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  1. It seems to me that description in game is still wrong (I think it refers only as maximum focus +10). Otherwise I would have taken it.
  2. This build looks pretty decent overall. The main gap I'm seeing is that it isn't updated for the White March 2 expansion and later patches, which has a few implications: 1) The enemy AI is much improved, so I don't think it's as good an idea as it used to be to drop Con all the way down to 3. You'll need a little more survivability, especially on PotD. I mean you *could* you'll just lead your party in "times unconscious." 2) The powers added with the WM expansions aren't covered (time parasite is probably the worst rank 7 power now, as it doesn't stack with Deleterious Alacrity of Moti
  3. Hi all, I came across this via a google search. Is the review of cipher powers still accurate ? Thank you. Aginorh
  4. When you have a lightly armored ranger or other back liners, it's often helpful to have them have a weapon and shield option for self defense to get some additional deflection from the shield. As for run away vs stand your ground, I suppose that it depends on the situation. Sometimes it can be helpful to stand your ground so that a team mate doesn't have to chase down the enemy, which he might have to do, if you try to disengage and run away. Maybe let one of your front liners engage this enemy to draw its attention and THEN have the back liner disengage. Also, if possible, perhaps you
  5. Yes sounds great but my party has no wizard Otherwise I tested raedric's keep with "MaxQuest formula" and it's a lot easier 1. dual wield DPS Barb really wipes clean the trash and keeps high HPs (with regen of course, gaun's share flail and +50% heal) 2. tank paladin is barely hit and can save the squishies with lay on hands while engaging 2 ppl 3. Cipher kills a lot, charms paralyses, even if a bit slower with breastplate, dies less ;-) 4. Druid does real punishing dmg in bear form, and also got heavy armor to counter his low HPs Cipher and Druid are slower with heavy armor bu
  6. Yes indeed ! Now I really block the way to my cipher believe me ;-) Thing is the barb is also very slow.
  7. Actually the final encounter in Eothas temple was quite tough, even if doable. At this party level (nearly 4, but cipher is 4 already), the barb tank did not much damage (1500 till now), Paladin 2400 dmg but rather squishy, Druid 3500 dmg (hits hard but also squishy), and Cipher 5500. Barb does tank ok but does not keep agro (no skill) and he has few possibilities to interrupt etc. I will try Maxquest formula
  8. Sounds good backup/alternative. But I will try to stick to this team unless it appears really too difficult, and If it does I will use your backup, because I do not want to hire more than those 4 cold blood killers. It's part of my modest challenge to stay with 4 people (and also playing an evil aligned party). I also like the originality of these builds we'll see how it goes.
  9. So I went on and tried my 4 members party like this, a 4 pale elves gang (hard mode) ! pos1 : Barb tank based on Golden Dragon, The from Boeroer) pos2: DPS Paladin (dual wield, based on Bleak Walker ) pos3: bow ranged Cipher cc+Aoe (15/8/16/18/16/5) pos4 : Druid caster (high might / per / int, low con /res medium dex), bear form Just level 3-4 atm, and only the druid is relatively less useful (since very few spells at that level and squishy), but i'll give him a staff and bow to do a little DPS. Barb is ok with tanking, Paladin and Cipher hit hard. Focus goes up quite fast with
  10. No problem) Barb can be used as dragon-tank; but in usual encounters better use him as dw-dps. So it's a barb (in plate and with Shod-in-Faith boots) with high mig/con/int and low resolve; dual-wielding sabres in early game; and [We-Toki + Rimecutter] or [dual-Purgatory] in the late game. And who switches to MH + Dragon Maw shield after he has used his Barbaric Blow and Heart of Fury. I will elaborate on paladin + druid later. Ok so a dps build for the Barb with high con
  11. As JerekKruger already said, it's because of frost resist. Specifically: - spectres deal freeze damage (via auto-attacks) - some of them explode on death, again dealing freeze damage - shades do have draining freeze ability, which is a paralyze + deal high freeze damage. When they decide whom to attack with it, they give a preference to targets with lowest freeze DR. Having a will defense at 40 or 60, will make no real difference as you are likely to get affected by respective effects anyway. Similar situation is when you try to solo a dragon. You either pump your defenses; or don't
