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Dr_Awesome
01-01-2015, 03:32 PM
Let's face it... a lot of new players have trouble building a character that can stay alive and go toe to toe with enemies. However, it is simple to ruin a first time player's enjoyment due to the robust creation process. Because DDO is, in my opinion the cream of the crop of MMOs, I thought I'd share the little bastard that has given me the most pleasure, without being "gimped".

Any new player can use the arrow keys to run around, the 'E' key to attack/interact, 'SPACEBAR' to jump, and the number buttons to use key abilities. I play on a laptop. My mouse-thingy is only there for buffs and easy targeting.

Human
Alignment really doesn't matter. I tend to go for Chaotic Neutral.
14/6 Cleric/Ranger. Although, if one feels their 3 level 7 Cleric spells are enough, feel free to take level 20 as a Fighter and get a feat.

This isn't an end-all be-all kind of guy. His name is Keepinit Classy. And he lives on Argonnessen. First life, first time on the server.


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

Level 20 Chaotic Neutral Human Male
(6 Ranger \ 14 Cleric)
Hit Points: 277
Spell Points: 1054
BAB: 16\16\21\26\26
Fortitude: 16
Reflex: 9
Will: 14

Starting Feat/Enhancement
Abilities Base Stats Modified Stats
(28 Point) (Level 1) (Level 20)
Strength 15 20
Dexterity 10 10
Constitution 14 14
Intelligence 10 10
Wisdom 14 17
Charisma 12 12

Tomes Used
+3 Tome of Wisdom used at level 11

Starting Feat/Enhancement
Base Skills Modified Skills
Skills (Level 1) (Level 20)
Balance 0 8
Bluff 1 1
Concentration 6 28
Diplomacy 1 7
Disable Device n/a n/a
Haggle 1 1
Heal 6 29
Hide 0 0
Intimidate 1 1
Jump 2 11
Listen 2 3
Move Silently 0 0
Open Lock n/a n/a
Perform n/a n/a
Repair 0 0
Search 0 0
Spellcraft 0 14
Spot 2 3
Swim 2 5
Tumble n/a 1
Use Magic Device n/a n/a

Level 1 (Cleric)
Skill: Concentration (+4)
Skill: Heal (+4)
Feat: (Deity) Follower of the Sovereign Host
Feat: (Human Bonus) Mental Toughness
Feat: (Selected) Toughness
Feat: (Automatic) Attack
Feat: (Automatic) Heavy Armor Proficiency
Feat: (Automatic) Heroic Durability
Feat: (Automatic) Light Armor Proficiency
Feat: (Automatic) Magical Training
Feat: (Automatic) Medium Armor Proficiency
Feat: (Automatic) Shield Proficiency (General)
Feat: (Automatic) Simple Weapon Proficiency
Feat: (Automatic) Sneak
Feat: (Automatic) Turn Undead
Spell (1): Bane
Spell (1): Bless
Spell (1): Cause Fear
Spell (1): Command
Spell (1): Cure Light Wounds
Spell (1): Divine Favor
Spell (1): Doom
Spell (1): Inflict Light Wounds
Spell (1): Nightshield
Spell (1): Nimbus of Light
Spell (1): Obscuring Mist
Spell (1): Protection from Evil
Spell (1): Remove Fear
Spell (1): Shield of Faith
Spell (1): Summon Monster I
Enhancement: Radiant Servant (Clr) - Healing Domain (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Radiant Servant (Clr) - Altruism (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Radiant Servant (Clr) - Altruism (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Radiant Servant (Clr) - Altruism (Rank 3)


