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  1. I was deeply curious how sentinel players themselves felt about the sentinel. I have fun with it from time to time but I really wondered... Beyond a suggestion thread or random murmerings here and there... If you COULD decide the fate of the entire Archetype and how it was approached, balanced or changed. What would you choose? And I think that would yield more interesting results numerically than a thread of suggestions. So I'm posting this poll here.
  2. Okay, this isn't REALLY a "Guide" so much as a set of pre-prepped builds in Mid's/Pine's. The basic touchstones are more or less identical across Tanks, Brutes, Scrappers and Sentinels. So I'm going to provide the templates pre-built and slotted out for Invuln, Fighting, Leaping, Maneuvers (when needed) and the basic expectations for Health and Stamina. Just plug in your attack primary/secondary and go to town. Hero Plan by Mids' Hero Designer 1.962 http://www.cohplanner.com/ Click this DataLink to open the build! Invuln Framework: Level 49 Magic Tanker Primary Power Set: Invulnerability Secondary Power Set: Super Strength Power Pool: Fighting Power Pool: Leaping Power Pool: Speed Hero Profile: Level 1: Resist Physical Damage -- RctArm-ResDam:40(A), RctArm-ResDam/EndRdx:40(5), RctArm-ResDam/Rchg:40(7), RctArm-ResDam/EndRdx/Rchg:40(7), StdPrt-ResDam/Def+:30(9), GldArm-3defTpProc:50(9) Level 1: [Empty] Level 2: Temp Invulnerability -- UnbGrd-ResDam:50(A), UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx:50(11), UnbGrd-Rchg/ResDam:50(11), UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx/Rchg:50(13) Level 4: [Empty] Level 6: Dull Pain -- Empty(A) Level 8: Resist Elements -- RctArm-ResDam:40(A), RctArm-ResDam/EndRdx:40(13), RctArm-ResDam/Rchg:40(15), RctArm-ResDam/EndRdx/Rchg:40(15) Level 10: [Empty] Level 12: Unyielding -- UnbGrd-ResDam:50(A), UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx:50(17), UnbGrd-Rchg/ResDam:50(17), UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx/Rchg:50(19) Level 14: Resist Energies -- RctArm-ResDam:40(A), RctArm-ResDam/EndRdx:40(21), RctArm-ResDam/Rchg:40(21), RctArm-ResDam/EndRdx/Rchg:40(23) Level 16: Kick -- Empty(A) Level 18: Invincibility -- LucoftheG-Rchg+:50(A), LucoftheG-Def:50(19), ShlWal-ResDam/Re TP:50(29), Rct-ResDam%:50(29) Level 20: [Empty] Level 22: Tough -- UnbGrd-ResDam:50(A), UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx:50(23), UnbGrd-Rchg/ResDam:50(25), UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx/Rchg:50(25) Level 24: Weave -- LucoftheG-Rchg+:50(A), LucoftheG-Def:50(27) Level 26: Tough Hide -- LucoftheG-Rchg+:50(A), LucoftheG-Def:50(27) Level 28: [Empty] Level 30: Combat Jumping -- LucoftheG-Rchg+:50(A), LucoftheG-Def:50(31) Level 32: Hasten -- RechRdx-I:50(A), RechRdx-I:50(33) Level 35: [Empty] Level 38: [Empty] Level 41: [Empty] Level 44: [Empty] Level 47: [Empty] Level 49: [Empty] Level 1: Brawl -- Empty(A) Level 1: Gauntlet Level 1: Prestige Power Dash -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Slide -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Quick -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Rush -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Surge -- Empty(A) Level 1: Sprint -- Empty(A) Level 2: Rest -- Empty(A) Level 4: Ninja Run Level 2: Swift -- Empty(A) Level 2: Health -- Pnc-Heal/+End:50(A), NmnCnv-Regen/Rcvry+:50(3), Mrc-Rcvry+:40(3) Level 2: Hurdle -- Empty(A) Level 2: Stamina -- PrfShf-End%:50(A), PrfShf-EndMod:50(5) ------------ | Copy & Paste this data into Mids' Hero Designer to view the build | |-------------------------------------------------------------------| |MxDz;988;479;958;HEX;| |78DA7D52DB4ED45014DDA7D37160E8C0807343E70224C620C944C47762448CCA242| |4637C9D94E13034D4CEA42D288FFE822FFE853FE05F2004FD082F891A7DAB7BCE5E| |0162134FD2AE9EB5D75E7BB5A79DD71BCEFBC76FD649390F7D378A7ACFDDE04087D| |98E3BF0FAC4ABF824383AF48385CDD07DA95F0DC3831C934D51F536F49E0E22DD16| |8D0EDD1DCFF7E2E39B2877B4AF75BB7B38E2E76E1CEA6010EF53617B38F4DB9BDE6| |03FF6828163765BDA1DF1266F36DD91D6BB0E5471A0A3E8FAA391D76F3F08FBB1D7| |EF75DC28D6E1718D63DCE2EB64926F6A9C34C9D2123FDCB6C96E0A5E6B01170527A| |A8C0DC67B19A2559B92F1FAC8064A0C32EAA714F2BF80BF059D3F571A4EB9214BA6| |81B26382CE98C9C122870C0E324C23C33432188B0FCB44536898C2CC22661631730| |E33CFD9BC006D01E6259897605E81B9C5873383683326DA27EE9E45F76C59897349| |B0FE4C26D47F5C79BB0C5B94D15046B40AA2D510AD8668366BABA2555598DF80F96| |71E3C8FDAFC3F3533A8C2CD0D081A10342158E25A0BB5D60A196E0198FC77D56DC2| |4AC84869D9BEF841923BA9EADD14B39A62D652CCFD14B39562B66D8C65461966B24| |8941126F992BFF8EB50FD76C9586A513EB0F542BE87F554CEF76BAAEBFB25A3D43B| |4B8EE5ADE05F5CC3EEBE| |-------------------------------------------------------------------| Invuln Framework - Tanker (Invulnerability).mxd
  3. It feels time to construct a thread to share some experiences about the AT after playing it for the better part of a year. When I first came to HC, probably right around this time, I wasn't sure exactly of what I wanted to play. I created a bunch of ATs and recreated old characters. I'm sure many of you understand. I saw the Sentinel and it got me curious. It was new, not many people knew anything about it, and it seemed like a challenge to play/build. I had tried to play Dual Pistols a few times but it never worked out for me. I didn't really care for it on Blasters (still don't) so I tried it on Corruptors/Defenders. My support sets always felt too busy for me to really enjoy Dual Pistols. Well, Sentinels come along and many of the armor sets are fairly hands off allowing me to fully focus on the attacks. YAY! Right off the bat... I want to try to keep bias to a minimum. Its not possible to fully remove my own bias, but unchecked bias helps absolutely no one. Unchecked bias is a very common lens to view the Sentinel through. 500lb Gorillas... Damage. The Sentinel is a damage AT. It isn't a tanker, it isn't an off-tank, nor is it a support set. Its a damage AT. Its a damage AT that incorporates some group support through its inherent but that is subject to change. When it comes to damage the Sentinel is often compared to entire ATs with little regard for any component pieces. It is, possibly unfairly, compared to ATs in light of recent changes to those groups as well. This is where the unchecked bias becomes a problem. I think the disparities are blown way out of proportion. I think that people's unchecked bias doesn't allow them to go past a certain point with the AT and then make sweeping comments about it as a whole. Make no mistake, there is some truth in those arguments, but they can get distorted very quickly. Metrics... Let's note that Mids just isn't accurate for all things for just a moment. When I just jumped into the game to check the info screen on one of my characters I noted a 43 damage difference between the game and the planner. Doesn't sound like much, but this exacerbates the unchecked bias. Let's talk ranged damage scalars for just a moment. AT/Class Scalar (ranged) Blaster 1.125 Corruptor 0.75 Defender 0.65 Sentinel 0.95 When you step back and look at the numbers as they are it doesn't look so bad does it? However, this isn't the full story either. Inherent Mechanics: An Ugly Monster of Unchecked Bias... Corruptors, Defenders, and Blasters have inherents. Corruptor Scourge grants an increasing chance to double damage when health goes below a threshold. Defenders gain bonus damage while solo. Blasters gain damage while attacking. The 3 ATs previously mentioned all have fairly straight forward inherents. These