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  1. I'd like to chime in that I was personally very confused when I went to convert Insp on HC & saw that there wasn't an option to combine 3 insp to do a tier-up. I stared at the combine UI for a good bit trying to see what I was missing. So, FWIW, I also have a memory of this feature. But I have no idea when in this was in terms of the game's lifecycle, and/or when it would've been changed. Very early? Very late? I have no idea, I just remember that I did it quite a bit at some point.
  2. 2 things: 1.) If that # comes out negative, that means that it's impossible for the given PPM to have a 90% proc chance with the power info that's been entered. You can see the text that explains this over to the right of the output cell. 2.) Since you got a negative output # it seems like something went wrong. Most likely there's some non-zero values in the cells used to calculate the proc chance for AoEs, and you probably didn't notice them because they're wll below the rest of the stuff & I think it had some values there when I downloaded it myself, so they're probably still there. Here's a very poorly edited screenshot to show what I'm talking about & the results I got: I think that for the most part those fields speak for themselves, but the important part is that you want those bottom 2 cells to be 1 if you're calculating ST attacks, which means you want the top 2 cells to be blank or zero. Technically you can put something in the Arc cell & it won't affect the calculations unless there's also something in the Radius cell, but they might as well just be left blank if they aren't being utilized for the power in question. Oddly, I think in my posts on this yesterday I said it could handle up to 58% & be capped, but when I went to make an "example" screenshot my results came back as 53. My assumption is that I just misread the 3 as an 8, cause when I try to think back I'm pretty sure it was 53% the other times I'd done it (but I've got a very hazy memory these days). In kinda-related news, the fact that AS has potentially very different activation times between the Hidden & un-Hidden versions can & will influence the results, because the PPM system will apparently calculate the proc chance based on the animation used to trigger the roll. Because of this & the fact that I can't find good documentation on AS's activation time, I'm not terribly sure what the proper activation time is for AS, or if that activation time is the same across all primaries (I believe I got the 1s from my in-game UI for Savage's AS, & I just assumed the fast activation times for AS were all 1s for balance reasons) but if the activation time is greater than the 1s I put in to calculate my result then the power will end up with more "space" to its cap than what I gave (& of course if it's less than 1s it'll have less). It certainly doesn't feel like my Stalker's AS has a 1.67s animation time like you used, but I certainly don't know what the exact value is... Edit: if you want to see the actual proc chance you have with what you have (or plan to have) slotted you can obviously use the top portion of that document. The Arc & Radius fields still need to be set properly, but if your slotting comes out close enough to the 90% cap that you think it's worth the rotational improvements that the bonus recharge gives that's totally a personal call. I'll also point out that different primaries would find the Hide proc more or less useful. It's a huge deal for SM at least, because Hemorrhage from hide apparently does more damage than an AS from hide would. But if it were KM or some other set without a big hitter to make good use of the auto-crit then it probably won't matter a whole lot.
  3. The guide on how this all works is here: But if you don't really care about the whys & hows, you can just put the applicable numbers in the sheet linked in the bottom of this post & it'll spit out the chance to proc with your current slotting and/or the maximum amount of +rech that can be slotted & keep tma 90% chance, depending on what you're after: I'd still suggest having a look at the guide itself, as I'm always of the opinion that understanding any game's systems will help you make better decisions for many more aspects of that game than just the system(s) themselves. Perhaps more pertinently, it also has a link to a list of all the PPM and % chance values (there's only a few of the latter left at this point), along with full details of what the procs actually do. If that stuff isn't what you're asking for you'll have to forgive me, I need to get some sleep. I'll check back in tomorrow.
  4. I'll kinda-sorta repost some of the stuff I put in another thread that seems applicable to the build you linked: I would strongly suggest keeping AS under 58% +recharge slotted, as anything below that will give the Hide proc a 90% chance to trigger on every use. This is a big deal for Savage because Hemorrhage from stealth is probably your most damaging single target ability, and with decent slotting & end-game levels of recharge reduction you can basically cycle AS>Hemo every 3-5 seconds. The slotting I chose was 3 Stalker's Guile (Acc/Dmg, Acc/Dam/End/Rech, and the proc), a Mako's Dam/End at 50+5, the ToD NE proc, and the Hecatomb NE proc. With that slotting you'll end up with 56% Acc, 87% Dam, 56% EndRdx, and 46% recharge time. If you throw in any damage boosting alpha you'll hit the applicable ED cap, and as the Hecatomb will have ~84% chance to proc & the ToD ~65%, the 2 procs will typically be more impactful than getting to the ED cap even if you exemp out of Incarnate range. Those 2 procs seem to have quite a bit of impact on how killy he is, partially because they proc a lot but also because it's a significant source of damage that isn't lethal (At 50 it's around 180 NE damage when they both proc). Considering that Shield is positional defense rather than typed defense I'm not sure that 3 Guiles in 2 powers is an ideal expenditure of resources, so you might want to put 5 slots elsewhere & just the proc in Frenzy. Still, that would end up as 5% Melee defense & a 30% accuracy boost instead of 2.5% & 15%, and the extra Acc is very helpful for Leap since it probably won't have any Acc enhancement. The other bit that I'll point out, which is pretty minor all things considered, is that I don't think the stealth IO you put in Sprint will have any actual impact, at least in PVE. With just Stalker Hide in effect my guy, who's in the 20-ish range of Vet levels, has never been seen by mobs that don't outright ignore stealth (most commonly encountered of those types are Rikti drones, but I think there's a few others). Given that they're pretty cheap & you seem to be going for a set bonus, it's pretty much whatever... but you'd probably be better served putting the other IO from that set in there since that would actually have a mathematical impact, however minor. That said, I hear things function differently in PVP (but I've never really engaged in it myself) so if that's what that is there for then feel free to ignore this part. I'll throw in my build if you want to have a look at how things are slotted, but some of my build goals were probably pretty different for a /Bio character than what you'd want out of a /Shield build.
