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Cougar Claw Earring  

Slot: EAR
AC: 4
STR: +3 DEX: +2
Focus: Mana Preservation I
WT: 0.5 Size: TINY
Class: ALL
Race: ALL
Slot 1, Type 7 (General: Group)

Item Type:Armor
Merchant Value:2 pp 5 gp 0 sp 0 cp
Lucy Entry By:Kerasota
Item Updated By:SwiftyMUSE
IC Last Updated:2022-01-19 10:12:46
Page Updated:Wed Feb 18th, 2015

Expansion: Scars of Velious Scars of Velious

Average Price: 150pp Pricing Data...
Rarity: Common
Level to Attain: 30

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Iceclad Ocean
NPC Name
a snow cougar

Zone(s) Found In:

Zone Name
Iceclad Ocean

Uploaded November 27th, 2008
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They do exist!
# Sep 03 2015 at 2:34 PM Rating: Decent
So I'm grinding in Iceclad on Project1999 and I've been there for several days killing cougar after cougar, the only thing I've seen drop so far is a rune and several skins of different quality. So as I'm sitting there on the ice recovering from my last encounter a kind enchanter runs by and gives me clarity and brilliance. After we chat and he leaves I look down to loot my last kill and sure enough, there is the earring! Not a bad day. :)
why eastern wastes?
# Feb 18 2015 at 2:34 PM Rating: Decent
I have never known this item to drop in eastern wastes. Snow cougars don't even spawn there.

# Aug 01 2007 at 10:59 AM Rating: Decent
Having hunted here solo as a bard from 25 to 32 so far, I've grabbed 4 earrings and 4 high quality pelts. Definately makes up for the lack of money
# Nov 09 2003 at 6:58 PM Rating: Decent
I have seen a lot of Bards wearing these earrings, and was wondering why? I'm a lvl 36 Bard, and I don't even see my mana bar move when twisting songs. Was just wondering why so many bards are wearing these nice earrings???
RE: Bards
# Nov 19 2004 at 7:12 AM Rating: Decent
That is because bards would round up the NPC that drops this and use a PB AE DOT songs to finish them all off. Maybe have 10x A Snow Cougars.

Although this has been fixed since I've posted this, so it cannot be done anymore. PB AE Bard DOTs no longer deal damage while the creature is moving.
RE: Bards
# Mar 19 2004 at 10:30 AM Rating: Excellent
346 posts
I'm sorry to say Focus Effects do not effect bards. This is due to the fact bards use there instruments to improves there spells, and to great effect too. Seems unfair at first that they can have FE's but put into context with the power of some of the instrument it is understandable.
RE: Bards
# Nov 10 2003 at 11:13 AM Rating: Good
164 posts
Bards get only get 3 spells: Solon's Bewitching Bravura at level 39, Denon's Desperate Dirge at level 43 and Call of the Banshee at level 64 that require mana. I'm not sure that focus effects help bard mana, and only being Mana Preservation I, these would only work on spells below level 20 and so would be no use in that way anyway.

That said, I believe the main reason why you see so many players wearing them is that there really not anything out there better for melees until you are prepared to spend several thousand pp on replacements, while these earrings can now be pick up for under 50pp if you shop around.
A Better Earring?
# May 27 2003 at 6:44 PM Rating: Decent
My level 38 Beastlord has one of these but the "Mana Preservation I" effect only works on spells up to level 20 and I no longer really cast spells that level. Any suggestions as to how I should upgrade my ear slot (that just sounds rude :).

level 24 Beastlord
Ayonae Ro

Edited, Thu Jun 12 11:46:49 2003
# Apr 26 2003 at 4:05 PM Rating: Default
Got mine for 15 plat ha thats better than NPC venders price to
# Feb 11 2003 at 8:20 PM Rating: Decent
Just a question, but is this a nice way for a ranja like me to make cash? Is it better than Aqua gobbs?
RE: Money?
# May 14 2003 at 10:20 AM Rating: Default
She eats her kids. Lets throw the bodies under the bridge.
Got Lucky
# Jan 24 2003 at 3:24 PM Rating: Decent
45 posts
I was in Iceclad searching for a HQ cougar pelt and got 2 earings within an hour. With the second earing also got my pelt. This was great hunting day :-)

