have now played a number o' druid/monk combos and am confident 'bout calling bs regarding the suggestion o' lack o' druid/monk synergies. monk/druid synergies is fantastic. am actual preferring to go with vanilla monk when combined with druid. helwalker makes sense when combined with a lifegiver druid, but particular for longer battles, lifegiver is too constricting for us. nevertheless, we can see any number o' subclass combos as being effective. that said, we recent played through the ruins portion o' the game with multiple druid/monks, and we were much enjoying... inspite o' our self. druid, regardless o' their poe/deadfire efficacy, is thematic unappealing to us. perhaps 'cause we went to Cal and were surrounded by too many birkenstock bedecked druid wannabees who stank o' patchouli and never hesitated to share their opinions 'bout global warming and renewable energy and spotted owls?
regardless, we do not gravitate to the druid class when making a pc.
may seem like a small thing but both druid and monk and druid have alchemy in common. alchemy enhances potion use, so while atheletics is an obvious skill choice for any melee combatant, alchemy looks to be the real winner as one levels a bit. can functional start with 3 in alchemy depending on background choice. is a likely overlooked benefit.
with the bear spirit shift, Gromnir gets an 11 armour rating, and at the moment such armour is conferring near invulnerability. druids got a number o' excellent cone spells, which we tend not to use often as our squishy casters is sitting behind tanks with wands and tower shields. cone spells is much more likely to be consistent useful when utilized by a front-liner such as our greasy storm bear. (am not one who ordinarily names builds, but such is what we call the bear ascetic we has been testing.) vile thorns is getting regular use from the greasy stom bear, in spite o' the small cone. nice sickened affliction conferred. 12,10,15,15,16,10. is not min-maxed, but is highly effective with corrode wild strike combining (synergizing) effective with the monk's lightning charged swift strikes. under the effect o' a priest's divine favor, am doing ridiculous high damage in bear form. cast returning storm at start o' combat is near as effective in deadfire as it were in poe. if our greasy storm bear does take damage and is too far away from a priest to get a restoration or holy radiance targeted on the greasy storm bear, the ascetic's own healing powers is arguable superior to the merc priest's anyways. unlike the priest, the druid has fewer affliction nullifiers in his/her repertoire, but 'tween monk's clarity o' agony and the quick conferred by swift strikes, a mountain dwarf, coastal aumaua or wild orlan is gonna be able to shrug off multiple afflictions... and a wood elf will laugh at any dex affliction targeting 'em. etc.
am finding the greasy storm bear to be mild entertaining and thematic appealing in spite o' our tendency to be dismissive of druids. numerous synergies exist 'tween the ascetic classes and with other members o' the mercenary or custom parties.
HA! Good Fun!
Edited by Gromnir, 07 December 2017 - 12:25 PM.