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axel15810
10-18-2014, 11:00 PM
Hey all.

I've never played a Druid before and thought I'd give it a shot. I'm going to be rolling up a new character to duo with my brother, who's never played DDO or an MMO before. He's playing a pally.

I've been thinking a lot about what class to play with him, and I want to give a caster Druid a shot. I'm experienced with divines but have no idea what to do when it comes to Druids. Any suggestions/links to good 1st life caster druid builds would be appreciated.

I'd like an offensive caster...but if I can also heal a bit that would be nice too. I'm sure there will be plenty of future situations where I'll need to help keep my brother alive. Thanks!

Nachomammashouse
10-19-2014, 12:51 PM
Hey all.

I've never played a Druid before and thought I'd give it a shot. I'm going to be rolling up a new character to duo with my brother, who's never played DDO or an MMO before. He's playing a pally.

I've been thinking a lot about what class to play with him, and I want to give a caster Druid a shot. I'm experienced with divines but have no idea what to do when it comes to Druids. Any suggestions/links to good 1st life caster druid builds would be appreciated.

I'd like an offensive caster...but if I can also heal a bit that would be nice too. I'm sure there will be plenty of future situations where I'll need to help keep my brother alive. Thanks!

Hi Axel,

I think you might like my build https://www.ddo.com/forums/showthread.php/427398-Gingerspyce-s-caster-healer-quasi-tank-build
It's first-life friendly and I have a lot of supporting information for people that are new to druids :)

axel15810
10-19-2014, 04:32 PM
Hi Axel,

I think you might like my build https://www.ddo.com/forums/showthread.php/427398-Gingerspyce-s-caster-healer-quasi-tank-build
It's first-life friendly and I have a lot of supporting information for people that are new to druids :)

Awesome, thanks!

unbongwah
10-20-2014, 10:35 AM
With the improvements to PRR and the addition to MRR, I don't consider the Shield Mastery feats necessary unless you truly want a tank-y druid like Ginger's build. I would trade them for a couple more metamagics or extra Spell Focuses, since a first-lifer tends to need more help with their DCs, at least until they unlock the DC Twists from Magister and Draconic.

Here's one example of a first-life caster druid:

Character Plan by DDO Character Planner Version 04.23.01
DDO Character Planner Home Page (http://www.rjcyberware.com/DDO)

Level 28 Lawful Neutral Human Female
(20 Druid \ 8 Epic)
Hit Points: 364
Spell Points: 1544
BAB: 15\15\20\25\25
Fortitude: 15
Reflex: 5
Will: 22

Starting Feat/Enhancement
Abilities Base Stats Modified Stats
(28 Point) (Level 1) (Level 28)
Strength 8 8
Dexterity 8 8
Constitution 16 16
Intelligence 10 10
Wisdom 18 31
Charisma 8 8

Level 1 (Druid)
Feat: (Selected) Empower Spell
Feat: (Human Bonus) Maximize Spell


Level 2 (Druid)


Level 3 (Druid)
Feat: (Selected) Quicken Spell


Level 4 (Druid)
Ability Raise: WIS


Level 5 (Druid)


Level 6 (Druid)
Feat: (Selected) Heighten Spell


Level 7 (Druid)


Level 8 (Druid)
Ability Raise: WIS


Level 9 (Druid)
Feat: (Selected) Enlarge Spell


Level 10 (Druid)


Level 11 (Druid)


Level 12 (Druid)
Ability Raise: WIS
Feat: (Selected) Extend Spell
Enhancement: Human - Human Versatility: Spell Power Boost (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Human - Human Adaptability: Wisdom (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Human - Improved Recovery (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Seasoned (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Time (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Tide (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Sunburst (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Season's Greetings: Summer (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Season's Greetings: Summer (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Beguile (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Beguile (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Beguile (Rank 3)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Wax and Wane (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Improved Metamagic: Maximize (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Improved Metamagic: Maximize (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Improved Metamagic: Maximize (Rank 3)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Produce Flame (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Produce Flame (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Produce Flame (Rank 3)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Wax and Wane (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Creeping Cold (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Creeping Cold (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Creeping Cold (Rank 3)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Wax and Wane (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Wisdom (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Call Lightning (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Call Lightning (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Call Lightning (Rank 3)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Wax and Wane (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Crown of Summer (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Word of Balance (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Word of Balance (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Word of Balance (Rank 3)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Time and Tide (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Strength of the Solstice (Rank 1)


Level 13 (Druid)


Level 14 (Druid)


Level 15 (Druid)
Feat: (Selected) Empower Healing Spell


Level 16 (Druid)
Ability Raise: WIS


Level 17 (Druid)


Level 18 (Druid)
Feat: (Selected) Spell Focus: Evocation


Level 19 (Druid)


Level 20 (Druid)
Ability Raise: WIS
Enhancement: Human - Action Surge: Wisdom (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Human - Action Surge: Wisdom (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Human - Traditionalist Caster (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Human - Traditionalist Caster (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Human - Traditionalist Caster (Rank 3)
Enhancement: Human - Improved Recovery (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Storm of Vengeance (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Hierophant (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Season's Greetings: Summer (Rank 3)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Negotiator (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Negotiator (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Negotiator (Rank 3)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Action Boost: Spellpower (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Action Boost: Spellpower (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Action Boost: Spellpower (Rank 3)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Autumnal Susurrus (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Season's Herald (Drd) - Wisdom (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Nature's Warrior (Drd) - Nature's Warrior (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Nature's Warrior (Drd) - Instinctive Fighting (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Nature's Warrior (Drd) - Instinctive Fighting (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Nature's Warrior (Drd) - Extra Wild Empathy (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Nature's Warrior (Drd) - Extra Wild Empathy (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Nature's Warrior (Drd) - Bestial Nature (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Nature's Warrior (Drd) - Bestial Nature (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Nature's Warrior (Drd) - Bestial Nature (Rank 3)
Enhancement: Nature's Warrior (Drd) - Flight (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Nature's Warrior (Drd) - Flight (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Nature's Warrior (Drd) - Flight (Rank 3)
Enhancement: Nature's Warrior (Drd) - Nature's Warrior Wisdom (Rank 1)


Level 21 (Epic)
Feat: (Selected) Greater Spell Focus: Evocation


Level 22 (Epic)


Level 23 (Epic)


Level 24 (Epic)
Ability Raise: WIS
Feat: (Selected) Epic: Epic Spell Focus: Evocation


Level 25 (Epic)


Level 26 (Epic)
Feat: (Epic Destiny) Epic Destiny: Epic Spell Power: Fire


Level 27 (Epic)
Feat: (Selected) Epic: Ruin


Level 28 (Epic)
Ability Raise: WIS
Feat: (Epic Destiny) Epic Destiny: Mass Frog


Skills: max Concentration, Spellcraft, and Heal. Leftover pts can be spent where you wish, but I recommend UMD and either Balance or Spot.

Feats: the usual metamagics plus Enlarge (primarily for your SLAs - it doubles their range with no additional SP cost) and Extend (primarily for Body of the Sun, so I try to pick it up before lvl 13).

Enhancements can be tweaked as you see fit. I spent 13 APs into Nature's Warrior for +20 Pos Spellpower, Bestial Nature (can be dropped once you have Parrying / Insight bonus item), Flight (decent Dodge bonus which ignores MDB, AFAICT), and +1 WIS. I would also consider shifting 5-7 APs into human PrE for Gtr Heroism clickie and possibly the last Imp Recovery for +10% heal amp. Another possibility is to swap Extend for DM of Passage to pick up Expeditious Retreat and Dimension Door; the latter is particularly useful for certain quests if you're soloing.