Glorina Florina
42 Druid
yes they drop......
# Nov 12 2002 at 2:25 PM Rating: Decent
5,492 posts
i have been quadding cougars for 4 days and have netted 4 of them...... im averageing about 9 quads a day.... so yes they are a rare drop but worth the time to put in..... im going to fill up an 8 slot bag with them and head up to bazzar.....
Nice, and cheap
# Nov 11 2002 at 1:08 AM Rating: Default
To the person that sold one of these to the vendor in EC i thank you. I used to quad the cougars, till i got 2, sold one, then last night wishing i hadnt, i found one for my rogue in for 35pp, which beats paying 100pp :), and I thank you :)

Solusek Ro
# Oct 17 2002 at 1:15 PM Rating: Decent
i have been quadding these things for 4 lvl's now i am a 38 druid, i started at lvl 34 with the quads and i haven't seen one drop yet, i have killed about 50+ of them and no luck,

i am at the cougars near the tofs, do they drop here or do they drop at the other little gnome camp thing
About a 2% drop rate on CC earings off of cougers
# Oct 17 2002 at 2:11 PM Rating: Excellent
Sadly hon, the drop rate of of the cougers is about 2% or 1 couger in 50. Having speant neary a week camping the evil stormfeather (missing 7 spawns due to guild raiding reqts ..gah) I would often hunt snowcougers to pass the time. I can confirm that they are still dropping off of cougers in that area (vic TOFS). Just keep plugging away and you will get one in due time.
RE: About a 2% drop rate on CC earings off of cougers
# Oct 31 2002 at 5:49 AM Rating: Decent
I am actually level 34(and 3 yellow) and been hunting there since level 34 and got 2 of them and a bloodstained fang. I guess I must be a lucky shaman :)
RE: About a 2% drop rate on CC earings off of cougers
# Nov 24 2002 at 3:24 PM Rating: Decent
16 posts
Monk and shaman duo went from 31 to 32 (4 yellow bubs) and netted 4 CF Earrings, two Fangs, and 8 HQ pelts off those cougars (con dark blue).

We may have been lucky, but we probably killed 100 or so cougars, so 4% in our case.

Exp wasn't bad, and some downtime was required to let shammie med up, once we got KEI for her, we killed non-stop 'til we reached lvl 32.

They hit the monk for 40-60 damage, monk had 1000 HP, a Goranga Spiked Club and a Cane of the Tranquil.
what gives?
# Sep 23 2002 at 4:42 PM Rating: Decent
Why do they design such a nice piece of jewelry and make it useless. If you have to defeat a level 30 character, most likely it comes in a mob, just to get an earring that is useless to you by the time you get it. Mana preservation I works on spells below 20, but how many of us level 30's use level 20 spells?
RE: what gives?
# Jan 06 2003 at 10:45 PM Rating: Default
Hybrids are still using level 20 spells at level 30. As an SK, I know at level 30 I was still using Fear, Siphon Strength and Scream of Hate. All of which are under level 20. Heck, at 47 I still use Fear and Siphon Strength.

And Shamans/Druids still use SoW up until.. well, forever. :)
RE: what gives?
# Oct 17 2002 at 1:07 PM Rating: Decent
104 posts
Not really useless I would say...

Remember that a lot of good utility spells (many mage summon spells, the good old invis, lev, enduring breath, shadowstep, SOW, Root, many illusion spells, etc.) start as low level spells and are used by high level players quite a bit as they scale.

