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  1. Whoops, re-read your post and saw that you meant the Deltro armor which is where you're getting the shock healing from. In which case this could be a very cool setup for a blood mage who launches all their nukes, then casts reflected Ray of Fire/Avenging Storm combo for even more damage and healing to fuel blood sacrifice.
  2. Good to know. For what it's worth, I wasn't able to get it trigger at all in all of the testing that I did, though I am using it in weird circumstances. Here are the results from further testing. The Avenging Storm + Boltcatchers + Deltro's Caged Helm + Effort + Ray of Fire suggestion from @Constentin LĂ©vine does work and applies Avenging Storm attacks every time Ray of Fire procs. However, when you reflect it back to the caster, you will quickly melt yourself since you may be immune to the burn beam but not to the added shock damage. I don't think there's a way to get shock immunity, is there? Maybe Fury spiritshifting into a storm blight? This setup destroys everything in its path already so it might be good enough even without the reflect trick to make more beams. The ability to create extra, separate beams only works if you reflect it off of the original beam. I was thinking since a new beam is created and starts with its own duration, you could maybe daisy chain Ray of Fire between multiple party members with reflect so that as soon as the beam starts to die, you juggle a new beam between another pair of party members. Alas, it doesn't work this way and you can't endless carry the torch of one Ray of Fire casting throughout the entire combat encounter. I'm still obsessed with getting Minoletta's Piercing Sigil to work with the reflect trick while wielding Effort but I don't think it's possible. I tried making my wizard confused to see if that would work but still nothing. Based on the tooltip description (which I know isn't necessarily accurate a lot of the times), it seems like it needs to be triggered by an enemy. Maybe if you got charmed by an enemy after getting Ray of Fire to reflect on yourself, MSP would possibly proc on self-reflected beam hits, but then I'm not sure if it would target the caster, a random enemy, or who knows what. When you trigger the frost blast from Acolyte's Frostbite, for instance, it aims it in the direction of the monk who created the reflected beam, sometimes hitting empty air if there's no one there. Just thinking of other ways to implement the self-reflected hit rolls, you could maybe make a Forbidden Fist/Wizard to get something out of the fact that Effort will Hobble and Sicken you and can provide Forbidden Fist wounds when those afflictions expire. The only problem is that the duration of these afflictions are fairly long and Ray of Fire procs pretty frequently so it will constantly restart the timer, making it so that they will only expire once Ray of Fire ends. Not sure if getting just two wounds is worth it considering the loss of healing you get from Sicken.
  3. You are right, a Wizard with reflection spells or any other character with reflect items like Mirrorback and Collar of Eothas's Light does work the same way so you don't necessarily need a Monk with Soul Mirror to be your reflect source. I should mention in my testing that my character had on Rekvu's Scorched Cloak, Rekvu's Fractured Casque, Brooch of Inevitable Winter, High Harbinger's Robes, Kuaru's Prize, Ring of Focused Flame, Firethrowers Gloves, Sash of Judgment, Magran's Favor, Griffins Blade, 23 Might, and and was using Crusted Swordfish food bonus to get the 20-30 damage numbers per tick. I think a lower might score would actually be better as a Blood Mage here so you would take less self damage from Blood Sacrifice and just depend on items for more spell damage/healing. Okura's Kettle didn't seem to work when I used it with Effort. I think the problem is that it might need to be triggered from damage coming from an enemy specifically. Minoletta's Piercing Sigil wasn't working either with Effort for the same reason, I believe. Your suggestion of Avenging Storm and the shock items sounds promising. I'll test it later tomorrow and see how it goes.
