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  1. Perception and Intellect highest, with Dexterity third. Might is less important for Rogue. Constitution and Resolve can be dumped to your comfort level of squishiness. AoE weapons are fun with Rogue (mortars, rods w modal) for applying your debuffs on many enemies at once. Slight anti-synergy with Ancient who really wants Lance of the Midwood Stag or The Spine of Thicket Green to boost spell damage, AoE, and duration. The Lance is a fun idea for being in melee without getting hit as often.
  2. This is a great tip, since that will stack and lasts the whole encounter. I did not realize it applied via spells. I completely agree here. If I were creating this build with a hireling or watcher, I would likely choose At the Sight (assuming no other chanters in the party). Because it's a sidekick, that choice is already made for you.
  3. I’ve had this build in draft for years now, but just completed a full playthrough to test it exhaustively. I love the companion and sidekick builds @Ascaloth and others have posted, especially the way they mix mechanical fun with narrative details for each character. This build works great in most parties, but is designed to be paired with a Fassina Sorcerer build that I’m posting as well. This build is a riff on @Boeroer’s Konstanten Build (post) set up to offtank and pair well with Fassina. The lightbulb clicked when I saw Konstanten has the highest base Fortitude of any companion or sidekick. Maybe he had a wizard cousin who liked wearing diving helmets? I’m posting this build so that it’s available for folks who want to bring Konstanten along and are looking for a quick, fool-proof build. I tested this on PotD Upscaled with a typical party (Swash Eder, Herald Pallegina, Priest Xoti, Sorcerer Fassina). I used the Community Patch and Balance Polishing Mod, but the build does not depend on them to work. I’ll do my best to highlight if something is a CP or BPM feature only. (Borrowing @thelee's formatting here, slightly edited) The Pitch: This build drops enemy Fortitude through the floor while dropping Will and AR to boot. It stands in the middle of melee and shrugs off attacks that target Fortitude or deal Corrode damage. Howler - Chanter (Skald), Barbarian (no sub) Mountain Dwarf, The Dyrwood - Drifter (+1 RES, +1 Sleight of Hand, Bluff, Streetwise) Attributes: MIG 15 CON 17 DEX 12 PER 11 INT 10 RES 13 Note: If you are playing this build with a hired adventurer or watcher, you could make these choices to further optimize. Choose any non-godlike race. You could do worse than Mountain Dwarf, as CON Resistance is nice to have out of the box. Choose any Barbarian Subclasses that you fancy, though you need an answer for Berserker’s Confused status. Corpse Eater would fit well with the BPM upgrades, giving you even more survivability in most fights. Make CON, PER and INT your highest scores, followed by MIG and DEX. You could dump RES a little. Skills: Athletics and/or Alchemy and Survival. More explanation below. Abilities: AT1 Come, Come Soft Death (a), The Thunder Rolled (a) // Barbaric Yell (a) And Hel-Hyraf Crashed Upon the Shield Frenzy AT2 Thick Grew Their Tongues // Thick Skinned One Dozen Stood, Two-Handed Style, One-Handed Style [BPM] or Accurate Carnage [BPM] AT3 Reny Daret’s Ghost Spake // One Stands Alone The Shield Cracks Bloody Slaughter AT4 The Long Night’s Drink // Spirit Frenzy Savage Defiance Barbaric Shout AT5 Ben Fidel’s Neck Was Exposed // Bear's Fortitude (AT2) Leap, Tough, or Uncanny Luck AT6 Old Siec Would Not Rest // Brute Force Spell Resistance Oh, But Knock Not (AT4), What Ruo Naka Found, Threatening Presence [BPM], or Interrupting Blows (AT6) AT7 Called to His Bidding or Accurate Empower [BPM] // Spirit Tornado Stalwart Defiance [BPM], or choice of previous Weapon Proficiencies: Battle axe (a), Mace (a) Morning star Club Weapon slots: I: The Willbreaker (Unavoidable Demise, Make Them Flinch) II: Shattered Vengeance or Kapana Taga Essential gear: Helm of the Void Aloth’s Leather Armor Voidward Undying Burden Playstyle: This build focuses on synergistic debuffs to reduce enemy Fortitude, Will, and AR, setting up your party for faster kills, while soaking up enemy attacks. - The real work horse here is the synergy between the chant The Long Night's Drink Birthed the Revenge of Morning and the Barbarian abilities Spirit Frenzy/Spirit Tornado. While frenzied, every attack you make, with any ability, will cause Staggered (-5 MIG, Cannot engage enemies). Because The Long Night’s Drink is an attack, enemies affected by it are not only Weakened, but also Staggered. These two conditions together lower their Fortitude by 20!. For enemies who are resistant or immune to MIG afflictions, The Long Night’s Drink also lowers MIG independent of any