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  1. Don't take that Engwithan digsite fight as an example of what your character will do in the future. If I did that I'd pretty much only play a Cipher as the easiest way I find to do that fight is to Charm an enemy Boar, either through a PC or a custom character. Most characters struggle with that fight without adding additional characters, many stealth past it as you don't actually have to fight it.
  2. Only chanters and ciphers generate resource points as the fight goes on. Monks can gain wounds various ways but not Mortification so take note of which abilities you take. This is one of the reasons they're so strong on higher difficulties where fights last longer. Some others that come to my mind: Barbarians have a chance of regaining a point per kill but is tier 9 ability so SC only. If Corpse-Eater you can eat a corpse, but abilities cost more and not all enemies are edible, can't say I like it. Paladin have a chance of regaining a point per kill with tier 6 ability so possible for MC or when an ally is downed at tier 9 so SC Only. Fighter have a chance of regaining a point when critically hit with tier 8 ability so SC only. If using a Tactician subclass they can trigger Brilliant inspiration to gain resource points. There's a few other ways to get Brilliant typically via casting / items.
  3. Just in case anyone wants to try this build here is what I ended up with, including what I would change. Shadowdancer: Monk (Forbidden Fist) + Rogue (Trickster). The build really relies on Soul Mirror, Riposte and Disengagement attacks to deal with mobs whilst using Enfeebled affliction plus DoTs to deal with strong single targets. With high Deflection, high Crit rate and Rogues damage bonuses' you can kill anything. The part I had issues with was surviving but I'll recommend a few changes that should help. This build isn't really about using the Forbidden Fist ability for damage, its more for the Enfeebled affliction or providing an alternative damage type. I never really stacked it up because it had such a short timer vs the characters recovery/action speed. Most of the characters time was spent casting with the character doing damage automatically. Race Orlan is best for the extra RES but DON'T USE WILD ORLAN, or any sub-race that has a Resistance as this will affect your wounds and reduce the number of afflictions Attributes Max PER and RES. I wouldn't add anything to INT or DEX, if anything I'd steal a couple of points from DEX to add to MIG and CON. As we aren't stacking up the FF ability, the self damage is less of a concern whose damage scales with MIG and length with INT, but you do have to be aware of it. Not putting points into INT will mean less time on your abilties and DoTs but we can add INT through an ability and items. Abilities Weapon & Shield + Soul Mirror + Riposte + Persistent Distraction + Mirrored Image and/or Llengraths Displaced Image + Ryngrims Repulsive Visage (if enemies not immune to RES) + Deep Wounds - Get Deflection as high as possible and cause enemies to disengage create a lot of passive damage. Need more Engagement as those are the only targets that get attacked when they disengage. Lowering there PER helps make them miss more often. Swift Flurry + Heartbeat Drumming + Dirty Fighting for more crits and more attacks on those Riposte and Disengagement attacks. Blade Turning - Help defend against Resolve immune/resistant enemies or redirect abilities applied by there weapons. Long recovery and not very long effect time. Thunderous Blows - More MIG and Pen so those Riposte and Disengagement attacks hurt even more plus more healing. Enlightened Agony - Flat 5s removed from hostile effects and halved. Hence want to be hit (but not too hard) with Fort, Ref or Will targeting abilities. Smart for more Int helps with ability length. Iron Wheel - More CON so aren't too weak on FOR defence, plus more HP and DR to give time to heal. Gouging Strike - Use blunderbuss (or two) to apply this to AOE for the Blind and small but never-ending RAW DoT. Deathblows - Lots of extra damage if can apply afflictions to the enemy (Terrify, Distract/Blind). If not solo should be easy for companions to do this, even if they hit this character it shouldn't last long help heal. Ring The Bell - The main DoT ability. I wait until Enfeebled is down to a few seconds on the target, then use RtB which gets the +50% time buff, then wait for Enfeebled to end and reapply, giving another +50% hostile ability time. If you get RtB high enough doing this, you can repeat the Enfeebled trick, let it end and reapply, unless Enfeebled crits and ends up too long that 50% extra doesn't add very long to RtB. Theres not many points left, mostly early as nothing "key" there, I tried at various times: Escape - Handy and only one point. 