Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Community Member Seydlitz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007

    Default Which Elemental power for Alchemist focus


    I'd just like to ask - which elemental power do you focus on with your Alchemist? I'm not running a thrower, so not really interested in what to put on a weapon, etc. And, any explanation or education would also be most welcome.

    I've heard poison, but also acid, fire, and cold. Does any one really stand out? And, is there a singular, game changing item that influences the decision?

    Thanks in advance

  2. #2
    Community Member FuzzyDuck81's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009


    While you can go with any in bombardier thanks to their tier 5 ability, I'd say poison is likely your best bet especially in the early game thanks to poison attack & wave of poison in vile chemist - relatively low hanging fruits regardless of your main focus & thanks to those there's pretty much nothing in the game you can't kill with it plus you can pick up the poison imbue while you're at it. Once you get into epics you can also use insidious spores (tier 1 in primal avatar) which is a really effective damage over time SLA.

    Notable gear wise it doubles up a lot with the negative energy stuff for pale masters (who are also INT based as wizards) as well as some cleric gear like the silverthread belt (heroic or legendary) which has stacking negative/poison AND positive spellpower, boosting your curative SLAs too.
    Last edited by FuzzyDuck81; 07-06-2020 at 07:26 AM.
    I used to be with it, but then they changed what it was, now what's it is weird and scary to me.

  3. #3
    Community Member Torkzed's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009


    My experience is limited (only a couple of lives as alchemist) but having studied it a bunch, I don't think it matters much. I'd suggest going with what you prefer for theme.

    Above poster's suggestion of the silverthread belt from RL is good for poison, but recognize that equivalent options are available for the other elements (burnscar sash and thrummingspark cord). I would second the general idea though...stacking spellpower is great for dps casting.

    One decision I am having a hard time with is the legendary feat at 30. I prefer fire as an element and the scion of the plane of fire looks really nice (25% spell crit damage is tasty), but the scion of earth gives +4 DC to conjuration (the school for most alchemist DPS spells). At the end of the day, ensuring enemies don't make their saves is probably more important than crit damage. So the DC boost probably wins out if your DCs aren't working in the content level you like to play. If so, it kind of seems like a waste not to go acid since you will be getting an extra 10 spellpower in acid relative to other choices. But I haven't really decided yet myself; just thought I'd mention it for your consideration if you plan on staying at 30.

  4. #4
    Community Member Lonnbeimnech's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010


    for epic levels, if you are going more dps route and are planning on being in draconic, I would recommend acid, because your main offensive spells are conjuration, and draconic breath is evocation for all but acid, which is conjuration.

    saves you trying to slot for evocation

  5. #5
    2014 DDO Players Council
    SirValentine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009


    If you happen to have any Deep Gnome PLs, they also give bonus Acid spell power, in addition to Scion on Earth or Draconic abilities.

    Personally, I'm using Cold, not because it's better, but simply because I already happened to have some gear for it and didn't want to farm up more for a different element.
    Quote Originally Posted by ProducerRowan View Post
    Our final update of 2014 will extend the level cap to 30, which is intended to be DDO’s “permanent” level cap

  6. #6
    Community Member redoubt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006


    Tiefling is a great pairing with fire bombardier.

    On the level 30 feat:
    110 conjuration DC is good enough for most content up to LR4-6. A few quests you will see archers and goblins making reflex saves against you. I took the +4 DC first time around. I'm on my second run of just doing the earth one for better crits and most of the time I don't miss the extra DC. You can always run the crit and then swap it if you find you are losing too much dps from mob saves.
    Should a reaper see me? I think Death itself should have to make a spot check when I'm rolling up behind him. -- Krimsonrane

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

This form's session has expired. You need to reload the page.