affliction, resulting in an only slightly less impactful -14 Fortitude. This would be powerful even if it was a one time use ability, but the attack repeats every 6 or 12 seconds, and synergizes with itself, because it targets Fortitude. Once it hits, it has a much easier time of reapplying again, making it last the entire encounter in most situations. *Note: there is a bug in the vanilla game where Spirit Tornado only applies staggered on weapon attacks. If you’re playing vanilla, do not upgrade to Spirit Tornado. - In addition to Long Night’s Drink and Spirit Frenzy, we can lower an enemy's Fortitude by an additional 25 points with the Morning star modal Body Blows, which targets Deflection. This is often the first wedge to pry open high Fortitude enemies, as it makes The Long Night’s Drink much easier to land. On top of those, we have the upgraded version of Reny Daret’s Ghost Spake (Ben Fidel’s Neck Was Exposed), which targets Will and lowers all defenses by 10 and applies Frightened (-5 Deflection, -10 Will, -3 power levels). Lastly, the invocation And Hel-Hyraf Crashed Upon The Shield lowers AR by 2. With the upgrade, this can be kept up for the entire battle without much effort (especially on any target being focused). The net effect on all of this on enemies who are not affliction resistant or immune is: -2 AR -15 Deflection -55 Fortitude -10 Reflex -20 Will - Spirit Tornado is worth a quick mention here. With BPM, it is very worth snagging, and honestly great for end game even in Vanilla, as many late game enemies have Might affliction resistance anyway. Terrified for 1 Rage in an AoE is very fun. - Choosing higher level invocations increases your max phrases. Your goal is to have at least 5 max so that you can cast Ben Fidel’s Neck and Hel-Hyraf back to back at the start of combat. Non-offensive invocations cost +1, and choosing a high level one will give you the highest possible max phrase count. - Keep your weapon modals on all the time. The damage penalties eat up all of your bonus damage from MIG, but in light or medium armor with frenzy, you still put out some decent damage. I didn’t do any math on this, but my gut is that the modal deals more total damage across the party if at least 1 other party member is attacking Fortitude. Once you have The Willbreaker, it makes more sense to use that 100% of the time and have another character use a club to keep Bewildering Blows up, even when trying to lower enemy Will, because Relentless stacks with those and adds an additional -3 to -15 Will. - With Kosntanten’s health pool being so large (~500 hp with a few points of bonus constitution and frenzy), you don’t have to babysit him. Instead, when you notice he’s getting close to bloodied, or is being focused by a few high damage enemies, you can toss a heal over time on him and/or use Stalwart Defiance. In BPM, Defiance stacks with Robust, in addition to getting extra base healing, but even without those changes, it’s a pretty great fit for K. - Surviving fights also requires having enough armor for the enemies you’re fighting. At a minimum, enough means that when he’s critically hit, he has enough AR to avoid overpenetration. You can figure out what that target is by using this formula (AR needed to avoid overpen=1+((Enemy PEN * 1.5)/2). With Thick Skinned, he should be fine in most fights with upgraded Light or Medium armor even on PotD. When in doubt, Potions of Spirit Shield last a decently long time and are cheap. Aloth’s Leather Armor is a phenomenal choice, because it has no weaknesses if you upgrade to Structurally Stable (and actually gains extra Corrode AR). The bonus defense against Transmutation and the Overseeing enchantments are also wonderful. Other great choices are Magnera’s Chain, Iridescent Scale, or Saint’s War Armor. The latter two really depend on Woodskin/Delemgan and some +corrode AR to work, but they have great enchantments). If you are facing particularly challenging enemies (e.g. rogues with ranged weapons that prioritize low HP allies), Heavy armor works great, too. Blackened Plate with the damage aura and -AR aura are a natural fit here. Both autohit, so won’t apply Staggered from Spirit Frenzy, but they do stack with everything else in your toolbox. - One very powerful trick that I like using Konstanten for on challenging bosses is putting him into the Kahako Nihi armor from SSS with the Hardened Plates upgrade. With heavy armor, K can take crits easily, and the debuff that it causes lasts the entire encounter. This is especially nice on Megabosses like Dorudugan and Hauani O Whe, where you’re stuck grinding them down. - The biggest downside of K in this build is low accuracy and low Intellect. These aren’t as damning as you might think, though. Gloves of Reliability and Helm of the Void, are a big help early (as