Level 2 (Ranger)
Skill: Balance (+2)
Skill: Concentration (+1)
Skill: Heal (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Feat: (Favored Enemy) Favored Enemy: Elemental
Feat: (Automatic) Bow Strength
Feat: (Automatic) Defensive Fighting
Feat: (Automatic) Martial Weapon Proficiency (ALL)
Feat: (Automatic) Sunder
Feat: (Automatic) Trip
Feat: (Automatic) Wild Empathy
Enhancement: Radiant Servant (Clr) - Extra Turning (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Radiant Servant (Clr) - Extra Turning (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Radiant Servant (Clr) - Extra Turning (Rank 3)
Enhancement: Warpriest (Clr) - Smite Foe (Rank 1)


Level 3 (Cleric)
Skill: Concentration (+1)
Skill: Heal (+1)
Skill: Spellcraft (+1)
Feat: (Selected) Extend Spell
Enhancement: Radiant Servant (Clr) - Divine Healing (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Radiant Servant (Clr) - Divine Healing (Rank 2)


Level 4 (Cleric)
Ability Raise: STR
Skill: Concentration (+1)
Skill: Heal (+1)
Skill: Spellcraft (+1)
Spell (2): Aid
Spell (2): Bear's Endurance
Spell (2): Bull's Strength
Spell (2): Close Wounds
Spell (2): Cure Moderate Wounds
Spell (2): Deific Vengeance
Spell (2): Eagle's Splendor
Spell (2): Find Traps
Spell (2): Hold Person
Spell (2): Inflict Moderate Wounds
Spell (2): Lesser Restoration
Spell (2): Owl's Wisdom
Spell (2): Remove Paralysis
Spell (2): Resist Energy
Spell (2): Seek Eternal Rest
Spell (2): Soundburst
Spell (2): Spawn Screen
Spell (2): Summon Monster II
Enhancement: Radiant Servant (Clr) - Improved Turning (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Radiant Servant (Clr) - Improved Turning (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Radiant Servant (Clr) - Divine Healing (Rank 3)


Level 5 (Cleric)
Skill: Concentration (+1)
Skill: Heal (+1)
Skill: Spellcraft (+1)
Enhancement: Radiant Servant (Clr) - Pacifism (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Radiant Servant (Clr) - Improved Turning (Rank 3)
Enhancement: Radiant Servant (Clr) - Intense Healing (Rank 1)


Level 6 (Cleric)
Skill: Concentration (+1)
Skill: Heal (+1)
Skill: Spellcraft (+1)
Feat: (Selected) Empower Healing Spell
Feat: (Automatic) Improved Heroic Durability
Spell (3): Aid, Mass
Spell (3): Bestow Curse
Spell (3): Blindness
Spell (3): Contagion
Spell (3): Cure Serious Wounds
Spell (3): Dispel Magic
Spell (3): Glyph of Warding
Spell (3): Inflict Serious Wounds
Spell (3): Magic Circle Against Evil
Spell (3): Prayer
Spell (3): Protection from Energy
Spell (3): Remove Blindness
Spell (3): Remove Curse
Spell (3): Remove Disease
Spell (3): Searing Light
Spell (3): Summon Monster III
Spell (3): Water Breathing
Enhancement: Radiant Servant (Clr) - Intense Healing (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Radiant Servant (Clr) - Endless Turning (Rank 1)


Level 7 (Cleric)
Skill: Concentration (+1)
Skill: Heal (+1)
Skill: Spellcraft (+1)
Feat: (Automatic) Unyielding Sovereignty
Enhancement: Radiant Servant (Clr) - Positive Energy Burst (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Radiant Servant (Clr) - Endless Turning (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Tempest (Rgr) - Shield of Whirling Steel (Rank 1)


Level 8 (Ranger)
Ability Raise: STR
Skill: Balance (+1)
Skill: Concentration (+1)
Skill: Heal (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Skill: Tumble (+1)
Feat: (Automatic) Rapid Shot
Feat: (Automatic) Two Weapon Fighting
Enhancement: Radiant Servant (Clr) - Endless Turning (Rank 3)
Enhancement: Tempest (Rgr) - Whirling Blades (Rank 1)


