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v3.02.10008 WM2

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Cipher
Wood Elf
Old Valia
Colonist
 
MIG 15
DEX 19
CON 3
INT 19
PER 18
RES 3
 
TALENTS
greater focus!
drain whip
bite whip
bloody slaughter
outlander's frenzy
shock boost
apprentice sneak attack
weapon focus hunting bow
 
ABILITIES
mindwave, eyestrike
confusion
phantom foes, mental binding
whisper of treason
dominate, ectopsychic crush
recall agony
stunning scream, pain block
go between
tactical meld, wild leech
borrowed instinct
amplified wave, mind plague
pain link
detonate, speed steal
stasis
reaver blades, defensive mindweb
antipathic field
 
SKILLS
Stealth 8 (+1)
Athletics 3
Lore 0 (+1 class)(+3 boots)
Mechanics 0 (+1 class)
Surivival 10 (+2 background)
 
Slot Item
R Hand haste warbow
L Hand n/a
R Hand 2 stormcaller
L Hand 2 n/a
R Hand 3 twinsting for alacrity 1/rest then weapon switch
L Hand 3 n/a
Armor 2 PER mirror image robe
Armor2 alacrity light armor 1/rest
Head 4 MIG unbending
Neck 2 INT focus
Hands 5 acc
Waist 5 acc under 50%, bonus movement above
Ring 1 4 INT - AoE Daze under 80% end
Ring 2 overseeing ring
Feet 4 DEX
 
scroll: ray of fire
scroll: binding web
potion: alacrity for hard fights because the recovery helps spam cipher abilities
caro golan: 20% focus gain 10 deflect 20 reflex
 
Rationale:
 
Ciphers can do a lot of damage, especially if you set up the beams, but they are even better at neutralizing the enemy.
They also have some unique buffs and debuffs; pain block, go between, phantom foes are superb.
 
Build Choices, sequence matters:
 
Contrary to description, greater focus gives +10 to starting focus! This allows you to open with higher level abilities.
At lvl 16, you start with 55 focus instead of 45. A single bow shot from 12m and you can follow with amplified wave or mind plague.
Stormcaller is even better on ciphers than rangers because duel damage types lets you reliably generate focus at range.
However, haste durgan warbow is even better in terms of focus generation, so Stormcaller is the alt weapon for pierce immune.
Pyschic thrust used to generate focus, but this was probably unintended and was nerfed.
**Confusion is amazing! In addition to starting combat, you can set up free disengagement attacks when mob randomly runs around.**
The brutal raw/AoE crush damage from detonate is/was fast way to fill your focus, but it can also wreck your party - given psychic thrust nerf, the focus gain on this could be nerfed too.
The crush damage occurs when you kill an enemy with the raw damage that is already below 50% health.
Reaver blades isn't acquired until lvl 15, but it's hard to use the focus faster than you get it.
Blind mobs are easier to hit than prone.
Stasis and speed steal are worth mentioning that there are no immunities to them, 30 second disable and -50%! recovery.
Recall agony is effective on high HP, high DR boss types.
Antipathic field has a buff component that boosts damage of ectopsychic crush by 20% and ray of fire scrolls.
Wild leech is interesting but unreliable. -10 CON lowers mob max hp by 50%, MIG damage lowered by 30%, INT AoE 60%/duration 50% lower mob raise yours, DEX recovery 30%, 4 of the 6 possible stats can have a big impact.
Defensive mindweb with fighter deflection boosts rogue deflection significantly for riposte.
Edited by MasterCipher
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