make great sounding boards for arguments on effectiveness in a vacuum. The Sentinel inherent is far more complicated than it needs to be. It is confusing, sometimes counterproductive, removes a sense of player agency, and is difficult to quantify. It is no wonder to me why some people dislike the AT or are adverse to playing it. Opportunity as a mechanic is not easy to use nor is it easy to understand. What's it do though? Opportunity will always impose a minor resistance and defense debuff on enemies struck by the Sentinel. There is no thought or action required. If you successfully hit, then the target gets a debuff pairing (-resistance and defense). This effect does not stack from the caster and it can be resisted. It will work alongside other sources of the same debuffs. So additional resistance or defense debuffing still build from the caster as normal. Against most content this translates into more damage not only from the Sentinel but by teammates too. Everyone gets to take advantage so the Sentinel functions like a Bard might from other games. You multiply damage and no one ever recognizes your contribution. That's the passive portion of the inherent. The activated portion is a separate mechanic and has multiple parts. Confused? Good, because this part may cross your eyes. I'll try to keep at a 30,000ft level. Sentinels have a 3rd bar called "Opportunity". Its a meter that functions like a Dominator's inherent "Domination". Hell, when you fill the bar near max you glow... just like a Dominator. Unlike the Dominator, this meter does not hit a "perma" status. Some builds can create situations where Opportunity's meter mechanic feels more like a Brute's Fury. ...Crap, I said I would try to keep this simple, but it just isn't. So all attacks have a specific amount of meter attached to it. For example, all T1 attacks grant +8 meter to the bar. This has been consistent across every single primary set I have tested. T9 powers can grant 30+ meter. Many of the single target attacks grant +13 meter. Cones can generate 16-18 and TAoEs can range 18-20's. The exact amount of meter generated is not uniform across the sets. Generally, if an attack has a longer set of recharge and/or animation it will trend towards more meter. For ease of use though, it is pretty consistent to observe all T1's as granting +8 and virtually all other single target attacks as granting +13 (includes the T2). At 90 meter the T1 and T2 attack choices will gain a ring. The T1 power will always trigger "Offensive Opportunity". The T2 power will always trigger "Defensive Opportunity". There is a catch... You have to successfully hit first. If you miss the attack Opportunity remains full until you successfully land attack or leave combat. Technically, if you miss the chance to trigger the inherent's active mechanic you just continue to build meter until you spend it. What activing Opportunity does (general): Once triggered, Opportunity will last 15 seconds. The effect below will last until the target is defeated. The specific modes are independent of the target's state. Regardless of hitting the T1 or T2, the target struck will receive a -20% resistance debuff. This debuff can be resisted and it stacks with all other -resistance sources. In other words, it is its own source. This debuff allows all other teammate striking the target to gain a damage boost. Bard complex, no one cares that they are doing upto 20% more damage and that you were the cause of it. Offensive Mode: This grants a proc-like effect that lasts for 15 seconds. The effect applies to all attacks dealt during the duration. The effect cannot be enhanced and functions off a percentage of your base damage. So the weaker the attack the smaller the effect's hit. AoE attacks can spread more damage during the duration. Defensive Mode: Its similar to Offensive Mode but applies a minor health and endurance restore for the same duration. Once again, this is tied to all successful hits and can apply to AoE powers. The game will directly tell you how much health you gain but the combat window will only say "you also gain some endurance". You do in fact gain endurance. The endurance feature is the strongest perk of this effect as endurance is a much smaller pool than health. Even at low levels I have found the endurance restore to achieve a state of neutral drain. That was tested without any endurance reduction in attacks or toggles. The higher in level you get and the more end drain you apply the hard it is to maintain that equilibrium. However, once you start modifying endurance spend in attacks and toggles, the perk starts to pay you BACK endurance spent. The faster your recharge, the more frequently you hit, and the more frequently you hit successfully the more endurance you restore. Crap on the healing effect all you want, but the endurance restore can be very powerful for an inherent if you bother to pay attention. Should you focus on one opportunity or both? That's a great question and it is impossible to answer in a vacuum. Offensive Opportunity cannot be enhanced meaning that the more you push your own ED cap on damage modification the less it contributes. Still, Offensive Opportunity is usually a positive DPS gain but it can be so relatively minor that you can skip it. Just how good this effect becomes is very related to how good the carrier power is and whether or not it holds any significance to your attack cycle. It is possible to net a tiny fraction (or sometimes even lose) of DPS triggering Offensive Opportunity by using a T1 power with no other enhancement beyond accuracy. If you treat the T1 as a regular part of your routine, then the effect becomes just added damage. Still, it isn't so significant that you stress about it. Same goes for Defensive Opportunity. Defensive Opportunity's strongest benefit is probably the endurance gain. That can have noticeable effect during the entire leveling spectrum, but its contribution can drop off sharply with a well designed build. Still, some secondaries do struggle with recovery and the T2 can benefit those (more on this later). My advice is this... run both the T1 and T2 to explore the options while leveling. Worry less about it once you hit 50 and just use the best attack out of the two if you need to prune a pick/slots. The strongest aspect of the activated inherent is that -20% resistance which is available in either mode. How to Use Opportunity Organically... Simply don't worry about it. That's the easiest way to view it with a full build. I spent an awful lot of time linking the animation, recharges, and meter values of the attacks I use in my characters. I could tell you the average expected time in seconds it takes for my Dual Pistols Sentinel to hit 90% meter. I've designed the attack sequence to include Opportunity without much thought on my part. All I need is the muscle memory of what powers to click and that's it. Basically what I do is I tag the T1 or T2 at the end of my attack sequence. I generally try to limit my attacks cycles to just one of the two, but not all primaries can or should do that. If you would generally use a concept of T1 (or T2) -> T3 -> T1 (or T2) -> T4, just reverse it. T4 -> T1 (or T2) -> T3 -> T1 (or T2). Doing that will usually result in triggering Opportunity at the soonest moment without much worry. Sometimes you'll miss and that sucks. Still, if you try to trigger Opportunity as close to 90% of the meter as possible you can usually improve the overall uptime of the effect. Once the duration ends you rebuild as fast as possible (more on this