Level 9 (Ranger)
Skill: Concentration (+1)
Skill: Heal (+1)
Skill: Spellcraft (+0.5)
Feat: (Selected) Weapon Focus: Slashing Weapons
Feat: (Automatic) Diehard
Enhancement: Tempest (Rgr) - Tempest (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Tempest (Rgr) - Improved Defense (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Deepwood Stalker (Rgr) - Far Shot (Rank 1)


Level 10 (Cleric)
Skill: Concentration (+1)
Skill: Heal (+1)
Skill: Spellcraft (+1)
Spell (4): Chaos Hammer
Spell (4): Cure Critical Wounds
Spell (4): Death Ward
Spell (4): Dismissal
Spell (4): Divine Power
Spell (4): Freedom of Movement
Spell (4): Holy Smite
Spell (4): Inflict Critical Wounds
Spell (4): Neutralize Poison
Spell (4): Order's Wrath
Spell (4): Panacea
Spell (4): Poison
Spell (4): Recitation
Spell (4): Restoration
Spell (4): Shield of Faith, Mass
Spell (4): Summon Monster IV
Spell (4): Symbol of Flame
Spell (4): Unholy Blight
Enhancement: Radiant Servant (Clr) - Intense Healing (Rank 3)
Enhancement: Warpriest (Clr) - Toughness (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Warpriest (Clr) - Toughness (Rank 2)


Level 11 (Cleric)
Skill: Concentration (+1)
Skill: Heal (+1)
Skill: Spellcraft (+1)
Enhancement: Warpriest (Clr) - Toughness (Rank 3)
Enhancement: Tempest (Rgr) - Whirling Blades (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Deepwood Stalker (Rgr) - Increased Empathy (Rank 1)


Level 12 (Ranger)
Ability Raise: STR
Skill: Balance (+2)
Skill: Concentration (+1)
Skill: Heal (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Feat: (Selected) Improved Critical: Slashing Weapons
Feat: (Automatic) Precise Shot
Spell (1): Camouflage
Spell (1): Jump
Spell (1): Longstrider
Spell (1): Merfolk's Blessing
Spell (1): Ram's Might
Spell (1): Summon Nature's Ally I
Spell (1): Tumble
Enhancement: Radiant Servant (Clr) - Positive Energy Aura (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Warpriest (Clr) - Righteous Weapons (Rank 1)


Level 13 (Cleric)
Skill: Concentration (+1)
Skill: Heal (+1)
Skill: Spellcraft (+1)
Feat: (Automatic) Archer's Focus
Spell (5): Break Enchantment
Spell (5): Cure Light Wounds, Mass
Spell (5): Divine Punishment
Spell (5): Flame Strike
Spell (5): Greater Command
Spell (5): Inflict Light Wounds, Mass
Spell (5): Protection from Elements
Spell (5): Raise Dead
Spell (5): Slay Living
Spell (5): Spell Resistance
Spell (5): Stalwart Pact
Spell (5): Summon Monster V
Spell (5): Symbol of Pain
Spell (5): True Seeing
Enhancement: Warpriest (Clr) - Resilience of Battle (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Warpriest (Clr) - Wall of Steel (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Warpriest (Clr) - Wall of Steel (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Warpriest (Clr) - Wall of Steel (Rank 3)


Level 14 (Cleric)
Skill: Concentration (+1)
Skill: Heal (+1)
Skill: Spellcraft (+1)
Enhancement: Warpriest (Clr) - Sanctuary (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Warpriest (Clr) - Inflame (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Warpriest (Clr) - Inflame (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Warpriest (Clr) - Inflame (Rank 3)


Level 15 (Ranger)
Skill: Balance (+2)
Skill: Concentration (+1)
Skill: Heal (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Feat: (Favored Enemy) Favored Enemy: Aberration
Feat: (Selected) Oversized Two Weapon Fighting
Feat: (Automatic) Improved Two Weapon Fighting
Feat: (Automatic) Manyshot
Enhancement: Warpriest (Clr) - Smite Weakness (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Warpriest (Clr) - Inflame: Energy Absorption (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Warpriest (Clr) - Inflame: Energy Absorption (Rank 2)


