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  1. Hello everyone Clan D.a.r.k Sacred is a growing clan. As such we would like everyone, candidate and full member a like to wear their tag in this way [D.a.r.k] Once everyone has their tag formatted this way Csaszar will also be running a ladder thread for everyone in the clan. Due to the way the search works the clan tag has to be the same for everyone. The idea isn't about raising competition within us but to inspire all the clan members. This thread can give us all valuable information - through accessing Sacred International Highscore about our chars. Seeing which type of chars and what level could be useful when planning excess item distribution. The "ladder thread" would be updated every 2 weeks and would cover every member of the [D.a.r.k] Clan. We hope that this will indeed be fun and used to inspire each and everyone of us playing in [D.a.r.k] In order for the thread to run please make sure your clan tag is : [D.a.r.k] Best of wishes to Csaszar and everyone else with success on the ladder. The D.a.r.k Team
  2. DarkMatters proudly presents the hottest guides in the land. The Index of all submitted guides at DarkMatters has met with success here and around the world. In our hopes of inspiring and encouraging the writing and submission of guides, we now present the hottest Sacred Guides in the land. They have been arranged from most popular downwards and are each representative of how many "views" they have received. We hope you enjoy this little tour through the most popular and most read Sacred Guides and happily await any new and wild builds that you think are great enough to be published and shared. Enjoy the read Sacred Guide: Prism's SP Masterguide SP Tips & Tricks: Prism Sacred Guide: Monster Resistance Tables: gogoblender Epox Thunderboy Guide Epox: Epox Graphic Walkthrough of Ancaria: Myles Death Comes From Above: Therion X Epox NightSlayer Guide: Epox Dragons and other Interesting Places (Ancaria): Myles Woode Elf Blizzard Set Build: DaveO Myles GoW (Gust of Wind) Build: Myles Tactics for SB: Sylph Epox and his BoomStick Guide: Epox Progression of Skills & Average gain per Skill Point: Myles Epox Marksman Guide: Epox The Poison Lady: Therion X Achieving Great Magical Spell damage: gogoblender Miss Bolt Thrower: Therion X Trading, Time & The Bigger Picture: gogoblender Myles Gun Dwarf Guide (UW): Myles Guide to Armor Glow & Resistance Bonuses: Myles Special Sacred Damage Screen Shots: DaveO Roosters Gladiator Guide: Rooster Sacred ORLA: Perq The Unorthodox Vampire Guide: Csaszar Balanced Seraphim Guide: Cygnus Epox Poison Ivy Guide: Epox
  3. The Witch: German WE Guide (translated) by Gelu Guide: The Witch (Poison is Queen of Faeryland Wood Elf Guide) by Gelu The Witch Contents I Prolog II Skills III Combat Arts IV Equipment (Ausrüstung) V Tactics VI Epilog I Prolog The witch is a pure Magic Woodelf. It used only spells and it is times an alternative to the ranga. In addition the witch is designed for mobkills and not individuals. II Skills First off, you need to disable default skills in your settings.cfg file in your Underworld program directory. Your line should be: DEFAULT_SKILLS: 0 level 1: Magic Lore and Meditation Magic Lore and Meditation are actually the core skills of each Mage. Invest 135 points in Magic Lore and Meditation. The rest of the points can come from equipment. So, initially, keep them both at your character level.level 3: Moon magic Take it to reduce spell time in lower levels, and speed up animation. level 6: Constitution Approximately under half of the Char lvls. level 12: Trade Keep at char level. (forever). level 20: Agility We're taking this now 'cause Parry is not yet available. When parry becomes available, invest there. level 30: Armour Keep high enough so you're comfortable. Don't invest heavily. level 50: Parry Somewhat more highly than armour and agility. You'll be using ashield, so the full bonus from Parry will accrue. II Attributes: With the attributes I would set only on Mental Renegeration. Some people might put points into Charisma, because it increases poison damage, but we're not too interested in damage over time as outright killing speed. III Combat Arts Our main combat arts are Poison Tendrils and Thornbush (thorn ball). Poison Tentrils have an advantage: Good damage and low regen. Aim to keep your regen time between 7.5 and 15 seconds. Use equipment to boost power with lower regen time than reading the runes. Thornbush makes high damage and can hit several opponents (Frost says: Particularly when you shoot an arrow into it and have it explode!) Keep your regen time between 1 and 1.5 seconds. Again, use equipment to boost the damage with lower regen time penalty. IV Equipment (Ausrüstung) The witch uses spells and not weapons, so you're looking for good bonus on your weapons for the spells. So, you're looking for sockets, bonuses to Regen Spells, Crit, lifeleech, to Thornbush, or PoisonTendrils. You might consider MF (Dwarf Forge) too. Set:Xrystal set: Look for pieces with bonus to Thornbush or PoisonTendrils. Bonuses eventually go as high as 20. Helmet: Hymir set: magic lore and regen spells. (may find better atmerchant) Bracers: Hymir set Good bonus on mf, moon magic and crit Boots: Brunhild (may find better at merchant)mainly because of mf Belt: Hymir Good bonuses on MR, Regen Spells and MeditationRings: Grimnirs virtue adhesive decoration life leech and more experience of opponents Amu: Xrystal something Magic LoreThere are also good Uniques too. Their German names are: "coat of armssign of the Gilde", "Cubbis last Pentagramm" or "Löwendolch of theforest spirit". V Tactics Simple (Take special care in v2.25 IN the VoT! (TDT): 1. Collect the opponent 2. Cast Poison Tendrils 3. Cast Thornbush into the mob. 4. Shoot it with a bow. VI Epilog Flame war time again. Please constructively criticize and explain whatis wrong and why. Give enough detail so that people completely unfamiliar with your topic will understand you. {Frost writes: try writing as though you were explaining it to a child. I'm still in my first childhood, let alone my second! lol} Gelu