later). You rinse and repeat. Why does the above work the way it does? I've found that I can often achieve 90% meter by the time I hit that T3 power on the 3rd sweep of the routine. This means that when the T1 (or T2 - these can be interchangeable for the purpose of this discussion) is used next it will automatically trigger the inherent once the target is hit. If you run the reverse of the routine what happens is you often generate 90% opportunity during the use of the T1. This will NOT trigger the inherent. The T1 cannot be the power that gets you to 90%+ meter. It has to come AFTER that condition. If the T1 is the power that generates you're 90% meter condition, then the next attack will go beyond 100% (since it almost always grants +13 meter). That delays the triggering of the Inherent by 1.188 to 2.64 (or higher) seconds. I've almost always had positive DPS gains doing this but some primaries might not pull it off. Still, it is worth exploring as an option. You could also completely ignore this advice and do what you want. Opportunity, AoE, and the ATO... The previous commentary is focused on single target. However, what about AoE? This is a big can of worms. There are a wide range of ways to build your Sentinel, but I'll still share some my findings on what works for me. I tend to prefer both ATOs in AoE powers. Superior Sentinel's Ward has good set bonuses, but the proc is total crap in difficult content. The absorb shield it provides is affected by the purple patch and therefore its benefit is severely reduced. I've see it proc for as little as +14 Absorb against +4 enemies. I've seen it grant well over +1000 when I shot at a level 1 Hellion in Atlas Park at level 50. Do not take this set for the proc. However, the proc does check per target in AoEs. I have not noticed it stacking with itself but it can have a high chance to go off in an AoE. Its not great, but it is something. Superior Opportunity Strikes is also good for set bonuses. The proc can be total crap in single target situations, but it can have potential in AoE. The proc is similar to the Ward one. It will check against enemies but doesn't appear to stack effect. You can turn an AoE power from generating +18 opportunity to generating +37.5. It can make your T9's grant you half a bar. It can trigger again if activated against a large group and you get lucky. The other night I had back to back procs. My bar filled to max, I ran Opportunity, and when it ended I filled to max in a span of less than 10 seconds. Many, many months ago, I saw someone talking about Sentinel opportunity working like being a ranged Brute. They just kept filling their bar over and over. AoE is how you do that. You could slot the Strikes set in any AoE you prefer or even a T9. The full 6pc set has 100% recharge modification. I have a Sentinel with this set in the T9. That power has a 23 second cool down due to the set and global recharge (185%). Hitting 10 targets with that power has a pretty good chance of granting significant meter. Several other Sentinels I have run the set in their 10 target TAoEs and in teams I notice a significant uptime on Opportunity. Pairing this strategy with taking the T1 to trigger Offensive Opportunity can allow a person to have significant uptime on the bonus damage. Even if that damage effect is low, it still applies to all attacks. To recap, I tend to find that in fast moving group scenarios the Sentinel can potentially hammer out a lot of Opportunity use due to the above strategy. Single target is far more difficult to optimize. This is largely due to the Strikes ATO having a PPM value of 1 (the basic version) or a PPM value of 2 (superior) depending on version used. I have only had success triggering that proc in very select powers within specific primaries. For example, Sonic's Screech or Psionic Blast's Scramble Thoughts trend towards higher than proc chances than many other powers. Slotting that ATO in a T1 power that has a 1 second animation plus 4 second recharge will likely land you around the default proc chance of 5%. It may trigger so rarely in quickly available powers that you'd think it is totally useless. For single target, I'd agree. Try to find space in AoE if you bother with the proc or otherwise its value is pretty much garbage. Most Sentinel primaries can easily rebuild opportunity meter within 13 seconds in their single target chains when considering higher states of recharge. Even without that, you could potentially hit 50% uptime. The longer your attack chains lag the greater the gap gets. With AoE powers and the ATO the difference in uptime can be significantly less. Food for thought. I've noted before that Sentinels aim to pick up a lot of pennies. The pennies being bits of damage that are available in various forms to offset the perception of the AT being "low damage". Playing with Opportunity uptime is one way to do that. Its not the only way to do it, and can pair with others.
  4. After much consideration, I'd like to suggest a powerset reskin for Assault Rifle. I know that plenty of players would like to play a power-armor character with versatile gadgets, and I think that redesigning Assault Rifle to work with unarmed animations (such as Energy Projection) could make for a sleek transition into power armor design. What're everyone's thoughts on this? Does it sound like a good idea, and is it feasible?
  5. Playing an Archery/SR Sentinel I really have not had a hard time playing this character, it's been a smooth but slow ride. I cannot help but feel that Sentinels were undertuned for fear of them being OP from the gate. Range + mitigation has a recipe to be the Titan Weapon/Bio of ATs. So if you were part of the homecoming team, how would you buff, if at all, Sentinels? For starters I would like to see them have their range brought closer to Blaster level and have the same AoE cap.
  6. One thing I'd really like to work on, if possible, is to create a group repository of information on Sentinels as a whole, explaining what makes a strong pairing from each primary to each secondary and all of the pool powers, as well as what distinguishes Sentinels from Scrappers and Blasters. I understand that this is a big undertaking, but I think it could be extremely helpful to new players. I have some thoughts on these subjects, but the fact of the matter is, I didn't play CoX live at a very high level of proficiency and there are limits to how much I've experienced in Sentinel as-is. I will say that i would like to avoid contributions from people who are of the position that there is no such thing as a weak choice of powerset in CoX, or of the position that any powerset is so bad it should not be taken by anyone with an interest in m making the most of their characters. I believe it is possible and responsible to speak in general terms about average player performance and also support a diversity of interests. There is no wrong way to play, but I want players to be reasonably well-informed going into their choices -- at least, if they want to be. Some enjoy the discovery! I think the best way to create such a project would be for people to submit "sets" of opinions, where they analyze multiple different powersets in compare and contrast, so that we can get a feel for each reviewer's independently, then have a "czar" for that powerset synthesize all the submissions into something that succinctly reflects the consensus and any important divergences thereof. However, that assumes a large interest in this project. I don't know if anyone else would be interested in contribution. Also, accepting