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Formerly, Tomes could be thought of as Alternate Advancement part 2. Due to client restrictions, new AA's could not be added to Shards of Dalaya, and Tomes were the solution to this. Such client restrictions no longer exist. As such, all tomes were moved back to AAs in August 2020.

Various tomes exist in the game, be they store bought, quested, or dropped. Tome itself is a blanket term, and 'tome' items aren't necessarily called Tomes at all. A Tome must be 'filled' with exp to get its benefit. This is done by right clicking the Tome to read it (Note: All droppable current tomes must be translated by Apprentice Vaceth in Erimal before they can be activated). Any prerequisites or limitations are written within. If you are eligible to use the tome you will receive a message telling you so, and from then on your normal exp bar represents the earned tome experience. For some tomes, the benefit will be gained as you earn experience, for others you will receive no benefit until you level it up completely.

When it is filled it can be disposed of, you do not need to hold on to it any more. A tome is filled when right clicking on it brings up the message "You have learned all you can from this codex." Only one tome can be 'active' at a time, but there is no penalty for switching which tome is active ahead of time. The amount of exp you had in the previous tome is saved, and you can continue right where you left off. The amount of exp a tome needs tends to be measured in equivalent AA levels, and the amount needed vary greatly from tome to tome.

There is no limit to the number of tomes which can be learned. It is safe to switch tomes mid-way, and safe to switch back without losing any progress. A tome may be moved around within a bag without deactivating it. However, if the bag containing the tome is moved in inventory it becomes inactive. Any experience gained will be lost unless the tome is reactivated, another tome is activated, or experience is moved to AAs.

The formerly most common Tome by far, the Codex of Power, can no longer be bought in Erimal library. They once cost about 1.7k Platinum per volume, with 5 volumes total. To use them, you needed 250+ AAs to begin with. Each volume of the codex of power required 110 AAs to complete (The 200 AA myth). Codexes of Power have been removed from the game. If you have not already, please see Avilus the Librarian to refund you of your experience and platinum spent on them.

See how to use Tomes in Character Comparisons here.

Note: Tomes need to be right clicked to be activated; this may be done either from a base inventory slot or from within a container. Once activated, adjust your AA experience percentage accordingly.

Old-World Tomes

It is conjectured (more parses needed) that each of the 9 Emberflow Tomes require 40 AAs to complete.

Ikisith Tomes

In order to begin using any droppable tome from Ikisith, you must hand it in to Apprentice Vaceth (Valley of Erimal at 1151, 860, -42) to be translated (much like Ancient Spell Scrolls and Eldritch Spell Scrolls). There is a translation fee of 500 Platinum for level 1 general tomes, 1200 Platinum for level 2 general tomes, 2000 Platinum for level 3 general tomes, 1000 Platinum for level 1 class tomes, and 2000 Platinum for level 2 class tomes. Tomes become no drop after they are translated. This can not be undone.

Bug Bug!
Players must have at least one more platinum with them than the amount required by Apprentice Vaceth to activate their tome.

General tomes

With the exception of "Resistance" tomes which have 6 ranks of similar structure, general tomes have 4 progressive ranks: Tome 1, Tome 2, Opus 1, and Opus 2. Each rank is a prerequisite for the next.

General tomes, which are able to be traded, may be found in the following zones either from monsters or from treasure chests:

Opuses, which are [NO DROP], are known to drop from the following exp zones (opus drop rates increase in descending order):

