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    Default Swimming to Crystal Cove

    The puzzle this time was to max out swim score.

    The highest score at the close of the contest was 116 and there were two entrants who posted that total. As far as I can see their builds are valid.

    Curiously they came up with three different builds to get there. I post the builds below.

    The winners

    Devastation
    Der_kluge


    Based on /roll d2

    Der_kluge is the winner!

    Turbine point code sent!

    After the puzzle end, Der_kluge also sent an update with ideas of how to get your score even higher (also posted below). He came up with 119 in the end.

    Special mention also to dbaque with an entry of 110.

    Thanks everybody for listening and playing.

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    Default Der_kluge entry

    skills:
    +23 base skills
    +4 Improved Swim IV enhancement (you must have a class with at least 12 levels to qualify for all IV ranks in this)
    +5 human versatility IV

    Feats
    +3 Skill focus (Swim)
    +2 Athletic
    +1 rogue past life
    +2 completionist
    ____________
    40 base
    Items:
    +6 Greensteel +3/+2/+1 exceptional (greensteel belt)
    +2 epic ring of the buccaneer (good luck)
    +15 epic ring of the buccaneer (competence)

    +3 skill potion (alchemical)
    _____________
    66 base skill

    strength:
    18 base strength
    19 +1 human adaptability
    24 5 level ups of strength

    26 +2 str ship buff (artifact)

    items:
    30 +4 strength tome
    33 epic cape of the Roc +1/+2 exceptional strength
    40 epic grim's bracelet +7 enhancement)
    42 madstone rage +2 (madstone boots)

    44 double madstone rage +2 (2nd pair of madstone boots)
    50 Gloves of Titan's Grip (+6 psionic)
    52 Yugoloth potion (essence of fury)
    55 alchemical potion +3 (alchemical)
    57 DDO Store Potion +2

    feats:
    59 Completionist +2
    ______________
    +24 from strength
    __________
    90
    Bard 18/rogue1/barb1 (the best class combo for this)
    +2 +2 str (61) rage spell (strength morale)
    +4 greater heroism (skill morale)

    +18 merfolk's blessing spell (enhancement)
    +1 focusing chant (bard spell) (circumstance)

    +2 +4 str (65) from barbarian rage

    +2 rogue skill boost enhancement

    +29

    +119

    Situational/Seasonal
    +2 +4 str (69) hezrou cookie (profane)
    +5 psionic skill boost from getting all of the Degenev brothers' succubi in the marketplace
    127 total possible Swim

    (although, it's probably not possible in reality due to the short duration of some of these)



    Note from the botanist: I discounted the +2 for double Madstone in determining the winner because Devastation wrote he would not consider this a 'self buff', but he did take account of it in his submission.
    Last edited by Necrobotanist; 10-07-2011 at 04:10 PM.
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    Default Devastaion entry

    I will start with this post UltimateHalf-Orc Strength (The 100+ Strength project) By Shade as a reference...

    Now I will be making some changes so allow me to list out his breakdown and make my changes....

    Maximum Strength Build:
    Half-Orc Pure Barbarian 20: Change Half-Orc to Half-Elf
    Amount Type - Source
    Permanent Bonuses
    20 Base - Creation Half-Elf's can't get max 20... so 18
    05 Base - Level ups (4,8,12,16,20)
    02 Race - Half-Orc Enhancement Half-Elf's Don't get this enhancement
    04 Inherant - +4 Tome
    02 Feat - Might Capstone Enhancement
    02 Feat - Completionist

    Permanent Equipment based bonuses:
    07 Enchantment - Epic Red Dragon Helm
    03 Exceptional - +1 and +2 bonuses on the Encrusted ToD Ring
    02 Untyped - Frenzy Berserker III ToD Set Bonus

    Increases to rage, so near-permanent
    08 Rage - Mighty Rage
    04 Rage - Power Rage Enhancement
    02 Rage - Orc Power Rage Enhancement Not an Orc ... so we don't get this strength.

    Temporary Bonuses:
    02 Untyped - Madstone
    02 Untyped - Double Madstone Self buff, means your not in combat... this does not apply
    06 Untyped - Bloodrage
    04 Untyped - Pastlife Bonus Change in U11 made a change to the past life rage it is not supposed to stack now
    02 Untyped - Frenzy
    04 Untyped - Death Frenzy
    04 Untyped - Berserker's Fury Clicky
    02 Untyped - Yugoloth Potion
    02 Artifact - +2 Strength Ship Buff
    02 Store - DDO Store Potion
    02 Morale - Rage Spell
    03 Alchemical - House D Potion
    04 Profane - Hezrou Cookie**
    06 Psyonic - Titan Cookie**
    ------------------------------
    -------
    Grand Total at full HP: 108 Due to above changes Total would be 94 total Str

    So lets clean this up..... My build would be:


    Half-Elf Pure Barbarian 20: Dilettante Sorc or Wiz
    Permanent Bonuses
    18 Base - Creation
    05 Base - Level ups (4,8,12,16,20)
    04 Inherant - +4 Tome
    02 Feat - Might Capstone Enhancement
    02 Feat - Completionist

    Permanent Equipment based bonuses:
    07 Enchantment - Epic Red Dragon Helm
    03 Exceptional - +1 and +2 bonuses on the Encrusted ToD Ring
    02 Untyped - Frenzy Berserker III ToD Set Bonus

    Increases to rage, so near-permanent
    08 Rage - Mighty Rage
    04 Rage - Power Rage Enhancement

    Temporary Bonuses:
    02 Untyped - Madstone
    06 Untyped - Bloodrage
    02 Untyped - Frenzy
    04 Untyped - Death Frenzy
    04 Untyped - Berserker's Fury Clicky
    02 Untyped - Yugoloth Potion
    02 Artifact - +2 Strength Ship Buff
    02 Store - DDO Store Potion
    02 Morale - Rage Spell
    03 Alchemical - House D Potion
    04 Profane - Hezrou Cookie**
    06 Psyonic - Titan Cookie**
    -------------------------------------
    Total Strength 94 = 42 modifier

    Now lets break down the skill:

    42 Str Modifier
    23 Ranks
    15 Swim Item
    06 Green Still Str Skill Item
    04 Greater Heroism from Planer Gird
    02 Good luck
    04 Improved Swim Enhancement
    03 House D potion
    02 Completionist
    05 Human Versatility
    =========================
    Subtotal = 106

    10 Using a CL 1 Merfolk's Blessing Scroll or Wand (Dilettante Enhancement allows this)

    Total would be 116 Swim Self Buffed


    If these Items were in the game ( I believe they are not)
    +12 Using a CL 5 Merfolk's Blessing Wand, Total would be 118
    +15 Using a CL 10 Merfolk's Blessing Wand, Total would be 121
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    Default dbaque entry

    Here is my build for 110 swim modifier:

    Race: Half-elf
    Class: Bard 20

    Feats:
    Athletic
    Skill Focus (swim)
    Past Life: Sneak of the Shadows
    Past Life: Berserker's Fury
    Completionist
    Dilletante: Fighter

    Enhancements:
    Human Versatility IV (skills)
    Half-elf fighter strength
    Human adaptability strength
    Improved Swim IV

    Spells/buffs in effect:
    Merfolk blessing (bard spell)
    Greater Heroism (bard spell)
    +2 airship shrine
    Phiarlan Inspiration
    Essence of Fury (yugoloth potion)
    Gloves of titan's grip clicky (+8 psionic strength)


    Items:
    GS accessory: +6 str-skill hp item
    T3 Epic buccaneer ring
    T3 Epic brawling glove
    ToD ring w/ exceptional strength +2

    Strength breakdown:
    18- starting
    5- level up increases
    4- +4 tome
    2- completionist

    7- enhancement bonus (epic brawling gloves)
    2- exceptional bonus (ToD ring enhancement)
    1- half-elf fighter enhancement
    1- human adaptability enhancement
    4- Berserker fury rage
    2- airship shrine
    2- yugoloth potion
    8- Titan's grip clicky

    56 strength-> +23 bonus

    Swim skill breakdown:
    23- ranks
    23- ability
    0- armor check penalty
    2- athletic
    3- skill focus (swim)
    15- competence (Epic Buccaneer ring)
    2- luck (Epic Buccaneer ring)
    4- morale (Greater Heroism)
    19- enhancement (Merfolk's Blessing)
    6- Greensteel hp accessory
    4- Improved Swim IV
    2- Completionist
    1- Sneak of the Shadows
    1- Phiarlan Inspiration
    5- Human Versatility

    110 swim skill modifier
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    Do Rogue skill boost and Human Versatility (Which i assume is the skill version) stack? (in reference to post #2)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brennie View Post
    Do Rogue skill boost and Human Versatility (Which i assume is the skill version) stack? (in reference to post #2)
    Oh good eyes I missed that.

    Also, I am getting +18 swim on my level 16 bard, so I think a level 18 bard should get +19 from Merfolk's blessing. Can anyone test that? Or at least report on a pure bard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Necrobotanist View Post
    Oh good eyes I missed that.

    Also, I am getting +18 swim on my level 16 bard, so I think a level 18 bard should get +19 from Merfolk's blessing. Can anyone test that? Or at least report on a pure bard.
    I TR'd my bard, unfortunately, but according to the description, it's 10 + 1 for every 2 levels above 1st. Which I took to mean 3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19 - which is a maximum of +19 at 19th level. An 18th level bard should be able to produce a +18. Unless the description is wrong. Although, I guess it could mean every even level, which means a +20 at 20th level.
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