50 more DEF for ~5 seconds can help in a bad situation. Parting Sorrow - Helps keep wound generation up when enemies die or disengage. If don't need more wounds then skip. Arms Bearer - For the 3rd slot for Blunderbuss' opener. Two Weapon Style - Really not needed, most damage is passive or DoTs. Rooting Pain - Due to cast times, i'd be at 10 wounds most of the time, so this wouldn't trigger. Small damage but the Interrupt was probably more use but very optional. Uncanny Luck + Improved Critical - More damage done and less taken. +10% more crit damage isn't much when you have Deathblows but against bosses with lots of immunities its a bit extra to help. Force of Anguish - Rarely used, would Enfeeble and apply DoT then kick the enemy away, especially if immune to RES afflications. Raised Torment - Handy to Stun enemies behind your target and use some Wounds up if Enfeebled applied and don't need to cast Enlightened Agony, Thunderous Blows or Blade Turning. Skyward Kick - Helps with single target damage, interrupt and disable them for a bit. Arterial Strike - I didn't tend to use as wasn't using Blunderbuss at the time and Guile is limited and lots of other key abilities use it. Toxic Strike - Same trick as RtB, damage numbers get silly BUT so many boss enemies are immune to it and 3 guile is too much. Weakened is also wasted because you have Enfeebled from the FF ability. Two great Watcher ability that synergise well for harder fights (1/rest): No Time for the Lost - Foe AoE Distracted, AoE -10s hostile effects and +10s beneficial effects, Steadfast. Extra RES which you can't do otherwise. +10s is great to extend short abilities like Blade Turning. Awe of the Death Herald - Target Frightened, MIG & PER Inspiration for long time, no other ability gives PER for Monk/Rogue. Main Weapons Fire In The Hole + Hand Mortar - For applying Gouging Strike. Mohorā Tanga + Small Shield - More accuracy, spear modal for more engagement, RAW DoT, more pen + damage with Survival skill. Kapana Taga + Small Shield - Chance of Daze, more engagement + damage, more raw damage, Immune to Flanking (protect that DEF!). Shield is Tuotilo's Palm once can get it. Counts as weapon so two hits on Full Attack abilities, riposte attacks and disengagement attacks, two chances of crit so more chance of triggering more attacks! More riposte chance or more DEF+REF per wound, either is valid but DEF is hard to increase so i'd take that. Early/Mid game options (I used) Xoti's Sickle - Best early game option, adds a bit of DEF, more damage per kill (religion increases), and Raw DoT on near death enemies to help finish them. Possibly applied by a Riposte or Deflection attack, so good! Marux Amanth - Extra Accuracy, burn AoE chance and unique ability Worthy Sacrifice. Sun and Moon - Two hits so more chance of crit and triggering more attacks. Rannigs Wrath - Extra Accuracy plus more from the Rapier modal, chance to recover immediately and extra DEF if your crit. Main Items Armour - Fleshmender / Cabalists Gambeson / Garari Cuirass. Head - Whitewitch Mask for better Illusion level and free Ryngrim's Enervating Terror when Bloodied. Mine lost its abilities (not sure why) so I switched to Heaven's Cacophony for +2 INT and added Shock damage per weapon hit (see a theme, all those two weapon riposte and disengagement attacks). Boots - Shorewalker Sandals for +1 RES. Footsteps of the Beast can be a handy way of applying another affliction to enemies to enable Deathblows. If your confused it will help with wounds and healing to! Cloak - Deflection +7, need all can get. The Magnificent Escape Cape is an option, gives free Escape but I prefer the simple always active +7. Gloves - Hylea's Talons for more enemy RAW DoT damage. Could apply to yourself but its a short DoT with all the hostile ability reductions which is self healed when it ends and gives wound. Belt - Girdle of Mortal Protection for more CON and crit reduction. Another option is Undying Burden gives same CON but extra Second Wind and damage reduction as you lost HP rather when your crit. Even with 150 DEF I was getting crit cos some enemies had 200 accuracy. Ring 1 - Greater Regeneration for HP/S Ring 2 - Voidward to reduce damage from FF ability, Hylea's Talons and any raw damage applied by enemies until you can remove it with Enlightened Agony and your other hostile effect reductions. General Fights If can group enemies then Gouging Strike them with Blunderbuss. Apply instant cast defences Mirrored Image and/or Llengraths Displaced Image. Swift Strikes. Enlightened Agony. Ryngrim's Enervating Terror OR Blade Turning. Thunderous Blows when you can. If all abilities up use FF and pick your Ring The Bell target carefully as don't have lots of Guile. I'm sure better players than me could solo with this but it was fun. Just don't try and do too much, I was so focused on maximizing DoT's I was struggling as the main tank (or solo attempts) hence the adjustments i'd make but couldn't to subrace and starting attributes. I enjoyed it so much I might try a solo run with it, maybe not on PotD though... Enjoy!