  4. The Grotesque Choir Girl Guide Having experimented with the Daemon for a few months now, I've decided to go against the norm and build an "Abysmal Choir Daemon". This is by far the most enjoyable magic daemon I've made since it requires more strategy and input and it is a refreshing change from the more passive Blazing disk and Hell sphere builds. I play single player and all my characters begin in silver. This guide assumes you are fairly familiar with the game. CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: Attributes Put all your attribute points in to mental regeneration. No more needs to be said. CAs: Abysmal Choir The main offensive skill you will be developing would be Abysmal Choir. The skill operates by affecting every one in melee range (or at very close proximity) with a lingering "curse" which will slow them down by 50% and does constant damage up to the spell's duration (I think level 1 Abysmal Choir lasts around 20 sec). While the damage may be low compared to other daemon spells, the net damage is actually much greater since it affects every thing in melee range and lingers until the enemy is dead. Thus it is possible to instantly curse ten enemies at once as opposed to killing them one by one. In my opinion, it is not advisable to make a huge rune investment in to this skill. While you may get a higher damage, you will have to deal with longer regeneration times, which will leave you vulnerable while you wait. Instead, have a lower level Abysmal Choir with a lower regeneration time allowing you to curse more enemies faster and just let the Choir slowly do its work. I developed Abysmal Choir while pegging my regeneration time at 5 seconds. Battle Daemon By keeping Abysmal Choir at a low regeneration time, you will most likely have a lot of extra runes. Don't let it all just sit in your stash, exchange them and develop the Battle Daemon form. Battle Daemon is probably the only other skill you will want to use. It compliments Abysmal Choir in two ways. A. The more enemies you have around you, the more effective Abysmal Choir will be. The Battle Daemon form comes handy by offering physical resistance, which will be a lifesaver in both early and later stages of the game. B. The Battle Daemon form also offers boosts in physical damage will increase the damage of Abysmal Choir since its half physical and half magical. While it may not be a lot, it will help to offset your Abysmal Choir damage/regeneration trade-off This skill is used purely for defensive and complimentary purposes so regeneration time isn't an issue if you don't use the "Attack" move (you shouldn't need to any way). If you are not developing Abysmal Choir, consume Battle Daemon runes till your hearts content. Optional CAs: Soaring Daemon Useful mainly due to mobility. It offers some defense boosts but I prefer Battle Daemon since it reduces damage as oppose to avoid it and also increases the damage of my Abysmal Choir. Tentacles I think this spell is very interesting. It creates an aura allowing you to raise damaging tentacles over the bodies of your enemies. I am yet to experiment with Tentacles but it may act well as a supporting spell… did I mention it adds a lot of gore? Skills: The three most important skills are Magic Lore, Meditation and Hell power. The first increases abysmal choir damage and while the latter reduces regeneration time. Consistently put skill points in these skills until you experience diminishing returns. It is then better to develop other skills such as parry, armor, constitution etc since they'll offer higher benefits per point. I'm sure I don't need to go in detail as to what skills to choose since they are all self-explanatory. ITEMS: Since I play single player, I don't have the luxury of trading and getting good items early on. I just take what I can find but with an emphasis on mental regeneration, life leech and magic find. The most important thing to look for early on will be socketed items in which you can socket vampire runes. Aim to get around 9% life leech and you'll be reasonable safe. After my life leech issue was dealt with, I place priority in magic regeneration beyond any thing else. I always went for items with the highest regeneration bonuses regardless of defense/resistant since you'll have the Battle Daemon form and life leech to reduce damage. Socketing abysmal choir instead of consuming them will allow you to raise its level while only rising half of its regeneration time. I'm sure most people know that already. I also found the Blacksmith socket attributes to helpful since one of the option is X% increase in spell damage and X increase in mental regeneration. Enlighten Iron is a good item to be carrying since it gives you two sockets, regeneration bonuses and magic find. My socketing policy is to socket the first slot with either a rune or jewelry and the rest with Blacksmith socket attributes. STRATEGIES: Using Abysmal Choir: What makes Abysmal Choir so useful is that it affects every one around you so it's a good spell for crowd control. Run to a place where there are enemies and wait until they react and charges towards you. Run to a new place and repeat. After you've rounded up a mob, take a leap of faith and run in to the center of the crowd. With Battle Daemon form always active, you shouldn't take too much damage. Wait until most of the enemies are in melee range and then cast Abysmal Choir and then run out of the mob so you'll stop taking hits. Once abysmal choir has done its work, your life should be back to full if you have invested in life leech. Make sure you are always in Battle Daemon form. In the event that you turn back to a normal form, you can instantly recast Battle Daemon if you didn't use the "Attack" move. Dealing with range attacks: The major weakness of this build will be its inability to deal with range attacks. To make abysmal choir work, you'll need to get in to melee range but with most range enemies, they run away as soon as you go in to range. One way to deal with them would be to left click on an enemy so you have a lock on. You daemon should approach and engage in melee attack. Initially, the enemy will try to run but keep attacking it and it will switch to melee. You can then cast abysmal choir and move on to the next range attacker. I usually incorporate this while I farm mobs but I focus in getting rid of the range attackers. By time the range attackers are gone, my abysmal choir would've affected and killed all my melee attackers. Final words Out of all that has been mentioned here, I think the most important thing that will make this character work would be patience. The Abysmal Choir Daemon takes a bit more time to fully develop and will be weaker in the early stages but that's what made it so fun compared to the other more…"effective" builds. So if you are bored with Blazing disk and Hell Sphere, give the Choir Girl a try and watch your enemies die before the screams of the abyss.
