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  1. This is my second playthrough, so there are 6 companions only that I never use them before. So if I do not want to use Devil of Caroc, the remaining choice for me is Maneha. Just want to know whether she will interject as much as Zahua or as quiet as Devil of Caroc.

     

    I also don't know whether Devil of Caroc will have more comments in Act 3 and 4 compared to Act 2. If yes perhaps I will still bring her along.


  2. I like companion interjections in main quests and side quests, and the original companions are quite good in this. I brought zahua and devil of caroc for my second playthrough, and I almost complete all quests in act 2 now...

     

    Zahua speaks sometime, not as frequently as the original companion, but Still acceptable for me.

     

    But for devil of caroc... `I really like her setting and personality, but she only speak twice in all quests of act 2...I found this hardly acceptable for a "companion"..she is like sidekick in poe2 outside of white march...

     

    I'm not sure whether she will say anything else in act 3 and 4 quests.. should I just use her for white march only? How about maneha? Does she speak more than devil of caroc in original quests? Comparable to zahua?


  3. 1) If I understand this correctly you want to know what has been patched since your first playthrough What release version did you play? I.e., how many patches ago? I mean you can always look at the patch release notes to see what has been added / changed.

     

    2) Not as much, tho the content is as good as the original NPCs in terms of banter.

     

    3) I'm not the one to answer this as I generally swap NPCs given my mood. I really like all the companions and use them all. I usually keep a core PC, Durance, Eder, Aloth party with the last two slots depending.

     

    4) Banter wise yes they have a bit less, but story wise they are, I think ,superb. I liked all of their quests a lot. I used the new companions almost exclusively when I was in the WM.

     

    5) You will have no and I mean no problems for frontlines with two monks. They are devastating.

    The mix you have there is pretty good you can get all the spell support (including healing) with Hiravias and Kana (can always craft scrolls don't forget). And I have played with just about every mix of party and have never had a problem surviving with any of them. Some mixes require more creative thinking and thinking differently about tactics, but having used all the companions and in plenty of mixtures all were able to hold their own.

     

    1) Played without any patch and completed it when the first patch was released. 

     

    2) Do you mean DLC companions will interject in Quests outside of White March but not as much as the original companions?

     

    5) I tried to find some recommended builds for monk but I found that most of the builds are using godlike race for their racial ability or something like that... Not sure if the monk is good if I copy those for my human monks. As for my human MC, I'm looking for build suggestion that is good in tanking / damage with light armor / robe + fists only (role playing purpose). Any advice?


  4. Bought the game once it was released and finished my first playthrough many years ago. I was a mage and my party members were Eder, Durance, Grieving Mother, Pellegina, Aloth. Completed POE2 with the same MC, Eder, Aloth, Pellegina and Xoti.

     

    I didn't try the expansions for POE1 and I heard that it was highly recommended. I'm still considering whether  I should start a new game with different companions for POE1 and use the new MC to start another playthrough in POE2 when the expansions are released.

     

    So, some questions here, kindly advise me:

     

    1) I know that White March 1+2 are good, but how about the main content, are there many new contents comparing to the firstly release version?

    a) Any new quests / area in Act 1, 2 and 3?

    b) I heard that the stronghold content has been improved, may I know what has been added?

    c) How about the combat experience / difference compared to the first release?

     

    2)  I really like companions' interjections in the main story / side quests. Do the DLC companions interject as frequently as the original companions outside of White March?

     

    3) For story / banter / interjection, which of the following companions are most recommended?

    - Devil of Caroc, Maneha, Zahua, Hiravias, Sagani, Kana 

     

    4) I remember that Eder, Durance, Grieving mother and Aloth have quite good story, interesting personality / setting and interjections. Are the remaining companions stated above have similar level of story / interjections? I worry that their contents will be too disappointing for a new playthrough, because I heard some companions do not have as many dialogues as the better written companions such as those that I had experienced during my first playthrough. 

     

    5) Party advice for battle (normal difficulty): My companions options are Devil of Caroc, Maneha, Zahua, Hiravias, Sagani, Kana , and for MC, I'm considering Paladin or Monk, with a preference to monk (since I never play a monk MC in any crpg before)

    a) Can a party with two monks (MC and Zahua) without warrior / paladin tank and deal good damage at the front line?

    b) If I choose monk as MC, kindly advise me on the recommended roles that I should have for my companions. It looks like the companions stated above are lacking of control / healing / buffing from classes such as paladin / priest / mage. So I'm not sure whether this party can survive properly under normal difficulty.

