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    A bit of a necro, but this thread was linked recently, and imo a valid question should not be left hanging, much less several of them...

    (And there are no stupid questions - but those are the easiest ones to answer)

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    is this build using Repeating crossbow? And if no, then why - isn't it more DPS?
    No, Great Crossbow.

    And, actually, a GXB is (slightly) more dps. Enhancements aside, the advantage to a repeater is that they spam any special effects like vorpal, tendon slice, feeding, etc. They also spread out the damage they deal more smoothly, while GXB's deliver it in large chunks. However, GXB has that wonderful knock-down effect. So they both have their attractions, and are fairly well balanced.

    But one significant reason not to go Repeater is... no spare Feats. What would you cut out? Several important feats are already coming very late - how many get pushed back/delayed even more?

    Another is that many of the Mechanic enhancements favor Great Crossbow over Repeaters, giving greater benefits to the former, so GXB, even if it starts ~roughly~ equivalent, grows faster than a repeater does w/ the Mechanic tree.


    (Mechanics get Light Repeater proficiency w/ Core 6, and Heavy w/ Core 12 - so at Level 7 you could compare, or pick and choose. The feats are all the same.)

    Can Rapid reload be taken earlier? On lvl 3 for example? Rapid shot at level 6? And Dragonmark at level 9?
    Sure - as long as there are no requisites preventing it, the order is largely personal preference. If you want to emphasize early DPS over survivability (self-healing), do it.


    Go 17Rog/1Cl/1Ftr and 1Brb for 10% speed?
    Well, 2 problems. One, you're losing the Mech Level 18 Core enhancement, which is strong.


    But perhaps more importantly - you can't have more than 3 classes.

    However, generally speaking (i.e. aside from not being able to do it), if you're not going on to Epic play, you wouldn't miss something that comes at Level 20 for long - you're only level 20 long enough to grab 20 Tokens of the Twelve to reincarnate asap.

    Now, what you ~could~ do, is grab Fighter 3 (for another Feat and Stalwart Defense for 6-9 AP). And even Fighter 6 for yet another 2 feats and Strike w/ no thought (and get it earlier than Level 20!) - and then you'd have more than enough Feats for Heavy Repeater proficiency, and more. But you'd have to dump AP (from assassin?), and you'd lose 1-2 Rogue Special Abilities, and that's starting to become a very diff build.

    Is Drow playable for this build?
    Sure - you gain Int, which is your combat stat (and another skill - maybe full ranks in Jump?), and +2 Cha = +1 to UMD, which never hurts, but (obviously) lose the DM, and Con - which makes for a squishier build overall.

    Also, when you get up into Improved Precise Shot (not until Lvl 18 w/ this build), the shot uses actual 3-dimensional line of sight from your character's weapon - so shorter characters have an occasional advantage in shooting more mobs, while taller ones occasionally shoot "over" a few would-be targets.

    The 13 AP from the Halfling tree could go toward filling out Assassin. You could also throw 4 into Warpriest for a ranged Smite (+2[W]) & +15 HP. (Or into Fighter trees if you choose to take more levels there, as mentioned above.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by C-Dog View Post
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    No, Great Crossbow.

    And, actually, a GXB is (slightly) more dps. Enhancements aside, the advantage to a repeater is that they spam any special effects like vorpal, tendon slice, feeding, etc. They also spread out the damage they deal more smoothly, while GXB's deliver it in large chunks. However, GXB has that wonderful knock-down effect. So they both have their attractions, and are fairly well balanced.

    But one significant reason not to go Repeater is... no spare Feats. What would you cut out? Several important feats are already coming very late - how many get pushed back/delayed even more?

    Another is that many of the Mechanic enhancements favor Great Crossbow over Repeaters, giving greater benefits to the former, so GXB, even if it starts ~roughly~ equivalent, grows faster than a repeater does w/ the Mechanic tree.

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    GXBs do more damage per bolt, has a better crit range and crits harder than a repeater. The repeater however has multiple chances to crit, and to proc effects such as those you listed, and more. You can reliably expect more sneak damage per volley of 3 RXB bolts than a single GXB bolt on a rogue even after the GXB getting more sneak dice. Pin/Otto are also less likely to not work from a graze with 2 extra shots to set it off. If you took 2 Art on the side rune arm imbue damage has also improved significantly since the relevant update. GXBs on the other hand does cycle faster with higher % on mechanical reloader, so it's largely offset between the two.

    Pre-Ravenloft the balance was pretty dandy, but now with Volley being the prime choice for GXB, repeaters are left a little lacking. The RLXB from Disciples of Rage is still great, just that Volley is an extra notch up for raid properties.
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    Default Gear?

    Is there a recommended gear list for this 1-20 build for new players?

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    There are mech gear lists around - all pretty much of a type. (Usually I'd scrounge up a couple links, but I'm out the door at a stupid hour this Saturday morning, sorry.)

    The best crossbows is Divine Artillery (from the Archons pack), but any Vorpal w/ a decent suffix will do fine ("Keen" is always best, but "of Deception" is a close second, followed by Feeding). The end-reward GXB from the Korthos Village end-quest, Collaborators, will get you through the Harbor if need be. GXB's are that strong.

    o https://ddowiki.com/page/Category:Great_Crossbows

    Beyond that, Deadly/Seeker/Tendon Slice, & +Int once you get to Rogue 6, trap gear.

    For this build specifically, you can add a good Devotion/Healing lore item (possibly a swap).

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    Rad2 GXB is cool if you still have ings lying around, but yeh Divine Artillery's generally fine and probably an easier farm.

    Before 12/13 there's Leverage at 7, but ToEE isn't a great farm. Also from 6-11 you might better off with a Cannith crafted RLXB before you hit the T5 enhancements. Make sure it's a light repeater because core3 grants proficiency for it, heavy doesn't come till core4.
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    Default Just 1 issue

    So i love the build its great and all, but i only have 1 issue with it. At lvl 3 where i need to take 2 feats, deity and dragonmark, well... i didnt have an option for 2 feats, i only had 1 slot... What should i do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sendiedis View Post
    At lvl 3 where i need to take 2 feats, deity and dragonmark, well... i didnt have an option for 2 feats, i only had 1 slot... What should i do?
    Are you sure you're talking to the cleric trainer? If you're trying to level rogue again, you won't be offered a deity feat slot.
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    Default Thats the point

    Quote Originally Posted by unbongwah View Post
    Are you sure you're talking to the cleric trainer? If you're trying to level rogue again, you won't be offered a deity feat slot.

    I have deity feat, but there was only 1 slot for feat, so i picked deity and i dont have dragon mark...
    Right now i am lvl 9 and i have 4 feats, from what i understand i should have 5, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sendiedis View Post
    I have deity feat, but there was only 1 slot for feat, so i picked deity and i dont have dragon mark...
    Right now i am lvl 9 and i have 4 feats, from what i understand i should have 5, right?
    Correct - 4 from leveling (1, 3, 6, & 9) and one Deity feat.

    You absolutely should have seen 2 feat slots at level 3 if you talked to a Cleric trainer (and hadn't taken cleric before that).

    If(?) you are describing everything correctly and completely, I'd def submit a bug report, hope for the best.

    (What you ~should~ have done was hold off on what looked like a bugged Level 3, and wait for some responses to your previous post. But now it is what it is - GL!)

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