  4. This was a discovery I made while testing out friendly fire spells on a Forbidden Fist. The monk passive ability Soul Mirror will not only reflect back missed ranged weapon attacks, but also some spells, including beam spells. When a beam gets reflected by a monk this way, it creates an entirely new, separate beam that originates from the monk and bounces back at the caster without further harming the monk. This new beam also uses the stats of the original caster to calculate damage, accuracy, and penetration, though visually it looks like the monk is the one firing it back at the original caster. Additionally, the monk doesn't need to be the initial target of the beam for this to work. They can walk into the path of a beam, get missed and start reflecting it, then walk out of the path to safety. Here is a screenshot if this is not clear: In this example, I used my wizard to cast Ray of Fire on the Rotghast. I then walked both of my monks into the path of the spell, waited until it missed and reflected new beams, and then walked the monks out of the way so they wouldn't get hurt any more. So the middle beam is the original hitting the Rotghast, while the two new branching beams are reflecting from the monks back at the wizard. Why is this noteworthy and how can it be exploited? The obvious choice is for the wizard to use the Ray of Fire beam and wear Rekvu's Scorching Cloak while suffering from an injury (Serious Burn giving the most synergy here) so that they are immune to fire damage and can convert 10 percent of that damage into healing. With high might and a couple of spell damage modifying items, I was able to deal an average of 20-30 fire damage, translating to 2-3 health gained per tick. While this may not seem like a lot, compare that to Wall of Flame, another fire spell that I'm sure others have tried to use with Rekvu's Scorching Cloak for healing purposes. The problem with using Wall of Flame this way is its base damage is simply too low, so you'll often see it giving 0 health back when it ticks. Meanwhile, Ray of Fire does enough damage to consistently heal, and it ticks off at a decent rate and for a good amount of times during the spell's duration. Not to mention the fact that duplicating the beams with this Soul Mirror trick is a literal damage multiplier for no additional cost other than having to move your monks around and taking some initial damage for them to create more beams. The more monks with Soul Mirror you have in your party, the more beams you can create for additional amounts of healing and damage. If you also cast Combusting Wounds on your enemies, you can deal even more damage from the rapid-fire procs coming from multiple beams. Another part of this interaction you can exploit is the fact that the reflected beams are making attack rolls against the wizard but not harming them due to their fire immunity. So you can use it to trigger items that have on-hit effects while safely not taking damage. For example, wielding the Lover's Embrace dagger, upgraded with the Lover's Quarrel enchantment to match your wizard's gender, can give you Frenzy when you crit yourself with Ray of Fire, and if you also have Slayer's Claw in your offhand, you can get +2 penetration from the upgraded might inspiration. Acolyte's Frostbite has an enchantment called Vengeful Cold which creates a frost blast upon getting crit, however it is tricky to utilize here because it requires you to be a minimum distance away from your allies before it will trigger and its attack will be directed towards the monk whose beam triggered it. The Effort with Hemorrhaging trick to turn your beam attacks into melee attacks also works here, but I haven't found a good way of leveraging this yet. I tried using it with Minoletta's Piercing Sigil and Okura's Kettle, thinking I could trigger their AoE effects, but they unfortunately didn't work. I think it's because they need the attacks to come from an enemy and not yourself. If anyone is able to come up with ways of benefitting from nondamaging self attacks (which can be melee coded if you also use Effort), please share!
  5. I tried it again by cheating up Resolve to the 35 cap on my test monk to get Hylea's Talons under 2 seconds and still couldn't get it to work. The problem is the attack strings between WotW are practically instantaneous or at least so quick that Hylea's Talons doesn't wear off fast enough before the monk has teleported to the next target and restarted the duration with a fresh proc, even when I place the enemies well far apart. The most I observed is two wounds if I get "lucky" and Hylea's Talons procs once early, doesn't proc again for the next couple of hits so that the first disappears, and then procs for the final hit of WotW. I think I could squeeze more wounds out of it if I wielded a single or two-handed weapon to reduce the number of attacks I made during WotW and thus the chances for Hylea's Talons to trigger again before it can wear off, but like Boeroer said earlier, that kind of micromanagement is probably counterintuitive at that point.
  6. I don't see too much of an issue with lowering might in favor of more resolve for a tank Herald, especially if you're not going to be using healing auras. And as you've already discovered, Heralds don't necessarily have to put out a lot of damage on their own when they can use summons to do that for them. I would caution that might contributes to your fortitude defense so you could be getting knocked down more if you dump it completely.
  7. That's a fair clarification. The belt just gives you immunity from Pull of Eora's push/pull effect. The actual wound generation comes from the stride debuff. I tested both of these and it doesn't quite work the way you describe. What happens when you get hit by a hostile effect in very quick succession (such as from using Hylea's Talons with Whispers of the Wind or getting hit by multiple instances of Pull of Eora at the same time) is that the new effect just overrides and essentially resets the timer of the previous hostile effect. So the first hostile effect never actually has a chance to expire and it ends up limiting your Forbidden Fist wound. I guess if you get the hostile effect duration really, really low, you could get the hostile effect to expire before a new one ticks but it seems unlikely given how fast Pull of Eora and WotW procs.