  5. Thanks to Frosty for permission to post this here This guide is made up of things I've read, things I've been told, and things I figured out for myself. Often, these are opinions. There are many ways to skin an onion, and Sacred UW is no exception. Any contructive comment or criticism is welcome. Save the other kind. In the age of music videos, personal mp3 players, dvd rentals, file sharing, we want things quick... and we want them now! So, the summary comes first: Survive Damage comes in four types: physical, fire, magic and poison. Life leech runes (about 1/2 of vampiress runes are lifeleech) give you back 3% of damage dealt. Use 'em. (Note: for most characters you will find vampire life leech runes dropping around char level 9) Limit on toons Your means to thrive is using your combat arts and spells or special abilities. Hereafter these will be referred to as "things". At the beginning, these things are VERY slow to regenerate. You need one fast thing--to kill one opponent. (level 1) Avoid groups of enemies till you have one slow thing. You need one slow thing--to kill groups. (level 7) Each toon has buffs--things that aid in defense. (Duration > regen...even at start) Pick one buff to use...and have it on all the time. Learn how to play with it active. When it runs out...disengage and run away. Come back when buff is on again. Do what you can to speed up regen of the things you are using. Skills and attributes both help. Make sure you don't choose the wrong skills for your flavour of your character class. Limits on toons Regardless of character class, minimizing regeneration of combat arts (aka fighting by sword/axe/bow) and spells (vampiress abilities, dark elf traps, Wood Elf moon magic, all battlemage spells, dwarven technology...) is key. Combat: attribute Physical Regeneration, skill Concentration, +x% Regenerate Special Move, + X Lore Spell: (BM Water) attribute Mental Regeneration, skill Meditation, skill Water Magic, +x% Spell Regeneration Spell: (BM Fire) attribute Mental Regeneration, skill Meditation, skill Fire Magic, +x% Spell Regeneration Spell: (BM Earth) attribute Mental Regeneration, skill Meditation, skill Earth Magic, +x% Spell Regeneration Spell: (BM Air) attribute Mental Regeneration, skill Meditation, skill Air Magic, +x% Spell Regeneration Trap: (DE) attribute Physical Regeneration, skill Ballistics, skill Trap Lore, +x% Regenerate Special Move, Vampiress abilities: (V) skill Vampirism, Spell (seraphim) attribute Mental Regeneration, skill Meditation, skill Magic Lore, +x% Spell Regeneration, skill Heavenly Magic Spell (WE) attribute Mental Regeneration, skill Meditation, skill Magic Lore, +x% Spell Regeneration, skill Moon Magic Basically, the short form is: Your level will limit how many viable points you can put in a skill. Equipment can boost the skill above this limit. Best to increase each portion as much as you can. Smaller regen=more frequent use. Most characters have a LORE skill, which boost damage and reduces regen time. In the case of combat there are many lores: Axe Lore, Sword Lore, Ranged Combat, Unarmed Combat, Blade Combat (DE only), Long Handled Weapons Lore. Some of these skill conflict with Duel Wield. Whichever gives the best bonus is used by the game. Note: many lores are very specific in what aspect they speed up. If using another aspect, the wrong lore speed/damage bonus will not be applied. Also, many classes can use Dual Wield Skill. Three timers. Use 'em all. At least at the start! At the start, most characters are given two rune-based abilities on different timers. Eg: WE: hard hit, and Recuperation. First is a combat art, second is Moon Magic. The WE has three timers: Combination, Combat arts and Moon Magic (spells). At the start, each of these will regenerate very slowly. Therefore, you should try to use each timer in turn--for maximized playability. Strength vs weakness Four kinds of damage in the game: physical, fire, magic and poison. Using your strength against an enemies weakness will kill the enemy quickly and efficiently. Eg: goblins and orcs are resistant to fire and physical. Use poison and magic to kill them. So when fighting goblins and orcs, use armor with physical and fire resistance. Your toon will complain if damaged excessively by one of these kinds of damage. Listen to it. undead weakness: fire, magic goblins weakness: magic, poison frost giants weakness: poison (and possibly physical or fire?) Monster strengths: physical,fire,magic,posion resistance + damage flight ranged attacks (bows & crossbows, and magic spells) immbolization (nasty when combined with Giant Spider or Dragon) dragon fire (and Meteor Storm in UW) melee attack speed dodge pattern of movement (sakarra priests and enemy battlemages) Single vs Many opponents If you are facing a single opponent, use a quick thing. If you are facing many opponents, use a slow thing. Slow things usually have large areas of effect. Position yourself so the monsters must cross your killing field. Keep moving. This avoid archers and you can make them cross the killing field again. If you find yourself running away a lot, invest in a horse (and bridle) or equipment with the speed modifier...and avoid using equipment with higher level than your character. You lose speed when using equipment with too high a level. Lethal surprises Crossing Zones in MP: monster level has a cap in each area, in each level of difficulty. If a high level player runs thorough, monsters will spawn at their level (capped by level cap). Also, in South Desert (south of Porto Vallum)...just south of Urkenburough the area changes from level 12 cap to level 24 cap in bronze. The minimum level for monsters jumps to level 18. And they appear in groups. So the difficulty level increases exponentially, with little warning. Holding down the alt key will reveal a circle under monsters. Red means above your level, orange at or near your level, yellow below that, green well below your level, and grey, sadly weak compared to you. Groups of reds appearing where you were dealing with singles of orange or green can be a lethal surprise. Fireball Fireball from a skeleton mage, mummy, battlemages, or sakkara priest. Fireball is the BM's version of hard hit. Avoid fireballs. Immobilization combined with boss Petrification, Plant Cage by goblin shamans, dark elf priestesses, ice elves, mummies, and battlemages when combined with a Giant Spider or a Dragon. Dark elf combat kick and hard hit in Valley of Zhurag Nar. By the time you get to Zhurag Nar, you probably have access to the split attribute. If an enemy is split when using hard hit aimed at you, you get an exact copy...so two hard hits. If your defensive buff runs out at that point...it's over. Mobbed and buff runs out Most common form of death. You can't see clearly what is going on... your buff runs out and you die. Can also occur if a large creature (like a Dragon or Giant Spider) is in front of your character--you can't see if you buff has run out. Out of health potions If you rely on potions to constantly get you out of trouble...your toon will die when you run out. If you need potions to survive, perhaps your playing at too hard a level in the game! Combos---a way to jump ahead Concentration Potions (yellow) can be used to regenerate the combo timer instantly. If you have a set of armor in your chest bought to maximize one of your things...you can pay the combo master to put this super attack into a combo. Once the combo level is set (paid for), you can take that armor off (putting it in your chest). The combo level will remain very high. For a BM the Ghost Meadow is a must. My BM has level 43 in GM (runes read), and level 104 GM combo (1X). That gives a much better spell regen rate and duration than level 43! _________
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  7. Melee Battlemage Guide While browsing these boards for a while all I ever see are posts about Ice Shard mages, Meteor Shower mages, Fire Spiral mages, Gust of Wind mages, etc. So a while ago I decided to try something different, a melee mage. Sure you can melee far better by choosing a class that is inherently suited for melee, so if you want to race through the levels and difficulty levels with ease go play one of the other classes, if instead you want a challenge for a change, read on. My character is currently level 100 and almost ready to finish Platinum (although I might need some more levels before I'm ready for Niobium), I've only ever played SP though, so my experiences and this guide might be different for MP, especially hardcore MP. Although I haven't been to Niobium yet I feel my build will be strong enough to handle it eventually, and I wanted to share my experiences with you all which is why I'm writing this guide now. Stat Distribution Skill Choices Spell Choices Equipment General Combat Tactics 1. Stat Distribution Our main focus with this build will of course be melee, so I recommend you put all points into Strength. With each level-up a BM will get 1.6 points of Strength and 3.0 points of Mental Regen. We will need the Mental Regen for our (few) spells, but 3 per level is quite enough for this. Strength with give you hitpoints, damage, attack rating and defense rating. All of which are invaluable for this build. 2. Skill Choices I recommend the following skills: (between brackets is the level to choose them at) Magic Lore (1) Meditation (1) Weapon Lore (3) Agility (6) Sword Lore (12) Constitution (20) Fire Magic (30) Parrying (50) I choose Fire Magic because you'll be using Flameskin (see section 3), some of you might value Trading more, but personally I've never been much of a fan of Trading since you can get all items as drops as well. As for leveling your skills, I recommend: Agility: Max until at least level 100 Weapon Lore: Max until at least level 100 Meditation: half your level Constitution: half your level Parrying: 25 points total Fire Magic: 25 points total Sword Lore: everything that's left Agility is your most important skill here, and also the reason why you're going to get your *** kicked in the early levels. Levels 1-30 were very hard for me, I had to drink a lot of potions to stay alive because 1) I had a hard time hitting things, and 2) I had lousy defense so things hit me all the time. So your first priority should be to increase your Attack Rating (AR) and Defense Rating (DR) with items as much as you can, later on you can swap the things in your sockets to increase your damage instead. Weapon Lore: I don't think I need to explain this one, more damage is always good . Meditation is needed for the buffs you will use. Lots of BM specific items have high mods to Meditation, Mental Regen and Regeneration Spells, so more than half your level in Meditation is not needed, you will get the rest from items. Constitution is of course important but half your level will usually be enough, once you get your defense up high enough you won't really get hit much anymore. Also if you look for Paternus set items you will see some have really high bonusses to Phys.Regen and Strength, so they also increase your hitpoints. Fire Magic and Parrying I only took to 25 points total just so you get the highest boost with the fewest amount of points spend into them. Both are nice to have a few points in, but not essential to keep very high. Fire Magic will only be used to reduce the regen time of your Flameskin and to cast it a bit faster. Parrying will give you