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Looking for a fun high suvivability build for my new stalker. I've never been good at builds. I heard that the Rad/Bio combo is pretty great for solo play so I'd like the build to focus on being able to solo as much things as possible.

 

Thanks for the help.

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Grab a build from Croax's big build thread in this forum and start playing with it in Mid's to suit your tastes, would be my advice.  It's easier to modify his slotting than to come up with in on your own.

 

As to fun... obviously that's subjective so take this with a grain of salt: So far I'm not having fun with Rad Melee.  Maybe it just gets better much later but up to 30 so far and it's just... slow.  It's difficult to see Contamination doing much except when I get a heal from Rad Siphon or happen to notice some tiny dots added on to a group of enemies.

 

But aside from that, maybe I just don't like slower, bigger-hitting sets.  As fast as Staff Fighting is, the one attack in it that constantly annoys me is Sky Splitter, which I figure is very appropriately names because on a team I often end up hitting only air with it as my target ends up dead before I'm finished animating the second strike.   And my experience with Rad melee is similar on teams.  "Powering up this long animating attack and..... oh... someone killed  it already.   Next?  Ah ha! I'l... nope.  That's dead already too." *sigh*

 

Not a problem for you solo, obviously.

 

My tankiest pair of stalkers are twins: Ice/Rad and Ice/Shield.  I'm starting to prefer the latter but both are really sturdy in different situations.  Ice Melee isn't the fastest attacking set either, but it has a very nice 10ft 90deg cone and a frosty foot-stomp 10ft radius PBAoE.   But the crown jewel is Ice Patch.  Your own little dance floor of hilarity.  At least for things that must stand on the ground anyway.  It doesn't do anything to fliers.  But it adds a crap-ton of mitigation in a crowd of melee enemies and you will laugh at incoming ambush lines.  I even add on Provoke, which is starting to be must-have on all my Stalkers even if only for keeping stuff from running away while soloing.   But on teams, I have literally found myself tanking on pick-up groups when there's no brute or tanker.  I am sure it would pair just as well with Bio Armor.

 

But like I said, maybe I just haven't given rad melee enough of a chance yet.  I don't have its PBAoE yet, which might make a big difference spreading contamination in larger groups.  It could end up being fun with lower +level setting and higher xTeam setting when you solo.

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On 6/10/2021 at 1:58 PM, ZemX said:

As to fun... obviously that's subjective so take this with a grain of salt: So far I'm not having fun with Rad Melee.  Maybe it just gets better much later but up to 30 so far and it's just... slow.  It's difficult to see Contamination doing much except when I get a heal from Rad Siphon or happen to notice some tiny dots added on to a group of enemies.

 

Oh, thank goodness. I thought I was the only person this occurred to. I mean, if the enemies were a different color or glowed, maybe that would help a lot, but when you've got six mobs, which one just got infected?

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