note that what I run around with at this moment is quite a bit different, though no less sturdy. no search and no persuade, but slightly higher DEX. since the concept of "universal" is only for hells - the abyss is way extremer - I doubt I will miss the 2 or 4 points of dex (can't remember exact stats). I noticed a few tumble checks though, so I decided I wanted that maxed next reincarnation. RDD has the skillpoints, so that wasnt too hard.
Artifact would probably be between INT or STR. INT for Confusion imm mainly, with dominate as added extra STR for Stun imm mainly, with insta ability also a nice bonus.
STR is harder to get and you can get either immunity from gear. Fear immunity isn't too hard to get (especially if you switch BG for Pal) so WIS doesn't really seem worth it on anything that doesn't gain a DC boost from it imo... don't think the other artis would offer a great deal to this build really.
Have a WDD build very similar to this. Think it ended up with 40 DEX as well - swings a big maul to great effect. Obviously don't have Persuade as a skill (as its more than a few days old!) but I may just reincarnate to get it as he's only just tagged to Min I think so no big deal. SR lowering on a study tank in the thick of it would be a nice addition to any party along with the fear aura. would need +50 to get to the +127 though....
Not used an arti on him so far but my older RDD (str all the way) used a speed arti. Okay not the best but extra speed, blindness and GS all come in handy.
Post by MurphysLawAgain on Feb 21, 2010 11:42:20 GMT
For artifact, if you don't actually need a stat one, maybe you could consider the Speed artifact? Boosted speed is really useful, the blind effect works well on bosses and large ugly spawns and the 1 per day gsanc is handy.
After last night's failed nessus attempt, I realised 23 UMD + charisma is not enough to reliably use scrolls when there's no song available, or when you've just been raised and wish to take a deep breath before diving in again. Although my perspective may have be slightly off because I was single demi ... Sorcerer levels instead of UMD would've been nice.
I've been having my doubts about it's uni status and was considering dropping dex in favor of more strength, perhaps some wisdom. But I really, really, really liked the way this toon stood up to generally every single mob last night (be it without hitting while not under GR). Excepting the occasional fail-on-1.
Having the speed artifact was really nice. The blindness trick is quite nice and the GS ability was invaluable last night (it doesn't take as long to activate as a scroll either). The speed artifact is definitely here to stay.
I heavily modified the OP: base race change feat changes bard->sorcerer stat changes
Last Edit: Apr 10, 2010 13:04:05 GMT by MightyKhan
gotta say on any demi, I am in love with the asmo belt now. Instant GS whenever you need it, and you can save all those points you used to cram into UMD. The added +4 to str dex and con checks is pretty darn tooting nice as well.
Combine that with a elf base for auto search, and immune to sleep (kinda handy in abyss) and then you are back to int arti for confuse immune and really you can handle 'almost' anything.