Level 16 (Cleric)
Ability Raise: STR
Skill: Concentration (+1)
Skill: Heal (+1)
Skill: Spellcraft (+1)
Spell (6): Banishment
Spell (6): Bear's Endurance, Mass
Spell (6): Blade Barrier
Spell (6): Bull's Strength, Mass
Spell (6): Cometfall
Spell (6): Create Undead
Spell (6): Cure Moderate Wounds, Mass
Spell (6): Eagle's Splendor, Mass
Spell (6): Greater Dispel Magic
Spell (6): Greater Glyph of Warding
Spell (6): Harm
Spell (6): Heal
Spell (6): Heroes Feast
Spell (6): Inflict Moderate Wounds, Mass
Spell (6): Owl's Wisdom, Mass
Spell (6): Protection from Elements, Mass
Spell (6): Summon Monster VI
Spell (6): Symbol of Fear
Spell (6): Symbol of Persuasion
Spell (6): Undeath to Death
Spell (6): Word of Recall
Enhancement: Warpriest (Clr) - Righteous Weapons (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Warpriest (Clr) - Inflame: Energy Absorption (Rank 3)
Enhancement: Deepwood Stalker (Rgr) - Increased Empathy (Rank 2)


Level 17 (Cleric)
Skill: Concentration (+1)
Skill: Heal (+1)
Skill: Spellcraft (+1)
Enhancement: Radiant Servant (Clr) - Improved Empower Healing (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Warpriest (Clr) - Ameliorating Strike (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Deepwood Stalker (Rgr) - Increased Empathy (Rank 3)


Level 18 (Ranger)
Skill: Balance (+1)
Skill: Concentration (+1)
Skill: Heal (+1)
Skill: Jump (+2)
Skill: Spellcraft (+0.5)
Feat: (Selected) Improved Mental Toughness
Enhancement: Tempest (Rgr) - Improved Defense (Rank 2)
Enhancement: Tempest (Rgr) - Whirling Blades (Rank 1)


Level 19 (Cleric)
Skill: Concentration (+1)
Skill: Heal (+1)
Skill: Spellcraft (+1)
Spell (7): Cure Serious Wounds, Mass
Spell (7): Destruction
Spell (7): Greater Restoration
Spell (7): Inflict Serious Wounds, Mass
Spell (7): Restoration, Mass
Spell (7): Resurrection
Spell (7): Spell Resistance, Mass
Spell (7): Summon Monster VII
Spell (7): Symbol of Stunning
Spell (7): Symbol of Weakness
Enhancement: Tempest (Rgr) - Improved Defense (Rank 3)
Enhancement: Deepwood Stalker (Rgr) - Versatile Empathy (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Deepwood Stalker (Rgr) - Versatile Empathy (Rank 2)


Level 20 (Cleric)
Ability Raise: STR
Skill: Concentration (+1)
Skill: Heal (+1)
Skill: Spellcraft (+1)
Enhancement: Warpriest (Clr) - War Domain: Blur (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Warpriest (Clr) - Righteous Weapons (Rank 1)
Enhancement: Deepwood Stalker (Rgr) - Sneak Attack (Rank 1)




I enabled all options so the regular forum denizens can weigh in, as well.
The Tomb was free due to the card combining thingy. Just use a non-Necklace item.

Benefits:

Ever-increasing offense and defense. Its very balanced.
Fully armored and Blur spell at level 20.
Self/party heals. In a variety of different forms.
Two long swords, poisoned if possible. Smite Foe on full benefits. crits, etc. Heals the party, cripples Bosses. Doesn't cost SP.
A nice sneak attack. *wink*
The list goes on...