  4. I've beat Sissak now, I think I just needed to spam different disabling spells to limit the incoming damage more. I think switching to Kapana Taga helped massively, since most enemies are weaker to Crush, the chance of Daze and extra engage and Flanking Immune (to keep DEF up). I forget about the -5s thing applying each cast, definitely helps for those long times even when i've got ~25 RES plus RoA -50% and ate wraps / rested in Tikawara / Drank Potion Of Cleansing Purge (+3 CON helps). The final battle with Oracle of Wael with all the beams was difficult to since didn't seem like CoA affected how the time of the beams, I couldn't see them in the info panels to tell. I think i'm missing something about that fight to, destroying Arcane Channels didn't seem to do anything, I thought they might stun like The Animancer's Folly Endurance Trial in Seeker, Slayer, Survivor. No Time For The Lost (Foe AOE Distracted, -10s hostile effects, +10 beneficial effects, Steadfast) for long time really helped. Plus Awe of the Death Herald (target frightened, might+per inspiration for long time). Edit: Was doing a big update with the final build in detail... pushed Ctrl+R accidently and lost it
  5. Having major problems with Sissak in The Forgotten Sanctum, even with all companions helping never mind solo. Its not even close, pretty much get insta-killed even with all defences I can stacked up and trying to blind / paralyze as many as I can. Only way I survive a little bit is by Barring Deaths Door. I feel like i'm missing something with this area though. I've tried grouping them up for blinding spells / Mortar shots, boosting defences, blinding / stunning / terrifying but once they summon weapons it goes rapidly downhill. Tried just dashing to Sissak to get DOTs on them then withdraw to kill them first, but that triggers other spawns so even more enemies to deal with. I never even considered this area to be an issue until I got here, last game my SC Barb cruised through it. Though he did have great AOE damage plus Nimnoks cloak and great Fort defence to stop the raw damage Disintegrate / 1000 Cuts spells. This characters worst defence is Fort, even with high hostile effect reduction they do more damage than is healed. I could just skip the area of course but if I have something to learn, i'd like to. edit: nearest i've come is by abusing BDD and Salvation of Time and then just spamming abilities. Ended up just my PC, 4 Moon Spiders and a Vithrack Brute but they healed for more damage I could do, and even with 150+ deflection killed me before I could kill one of them.
  6. If your not playing max difficulty you don't need to worry about optimizing everything. The principles are the same as POE1; apply your buffs -> debuff enemy (in correct order) -> hit them with the big abilities. I'd recommend having a good range of abilities and damage sources whilst you learn what enemies are strong/weak at and/or rotate companions in and out.
  7. Items: Headwear: Nope he's a godlike Hands: Gauntlets of Accuracy Rings: Kuaru's Prize Neck: Cog of Cohh (if ally gets a kill) Cape: None come to mind. There's also Food, Drugs or Potions. Cipher can apply Tactical Meld to Tek to give him Aware. Can't think of anything else besides Priests buffs for accuracy that aren't a self buff only. The main thing is making sure you debuff the enemies properly to prepare for your damage spells. Most of your spells are Reflex so DEX or INT debuffs will help most besides specific Reflex debuffs.
