Tyvm for all the info guys. Regen per hit making a big difference. The survival afk strat you mention wont work for me cause ive already added a reflect to my barkskin so sooner or later the monsters kill themselves and my dryad is just standing there alone, but a nice thing to know for future chars. Also a little depressing about the shoppers basically only seeing gear for their own class but I dont want to edit game files so I'll just make due with what I can.
Shops actually offer a small amount of items for other classes (as well as drop from monsters). By default 70% of items you find or see in the shop, will be for your class. You can change that by changing a corresponding value ( IsUsableByHero = 700,) in "balance.txt" file (1000 = all items for your class, 0 = all items are for other classes). Shops DO sell blowguns (and really good ones, sometimes), but you MUST invest into bargaining (and I mean that, equip all items with bonuses to bargain/skills you can get).
You can reset shops simply by relogging the game - the easiest way to make shopping. Though, to purchase nice goods, you should invest into Bargaining skill, otherwise shops offer junk. The reset time of shops can be changed by changing a corresponding value (TraderOffer_MaxLifetime = 900,) in "balance.txt". Setting this value to 1 will make shops change their offer very quickly (you can reset shops by just visiting each vendor in starting area in multiplayer game, for example.
edit: Another question just poped into my head. If my all skills bonus pushes a skill over the mastery level of 75, will I gain the mastery bonus or do I only get mastery bonus from having 75 base?
You MUST level skill up to 75 yourself. Bonuses to skills from items dont contribute to mastery. So, you can master a skill only at 75 level.
About survival bonus
It grows in combat. So, the only way to bump it is to engage into combat. You may try investing all your runes into Ancient Bark and invest heavily into Nature Weaver Lore/Focus (you need those 2 skills, anyway), so you'll get a good hp regeneration + defence. Then, find some enemies with physical/poison damage (for obvious reasons), engage them and go AFK. Even if you invested into reflect mod (which generaly is weaker than just evasion), you can still do the trick with ranged mobs, as reflect mod on Anciaent Bark affects melee only.
Blowguns are the best ranged weapons for killing trash mobs. Bows (and energy weapons) can have high damage, yes, but they get slower attack speed (with certain investment, blowgun can out-DPS bow), and what more important, blowguns hit INSTANTLY, so moving enemies wont avoid your hits, clustered enemies wont block projectiles from each other, and "regeneration per hit" stat will make your CA perfectly spammable.
For killing bosses, throwing stars are the best (although they're quite rare, even if invested into bargaining). They got the best attack speed (so they can out-DPS any other weapon) and what more important, they can have "life leech" golden mod, that has DEVASTATING effect on bosses.
P.S. Life leech is so powerful, that I "banned" it from usage for myself. It makes game too silly, as any equipment/class/build, that has that mod, will be superior to those who dont have it.
4. I am trying to follow Putrecine's Hybrid Dryad Build, but as I eat more and more sinister predator runes my CA regen times are skyrocketing contrary to what the build says. Has this build lost viability after a patch?(I am playing on latest patch with CM patch aswell)
Dont care about attack combat arts for first 30-50 levels of your character, just kill all enemies with left click. I would suggest to invest into Ancient Bark first, then Sinister Predator. then GoldenGlade's Touch. First and latter can make you invincible, and that's good when you want not lose your precious survival bonus.
Also, top-priority skills to invest into are:
Nature Weaver Lore
Nature Weaver Focus
Capricious Huner Focus
They not just offer great bonuses, but also give you precious modification points. Just ensure you get the modifications you really need (since you cant change them without 3-rd party tools). I can help you with that, if you want.
Edited by MortalKombat, 03 November 2014 - 05:54 AM.