general feedback at this stage. Post inspired in part by @oldskool and their excellent comments in various threads. Set Sign-Up Sheet List of posters reviewing what powersets. Set Name Reviewer 1 Reviewer 2 Reviewer 3 Reviewer 4 Primaries Archery @drbuzzard @oldskool Assault Rifle @oldskool @Sunsette Beam Rifle @Sunsette [X] Dark Blast @drbuzzard @oldskool Dual Pistols @oldskool [X] Energy Blast @Sunsette [X] Electric Blast Fire Blast @drbuzzard Ice Blast Psychic Blast @drbuzzard @oldskool Radiation Blast Sonic Attack Water Blast @drbuzzard Secondaries Bio Armor @drbuzzard Dark Armor @oldskool Electric Armor @Hopeling[X] Energy Aura @Sunsette [X] Fiery Aura @drbuzzard Ice Armor Invulnerability @Sunsette [X] Ninjitsu @drbuzzard @oldskool [X] Radiation Armor @Destlin Regeneration Super Reflexes @Sunsette [X] @drbuzzard Willpower @drbuzzard @oldskool [X] Epic Pools Dark Mastery Electricity Mastery @Sunsette Fire Mastery @Sunsette Ice Mastery @Sunsette Ninja Tool Mastery Psionic Mastery @Sunsette Leviathan Mastery Mace Mastery Mu Mastery Soul Mastery Utility Pools Concealment @Sunsette Fighting @Sunsette Flight @Sunsette Leadership @Sunsette Leaping @Sunsette Medicine @Sunsette Presence @Sunsette Sorcery @Sunsette Speed @Sunsette Teleportation @Sunsette We can have more reviewers than four, but I chose not to assume everyone in the world ever would want to participate in this. I'll increase the number of slots if necessary. I intend to do the synthesizing of reviews into a coherent whole and will also be doing primary reviews on a number of sets; please feel free to keep me honest and call me on my shit if you think I've done a poor job somewhere. I'm initially going to be conservative on picking sets and stick to ones I feel I have a very, very strong grasp on; I'll branch out to ones I feel I have an OK grasp on if we have a lot of holes. If you're interested in submitting a review, this is the current format. Submissions are not yet open, but will be soon barring major disagreements. Set Review Format (Tentative) Powerset Name Basic Qualities:0 If damage primary: High/Med/Low Single-Target Damage1, High/Med/Low AoE Damage2 (# Cones/# Spheres/# PBAoEs)3, High/Med/Low Control4 If survival secondary: High/Med/Low HP/Healing5, High/Med/Low Defense6, High/Med/Low Resistance7, High/Med/Low "Clicky-ness"8. If pool: The main purpose of this pool. Special Qualities: For primaries, list secondary effects here: knockback, knockdown, stun, -regen, -res, -def, etc. Do not include the benefits of Passive or Active Opportunity. For secondaries, list things that aren't defense, resistance, healing, absorbs, or max HP here. So +recharge, defense debuff resistance, any notable mez protection the set lacks or is weak in, etc. If pool: Can skip Other: Anything else that you think should be noted about this powerset. Significant changes in this powerset from their implementation on other archetypes should go here. Beginner's Notes: Any powers or strategies that are especially beneficial to low level or new players to this set. This is a good place to put down slotting ideas for before level 50 (keep it to under 10 million inf. costs please) as well as early level rotations. Skippables/Must-Haves: For primaries or secondaries, list the powers that typically are considered optional or bad. For pools, list powers that are the strongest in the set. Whenever possible, please explain your reasoning. Advanced Slotting: L50 builds. (sky's the limit for budget). Whenever possible, please explain your reasoning. This will probably be a pretty long section that needs subdivisions, I'll work on this some more. Base Rotation: The standard attack rotation leveling up or at early 50s, for people to refine. Note any cooldown benchmarks that may be necessary for a specific rotation if it requires over 70% or so enhancement or global recharge. Complementary Choices: Suggest any primary, secondary, or pool (save ones that are mutually exclusive with this one) that synergizes with this one, and explain why. Ex: Energy Blast synergizes well with pools that contain an AoE immobilize with knockback protection and a strong melee attack to make the most of position with Nova; Dark Blast synergizes well with Dark Mastery to completely floor the opponents' accuracy. Whenever possible, please explain your reasoning. Incarnates: Would skip this for pool powers generally speaking, but incarnate powers that pair notably well with this powerset. Whenever possible, please explain your reasoning. 0 All measures assuming fully geared and incarnated at 50; this is just so we have an empirical baseline. 1 High: ST damage of approximately ≥230+ DPS. // Medium: ST damage of approximately 190 DPS. // Low: ST damage of approximately ≤160 DPS. If damage type is mostly Smashing or Lethal, consider it one tier lower. 2 High: Has 3+ AoEs. // Medium: Has 2 AoEs. // Low: Has 1 AoE. If damage type is mostly Smashing or Lethal, consider it as having one fewer AoE. 3 The breakdown of the number and type of each AoE type. 4 High: Reliably reduces incoming damage from the average pack of enemies by 50% or more. // Medium: Reliably reduces incoming damage from the average pack of enemies by about a third or a quarter. // Low: Controls can be beneficial sometimes but not to be relied upon. 5 High: Unaided, can heal or absorb a third of base Max HP (400) every 10 seconds or less. // Medium: Unaided, can heal or absorb a third of base Max HP (400) every 20 seconds or so. // Low: Unaided, can heal or absorb a third of base Max HP (400) every 40 seconds or more. Does not include the benefits of Defensive Opportunity. 6 Use values derived from Reistorm's chart located here. High: Gets S/L/E or all Positional to ≥32.5%. // Medium: Gets some of S/L/E or Positional to ≥32.5%, or gets all of S/L/E to 20%+. // Low: Any other result. 7 Use values derived from Reistorm's chart located here. High: Gets S/L to ≥45% or S/L/E to ≥30%. // Medium: Gets S/L or E o to ≥45%, or gets all to 20+%. // Low: Any other result. 8 High: Has 2+ abilities with an enhanced cooldown of a minute or less used frequently. // Medium: Has an ability virtually used on 'autocast' or an ability with an enhanced cooldown of a minute or less that otherwise needs to be frequently used for a non-healing purpose. // Low: Active abilities with enhanced cooldowns of a minute or less are rarely used for any purpose but an emergency heal. Outline (Tentative) Why Play a Sentinel? Seize the Opportunity: Sentinel Basics The Never-Ending Battle: Attack and Defense Mechanics Zoom and Enhance: Enhancement Mechanics Four-Color Fantasy: Leveling Red, Blue, Gold, and Black Primary Colors: Blast Powerset Reviews Secondary Strategies: Defensive Powerset Reviews Fly Like an Eagle: Utility Pool Reviews EPIC!: Epic Pool Reviews The Alpha and the Omega: Incarnate Mechanics A Few Provisos: Badges, Macros, and other Miscellany At the moment these are all things I intend to write myself, but I will gladly take volunteers for any sections.
  7. For those who haven't seen yet we got a treasure trove of fun data today about all the AT's and combos. One set I have always loved thematically, and was very excited when homecoming launched was some changes to the set for Sentinels. Can't say I was surprised that Ice Armor was the least seen defensive set at 50 especially when compared to the top 3 and Ice Armor being near the bottom with every AT it is available to, but I do still feel like it would go a long way if this bug with Frigid Shield was addressed making ice armor more attractive to Sentinels.