  8. I have some thoughts on this specific section which may help you narrow down what you want for your main character. In terms of Devoted vs. Bleak Walker, the Devoted can get accuracy and crit conversions from Conqueror Stance and Disciplined Strikes, along with the passive graze to hit conversion and added damage from their weapon proficiency feats, while the Bleak Walker can modify their Flames of Devotion attack with gear that provides a lot of added accuracy such as the Ring of Focused Flame and Helm of the White Void and also gains added accuracy and crit conversion from Exalted Focus aura, penetration with Scion of Flame, and a refundable mark ability with Sworn Rival. Keep in mind that both weapons suffer from blunted criticals, however, which somewhat lessens the impact of getting high accuracy and leveraging it for crits with them. Regarding Spearcaster vs. Dragon's Dowry, Spearcaster may get more penetration in the hands of a Devoted, but the bigger issue for ranged combatants is dealing with enemies with pierce immunity rather than high pierce armor, in which case Dragon's Dowry in the hands of a Bleak Walker has an easier time dealing damage due to their burn and corrode lash. Spearcaster does have very useful on-hit effects, including an interrupt modal which can be invaluable in boss fights. Both classes can always switch to bows for alternative damage types (I recommend Frostseeker and Essence Interrupter because they play nicely with Arcane Archers) when dealing with pierce immune enemies, but the Devoted is going to suffer the accuracy penalty for not using their specialized weapon. Also note for Arcane Archers, the Arcana skill gives added accuracy specifically when using Imbue abilities, and the Imbue abilities that do damage are hampered by the fact that they don't scale properly, making Imbue: Web and Imbue: Eora a little more useful. I would say high Arcana makes more of a difference with Spearcaster because the skill will give added accuracy for normal attacks, which is needed to overcome the penalty for being a non-elemental weapon in the hands of an Arcane Archer. The Devoted also gets armor recovery bonus, translating to a slight increase in DPS, while the Bleak Walker gets a chance to regain class resources upon kill. It does sound like you really want a Herald and also a tank on your team, so I think making the Herald into a tank as opposed to another ranged member would be useful here. If you can get their intellect to 20, a Troubadour could keep two chants up at once with Brisk Recitation turned off, allowing you to maintain Sure-Handed Ila for your ranged main character while also getting the effects of another chant of your choice. If you do end up going with the AA/Bleak Walker for your main, a Steel Garrote/Troubadour could still work in the same party due to non-conflicting dispositions, though a Shieldbearer as others have suggested may be more useful in this role for the added engagement. I don't mean to complicate your choices even further, but I think a Steel Garrote/Troubadour would actually benefit from the Daze effect granted by Spearcaster because it would activate their life steal if you still want to go ranged. Or Blightheart could be a nice alternative for more chanter phrases upon kill. I still personally think going with a Herald tank simplifies the matter, however.
  9. That's a very cool setup. I wonder though, how safe would you be from not eventually hitting yourself with the AoE since WotW is going to be making a lot of hit rolls, especially if you're able to spam it a lot. My concern is that the AoE might eventually land twice and cancel out the armor's Reflex immunity. I assume the AoE uses your character's accuracy and the accuracy from the weapon quality, so maybe you could just not upgrade the quality for more safety? Or is it not much of a concern in practice, as long as you keep your Reflex defense high? I love the idea of this, though. And yeah, I'm beginning to comprehend just how powerful Imagined Pain is with a tanky monk. The interrupt AoE from Rooting Pain also seems very strong on a Forbidden Fist if you are able to generate wounds at a decent pace. It gave me an idea for a Tactician/Forbidden fist that spams the Forbidden Fist ability to constantly generate wounds which then triggers Rooting Pain's AoE interrupt at regular intervals, giving the Tactician subclass a decent chance to interrupt enemies and gain Discipline for Fighter abilities. You could then keep Vigorous Defense and Crucible of Suffering constantly on and stack your defenses really high (assuming those abilities stack, which I believe they should, but worth testing out). Equipping Gipon Prudensco and Squid's Grasp would give you flanking immunity to handle the issue of Tactical Dilemma. Of course, you do lose out on Imagined Pain and Whispers of the Wind as a multiclass. Very high defenses also works against you a little if you think about it, since hostile effects might miss you entirely now, limiting your wound generation as a Forbidden Fist, unless you are relying on spamming the Forbidden Fist ability like I'm planning to do. So it would definitely be a big tradeoff between offense and better defense by making it a fighter/monk multiclass, but it could be nice if you wanted to make a more tanky monk with great defenses, more engagement, and endless regeneration.