a nice boost in DR, but since you already have your Agility maxed and are using Flameskin+Stoneskin you don't really need more points. Sword Lore is something you will only need to spend 1-10 points in in the beginning to max your attack speed. Also Paternus's Sword has a requirement of 12 Sword Lore to use. However on the higher levels your Agility will start to hit diminishing returns at which point Sword Lore becomes very important. I recommend you stop increasing Agility at level 100, and start putting points into Sword Lore every level thereafter to keep your AR high. 3. Spell Choices Early on in the game I suggest you read a few Cataract of Agility runes to increase both your AR and attack speed. Both of which will be sorely lacking at low levels. Later on you will have maxed attack speed with only a few points in Sword Lore, and combined with high Agility you can stop using it altogether. Your main spells through the medium to higher levels will be Flameskin and Stoneskin. Flameskin gives a slight increase to DR (not mentioned on the spell, but it does do it trust me), Fire resist, blocks arrows and does Fire damage to anything that comes too close. Stoneskin greatly increases your DR and raises your Physical and Poison resists. I always have my Flameskin up (level 104 atm) for normal combat and only cast Stoneskin when I'm fighting tough mobs like Dragons. I find the increase in DR from Flameskin is adequate enough already to survive most normal mobs, but I must admit the added damage is sweet too . Something you will greatly lack as a BM is resistances, so when things hit you, they tend to hit hard! The trick is to not let them hit you, something which Flameskin and Stoneskin are very good at. Some optional spells which might be useful are Reiki, Ring of Ice and Phase Shift. Reiki is nice as a substitution for Life Leech runes/items, which works quite well in my experience provided you get the level quite high. Mine is around level 70 atm and it can even keep me alive with 0% Life Leech (although it's not really recommened lol). Ring of Ice is of course nice to slow things down, but I'm not using it because most things die so fast that slowing them down isn't very useful to me, although it might help at those early levels when you're still vulnerable. Phase Shift I just added because I hate walking around looking for a bridge when I can just teleport over the river instead. Get this to around level 12 to reach the maximum range of 200, anything more is wasted. 4. Equipment Because you don't have any Combat Arts which automatically increase your chance to hit when you use them, you should always keep an eye on both your AR and DR. Especially in the beginning you should only socket rings/amulets that increase your AR or DR, more damage is nice but you need to learn to hit things first. As your spell levels rise your DR will vastly increase, therefor the need for socketted items with DR lessens, and you can start focussing on damage instead. I suggest you will try to keep your chance to hit at around 80% and your chance to get hit at around 10%. As equipment I recommend you get Dagowits or Paternus items, or combine them. Dagowits because it increases your weapon's magical damage based on your Mental Regen, Paternus because it increases your weapon's physical damage based on your Strength. Dagowits in general has mostly spell-related mods, Paternus on the other hand has mostly hitpoints increasing mods. I'm using a combination which works very well. For your weapon I recommend you use Paternus's Sword, because it has a critical chance mod (albeit a low one), and because it increases both your physical and magical damage based on your Strength and Mental Regen respectively. As shield Byleth's Wall is an absolute must because 1) it raises critical chance, 2) it gives a huge boost to defense based on your Mental Regen and 3) because of the high Flameskin bonus. If you use the equipment I mentioned above you'll want to completely avoid both Fire and Poison damage items, mainly because nothing boosts that kind of damage, so the little amount you will do will get absorbed by the enemy's resistances and will thus be useless anyway. I actually throw all rings/amulets that do Fire/Poison damage away. You might think that mobs that are highly resistant to either physical or magical damage will kick your ***, but once you get both of these damage types up high enough they won't be a problem (and you will always have Flameskin licking away at them as well). 5. General Combat Tactics Since BM's don't have any melee Combat Arts all we've got are our normal attacks. But to be honest I don't even miss not have an Attack or a Hard-Hit. Most normal mobs drop dead with only 2 hits from my sword, and with a high level Flameskin+Stoneskin to protect you, not even Dragons can hit you. To avoid the hassle of re-casting your buffs all the time I've resorted to only keeping Flameskin up all the time, and only use Stoneskin in special encounters like Dragons. However at lower level you will need both to keep you alive. The damage from Flameskin is pathetic at low levels, but at my level it is now quite nice, especially when it strikes with a critical. It is also very nice to keep your Life Leech going so you can concentrate on killing the things around you without needing to watch your hitpoint meter. Tactics don't really exist as such, just wack things with your sword and recast your buffs when they run out. You will hardly ever use a potion (once you get past level 30 or so) because between Life Leeching and Reiki you will heal up very fast in case you get hit. That's it so far, I hope all of this is helpful to some people, it certainly has been fun for me.
