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Posted 11 April 2019 - 11:26 PM
My favourite class to play is a ranger, both in Pillars 1 and other games. I like doing solid ranged damage, having an animal companion and the overall feel of the class. I also like the look of the arcane archer as having more aoe damage and cc options looks more fun to me than sharpshooter's somewhat underwhelming bonuses. I'm aware however that arcane archer is awaiting a bugfix for Imbue's scaling.
Anyway, I'm trying to decide between a single class arcane archer and a multiclass arcane archer / soulblade. The idea behind multi-classing cipher is extra damage through biting whip, occasional power use (whisper of treason, secret horrors, pain block for animal companion, borrowed instinct, disintegrate) and to unlock any cipher specific dialogue options, and soulblade gives a hard hitting melee backup should I get cornered.
On the other hand, if I take Serafen/Ydwin instead of Aloth (I'm a sucker for returning companions in games but Aloth is a bit of a dweeb) then I can get them to use Ancestor's Memory on me and Xoti so that between that and salvation of time we can maintain brilliant, allowing me to spam twinned shots (for single targets) or death ring (for groups).
So what are your guy's thoughts? Late game single class ranger power or more utility and more consistent damage through a cipher multiclass?
Posted 11 April 2019 - 11:49 PM
If you take Soulblade, don't use Biting Whip. It's really bad compared to Draining Whip. Biting Whip only adds a whimpy 10% additive dmg bonus. It doesn't scale. That means - for example - that a war bow would do 1.6 more damage per shot on average. And that's it.
THe nice thing about single class Arcane Archer is the access to Death Ring - which is absurdly good with a ranged weapon that has its own projectile jumps (Watershaper's Focus, Fire in the Hole, Kitchen Stove) + Driving Flight: each jump triggers a Death Ring. Imbue spells also profit from Arcana's ACC bonus - it's rel. easy to crit with that spell then which does massive AoE damage - and it's even foe-only. That means the bad scaling with PEN can be somewhat circumvented.
But - in my opinion that is the only real advantage for going single class (and the fact that that you advance through Power Levels more quickly of course). The time before reaching Death Ring will most likely feel more bland than playing a multiclass. Just because SC Rangers don't have that many "exciting" active abilities going on. Also the animal companion scales with class level and not Power Level. That means it's not any weaker (stat-wise) if you multiclass.
If you want more inspiration about multiclassing Arcane Archer, check this out: https://forums.obsid...-archer-evoker/
There's a discussion about Arcane Archer and also single class vs. multiclass (in this case Arcane Archer/Bleak Walker). May be insteresting.
Edited by Boeroer, 11 April 2019 - 11:50 PM.
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Posted 11 April 2019 - 11:52 PM
Edited by Waski, 11 April 2019 - 11:52 PM.
Posted 11 April 2019 - 11:54 PM
Ha - nice idea. Never thought about that.
Posted 12 April 2019 - 12:22 AM
Posted 12 April 2019 - 01:46 AM
I don't think that I'll find SC AA too limiting with the imbue options.
Waski, that's a really cool idea. If I go with a cipher multiclass I'll see how it works (back on you or random).
Edited by Arranvin, 12 April 2019 - 02:01 AM.
Posted 12 April 2019 - 11:53 PM
Posted 13 April 2019 - 01:35 AM
Edited by Boeroer, 13 April 2019 - 01:35 AM.
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