  5. Here's my Build: Things to point out: keeping AS under 58% will give the Hide proc a 90% chance to trigger on every use, and with the slotting I put in it the Hecatomb will have ~84% chance & ToD ~65%. The 2 procs seem to have quite a bit of impact on how killy he is, partially because they proc a lot but also because it's a source of damage that isn't lethal. For an Elec Melee character this probably isn't as big of a deal, but it's still a pretty high chance to do an additional 180-ish damage of a rarely resisted type. Similarly, keeping Build Up under 68% slotted recharge will give Gaussian's a 90% chance to trigger & given the reset mechanics from the 2nd ATO you don't really need much (any?) recharge in it anyway. I have the 2 slots there for the bonus to S/L defense, as this is a pretty low amount of slots invested for the amount of S/L defense it gives. I think it's worth noting that I end up fairly short of the S/L soft cap, but this apparently doesn't matter much in-game cause I didn't realize how short I was till I just exported it. 😂 As for the stuff relating to /Bio itself, I slotted the 3 recharge-heavy pieces of Stalker's Guile there for the 5% S/L, but having 84% recharge reduction & near-SO accuracy in 3 slots seemed a decent use of the slots. Obviously the damage boost doesn't do a lot of good, and if you've got some other place you'd like to put those then I'd imagine there's more defense-oriented ways to slot it. After fiddling around with some of the spare slots I had I eventually decided to put 4 slots in Boundless Energy, because it has a higher base recovery bonus than Stamina, and after playing around with various slotting options putting a 50+5 healing IO in it seemed to give me the largest defensive bonus for a single slot. After considering my options for that I chose to put a Panacea Heal there and move the Panacea proc from Health to BE in order to get the 2.5% Recovery bonus, since that slot was going to be used in either power for a recovery bonus anyway. Panacea's also a PVP enhancement, which has the bonus of the set bonuses behaving like a purple set (will exemp to any level regardless of the level of the enhancements). In a bit of a related topic, I put a Numina's in Health rather than a Miracle because the character doesn't struggle much with Endurance until Leap is available, and even after that I felt like the 20% regen was a bit more useful than the 5% difference in Recovery. It does have the downside that it's far easier to exemp out of the range that it will work, but if my character was exemp'd that low he didn't really need it it. In the end I don't think the choice between the two will mater very much (1 HP/sec vs .08 End/Sec), but if your primary is more end intensive than SM is it might be a big deal. Another thing that's probably more unique to SM than others is that I find Hover very useful for getting range on targets mid combat (which boosts leap damage), which requires a certain amount of build investment to make it not be agonizingly slow (also relatively end intensive). CJ would work just as well, and would allow for those some or all of those slots to be put elsewhere if you wanted to do so. It's not a part of the export, but I picked Ageless Radial Epiphany for the Destiny; primarily for the debuff resistance, but also because the recharge boost helps me get perma-hasten & about the time I start running low on Endurance from my regular rotation it will come back up & refill my bar. This is only really an issue in long AV fights, and the only time I've had to make use of it to this point is when I was soloing the Avatar of Mot or whatever it's name is at the end of the DA story arc. Picked Assault Interface (chance for double hit of energy damage) because it seemed the most impactful for my character, and the Void Judgement because a.) the -damage seemed more useful to my character than moar damage, b.) Negative Energy is a rarely resisted damage type, and c.) I think it looks pretty freaking awesome (at least the higher levels, I don't remember the T1 version looking as cool as the T3 version he has now). Anyway, that's all the stuff I can see that I think is worth pointing out. If you have some questions on any of it feel free to ask.