Tome name Effect Experience cost for Tomes/Opuses
Tome of Bodily Avoidance Increases physical avoidance by 1% per rank 60 AAs
Tome of Bodily Resilience Increases physical mitigation by 1% per rank 60 AAs
Tome of Vitality Increases base hit points by 1% per rank 60 AAs
Tome of Racing Thoughts Raises the worn Flowing Thought cap by 1 per rank 75 AAs
Tome of the Swift Increases base movement speed by 2% per rank 35 AAs
Tome of Striking Increases your chance to land a critical hit by 1 percent per rank 50 AAs
Tome of Bodily Resistance Increases poison and disease resists by 3 points each per rank 20 AAs
Tome of Elemental Resistance Increases fire and cold resists by 3 points each per rank 20 AAs
Tome of Magical Resistance Increases magic resist by 4 points per rank 20 AAs
Tome of Enhanced Strength Increases Hidden Strength STR overcap by 10 points per rank 40 AAs
Tome of Enhanced Stamina Increases Hidden Strength STA overcap by 10 points per rank 40 AAs
Tome of Enhanced Agility Increases Hidden Strength AGI overcap by 10 points per rank 30 AAs
Tome of Enhanced Dexterity Increases Hidden Strength DEX overcap by 10 points per rank 40 AAs
Tome of Enhanced Charisma Increases Hidden Strength CHA overcap by 10 points per rank 30 AAs
Tome of Exceptional Healing Increases the chance to score an exceptional heal by 1% per rank 50 AAs
Tome of Critical Evocation Increases the chance to score a critical blast by 1% per rank 60 AAs
Tome of Frost Mastery Increases damage of cold spells by 2% per rank 50 AAs
Tome of Flame Mastery Increases damage of fire spells by 2% per rank 50 AAs
Tome of Magic Mastery Increases damage of magic-based spells by 2% per rank 40 AAs
Tome of Infection Mastery Increases damage of disease and poison spells by 2% per rank 65 AAs
Tome of the Mind Increases hidden WIS and INT caps by 20 points per rank to award healing and direct damage critical rates of up to 1% respectively per rank 50 AAs
Tome of Lifetap Mastery Increases the damage of your lifetap spells by 2% per rank 50 AAs

Archetype tomes

Most Ikisith Archetype tomes are available for purchase in the Hidden Refuge in the Dreadlands, accessible via the Main Quest. These include pet tomes, the mututally exclusive glyphs for spellcasting specialization, and the Opus of Melee Discipline

Tome name Effect Estimated XP cost/AAs
Companion Bound Magic I Adds 25% of the player's pre-buff Magic resist to pet. 10 AAs
Companion Bound Fire I Adds 25% of the player's pre-buff Fire resist to pet. 15 AAs
Companion Bound Cold I Adds 25% of the player's pre-buff Cold resist to pet. 15 AAs
Companion Bound Poison I Adds 25% of the player's pre-buff Poison resist to pet. 15 AAs
Companion Bound Disease I Adds 25% of the player's pre-buff Disease resist to pet. 15 AAs
Companion Critical Strike I Adds 1% critical strike to pet. 7 AAs
Companion Armor I Adds 25% of the players AC to pet 25 AAs
Glyph of Shiritri I Adds -25 resist adjust to any magic spell you cast 40 AAs
Glyph of Tarhyl I Adds -25 resist adjust to any fire spell you cast 40 AAs
Glyph of Shojar I Adds -25 resist adjust to any cold spell you cast 40 AAs
Glyph of Sivyana I Adds -25 resist adjust to any poison spell you cast 40 AAs
Glyph of Gradalsh I Adds -25 resist adjust to any disease spell you cast 40 AAs
Codex of Melee Discipline Rogue: Gain Rested Style, which regenerates stamina at an accelerated rate. Warrior and Monk: Increase out of combat stamina by 20%. 15 AAs

Class tomes

As the name suggests, these tomes are class-specific. Each tome has 4 ranks. In general, class tome 1s drop similarly to general tome 2s from difficult named group experience dungeon mobs in Ikisith, and they are available for token purchase from Logistician Zi`zi. Class tome 2s are known to drop from Claw Commander Era`velu, Supreme Ritualist Ofgats, Stranded Shadow Dwarf, Calyth, Queen of Fourstones and in The Abyss. It is believed that all class tomes require 80 AAs to complete.

