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  1. And I'm finished! So my final thoughts, spoilers for anyone who wants to stop reading here!!! Story wise - definitely has some narrative and pacing issues which I won't get into - plenty said about that already all over the place. The story was satisfying however, for me. When I first started my journey (over multiple restarts) I definitely went in feeling 100% pro RDC. The assasinations and Atsura ended that quickly. Something about their presentation felt off to me as well. They almost felt like a parody of their own motivations in the Deadfire. I was then d
  2. Eder as a Swashbuckler tank is as good as Eder as a pure Fighter tank. Don't even stress about it one bit. On normal difficulty, with Berath's Blessings, you'll have a lot of leeway in relation to what is and isn't effective. From that perspective, prioritizing concept over everything else is probably AOK. If you're dead set on being a Sword & Shield Fighter / Wizard who casts buffs and then wades into battle, it will work. For considerations sake, if you aren't fixated on being a Wizard, and more set on being a martial caster who primarily does damage through their weapon a
  3. Definitely listen to this man first over me, though I think he's got his Aloths and Eders mixed up . My assumption, which could definitely be flawed due to lack of experience, was that since OP wanted to use shields, stacking deflection would be the path of least resistance, no? That's at least where my rejection/objection came from in terms of enchanter. If they didn't decide to stack deflection, wouldn't it make the shield even more redundant in their concept? Assuming PotD, and for my own understanding mostly.
  4. The best good case I can make for them is that the game isn't exactly as friendly to the idea and concept you want out of your character. There is room to both buff your character a lot and sling damaging spells around, so buffing yourself and just swinging with your sword will always be inherently less optimal then buffing yourself and slinging spells instead. It's the primarily doing damage through your weapon part that is the tough one to fix, as the requirement to embrace that concept is only really achieved by deliberately ignoring a lot of the inherent strength and versatility of be
  5. I don't think so actually. He mostly uses base Crippling Strike + Penetrating Strike. He also has Knockdown, but rarely uses it over Penetrating Strike resource wise. I didn't take Clear Out or Power Strike, no room. I originally loved the idea of Clear Out + Club modal on crowds, but ultimately, the accuracy boost on mobs was unnecessary/win-more and finicky to get off anyway against multiple fortitude checks.
  6. It definitely helps that one of the jobs in FFT are balanced around using said consumables. A Chemist is a darn decent class from start to finish, either as a secondary job or Mustadio's special machinist job and it's your only source of healing at the start of the game.The precedent to use consumables is already set right from the beginning. Definitely a great example. Priest spells also took time to charge, and you also had things like auto potion etc. which made using consumables painless. I think if I remember right, the purchasable Katana powers were basically better then or equivale
  7. I missed responding to this. Kapana Taga + Cadhu is fine for mobs, since for me, Eder's only job against mobs is to survive and hold them in place for Aloth to nuke on top of. I have Eder scripted to switch to sword & board + defensive stance + shield wall when engaged by multiple enemies and then switch to conqueror stance + dual wielding against dispersed enemies + bosses. He has both two weapon style & sword and shield style. I was more curious about which two weapons were worth equipping for single target damage and dual wielding. E.g. Grave Calling was great because
  8. I can't wait to start Kingmaker next, you gotta tell me what you think of it once you get your head around it. If you remember It's even worse then that, often by the time you have the knowledge to know to use consumables, that very knowledge allows you to defeat the encounters without them anyway. That's exactly what has mostly happened for me in Deadfire. Looking online to use consumables to trivialise encounters without prior knowledge sucks too and just feels bad. I think the issue is transparency. Deadfire is a moderately good example. One of my pet peeves is tha
  9. I'm so glad to hear that! I enjoy sharing. Just being on a forum instead of reddit alone is a huge nostalgia trip for discussion. I've learnt a tonne and even if I still feel dense sometimes, I at least now know why I am dense/stubborn because of everyone's advice. E.g. consumables. I swear I will use them properly one day.
  10. At minimum Emeralds are on the loot table, and I am pretty sure Saphire and Rubies are as well. They are sold by the Dimesa in the Treasure Trove. My biggest trap as a noob was actually following builds for my characters + companions verbatim, then 3/4's of the way into the game, finding out I don't have enough Adra Ban to get all the build "necessary" items I wanted to Legendary (which may or may not matter, but from a noobs eyes, it felt like I trapped myself/failed). A good example of this is the popular Pallegina companion build, Tuono e Fulmine. It's 8 Adra Ban alone to get
  11. I re-read your original post, so I'll dial back and bit and work with that. Let's say you want to be a single class Wizards wielding a Sword and a Shield. The pros of a shield is more deflection. The cons are less accuracy with anything more then a small shield. There aren't a lot of pros to wielding a sword at all however. Swinging your sword won't ever be better then casting a spell, and if anything, swinging a sword would be slightly detrimental, because the recovery from it will reduce your spell casting reactivity. The Griffin's Blade with + 10% spell damage is probably th
  12. You can buy it in the Dark Cupboard, in Neketaka. Are you planning to be a single class or multi class Wizard? Evokers lose access to summoned weapons, so it depends on what type of Battlemage you are planning to be. Losing Transmuation sucks too, but it all depends if you are planning to cast spells + swing your weapon around. If yes, versatility is limited anyway by your characters action economy. You probably won't be able to use every spell you have access too in battle anyway, so being limited by schools is less impactful. If you are purely casting spells? Well then it sti
  13. I'm not an expert by any means, but for a front line battle, the most important Grimoire at the beginning would probably be Llengrath's Martial Masteries. Getting it is only gated by gold. You can get a similar Grimoire (Katrenn's Grimoire) for free, but it's gated by how early you can tackle a certain encounter. That Grimoire alone probably has the majority of every martial spell you want by itself. At a quick glance, it's missing Mirror Image, Wizard's Double and Ryngrim's Repulsive Visage as what might be considered must haves for a front line battle mage. If all you want to
  14. Just completed FS, and only have SSS to go now (my third playthrough...)! I'm still terrible at using consumables, but this round, at minimum I was making sure I was always rested with Crusted Swordfish and Hot Razor Skewers. I think I even used potions a few times... My latest mistake was then using Champion's Boon on characters with the food buffs, thinking I'd get another +2 PEN, but I later realized they don't stack. Whoops. That was OK though, Xoti got a lot more mileage out of different spells this round, since the only super necessary ones were Devotions + Dire Blessing.
  15. @thelee Mind blown as usual haha. Yes, I am getting the elemental PEN talents on Aloth, I take Lightning, Fire and Frost. So if understand right, that makes Kalakoth's Freezing Rake roughly PEN 10 base, but Chain Lightning 11, which is the same amount Meteor Shower has at tier IX? Delayed Fireball is then also a bit better then I thought, at PEN 10 as well? In which case, it's less about finding high PEN spells and more about avoiding low ones in low tiers (AKA Fireball, which would be PEN 8 ) and really paying attention to high ones in high tiers. Was I correct in assuming Blac
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