  6. You should try the ITF some time. It's popular because it's a trifecta of fun, interesting, & unlike a lotbof late-game content additions it isn't overly challenging. Not to say that it's easy per se (the defense Debuffs that keep being brought up will certainly keep people on their toes), but a lot of the content added later in the game's life has mob groups that are far more annoying than the Cimerorans, Council, and Nictus from the ITF. Anyway, I'll try to remember to post my SM/Bio when I get home & flash out some of the reasons I did certain things, might give you some ideas.
  7. IDK if it's any better or worse on Stalkers than it is on any other AT, but my Savage/Bio Stalker hasn't really felt the need for it, at least in comparison to the powers he took instead. I hit Ablative Carapace>Shadow Meld before my opening volley, and typically I'll kill enough of the spawn that I can Siphon the dead ones for a good regen bonus. Between the 3 of those powers he almost never dies. When he DOES eat dirt, it's typically a borderline Insta-gib due to some combination of ye olde Cascading Defense Failure and/or enemy To-Hit buffs (which seem annoyingly common on newer mob types...). Given that I don't usually have enough time to react when this goes wrong, I'm not sure that the T9 would help a whole lot unless it was cast before it was needed, and then you'd run into uptime issues & such. It's good for a T9 from an Armor set, but like most of those it seems like it's too situational to use a power pick on when you can pick something that's more frequently available and/or broadly useful.
  8. Yeah I think Stalkers were considered underperforming for much of the game's history. Stalker's big calling card was AS from hidden, but this was slow, interruptible, and after combat started it only came up when Placate was up & then could still get interrupted pretty easily. But for Homecoming I think they're in the running for one of the strongest ATs due to sheer damage output. I quit playing CoH a fair amount of time before the shutdown, so I'm not sure what exactly changed when, but there's 3 Stalker specific changes/additions that seem to have come between what I remember & now, and they get another bonus from the change to a PPM system instead of a flat %. The first change is the overhaul on AS mechanics, which made it a normal part of the ST attack chain (now animates very quickly & can't be interrupted if it's used while the character isn't Hidden). The other 2 are the Stalker ATO unique effects, which I'd say are both among the most powerful ATO effects I've seen. the chance to recharge BU is strong, but for several primaries the the Chance for Hidden proc is a huge game changer. Sticking the Hide proc in AS & trying to maximize its proc chance by limiting the recharge slotted in it will result in AS having a 90% chance to put you in Hide any time it hits a mob, which can then be followed up with whatever your next strongest single target attack is for the auto-crit (or to give one of the AOEs that can crit their Hidden chance, if you're more concerned about AOE). When you combine all of these factors & add it to the existing Stalker chassis, the result is a class with basically unparalleled ST DPS, solid survivability, and with some of the newer primaries a Stalker can also have strong-to-extreme AoE damage. I'm sure there's some weaknesses in the class that I've papered over with the inf I've spent on the build, but I seriously don't think I've ever had a character as strong as my Sav/Bio Stalker is at 50. I hear good things about ElM as well, so hopefully you'll like your character too.
  9. The larger benefit of a properly slotted proc-Leap is that it has an 89% chance for the 4 damage procs to go off, which by themselves add up to around 200-300 total damage of diverse types. It has the same chance to proc the PVP -res IO, & of course -res is very powerful in the modern game. A secondary benefit that isn't specifically a benefit of Leap is that the BU refresh IO is a flat 4/5% chance on hit from any power, so hitting a lot if mobs with Leap has a decently high chance to reset it. So with my end-game build I can cast it apprx. every 15 seconds for 200-300 proc damage, a -20% resistance buff for 10s, and whatever damage you get out of the normal Leap (seems about 100-200 + a dot?). As far as the "scales with distance" shenanigans, I use Hover for combat movement & find that most of the time if I start flying up & back I can get enough distance to charge in for least 2 fury stacks, if not 3. Generally I try to do this when I'm casting an ability that has an animation that allows the character to move while casting. Most of the time this is BU, so that I can BU>AS & spend the resulting stack on Rending Flurry or Hemorrhage depending on what's needed. Shadow Meld & Ablative Carapace are the other 2 that get used most often. I'll give a disclaimer that I've devoted a moderate amount of build resources to movement boosts so that Hover isn't insufferably slow, so YMMV on whether this will work for you or not. At some point I'll have to link my build in one of these SM threads & see what other folks think of my slotting...
  10. One of the other nifty things with putting an Performance Shifter proc in there is that it isn't affected by -recovery Debuffs (at least as far as I know). That isn't a huge deal, but combined with the fact that it's also a bit better numerically & it seems like a clearly better option. If I've got a character who's very end hungry even after that, I'll stick a 3rd slot in & put a 50+5 generic IO in there, and with a Musculature radial I think those will put you at the ED cap. So yeah, I think the proc is the best option for that slot overall.