  8. So I tried my hand at making my first build. I made it for doing different types of content, TFs, radio missions, ect. I was hoping to get some experienced input on the build. I dont know how to improve it or if I chose too many expensive sets and could use cheaper ones. Anyways, help please! http://www.cohplanner.com/mids/download.php?uc=1451&c=675&a=1350&f=HEX&dc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
  9. So! for a time I've been thinking what blast powersets we have at our disposal and how the damage types are a little disproportionate. So far we have five powersets that use Energy Damage: (Energy, Sonic, Radiation, Electric, Beam Rifle) four that use Smashing Damage: (Energy, Sonic, Ice, Water) four that use Lethal Damage (Assault Rifle, Archery, Dual Pistols, Ice) four that use Fire Damage (Fire, Water, Assault Rifle, Dual Pistols) three that use Cold Damage (Ice, Water, Dual Pistols) and only one each for Negative, Psychic and Toxic damage (Dark, Psychic, Dual Pistols). Now, since Psychic damage is supposed to be 'rare and exotic' so I can excuse that, it seems odd that Negative damage doesn't have many other powersets with access to it, especially blast powersets. I know that Toxic damage is supposed to be more rare than Psychic damage, but since the only way of accessing it is via the Ammo Swap power in Dual Pistols I think it could potentially be explored elsewhere. So, I decided to kill two birds with one stone and come up with a powerset that is focused on delivering both Dark damage and Toxic damage; Blight Blast. This powerset is designed specifically to utilise those two damage types, and pairs well with many other powersets to help conceptualise and explore different themes; Pair it with Poison or Ninja Training to focus on delivering deadly poisons. pair it with Bio Armor to make a putrid monstorsity, or maybe pair it with Nature Affinity or Plant Manipulation to send spores and natural toxins to your foes! You could even pair it with anything like Radiation or Dark to make all sorts of concepts! I think we have plenty in the way of existing assets that can be drawn from Poison, Radiation, Bio and Plant based powersets to amalgamate into a putrid looking FX theme, as well as a plethora of attack animations that could easily be used along with them. Blight Blast You are capable of withering away your foes with blasts of necrotic blight. Blight Blast focuses on delivering a mixture of Negative damage and Toxic damage as you wither away your enemies. Enemies subject to multiple attacks may become Blighted, and may spread this blight to their nearby allies, lowering their regeneration rate and healing received. - Putrid Bolt: (Ranged, Light Negative, Minor Toxic DoT) A quick blast of putrid essence, with a low chance of Blighting your target. - Atrophic Blast: (Ranged, Moderate Negative, Light Toxic DoT) A more powerful blast of atrophic rot, with a higher chance of Blighting your target. - Infection: (Ranged Chain, Moderate Negative/Toxic DoT) You release a deadly infection that chains between targets and deals good damage over time, but also can transfer Blight from one target to another. - Incubate: (Self +ToHit, +Special) Greatly increases your chance to hit of your attacks for a few seconds, and also increases the chances of attacks inflicting or spreading Blight. - Necrotic Lance: (Sniper Superior Negative, High Toxic DoT) An extremely long and accurate strike that creates a withering necrosis on your foe, devouring them with extreme damage over time. This power has a guaranteed chance of Blighting your target if this power is used as a sniper attack. Even if activated in combat, this power has a high chance of Blighting your target. - Miasma: (Targeted AoE, Sleep, Special) You create a cloud of petulant fumes that blankets a targeted area. Foes caught in the miasma may fall extremely ill and begin choking on the fumes, and have a higher chance of spreading Blight to other foes - Enervate: (Close, High Negative/Toxic DoT) You deliver a bolt of enervating toxin that greatly harms your foe, and has a high chance of Blighting your target. - Parasitic Drain (Ranged, Medium Negative/Toxic DoT, Self +Heal over Time) You infect your foe with a parasitic toxin, transferring their life essence to yourself to mend your wounds. If used on a blighted target, the healing you receive is greatly improved. - Virulence: (PBAoE, Extreme DoT Negative/Toxic, Hold) you unleash a deadly virulent shroud around yourself, spreading to all foes in a large area. Foes affected suffer extreme damage over time, and may become overcome by a foul sickness that has a chance to hold them and spread Blight to nearby allies.
  10. Hi all - here is a build for an Energy/Bio sentinel. While running in Offensive is capped at F/C/E/N Def and S/L Defence. EndUsage/Recovery is not a worry and has 299% Regen or 497% Regen with Ablative Carapace. Hasten is not Perma but wasnt going for it. Any feedback? Hero Plan by Mids' Reborn : Hero Designer 2.6.0.7 https://github.com/ImaginaryDevelopment/imaginary-hero-designer Click this DataLink to open the build! Level 50 Natural Sentinel Primary Power Set: Energy Blast Secondary Power Set: Bio Armor Power Pool: Flight Power Pool: Fighting Power Pool: Speed Power Pool: Teleportation Ancillary Pool: Leviathan Mastery Hero Profile: Level 1: Power Bolt -- Thn-Acc/Dmg(A), Thn-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(3), Thn-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(5), Thn-Dmg/EndRdx(37) Level 1: Hardened Carapace -- Ags-ResDam/EndRdx(A), Ags-ResDam/EndRdx/Rchg(7), Ags-ResDam(13), Ags-ResDam/Rchg(23) Level 2: Power Blast -- Dvs-Acc/Dmg(A), Dvs-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(3), Dvs-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(5), Dvs-Dmg/EndRdx(17), Dvs-Hold%(37) Level 4: Environmental Adaptation -- LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx(A), LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx/Rchg(7), LucoftheG-Def(13), LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(23), LucoftheG-EndRdx/Rchg(40) Level 6: Inexhaustible -- Prv-Heal(A), Prv-Absorb%(48) Level 8: Energy Torrent -- SprOppStr-Acc/Dmg(A), SprOppStr-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(9), SprOppStr-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(9), SprOppStr-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(21), SprOppStr-Dmg/Rchg(40), SprOppStr-Rchg/+Opportunity(43) Level 10: Adaptation Level 12: Aim -- GssSynFr--Build%(A), GssSynFr--ToHit/Rchg(50) Level 14: Power Burst -- SprWntBit-Acc/Dmg(A), SprWntBit-Dmg/Rchg(15), SprWntBit-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(15), SprWntBit-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(17), SprWntBit-Dmg/EndRdx/Acc/Rchg(36), SprWntBit-Rchg/SlowProc(43) Level 16: Ablative Carapace -- NmnCnv-Heal/EndRdx/Rchg(A), NmnCnv-Heal/Rchg(25), NmnCnv-EndRdx/Rchg(39), NmnCnv-Heal/EndRdx(43), NmnCnv-Heal(46) Level 18: Explosive Blast -- SprFrzBls-Acc/Dmg(A), SprFrzBls-Dmg/EndRdx(19), SprFrzBls-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(19), SprFrzBls-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(21), SprFrzBls-Dmg/EndRdx/Acc/Rchg(36), SprFrzBls-Rchg/ImmobProc(42) Level 20: Rebuild DNA -- NmnCnv-Heal/EndRdx(A), NmnCnv-EndRdx/Rchg(25), NmnCnv-Heal/Rchg(39), NmnCnv-Heal/EndRdx/Rchg(46), NmnCnv-Heal(46) Level 22: Hover -- ShlWal-ResDam/Re TP(A), Rct-ResDam%(39), LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(50) Level 24: Kick -- Empty(A) Level 26: Focused Power Bolt -- SprSntWar-Acc/Dmg(A), SprSntWar-Dmg/Rchg(27), SprSntWar-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(27), SprSntWar-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(31), SprSntWar-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(34), SprSntWar-Rchg/+Absorb(42) Level 28: Tough -- UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx(A), UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx/Rchg(29), UnbGrd-ResDam(29), UnbGrd-EndRdx/Rchg(34), UnbGrd-Max HP%(42) Level 30: Weave -- LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx(A), LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx/Rchg(31), LucoftheG-EndRdx/Rchg(31), LucoftheG-Def(34), LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(40) Level 32: Nova -- OvrFrc-Acc/Dmg/End/Rech(A), OvrFrc-Dam/KB(33), OvrFrc-Acc/Dmg/End(33), OvrFrc-Dmg/End/Rech(33), OvrFrc-End/Rech(37) Level 35: Genomic Evolution -- StdPrt-ResDam/Def+(A), GldArm-3defTpProc(36) Level 38: Fly -- BlsoftheZ-Travel(A) Level 41: Athletic Regulation -- Clr-Stlth(A), Clr-RunSpd(48) Level 44: Knockout Blow -- Mk'Bit-Acc/Dmg(A), Mk'Bit-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(45), Mk'Bit-Acc/EndRdx/Rchg(45), Mk'Bit-Dmg/EndRdx(45), Mk'Bit-Dam%(48) Level 47: Hasten -- RechRdx-I(A), RechRdx-I(50) Level 49: Recall Friend -- WntGif-ResSlow(A) Level 1: Brawl -- Empty(A) Level 1: Opportunity Level 1: Prestige Power Dash -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Slide -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Quick -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Rush -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Surge -- Empty(A) Level 1: Sprint -- Empty(A) Level 2: Rest -- Empty(A) Level 4: Ninja Run Level 2: Swift -- Empty(A) Level 2: Health -- Mrc-Rcvry+(A), NmnCnv-Regen/Rcvry+(11) Level 2: Hurdle -- Empty(A) Level 2: Stamina -- PrfShf-EndMod(A), PrfShf-End%(11) Level 10: Defensive Adaptation Level 10: Efficient Adaptation Level 10: Offensive Adaptation ------------
  11. terrawar

    WB/inv

    Looking for a water blast/invulnerability builds any one try this combo before? Mostly looking for a strong build for incarnate and 50+4 lvl missions .
