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In this article we are going to take a quick look at the “New Moon Acolyte Set”. The New Moon Acolyte set can be crafted (requires 9 traits researched) in Southern-Elsweyr, close to the main city of Senchal. The set is both made for magicka and stamina builds, you can see that fairly quick on all the double bonuses it has:
(2 items) Adds 833 Weapon Critical and Spell Critical
(3 items) Adds 129 Weapon Damage and Spell Damage
(4 items) Adds 1487 Physical Penetration and Spell Penetration
(5 items) Adds 481 Weapon Damage and Spell Damage. Increase the cost of your active abilities by 5%.
How good is it?
The set performs very well overall, but the question is, is it really better than any of the current options we already have. I did some tests on a Magicka Sorcerer (Dragonhold PTS) on a 21 Million Iron Atronach Target Dummy (that has all raid buffs). I used Perfected False God's Devotion and Zaan as the base sets for this test. What I did next was front bar either Mother's Sorrow which is the standard set used in all the current builds, or I front bared the New Moon Acolyte set instead to see the difference. When I used The New Moon Acolyte set, I removed my 10 points in the Spell Erosion Perk from the Champion Points, because we already have more Spell Penetration from the New Moon Acolyte Set. I used the Shadow Mundus Stone in both the tests.
Mother’s Sorrow, P. False God’s Devotion, Zaan (Full Setup)
New Moon Acolyte, P. False God’s Devotion, Zaan (Full Setup)
As you can see both tests are fairly close, resulting in almost no difference at all in terms of DPS due to error margin and RNG during DPS Tests. Now the downside New Moon Acolyte brings with us is the extra 5% cost increase that a lot of players seem to forget. The build I used is very front bar focused, therefore we did not spend a lot of time on the back bar where the 5% cost increase did not apply because we front bared the set only.
Having almost no DPS difference to Mother’s Sorrow and the extra 5% cost increase that comes along with the New Moon Acolyte set, it is simply not worth using it currently. The only argument standing for it is that it can be crafted, whereas Mother’s Sorrow has to be either bought or farmed in the Deshaan Overland Zone. But even then most people would probably rather choose Law of Julianos because it does not have any downside like the 5% cost increase to it.