Tome name Class Effect
Blademaster's Rhythm Bard Grants the Bard a 2.5 / 5 / 7.5 / 10% chance to gain up to 8 extra melee swings when playing Song of the Blademaster.
Crescendo Bard Increases non-melee damage from the Bard when target is under 15% health by 10 / 20 / 30 / 40%.
Quiet Reflection Bard Increases Bard's Meditate skill (130) by 25 / 50 / 75 / 100.
Frenzied Companion Beastlord Grants the pet a chance to Flurry based on the Beastlord's mana usage. Chances initiate when the Beastlord uses mana, gradually decaying until reaching zero. Flurry chances are capped at 15 / 30 / 45 / 60%.
Empathic Warder Beastlord Shares ? / ? / ? / ?% of Beastlord's critical strike with the pet. Also heals the Beastlord for 7.5 / 15 / 22.5 / 30% of direct heals received by the pet.
Third Beastlord Tome Beastlord Not yet implemented.
Tool of the Divine Cleric Causes a portion of any overhealing from the Cleric's single target heals to be spread to the group. Rank-by-rank improvements are (Unknown).
Manual of Condemnation Cleric A successful bash may be followed up with additional melee damage at a rate of ~250 per rank, doubled on undead.
Third Cleric Tome Cleric Not yet implemented.
Euphorbium Mastery Druid Increases effectiveness of all damage shields in druid's group by 10 / 20 / 30 / 40%
Advanced Apiculture Druid Casting Crawling Swarm and Relic: Doomswarm will summon a queen bee at a rate of 3 / 6 / 9 / 12%. The queen produces upwards of 70 DPS and despawns with her minions.
Natural Balance Druid Grants access to an AA which redistributes HP evenly throughout the group and heals for a small amount afterwards. Increases in tomes increase the heal, as well as decreasing the cooldown of the AA. Rank-by-rank improvements are (Unknown).
Overpowering Calm Enchanter Reduces the resistance rate of mesmerize spells by 3 / 6 / 9 / 12 and lessens mitigation of their duration by 15 / 30 / 45 / 60%.
Cascading Bond Enchanter Increases the Enchanter's own melee efficacy while under the effects of Somatic Bond. Tome 1: 80% accuracy in melee and 1.25x damage. Tome 2: Additional 1.5x damage. Tome 3: Chance to double attack. Tome 4: Additional chance to double attack.
Third Enchanter Tome Enchanter Not yet implemented.
Elemental Embodiment Magician While in an elemental form, you will convert 2 / 4 / 6 / 8% of spell damage received from the spell type that form adds resistance to into mana for yourself and absorb 5 / 10 / 15 / 20% of the damage of the spell type that form adds resistance to. Against unresistable spells and in any form, the damage absorption is reduced to 2.5 / 5 / 7.5 / 10%.
Empowered Storm Magician Increases the critical hit chance modifier on area of affect and rain spells from 33% of total spell critical chance to 53 / 73 / 93 / 113% of total spell critical chance.
Word of Power Magician Gives the pet the ability to Flurry / Rampage / Whirlwind / Devastating Blow for a short time using pet stances with /style commands.
Elemental Fists Monk Gives the monk 1-2-3-4% chance per hit of proccing a fire fist (Claw of Tarhyl) and a 1-2-3-4% chance of proccing an ice fist (Claw of Shojar). Note: This is the description from Logistician Zi`zi; most likely it only 'per round' like other procs, not 'per hit'. Whether it is mainhand only like proc buffs or includes offhand rounds is unknown.
Force of Body Monk Increases empowered attacks damage and gives a 1.25% flurry chance per rank
Third Monk Tome Monk Not yet implemented.
Insidious Elements Necromancer Each of your Damage over Time spells gains an additional -2 / -4 / -7 / -10 resist adjust for each elemental type you are currently afflicting your target with after the first.