  12. Looking at specifically dark mastery and soul mastery, they have almost identical powers with most of the stats in Dark Mastery being significantly more powerful. Specifically, hold duration, the debuffs from darkest night, and tentacles. There's a lower CD on soul darkest night but the stat discrepancy between them really makes that not matter. Other sets have a lot of similarities(elec/mu for instance) to the patron sets, which make choosing patron sets a little less appealing, which is bad since you need to do an arc to even access them. Thoughts on an approach to this?
  13. Here is a Dark/Energy build Im in the process of leveling (along with my other 32+ alts!) No Incarnates yet. STATS Defense S/L = 47% F/C = 47.8% En = 54.3% Neg = 44.9% (close enough :)) Psi = 18.2% M/R/A = 25.8%/18.9%/20.8% Resistance S/L = 53.5% F/C = 41.7% En = 28.5% Neg = 26% Toxic = 23.8% Psi = 8% Health & Endurance* Regen = 224% HP = 153.6% EndRec = 3.2/s EndUse = 1.01/s MaxEnd = 105% * No Accolades The Build Hero Plan by Mids' Reborn : Hero Designer 2.6.0.5 https://github.com/ImaginaryDevelopment/imaginary-hero-designer Click this DataLink to open the build! Level 50 Natural Sentinel Primary Power Set: Dark Blast Secondary Power Set: Energy Aura Power Pool: Flight Power Pool: Fighting Power Pool: Leaping Power Pool: Teleportation Ancillary Pool: Ninja Tool Mastery Hero Profile: Level 1: Dark Blast -- Dvs-Acc/Dmg(A), Dvs-Dmg/EndRdx(3), Dvs-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(5), Dvs-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(31), Dvs-Hold%(48) Level 1: Kinetic Shield -- LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx(A), LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx/Rchg(9), LucoftheG-Def(15), LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(17), LucoftheG-EndRdx/Rchg(43) Level 2: Gloom -- Dvs-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(A), Dvs-Acc/Dmg(3), Dvs-Dmg/EndRdx(5), Dvs-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(31), Dvs-Hold%(48) Level 4: Power Shield -- LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx(A), LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx/Rchg(9), LucoftheG-Def(15), LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(17), LucoftheG-EndRdx/Rchg(43) Level 6: Abyssal Gaze -- SprOppStr-Acc/Dmg(A), SprOppStr-Dmg/Rchg(7), SprOppStr-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(7), SprOppStr-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(21), SprOppStr-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(37), SprOppStr-Rchg/+Opportunity(40) Level 8: Aim -- GssSynFr--ToHit/Rchg(A), GssSynFr--Build%(46) Level 10: Umbral Torrent -- Ann-Acc/Dmg(A), Ann-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(11), Ann-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(11), Ann-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(31), Ann-ResDeb%(46), SuddAcc--KB/+KD(50) Level 12: Kinetic Dampening -- StdPrt-ResDam/Def+(A), UnbGrd-ResDam(34), UnbGrd-Max HP%(37) Level 14: Hover -- Ksm-ToHit+(A), ShlWal-ResDam/Re TP(34) Level 16: Entropy Shield -- EndRdx-I(A) Level 18: Antumbral Beam -- SprSntWar-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(A), SprSntWar-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(19), SprSntWar-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(19), SprSntWar-Acc/Dmg(21), SprSntWar-Rchg/+Absorb(34), SprSntWar-Dmg/Rchg(37) Level 20: Power Armor -- GldArm-3defTpProc(A) Level 22: Dark Obliteration -- SprFrzBls-Acc/Dmg(A), SprFrzBls-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(23), SprFrzBls-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(23), SprFrzBls-Dmg/EndRdx/Acc/Rchg(29), SprFrzBls-Dmg/EndRdx(42), SprFrzBls-Rchg/ImmobProc(43) Level 24: Energize -- Prv-Heal/Rchg/EndRdx(A), Prv-Heal/Rchg(40), Prv-Heal(42), Prv-EndRdx/Rchg(50) Level 26: Life Drain -- SprWntBit-Acc/Dmg(A), SprWntBit-Rchg/SlowProc(27), SprWntBit-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(27), SprWntBit-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(29), SprWntBit-Dmg/EndRdx/Acc/Rchg(40) Level 28: Repelling Force -- Rct-Def(A), Rct-ResDam%(48), Rct-Def/Rchg(50) Level 30: Kick -- Empty(A) Level 32: Blackstar -- SprAvl-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(A), SprAvl-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(33), SprAvl-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(33), SprAvl-Rchg/KDProc(33), SprAvl-Dmg/EndRdx(42) Level 35: Tough -- RctArm-ResDam/EndRdx(A), RctArm-ResDam/EndRdx/Rchg(36), RctArm-ResDam(36), RctArm-EndRdx(36) Level 38: Weave -- LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx(A), LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx/Rchg(39), LucoftheG-Def(39), LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(39), LucoftheG-EndRdx/Rchg(46) Level 41: Tashibishi -- Ann-ResDeb%(A) Level 44: Sting of the Wasp -- KntCmb-Acc/Dmg(A), KntCmb-Dmg/EndRdx(45), KntCmb-Dmg/Rchg(45), KntCmb-Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(45) Level 47: Super Jump -- UnbLea-Stlth(A) Level 49: Recall Friend -- WntGif-ResSlow(A) Level 1: Brawl -- Empty(A) Level 1: Opportunity Level 1: Prestige Power Dash -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Slide -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Quick -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Rush -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Surge -- Empty(A) Level 1: Sprint -- Empty(A) Level 2: Rest -- Empty(A) Level 4: Ninja Run Level 2: Swift -- Flight-I(A) Level 2: Health -- NmnCnv-Regen/Rcvry+(A), Mrc-Rcvry+(13), Pnc-Heal/+End(25) Level 2: Hurdle -- Jump-I(A) Level 2: Stamina -- PrfShf-EndMod(A), PrfShf-End%(13), EffAdp-EndMod(25) ------------ Thoughts
  14. so first attack is offense and second attack is defense opportunity I understand that part, for first two powers the description says they give -20 res in the power descriptions so if i attack with both of them the enemy has -40 res? or is it talking about the inherit power opportunity strikes what is the -20 res part referring to? lastly is taking the two starter powers a must as sentinel?.. I really only want to do the offense version since i have enough defense and healing already
  15. I made an Archery/Ninjitsu sentinel during a themed sg weekend "ninja theme" and figured once I added the sword attacks from the epic pool I would feel pretty darn ninja like... and then something sad happened... his sword is completely missing, animations are correct, he looks like he is holding something...but no. Invisible sword and hilt... NOOOOOOOOO!!! After messing around with the few random ideas I had to fix it he got parked in the back of my alt pile. I have not seen anyone bring this up yet and from my friends perspectives there was no sword either... Character creation offers no sword or blade selection options. Anyone else share my pain?