Any mana savings is a boon, even when the mana costs are small...
Tough drop...
# Aug 01 2002 at 3:07 PM Rating: Decent
Well, a friend camped these guys with a character a few patches back...and used to get them about every 10 or 20 cougar kill. Now-a-days, at least on SolRo, they have become quite rare. He went through 3 levels at the pirate/gnome camp and no earring.

Of course, I tried for about 4 hours and luckily got 2 to drop. Sold one for 250, the other for 350, since it has a nice effect on it and has become quite rare (IMHO...)

Heck, my Druid alt ALWAYS sees it activate when donating SoW to someone (though you know how rare that is to do...hehehe...)
Which one?
# Jul 20 2002 at 8:28 AM Rating: Decent
ok im a lvl 31 pally and im hunting in iceclad trying to get myself some earings. i have already gotten two put one on but on my other ear i have a forrest loop so i was wondering whether i should wear the forest loop or the cougar claw earing being a pally i thought it would be the earing but any help would be apreciated
its a focus effect
# Jul 14 2002 at 11:11 AM Rating: Decent
mana preservation is a focus effect
mana preservation 1 means it works on spells 1 to 20
it ALWAYS works
for more information on focus effects see the nice list at caster's realm
# Jul 12 2002 at 5:19 AM Rating: Decent
Mana Preservation Stack? like I know FT does... Obulus Death Shroud, 2 Earrings, that'd be like mana preservation 5. I am a fear kiting SK and I know I see the difference with the Obulus Death Shroud... Just wondering, does it stackwith other MP items?
RE: Hmm
# Jul 14 2002 at 10:55 AM Rating: Decent
Don't think so, I have one of these and a Black Alloy Medallion, when I equip the medallion first and then the earring, I only get the focus message for the earring and my mana gets used up faster (B.A.M. has mana preservation 2, this only has 1)
RE: Hmm
# Jul 14 2002 at 4:46 PM Rating: Good
3,705 posts
Nope, its your imagination. All of the mana preservation effects reduce mana use the SAME amount, the II and III versions just work on higher lvl spells. MPII works on spells thru 40, and MPIII works on all spells through 60. The reduction is the same. If it seems like the MPII is saving more mana, its probably becaise you are casting spells over lvl 20. Put an MPI item on a lvl 19, then swap it for an MPII item. they will have exactly the same effect. And no, 2 or more items will not stack.

Edited, Sun Jul 14 17:39:58 2002
Tricky earrings
# Jul 07 2002 at 5:55 PM Rating: Decent
I hunted snow cougars from level 30-35. During that entire time I didn't get one drop. Actually, I did, on the 3rd to the last snow cougar I ever fought for experience. I was very pleased, because I was convinced I would never return to the place I had spent so much of my solo days. Well, as I was traveling through the other day, I thought I'd show the cougars how tough I'd become and killed one. What do you know, an earring dropped. I'm not complaining though, I wear 2 of them now. The stats aren't that great, but this mana preservation thing is nice. Does anyone know how much mana it actually preserves? I don't know if having 2 earrings helps, but it kicks in all the time, atleast 3 outta 5 casts. I'd wear these or keep them for an alt, they rarely drop and don't sell for much at all. If only everyone hunted cougars at one point, then they'd see how valuable the damn thing should be.
RE: Tricky earrings
# Jul 14 2002 at 4:50 PM Rating: Good
3,705 posts
Note that the effect listed at the top of the page is a blue hyperlink? click on it, and you find :

1: Lowers mana cost up to 10%
2: Restriction: Spells level 20 and lower
3: Restriction: Exclude spell 'Complete Healing'

Casting Time: Instant
Recast Time: 0 seconds
Skill: Conjuration
Allowed Targets: Self
Resist: None
Range to target: 100

