AndreaColombo Posted July 17, 2015 Share Posted July 17, 2015 This build has nothing to do with Planescape's Lady of Pain. It is called so because I usually like to play female characters in this game, but it would work equally well with a male character. Hereby I present you with an off-tank DPS build that makes of maxing out MIGHT an art. I call this a 'preview' because I conceived this build with patch 2.0 in mind (i.e. with PER granting a bonus to Accuracy rather than Deflection); however, it works very well—and is very powerful—already in 1.06. For readability, I will be dividing this post in paragraphs and hide the content of each paragraph with SPOILER tags, so you may expand and collapse them at your leisure instead of being faced with a text wall at all times. Concept The concept behind this character is a Stoic (primary) / Aggressive (secondary) Fighter that exploits the Frenzy + Consecrated Grounds combo from wearing Sanguine Plate and Shod-in-Faith; maximizes MIGHT; gains an overall +10 Accuracy bonus from PERCEPTION; and opens fights with a single, massively damaging shot from an Arquebus before cutting enemies down to size with a Great Sword. Core Premises The build relies on a few core premises and mechanic combos: Maximizing MIGHT score. This implies playing as an Aumaua from The Living Lands to get a starting MIGHT score of 21, then getting the Gift from the Machine in Heritage Hill (which is Cruel), sacrificing Edér to the blood pool in Skaen's temple (also Cruel), and getting Galawain's boon in Twin Elms. Wearing Pensiavi mes Rei and eating a Dragon Meat dish, you'll have a MIGHT score of 30; with a Champion's Boon spell from a Priest, 37. Getting the Gauntlets of Accuracy. You need them to offset the -5 Accuracy penalty bestowed by the Savage Attack talent. You can either use this guide to time your incursion in Raedric's Hold to get them, or rely on the IE Mod's random loot shuffler if you feel like reloading a few times. Or, you know, you can always cheat. Exploiting Frenzy + Consecrated Grounds. This implies wearing Sanguine Plate armor and Shod-in-Faith boots, and not boosting your Deflection in order to not prevent your enemies from critting you (which triggers Frenzy and Consecrated Grounds from those items.) Because of this, you'll need to stack on as much DR as possible so you can soak up the damage coming from all the swings you won't avoid (i.e. you want to enchant your armor to Superb and get the Second Skin talent by siding with the Crucible Knights in Defiance Bay. You'll also want the Blooded Hunter and Song of the Heavens talents from Twin Elms.) Opening the fight with an Arquebus shot. This is the feather in the character's cap, and it requires that you take the Weapon Focus: Soldier talent (which unfortunately means you're going melee with a Great Sword rather than with an Estoc, unless you go for a full-melee build.) Arquebuses do an insane amount of damage, and even more so when your MIGHT score is 37 and you have Weapon Specialization: Soldier and Weapon Mastery: Soldier to boot; by the time the enemy's come close, they'll have already regretted aggroing you in the first place. You'll also need the Quick Switch talent so you can start maiming your enemies as soon as they engage you after you shot them with your Arquebus. Character Build Details. As mentioned above, this character must be an Aumaua from The Living Lands. Background is up to you; I chose Colonist for the bonus to Survival as I want my buffs to last as long as possible (hint: Flask of War Paint.) Starting Attribute Scores MIGHT: 21 (18 base, +2 Aumaua, +1 The Living Lands) CONSTITUTION: 7 (base) DEXTERITY: 17 (base) PERCEPTION: 16 (base) INTELLIGENCE: 10 (base) RESOLVE: 7 (base) Final Attribute Scores MIGHT: 27 (18 base, +2 Aumaua, +1 The Living Lands, +1 Gift from the Machine, +1 Effigy's Resentment: Edér, +1 Galawain's Boon, +3 Pensiavi mes Rei) CONSTITUTION: 10 (7 base, +3 Girdle of Eotun Constitution) DEXTERITY: 20 (17 base, +3 Ring of Thorns) PERCEPTION: 20 (16 base, +1 Song of the Heavens, +3 Lilith's Shawl) INTELLIGENCE: 10 (base) RESOLVE: 7 (base) Talents & Abilities Note: This character can be built as a pure melee or pure ranged variant as well, depending on your talent selection. I will illustrate those in the next post. Whisper of Treason is granted by Munacra Arret. Equipment: Munacra Arret Sanguine Plate (enchanted to Superb + Crush proof) Lilith's Shawl Gauntlets of Accuracy Ring of Thorns Pensiavi