of course priest/paladin buffs). Since your biggest single debuff targets deflection, flanking, etc also helps. The other reason it’s not completely damning, is that your main abilities are very cheap (1 Rage, 2 and 3 Phrases). If you whiff one, you can try again at little cost. Similarly, lower duration is not much of an issue. Lastly, as a melee chanter, your chants and invocations easily hit multiple enemies. - Pretty much as soon as you can get K, you can snag Saru-sichr from Arkemyr’s mansion with no violence. If you planned ahead and started with some extra gold from Berath’s Blessings, you should also have Shattered Vengeance. These will keep K in business for most of the game. I’d also recommend doing Beast of Winter as soon as you can (14 is great). Helm of the Void is huge. If you have a wizard with Combusting Wounds, Neriscyrlas is a breeze. K can make sure it lands, and Thick Grew Their Tongues helps you keep that pesky Llengrath’s Safeguard. Sidenote: if you’re running Fassina here, all of her poison spells work on top of Combusting Wounds shenanigans. Very easy once K gets N’s Fortitude under control. - This build works exceptionally well with Fassina and other characters with abilities that target Fortitude and Will. Big K has no problem standing in the hostile AoE spells that Fassina uses. If you use an Antidote, Khapa Tea, or get Purge Toxins from Fassina, you can safely ignore Venombloom, Malignant Cloud, and Noxious Burst. But if you don’t have immunity to poison, your high Fortitude and Voidward will make them completely survivable. Konstanten has the highest base Fortitude of any companion or sidekick.** We take Bear’s Fortitude to increase that even further, and with Frenzy up, he gains an additional +20 Fortitude. If you have an active source of +All Defenses (Circle of Protection, etc.), that’s helpful, but not necessary. I also usually give Konstanten a Cloak of Greater Protection for an additional +10. **For fun, here’s a breakdown of the top 5. Konstanten (Barbarian): 54 (30 class, 10 MIG, 14 CON) Konstanten (Howler): 49 (25 class, 10 MIG, 14 CON) Pallegina (Paladin): 45 (25 class, 4 MIG, 6 CON, 10 Faith & Conviction (+Deep Faith)) Eder (Fighter): 44 (20 class, 12 MIG, 12 CON) Serafen (Barbarian): 42 (30 class, 10 MIG, 2 CON) - I think Alchemy is by far the most useful active skill, especially for the late game where fights can go very long and keeping buffs up is worth quite a bit. That said, there is great synergy with Athletics and Undying Burden, and if your party needs someone with high Athletics, that’s a great fit, also. - As mentioned above, Konstanten works great with a source of consistent Healing over time. A Herald with Ancient Memory and Exalted Endurance is usually plenty to keep him happy (also a great choice to work with Fassina, due to Righteous Soul). Some things that worked for me on Megabosses: Dorudugan: I had K face tank Doru to start the fight until he caught Hardened Plates, then had him wail away with Willbreaker, standing far enough away from the other 2 melee so that a Brutal slash would only ever hit 2 of the 3. BPM savage defiance and some back up heals along with stacked AR meant no overpen with crits, and underpen on regular hits. You have to do some work with a few characters to make a debuff strategy work here, but K is a key piece of the puzzle. BPM Threatening Presence helps quite a bit (immune to engagement when above 75% HP), but you can eat a disengagement crit with this setup with a similar amount of health. I respec to Blood Frenzy/Bloodstorm for this b/c he is resistant to Body Afflictions, and w/ BPM I had basically infinite frenzy (I think BPM Salvation of Time or something else has an odd interaction here, but I couldn’t figure it out). The extra dmg from the dot is not huge, but there’s not much else to spend points on. Hauani O Whe: Similar to Doru, stack AR, stay alive through the crits. I used Disintegrate to shorten the fight tremendously, and K helped that land. If you weren’t doing that, I’d pick up the accuracy boost for The Thunder Rolled and keep oozes stunned (5s base, vs Reflex w/ one attack roll for 2 Phrases) Sigilmaster Auranic: The biggest contribution K makes is the use of his old massage room back the the Wild Mare, but he does fine here smashing on sigils and making Auranic easier to land damage on. Spirit Tornado is fun on Auranic, who can be terrified. Belranga: Pretty happy here with Khapa Tea smashing away. Carnage is nice to speed up spiderling kills. Once you switch over to Belranga, the lowered defenses help speed everything up a bit. BPM Notes: - The Improved Empowered Abilities are great with this build. Accurate is a must, Lasting is great as a second. With Lasting, Ben Fidel’s Neck is probably your best choice to empower at the start of a fight.
