The original text for this post was written by Mewkus, with updates from various members of the message board community.
Q: What are geerlok tools?
A: Geerlok tools are items that can be equipped in your primary slot that increase one of your tradeskills by 5%. There is a different tool for each tradeskill and a Geerlok Hypermodulating Tool which can be turned into a 5% geerlok for the basic tradeskills.
Q: What are Trade Skill Items?
A: There are certain items that can be obtained as drops from mobs in different zones that will also increase tradeskills by other percentages.
Q: What are trophies?
A: With the Prophecy of Ro expansion, new tradeskill "trophies" were introduced. These trophies have different levels depending on which "test" you take. From the point of taking the test and acquiring the trophy, trophy will evolve to the next level, providing a higher modification to your tradeskill level.
Q: What does 5 percent (or 10 or 15) mean?
A: That means your current skill is increased by 5% with regards to success rates. For instance, if your tailoring skill is 60 and you equip a geerlok sewing contraption in your primary slot, any combines you attempt will have the success rate as if your tailoring skill were 63 (60 + 60* 5%). Do not confuse this with increasing your success rate by 5%. If your unmodified skill level is 250 and you have a 10% modification item, then your modified skill level is 275, 15% modification item and a skill of 300 would be 345, etc.
Note that the use of tradeskill enhancing items does NOT change the trivial information for an item. If you are making something at skill 100, the item trivials at 102, and you are using a geerlok to modify your skill to 105, the skill check will go against the modified 105 skill (meaning the item is trivial), BUT you will not receive a trivial message. This confuses a lot of people who mistakenly ADD 5% to the trivial number when they're reporting it. Trivial listings for this site are reported off your RAW skill, not any modified skill.
Q: Does the final number get rounded up or down?
A: Any remaining fraction gets truncated. If your skill is 79, 5% would be 3.95. The .95 gets truncated off and your skill bonus is 3, giving you a modified skill of 82. This modified skill level will show up in the tradeskill UI and in your skills window.
Q: If my skill is 300, would one of these geerlok tools make my skill 315?
A: Yes. Skill-modifying items can take your effective skill beyond the 300 cap on actual skill.
Q: If I get one of these geerlok tools, what do I do with it?
A: You would need to equip it in your primary, secondary, range or ammo slot. It only needs to be equiped while you are doing your combines.
Q: Will my skills listing show my actual skill or my modified skill (actual skill plus geerloks or other modifying items)?
A: The skill listing shows your modified skill, including the effects of any skill modifying items you may have equipped.
Q: Is it better to use a geerlok tool or an Int/Wis buffing item in my primary slot?
A: That depends on which is more important to you, successful combines or getting skill ups. If you�re more interested in successful combines, use the geerlok tool, if you�re trying to get skill ups, use the Int/Wis item. If you�re attempting something that is already trivial (ie you wont get a skill up), you should equip your geerlok tool. If you�re attempting something that is trivial way over your current skill (ie trying velious tailoring at 158 skill), your success rate is already pegged at the minimum chance with or without the geerlok tool, that you should have your Int/Wis item equipped.
Q: Where can I get one of these geerlok tools?
A: Geerlok tools are made by tinkerers. They are trivial at 215, so you�d need to have a good tinkering skill to have a reasonable success rate at them. Each combine requires a dropped item off a luclin mob and some parts that are only sold by one of the gnome vendors in Katta Castellum and Shadow Haven. The newer tools (alchemy, spell research, make poison, tinkering), require drops from Gunthak as well as a no-drop component sold only in the lighthouse in Gunthak. The Trade skill items are dropped from mobs. The trophies are obtained by completing a "test".
Q: Where do I find a tinkerer on my server who can make/sell me one?
A: Check the message boards for your particular server or Gnome Positioning System (GPS)
Q: What are the recipes for the geerlok tools?
A: The Geerlok Recipes are available.
Q: If one of my skills is already over 200, will one of these devices allow a second skill to effectively be over 200 also?
A: Yes. According to Sony these were added to allow characters who had already specialized in one tradeskill to get a higher effective skill level in other tradeskills.
Q: Will using the skill modifying items reduce my chance for getting skill ups?
A: No, your chances of getting a skill up are not affected by your modified skill level.
Q: If I have multiple enhancing items, does their effect stack or does it use the highest percentage one only?
A: According to the most recent communication with Sony, the effects do NOT stack. Only the highest-bonus item of those you are wearing/wielding will apply.
Q: What other skill enhancing items are there?
A: There are player-made tradeskill trophies, with recipes located at the primary recipe level for each tradeskill.
