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This item can be used in tradeskills.
WT: 0.1 Size: TINY
Class: ALL
Race: ALL

Item Type:Combinable
Merchant Value:0 pp 0 gp 4 sp 8 cp
Lucy Entry By:Agamenoar
Item Updated By:Gidono
IC Last Updated:2022-01-18 18:27:24
Page Updated:Wed Oct 19th, 2022

Average Price: 25pp Pricing Data...
Rarity: Zonewide Random
Level to Attain: 46

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This item is found on creatures.

NPC Name
a defective cleaner
obsolete model

Corathus Creep
NPC Name
a creep reaper
a mech-o-rat scraper
a mechanized crawler
a super-plated gnomework
Advisor Scrapshaft
an octo-mech patrol
Engineer Gearsnug
Excavator Gazo
Excavator Gizo
Explorer Coggak
Foreman Gogglefog
Gnomework Baublefriz
Gnomework Inventor Snizzlefriz
Gnomework Whirligig
Model CGI
Model CGVI

Corathus Lair: The Mines
NPC Name
a Creep Reaper guard
an mechtech rat digger
an mechtech rat scavenger
Rattus Ravager

Corathus Lair: The Rescue
NPC Name
a Creep Reaper demolitionist
a Creep Reaper guard
The Hurt Machine

Dragonscale Hills
NPC Name
a clockwork overseer
a spiderwork scavenger
Fiddle D
Ton o`Tin

Fortress Mechanotus
NPC Name
a Cog Marauder
a gardener - clockwork
a junk sorter
a rusty rat
a rusty spiderling
a steamwork guardian
a steamwork mechanic
a steamwork mender
a steamwork shock reaver
a steamwork skitterer
a steamwork trooper
an enhanced steamsuit
Oxidilus the Junk Collector
Waste Management Director

Gnome Memorial Mountain: Danger Zone (raid)
NPC Name
a dilapidated mechanic
a flying combatbot
a security flyer
an armed flyer
Whirlrender Scout

Gyrospire Beza
NPC Name
a steamwork cleaner
a steamwork gardenkeeper
a steamwork reaver
a steamwork shockreaver
a steamwork shocktrooper
a steamwork striker
a steamwork trooper
a steamwork worker

Gyrospire Zeka
NPC Name
a steamwork ductworker
a steamwork reaver
a steamwork shockstriker
a steamwork striker
a steamwork sweeper
a steamwork trooper
a steamwork worker

Lavastorm Mountains
NPC Name
a cinder goblin cleric
a cinder goblin warrior
a cinder goblin wizard
a fire goblin
a fire goblin miner
a lava bathing beast
a lesser lavaspinner
a magma basilisk warrior
a murtle lurp grup
a Solusek goblin fighter
a Solusek goblin priest
a Solusek goblin sage
a steaming stone swirler
a sticky stacky stabby
a swirling smoke
Cinder Goblin Overseer
Solusek Goblin Assassin
Solusek Goblin Commander
Solusek Goblin Lookout

Mechamatic Guardian
NPC Name
a coilwork aggressor
a steamwork blaster
a steamwork repairer
Steam Engineer LIIV

Meldrath's Majestic Mansion
NPC Name
a steamwork shock reaver
a steamwork shock striker
a steamwork shock trooper
a steamwork trooper

North Kaladim
NPC Name
Cleaner VII

Plane of Innovation
NPC Name
a corrupted system
a defective clockwork
a degrading guardian
a manaetic gadget
a metallic slime
a rusted model
a scrounging clockwork
a weathered clockwork
an erratic model
an obsolete model
Xanamech Nezmirthafen

S.H.I.P. Workshop
NPC Name
a lab assistant
a lab protector
a steamwork reaver
a steamwork striker
a steamwork trooper

Steam Factory
NPC Name
a steamsuit
a steamwork mechanic
a steamwork miner
a steamwork shock striker
a steamwork shock trooper
a steamwork striker
a steamwork technician
a steamwork trooper
an enhanced steamsuit
an ore processor

Steam Factory: Raid Instance
NPC Name
Mining Behemoth

Steamfont Mountains
NPC Name
rogue clockwork


This item is used in quests.
Expansion List - Premium only.