  4. I’ve had this build in draft for years now, but just completed a full playthrough to test it exhaustively. I love the companion and sidekick builds @Ascaloth and others have posted, especially the way they mix mechanical fun with narrative details for each character. This build works great in most parties, but is designed to be paired with a Konstanten Howler build that I’m posting as well. This is in no way unique insight or creativity on my part, but mostly a very basic build that focuses on fun synergies. I’m posting so that it’s available for folks who want to bring Fassina along and are looking for a quick, fool-proof build. I tested this on PotD Upscaled with a typical party (Swash Eder, Herald Pallegina, Priest Xoti, Howler Konstanten). I used the Community Patch and Balance Polishing Mod, but the build does not depend on them to work. I’ll do my best to highlight if something is a CP or BPM feature only. (Borrowing @thelee's format here w/ some slight edits) The Pitch: Stack gross amounts of +PL and clear the battlefield with layers of AoE DoT, Pulse, and direct corrode and raw damage. Sorcerer - Wizard (Conjurer), Druid (Animist) Human (Ocean Folk), Vailian Republics - Arcane Apprentice (+1 INT, +2 Arcana) Attributes: MIG 13 CON 11 DEX 12 PER 12 INT 16 RES 14 Note: If you are playing this build with a hired adventurer or watcher you could make these choices to further optimize. Choose Nature Godlike (trade +1 Poison PL and +2 INT for +1 universal PL) Choose Ancient Druid instead of Animist (additional stacking +1 PL for plant and beast spells). Make PER and INT your highest scores, followed by MIG and DEX. You could dump RES and CON as much as you are comfortable. Skills: Alchemy (or Arcana) and Metaphysics. More explanation below. Abilities: AT1 Concelhaut’s Parasitic Staff (a), Conjure Familiar (a) // Talon’s Reach (a), Sunbeam (a), Spiritshift Wolf (a) Slicken Choice of: Touch of Rot, Tanglefoot, Vile Thorns, Nature’s Mark AT2 Infuse with Vital Essence // Insect Swarm, The Moon’s Light (a) Necrotic Lance Autumn’s Decay or Binding Web AT3 Deleterious Alacrity of Motion // Infestation of Maggots, Returning Storm (a) Combat Focus Purge of Toxins [BPM] AT4 Spirit of Decay // Form of the Delemgan, Conjure Blight (a) Wicked Briars or Wall of Flame Spell Shaping AT5 Rapid Casting // Wall of Thorns, Plague of Insects (a) Farcasting Embrace of the Earth Talon or (Uncanny Luck, Heart of the Storm, or Scion of Flame) AT6 Arkemyr’s Capricious Hex or Ninaguath’s Freezing Pillar // Venombloom, Sunlance (a) Choice of: Quick Summoning, Garden of Life, Spell Resistance [BPM], or an optoin from a previous tier AT7 Tayn’s Chaotic Orb or Wall of Draining // Accurate Empower [BPM] or Call to the Primordials, Lashing Vine (a) Potent Empower [BPM] or an option from a previous tier Weapon Proficiencies: Dagger (a), Rod (a) Staff or/and Pike Hunting Bow Arquebus Scepter Weapon slots: I: The Spine of Thicket Green (Empowering Instinct, Grove’s Respite) or Lance of the Midwood Stag (Lord of the Forest) II: Essence Interrupter or Blightheart or Amaliorra Note: Spine vs. Lance. Both are available immediately for “free”; I used the Spine for my playthrough, but on reflection, Lance is likely better in every case except vs Vessels. Both work great, though. You could always juggle them to maximize PL for plant/beast spells, but that is more micro than it’s worth for me, plus I prefer to have my second weapon set for an alternative ranged option. Essential gear: Spider Silk Robe (Spider Blooded, Poison Master) Mask of the Grotto Deep Serpentskin Grimoire Fassina’s Grimoire Battle-worn Grimoire Playstyle: This build focuses on maximizing a few strong spells with synergistic keywords (Poison, Plant, Beast, Acid, Decay, Conjuration) to stack up staggering amounts of damage, but stays flexible with tried and true utility spells for every situation. Universal +1/+3: (Summon Familiar/Lance of the Midwood Stag) Poison +3 (Mask of Grotto Deep & Spider Silk Robe) Conjuration +2 (Conjurer subclass) Plant +3 (Spine of Thicket Green) Beast +3 (Spine of Thicket Green) +PL by Spell: +8 Malignant Cloud (Conjuration, Poison) +6 (+7 w/ Spine) Plague of Insects (Beast, Poison [BPM]) Venombloom (Plant, Poison) Wall of Thorns (Plant, Poison [BPM]) Vile Thorns (Plant, Poison) +6 Noxious Burst (Poison) +5 Necrotic Lance (Conjuration) Binding Web (Conjuration) Death Ring (Conjuration) All Wizard Wall spells (Conjuration) +3 (+4 w/ Spine) Insect Swarm Talon’s Reach Tanglefoot Wicked Briars Form of the Delemgan Lashing Vine Call to the Primordials The basic flow is standard stuff: buff > DoT spells > direct damage spells w/ debuffs and utility spells as needed. Buffs: Infuse w/ Vital Essence Deleterious Alacrity of Motion Summon Familiar Form of the Delemgan Core DoTs: Plague of Insects Infestation of Maggots