  8. Either works. I like the aesthetic of a barb wielding a big axe and have done it on PotD with upscalling. 2H tend to have higher PEN which can be an issue on PotD level unless you have a plan to raise it or lower enemy DR. Main advantage of DW is two chances to apply effects of an ability if its a full attack, primary attack is only one weapon. Full attack can also apply the weapons effects plus the ability. DW was clearly superior to 2H but it got a damage reduction on full attack abilities in a patch to bring it in line with 2H.
  9. Personally I like to focus on the player character. As furyshaper you should probably use the ward that terrifies enemies to stop rogues murdering your Barbarian. My worry as Furyshaper, especially if lower RES is very low Will. I tend to rotate my companions depending on mission and enemies. As xoti is mostly fire and Tek is mostly frost I don't use both often. I tend to use Tek as MC druid chanter healing and buffing since don't need accuracy for that. Then use shock/water AOE after debuffing enemies Reflex if needed.
  10. I think one of the key things I had for my barbarian was Nemnoks Cloak so doesn't die from the loop, though it was 1 per rest. Are you playing solo?
  11. I found if you let Enfeebled drop or they remove it via Constituton buff, when you reapply it the +50% hostile effect is applied again. If you time the application of long DOT when Enfeebled is nearly ended, you can get multiple +50% hostile time effects. I had one application of toxic strike up to 80s when dragon died, not including time that it had already ticked down. Need a little luck in graze/hit/crit, if the starting time of the DOT is too low to 50% buff might not get it significantly higher then the enfeebled time. Might be a known thing but I didn't expect it to work like that. I thought it would be like if you refreshed the affliction. As fun as it is to get high damage numbers from toxic strike, I think its better to take Gouging Strike since the raw damage sticks forever, no one is immune and 2 guile instead of 3. As I have spare ability points at start I'll take the extra item slot and take Serafens blunderbusses. Starting fight with blinds applied should be a big help. Only other 'solo' source I can see is bombs which are pretty cool to just drop at your feet with 150+ reflex.
  12. Yeah I guess to solo on highest levels got to make most of everything like that. When i've used this character solo (with other characters stealthed at distance) i've definitely noticed how much longer fights take, especially once Guile has gone. It's one of the reasons I wanted a way of using Wounds since they're unlimited. I've rerolled to try it. tbh i'd misread it last time I played a monk and thought it was redirecting to a team mate. It is interesting, i'd describe it as a temporary 100% Reposte so makes sense you don't get your own additional attack. I'm trying to tell if by Blade Turning deflecting a weapon strike that has an ability, such as Blinding Strike that can be applied to the enemy it hits instead of me? I'm guessing its not a guaranteed hit either, there accuracy vs redirected targets defence. With more INT and DEX it would be a lot more valuable since it uses Wounds but I only get a few seconds of it that aren't just recovery. Seems like Ryngrim's Repulsive Visage is the go to ability for disengagement attacks unless the enemies are RES immune or I'm out of Guile.