Additionally, there are many vendor-sold and mob-dropped +tradeskill items in the game. Known items with a +tradeskill modifier are listed below.
|Beginner Alchemist Trophy||1%|
|Apprentice Alchemist Trophy||2%|
|Freshman Alchemist Trophy||4%|
|Journeyman Alchemist Trophy||5%|
|Expert Alchemist Trophy||8%|
|Master Alchemist Trophy||12%||Mundunugu Medicine Stick||15%|
|Umbracite Swarm Orb||15%|
|Philosopher's Stone (removed)||10%|
|Geerlok Alchemy Set||5%|
|Grandmaster's Medicine Bag||5%|
|Beginner Baker Trophy||1%|
|Apprentice Baker Trophy||2%|
|Freshman Baker Trophy||4%|
|Journeyman Baker Trophy||5%|
|Expert Baker Trophy||8%|
|Master Baker Trophy||12%||Denmother's Rolling Pin||15%|
|Geerlok All Purpose Baking Utensil||5%|
|Geerlok Hypermodulating Tool (baking)||5%|
|Grandmaster Baker's Spoon||5%|
|Chowderly's Grand Bowl||5%|
|Cloak Of The Taruun Recruit||1%|
|Beginner Brewer Trophy||1%|
|Apprentice Brewer Trophy||2%|
|Freshman Brewer Trophy||4%|
|Journeyman Brewer Trophy||5%|
|Expert Brewer Trophy||8%|
|Master Brewer Trophy||12%||Brewmaster's Mug||15%|
|Geerlok Fermentation Device||5%|
|Geerlok Hypermodulating Tool (brewing)||5%|
|Grandmaster Brewer's Corker||5%|
|Cloak Of The Dar Khura Apprentice||2%|
(equip bait/flies in ammo slot for bonus, bait/fly lost when item caught; equip poles in primary slot -- note: ALL fishing poles have a chance of breaking when used)
|Busy Bee Circle Fly||4%|
|Busy Bee Dry Fly||2%|
|Busy Bee Treble Fly||3%|
|Fire Wing Circle Fly||4%|
|Fire Wing Dry Fly||2%|
|Fire Wing Treble Fly||3%|
|Giant Bloodsucker Circle Fly||4%|
|Giant Bloodsucker Dry Fly||2%|
|Giant Bloodsucker Treble Fly||3%|
|Jelly Bandit Circle Fly||4%|
|Jelly Bandit Dry Fly||2%|
|Jelly Bandit Treble Fly||3%|
|Night Swooper Circle Fly||4%|
|Night Swooper Dry Fly||2%|
|Night Swooper Treble Fly||3%|
|Purple Trickster Circle Fly||4%|
|Purple Trickster Dry Fly||2%|
|Purple Trickster Treble Fly||3%|
|Screeching Circle Fly||4%|
|Screeching Dry Fly||2%|
|Screeching Treble Fly||3%|
|Shimmering Gossamer Circle Fly||4%|
|Shimmering Gossamer Dry Fly||2%|
|Shimmering Gossamer Treble Fly||3%|
|Slobbering Hound Circle Fly||4%|
|Slobbering Hound Dry Fly||2%|
|Slobbering Hound Treble Fly||3%|
|Small Bloodsucker Circle Fly||4%|
|Small Bloodsucker Dry Fly||2%|
|Small Bloodsucker Treble Fly||3%|
|Squeaking Nibbler Circle Fly||4%|
|Squeaking Nibbler Dry Fly||2%|
|Squeaking Nibbler Treble Fly||3%|
|Yappin Doggy Circle Fly||4%|
|Yappin Doggy Dry Fly||2%|
|Yappin Doggy Treble Fly||3%|
|Yellowjacket Circle Fly||4%|
|Yellowjacket Dry Fly||2%|
|Yellowjacket Treble Fly||3%|
|Hintol`s Fishbringer Bait||2%|
|Hintol`s Fishing Pole (expendable)||2%|
|Collapsible Fishing Pole (expendable)||2%|
|Ancient Fishing Pole (unbreakable)||3%|
|Grey Wood Fishing Pole (expendable)||3%|
|Blessed Fishing Rod (expendable)||5%|
|Brell's Fishin' Pole (unbreakable)||3%|
|Aglthin's Fishing Pole (expendable)||2%|
|Uliorn's Fishing Pole (unbreakable)||2%|
|Can Of Ice Worms||2%|
|Beginner Fletcher Trophy||1%|
|Apprentice Fletcher Trophy||2%|