  12. Cold resist. Resolution 3 is absolutely great if you can reliable avoid anything ever attacking your Cipher (and after level 15 when you can use Defensive Mindweb to make your whole party super tanky). Personally I don't like dumping stats as low as 3, so I might consider something like 14/8/16/16/16/8 For a versatile build. At level 15 you might want to respect since Defensive Mindweb is so powerful. Any particular reason you've chosen Aloth, Edér and Durance as your companions? Thank you. Regarding companions, that was just a first idea in fact, to have tank+priest+
  13. Wait, do you want a ranged or actually melee cipher (alpha-strike with blunderbuss and switch to pike)? My first thought was that for a ranged cipher, wood elf would be the preferred race. But since you are going to have a small party, pale elf could be decent for a squishy cipher, as you will attract much less attention from the spectres, shades and alike. Not much micro means warbows. Specifically: take Rain of Goddath or Cloudpiercer and stick to it.As for stat spread it depends on what niche in your group, do you want your cipher to fit: - cc: 13/8/18/18/18/3 - aoe-dmg: 18/8/17
  14. Hi again all, I finally got quite curious about Ciphers, and I would like to play one as MC for my next run (should be in hard mode, temptatively 4 people party but to be seen). The idea is that I want to play a ranged Cipher without too much micro management, and with a specific roleplay / background. Race would be pale elf, with the concept of a lonely "cursed" hunter having to leave home weapons : arquebuse (or BB but Arquebuse preferred regarding background / roleplay), bow, pike (2h sword as an alternative) I was wondering which stats and talents would be appropriate ?
  15. A priest who focuses on buffing and healing needs no accuracy bonuses. And if he's in the back row and is not too squishy, he also doesn't need those healing bonsus very badly. So he can skip survival altogether (or only take a few points). Lore is also not necessary because priests already have great spells like prayers and the damaging scrolls are bad for them (as long as they are not self buffing all the time) because they have terrible base accuracy right from the start. So, pumping mechanics on a supporter priest can be a good thing without too many drawbacks. If your priest is build in a
  16. Good point ! It was also part of my initial decision... Now "my Durance" is geared quite tanky so he can stay safely on second row. It should work
  17. Never been there, but this is my next destination ! So many things to do ! I did not yet even pick up a faction in defiance bay !
  18. Based on your advice (thanks to all), and since I have no rogue, I'll put Aloth on the job with the 1 point bonus. Why Durance would be better if I may ask ? Need less other skills ?
  19. Depends on the type of that barbarian.- for a dps or interrupt barb: [4 or 10] in survival; or [6 or 12] in survival if you have a cipher with Phantom Foes. - for a cc/interrupt barb: [4 or 10] in survival for the extra acc - for a tank barb: could consider [8 or 14] in survival for the extra healing - if barb has maxed int: could consider investing in lore. Specifically: .- maxed [int]: any defensive scrolls .- maxed combination of [int + per]: could consider 6 in lore for scrolls of paralysis | or maybe even 8 for confusion + valor (although valor doesn't require per) .- maxed co
  20. Hi again, It seems like a small topic probably, but on my side I am a bit frustrated because on two instances I had not sufficient skill to disarm traps (example in 8th level of Caed Nua), and also it takes a lot of skill points. Initially I chose to have my Barb PC doing the mechanics, because I thought a good idea to have someone strong to scout ahead (in case he is discovered). Now at level 8 I have seen it is quite useless because I always scout with a full party, given how stealth works... So my question is who is filling the role in your party ? And is it really a waste to ha
  21. Thanks everyone, good to know that this Persistence is indeed a good option. I will stick to it for a while, and look for nightrunner as well.
  22. Hi everyone, Since my initial post on choosing a new main character I have done pretty well with my barbarian and really enjoyed the game (now nearly level in normal mode. In this run I chose to hire Sagani quite quickly (lvl 4) and specced her in "pet DPS". She now does tons of damage with the fox and even more with predator sense and using Persistence hunting bow (+50% dmg for the fox all the time basically) (http://pillarsofeternity.gamepedia.com/Persistence). I have a few basic questions : - Which armor should I get for her (I still have the lame fine skin armor) ?
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