Leeching Servant Necromancer Gives the pet the ability to mimic its master's lifetaps at a rate of 20 / 40 / 60 / 80%.
Strands of Life Necromancer Killshots on any non-trivial mob give 2 / 4 / 12 / 16% health and mana to the group.
Holy Constitution Paladin Increases effectiveness of all heals that land on the Paladin by 2 / 4 / 6 / 8%.
Tears of the Crusader Paladin Gives an innate melee proc that heals the group for 100 / 200 / 300 / 400.
Divine Radiance Paladin Reduces the reuse time of Divine Refusal from 72 to 24 / 12 / ? / ? hours. Also allows the Paladin to flurry against undead mobs. Rank-by-rank improvements are (Unknown).
Crippling Shot Ranger Increases damage of pinning shots by 25 / 50 / 75 / 100% and with an additional 25 / 50 / 75 / 100% stun duration and 2 / 4 / 6 / 8% damage when the pinning shot is done to the flank.
Splitting Arrow Ranger Gives your arrows a 2 / 4 / 6 / 8% chance of splitting and hitting your target an additional time. This effect can occur multiple times from a single shot.
Third Ranger Tome Ranger Not yet implemented.
Insidious Stab Rogue Allows you to perform Insidious Stabs, causing 2 / 4 / 6 / 8% of your critical backstabs to deal 4x damage.
Periphery Dodging Rogue Allows the Rogue a 10 / 15 / 20 / 25% chance to dodge special melee attacks from any NPC.
Sinister Revenge Rogue Allows you to prolong your life for up to 15 seconds when dealt a mortal blow, dealing increased damage before finally perishing. Rank-by-rank improvements are (Unknown).
Ambuscade Expertise Rogue Increases the damage done by your traps. Rank-by-rank improvements are (Unknown).
Focused Hate Shadowknight Adds mana drain and stun to Improved and Leech Touches and increases their damage per rank (Unknown).
Servant Training Shadowknight Grants a new stance each rank that sacrifices the pet with the following effect: 1) Explode in a disease-based AoE 2) Mez nearby foes 3) Drain HP from target to heal group 4)Infect target with a splurt-type spell.
Third Shadowknight Tome Shadowknight Not yet implemented.
Tastes Like Chicken Shaman Increases mana gained from all cannibalize-type spells by 10 / 20 / 30 / 40%.
Blood Feast Shaman Empowers Form of the River Keeper, granting a chance that the Maul proc will do extra damage and heal the Shaman.
Blood Ritual Shaman Grants an endurance-reliant stance (/s 4) in which the Shaman's DoT spells are amplified by 15 / 23 / 32 / 40% and direct healing spells are amplified by 10 / 15 / 25 / 33% in exchange for 20-to-30% of the Shaman's maximum HP per spellcast.
Berserk Warrior Increases the chance to critical strike by one-fifth / one-fourth / one-third / one-half of your lost of hit points.
Crippler Warrior Increases accuracy of crippling strikes and allows them to land on level 63 / 65 / 67 / 70 mobs.
Juggernaut's Rage Warrior Enhances the Juggernaut's Rage stance. Reckless strike 17/20/25/34% of max hp, 14/13/12/12s reuse. Adds Juggernaut's Mark to driving strike with rank 1, Juggernaut's Kick to massive kick with rank 2, a small reduction in reuse time for Driving Strike and Whirlwind as well as increased flurry chance with rank 3, and changes AA: Warcry to Juggernaut's Warcry with rank 4.
Forbidden Harvest Wizard A killing blow replenishes 2 / 4 / 6 / 8% of the Wizard's mana pool.
Elementary Evocation Wizard Increases the damage done by non-critical spells by 2 / 4 / 6 / 8%.
Ley Line Mastery Wizard Gives the Wizard's Harvest spells the chance to have an Exceptional Harvest(up to double the mana) 20 / 40 / 60 / 80% of the time.