  10. So I did some more testing to figure out good ways of gaining wounds via hostile effects expiring on Forbidden Fists. Based on this recent thread by Tomucci, I can corroborate that using resistance affliction gear such as Defiant Apparel (for Perception Resistance) and also Engwithan Bracers (for Dexterity Resistance) will not give you a wound if it downgrades an affliction effect, which is really unfortunate. Using the test examples in that linked thread, hitting a Forbidden Fist with Chillfog while wearing Defiant Apparel and Web while wearing Engwithan Bracers won't give you a wound once their effects expire. Immunity to afflictions will also not grant you a wound, but that is to be expected (I tested it anyway in the hopes that it worked in the funky way that Immunity to Disengagement worked). However, the push/pull immunity from the Upright Captain's Belt will work with Pull of Eora and still give you a wound. I think I read about this in another thread by Boeroer, so credit to him for that idea, I just tested to confirm it works. Imagined Pain is also a great way of generating wounds as suggested by Constentin. It's not unique to Forbidden Fists, but it's really useful for this subclass since you tend to have high defenses due to stacking resolve and having Crucible of Suffering active most of the time. In fact, Imagined Pain makes Pull of Eora doubly effective here because you will now gain wounds even if it misses. The trick then becomes reducing the duration of each instance of Pull of Eora on yourself so that it can apply again for the next time it ticks and hits you. With Clarity of Agony active, I was able to get an average of 8-9 wounds from one casting of Pull of Eora. This was just with testing with affliction resistance gear so I'm sure you could get even more wounds with better optimization. I think with how quickly Pull of Eora ticks, the short duration of it's effect, and the relative harmlessness of having reduced stride, this is my ideal spell to use with Forbidden Fists for wound generation, and it's a spell that I tend to cast frequently anyway. This is slightly off topic, but I also discovered during testing that Soul Mirror reflects spells. I always thought it only reflected ranged weapon attacks, but I was using Necrotic Lance and Ninagauth's Bitter Mooring and was surprised to find that they bounced back to hit my friendly wizard when I used it against my monk. Ninagauth's Bitter Mooring is especially weird because I could also cast it on an enemy, have my monk step between them into the beam, and then it would start reflect back into my wizard. Moving my monk would then produce a separate beam that bounced back at the wizard (see the screenshot below). Not sure if that effect has been documented elsewhere online, but someone might be able to come up with a cool way of using this if it also applies to other beam spells. Maybe a way of first making the caster resistant or immune to the damage type and then creating an extra free beam?
  11. Appreciate all the good ideas here, guys. I did some testing with all of your suggestions and also tried a few other things that I was curious about. This is on a hired adventurer cheated up to level 20 if that makes any difference. Works with Forbidden Fist ability Turning Wheel Tuotilo's Palm Helm of the White Void Kahako Nihi Lover's Embrace Does NOT work with Forbidden Fist ability Swift Flurry / Lightning Strikes Heartbeat Drumming Hylea's Talons Two Weapon Style One Handed Style (?) Reminder that this is with the vanilla game of course. Some of these findings like Helm of the White Void giving accuracy to affliction attacks and being able to get Frenzy from Lover's Embrace just by having it equipped while using other abilities are probably already known or apparent, but I figure I'd mention it here as confirmation that it still works with the vanilla Forbidden Fist ability. What's interesting is that the other gear enchantments that work with Forbidden Fist (or at least the ones that I experimented with, which are Precision Striker on Tuotilo's Palm and Always Armed + Overwhelming Assault on Kahako Nihi) are specifically said to be applicable to unarmed attacks. So Forbidden Fist might be coded as an unarmed attack but not a weapon attack, which possibly explains why it interacts with these item enchantments but not weapon attack abilities like HBD or items like Hylea's Talons, but I'm not sure if that's an actual or relevant distinction in the code. What's really confusing though is that Forbidden Fist will get the burn lash from Turning Wheel but not the shock lash from Lightning Strikes. Really not sure what's going on there. Another thing I tried testing is Two Weapon Style, which I believe doesn't have any effect on Forbidden Fist. I tested it before and after taking the ability and didn't see a difference in the recovery time. I tried this with two fists, two plain daggers, fist with Tuotilo's Palm offhand, and a plain dagger with Tuotilo's Palm offhand. For curiosity's sake, I then respecced and took One Handed Style and equipped a single dagger to see if that would have an effect on Forbidden Fist, which it doesn't as far as I could tell. I didn't see the added accuracy you would normally get from single wielding get applied to Forbidden Fist nor did I notice any hit to crit conversions, though I admit the testing might not have been extensive enough. I didn't test Two Handed Style, either. I'm thinking that Forbidden Fist is just it's own thing and none of the styles apply to it, but this might bear more testing and corroboration by others. Some other miscellaneous testing. 1) The proficiency modal for dagger and quarterstaff does indeed work the way you've both said it would, so you can get all of the benefits for free while bypassing the negatives by spamming Forbidden Fist, which is a really great idea for this build and particular play style. The small shield modal, however, doesn't work; it looks like you don't get the extra accuracy after blocking an attack if you then use Forbidden Fist, unfortunately. 2) Dance of Death will not get cancelled by the self damage you take from Forbidden Curse. 3) Crucible of Suffering and Rooting Pain seems quite strong with Forbidden Fist spam as mentioned, giving you a practically constant defense bonus and regular interrupts in an AoE. I got Forbidden Curse down to 2.8 seconds with this test character, but I'm sure you could generate wounds and these effects at an even faster rate with some more optimization.