  16. I'm playing a Sentinel (just like anyone else) and I noticed a problem with the text of Sentinel's Ward stating you needed to be Lv50 to equip despite being a Standard (from the Vendor/AH). I double checked with a few folks in #help and discovered it's actually a text error (copy/paste) from the Superior version to the Standard. Only the percentage is different and both have the same PPM. So the bug is that the Standard version is displaying Superior's text and makes it confusing, not to mention hiding important info like the Standard's PPM. Screenclips are posted below.
  17. Hi, I'm Sunsette. I'm not an especially experienced player, but I am obsessively thorough and like documenting things. There's not a lot on Sentinels or Energy Blast, so I thought I'd try to coalesce what we have and put it all together. While this guide is primarily written from the perspective of the Energy Blast Sentinel, it is my goal to collect a lot of general information useful on Sentinels as a whole, so as to help people transition to this archetype. Thus, I will try to explain things as if someone is new to the game or archetype as a whole, and not merely the powerset. TABLE OF CONTENTS I. Why Energy Blast? II. What Secondary? --IIa. Survival --IIb. Utility III. Guide to Enhancements --IIIa. Enhancement Types --IIIb. Hit the Slots --IIIc. Rating Format IV. Energy Blast Powers --IVa. Seize the Opportunity --IVb. Attack Chains and Aim --IVc. Area of Effect Attacks --IVd. School of Hard Knocks V. Secondary Powers VI. Utility Power Pools --VIa. Haste Makes Waste --VIb. Travel Powers --VIc. Defense Powers --VId. Miscellaneous Powers VII. Epic Power Pools --VIIa. Ancillary Power Pools --VIIb. Patron Power Pools VIII. Incarnate Slots --VIIIa. Alpha --VIIIb. Judgment --VIIIc. Interface --VIIId. Destiny --VIIIe. Lore --VIIIf. Hybrid IX. Example Builds X. A Note on Endurance XI. Force Feedback XII. Changelog I. Why Energy Blast? I chose Energy Blast because it's pretty. That's it. Everything else was secondary. I've wanted something like an Energy Blast sentinel since I discovered Ancillary Power Pools on my scrapper back in live and I found out how frickin' pretty Energy Torrent was in Body Mastery. I wish I could say that Energy Blast has a unique mechanical niche that it offers, but all of the tricks I've learned for Energy Blast can straight-up be done on another, better powerset available to Sentinels. Water, Fire, and Dual Pistols all have elements of this set and out-do it, mechanically. However, it is not an unusable set. While I would appreciate a balance pass that gives Energy Blast a little something more than "LOL RANDOM KNOCKBACK" to define it, it's perfectly usable. If you're willing to bleed for the effort. Its damage type is nothing to write home about but it's not awful either, slightly outpacing Water Blast although it is much less impressive in controls. It has more control than fire, and unlike Dual Pistols, it can Aim+Build Up. II. What Secondary? There's two mechanical aspects you need to evaluate when deciding your secondary: how well will it help you survive attacks, and how well it'll help you defeat enemies. If you've already chosen a secondary, skip to the next section, IIa. Survival Very few sets are purely defense (avoiding attacks) or resistance (toughing them out). Due to hidden math that I won't go over here, both defense and resistance get increasingly better the higher each is, up to the defense softcap (45%, plus enemies' base 50% chance to miss) and the resistance hard cap (75% for Sentinels). In simple terms this means that a Sentinel can potentially be hit by only 5% of attacks if defense softcapped, and take only 25% damage if resistance hardcapped. The reality is more complicated. Defenses are mutually exclusive; an attack is only checked against one of your defenses (Melee, Ranged, AoE, Smashing, Lethal, Energy, Negative Energy, Fire, Cold, Psionic) regardless of how many types the attack has, and it is checked against your highest relevant defense. Since the overwhelming majority of enemy damage involves Smashing, Lethal, or Energy, and backline Sentinels can expect to only be hit with Ranged or AoE attacks, it is relatively easy to build up a good defense even if your powerset lacks any. Resistance, however, is not mutually exclusive; each damage type (Smashing, Lethal, Energy, Negative Energy, Fire, Cold, Psionic, and Toxic) that an attack has is divided and resisted separately. This means that if an attack is 95% Fire and 5% Smashing, your Smashing Defense is very relevant -- but your Smashing Resistance is basically unimportant. If you have no fire resist, you're basically going to eat that attack unprotected, should it hit you. This picture provides a rough estimate of the baseline performance of all Sentinel secondary powersets at 50: All credit for this chart belongs to /u/Reistorm on reddit. All credit for this chart belongs to /u/Reistorm on reddit. Pure defense sets will perform well on survivability with little investment in extra powers and enhancements, because the defense softcap reduces average damage much more than the resistance hard cap. Defense sentinels get the most freedom in how they build. However, defense can suffer from a string of bad luck, as it is never possible to avoid more than 5% of all attacks in any circumstance; the hits that get through may easily defeat you in one or two strikes. Pure defense sets are very good for backline Sentinels who aren't expecting to be targeted often, but plateau in terms of performance relatively quickly at maximum level with Enhancement Sets; it's easy to get more defense from an item set bonus, but it's hard to get a meaningful amount of resistance to back it up. Defense Sets are Ninjitsu and Super Reflexes. Pure resistance sets have the benefit of significantly removing randomness from the equation, but as noted above, have less pure reduction of overall damage. In addition, status effects are not checked by damage resistance but by various forms of "mez resistance" that are hard to improve. Therefore, it is common for people using Resistance sets to aim for key defenses in the Smashing, Lethal, and Energy fields or Melee/Ranged/AoE fields to reach 32.5% or better. Resistance sets are more likely to carry significant self-healing, which is another point in their favor. This would seem to make resistance sets the best for survival -- and tankers and brutes, with their much higher resist hardcap, would agree. However, there is a status effect known as Defense DeBuff, and this effect is fairly common at high levels. Sets that are purely or primarily defense get some level of defense debuff protection, reducing the loss of defense. Resistance sets generally do not, and can find themselves stripped of virtually all defenses against such enemies. Resistance Sets are Electric Armor, Fiery Aura, and Radiation Armor. There's also Regeneration, which is really kind of its own thing but I don't have space to go over in depth. This leaves the third type of set, sets which inherently offer a mixture of the two. For the Sentinel, most are defense-leaning, and by and large I think these end up the strongest survival sets for a Sentinel at maximum level, but they often take the longest to become useful -- you won't have significant amounts of either defense or resistance until late. To make the most of their survival, you are committing to heavy investment in equipment and defensive powers. However, they often have defense debuff protection. Hybrid sets are Bio Armor, Dark Armor, Energy Aura, Ice Armor, Invulnerability, and Willpower. IIb. Utility Regardless of the secondary powerset you take, your defenses will generally be acceptable to get the job done. Your offense is more questionable. There's a few ways that a secondary powerset can improve your offense: 1. A direct damage improvement. Exclusive to Bio Armor, Fiery Aura, and Radiation Armor. 