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awar1234
10-06-2020, 09:50 PM
I am looking mostly for leveling help from 1 to 30....

What i need to know is what i am looking for in gear

INT item + INS INT + QUAL INT... check mark!
Con item + Ins con + QUal con
Ranged ALACRITY... got it in the quiver!

Ranged power?? where does this come from???

what else am i looking for??

thank you! I have 127 past live and NEVER PLAYER RANGED??? wow! i dont know anything here

Discpsycho
10-06-2020, 11:36 PM
I wouldn't bother with Qual Con unless it nicely fits your endgame gearset. Ranged tend to be squishy and there's no PRR/MRR in the tree, so you'll get more benefit from things like Dodge and Displacement

Ranged Power comes from the Inquisitive tree, potentially a class tree (you haven't listed those), EDs and Filigrees / item sets.

Other vital gear:
- Ratcatcher (Threnal)
- Silent Avenger Set
- Wallwatch Set (Profane Experiment ok too)
- Maybe a low-tier Thunderforged or KotB crossbow?

Most other things are going to depend on your exact class split, what other things you want to do (eg, FvS Inq might want some healing), and what level of gear tetris you're committing to. I ran Silent Avenger + Wallwatch + Ratcatcher to 20 using random loot otherwise, and that was on a 18 Wiz / 2 Arti EK/PM Inquis. Inq is pretty dang strong and doesn't need much gear to supplement its power before cap

cru121
10-07-2020, 04:26 AM
what base class?

if you're an artificer/ranger, you're often better off using repeaters and spending AP in DWS until level 8 or 12.

lvl 7: red fens set
lvl 10: silent avenger set
lvl 15: wallwatch set
lvl 29: legendary wallwatch set

build rest of gear around those sets

Jeromio
10-07-2020, 04:42 AM
I think that Discpsycho summarized it quite well. :)

Some advice from me: :)

I have pew pewed a lot with inquis. I usually use ratcatcher or lvl 15 nightshade shooter from heroic levels and up to lvl 28. At lvl 29 you'll have much better options. Those two crossbows are quite equal when it comes to DPS at epic levels, but I switch between them depending on which mobs I face. Ratcatcher crits more and higher, so is fun if you like high numbers. :) AFAIK, only epic Storm beats those two at lvl 20-28.

I use the lvl 15 wallwatch set until lvl 29 when I switch to the legendary one. The set bonus is incredibly good for an inquis.

You didn't specify what class you want to focus on. Most classes can be built as good inquisitive. It's quite popular to multi class. Popular options to include are ranger 6 or 9 (for some free ranged feats, DWS tree and sniper shot and possibly evasion at lvl 9 if you want to dig that deep into ranger), arty 2 or 4 (runearm, some free ranged feats, free bolts and some nice low level spells) and rogue (evasion, sneak attack dice and more).

You also want to have harper as enhancement tree, for Know the angles and also possibly for int-to-hit and int-to-damage (depends on what options you have from other classes like rogue and arty).

If you're looking for the optimal class split in terms of DPS and utility, I would guess it is rogue 12/ranger 6/arty 2 or maybe rogue 18/arty 2, but there are an endless number of fun combinations to try out and most work quite well and are fun to play.

awar1234
10-07-2020, 08:38 AM
thank you for your input, but i am not saying this right....

So i can go NAKED gear until red fens set? or even Raven-loft?? what types of Items do you gather when leveling?

and ignore what class i am using... WHEN I OPEN A CHEST AT LEVEL 2 in the harbor what am i looking for? Orr better yet, when you play HARDCORE and start with nothing what are you looking for in your chests???

Imagine i am level one and have NO IDEA what i am doing. Just basic knowledge of how to build an inquisitive/crossbow/ranged...from basic gear



ps just finished all my racials, so will have 13 racial points for the tree and go DG for the LIGHT crossbow....i will use some sort of rogue, arti, ranger split to get lots of good ranged FEATS. Just need to finish 2 cleric, 3 alchemists, 3 arti lives for triple completionist..

