Alright, so on my journey to completion, I decided to roll up a barbarian. This puts me at:
And I love it, I mean a LOT. If you look at my list though, I am not as well versed in melee builds as most of you are. Now, I hear on these very forums all the time that unless you have a standing/ unbuffed 40 STR you are gimp. I am trying to achieve this, I have heard from a few players that 60+ STR is not tough to hit on a barbarian, and I have NEVER hit that, or if I did it was for a few seconds burst only, and I don't count that as my STR. I want to know what I am doing wrong that I am not even close to a 40 standing strength. I am currently level 16, and my standing Strength, without rage/madstone/frenzy is at 32. This is a "laughable" amount of strength for a barb, and I want to fix it, but am not sure how. Below is a (hopefully inclusive) breakdown of my stats, and a few suggestions I have gotten and how they are not helpful at all. Let me know where I went wrong. Thanks.
16 Dwarf Barbarian
20 - Max STR
6 - +6 item
2 - Ship buffs
2 - feats (? Can't remember)
2 - STR tome (I have NEVER seen a +3/ +4 tome, and am NOT buying one from the DDO store for 4 more levels...)
Below are some suggestions:
"Just get a +4 tome, they drop all the time" - No they don't. Shut up.
"Get the item from Litany, it drops all the time" - See above answer
"Get a +1 and a +2 exceptional item" Now this is intriguing, and I am thinking about it, but is this how first life barbs get their STR so high? I have a tough time believing that.
"Terror is awesome, you should use it" - I am not level 18 yet. This one has nothing to do with this thread, just super annoying because this is what everyone says to me when I link what I am using as a weapon, which is usually either the vampiric blade of fury or the vampiric bloody cleaver, Fury of the Flame or a +3 Holy of PG Greatsword. None of those are terrible items, IMHO, and unlike Terror, which I also have, I can USE THEM at my level.
Enough with my whining, I really want to know how so many of you forumites start out with 40 walking Strength. I DO NOT count rage/ guild rage/ Madstone rage/ Frenzy, I want to know how it's apparently a well known benchmark and why I am having so much trouble hitting it. I will admit I have had to spend quite the pretty penny getting ready for a barb as I don't know what my next life is going to be until I actually TR, but this can't be that hard if everyone is able to do it.
If you want to look at my gear or whatever and insult me on that, Llewndyn on Ghallanda is who I am talking about. Thanks and I appreciate all responses, even criticism as that's the only way to learn.