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What's the top of Rods with Imbuements?

Taking into count just:

Falcon Rod

Cobra Roda

Jungle Rod

Lion Rod

Rod of Destruction

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Well, besides the ones you just mentioned I would add the Soulhexer, which is currently the BIS rod.

19:34 You see a soulhexer (magic level +5, life leech chance 100%, life leech amount +5%, mana leech chance 100%, mana leech amount +3%, protection ice +12%).

Imbuements: (Powerful Strike 14:11h, Powerful Void 14:11h).

It can only be wielded properly by druids of level 400 or higher.

It weighs 25.00 oz.

''Taking into count just'' the bis rod is not necessary.
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Well, if you pretend to hunt Dark Thais I would say that that 12% ice protection is kinda necessary.
No one say nothing about hunt on Dark Thais.
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Hey! That's a good question for druids higher than level 150. I want to focus on each rod first, before giving you a clear and straightforward reply.

  1. Falcon Rod: You see a falcon rod (magic level +3, protection energy +8%).
    Imbuements: (Empty Slot, Empty Slot).

    It can only be wielded properly by druids of level 300 or higher.

    It weighs 37.00 oz. This rod will mostly be imbued by critical hit (strike), mana leech (void) and magic level (epiphany). But it has only 2 slots and as far as I know, druids mostly do crit and mana leech on it. Some also increase their magic level by imbuing and neglect the critical hit. But mana leech has to be imbued on that. The cost of this rod is around 10kk on my server.

  2. Cobra Rod: You see a cobra rod (magic level +2, life leech chance 100%, life leech amount +18%).
    Imbuements: (Empty Slot, Empty Slot).

    It can only be wielded properly by druids of level 220 or higher.

    It weighs 25.00 oz. This is my absolute favourite among all rods due to it's life leech amount. Using any armor with this rod gives me double life leech and by hitting the creatures, I automatically get healed. I imbue crit and mana leech on it. One can also take into account imbuing magic level on it but the most common is crit + mana leech.

  3. Jungle Rod: You see a jungle rod (magic level +1, protection earth +3%).
    Imbuements: (Empty Slot, Empty Slot).

    It can only be wielded properly by druids of level 150 or higher.

    It weighs 37.00 oz. This rod is pretty new to the game and was implemented in the last winter update. It can be imbued with anything: Crit, Mana, Magic level and again, one would mostly chose crit and mana leech as written above, too. For now, they are pretty expensive compared to what they give (my opinion only!)

  4. Lion Rod: You see a lion rod (magic level +2, critical hit chance 10%, critical extra damage +35%).
    Imbuements: (Empty Slot, Empty Slot).

    It can only be wielded properly by druids of level 270 or higher.

    It weighs 26.00 oz. The lion rod is an analogous to the cobra wand and cannot be imbued with critical hit. Crit cannot be imbued by every player, since a tough quest has to be completed even tho heart of destruction is feasible after level 270 on a mage. This rod should be imbued with mana leech and magic level, there is literally no other choice of imbuings on it.

  5. Rod of destruction: You see a rod of destruction (magic level +1).
    Imbuements: (Empty Slot, Empty Slot).

    It can only be wielded properly by druids of level 200 or higher.

    It weighs 35.00 oz. This rod is probably the cheapest among all above mentioned and I would always recommend using this rod, if you don't want to invest too much money. If you like to hunt without utamo, then you can try using life leech on it in order to get a taste of the cobra rod - which in my opinion is the best rod beside the soulhexer, for sure. The second choice would always be using mana leech on it. Mana leech + Magic level is also a possible combination.

To sum up and answer your question. Which rod should you imbue and use? Here is, how I would prioritise:

  1. If you are willing to pay a lot, then definitely buy the cobra rod and imbue it with critical hit and mana leech. This rod is helpful, if you hunt without magic shield. But even if you use mana shield during your whole hunt, you can use it too, since you didn't imbue life leech on it. But if you mostly hunt on Utamo, then buying this rod can be a waste.
  2. If you want to have the cheapest but actually not that bad rod, then I would recommend using the 5th rod, the rod of destruction. Getting a taste about life leech in approximately the same amount as cobra rod is giving can be obtained by putting life leech on the rod of destruction. But one life leech on your armor + magic level and mana leech on the rod of destruction is also a very good way to hunt with less waste and even consider utamo in emergency cases too (depending if you use imbuable armors or rather prefer raiments)
  3. Third choice of which rod you want to have and which one you should imbue: Lion rod. Reason: It has crit! So you don't need to decide if you want to take crit or mana leech or magic level. You can have all three! Even tho the amount of critical extra damage is slightly lesser than imbuing crit on it (critical hit chance 10% is same for powerful strike + lion rod but the critical extra damage is only +35% instead of 50%).
  4. My last choices would be falcon rod, then jungle rod. Reasons: Too expensive and on top I have to decide, what imbuings I would put on. The other rods are much more flexible and universally usable. Falcon rods' energy protection can be nice to have but then again - There is no extra on it such as life leech or crit. But if you prefer energy protection, take the falcon rod and imbue mana and crit on it. Although, enough energy protection for mages is given by different gear already (see here I wrote a lot about energy protection gear for any vocation and mages have a lot!)
  5. If you need 3% earth protection, take the jungle rod. But using the living armor is also good instead buying this rod which is for now still pretty expensive.

I hope I could help you choosing the right rod and the appropriate imbuings on it! Note: It strongly depend on where and how you hunt!

P.S.: I don't have all of them on my druid. I am lacking of the lion rod, the falcon rod and the jungle rod but to be honest? I don't need them, because the most important is - in my opinion - the cobra rod =)