*Updated to include recent changes = 18/6/2013*
There are currently 21 personal dimensions available in Rift and choosing the right dimension is an important decision for the dimensioneer. Much has changed with the release of Patch 2.3, the Dendrome. Now players can have up to ten dimensions on one toon, the first two dimension slots are free and the rest bought, and the item limit for all dimensions was doubled by the addition of a fifth tier. While, we now have greater choice and flexibility with dimensions, picking a dimension suitable for your long term purpose will save a lot of wasted platinum and energy. So what’s the best way to decide?
Factors to Consider When Buying a Dimension
- Cost – the purchase price is not the only cost for a dimension. Upgrading a dimension item count from level 1 to level 4 will cost as much as the initial purchase price for that dimension, so when calculating the total cost, double the starting price. With patch 2.3, a 5th tier was added to dimensions which doubled the level 4 item count. Purchasing tier 5 will cost thousands in platinum and between 7-15 dollars in credit. Most dimensioneers will expand their dimension to level 4; many a good dimension was built with this item count and it is not necessary to upgrade to tier 5. Tier 5 is best regarded as an added luxury and not many dimensions will be expanded to this level. If you’re looking for a larger item limit, purchasing a dimension with 1000 items at tier 4 at 300 platinum, is far, far cheaper than buying one of the 10 plat dimension and upgrading it to tier 5 (also 1000 items).
- Maximum items – each dimension has an upper limit of allowed items. The right dimension will have a total item count sufficient to let your ideas blossom. If you plan to build your own house or structure, choosing a larger item count may be higher priority than cost. If you want to build big, buy big – it may be worth saving up for that 1000 item dimension. If you’d like to try before you buy, then there are two small dimensions available for the price of a quest.
- Existing features – dimensions differ in the features they provide. Many of the dimensions include buildings, plants, caves and other structures.
- Indoor space/outdoor space – Some dimensions are just rooms, others include a large amount of outdoor space. Are you interested in decorating a pre-existing structure, building your own structure, making a garden or all three?
- Purpose – what vision did you want to bring to life? Building and decorating your own structure will use a greater item count than decorating a pre-built structure, take this into account when choosing your dimension, as what you want to do will influence your choice of dimension.
Breach Chamber and Empyrean Mill have no outdoor space, both are single (large) rooms taken from instances. These two are most suited for decorating rather than building a new structure. Plaza Aurentine is about 70% building and 30% exterior and has room for a moderate garden outside. These dimensions all cost 10 platinum to buy and have a maximum of 500 items.
Sanguine Shores and Warden’s Point have very small buildings surrounded by open space. These two are the smallest of the available dimensions with an 200 item limit. They are obtained via a quest starting at the Dimensional Engineer in the guardian and defiant capital cities. Auditorium Carnos Plaza has three small buildings, not much more than huts but has plenty of open space for its limit of 600 items, spread over 2 terraces.
Dolcega Valley is a little different, dimensions wise. It has a small, one room house on the property and one giant swimming pool. Plenty of outdoor space for the item limit of 500 and cost of 10 platinum.
Faen’s Retreat has a large outdoor area with lake included and one small house in the Shimmersand style. Oodles of room to play with a 760 item limit and cost of 100 platinum.
Strozza Estate Villa has three separate small rooms and outdoor space. This dimension contains a lot of buildings, structures and plants occupying a proportion of land and while it has outdoor space, there isn’t anywhere obvious to build (though there is a secret room out back accessible over a half wall). A dimension for those looking for a challenge in their decorating. Available for 200 lucky coins from the artifact vendor and a 500 item limit.
Shoreward Island is one small tower and one giant hill with a grand ocean view. Acres of space and a high item limit at 1000 comes at the price of 300 platinum. A place to let your creativity roam free.
Buildings and Outdoors.
Central Necropolis, Temple of the Abandoned and Stone Flask Tavern have a balance of indoor and outdoor space, great for the dimensioneer that wants the best of both worlds. These dimensions are large, space wise, and cry out for a greater item level than they have. Stone Flask Tavern comes with a lake and barn, while Central Necropolis has caves, outbuildings and a cemetery. Temple of the Abandoned reflects the beautiful autumn and spring colours of the Dendrome. It’s building is large with a feature stained glass window. Central Necropolis and Temple of the Abandoned are 100 platinum to purchase with a 760 item limit, while Stone Flask Tavern is 300 platinum with an 1000 item limit.
Vengeful Sky, Moonshade Pools and Dormant Core are a blank canvas for your creations. These are the dimensions for the player who wants to build and build large. All three dimensions have water areas. Dormant Core has caves and the Ember Watch ruins, though this structure is so far removed from the entry point it can be ignored. Moonshade Pools, the latest edition to dimensions, has the most flat land of the larger dimensions and three pools with three fine waterfalls. Vengeful Sky and Moonshade Pools will set you back 300 platinum with an 1000 item limit, while Dormant Core is the luxury property at 900 platinum and 1260 item limit.
A smaller blank canvas can be found in Kestrel’s Cry Ravine. This is a cold, snowy dimension set in Iron Pine Peaks and the space available combined with the item limit of 600 for a cost of 40 platinum, makes Kestrel’s Cry Ravine great value for money.
Hailol is an unusual dimension with a cost of 40 platinum and item limit of 600. It’s most noticeable feature is the colour pink. Pink trees, pink pool, pink. It also has a walkway above the dimension. Much of the (pink) vegetation has been left in, so the available empty space is less than the other dimensions in this section.
A Category of it’s Own – Loyalty and Puzzle Dimensions.
Bogling Boggle has open space, a lake, lots of plants, a large underwater building and several good building sites above the lake. If you want to be a Boggle owner you must first complete the level 60 artifact collection, Bogling Star Signs, then solve the puzzle in Eastern Holdings. This dimension will take time and effort to acquire and imagination to make the best use of it’s features. It’s the ultimate status symbol of dimensions.
Two dimensions, available only for loyalty, have been added to the game. Edge of Infinity is granted to all toons when the purple loyalty level is reached while Endless Eclipse is granted on reaching red loyalty. Both dimensions have a tier 4 item count of 1260 and are otherworldly dimensions, located in non-telaran realms.
Still deciding? Then visit the public dimensions listed in the dimensions box, see what’s available and how others are using the dimensions. Target dimensions with a low vote, they are often new and not fully built so you can see what the dimension looks like. While you’re visiting, cast a vote for the dimensions that impress you, we could all do with some ego boo in the form of a +1.