|Freshman Fletcher Trophy||4%|
|Journeyman Fletcher Trophy||5%|
|Expert Fletcher Trophy||8%|
|Master Fletcher Trophy||12%|
|Geerlok Hypermodulating Tool (fletching)||5%|
|Geerlok Planing Tool||5%|
|Grandmaster Fletcher's Knife||5%|
|Beginner Jeweler Trophy||1%|
|Apprentice Jeweler Trophy||2%|
|Freshman Jeweler Trophy||4%|
|Journeyman Jeweler Trophy||5%|
|Expert Jeweler Trophy||8%|
|Master Jeweler Trophy||12%|
|Intricate Jewelers Glass||15%|
|Geerlok Hypermodulating Tool (jewelcraft)||5%|
|Geerlok Gem Setter||5%|
|Grandmaster Jeweler's Eyeglass||5%|
|Gem Encrusted Choker||10%|
|Beginner Toxicologist Trophy||1%|
|Apprentice Toxicologist Trophy||2%|
|Freshman Toxicologist Trophy||4%|
|Journeyman Toxicologist Trophy||5%|
|Expert Toxicologist Trophy||8%|
|Master Toxicologist Trophy||12%|
|Geerlok Automated Pestle||5%|
|Grandmaster Assassin's Vial||5%|
|Grandmaster Assassin's Seal||5%|
|Decanter Of The Apothecary||3%|
|Beginner Potter Trophy||1%|
|Apprentice Potter Trophy||2%|
|Freshman Potter Trophy||4%|
|Journeyman Potter Trophy||5%|
|Expert Potter Trophy||8%|
|Master Potter Trophy||12%|
|Clay Flinger's Loop||15%|
|Geerlok Hypermodulating Tool (pottery)||5%|
|Grandmaster Potter's Sculpter||5%|
|Geerlok Sculpting Tools||5%|
|All Purpose Glaze||3%|
|Clay Encrusted Gloves||3%|
|Cloak Of The Jharin Recruit||1%|
|Cloak Of The Jharin Apprentice||2%|
|Cloak Of The Jharin Journeyman||3%|
|Jharin Garrison Cloak||3%|
|Beginner Researcher Trophy||1%|
|Apprentice Researcher Trophy||2%|
|Freshman Researcher Trophy||4%|
|Journeyman Researcher Trophy||5%|
|Expert Researcher Trophy||8%|
|Master Researcher Trophy||12%|
|Geerlok Automated Quill||5%|
|Thought Horror Scalp||5%|
|Thought Horror Scalp||5%|
|Scepter Of Calekor||1%|
|Beginner Smith Trophy||1%|
|Apprentice Smith Trophy||2%|
|Freshman Smith Trophy||4%|
|Journeyman Smith Trophy||5%|
|Expert Smith Trophy||8%|
|Master Smith Trophy||12%|
|Blacksmith's Adamantine Hammer||15%|
|Geerlok Automated Hammer||5%|
|Grandmaster Smith's Hammer||5%|
|Geerlok Hypermodulating Tool (smithing)||5%|
|Hammer Of The Ironfrost||15%|
|Massive Girdle Of The Forge||15%|
|Hammer Of The Ironfrost||15%|
|Acrylia Slate Of Shar Vahl||1%|
|Cloak Of The Khala Dun Apprentice||2%|
|Cloak Of The Khala Dun Journeyman||3%|
|Khala Dun Garrison Cloak||3%|
|Beginner Tailor Trophy||1%|
|Apprentice Tailor Trophy||2%|
|Freshman Tailor Trophy||4%|
|Journeyman Tailor Trophy||5%|
|Expert Tailor Trophy||8%|
|Master Tailor Trophy||12%|
|Geerlok Sewing Contraption||5%|
|Grandmaster Tailor's Needle||5%|
|Geerlok Hypermodulating Tool (tailoring)||5%|
|Akhevan Shadow Shears||15%|
|Cloak Of The Khati Sha Recruit||1%|
|Cloak Of The Khati Sha Apprentice||2%|
|Cloak Of The Khati Sha Journeyman||3%|
|Khati Sha Garrison Cloak||3%|
|Beginner Mechanist Trophy||1%|
|Apprentice Mechanist Trophy||2%|
|Freshman Mechanist Trophy||4%|
|Journeyman Mechanist Trophy||5%|
|Expert Mechanist Trophy||8%|
|Master Mechanist Trophy||12%|
|Grandmaster Tinker's Spanner||5%|
|Geerlok Clockwork Contraption||5%|
|Frizznik's Robe Of Tinkering||10%|