Venombloom Malignant Cloud Insect Swarm - Keep the staff modal on most of the time. Pike modal is a great debuff if you aren’t using Nature’s Mark or similar active effects that reduce Deflection. You should be able to stay in robes the whole game, but if you are concerned about getting focused fired, Cabalist Gambeson is great b/c Woodskin and Delemgan cover the AR gaps perfectly (always a fan of flaunting the haul from Arkemyr’s Vault, too). Ironskin is also great and is in the Snakeskin Grimoire. - Form of the Delemgan is easily the strongest spell in your entire repertoire. It single-handedly makes many encounters go from deadly to average with the Dexterity Affliction immunity and bonus AR. For your tankier party members, it makes Scale armor and Brigandine amazing by shoring up their pierce AR gap. Note that bonus AR is one place where specific does not stack with general. If you have both Spirit Shield and Form of the Delemgan, it will choose the higher of the two values for each damage type, rather than stacking. - Early/mid game you’re going to want to pay attention to enemy defenses and armor and cast the best spell you have for those defenses/AR, regardless of bonus PL. Sunbeam, Returning Storm, Slicken, Chill Fog, and Combusting Wounds are almost always useful. When all else fails, switch over to your ranged weapon and plug away (or bonk w staff or pike). - Poison immune enemies are not that scary or troublesome. Just lean on your non-poison options. Unless you wait till very late, you won’t have many poison spells for Hanging Sepulchers. The rest of your early game kit works great. Same for Poko Kohara Ruins/Engwithan Waystation. Splintered Reef is an interesting case, as the Fampyrs are not immune to poison and many have lowish Fortitude. It’s worth blasting them with everything you’ve got and not worrying about the immune skeletons and guls. Speaking of, Guls and Alguls are weak to fire, so blast away. The fights in SSS with constructs, skeletons, and naga are all manageable, as well. Essence interrupter w/ Essential Phantom works great for the constructs. For the Naga you have less options, but Chill Fog, Slicken, Wicked Briars, Tayn’s Chaotic Orb, Lashing Vine are all helpful. - I recommend rushing the Kraken (lvl 10/11) and Splintered Reef (lvl 15/16) to maximize the time you have with your full equipment set. The Kraken has high Fortitude, but is not immune to Poison, and is weak to freeze and corrode. See above for Splintered Reef. When I did Splintered Reef Menzaggo died from AoE DoTs before I ever targeted him with anything else. While it doesn’t have much we really need for Fassina, rushing Beast of Winter is quite easy, too. Fassina eats Neriscyrlas up (Combusting Wounds, Wall of Flame, Insects to strip Concentration, Wall of Thorns - RIP). - This build works exceptionally well with a Howler like Konstanten built to lower enemy Fortitude and take the occasional hit from hostile AoEs. See my companion build, The Bodyworker for a version of this kind of build. It’s particularly helpful to crack open big enemies with high Fortitude via Morningstar Modal and -all Defense debuffs. Anything that lowers Fortitude in an AoE is awesome. Especially awesome are debuffs for Fortitude that target a different defense. For example, vs. Will:. Devotions of the Faithful, Secret Horrors, Interdiction, Mind Plague, Reny Daret's Ghost Spake w/ Upgrade, and Shining Beacon. - Other fun combinations include: watch a big boss’s HP bar fall through the floor by stacking up all of your DoTs and have a priest cast Cleansing Flame (this might depend on BPM fixes). watch all of your DoT and debuff durations fly through the roof when a boss is hit with Enfeebled from a Forbidden Fist monk - Paladins with Righteous Soul and melee characters with Khapa Tea make your life much simpler once you have Malignant Cloud and Venombloom. You can gather up all of the melee enemies and then plop your spells right on top without worry. - I like the idea of stacking Alchemy all the way and using poisons to take advantage of the +PL. This sort of works with Blightheart and the Arquebus modal (which gives a much needed +20 accuracy to the poison). The fact is, though, it adds significant micro and not much versatility. Arcana is the clear best choice, not the least of which, because Fassina gets a special background with +2. Being able to cast all those evocation spells, along with some of the best from Priest, is so valuable at the end of the game. - Accuracy is not Fassina’s strength, so look for all the ways you can improve that. Aware from Priests or Ciphers, +Accuracy from Priests or Paladins or Deadeye. Potion of Perfect Aim is wonderful and should be used for every difficult fight. Some things that worked for me on Megabosses: Dorudugan: Equip Essence Interrupter and keep an Essential