  8. 1.8 Shard Mage Guide OK, I think I got a pretty good build going, so I thought I would share it for the community at large. The shardmage is a Battlemage who will primarily rely on Ice Shards for his early leveling, until going to platinum where he will branch out a bit for additional safety. First let us discuss the skills to take, and how to place the points as you level up. Skills: Magic Lore Meditation Water Magic Agility Trade Constitution Air Magic Parry Ok you'll start off dropping points into Magic Lore, and Meditation. I like to keep this up till they're around level 10 each. Once that happens, I catch Water Magic up to my level. From there on in, I keep Water Magic maxed out, and do so until after level 51. By level 53 or 54, you should have skills that look like this (before item bonuses) Magic Lore 50 Meditation 50 Water Magic 51 Agility 10 Trade 1 Constitution 10 Air Magic 1 Parry 1 These numbers might be off by a couple points. There may be a few points left over to stuff a couple into parry. From level 53 - 75 is when we're going to work on Agility, Parry, and Constitution. Over this period we'll gain 88 skill points which should get those three skills in the mid 30's ranges. Apportion points how you see fit according to equipment (for instance if you find a shield with a huge constitution bonus, place points primarily into Agility and Parry). From level 76 - 100 we're going to put all our points into Trade, to pump it to level 100. From level 100 on, we'll mostly be maintaining trade at our level, and pumping up Air Magic, and making additions to Constitution, Agility and Parry. With the exception of Trade, you'll want to place your points into the skills you will feel to give the largest pay-off. The skill growth rate generally drops to abysmal levels post 50, which is why I chose that as a bench mark for Meditation and Magic Lore, and why you'll likely use them for the last 4 skills as well. Update: Skills at Level 108 Magic Lore: 70 Meditation: 50 Water Magic: 51 Agility: 27 Trade: 108 Constitution: 36 Air Magic: 2 Parry: 54 Just a little look at the route I've taken my current HC Ice Shard Mage. For the next while I'll be working on Magic Lore, Constitution, Agility and Parry. Of course, maintaining trade at my level is a constant part of this throughout the rest of the game as well. Combat Art Selection: Ice Shard Ghost Meadow Stoneskin Flameskin/Whirlwind/Shield Wall (pick one to suit your tastes, I recommend Flameskin) Gust of Wind Phase Shift Ring of Ice From the start you'll be using Fireball as your primary attack spell. If you get really lucky in an early quest and get another Fireball rune, feel free to read it, but I wouldn't recommend using more then 1. After this, hoard every rune you get, and make sure to pick up sellable loot so you can start a little gold stockpile. Largely for the first 50 levels or so, you'll be trading in every rune you for Ghost Meadow's and Ice Shards. The only exceptions to this are to read the first Phase Shift rune you get, you only seem to really need 1, so the rest are exchange bait. Also read any Stoneskin rune you get (to a point where you are comfortable with it's regen time), and whatever choice you made of Flameskin/Whirlwind/Shield Wall. Starting around levels 30-40 I start reading any Gust of Wind runes I get my hands on as well. The same goes for Ring of Ice although I start that a bit later, closer to level 50. What level to aim for on Ice Shard and Ghost Meadow? Well, I consider the optimal level for Ice Shard to be around 2/3 my level, and whatever Ghost Meadow it takes to get Ice Shard's regeneration time down to 1.5 seconds. Don't be shy about Ghost Meadow though. There is simply no such thing as having to high a Ghost Meadow skill. I'm generally particularily pleased when I get Ghost Meadow above my character level. Don't feel bad if you're not hitting the 2/3 character level for your Ice Shards. It isn't necessary. It's just terribly nice. You'll be fine maintaining Ice Shards close to half your level. I really can't recommend having a lesser Ice Shard then this though, mostly cause I'm anal and will do Wolf quests until I meet at least 1/2 Character level for Ice Shard level. Allright, now that you've been told how to level Ice Shards, lets discuss WHY you've chosen Ice Shards over the other spells. It is my opinion that Ice Shards is the most versatile of the attack spells. It doesn't have the absolutely concentrated damage of Meteor Storm, nor the wicked Stun effect of Gust of Wind. What it does have is a much greater utility and party friendliness. Meteor Storm has a delay between you clicking a target, and the Meteor's landing which can cause them to miss should a creature move. Further, I'm just not thrilled with the delay overall. It is however less rune intensive then Ice Shards, which can be a nicer bonus for those of you who are less patient in the collection of runes through the early stages of the game. Gust of Wind is a powerful spell from my observations as well. It does however have a nasty effect of pushing creatures around the screeen which can severely effect your party members ability to enjoy grouping with you, or otherwise provide damage output in the killing of creatures. However, we'll be using Gust of Wind as a secondary attack form with this build. Now let us discuss why we've chosen the other spells in our collection. Stoneskin: This is simply a great spell, and while with great equipment it's not necessary, it simply never hurts to be safe. It adds to our physical resistance as well as boosting our defense thus making it harder for creatures to hit us in the first place. As an added bonus, it gives us a bit of Poison resistance as well. Flameskin/Shield Wall/Whirlwind: The primary reason for this spell type is it's chance to block missle weapons. I find missle users to be the biggest danger to my health typically (other then certain boss type creatures like Raptor's and Big spiders). My personal choice is generally Flameskin as it damages any creature close to me, and add's to Fire resistance as well for if you like killing dragons. If you have enough runes it's quite possible to maintain all three at decent