I know to look for Light Crossbow KEEN VORPAL with red aug..


make i list of what is more important to you and what you are looking for as you level in HARDCORE...
distant diversion will help?
sneak attack items?
dodge/ saves/ppr/mmr item?
where do you get ranged power from before i get gear SETS? at level 1-10?
I guess i need a GHOST BANE from borderlands for REAPERS??

i hope this helps better ty!

dennisck2
10-07-2020, 10:13 AM
thank you for your input, but i am not saying this right....

So i can go NAKED gear until red fens set? or even Raven-loft?? what types of Items do you gather when leveling?

Imagine i am level one and have NO IDEA what i am doing. Just basic knowledge of how to build an inquisitive/crossbow/ranged...from basic gear

sneak attack items?
dodge/ saves/ppr/mmr item?
where do you get ranged power from before i get gear SETS? at level 1-10?
I guess i need a GHOST BANE from borderlands for REAPERS??


I would say the same things you look for for any other toon. Int/Con then everything defensive, such as what you have already mentioned. There's no magical gear set up for level 1-6. Just my opinion, anyway. And yes you can go dang near naked until Red Fens set.

Satyriasys
10-07-2020, 10:18 AM
I wouldn't bother with Qual Con unless it nicely fits your endgame gearset. Ranged tend to be squishy and there's no PRR/MRR in the tree, so you'll get more benefit from things like Dodge and Displacement

Ranged Power comes from the Inquisitive tree, potentially a class tree (you haven't listed those), EDs and Filigrees / item sets.

Other vital gear:
- Ratcatcher (Threnal)
- Silent Avenger Set
- Wallwatch Set (Profane Experiment ok too)
- Maybe a low-tier Thunderforged or KotB crossbow?

Most other things are going to depend on your exact class split, what other things you want to do (eg, FvS Inq might want some healing), and what level of gear tetris you're committing to. I ran Silent Avenger + Wallwatch + Ratcatcher to 20 using random loot otherwise, and that was on a 18 Wiz / 2 Arti EK/PM Inquis. Inq is pretty dang strong and doesn't need much gear to supplement its power before cap

Ratcatcher has been nerfed

Discpsycho
10-07-2020, 01:52 PM
Ratcatcher has been nerfed

It was nerfed from 17-20 x3 -> 18-20 x3. That's still +1 crit multiplier and range higher than any other light crossbow and it's available at level 8. The math is going to be build-dependent, but besides my suggestions of TF or KotB weapons, a quick glance at the wiki list says the only other easily-accessible contender is Screamshatter. Epic Storm is certainly better in epics, but I'm not gonna offhandedly suggest a S/S/S item from a decade-old raid

cru121
10-07-2020, 02:43 PM
make i list of what is more important to you and what you are looking for as you level in HARDCORE...
distant diversion will help?
sneak attack items?
dodge/ saves/ppr/mmr item?
where do you get ranged power from before i get gear SETS? at level 1-10?
I guess i need a GHOST BANE from borderlands for REAPERS??

i hope this helps better ty!

distant diversion no
sneak attack yes
defensive stuff sure
ranged power: from mythic/reaper bonuses
ghostbane from augment




so here's the gear that I used this like leveling as a half-elf artificer 2 / ranger 8 right now

featherfalling boots
ML2 devoted gloves of deadly 2 with sapphire of light fortification in green slot (CC)
necklace of contemplation
Cloak of attraction... for Mythic +1 Reaper +3
Leather gloves of the snake
boots of faith
ml4 cc goggles Seeker/deadly
ML4 brawling gloves
ML1 cc trinket: TS of persuasion
ML4 cloak ofthe mimic
ML4 indomitable wrappings
ML4 CC vitality 10 skirmish leather of healing amp with med fort in blue slot
realistic necklace of sheltering
coldharbor cladding
platinum prayer beeds
mysterious cloak
mysterious bracers
5 piece slavers (sorcery set because I have it)
mask of comedy
silence of the tasty hams
death's smile
fox cunning potions
planar gird
sapphire studded buckles
memories of kindness with Reaper Ability Boost and Master's Gift
quiver of alacrity
visor of flesh render
possibly some other gear I moved away to alts.