mes Rei Girdle of Eotun Constitution Shod-in-Faith Pliambo per Casitas (enchanted to Superb + a Lash of your choice) Tidefall (enchanted with a Lash of your choice) So How Does It Work? Here are the key points: Defense: Because of your stellar MIGHT and elevated DEXTERITY and PERCEPTION scores, your Fortitude and Reflexes are pretty good. You can therefore have your casters use AoE spells that target those defenses with ease even if the Lady of Pain is into the fray. Your Will is subpar, although wearing Munacra Arret gives you a handy +15 boost that makes it decent. A Dragon Meat dish will make up for the three points of RESOLVE you have given up. However, your Will is still weak so do not buff the Lady of Pain's attacks when fighting against enemies that can charm/confuse/dominate you or the rest of your party will be in for a world of hurt. Always keep a Scroll of Defenses handy. Your Deflection sucks, but that is the point: You need enemies to crit you so you can unleash Frenzy (from Sanguine Plate) and Consecrated Ground (from Shod-in-Faith.) This turns you into a killing machine that just can't be stopped (Consecrated Ground heals 10 points of Endurance per second for 10 seconds; plus the healing bonus you get from MIGHT, and your MIGHT happens to be insanely high.) Your DR, on the other hand, is stellar so you can easily soak up hits and crits without breaking a sweat. Besides, Tidefall restores 20% of the damage you deal as Endurance and you happen to deal A LOT of damage with it. So you are practically immortal. When fully buffed, your DR will be 31 against Slash and Pierce, 28 against Crush, 25 against all elemental damage except Shock (which is 17.) Your insanely high MIGHT score sends your Constant Recovery through the roof, so you heal fast even without Tidefall. Offense: This is where the build truly shines. Because of your massive MIGHT score, your damage output never ends and you are pairing it with weapons whose base damage is the highest (and therefore benefit the most from the % increase you get from MIGHT and talents.) Your +10 Accuracy from PERCEPTION (actually +20 when buffed with Champion's Boon) guarantees you will almost always hit and often crit. Add a Potion of Merciless Gaze and a Scroll of Valor (or Flask of War Paint) to the mix, and you'll crit like there was no tomorrow. Make sure you are wielding Pliambo per Casitas when combat starts. If the enemy is distant enough, use a Scroll of Valor right away to get a +15 Accuracy boost; otherwise go for Disciplined Barrage which gives you +10 almost instantly. While the enemy approaches, shoot them; this will cause them a lot of damage and inflict a -5 penalty to all their defenses before they can do anything. In the meanwhile, have your Priest cast Champion's Boon (and Crowns For The Faithful if you want to boost your Deflection and Will for a particular encounter) on the Lady of Pain. If they are not already active on the Lady of Pain, activate Savage Attack and Vulnerable Attack. As the enemy gets close and engages you, switch to Tidefall. Your high DEX score paired with Armored Grace and the Quick Switch talent will enable you to land a hit almost immediately, and it will hurt. Big time. The Gauntlets of Accuracy offset the Accuracy penalty from Savage Attack; your DEX score offsets the attack speed penalty from Vulnerable Attack. You'll be actually surprised how fast this character attacks considering they are wearing plate armor, wielding a two-hander, and using Vulnerable Attack. When fully buffed, your Accuracy at level 12 will be 116 (63 base, +12 Superb weapon, +6 Weapon Focus, +20 Perception, +15 Scroll of Valor or War Paint). Your Ranged Damage will be 60-90 (+25% from the lash enchantment; Arquebus has 6 DR bypass); your Melee Damage, 40-57 (+25% from the lash enchantment; 5 DR bypass from Vulnerable Attack.) The Dungeon Delver talent gives you a 10% bonus damage when critting, which is always nice. End Game Screenshots. Having been taken with 1.06, these screenshots show an inflated Deflection score and a deflated Accuracy score by the same amount. Don't forget this build was created with 2.0 in mind (but as the screenshots show, it works already pretty well in 1.06.) Fully buffed; ranged. Fully buffed; melee. 9 "Time is not your enemy. Forever is." — Fall-From-Grace, Planescape: Torment "It's the questions we can't answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. 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