Equipment is a very important feature of Goodgame Empire. There exists two different types of equipment available, for either Commanders, or Castellans. They provide multiple bonuses to your commander. There are 6 different classes of equipment: Helmet, Armor, Weapon, Artifact, Look and Hero. Equipment also comes in 5 different rarities: Ordinary, Rare, Epic, Legendary, and Unique. They have the coloured borders of grey, green, purple, orange, and red respectively. Equipment can also be sold for gold coins in the equipment panel. The sale price is dependent on rarity and rarity alone.
There are a variety of bonuses available for equipment, the bonus with the highest stat determines the equipment's suffix. For example, if the highest stat on a commander's piece of equipment is "Increases combat strength of Ranged fighters by XX.X%" then the piece of equipment will be called "[Rarity] [Equipment type] of the Bowman". However in the case of a castellan piece of equipment it will be "[Rarity] [Equipment type] of Iron Rain". A later update has brought in Hero equipment pieces. The Commander and Castellan bonuses are now increasing in other areas and information regarding this will soon be provided.
Gems are obtainable through attacking Robber Baron Castles (and other NPC targets) and in the alliance smithy. Gems act like bonuses but need to be socketed. Socketing requires a certain amount of gold, depending on the abilities and level of the gem. Once socketed the gem can be removed for 200 rubies or more, depending on the Gem's level. If a gem is already socketed when a new gem is socket than the new gem replaces the old one and the old gem is lost as there can only be one piece of equipment socketed to each piece of equipment. Gems are levelled between level 1 and 12.
The smithy is where you are able to forge the items you looted into new items. Only same quality items can be forged together, the type is irrelevant so a player can forge castellan and commander equipment together. At the cost of some gold, a player can either place 3 items into the smithy (irregardless of place in the 6 slots) and produce a new item of the same quality. The player also has the option of forging 6 items into an item of higher quality. The rarity of the item forged is dependent on what is put in and follows the sequence below. Note that a "Unique" rarity item cannot be forged and must be obtained via events.
Equipment items can be exchanged for coins in the smithy. The price fetched for the sale of an item is determined by its rarity. The prices range from 25 to 12,000 gold coins. (Heroes add 20%-25% to the price) The prices are as follows: