W1tchcr@ft Posted April 22, 2021 Share Posted April 22, 2021 Hello! I'm kind of at a loss. I've watched a bunch of YouTube videos and followed some Fextralife guides and read a bunch of Steam guides and I just keep dying. I had about 85hrs on Pillars of Eternity 1 w / White March and I loved the game. The difficulty setting was just challenging enough that I had to reload a few fights but could eventually modify my strategy to overcome them after one or two tries. Most notably - that dragon was CRAZY! The Frost dragon in the cave was nuts and the Adra dragon (oops, are these spoilers?) at the foot was absolutely bonkers! I think I played on one setting above the standard difficulty - so "hard" or veteran or something - but definitely not ULTRA HARD or Path of the Damned. I'm about 16hrs into Pillars of Eternity 2 - and I've restarted 3 times already. I don't know if I'm just an idiot and I can't wrap my mind around the cross-classing and the stats and synergies or I'm not paying enough attention to resistances and armor values or what it is but I seem to be dying - like full party wipe - dying a LOT on the veteran difficulty. And, to be perfectly honest, it's kind of deterring me from playing it as much - and I've been playing other things in my free time like Wasteland 3. The story hasn't really gripped me like the first one did. I absolutely love the tropical feel of the islands and the language and the "flavor" of the world but the main story has had me kinda scratching my head at times. The ship battles have been SLAUGHTERFESTS - with me on the losing side. And I seem to keep slamming my head against some unbeatable wall. Even in the first main encounter where you have to (spoiler?) rescue the scientists from that little dig-site - I'm like dying over and over again. So I think I'll stealth in from the other side or I'll lure them out of the pit to fight them with separate encounters or use some kinda crowd control. And forget about it! The skeletons inside NAIL me sofa king hard it's like...what am I doing wrong? So my first though was that I tried to get too creative and fancy with my main character - I thought it'd be effin' awesome to be a berserking were-bear and so I mixed a barbarian with a druid of some kind and used all the standard companions - the way I played PoE 1 - no custom characters except the Main Char. Eder was a Swash. But I gave up and re-rolled when I wasn't able to tank the way I was hoping. So then I re-rolled a fighter/paladin - shieldberer of elcga - all defensive w / spear - shield spec / extra engage / into the fray / modals for armor - defense up the WAZZIZANG - and Xoti just isn't able to keep us all alive long enough for the crowd control to work and the DPS to take mobs down. My fighter is actually doing a decent job of living with some watcher stuff and gauns pledge and some paladin lay on hands and he's really capable but I'm like...at some island now looking for the remnants of an expedition at some old ruins and fighting these giant Xaurips with High Priests and Champions and getting my ass handed to me! So then I re-rolled and made a full party of custom characters - keeping my MC the super defense fighter and an "off-tank" to pickup adds and generally keep the backline squishies safe - and I rolled up a dwarf barbarian cipher - witch? I forgot the name but he dual wields and crits and does the soul whip and he can blind and fear mobs - pretty meaty and fun but he can't tank at all - and he dies fairly often on Veteran difficulty (jeesh - I must suck), and to support the party I made a ranger / assassin for long range DPS and a bear off-tank pet to try to pickup the non CC'd mobs who are killing my priest and mage. Btw, the mage was a death mage who specializes in all the dazzling lights and web and oil slick and all the crowd control spells - and my priestess is just Xoti - for heals. I need some help guys. Am I doing anything obviously / overtly wrong? What do you suggest? Are the cross-classes inherently weaker until higher levels? For my first playthrough should I just mono-class - single class every party member and give myself two (2) full front-line tanks with only (1) off-tank?? Will I be lacking in DPS? I'm open to feedback / suggestions / constructive criticism. Thank you in advance, Brent 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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