     

    Long questions and appreciate your help:)


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    Specifically, the White March content is gated behind the first main quest in Act 2, which you can do pretty much immediately. There's an opening fight in Stalwart (the hub for White March), after which you can find Zahua - look out for a townsperson reacting oddly to an inanimate object, and investigate. Once you talk to the main quest person in Stalwart, you can get Maneha in the town. Devil of Caroc is at the end of a dungeon which is the approximate 1/3 or 2/3 point of the White March main questline and is, as Boeroer notes, full of Vessels.

     

    Maneha can be obtained at the beginning of white march 1? I thought need to finish white march part 1 to get her?

     

     

    For story wise , such as interesting story, banter and comment in main and side quests, which five companions are better?

     

    Caroc, maneha, zahua, hiravias, sagani, kana


  6. I am going to try the companions that are different from my first playthrough. I plan to bring:


     


    POE1: Kana Rua, Sagani, Hiravias, Devil of Caroc, Zahua


     


    POE2: Tekehu, Maia Rua, Ydwin (will be DLC companion, must believe >-<), Rekke / Mirke / Fassina / Serafen (Hopefully one of the sidekicks here will become companion in DLC so that I can choose them, otherwise may just pick Serafen or any intersting new DLC companion)


     


     


    Looking for some advice on my MC class /build which can complement better with the companions that I plan to bring~


     


    Thanks ya~ 


     


    PS: Normal difficulty



  7. I am going to try the companions that are different from my first playthrough. I plan to bring:

     

    POE1: Kana Rua, Sagani, Hiravias, Devil of Caroc, Zahua

     

    POE2: Tekehu, Maia Rua, Ydwin (will be DLC companion, must believe >-<), Rekke / Mirke / Fassina / Serafen (Hopefully one of the sidekicks here will become companion in DLC so that I can choose them, otherwise may just pick Serafen or any intersting new DLC companion)

     

     

    Looking for some advice on my MC class /build which can complement better with the companions that I plan to bring~

     

    Thanks ya~ 

     

    PS: Normal difficulty


  8. No, you can level up pretty fast in Act II - especially with some bounty hunting (which has no story and no connection to other quests or the main plot).

     

    Also with a bit of sneaking you can get past a lot of encounters with a fight and grab those companions earlier. You can retrain after getting them in order to remove the "overbundance" of stealth points if you don't need them anymore.

     

    Thanks for the good idea, I guess I will level up with bounty quests then.


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    Zahua is easier than Devil of Caroc. You can manage to beat the first encounter in Stalwart at lvl 8 or so. Lvl 6 if you are really good. Devil waits behind tons of mean constructs. I'd say lvl 8 (hard) till 10 (ok).

    Of course you can also manage to sneak to the Devil instead of fighting. That is doable way earlier. But you still have to fight the end boss in Stalwart before.

     

    I plan to get them as early as possible so that I can see if they have any comment or opinion in the main and side quests outside of white march...so I plan to keep most side content for them, but I guess I still need to complete some quests to gain level until 10.. which I remember i need to finish most of act 1 and act 2 to get this level ?


  10. I think OE need to make heavier research what is minimum for players and sidekick, for me it is something like:

    10 min of text (like BG2)

    some backstory

    some barters with Companions but not other sidekicks

    some opinion about our big buddy

    personal quests would be an asset but if no idea it is also fine

    no relations. This could be an advantage, since i have enought judgy fellows already.

     

    Other aproach: Create hires background templates with tags like class or race, and when you roll a hire just attach backstory.

     

    More aproaches: make more portraits, add some barters to voice templates, since this is as much personality as sidekicks go.

    Do you mean all stated here are not available at the moment?


  11. I read something from forum and expected them to have as many dialogues as Mazzy in Balder's Gate 2. However, I found that my first sidekick (massage guy) is quite disappointing, just very short conversation then he joined and he does not look like will be involved in any major side quest like Mazzy or give some comments during the main or side quests. In bg2, companion with fewer stories still comment and talk with the other companions and npc sometime.

     

    So I would like to ask, are the sidekicks in this game talk as much as bg2?

     

    Do they involve a lot in one major side quest like Mazzy?

     

    Do they give some opinions in main quests? How about other side quest?

     

    Do they talk to other companions or side kick or vela (as banter)?

     

    Or, do they really say anything else after joining the party?

     

    If they just keep quiet after joining, then it is quite disappointing..


  12. Save file size is increasing slowly and this makes the loading and saving time increase as well. My save file is 2mb now, and I noticed that loading and saving are getting slower (loading may take around 1 minute). I'm in Act 2 now and many maps are still unexplored. I estimate the save file size may become 4~5mb if i try to finish everything, and I can't imagine how long does it take for loading and saving.

     

    I truly hope that the loading time can be improved, or at least, we should be allowed to enable/ disable the autosave.


     

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