Other cast: A Moss Snake Mana Preservation I
Cast on you: Mana Preservation I
Cast on other: A Moss Snake Mana Preservation I
Effect Fades: Mana Preservation I

drops off of these cougars
# Jul 01 2002 at 2:19 PM Rating: Decent
i have killed tons of these things and have not yet seen ONE earing. the other day a bloody cougarfang (definatley not a weapon to think of using) and that was after weeks of fighting there. i kinda like the mana preservation because if i snare something, root it, i have enough range on my spells already to hit them with another root and back up a bit.... BUT i agree extended range would be much better for me (a ranger) but about the loot.... it is definatley not anything to brag about (no money and sometimes you get the MQ pelts which are no drop) BUT the exp for me is amazing and thts wht level up and then go somehwere higher that might have loot :).....oh man, ive been rambaling, sorry

safe travels to all, safe hunting, may your deity be kind to you (if your evil may it torture you till your extatic)

Pemen Vonmuerta
Officer of Crusaders of Power
" a COP"

"if we were warriors or paladins we would have plenty of feasting and celebration, but we are just rangers, with no time for pleasentries."
# Jun 17 2002 at 5:09 AM Rating: Decent
this sucks i just got one it was extended range 3 then when i got on 2 days later it was mana preservation
orc fang or cougar claw
# Jun 16 2002 at 7:00 AM Rating: Good
204 posts
i just love how everyone talks about which is better.. orcfang or cougar claw. What people don't realize is, there are caps to things like ac, and stats, after which the benefits of raising it any higher don't matter anymore. Depending on the other equipment you have, either one of these earrings could be the best fit for you. If you've already got 1200 ac, then the extra hitpoints will probably be more desireable.. if you haven't reached that cap yet, then you might prefer the ac. I mean, i'm looking at this from a druid's perspective.. i've traded out a couple items that add extra wisdom for items that add raw mana.. albeit less mana than the wisdom would add. Why? because i've already reached the wisdom cap, so i prefer to have raw mana added. I'm sure the same thing goes for warriors and HP/AC (i know it's not the same relationship exactly.. but i'm sure there are correlations)
RE: orc fang or cougar claw
# Jul 14 2002 at 4:55 PM Rating: Good
3,705 posts
Ok, so let me get this straight? at lvl 35, you have already exceeded the 255 wisdom cap? Yet you think that someone with 1200 ac might actually be considering either this or an orc fang?

First I find it doubtful you have hit the Wis cap. Second, anyone with good enough gear to have 1200 ac, will have MUCH better earrings than this.
RE: orc fang or cougar claw
# Jul 17 2002 at 4:43 PM Rating: Decent
i hit 25o wis on a shammy, at lvl 10

i believe it's possible
Common ??
# Jun 14 2002 at 8:54 AM Rating: Decent
ok i think that the Rarity is not right i was there from lvl 32 and i'm now 39 and i killed 3000 or so of the Snow cougar and only got 3 of the Earring's i sold 2 of them for 600pp and now i'm back to get 1 more but not a 1 in 3 weeks what up ??
RE: Common ??
# Sep 20 2002 at 8:45 PM Rating: Decent
I went from 34 to 39 here quading cougars and found six...guess I was lucky.

Meander, 39 lvl Druid
Common ??
# Jun 14 2002 at 8:53 AM Rating: Default

Edited, Fri Jun 14 09:47:02 2002
yadda yadda blah blah :)
# Jun 14 2002 at 2:20 AM Rating: Decent
And the rangers get screwed again:p

Quick grab that Light Woodsman's Blade before it gets nerfed, its way to good for VI to keep around. o_0
Other ER items
# Jun 08 2002 at 7:39 PM Rating: Default
i hear this will no longer be Ex. Rng. 3...thats kinda gay but i got a nice item for caster or tank its a Golden Bracer
7str 7int
effeck; Ex. Rng. 2 (so sorry my 50+ friends)

kicks *** on my lvl 15 Troll SK though...wach out BlackBurrow

by the way i would not sell for less than 8k...high ac and str and int +the Effect now...better than say
So far away, goodbye extended range
# Jun 06 2002 at 4:22 PM Rating: Excellent

Edited, Thu Jun 6 17:11:30 2002
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