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cru121
05-02-2020, 03:46 PM
what would be the optimal element to specialize in for an alchemist caster 20 to 30?

Discpsycho
05-02-2020, 08:24 PM
I feel like the answer is "it depends on what flavor of caster gear you've got", with a few caveats depending on what quests you're doing.

T5 lets you remove immunities, so you don't lose much functionality. That being said,

- Demons / abberations are generally immune to electricity and poison. This includes quite a few enemies in Lords of Dust, Partycrashers chain, ES Chain 3, Tethyamar, etc.
- Skeletons (much of 3BC, Catacombs) are immune to ice and poison

I was lucky enough to already have a Stygian Wrath on hand for my Alchemist life and that made a HUGE difference. If you have one of those, I highly recommend ice

cru121
05-03-2020, 01:37 AM
here's a list of factors that I am considering:

-ravenloft belt: favors Any, poison also improves healing
-insightful spell power and lore: Stygian Wrath: Poison
-alchemist spells: which spells are still worth casting 20+?
-monster immunities: but you can bypass those
-empyrean magic: favors Fire
-energy burst: favors Acid, Cold, Electric, Fire
-PL:Energy Criticals: favors Acid, Cold, Electric, Fire

Tobril
05-03-2020, 03:03 AM
Fire or Cold.

All the elements get twist options for more caster levels and dragonborn enhancements.

Tiefling gives excellent fire benefits.


Wild Frost is slightly ahead of its fire counterpart for Alchemist DCs.

Wave is incredible for ice, and high APM play rewards the use of Spiral for fire.