Yes, Dragon Thrashed completely stacks. The game might become too easy once you hit lvl 9...
As Livegood118 said, blunderbuss + lash is not an optimal choice. Although lowering enemies DR is the right approach instead of stacking DR bypass (lashes don't work with DR bypass). An arquebus would still be the better choice. Hel-Hyraf is a rel. weak invocation.
I often use my Pallegina as total alpha striker like so:
- Wrath of the Five Suns
- Prestidigitator's Missiles
- Intense Flames
- Scion of Flames
- Arms Bearer
- Penetrating Shot
- Runner's Wounding Shot
- arbalest with burning lash
- 2 arquebus with burning lash (one of it the marking one - works great with Coordinated Attacks)
- Cloak of Minor Missiles
- Ryona's Vambraces
- Coil of Resourcefulness
- Sacred Immolation
She can then do the following: start with Wrath (Sworn Enemy), targeting the toughest foe. This will do around 100 -130 damage most of the time. Then I will use the arbalest with FoD on the same target. Often that shot will crit, causing prone (all arbalests do that) and dealing > 100 damage, then Prestidigitator's Missiles (often 60-90 damage), then the last two arguebuses with Runner's Wounding and FoD (also over 100 dmg). The last arquebus I keep firing with because the marking stacks with Coordinated Attacks and gives a fellow +20 ACC. I equip her with heavy armor because it doesn't matter much with this setup and because she wants to get near enemies for Sacred Immolation.
In tougher encounters I like to use Minor Missiles from the cloak as well since they do a lot of damage with Sworn Enemy and stacked DR bypass. Missile scrolls also work fine.
This setup is a very good alpha striker. She can take out threats in seconds (except dragons who need a bit more attention
If you don't want to stack Dragon Thrashed you might take this chanter into consideration which I tested after toying around with MaxQuest's speed calculator:
Chanter with Sure Handed Ila and Hold-Wall or Borresaine and max DEX and PER:
- wood elf
- arbalest (Hold-Wall) or
- war bow (Borresaine)
- Sure Handed Ila & any tier-1-phrase
- Outlander's Frenzy
- Champion Braved the Horde alone
- Killers Froze Stiff
- Gunner (when using arbalest)
- DEX 20
- rel. light armor
A chanter with this setup can shoot with little to no recovery rel. early in the game (Outlander's Frenzy helps and stacks with Ila) while also buffing other ranged teammates. One idea is to get phrases quickly in order to chain Killers Froze stiff while stunning (Borresaine) enemies or causing prone (Hold-Wall). You can paralyze-lock enemies pretty early in the game with this. With the arbalest the shooting speed is surprisingly fast with Ila, Gunner and over 20 DEX - comparable to a two hander, wielded by a slower guy in heavy armor).
The good synergy with another chanter who uses Dragon Thrashed is that paralyze lowers reflex a lot and Dragon Thrashed targets reflex.
Later you can start the chanting with Myth Fyr, add some revolutions of Ila + tier-1-phrase so that your phrase counter reaches your cointer limit pretty fast and then repeats with Myth Fur. This way you can make sure that Pallegina and others can add lashes to their alpha strikes - be it spell or ability. And later on, after cycling through your Ila/tier-1 phrases, when your and Kana's phrase counters are full, you can choose to use a damaging invocation with Myth Fyr again if you want. You have to adjust the phrases from time to time to make sure that the timing is right. I don't mean that you should switch chants but arranging your song like so:
Myth Fyr - Ila - tier-1 - Ila - tier-1 (repeat so it fits nicely with the invocations you are aiming for).
Myth Fyr will add quite the damage to Pallegina's alpha strikes (30% due to Scion)!
The advantage of such a build is that you are more flexible and do more for party members than pure Dragon Thrashed will do. For example a Blast-Aloth will love Sure Handed Ila and mass paralyze. And it's fun, too.
Chaining Killers Froze stiff can be very powerful.
In later levels you can choose to use Champions once Outlander's Frenzy wears out in order to maintain very high attack speed.
You could also think about using Myth Fur more frequently - you will have to test out yourself. If you add a burning lash to your weapon and also take Scion you will have a permanent +60% burn damage boost if you chain Myth Fyr properly without gap. But you'll lose "singing speed" and the counter will not fill as quickly and you shooting will be slower because Ila will not work without gap when combined with a longer phrase until late game.
Of course nothing beats double Dragon Thrashed though. Wizard casts Binding Web, 2 chanters use Dragon Thrashed - encounter's basically over.
Edited by Boeroer, 07 April 2017 - 03:58 PM.