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Croz
01-22-2015, 05:46 PM
Hello good people,

returning player here. When i left, i was in the process of building a halfling ranger with weapon finesse, following tihocans great revisited paths (https://www.ddo.com/forums/showthread.php/232660-Revisiting-paths-Builds-for-new-players?p=2800940&viewfull=1#post2800940).

I only got to lvl 10 before the lack of content for f2p players and also the lack of players on Wayfinder made me lose interest in DDO. Now i am coming back to overwhelming changes in the enhancements area, and realized that Weapon finesse seems completely redundant now since rangers get the ability to use Scimitars and roll both attack and damage with their Dex modifier. So it seems i am sitting on a feat i don't need at all. Anyway, here is my char as of now:

Halfling Ftr 1, Rgr 8, Rog 1

Feats Taken:
Dodge
Weapon Finesse
Mobility
Spring Attack
Improved Critical: Piercing Weapons

Favored Enemies are:
Undead
Construct


I am really at a loss as of what to do now. I have a +0 Heart of lesser reincarnation and a +20 heart of lesser reincarnation in my inventory. Don't really want to redo the character, and still fancy the idea of a halfling ranger that is able to do traps. But apparently Dex based is not viable for ranged unless Elf (which does not make the slightest sense to me) and seeing as my char has both Weapon Finesse (and will be unable to get the Impr Wpn Finesse enhancement from Assassin bc lack of Rog lvls) and Imp Crit piercing, i can not get by with just switching out Weapon Finesse for something else =( Additionally, from browsing through the forums, it seems like i would have been better off with Fav Enemy: Giants instead of constructs...

Also, in my inventory somehow is a raiders chest that indicates i could get a freebie Belizarde if i am not mistaken, so Rapiers still seem tempting =/

Any advice as how to salvage this?

unbongwah
01-22-2015, 05:57 PM
Don't really want to redo the character, and still fancy the idea of a halfling ranger that is able to do traps.
That's fine: see the Tempest Trapmonkey (https://www.ddo.com/forums/showthread.php/423116-Tempest-Trapmonkey-for-new-players) thread. Odds are you'll want to use that LR +0 to redo stats, feats, etc. though.

But apparently Dex based is not viable for ranged unless Elf (which does not make the slightest sense to me)
Yes, currently the only way to get DEX to long- or shortbow dmg is to take Elven Grace + the Aerenal / Valenar enhancements. And no, this doesn't make much sense, esp. considering how Turbine revised the rgr PrEs to be more DEX-friendly to melee builds.

and seeing as my char has both Weapon Finesse (and will be unable to get the Impr Wpn Finesse enhancement from Assassin bc lack of Rog lvls)
Actually, you can also take the Imp Weapon Finesse enhancement from Deepwood Stalker (DWS), which has the same effect as Dagger in the Back and will apply to rapiers.

Additionally, from browsing through the forums, it seems like i would have been better off with Fav Enemy: Giants instead of constructs...
It depends on what content you're running, but remember that FE:Giants includes trolls, so you'll run into plenty of enemies that it's good against.

Daine
01-22-2015, 06:19 PM
I just got through 3 halfling ranger life's on my TR path, one specialising in each tree. The feat I found most useful in each life was the Halfling Dragonmark of healing, it's pretty awesome in the heroic levels!

Also, if you haven't used it yet, you still get a free feat exchange per life by speaking to Lockania in the Marketplace then talking to Fred in House Jorasco. You may not have to use those Hearts of Wood quite yet. I'd definitely save that +20 until you've explored your options, it's an excellent way to get a TR/past life in a class you dont want to level...

Croz
01-22-2015, 07:52 PM
Thanks a lot for the answers so far! =D I really appreciate it.

Yeah, i wanted to save that +20 Heart.


That's fine: see the Tempest Trapmonkey (https://www.ddo.com/forums/showthread.php/423116-Tempest-Trapmonkey-for-new-players) thread. Odds are you'll want to use that LR +0 to redo stats, feats, etc. though.

Yes, currently the only way to get DEX to long- or shortbow dmg is to take Elven Grace + the Aerenal / Valenar enhancements. And no, this doesn't make much sense, esp. considering how Turbine revised the rgr PrEs to be more DEX-friendly to melee builds.

Actually, you can also take the Imp Weapon Finesse enhancement from Deepwood Stalker (DWS), which has the same effect as Dagger in the Back and will apply to rapiers.

It depends on what content you're running, but remember that FE:Giants includes trolls, so you'll run into plenty of enemies that it's good against.

Wow, i didn't know DWS had that enhancement too. That actually makes me quite happy :D

So my choice now is continue as it is (taking the impr Weapon Finesse from DWS) and not care about not having a viable ranged option, or LR and go STR based instead like in the Tempest Trapmonkey Thread (that i had read ;) , but wasn't for DEX based chars).