levels, and pick the one you want for different encounter types. Ring of Ice: This spell creates an area around the caster, which doesn't move after being cast. The bonus of this spell is it slows creatures, including their attack rate which is why I particularily like it. Oh, it also does some damage. I've found keeping it around 1/4 or so of your level is enough to maintain it's general effectiveness. Gust of Wind: This spell is something we're going to boost around level 80. Why do we want this spell if we have Ice Shards as our main damage spell? Well, it's damage is all poison, which makes it an effective back up for when we encounter creatures who are very resistant to physical and magical damage which is what our Ice Shards uses as a damage type. In addition if we find ourselves in a desperate situation where we're getting mobbed, casting this will knock creatures far away from us and stun them, giving us time to deal with the situation in a much safer and more leisurely manner. Ghost Meadow: Lowers cast time, and once it's level 54 (I think) it last for 3 minutes. All we really need to know is it lowers the regeneration allowing us to cast spells faster and thus increase our damage over time potential. Socketing our Equipment: For the first 60 levels, I mainly socket Ice Shard and LL into all my available sockets. Socketing Ice Shard's only gives a 1/3 regen penalty of what we would get to raise it by a level. Thus if you would normally get a 3 second addition to regeneration for adding an Ice Shard level, socketing an Ice Shard will give us a 1 second addition to regeneration. The Life Leech runes (Vampire Combat arts with 3% LL) will help keep us alive by continually drawing life from creatures you're damaging and giving it to you. Once you hit level 60, I highly recommend heading to a gold server, going to Braverock, and doing some power shopping, looking for rings and amulets with a bonus of 40 or more to defense. For those of you not knowing what to look for when you go shopping, I'll try and do a pathetic illustration of what you would see. Super Cool Amulet Name Resistance: 100 Level: 67 DEFENSE: 40 Minimum Level: 50 Blah blah bonus blah blah bonus The part in Bold is what you're looking for. Socketing 12 or so of these in your armor in addition to your parry/agility can take your defense from 1000 to over 5000 quite easily. This is quite an immense bonus, and will up your survivalability considerably. Obviously the higher the Defense number the better. Until you reach level 90 or so, I wouldn't worry about what the ring/amulet has except Defense. Once you hit 90, and have a decent tradeskill, you should be able to start finding amulets/rings with additional bonuses such as Split, Life Leach, Experience bonus, and other wonderful things written in orange. ((I learned all about socketing from RUN1, he's my guru! Love the defense bonus, thank RUN1 for teaching me, so I could share it with you.)) Equipment in general: For a large part in the early game you'll be relying on magical/rares/set pieces for your equipment. I start of with mostly Dagowits (once I start finding them) and then replace the Head, Body, and belt with Blackstaff pieces. For gloves,boots,arms and greaves I generally like rare items with a high Regeneration Spells bonus. Rares tend to be best here, as they'll give you other bonuses which can be excellent. For my rings/amulets I look for ones with the defense bonus shown above, and equip those to help boost my defense early on. Of course however, you'll have to base your equipment on what you find in game. Generally what you want to look for when deciding which piece of equipment to wear is this: Does it increase my damage while maintaining/decreasing the regeneration time of Ice Shards. If the answer to this question is yes, then it's what you want. I always use a 1 handed weapon and shield post level 15. The reason for this is quite simple. More sockets, and more possible bonuses then a two handed staff will give you. Side Note: A lot of people like to wear the complete Blackstaff set as it gives you permanent GM, thus negating the need to recast it every 3 minutes or less. I believe however, that the total bonuses you can get from wearing just a few select set pieces and really good rares, outweighs the lazyness factor of needing to recast GM. Item bonuses: This is largely stolen from Alexfrog's WE Guide, and slightly modified for the Battlemages special needs. Yes, this part is mostly a plagarized effort. Focus on items with as much bonuses to the following as you can get: Bonus to (your attacking CA) (More damage, without increasing regen times much at all!). This is the most important. Bonus to Mental Regeneration (more spell damage and faster spell regen) Bonus to skills you use, such as Magic Lore, Parry, etc... Life Leech ("Each hit draws life from enemies X%"). (This keeps you alive while killing monsters. You should have enough, once you get good items, that your leeching keeps you health meter full, and constantly restores the damage you are dealt. (Alexfrog has) about 12%, and it does fine, some people like more. I like 15-20% Split %. (Creates new monsters that die easily, increasing experience gained and giving more item drops). Bonus to finding special items. (This increases your rewards gained). Bonus to experience gained from monsters. (Also increases rewards gained, which by the way we get when socketing Ice Shard runes, which is another reason I like to socket them). +% Critical Hit. (A critical hit deals several times the damage of a normal blow, and help you kill monsters faster). Bonus to Movement Speed (Running fast lets you get to monsters quicker, and increases killing speed). Spell Regeneration bonus (Even faster regeneration times for your spells, I haven't found the cap for this yet). Bonuses to Defense. Bonuses to Resistances, especially physical resist. And of course, sockets on items are great, as they allow you to put runes or jewelry in them, and can be very versatile in helping you get whatever item modifiers you are lacking. That's about all I can think of at this point. Anything I've missed addressing, let me know and I'll edit it in if I have an answer.