Used in 8 recipes.
Recipe list - Premium only.


Uploaded December 19th, 2022 by iventheassassin
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a swirling smoke
# Nov 23 2021 at 10:11 PM Rating: Good
A swirling smoke drops these also.
Cinder and Solusek Goblins in LS drop this
# Sep 03 2018 at 3:45 PM Rating: Good
Correction. This appears to be a zonewide drop in Lavastorm. I discovered this while hunting Imp blood, and got a lot of saltpeter while killing the low level Fire Drakes to spawn Fire Imps. Far more than I got by the much slower process of hunting the Cinder and Solusek goblins.

Edited, Sep 5th 2018 11:11am by ArclanCirel
Arclan Cirel
55th Paladin
Drops off level 1 A defective cleaner in Ak'anon now.
# Feb 27 2018 at 4:28 PM Rating: Decent
192 posts
These are now dropping off the A Defective Cleaner in Ak'anon ( a level 1 monster). Does not drop every time nor is it common but its not a rare drop (maybe 1 in 10 have it). Hope Daybreak doesn't realize this. LOL.

Edited, Feb 27th 2018 5:30pm by Arog
Drops off level 1 A defective cleaner in Ak'anon now.
# Feb 14 2023 at 11:34 PM Rating: Good
1,311 posts
It's intentional.

Game Update Notes: July 1, 2015
- Most clockworks throughout Norrath now have a chance to carry saltpeter.
rarer than unicorn poop
# Apr 26 2017 at 2:14 AM Rating: Decent
2 posts
Tizina at the gypsy camp in lavastorm drops saltpeter and raw runic hides. No faction hit when killing her.

Fastest way to get saltpeter is the fire drakes. The drop rate is about 1-50 but you can speed kill them.

Edited, Apr 26th 2017 10:34am by Mohel
# Aug 10 2016 at 6:26 AM Rating: Decent
Drops randomly off of almost every mob in zone....not sure about rock dervishes. I have noticed a wierd pattern though. Seems like for a while you will see it drop more often and then for a while instead of that tons of Bloodstones drop and there will be no saltpeter for like 50 mobs. It could be a coincidence but I farmed it for reseach for about a week and noticed this happen often.

Lavastorm Mountains
# Jan 21 2016 at 9:16 AM Rating: Good
Saltpeter just dropped off a

a lesser lavaspinner
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Drop info
# Dec 16 2015 at 11:07 AM Rating: Decent
dropped off a magma basilisk warrior in lavastorm mountain in ragefire server.
Do not destroy these!
# May 19 2008 at 6:29 PM Rating: Decent
169 posts
Saltpeters are now used extensively in the new Research tradeskill. You need 3 saltpeters to make 1 aqua regia which is used in solutions that you need to clean the parchments, vellums, papers, spell scrolls and so forth that are used to make the spell. You can buy these solutions at vendors but at a very large markup. Example: the solution you need to prepare a level 63 spell will either cost you 591 pp at the vendor, or around 180 pp if you make it yourself with the saltpeters. The saltpeters and Crystallized Sulfurs are the only dropped items that you need to make the solution and sulfurs are pretty darn common. So it comes down to the saltpeters, which are therefore in pretty high demand in the bazaar.