Phantom up. Keep Form of the Delemgan up on anyone in melee. Respec to grab heals - Moonwell counters a few spells, which can really help survivability. Embrace of the Earth Talon is great if you use Amaliorra and every possible debuff / accuracy boost. Hauani O Whe: Not poison immune, but the highest Fortitude defense of any enemy in the whole game. For simplicity sake, I used Disintegrate to cut the fight in half, but her DoTs would shred through some smaller oozes. For big HOW, I landed a combusting wounds and then dropped every wall spell I had on ‘em. Wall of Thorns, Flames, Force from Fassina. Watch his health plummet. Venombloom is great, too. Sigilmaster Auranic: Nice addition with Arcane Reflection self-cast. Essence Interrupter and Phantom for the Sigils. Form of Delemgan is a life saver vs. all the Petrify and Paralyze. Venombloom and all the rest aren’t too hard to land here, once you clear the sigils. Probably some other tricks you could do, but this one is relatively easy. Belranga: Form of the Delemgan majorly trivializes a key mechanic by eliminating all of the paralyze/petrify. DoTs clear up the spiders with ease. Once you get Belranga into territory where you can land spells, any of your tricks work great. Stack up the DoTs and watch her fall. BPM Notes: - Wildstrike Corrode seems like an easy fit in this build, but it’s actually not as useful for us, because when you are Spiritshifted, your carried weapons are replaced by the Spiritshift ones. This means you are always trading away more applicable +PL for the narrower Wildstrike bonus. That said, there are other reasons to spiritshift, and if you want to have more to do while shifted, by all means. - The Improved Empowered Abilities are great with this build. Accurate is a must, Potent & Lasting are great as a second/third. Venombloom is probably your best choice to empower, so kick things off with a bang and then toss out the rest of your spells.
  5. Progress Update I went through the trinkets and made the following changes (mod files attached): Changed the cast time of all abilities to Very Fast (1.7 seconds for all of them) Changed recovery time for all abilities that deal damage immediately on cast to Very Fast (2.0 seconds) Draconic Blast (Whispers of Neriscyrlas) Final Flame (Detonator Shard) Changed recovery time for all abilities that do not deal damage immediately on cast to Instant (0.0 seconds) Changed all ability usage: 1 per rest > 1 per encounter Added +10 Accuracy to all attacks Update Keywords for Petrifying Venom (Spider Empress' Mandibles) - Poison (display only, attack already had the keyword) Final Flame (Detonator Shard) - Fire (display only, attack already had the keyword) Draconic Blast (Whispers of Neriscyrlas) - Acid (display only, attack already had the keyword) Tayn's Chaotic Missiles (Tayn's Gratitude) - Summoned Weapon (display only, ability already had the keyword) Other changes Draconic Blast (Whispers of Neriscyrlas) Increased Base Penetration: 7 > 9 Llengrath's Warding Totem (Glasanam Argûes) Reworked Ability to increase its uniqueness and power level. The original is a less useful version (because of positioning requirement and short duration) of the Level 9 Wizard Spell Llengrath's Reflection. Original ability creates a small (1.5m) area on the ground (no scaling) for 10s (no scaling). While the caster (does not affect any other characters) stands in the circle, 100% of spells are reflected. There is no limit to the number of spells that can be reflected in this way. Reworked ability has the same AoE and duration, but now resists 100 of spells, rather than reflecting. This makes the user immune to all hostile spell effects, including spells that are AoEs, which are normally not affected by Spell Reflect abilities. Some remaining questions/decisions: Tayn's Chaotic Missiles (Summoned Weapon) is typed as unarmed (with a fist icon). Should this be changed to wand or scepter? I seem to recall that Kalakoth's Minor Blights are considered a wand. At the very least, we could change the icon to be the same as Tayn's Chaotic Orb Spell. I can't figure how to do that in Apotheosis, so welcome any help. Do the summons need scaling? Muātu's Aid (Muātu's Head) Superb Weapon (Ngati's Tusk), joined my level 20 party as level 23, I think (summoned in Periki's Overlook) Servants of the Stars (Celestial Agitator) Have very small HP and die easily, but that's sort of by design, I think. They hit decently hard w/ a frost attack, but not much in the way of accuracy. Trinket Fix.rar
  6. If I’m remembering correctly, you can get the sword quite early (assuming you beat Hanging Sepulchers), but it’s only a quest item. It becomes an actual sword you can use only after defeating Rivan in the third act. So you have to get through Ashen Maw and kill Aeldys or Furrante before you can get it.
