As a new player I am unsure of the limitations on when you can use these. I saw a post where someone mentioned you can use _4 to all attributes at paticular levels. If I dont have the ability to get the tomes at a certain level do I lose my ability to get the full usage out of them? If anyone can give me a quick run down on how that works that be great!
Originally Posted by BloodySunday
- +1 Tome: Use at level 3+
- +2 Tome: Use at level 7+
- +3 Tome: Use at level 11+
- +4 Tome: Use at level 15+
That's when you can "read" them. The only Tome that matters is the "Intelligence" tome for bonus skill points. Otherwise the only other reason for eating Tomes is for qualifying for specific feats like IPS, TWF, Precision, ect...
As far as the Tome of Intelligence one, you can use a Reincarnation stone (obtained from loot, AH or DDO Store) to "go back" if you will, so you can gain those skill points you may have lost out on for eating the book at later levels.
You can also do the same with the other tomes if it allows you to qualify for a feat at an earlier time or place a level up somewhere else. A good example of that may be, your level 20 and you finally can afford/looted a Tome of Dexterity +3. So you read the Tome of Dexterity, do a lesser reincarnation and (as you are going through the Reincarnation process) instead of using one of your level ups into Dexterity (To qualify for IPS, a feat that requires base 19 Dex) your +3 tome will allow you to qualify for it and you can spend all 5 level ups into your other primary stat.
Otherwise you gain all benefits from the tome upon reading (DC's, SP's, HP's, Increased Saves, ect...)
Hopefully that covers the basics.
If you ever reincarnate after reading a tome, it acts as if you used each lesser tome at the appropriate level. So, it works like this:
At level 25 on your first life, you manage to acquire a +4 intelligence tome (minimum level 15) and read it. But you don't get any new skill points. So you decide to go reincarnate to get the extra skills. What will happen is this:
When you take level 3, you will get a +1 inherent int bonus as if you read a +1 tome at that level.
When you take level 7, the inherent bonus to int will increase to +2
At level 11, the inherent bonus will increase to +3
and then finally at level 15 you will receive your full +4 inherent bonus.
It works the same for respeccing feats and so forth, so if you have a +4 strength tome, you will need to use a 15+ level feat in order to get Power Attack (requires strength 13) with a 9 base strength.
Tomes persist through True Reincarnation now and aren't super-hard to get any more, so there's really no reason to hold off on reading one as soon as you get it. Just remember they don't stack--higher numbers overwrite lower ones unless you're using an UPGRADE tome, which takes you from one value to another--you have to already HAVE a tome for that stat in order to use an upgrade tome. Also, there isn't any such thing as a +5 tome in the game (yet) but you can get an UPGRADE tome to go from +4 to +5, and you can't use one of these unless you already have a +4 inherent bonus to that stat from using a +4 tome.
One note: Reincarnating is actually the only way to get the "full" bonus from using a tome because that way it auto-applies to the level where you would be able to read the tome, so you actually gain the effects for your level-up as opposed to having to take the level in order to read the tome. At best it's only going to get you +1 skill point or MAYBE let you squeeze in a feat just a teensy bit earler.