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Pre-Raid Preparation : Perform Skill60+ on the character sheet is preferred. Remember that your Fascinate skill is based upon a d20 + Perform skill, and is a Will-Based save. So a 60 affords you a Will save of 61-80; anything that saves has rolled a 20.
Pre-Raid Preparation : Elemental PreventionMost (if not all) of the damage you take on the Bases will be related to Electric or Fire damage. A minute amount of Cold/Bludgeon damage may also occur. The Electric Effect is Chain Lightning from the Djinnis, and Fire from the Environmental Effect Velah tosses out, as well as the Fire Elementals on the Fire Base. These numbers can be managed.
First of all, there is a Reflex Save involved with all three effects. The higher you can get your save (+6 Dex item, +5 Resist Item, Greater Heroism, Luck +2, etc.), the better.
Secondly, they are elemental effects. Meaning there are ways in-game to mitigate their damage. Fire/Electric/Cold Resist 30 should be part of your buffs. It would be especially helpful to have +30 Fire/Electric Resist items on during this, in case you somehow die on Fire Base.
You can find Fire/Electric resist 30 on Cloaks and Rings. Also, you can use an Eldritch spot on Dragontouched Armor/Outfits. Certain armors, like Epic Vulkoorim Fighting Leathers, also have elemental resists on them.
Other than Elemental resists, you also want elemental damage reduction effects. Relevant to this topic is Fire Shield (Cold Version), and elemental absorption items. Examples are:
- +10%/+15%/+20% Elemental Absorption Green Steel Weaponry.
- +15% Elemental Absorption, Crafted on a ToD ring.
- +20% Elemental Absorption, Found on Mindsunder Elite Dream Edges.
- +33% Fire/Electric Absorption, Found on Firestorm Greaves and Ring of the Djinn respectively.
- *Also* - Elemental absorption looks like it’s going to be possible using the “Update 9 Full Crafting System”. If doing any of the above isn’t your style, consider this route.
Pre-Raid Preparation : Other useful itemsIt wouldn’t hurt to have a stack (or two) of Heal Scrolls, “Yugo Pots” (specifically Essence of Invulnerability, for an extra 40 HP), a Jump Clickie (such as Morah’s Belt from the Amrath pack), a Nighshield clickie/+4-5 Resist item. Superior Ardor VI clickies don’t hurt, either, so you’re at full SP-healing capacity.