2. Improved recharge times. Exclusive to Energy Aura, Electric Armor, Radiation Armor, and Super Reflexes. 3. Foe debuffs and controls. Featured in Dark Armor, Electric Armor, Energy Aura, Ice Armor, Ninjitsu, and Radiation Armor 4. Improved endurance management. Most secondary powersets have this as an option. It's noteworthy that Dark Armor tends to have a lot of endurance problems, on the other hand. There are other additional perks each powerset has, but these are the most useful to discuss. Generally an Energy Blast Sentinel will prioritize 1 and 2, as Energy itself has no real synergy with 3; knocks forbid any sort of action for a brief period, while debuffs degrade the utility of actions when taken. However, teammates definitely will benefit from debuffs, so that's still an option. III. Guide to Enhancements IIIa. Enhancement Types There are five main kinds of enhancements, items used to improve the effect of your superpowers: - Training Origin: These enhancements drop randomly from level 1 to 21 and can be bought in stores. These are very, very weak. - Dual Origin: These enhancements require someone to have two of the five origins in the game to actually equip them. They are twice as strong as Training Origin, but still pretty weak. The lowest level DOs are available is 13. - Single Origin: These enhancements require someone to have one of the five origins in the game to equip them. They are twice as strong as Dual Origin, and are the original standard the game was based around. The lowest level SOs are available is generally 22, although there are some exceptions to this. - Special Origin: These are SO strength enhancements that affect two or more categories simultaneously. These drop from the Hamidon Raid, the Crystal Titan and Hydra Trials, and the Miss Liberty and Lord Recluse Taskforces. Don't plan your build around these before 50 and if you get any before 50, sell them on the Consignment House; Homecoming will convert Special Origin Enhancements of any level to all of the levels at which they can be found, so a good one is worth a lot of influence. These four kinds of Enhancements can be boosted up to two times by combining them with another enhancement of the same level. - Invention Origin: These enhancements, unlike the other four types, never 'wear out' -- you can never reach a level at which your IOs stop giving you a benefit. The drawback is that they're initially expensive to craft, and they do not reach their full strength until level 50. However, by level 25 IOs are almost as good as SOs, and at level 35, they are better. IOs sometimes boost more than one category at a time, although not as strongly as Special Origin usually. You can identify a standard IO by its hexagonal shape. You may go to any university and craft IOs, beginning at level 10. You will have to purchase a recipe from the workbench if you did not already find one to craft. IOs can come in 'sets' that grant special bonuses for slotting more than one IO from that set into a single power. If an IO is part of a set, you can never slot two of the exact same IO into the same power. There is a subtype of IO sets called 'attuned' and these enhancements automatically scale with your level to a maximum benefit of the IO set's possible highest level; sets cap out at any level from 20 to 50. These IOs have a round shape with a silver filigree border. If you have exceeded an attuned set's max level, the tooltip will say that it has continued to scale beyond that maximum level, but that is a lie. Finally, IOs that are not attuned can be 'boosted' up to five times using a fairly expensive enhancement booster. IO sets generally are very expensive for a new player, so I won't go into how to obtain them here. IIIb. Hit the Slots You cannot use the same strategy for putting enhancements in your powers from levels 1 to 50, unfortunately. What's optimal at 50 is not feasible at 10, and what's optimal at 10 is pretty trash at 50. Until you're near to level 50, the first thing you need to focus on is the efficacy of your attacks -- how well they do their job -- and the second target is your efficiency -- how much endurance or time they cost to do their job. -- Accuracy: As a general rule, 1 to 2 accuracy enhancements (I prefer one, for Energy Blast) of a recent level are all you need. While we previously discussed how bad TOs and DOs are, you get a bonus to your accuracy below combat level 20 that compensates. Note that you will lose this bonus whenever you sidekick above level 20, so be careful participating in higher-level content. -- Damage: Three of these, as fast as you can after accuracy. If it's defeated, it can't hurt you. That will leave you with one or two slots for endurance reduction and recharge reduction, which may feel (is) cramped. You will likely want to invest in a few -- not a lot, but a few, maybe two or three per attack power -- attuned IOs that combine two of the things you're looking for in order to save yourself a slot. As a general rule, the more attacks you take, the less you need recharge reduction, but that comes with its own problems. Slotting at 50 is a whole new ballgame, and I'll get into that on a per-power basis below. IIIc. Rating Format My Power Ratings are broken up like so: NAME: The Name of the Power (Tier; Level) TYPE: Attack, Heal, Buff, etc. DESCRIPTION: The official description of the attack. NOTES: My own general thoughts on this power. SEE ALSO: Other powers you may consider taking instead or alongside this one. HASTEN: How much you want Hasten for this power on a scale of 1 to 5, 1 being lowest, and 5 being highest. SLOTTING: Recommendations on slotting this power as... Minimal: Ignoring set bonuses or going only for very small set bonuses. Offensive: Maximizing your damage (or mez if it's a control effect). Defensive: Going for defense set bonuses. Recharge: Maximizing your global recharge with this power. Unique: Targeting one of the unusual aspects of this power, these will generally be individual Unique IO recommendations or interesting choices from the Special Origin set.
  18. There are three issues with this power right now. Two are probably bugs (#1 and #3), and the second is tuning depending on the fix to #3. This defensive currently drops when you are mez'd in PvP. Minor fix. If one of the devs could also review the numbers on this ability. It seems very low for being a toggle & currently it is 5% of max hp. 5% is less than most +hp passives. Even frost protection, in the same set gives +10% hp as a passive. For comparison look at Ice Armor vs Regen. Ice Armor's tooltip doesn't show even show the absorb amount so Ive had to calculate in game (5%) absorb and not any more over time. The tooltip description implies the absorb builds over time but it doesnt. Thanks
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