Neutral Neck Items

Neutrals are often mistakenly assumed to have no good items to wear in the neck slot. While this is generally true when compared to the power of higher level sided Token Boards, it some times means people assume that they have no neck items. This list is a compilation of the items that Neutrals can wear in their neck slot with some short commentary as well as locations where they are found and level ranges they should be used in before finding something new. This is not a comprehensive list of every single item though, and only covers items that characters might be expected to wear in the course of normal play. Some of these items are marked with a SL tag, which means that you must have the Shadowlands expansion to use them.


Soltoyz Intimate Helper

SoltoyZ Intimate Helper
Level: 40-100
Location: Fixer Shop
Comments: This item is only found in the fabled Fixer Shop and is extremely expensive to boot for the meager bonuses it gives. If you were going to skip any sort of neck item, this would be the one to skip. The upside though, is that it gives similar bonuses to the lower level token boards.

All-Match Augmented Bow Tie

All-Match Augmented Bow Tie
Level: 20-100
Location: Biomare
Comments: The bowtie is normally considered to be a tradeskiller's neck item, and for good reason: it primarily adds points to many tradeskills. This hides the true value of the bow tie because it also adds to Health and Nano Pool to a much higher degree than the Intimate Helper, unfortunately it requires a lot of Psychology skill to use which makes it only really appealing to Engineers, Traders, Bureaucrats, Soldiers, and Enforcers who need those skills anyway. This item is made through a tradeskill process and comes is varying QLs, which also effect the requirements to wear and the bonuses it gives.

Collar of Amplification

Collar of Amplification
Level: 80-120
Location: Biomare
Comments: This collar was introduced with the Biomare upgrades and is sometimes thought of as a lower level version of the Cyborg board because it adds treatment. This primary uses for this item is to boost nanoskills, NCU, and treatment, but this is not so awesome unless you really need nano skills in one area or do not have the CoH collar which adds to more combat oriented areas. This item is procured through a long quest series for a sided benefactor and the collar can be right clicked to change the nano skill it boosts.

Collar Casero de la Cripta

Collar Casero de la Cripta
Level: 50-200
Location: Crypt of Home
Comments: This is one of the solid gold items of the Neutral neck item progression and for many character will take them up to level 200. This item is an extremely common drop from the Crypt of Home (hence it being known as the 'CoH Collar'), so much so that you can go there and kill mobs right in the first rooms without enter the crypt proper and find one. The vast array of bonuses make this item extremely valuable not only the neutrals but also sided folks who need the ini or NCU. The only reason to -not- have this item is if you are too low of a level to get the buffs and implants to equip this item normally.

Sacrificial Ensigns of Cerubin

Sacrificial Ensigns of Cerubin
Keeper and Meta-Physicist Only
Level: 50-150
Location: Random drop in Crypt of Home
Comments: An excellent choice for a keeper who is using the Frost Scythe or Frost Bound Reaper in the Shadowlands as it adds a healthy block of cold damage and the add all defense debuff doesn't matter so much at the lower levels. This is also good for MPs who are pairing up on the Temple skull weapons that deal fire and cold damage. Overall though, the Collar gives better all around bonuses.

Deformed Mantidae Prothorax

Deformed Mantidae Prothorax
Soldier Only
Level: 90-125
Location: Smugglers Den Mantai
Comments: This weird little item drops from level 100ish Mantai in the Smuggler's den and presents an interesting choice for a Soldier. It gives more health than the CoH collar, as well as FA, weapon range, and AC bonuses that could be extremely helpful, but it would require that the character give up the +30 NCU from the collar.

Stripped Merit Board
Level: 100-190
Location: The Reck Entvined General
Comments: New from The Reck is this stripped down version of sided token boards. It gives the expected run-speed, comp. literacy, XP and damage bonuses, and also includes treatment, AAD and AAO. Attempt to attain as soon as your character can reach 450 Intelligence.

Prototype Cyborg Token Board

Prototype Cyborg Token Board
Level: 120-190
Location: Holes in the Wall Quest
Comments: Added as part of the Patch 17.7 content, this board does a lot of what its older and higher level brother does but in a reduced form. The good part about it is that in terms of comp. lit., run speed, health, and nano it surpasses the Collar Casero de la Cripta in most ways. Though for the dodge based character or the NCU hungry the collar is still top bidder. Inferior to the Stripped Merit Board, but with lower ability requirements. It cannot be obtained before level 120.

Anun Tooth Trophy

Anun Tooth Trophy
Shade Only
Level: 125-190
Location: Anun Mob Drop
Comments: The Anun Tooth Trophy is an odd item because it is locked for Shades only but it is not locked for the Shadowlands, probably because you find it on Rubi-Ka. This drops extremely randomly from Anun mobs just about anywhere. As far as bonuses go: while the treatment bonuses is very nice, the other bonuses are surpassed by using the CoH Collar.

Profiteer's Helper

Profiteer's Helper
Level: 150-220
Location: Hollow Island Weed
Comments: The Profiteer's Helper is the Holy Grail of tradeskilling and is only usable by Neutral characters. While it is not an amazing find for the vast majority of the Neutral populace since it doesn't add super combat bonuses, the Helper gives a large bump to the same major areas the Cyborg board does but even more. To get this item you need to run the raid at Hollow Island.

