WF FvS: At least 8 deaths in EE Lost in the Swamp
Hello all ...
Want to ask for some advice on how not to repeat what happened to me yesterday while running EE Lost in the Swamp.
My FvS just recently arrived at Eveningstar and is in the process of grinding out commendations to get some nice rewards to buff him up a bit. I then saw an LFM up for Lost in the Swamp, so I hit it and went into the explorer area. Met up with the other partymates and starting killing stuff on the way. Since the other players mentioned that they were unfamiliar with the quest, I said to myself 'Great, this should be a good learning experience". Haha, that it was.
When we got to the quest entrance, some of the partymates suggested running it on EE. I said I would prefer EH since I was still unfamiliar with the quest and actually wet behind the ears since I was still building up my character to handle the new epics.
However, we went in on EE anyway (not that I was complaining, I wanted to experience my first EE quest haha) and did well for around the first 3 minutes ... after which I got splatted consistently. My partymates didn't complain and I didn't lack for any rezzes, they came quickly. But heck, that was not fun at all and I felt like a burden to the party.
I then started playing a little safer by using Renewal on the tank and pewpewing Avenging Light, Searing Light and Divine Punishment rather than meleeing with my greatsword. I lasted a little longer, but got smacked around still. Funny thing was that I had no deaths during the final boss fight ... I guess I had learned my lesson by then.
Since getting my PRR/AC to decent levels seems to be somewhat of a pipedream, am hoping that you might be able to give me some advice on what I can do to fix my toon.
Anyway, to help diagnose my issues, here are some of my current specs:
WF Fvs Lord of Blades / 32 point build
FvS20 / Exalted Angel 2
AC 16 (!)
I just read that 135% Fort will not do on EE, so that'll be my priority for now. I don't see any decent way to get my AC up since I didn't get (and don't really plan to get) any body feats, so am not even looking at that right now. Will look at concealment, blur, dusk and displacement etc etc to minimize getting hit as well. I also doubt that I will be able to get a decent dodge rating, since I really didn't build the character for that.
Any suggestions as to what I should work on to becvome more survivable in EE quests? BTW, I don't do too bad in EN and EH, but I guess that isn't saying much.
Lotsa good advice again. Many thanks!
Lots of good advice again, exactly what I needed ... Many thanks!
Decided to log into my FvS to verify some bits of information I posted earlier ... in particular my saves.
With Nightshield, GH and Epic Tier 1 Swashbuckler in hand (not sure if a have a spare Tier 3 lying around), my saves go up to F33 / R21 / W24. No Good Luck +2 slotted in right now though. Can get +1 from my Voice of the Master. AC also goes up to 25 (yikes) ... PRR at 10, even with Divine Power running (BAB is +22).
FvS is Neutral Good (yeah, i know), so no bonuses from Stability items.
You guys are also right ... no DEX item being used at the moment. Gotta find a way to slot that in to remove my -1 DEX penalty and then bump up my reflex saves.
Am currently using a set of greensteel Air +150SP CHA skills googles and a cleansed +45HP earth CON skills cloak. Might build a GS conc opp item sometime (nice for +6 WIS too), but not on my priority list right now. Currently using a Fleshshaper's Docent for the Fleshmaker bonus and the slotted Arcane Lore.
The main vibe I'm getting from reading the forums is that another race would be much better (e.g. Human) to be able to take advantage of the nice armors released recently. Again, am a bit attached to this toon being Warforged, so am still trying to find a way to make things work out for me without having to swap races.
Other items on my priority list (maybe you guys can look at this too):
1. ToD ring for 20% Healing Amp (am flagged but haven't gotten around to crafting boots for this toon, not sure if I will do this, since I can use the boots more on my Fighter)
2. Signet of Shining Sun for +7 CHA / +2 INS WIS / Sup Heal Lore
3. Symbol of Shining Sun for +7 WIS / +2 INS / CHA +15 Concentration
4. Ancient Gemstone (for Amaunator Set bonus, -10% SP costs): +7 CON / Resistance +6 / Good Luck +2
5. Purple Dragon Knight Gauntlets: 30% Healing Amp / +7 STR / +2 INS CON
6. Eat a +2 DEX tome (I think I have a few lying around in the bank)
7. Holy Symbol of Lolth: (lotsa nice stuff)
With the +6/+2 saves I'll be getting from the Ancient Gemstone, eating a +2 DEX tome and slotting in a +6 DEX item plus the additional WIS points, will boost my saves to F41 / R34 / W33, which seem a bit decent. If a 34 reflex save is not enough, might farm another Fleshshaper's Docent so that I can slot in Uncanny Awareness (+10 Reflex stated, but I don't know what the final bonus will be).
Still no major improvement on the AC/PRR/dodge side though ... not sure if I can address that while trying to boost my saves. Not really planning to take the Shield Mastery feat unless you can point out that it would be the best feat to pick up for the remaining feat slot (picked up Empower for a light SLA damage boost at level 21) for my epic levels.
The strategy to fix this toon is kinda starting to shape up thanks to all of your feedback ... again looking forward to more comments and suggestions!