  7. Yeah - I knew you made that choice for BPM, and I think it's the right one. I don't think a total system overhaul makes sense here, either. My thought was to try and do for a small number of items what BPM did for PL8 & 9 class abilities, and catch up a few bugs in the process, hopefully. I think this is a really sensible list. Resounding Call: My thinking here was just to make it worth using outside of 3 or 4 battles. Make the proc a little better, touch up the upgrades a smidge. Glacierbane: I think it's great, except the Harder Than Ice upgrade seemed like too much setup for a buff that isn't really needed. Hammers already trade base damage away for +1 pen and dual damage types. On top of that, they have a +pen modal. That said, I tested, and the buff lasts until the end of combat, so maybe it's fine. 2 stacks and +10% damage, too, would be better. Not a priority. edit: you can also stack it up outside of combat, and it will last until the end of the next combat. Last Word: Agreed on just removing lower level restriction. Probably fine.
  8. Looking these over, and I agree on Resounding Call and Glacierbane. Last Word I always thought worked fine for an engagement tank, but looking at it again, I think it's lacking. Specifically, effects that only work on lower levelled enemies are contradictory design at best. They do nothing in the case you most need them, and out-levelling content to make them work more often undermines the whole project of paying close attention to the items you're using. The smallest adjustment would be to add a lesser effect that works on same and higher level enemies. The best case, though, is to just change it to an effect that works on everything. Using Last Word as a test case (Lower level enemies cannot use active abilities for 2/3.0 sec on Critical Hit), I think it's probably fine to just make this work on everyone. Writ of War and Writ of Sorcery exist now. Even if it did work on everyone, 2.0/3.0 seconds is very short. Prone is a stronger effect, and prone on crit exists for a few items. I'm thinking upgrade it to 3.0/5.0 seconds. The other enchantments could use a pass, too (Steadfast for 6s on kill is pretty weak - should be at least 8s, if not 10s). Can someone remind me how duration of item proc abilities scale in terms of duration? Is that "classless" power level? Universal power level?
  9. I think that's a helpful point you are both making - converting everything to per encounter would have a negative impact on game balance, or at least for the people who are interacting with the rest mechanic in a meaningful way (Rymrgand/Woedica's Challenges, no rest runs, etc.). Though I'm hearing you say that the trinkets are probably an exception to that, given their power level. Also, maybe 2/rest is the better fit here, at least for some of them. I think this is really helping me to put words to the specifics of why I have always felt per rest was an out of place mechanic. The conversion of all player abilities to per encounter in Deadfire is likely the biggest factor. Do any of you see any logic or design principle being employed here to decide what item abilities are per encounter and which are per rest? I actually started a short list of all of the per encounter item abilities, because they are so random and unexpected when I do end up finding them. Incomplete list at the bottom here.** Maybe the better question, though, is what SHOULD the rules or logic be to determine which are which? Is it the overall strength or impact of the ability? The amount of "enchant points" being spent on it in terms of itemization (if that's even a thing)? Oh yeah - this is a prime example. The whole item just feels bad. I spent a week theory crafting around the stat boost only to find out it doesn't work with summons. The item is completed so late. Completing it gives such a weak boost to the functionality. And it competes with necklaces, which have many great options to choose from. My ideas for this so far are to add an enchant to the second tier (combining 2 of the items) that just gives a flat +1 Might, +1 Resolve. For the stacking buff, make it +2 per stack, stacks 2 times. You never really build a party around killing your characters, but it can happen, and if you really wanted to, you could build around it. Then, on the final item (combine all 3), increase the power level of each of the effects. +2 Resolve, +1 Might base, +3 Might/Resolve when party member dies (stacks 2 times); and change the Dominate to 1/enc. **Incomplete list of active per encounter abilities on items Kitchen Stove Thunderous Report Pale Hide Dread Howl Sanguine Great Sword Prepare the Offerring Whispers of the Endless Paths Run Through, Spinning Assault The Magnificent Escape Cape The Magnificent Escape Rakhan Field Boots No Quarter Spidersilk Robe Dripping Fangs, Silk Spinner Slayer's Claw Stelgaer's Lunge Healing Hands Lesser Lay on Hands
