Elder Scrolls Online – Wood Elf Sorcerer Bow/Dual Wield Levelling Build

Update 28th August: Updated with higher level skills for level 50 going into Veteran Levels.

My objective for my first character was simple. Have a solo levelling build that can both handle AoE situations and burn down single target targets fast.

Early on in the game, at around level 7 I did the Rites of the Queen quest. Fighting the boss there, I learned a few hard lessons about Elder Scrolls Online:

  1. Living halfway around the world from the server, I would never be able to dodge AoEs or block reliably, especially not in melee
  2. The game will throw you against lots of adds
  3. Skill points need to be spent wisely early on
  4. Medium armor is squishy!

At that point, I had a half-levelled Dual Wield build which lacked AoEs. Started levelling dual wield late on Starter Isle because the game doesn’t start you with two one-handers, so my character was lacking in abilities.

Eventually, I took that boss down using bow normal attacks, Crystal Shard and Mage’s Fury. It was terrible, and from that point I realized I needed both range and AoE to fall back on. That became the inspiration for using the bow as my second weapon for levelling.

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Elder Scrolls Online – Kicking Lyris Doppleganger’s Scaly Rear in Halls of Torment

So I walked into Halls of Torment without reading about it before going in, and I have to say being located on the opposite side of the world from the server made Lyris Doppleganger a lot harder than it should have been.

For one, Elder Scrolls Online’s controls aren’t exactly responsive to begin with. For another, the lag means where she’s facing and where she fires her fork attack can be very different angles. Third, dodging the fork itself is very difficult due to rubberbanding. Fourth, the balls didn’t seem to heal at long range for some reason. I had to kill them while standing close to get a heal. Suffice to say it took me a lot of tries to get this done.

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Champions Online – Whiteout 4 Questionite Farming

Don’t feel like doing the three-Alert Daily or Rampage of the day for Questionite? There’s a few other ways to get Questionite boxes at a decent rate.

Whiteout 4 is one of them – just run through 1-3 so you can clear part 4 and port to Millennium City at the end to avoid progressing to the next part.

Not one of the fastest Questionite runs, but one of the more fun – short, sweet, lots of baddies and no need to mess around with opening 11 crates. Also, cutscenes with explosions and “IT’S A TRAP!”

Two boxes in ~5 minutes.

Did this run with Mecha-Arisa because bubbles are really useful to avoid interrupts when opening doors or using terminals. See Mecha-Arisa’s full build here.

To start the Whiteout chain, just talk to Defender in Millennium City.

Champions Online – Building survivable DPS for Gravitar

Update 21st August 2014: Changed with new information from the forums and stat testing.

I was asked how to keep DPS alive in Gravitar, and after looking around for a bit, it looks like there’s a tactics guide but no building/gearing guide, so I’ll be covering that here.

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Champions Online Gear Comparison

UPDATE 1: Fixed a calculation error for crit damage. So much for trusting the formula >_>

Did a quick and dirty one in Excel to compare Justice Gear stats.

It doesn’t account for a few things like Exploit Opening and advantages like Tiger’s Courage but should give a good enough idea of what new gear will do for you.

Download the Gear Comparison Sheet here.

Note: For now only people with PTS access will be able to get the stats needed for this sheet, because Cryptic Math is too Cryptic to do simulations 🙁

And if you’re curious about how Crystal’s build will change: