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As a Sentinel, should I be going for a ranged or melee defense cap?


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Really want to make a Rad/Rad Sentinel. Doing my research, I have found two builds that are pretty different. One has a capped ranged defense with electron haze and neutron bomb, with lower overall resists, while the other focuses on capped melee defense, with higher resists, but at the cost of neutron bomb and electron haze. Which one should I go with?

 

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I think it will depend on your playstyle, where are you planning on positioning yourself? on mine, I have fiery aura, but I'm at range 80% of the time. that being said, I'm only ~ 50% on most resists and ~27% ranged DEF, relying on my self heal

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Radiation Armor is a resist set, you'll want to resist cap first, THEN add defense.  At that point you have to decide on MRA or SLEFC type of defense, in general SLEFC is easier to obtain.  Then you have to decide if you want to full SLEFC and/or add NTP, or just so SL or SLE.   SL is by far the easiest to obtain, and SL is by far the most incoming damage.  E, particularly in incarnate content is the next highest incoming damage.  If you go SL or SLE you can also supplement with temps like  Kinetic Dampeners which are relatively cheap, and then shift some of the SL defense resources to EFC and/or NTP instead.

 

If for whatever reason you still prefer MRA type defenses, then you'll have to decide if you are fighting primarily on the ground and in melee, or fighting either Hover-Tank or far to the rear at max range to avoid melee.  Then you put resources into your playstyle preference.  I really don't recommend this direction as it 'usually' (but not always) yields lower results.

 

 

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Here's the build for my Rad/Rad. I have reasonably high resists, moderate defense and perma Particle Shielding. I find it to be very sturdy.

 

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Uunbrella: Level 50 Science Sentinel
Primary Power Set: Radiation Blast
Secondary Power Set: Radiation Armor
Power Pool: Flight
Power Pool: Concealment
Power Pool: Leadership
Power Pool: Leaping
Ancillary Pool: Electricity Mastery

Villain Profile:
Level 1: X-Ray Beam -- Thn-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(A), Thn-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(3), Thn-Dmg/Rchg(3), ShlBrk-%Dam(5), TchofLadG-%Dam(5), Thn-Dmg/EndRdx(48)
Level 1: Alpha Barrier -- UnbGrd-ResDam(A), UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx(7), UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx/Rchg(7), UnbGrd-Max HP%(9)
Level 2: Irradiate -- ScrDrv-Acc/Dmg(A), ScrDrv-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(9), ScrDrv-Dam%(11), TchofLadG-%Dam(11), AchHee-ResDeb%(13), ShlBrk-%Dam(48)
Level 4: Proton Armor -- Ags-ResDam/EndRdx(A), Ags-ResDam(13), Ags-ResDam/EndRdx/Rchg(15), Ags-Psi/Status(15)
Level 6: Cosmic Burst -- SprSntWar-Acc/Dmg(A), SprSntWar-Dmg/Rchg(17), SprSntWar-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(17), SprSntWar-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(19), SprSntWar-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(19), SprSntWar-Rchg/+Absorb(21)
Level 8: Gamma Boost -- PwrTrns-+Heal(A)
Level 10: Fallout Shelter -- StdPrt-ResDam/Def+(A), GldArm-3defTpProc(21), HO:Ribo(23)
Level 12: Electron Haze -- Artl-Acc/Dam(A), Artl-Dam/End(23), Artl-Dam/Rech(25), Artl-Acc/Dam/Rech(25), Artl-Acc/Rech/Rng(27), Artl-End/Rech/Rng(27)
Level 14: Fly -- Srn-EndRdx/Fly(A)
Level 16: Proton Therapy -- Prv-Heal(A), Prv-Heal/EndRdx(29), Prv-EndRdx/Rchg(29), Prv-Heal/Rchg(31), Prv-Heal/Rchg/EndRdx(31), Prv-Absorb%(31)
Level 18: Proton Stream -- SprOppStr-Acc/Dmg(A), SprOppStr-Dmg/Rchg(33), SprOppStr-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(33), SprOppStr-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(33), SprOppStr-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(34), SprOppStr-Rchg/+Opportunity(34)
Level 20: Particle Acceleration -- Run-I(A)
Level 22: Stealth -- EndRdx-I(A), ShlWal-ResDam/Re TP(34)
Level 24: Assault -- EndRdx-I(A)
Level 26: Neutron Bomb -- Bmbdmt-Dam(A), Bmbdmt-Acc/Rech/End(36), Bmbdmt-Dam/Rech(36), Bmbdmt-Acc/Dam/Rech(36), Bmbdmt-+FireDmg(37)
Level 28: Particle Shielding -- NmnCnv-EndRdx/Rchg(A), NmnCnv-Heal/Rchg(37), NmnCnv-Heal(37), NmnCnv-Heal/EndRdx/Rchg(39), NmnCnv-Heal/EndRdx(39), NmnCnv-Regen/Rcvry+(39)
Level 30: Aim -- GssSynFr--Build%(A)
Level 32: Atomic Blast -- Obl-Dmg(A), Obl-Dmg/Rchg(40), Obl-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(40), Obl-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(40), Obl-%Dam(42), Obl-Acc/Rchg(42)
Level 35: Ground Zero -- Obl-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(A), Obl-Dmg/Rchg(42), Obl-%Dam(43), Obl-Dmg(43), ScrDrv-Dam%(43), TchoftheN-%Dam(50)
Level 38: Meltdown -- ImpArm-ResDam/Rchg(A), ImpArm-ResDam/EndRdx/Rchg(45), ImpArm-ResDam(45), ImpArm-ResPsi(50), ImpArm-EndRdx/Rchg(50)
Level 41: Havoc Punch -- Mk'Bit-Acc/Dmg(A), Mk'Bit-Dmg/EndRdx(45), Mk'Bit-Dmg/Rchg(46), Mk'Bit-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(46), Mk'Bit-Dam%(46), Mk'Bit-Acc/EndRdx/Rchg(48)
Level 44: Infiltration -- UnbLea-Stlth(A)
Level 47: Paralyzing Jolt -- DS:DSyncAccMez(A)
Level 49: Combat Jumping -- LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(A)
Level 1: Opportunity 
Level 1: Brawl -- Empty(A)
Level 1: Sprint -- Empty(A)
Level 2: Rest -- Empty(A)
Level 1: Swift -- Run-I(A)
Level 1: Hurdle -- Jump-I(A)
Level 1: Health -- RgnTss-Regen+(A)
Level 1: Stamina -- EndMod-I(A)
Level 14: Afterburner 
Level 50: Musculature Core Paragon 
Level 50: Pyronic Total Radial Judgement 
Level 50: Reactive Radial Flawless Interface 
Level 50: Talons of Vengeance Core Superior Ally 
Level 50: Barrier Core Epiphany 
Level 50: Assault Total Core Graft 
Level 50: Born In Battle 
Level 50: High Pain Threshold 
Level 50: Invader 
Level 50: Marshal 
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