currently @ 10 using

Raven's Eye set
Silent Avenger set
Memories of Kindness with Reaper Ability Boost
Ward-Inscribed Pendant
Symbol of the Slave Lords with Blindness Immunity and 3 con
(slaver) Shackles Q.Int, Tendon Slice, Accuracy, Sheltering, Reaper +3 PRR, +3 Mythic PRR/MRR
Ring of Nightfall +3 Mythic Power
Deathwarden +1 Mythic Power +3 Reaper Power
Flightfoot Greaves because I was too lazy to rummage in banks for the doubleshot boots
ML10 Keen Vorpal Heavy Repeating Crossbow, Red: empty
Suppressive Fire

You can notice that this gear set somehow does not include enhancement bonus to Int.. which is my main stat. Yeah. I quaff fox cunning pots or use house P buffs.

You can notice that I am using repeaters and I will switch to Ratcatcher/Inquisitive at 12

Dendrix
10-07-2020, 02:49 PM
Cannith Craft @ level 4 & 8: Light Crossbow force of bludgeon with red slot, put any damage augment in (meteoric is fun)
Cannith Craft @ Level 5: Con 4 of Deathblock belt, Int 4 of Deadly 3 trinket. Str 4 of Resistance gloves (with green slots, put in augments of fear immunity and feather fall and 75% fortification)
Cannith Craft @ Underwater action goggles of Truesignt with Masters gift in Colourless slow

Fit other gear around that.
Level 10, use Ravenloft sets - easy to farm
Level 15 use Sharn Wallwatcher Set - easy to farm

Black Opal Bracer from White Plume Mountain for Etherialness (easy to farm)
Crossbow that hits etherial creatures from Keep on the borderlands

awar1234
10-07-2020, 04:33 PM
Cannith Craft @ level 4 & 8: Light Crossbow force of bludgeon with red slot, put any damage augment in (meteoric is fun)
Cannith Craft @ Level 5: Con 4 of Deathblock belt, Int 4 of Deadly 3 trinket. Str 4 of Resistance gloves (with green slots, put in augments of fear immunity and feather fall and 75% fortification)
Cannith Craft @ Underwater action goggles of Truesignt with Masters gift in Colourless slow

Fit other gear around that.
Level 10, use Ravenloft sets - easy to farm
Level 15 use Sharn Wallwatcher Set - easy to farm

Black Opal Bracer from White Plume Mountain for Etherialness (easy to farm)
Crossbow that hits etherial creatures from Keep on the borderlands

Very helpful!
I guess inquisitive won’t be good until 12..... just gotta muck my way through at low levels

droid327
10-14-2020, 02:29 PM
Yeah from L1 through L7 just use whatever you find that's helpful...it goes fast and easy enough that you're better off just doing it than spending time trying to gear for it. At L8 you get Ratcatcher and, if you want, Slavers, and that'll do you fine till Ravenloft if not all the way to Sharn. Inqui is all about offense making everything else an afterthought.


Very helpful!
I guess inquisitive won’t be good until 12..... just gotta muck my way through at low levels

I find the breakeven point is a little sooner, depending on gear of course, and depending what your other available trees are...but the divide between an RXB and DXB seems to be around L6 or so, whenever you can get 12 points in Harper plus the second tier of Law die in inqui. Especially if you're chugging Haste pots, since those favor DXB. From L6 to L8, its pretty much 50/50 though. Then at L8 you get Ratcatcher and you can drop RXBs and not look back.