  12. Quarterstaff is an awesome suggestion. I like the idea of having the quarterstaff proficiency on without downsides. I'll eventually get the Streetsweeper quarterstaff so I can also have the ability to remove hostile effects on allies just in case. Great idea, thank you. Thank you as well for confirming that the Forbidden Fist ability doesn't work with Hylea's Talon, Swift Flurry, or Heartbeat Drumming. The fact that FF doesn't work like a weapon attack in the vanilla game is a very unfortunate. I will have to reconsider many of my equipment and ability choices. I was thinking of using Kahako Nihi and Turning Wheel but it's now looking like they won't do anything for FF in vanilla.
  13. Hello everyone. I'm looking for help with a single class Forbidden Fist build for a full party POTD run. I am playing the game without the community patch so the Forbidden Fist ability is not keyed as a weapon attack in my game. Most of the FF information and builds I've been reading online assumes CP and/or BPM usage, so I could use some clarification on monk abilities for a FF in the vanilla game. My goal is to make the duration of Forbidden Curse lower than the attack and cooldown time of the Forbidden Fist ability so I can always keep spamming Forbidden Fist safely and create a net amount of wounds to use on Whispers of the Wind and other high level abilities. Thank you in advance for any answers or insights. 1. Since Forbidden Fist again isn't a weapon attack in the vanilla version of the game, would the extra attacks you normally get from Swift Flurry and Heartbeat Drumming not trigger when using Forbidden Fist? Would the action speed bonus from the Two Weapon Style passive or the burn lash from Turning Wheel even apply to Forbidden Fist in this instance? 2. What do you guys think is a decent attribute spread in order to help me achieve my intended goal of spamming Forbidden Fist without worrying about Forbidden Curse? I actually tried a previous FF build with dumped intellect and maxed resolve and had trouble maintaining that balance of getting Forbidden Curse to expire before Forbidden Fist was ready to attack again. The problem was I was maybe a few millisecond too fast, so I'm not opposed to lowering dexterity more or wearing heavy armor to counteract this. To that end, I might even drop Swift Flurry and Turning Wheel, especially if their effects don't end up applying to the Forbidden Fist ability. I think this time I would also like to keep intellect to at least 10 so I can have the base duration for buffs like Thunderous Blows, but I'm worried if even base level intellect is too much. It's so tricky because you can't respec attributes and you only gradually get access to more resolve bonus gear and other items that reduce hostile effect duration, so it's hard to tell if you've got the right combo of attributes in the beginning. The fact that Forbidden Curse duration also scales with power level adds another wrinkle to the problem. 3. What are some hostile effects that play well with the Forbidden Fist wound mechanic? I'm thinking of casting Tanglefoot from a druid and having my Forbidden Fist just deal with the dexterity debuff (which is another reason why I might avoid Swift Strikes/Swift Flurry). I'm also thinking about taking Dance of Death/Enduring Dance for more accuracy and wound generation, but I'm not sure if that's feasible for a frontline tank, even one with stacked resolve like I'm planning. On a similar vein, would using the Hylea's Talons gauntlets a) work with Forbidden Fist attacks since it's technically not a melee attack and b) cancel me out of Dance of Death with its self damage? 4. What are my weapon options here? Again I am planning to use the Forbidden Fist attack most of the time so I'm not sure if a weapon choice other than plain fists matters since I'll probably not end up doing much, if any, auto attacking. I was thinking of using Sun and Moon with Tuotilo's Palm because I might take Stunning Surge, and the extra attacks from the double hitting weapon and bashing shield might help me get more critical hits and refund the ability cost. Do the unarmed enchantments from Tuotilo's Palm affect the Forbidden Fist ability, however? I might also dual wield sabers as a backup weapon set so I can have alternative damage type when facing blunt immune enemies. I'm open suggestions if there's any hidden synergy I might be overlooking.
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