  11. I ended up putting a 50+5 Mako's Dam/End in the spare slot, after I realized 2-slotting ToD wouldn't get me to the ED cap with a Musculature Radial. I think even with that I'm a bit under without an Alpha slot, but my character has end problems when he doesn't have a bunch of dead mobs to siphon for +recovery. SO, I figured that getting about an SO's worth of extra End Redux might be a better use of the slot than 5% extra damage. Anyway, I finally got him to 50 today, and my initial impression of his current performance is best summed up by a quote from The Good Place, but after I thought about it I feel like that might break rules about partial avoidance of inappropriate language or something... So instead, I will follow the traditions of the internet & express myself via an animal gif: I've never leveled a Stalker to 50, so I don't know what I'm comparing things against, but the sheer damage output of this character is insane when compared to my other characters. BU w/ Gaissian's proc + Proc'd out Savage Leap will kill almost any minions it hits before they can respond. Most fights I end up with a few bodies standing upright, because they died so fast that they didn't ragdoll properly. Following Leap with AS>Rending Flurry will kill most LTs that get hit by both Leap & Flurry, and I'm fairly certain I killed at least 1 boss that got hit with all 3. If I have a normal amount of luck w/ the ATO resetting BU, I can do this every 15s or so. But AFTER that is what really amazes me. As I've mentioned, the charact is set up such that AS has a 90% proc chance on the hide IO, & given that AS & Hemorrhage cool down fast enough to be up almost directly after each other, it seems like I can largely chain AS>Hemo a majority of the time vs beefy targets, with occasional pauses for Placate, BU, and/or Moonbeam, as needed. After filling out his build, I solod an AV for the first time in a very long time (I'm generally of the opinion that it isn't worth the time & hassle to do so). I've got 2 procs in Moonbeam & it typically fulfills a "filler" roll in the attack chain, but I do have a question there. I could've sworn that before getting my build into its level 50 form Moonbeam's crit damage was basically double whatever the normal damage portion was, but now it seems to be doing a little more than half the damage of the main hit. Any ideas there? May write some more about this tomorrow, but I need to sleep.
  12. I'm going to 3 slot it in 2 different powers, so that I get 10% S/L defense out of the set rather than 5%. Only way I can find to get anywhere close to the soft cap. Edit: The other 3 slots have 2 Touch of Death (including the proc) & the Hecatomb proc. I'll have to check my math in a second, but with the slotting I had for it I think Hecatomb & the ATO had a 90% proc chance. Those 2 barely reached 90% so the ToD is probably under the cap, but should still be pretty good.
  13. I've got my SM/Bio Stalker up into the high 30s at this point, and overall I'm very impressed with his capabilities. I do wish he had like, ANY amount of DDR, but such is the lot of /Bio characters (except for Sentinels, oddly enough, who end up with a solid 40%+ DDR, IIRC... they definitely got the best version of Bio IMO). I think it'd be really nice to have a unique IO that gave resistance to Defense Debuffs similar to the Winter's Gift unique, but it seems like such a thing would end up either too strong & unbalance a lot of the game, or too weak & be a waste of a slot. In an attempt to get back on topic after having derailed my own thread, I'm frequently amazed at how strong Stalker ST damage is. Opening with BU(+Gaussian's)>Hemorrhage>Assassin's will kill a lot of bosses before the Hemo dot runs out. Only thing I'd consider an "issue" in the ST department is that I have a hard time keeping track of when the Hide proc triggers. Rending Flurry is also much better than I was expecting, both with 5 stacks and without. The range certainly feels tiny when it isn't empowered, though that may be some amount of cognitive bias. Leap is amazing, and I can't wait to reach 50 so that I can slot the 2 pieces of Armageddon that you suggested & then giggle maniacally when I've got a 600 damage 15' AOE with a 10-15s cooldown. Questions I do have, if anyone cares to answer them: What's considered good among the Stalker EPP/PPPs? Saw it mentioned somewhere that Moonbeam was a good pickup, especially if you stick some procs in it. This leads me to question a few things: is Moonbeam affected by Hidebin any way, and/or can it crit through normal means? Do any of you folks use it in their regular rotation & can tell how it performs? Shadow Meld or whatever its called also looks very attractive to me, both as a significant mitigation buffer & as a place to put a LOTG. Any other suggestions? There was far more that i wanted to ask, but I'm suddenly extremely sleepy, so that'll have to wait for another time & assume I can remember to check in on this thread...
  14. Nah I'm sure it was there & I just didn't look for it, since I assumed the sheet linked from the PPM list was all I'd ever need. My brain's been pretty useless lately, but that's neither here nor there...
  15. I've had bad luck with these forums today, just lost most of a post on this subject & it's time for dinner... maybe later. 😑
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