Having said all this I would still not pay more then around 25-35 pp for them. :) any more expensive and I will go out and farm them myself. :D
POI Drop
# Jan 13 2008 at 9:33 AM Rating: Decent
Got this today off of a Rusted Model in Plane of Innovation.
Drop Only
# Dec 31 2006 at 5:10 AM Rating: Decent
This item is a drop only. It cannopt be bought in Corathus off of Merchant CGXIV...not unless someone got it as a drop and sold to the vendor.
Store bought skill ups?
# Nov 13 2006 at 1:02 PM Rating: Decent
Prior to DoDH, is there any way of raising spell research from strictly store bought items? I have been searching for a way and I cannot seem to find it.
Any help would be appreciated.
# Nov 26 2005 at 1:50 PM Rating: Decent
75 posts
It's worth noting that one that dropped in Corathus for us was ALL/ALL. The rest of the item was the same.
DoD Spell Research
# Sep 14 2005 at 6:10 PM Rating: Decent
The new spell research in DoD Expansion requires use of this and crystallized sulfur. Both appear to be drop only items. These items are used to create the very rudimentary supplies to start spell research with the new system. Did SoE really make the new research system this cumbersome, labor intensive, and difficult to use???

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Raidjin Soulripper
70 Necromancer
Immortal Brethren Guild
Drinal Server
DoD Spell Research
# Nov 13 2006 at 1:07 PM Rating: Decent
Prior to DoDh, is there any way to raise research skill past 100 using strictly store bought items? Ive been searching for a way and there doesnt seem to be one. Any help would be appreciated
RE: DoD Spell Research
# Sep 20 2005 at 9:19 AM Rating: Decent
Really dont see why this is such a bad thing...for old style research all the important stuff was dropped. Only thing you could buy was the parchments and the quills. Saltpeter and Sulfur you can find on merchants when peeps sell it to them. Or you can buy it in the bazaar.
They made the new system a little more cumbersome since we are now able to make spells that used to be only gotten from no drop items, or even spells that you had to buy from LDoN ect....and it looks like you can cross research into other casters spells, unlike the old research which you were limited to your class and the Wisdom caster spells.
RE: DoD Spell Research
# Oct 31 2005 at 3:26 AM Rating: Decent
May be because there is no way for us to raise Research to 240-250ish with vendor sold items unlike most if not all other tradeskills ?
May be because 65 PoP/ GoD spell combines are 351 trivial ?
Gnomes armed with the BFG
# Oct 25 2002 at 12:19 PM Rating: Good
Actually I am pleased to see the new gnome tinkering innovations. Sadly tinkering has been percieved as "broken" through the last several upgrades, with little more than the Rebreather being of functional use. Happily, however, with the new upgrades for fletching (the 30 36 bow with stats for example) make the idea of creating a gnome tinkerer much more appealing. With the cost of fletching so prohibative in the post 202 skill level, having a gnome around sure reduces the cost of things.

On a side note, I am curious as to what the gnomes will invent with this stuff ... Most presumeably, in my humble opinion, that they could/should be able to craft an explosive device (much like the purple potions of the old Ultima Online game) or perhaps a 1 shot cannnon (DD for 1,000 or so ... mitigated by high AC perhaps.

Envision for yourselves, a small army of 32 gnomes, armed with a cannon, facing your favorite Kunark dragon ....

Just a happy passing thought on some of the new innovations .... Happy exploring

Gnomes armed with the BFG
# Aug 03 2007 at 10:30 PM Rating: Decent
why not? they put ships in the game with TBS expansion.. maybe after enough work EQ will be over run by FPS players... SOE getting desperate or bored?
# Oct 23 2002 at 8:46 AM Rating: Decent
Lol guess were gonna have guns next
# Oct 23 2002 at 1:28 AM Rating: Decent
I really really hope they haven't put this in to combine with Charcoal and Crystallised Sulphur - that would be a BAD road to go down. EQ is a swords and sorcery genre, not gunpowder era.
# Oct 22 2002 at 10:01 PM Rating: Default
I guess gnomes have been having problems with too many erections.
RE: Interesting
# Oct 22 2002 at 11:25 PM Rating: Default
RE: Interesting
# Oct 23 2002 at 1:24 AM Rating: Default
lol, their "little" secret's out.. :P
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