Experimental Cyborg Token Board

Experimental Cyborg Token Board
Level: 190-210
Location: Uncommon Cyborg drop on Rubi-Ka
Comments: Often considered the classic Neutral neck item, the cyborg board was introduced after a Role-Play series with the org RUR and is now saught after by Neutrals and Sided players alike for its treatment buffs. For players with free accounts, this item will be one of the last major neck item they will see beyond the helper and the new Smuggled boards and will add a lot of needed run speed, Comp Lit, and Nano Programming.

Smuggled Combat Merit Board Base

Smuggled Combat Merit Board Base
Level: 190-220
Location: Random Drop from Meched Dreadloch Bosses
Comments: Holy cow! This new board was introduced in patch 17.2 with the new sided camps and its crazy! The fact that it resembles an actual token board is beyond thinking for many Neutrals, and it adds a prodigious amount of health, nano, and other super combat stats like damage add. The only major problem here is that the board does not add to Projectile or Melee damage so it is largely useless to those professions whouse those damage types, which is everybody with the new Lost Eden weapon sets! It can be very useful to professions who need the AAD or AAO though, and the XP% bonus is much needed by the Neutral player base.

Smuggled Nanite Merit Board Base

Smuggled Nanite Merit Board Base
Level: 190-220
Location: Random Drop from Meched Dreadloch Bosses
Comments: This board is truly unique over even its brother, the Smuggled Combat board, because it adds nano damage and healing enhancements. While some of the outright combat components of the board are muted, this board tyhat was introduced with the 17.2 patch cycle adds some unique values that are highly sought after by healers and nukers alike to help push that damage or healing up into the next threshold. Completely essential for all players who would benefit from the bonuses.

Bigot's Necklace of Sacrifice

Bigot's Necklace of Sacrifice - SL
Nano-Technitian Only
Level: 190-215
Location: ???
Comments: This item is truly awesome for a NT just crossing into the Shadow Level range since it adds scands of health over any other item, the only problem comes in when compared to the new Smuggled boards: do you pick up the extra health or do you pick up the nano damage add. Obviously this is a personal choice, but a well prepared NT can have the best of both worlds if they have enough Intelligence and Psychic to hotswap the two items.

Phatmos' Booty

Phatmos' Booty - SL
Engineer Only
Level: 190-215
Location: Phatmos in Inferno
Comments: The Booty is not only a cool pirate item, it is also a major buffing item for Engineers wjho specialize in Grenade weapons. While the bonuses on this item are ok, many are out classed by the advent of the Smuggled boards, but this item is still very valuable for engineers trying to get on their huge grenade weapons as early as possible.

Comfort of the Sagittarius

Comfort of the Sagittarius - SL
Level: 205-220
Location: Pandemonium drop from Sagittarius
Comments: An excellent neck item for Neutrals that drops in one of the craziest raid areas of the game: Pandemonium. There are a couple major benefits and problems with this item. First, is that it gives more health and nano than any other neck item, including the super spiffy top sided ones. Second, the down side is that it requires you to not only have extremely high intelligence, but also have tons of Matter Creation. This basically relegates the item to be used by Traders, MPs, Engineers, Crats, Doctors, and anybody else crazy enough to get their skills that high. The other problem with this item is that even though it is stated for level 175 and above, since the Pande raid area is perpetually locked down with raid bots, there is almost no chance for a team or anything less than a giant org to get a hold of this item before level 205. No doubt though, this is a staple and the bonuses are well received.

Sigil of Bahomet

Sigil of Bahomet - SL
Level: 210-220
Location: Pandemonium drop from The Beast
Comments: Another fantastic board that drops in Pande but the same problems apply to it. The positives though are that the Sigil adds NCU, a good Treatment bonus and some Run Speed on top of the large health. It also adds some Armor Class but by the time most players get to Pande they have maxed out their AC into the category of 'redundant' so the AC bonus is not going to be a game breaker. Some people have problems with this item because of the high Computer Literacy required to equip it, but it is one of the major choices for end game items so it is best to start thinking about that early.

Xan Combat Merit Board Base

Xan Combat Merit Board Base - LoX
Level: 201-220
Location: Drops from Xan bosses: Deranged Xan, Technomaster Sinuh and Ground Chief Vortexx

Xan Defense Merit Board Base

Xan Defense Merit Board Base - LoX
Level: 201-220
Location: Drops from Xan bosses: Deranged Xan, Technomaster Sinuh and Ground Chief Vortexx

Awakened Xan Combat Merit Board - Anarchy Online Items Database

Awakened Xan Combat Merit Board Base - PoH
Level: 215-220
Location: The non-awakeded board drops from Xan bosses: Deranged Xan, Technomaster Sinuh and Ground Chief Vortexx
Comment: This board was upgraded with a Primed Spirit Capsule (from PoH)

Awakened Xan Defense Merit Board - Anarchy Online Items Database

Awakened Xan Defense Merit Board Base - PoH
Level: 215-220
Location: The non-awakened board drops from Xan bosses: Deranged Xan, Technomaster Sinuh and Ground Chief Vortexx
Comment: This board was upgraded with a Primed Spirit Capsule (from PoH)