The alpha male of all diplomas, sorry, commendations is the commendation of heroism. Low drop in citwn and a slightly ‘easier’ drop in the upcoming EGH raid. It’s needed to ‘turn’ on your planar set, upgrade our citw stuff and also upgrade the future EGH raid and dragon armor items.
But there’s also these things called villager, wizard, purple knight, Druid and Cleric. Villager being the one aimed at Monks and Druid also includes rogue/ranger (sorta).
Generally these commendations are needed to trade for one weapon/staff, armor and 2 other things like helmet, glove, bracers etc. The combination of armor and the other 2 things will provide a set bonus while the weapon/staff is meant to be the gravy.
Commendations can also be converted into a differen’t by taking 3 of one kind of trade it for the 1 you’d like. These Commendations are also used to ‘unlock’ other named armor to work with the set bonus instead. So for the war wizard set you can add spidersilk robes for 15 war wizard commendations.
But once you’ve done all that there’s still good reason to hang onto your commendations. Because every single one of them offer some kind of useful consumable. These are
Draught of Sparkling Apple Cider – Potion: recovers spell points over 20 seconds [CL:20] [ML:19] [1 Commendation: Villagers of Eveningstar]
Draught of Hearty Apple Cider – Potion: recovers hit points over 20 seconds [CL:20] [ML:19] [1 Commendation: Villagers of Eveningstar]
Potion of Shield of Faith (+5) – Potion: Shield of Faith, Duration: 15 minutes [CL:20] [ML:18] [1 Commendation: Clerics of Amaunator]
Potion of Death Ward – Deathward Duration: 20 minutes [CL:20] [ML:18] [1 Commendation: Clerics of Amaunator]
Potion of Barkskin (+5) – Potion: Barkskin , Duration: 12 minutes [CL:12] [ML:1][1 Commendation: Druids of the King’s Forest]
Potion of Restoration – Potion: Restoration [CL:10] [ML:4] [1 Commendation: Druids of the King’s Forest]
Draught of Greater Heroism – Potion: Greater Heroism, Duration 20 minutes [CL:20] [ML:18] [1 Commendation: Purple Dragon Knights]
Potion of Lasting Haste – Potion: Haste, Duration 2 minutes [CL:20] [ML:18] [1 Commendation: War Wizards]
As you can see – there are some more or less nice consumables that can either be used in a pinch or form the ideas items for solo runs. And if you’re like me who keep running all kind of quests and wilderness and suddenly find yourself having 20-50 of these things it can be a great way of trading these in for a stack of useful consumables.