  13. Am max level now, its a fun build, nothing else i've played melts bosses (dragons etc) so quickly. Working through the DLCs before end game so lots of fighting left but wondering how best to improve the build. The damage dealing is great! Single targets melt with Enfeebled and the different sources of raw damage. Mobs beat themselves to death and/or get Terrified and break engagement to get themselves killed. Sometimes the defences aren't good enough so looking at what I could do different to improve that side. Some abilities that I don't really use are very early on so took since wasn't anything better. Most fights I start with: Mirrored Image -> Llengrath's Displaced Image (if being hit too much) -> Ryngrim's Repulsive Visage (if not RES immune) -> Swift Fury -> Enlightened Agony. Then start hitting the harder enemies with FF and Ring The Bell and/or Toxic Strike. Build currently Monk: Swift Strikes -> Swift Fury (more attack on crits) Clarity of Agony -> Enlightened Agony (INT + Hostile Effect reduction) Soul Mirror (Reflect ranged attacks with my high DEF) Rooting Pain (Damage and interrupts just to slow damage taken a bit) DoMP -> Iron Wheel (CON + DR) Parting Sorrow (Disengage gives more wounds, good for Iron Wheel but I don't really use wounds currently) Heartbeat Drumming (crits on crits) Skyward Kick (Knock Up and big damage and pen bonus) - Picked to use wounds on, don't really need/use it. Rogue: Escape (Teleport and short +DEF) - Don't use much, possibly a mistake even if do it on the spot? Dirty Fighting (Crit chance) Blinding Strike -> Gouging Strike (Blind and Raw damage) - Don't use much since its single target Riposte (Chance of free attack when missed by an attack) Persistent Distraction (More Engaged targets and Distract them for -PER) Strike The Bell -> Ring the Bell (Raw DOT) Withering Strike -> Toxic Strike (Corrode DOR) Deep Wounds (Raw DOT) Deathblows (Big damage buff) I also currently have: Weapon and Shield (DEF + REF) Improved Crit (More damage) I've highlighted the abilities in red that I don't use much so could save those points for something else if there's something to help the defensive side. Uncanny Luck should be one, maybe another on Tough but they're mid/late and abilities i'm looking to replace are earlier so not sure if i'd have spare points at that point. Blade Turning - I don't think i've ever tried it, the description says "Hostile Melee Attacks redirected to another nearby target for 3.0 sec", does that mean enemies? It has a long cast+rec time and short duration but wondering if it could be a good option early for wounds until enemies get Terrified / Riposted to death. Do redirected attack count as a miss so could trigger Riposte? The Dichotomous Soul - A bit of disruption to reduce damage early? Keep Escape but use it to start the fight for a short boost of +DEF? Smoke Cloud and/or Pernicious Cloud so can Distract more than just those I've Engaged? Items One Dozen Stood for its DR and to synergize with the Terrify disengagements. Just got it so giving it a try but it makes casting at the start take longer. Using Mohora Tanga with Spear modal for extra engagement and Tuotilo's Palm. Considering switching to Dagger (Marux Amanth?) with Modal + Tuotilo's Palm at start of fights for extra DEF. Cloak of Greater Def (+DEF) + Voidward (RAW reduction) + Ring of Greater Regen (HP/S) + Undying Burden (Damage reduction and CON) + Strand of Favor (Effects) + Whitewitch Mask (Illusion). I'm open to swapping anything but the main two I'd consider swapping are Shorewalker Sandles (RES) + Woedicas Strangling Grasp (MIG and Fire DR). I need to pick up Hylea's Talons to give them a try. If I was starting again I would change: Keep INT default and add more CON to help with early part of fights. Use a different race. Any suggestions on how to improve the defences would be appreciated, be it abilities, items or just better use of abilities. Just realised I'm not using any potions (except health) or drugs, though I don't tend to like drugs for RP reasons.
  14. I was trying to beat the Kraken in Cignath Mor (don't have enough Might to destroy it to complete it that way) which is adding to the frustration, it seems to be a "counter" to my character as it is. FF does no damage since they're immune to Crush, also means my Shield does no damage, not sure if worth switching to a bigger shield or duel wield a normal second weapon for this fight? My lowest resistance is FOR, which they seem to target to inflict injuries? I was hoping the Persistent Distraction ability getting upgraded due to the Kraken's Perception Weakness would be enough for the Tentacles to miss my Shadowdancer but he was getting slapped and picked up so much. Wiki doesn't tell you any info about the Krakens abilities which doesn't help figure this stuff out. I guess I'll have to just try it again and go line by line through the log to figure it out
  15. This kind of things frustrates me with POE games... so many hidden quirks that can have a major negative effect. I guess its yet another bug in the game and not intended. So frustrating when its something you can't change and I'm so far in I don't want to restart, just makes me want to play something else.
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