  10. Good example. It's slightly better than a vanilla weapon when you enchant it to remove Fragile, but it's so marginal that you're honestly better off saving the money you would use to upgrade its quality and just using a vanilla exceptional/superb Battle Axe until you get Magran's Favor. To fix this, I would add an additional enchant to the base item. Option A) play up the obsidian angle and steal one from Kahua Hozi, probably Knapped Glass to make it more unique relative to other Battle Axe options. Option B) play up the imbued with souls of warriors and priests angle and give it a defensive On Crit effect - a small heal over time, or bonus defenses. Great points here. Fixing the action economy seems pretty easy - most of these could be moved to .5s/4s or even 1s/3s cast times without doing any harm. They are late game items (some literally gained from the hardest encounters in the game), so increasing their power level doesn't do much harm to the overall difficulty or pace of the game. Their opportunity cost is relatively low, because they use an item slot that has nothing else in it (for non-wizards), so that frees up some design room. Once we fix the general use case issue, we can look at each one and try to balance them with each other and their relative challenge level to acquire. The thing I can't stop thinking about, though, is how offensive On Rest abilities and items built around them by definition fall into this category of Rarely Used/Built Around. They are a limited resource, which creates a base level psychological barrier to using them ("What if I use it in this battle, but need it in the next and don't have it?"). But even if you can clear that barrier, let's say, and are committed to using them, you then have the added work of creating a decision tree for when you use it. What are the conditions when you should use it? Which fights? How many enemies? Etc. This problem is largely not an issue for defensive on rest abilities. If you're at risk of dying, you use the ability. The decision tree is much clearer there, and the risk for not using the ability is obvious - I might die, which might lead to more deaths and a reload. This second barrier is much less of an issue for per encounter abilities. You know you should use it every fight, so what's the best time in any given fight to use it. If you make a mistake on any one particular fight - oops, used it too early when I hit less targets, or when their defenses were too high, etc - then it's okay, you try again the next time. All of that is a long winded way of saying - why not just make most on rest abilities into per encounter? It seems so clear to me in terms of how I see the game, I'm curious what I'm missing, or what other perspectives there are on this.
  11. Are you saying that Estocs as a general group felt like the wrong choice? Was there one in particular that you think didn't work the way you hoped/expected?
  12. I'm curious what's on your list of weapons, armor, or accessories that don't really make sense to use. Is it because they are just weak compared to other options, bland in their design, or something else? I'm slowly working through a list of items that I think fit the above - namely that I can't figure out a situation where I would use them - and trying to "fix" them via modding. My goal is to preserve the item design philosophy of the original item, overall itemization design of the game, and avoid power creep. I want each item to be useful in some situation or for some build, but not a new default best choice. An example case is Queen's Rule. The on use ability seems cool enough, if situational. But that's all that the item does, and it has to not only compete against other 2H weapons, but also against a stacked deck of great sword options. My first draft fix here is to add a new enchantment to the base item that improves it's power mechanically, and fits a tactical and battlefield control niche. Commanding Presence: +2 all defenses per engaged target (stacks 5 times) (that's for each target you are engaging), +1 enemies engaged. In addition, shift the on use ability to 2/rest or 1/encounter. So what items would make your list? Have you thought about how to fix them if you could?
  13. Enfeeble on demand with FF is so good. Highly recommend one of those builds. Could theme Aedyran pike or great sword devoted w Helm of Falcon and DoC or Patinated. Some fun weapon options there.
  14. I just did a full run with all the nerfs (all megabosses) with a SC Priest of Berath and actually loved the new version of SoT. It's much more versatile and flexible - you cast it at any point in your buff sequence, and it's not wasted. It is still very powerful to extend all of your buffs in that way. With Brilliant, you can still keep your most important buffs up the whole fight, and SoT is a big part of that. It is honestly not very satisfying to extend out BDD and a million buffs infinitely once you've done it one or two times. It makes things so non-interactive. The updated SoT preserves some of the power and purpose of that, but puts limits on it that make you still feel like your risking something.
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