Remember, enhancecments are incredibly easy to change; a player who wants to add +hit enhancements becuase they -are- running epic can easily do so for a small investment of time.
Its feats, stats, skills and class levels you have to get right; enhancements you can change on a whim.
Also, by the fact that exalted smite evil isn't in the compendium.
+1 to critical multiplier on smite evil (req: extra smiting II)
Exalted Smite II 2 ap, pal 10
+1 to critical threat range on smite evil (req: extra smiting III, exalted smite I)
Exalted Smite III 3 ap, pal 14
+2 to critical multiplier on smite evil (total) (req: extra smiting IV, exalted smite II)
Exalted Smite IV 4 ap, pal 18
+2 to critical threat range on smite evil (total) (req: exalted smite III)
They decrease cooldown but do not affect regeneration rate. The baseline is 6 second cooldown, and ES reduces it by 1 second per tier, so you have a 2 second cooldown with ES4.
There is no change to regeneration rate; if there was, the line would be far more attractive. As it is, it's the worst dps adder of the paladin enhancement lines for DPS by a significant margin, unless you're using it on autocrit mobs only.
Was that part of a discussion by a dev when ES was in development? I really could have sworn reading somewhere something like a 15 second reduction per tier somewhere, with it start at 1.5 minutes and ending at 30 seconds. Maybe I dreamed it...?
For the most part my new Paladin is following the Template you posted (the 2 extra APs are going for Drow Attack 1 at around level 16ish I think...).
Anyway, I was figuring with Epic Content I'd be switching to Rapier/Shortsword instead of Rapier/Rapier and be using Divine Favor.
Will that last +1 to hit make a huge difference? (I have yet to make it to epic content, so I have no idea). If it's not a huge deal, I'd rather keep the Exalted Smite enhancements line, just so I can have more combat-clickies.
You would do more dps in epics by picking up that extra 1 to hit. On the other hand, you'll do less dps in all the other quests. The real question is 'what will you run most?'. I run almost exclusively epics and the level 20 raid on my paladin tank, and I haven't re-specced him exclusively for epic. But if that was your goal, you'd want to switch the smite enhancements.
This stuff depends way more on what you intend to do than anything else. Epic quests aren't run by a lot of people and if you don't intend to farm the **** out of them, there's certainly no reason to spec for them. Even ifyou do, you can probably eat the penalty. They aren't -that- hard. bringing the rihgt weapons (like weighted 5% blunts) matters far more.
Hehe, crazy fast reply.
Anyway, my last build was a Monk (still working on her too), where literally every attack was a Ki strike (so now I feel like I'm not doing enough if I don't press a clickie every .7 seconds ).
I suppose I'll see if I can eat the -1 in epics, and if it's a super huge deal I'll respec. Otherwise I'll just try and gear for then I suppose. Also I get all giddie when I think about Smites with a 40% crit-rate for 4x damage, hehe.
But for boss purposes, nearly inconsequential. Even a double crit isn't more than about 10 seconds of free damage, out of 5 minutes or more.
I am thinking of doing a WF 18 paladin/2 rogue (for Evasion and UMD) TWF KotC. By my count I need the following feats:
No room for Khopesh! I am thinking of using scimitars instead. Please help! Would it be better if I make the character 2 monk instead?
Junt you mentioned that falchion is best thf followed by greataxe then greatsword and rest...reasons given were the crit threat range on falchion...i believe thats accurate so far...my question is if crit threat better than crit multiplier y great axe is better than greatsword? also at what point during leveling does this weap preference apply? seems like not till after u get topped up in exalted smite is that correct? and if falchion is definately better throughout not just at lvls 18-20 or something would making an elf serve you better than human? i guess i just dont understand enough yet to follow this reasoning thanx in advance
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And the answer is that 19-20/x2 weapons in DDO do such terrible damage that despite having poor synergy with the abilities, greataxes are just better raw damage than greatswords are, by enough that the advantages for smiting and divine sacrificing with greatswords get swallowed up.
First off, thank you very much for putting these guides together!
I am a brand new player (this is week #2 for me), and I opted to get the Veteran Status & Drow Race unlocked as a Christmas gift to myself this year. I've used your Drow Paladin template outlined in the guide, but I do have some newbie-type questions. I want to go the TWF, high DPS route and enjoy being in the fray of melee.
As a preface to my questions, I've found the game to be "information & choice overload" - the vastness of choices & customization are cool once you know what you're doing, but can be a bit overwhelming until you get acclimated. I'm eager to reach that point Please go easy on me...
Question #1: I mapped out the Enhancement List that you outlined in the template, but I'm not sure what Exalted Smiting is & can't find it in the Compendium. Am I missing something?
Question #2: If I'm understanding the rules correctly, I'd need to take an Exotic Weapon feat in order to use the Kopesh (which you've highlighted as being the best DPS weapon in the game). I didn't see this listed in your Feat list on the Drow Paladin template, so I was wondering if this particular build was instead meant to use Rapiers or some other weapon.
Question #3: Related to Question #2, and keeping in mind that I'm new to the game and haven't done a ton of adventuring yet, I noticed that you included the Extend Spell Feat in the template. If Kopesh is the way to go, would it be better to use this slot for that, or would the cost outweigh the benefits? I would imagine that extending buffs has some definite value...
Thanks in advance for your knowledge, expertise, and answers to my questions!
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