Weaknesses:

Low Reflex saves.
Lackluster HP.
Some other nitpicks I'm sure will be pointed out. :p


STRATEGY

1-3 Do the Korthos Island stuff. Get the necklace that has two uses and gives you 10-30 (or whatever) SP each time. Never lose it. And for that matter do not ever take a necklace that gains you HP/CON/WIS/CHA/SP. Find things like Deadly *necklace* of Accuracy. Enter quest, cast Night-shield and Shield of Faith on yourself. And smash face. Heal when needed.

2-4 Waterworks, Butcher's Path, Garrison's Missing Pack Gert's Secret (is that right?). Learn them, love them, meet other players. Once you know the quests and how to do them, start keeping other players alive, as a cleric. If their HP starts to drop, toss them a cheap cure. At this point, the player may have already clicked a potion. Don't worry, you're learning.

3-7 Time to get rowdy. Solo things on your own. Divine Healing is your best friend. Its 3rd rank restores 4-16 HP upon you or an ally every 2 seconds for for X seconds, where X is your heal skill. By level 20, you'll have... math. Then factor in Empower Healing and your Positive Energy score.

8-12 Keep solo on Normal and Hard. Group for Elites. Keep everyone alive. Be aware of traps. Protect the mages and other healers.

9-15 Two poisonous long swords! Smite Foe is ruthless. And will eventually heal everyone nearby. It can heal up to twice, thrice is you have a good Doublestrike chance. The Weakness now is just so cash! Pump up your Positive Energy score and the world of DDO is your oyster...

Bluegirl_Two
01-05-2015, 12:02 AM
Let's face it... a lot of new players have trouble building a character that can stay alive and go toe to toe with enemies. However, it is simple to ruin a first time player's enjoyment due to the robust creation process. Because DDO is, in my opinion the cream of the crop of MMOs, I thought I'd share the little bastard that has given me the most pleasure, without being "gimped".

Well bless your heart.

Try this: Bard 12/Ranger 4/Artificer 4. Take the full single weapon fighting line, artificer battle engineer to tier 4, ranger arcane archer to tier 4, bard swashbuckler to tier 5, spend 2 points in Harper for INT to hit. When shooting no longer is productive respec enhancements dropping arcane archer and picking up Harper agent (will happen when you start serious epic content). Pad with racial enhancements to taste.

There is a clever synergy in ranger/artificer making it highly desirable for L8 on a 4/4 split. Build is all INT and CON. So much more of an easy button. SWF with high crit range weapon (rapier) and swashbuckler is stupid DPS. Thunder-forged weapons are easy to obtain and ML22. Hard to mess it up.

Edit: Wanted to add this, if you are thinking of trying this you want to have 4 ranger and 2 artificer by L6 and to have already started your SWF feat choices.

Dr_Awesome
01-06-2015, 05:15 PM
Thanks for the reply! I'll give it a look in the planner.
However, I basically made this for fresh off the boat players. I've been playing (dabbling with gimped characters, really) for years and finally buckled down for the long haul after the enhancement pass. I was lucky to get that Wis tome! Made the character on G-land and got up to 10. Could never find parties (a huge downside of FtP). Recently remade it (with tweaks) on Argo and have been having a blast. In an active guild, lots of players on the server, etc.
Since I've had so much success, I thought I'd share it here. In my not so expert opinion, its a fine class for new players to learn the game. There's no feeling like dual-wielding into a group of mobs while Divine Healing ticks away for ~20 HP every couple seconds.
I will admit, in addition to getting a lucky tome, I broke down and bought a +54 Devotion (positive energy) augment for 75 TP. Its currently socketed in my keen off-hand weapon.

Since I finally unlocked Drow, my next experiment will be a stick-fighting acid-based Wizard. 4Rogue (Acrobat)/4Bard (Warchanter)/12Wizard (Archmage and Eldritch Knight)