (1)?
    And if it is SR (1), what happened to the materials and zeny needed to upgrade before?

  7. I just want to be 100% sure, when you said, “You can still equip the broken item as if it was a regular item. The only effect to broken items is you can’t refine it, that’s all.”
    Does that mean, damage, bonuses and others are still in place even if its broken?
    Thank you.

  8. The broken equipment symbol is the red hammer. What about the number on the lower right? I noticed the higher that number is the less expensive it is in exchange.

    1. It means that the item has reached its snapping period. This happens when the item being sold is rare and/or the supply is less than the number of actual buyers. The number you see is the snapping period. Once this ends, the exchange system will choose only one buyer to get the “sale” item.

  9. Do i need level requirement to refine my equips? I have the oridecon, on the Prontera NPC, have the money, have the equipment, but he only give me the first option, to “Improve equipment”. He don`t give me the option to “Refine Equipment”
    I am lv 28 now

  10. “Can I use broken items to socket/add slot?

    Confirm? Got info from reliable ppl who have socketed with broken items.

    1. Apologies for the confusion! You can indeed use broken items to socket. I have updated the post, thank you for the heads-up! 🙂

  11. I dont understand one thing. If i open the card slot of a round buckleer, then i upgrade to royal silver shield, i lost the card slot and i need 10 royal silver to open again?

  12. Thanks for the guide! It is really helpful. However, there’s nothing mentioned about socketing mid-tier equipment (e.g. Tiers II and III) . Can you socket them by using 10 same equipment but only Tier I?

  13. Hi!
    When you say final tier, how about a RogueMaster Bow upgrading to tierIV/Final from RMBIII?
    Will a +8RMB tier III 2slot lose refinement/slot when upgrading to +8RMBIV (final tier for the item)?
    Want to be sure as I’m planning how to go about acquiring a +10RMBIV[_][_].

    Thank you!

  14. i still cant slotted my +8 malang,even though i got 10 broken malang at my bag those +3,+4,+6, it still require me to buy all +5 malang fresh…

  15. Can I use broken equips as a material to socket an equip.
    example i have malang crab bow[1] unbroken.
    can i use 10 pcs broken malang crab bow to make malang crab bow[2]?

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