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The team... All Wood Elves

 

PC - Barbarian - Dual Wield Hatchet

Ranger with Bear - Warbow

Ranger with Lion - Warbow

Ranger with Stag - Warbow

Druid - Boar - Spear and Shield

Druid - Wolf - Quaterstaff

 

The plan is to have the ACs draw aggro as the Rangers unleash their volleys. The Druids fire off AoEs for 1-2 rounds, then shift to support the ACs. The Barbarian wades in as Damage Master, supporting ACs, off-tanking. I am thinking of making all Bear ACs but I like the idea of mixing them up, if only to add a little more flair to the team.


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I see no reason why it won't work. Obviously there's better weapon choices for a barbarian, but hatchets go well with the theme. You might have issues with all the rangers using Warbows, I think you can probably go with hunting bow on one of them. 

 

My biggest issue is this. How dare you make a wilderness team without a WILD Orlan?!

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The issue I see is you don't have a main tank. A bear is not a main tank. So you basically have 3-4 off tanks.

 

Furthermore, having a pet go down is bad for your ranger and you're going to have these pets going down regularly. At the very least make one of your rangers tank specced.

 

I would go two bear/antelopes and a stag for aoe.

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That is my main worry as well. How do I tank with a Ranger? Or a Barbarian? I was looking to utilize light armory only.


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If you are eschewing metal, you can still get by. The 6 less DR in leather will be noticeable early, but less so later. Luckily you can have high defenses in any armor (def, fort, will, ref). You can also get a large shield early on that is made of wood. 

 

As for the class question, any class can tank. Go high Resolve and Perception, dump dex, the rest to taste. Use a shield and pick defensive talents like Careful Attack and Hold the Line. You won't be as good of a tank as Fighter or Paladin, but way better than a bear.

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Ya weapons for rangers, I would go for warbow on two and hunting bow on the other one. Lenas Er is a very good hunting bow and does well on a ranger with Driving Fight to spread the debuff. You can also pick up Persistence early for that character.

 

Borresaine and Cloupiercer for the other two :) (which forces you to play for Dozens)

 

You might be able to trun the barbarian into an offtank. He has very low defelection but savage defiance can help a lot for heals at least, and you can support him with the druids. Alternatively I do not know how viable a druid can be as a tanky. But just max the defensive attributes and you should be ok.

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I think Druid could be ok for tanking too. It does have the benefit of some nice cone AoE blast spells that are best fired off from the front line.

 

I also thought of a compromise for your non-metal team. There is a plate armor in the game that is mostly made of this living stone called Adra. It's got a good tanking property on it and it's Green! I know spoilers are ok here, but in case you don't want to know specifics:

 

 

You get it by killing the Fampyr lord on level 8 of the Endless Paths of Od Nua. He's a pretty bad dude, so, while you could avoid killing him, you shouldn't have an issue justifying it.

 

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The plan for the Barb is DPS all the way. The ACs dont necessarily need to "tank" long i think. My arrow volleys followed up with AoE should destroy some of the opposition. By then with 3 ACs added to my Barb, more volley fire and either more AoE or Shifted druids, i think most fights should be a breeze as i should have greater numbers. My 1st true test will be Raedric. Will see... thanks for the feedback!


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Raedric was a breeze. I'm really liking this party. Now at level 8. Barb using hatches dualled has turned out to be a rather nice balance for his role in the party. The extra Def allows for a little extra staying power in case he gets swamped. But its the Rangers that are carrying the day. At mid levels and I am still shifting in tough battles. It turns tide more often than not.

 

I truly love this game. Party builds are so flexible and every class can be played in different ways. Warrior Mages and Priests, Ranged Pallys, Armored Monks. Awesomeness.


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