  9. Many thanks to Zinsho for this build which was originally posted on SIF Hunter-Seeker Seraphim Hunter-Seeker Hybrid Premise: Up until now most Seraphim guides have recommended the use of Attack as the primary melee CA be it for a Hybrid or a Melee toon. Multi-Hit is too hit-or-miss with regards to it's hit ratio, Hard Hit is quite effective but is not the attack of choice for a seraphim. Attack is because of the number of attacks you get per volley. Regardless of the weapon, a seraphim positively shines with Attack, not to mention she looks great. If you want details about Attack and how to build a toon around it, you can look at almost any guide that has a melee component. Hunter-Seeker is a unique CA, no other class has anything quite like it, although as I use it more I sometimes think that FotG has aspects in common with it. When using HS the Seraphim is immobile, if she moves the weapon jumps back to her hand and the attack is cancelled. Once she catches it she pauses for a moment before she can swing again, or use a CA. My guess is that this is to simulate her trying to resettle her grip properly. Advantages: Unlike Attack, Hunter-Seeker can hit multiple enemies at a single time. The arc of her thrown weapon is consistent, with practice it becomes almost intuitive to judge where it will hit. As well it has a greater damage increase. Unfortunately that cannot be clearly documented as the CA does not display the %increase to the damage, nor does it list the damage with any semblance of accuracy. But to give an example of the damage increase, a level 18 HS was dealing roughly 9k-12k damage per hit before criticals, a normal sword swing for the same seraphim was dealing between 1.8k and 2.9k, give or take. Roughly estimating based on those perceived amounts of damage at level 18 the +% damage seems to be in the range of +400%, which I believe is roughly the same as a level 85 Attack. Another definite advantage of HS is dealing with archers. Archers have the most annoying tendency to dance back a few steps every time a melee toon moves up to attack them, often leading to a merry chase across the map, gathering all the more enemies and archers. On the other hand, with HS when the archer takes a few steps back you simply need to throw, the arc of HS is the same distance as the archer will back up from you, placing it right in line with the toss. A potential advantage of HS, although one that some people might call a disadvantage is the execution time. Regardless of whether you are planning to use Attack, a left-click swing or another throw of HS, the total execution time of HS is somewhere close to 3 seconds. 3 seconds means that much less regeneration gear needed to keep a manageable regen on HS, or that much higher a level. Disadvantages: Not counting the above paragraph, the main disadvantage of HS is the same as that of Multi-Hit. It can be extremely frustrating with regards to successfully striking enemies, particularly those in close melee range. This is the specific reason why I suggest making a hybrid if you are going to use HS, Attack will work quite well on the melee enemies but with that the issue becomes having to switch back and forth between them while also disregarding the archers and mages that stay out of melee range, both of which can be hit by HS, either on purpose or simply by their walking into it. Stats: In this regard I won't be overly specific, different methods work for different individuals. Physical Regen will speed up the regen on HS, Mental Regen will do the same but for the spells. Dex will improve fire damage, Abdiel being quite useful in conjunction with that. Strength increases life and physical damage, and so on and so forth. My recommendation though would be to put at least some emphasis on Mental Regen, it will both decrease your spell regen times and increase the magic damage that they deal. So put at least some points into MR, perhaps 3 out of every 5, the other two being at your discretion, although I suggest you keep them solely in one stat, rather than spread the other points between multiple stats. Skills: Since this is a hybrid you don't need to change the first two skills, you can start with Magic Lore and Weapon Lore without wasting a skill. On the other hand if you want to change them you can do so freely. There are two main ways to start a hybrid, either start out as a Magic seraphim or as a Melee seraphim and then as you start to survive that way expand into the other aspect. I typically start with Melee and so will write the skill choices in the relevant order for such. If you want to start out with the Magic side then simply swap around the relevant skills in the order they are taken. Level 1: Weapon Lore – Increases your damage, pump it as needed to keep your damage up Level 1: Constitution or Concentration – Constitution for more life, quite useful early on in HC Level 3: Concentration or Constitution – Concentration to speed up your melee CA regenerations, keep it at a high enough point that you can manage your CAs. Level 6: Sword Lore – Substitute for LHW if you prefer, I don't suggest DW because you only throw one weapon regardless. Level 12: Heavenly Magic – More useful than Meditation. Meditation can be substituted with +RS for the exact same boost to regeneration, whereas Heavenly Magic cannot, not to mention it speeds up casting. Level 20: Magic Lore – Increases Magic Damage, see weapon lore. Level 30: Armor – Improves resistances, resistances are life. Level 50: Your Choice although I suggest either Parry or Trade. Agility 'could' take the place of Parry since it boosts defense as well as AR, but Parry has more of a boost and you already have SoF and your specific weapon lore. If you already have a trader that can transfer over gear then go with Parry. Do the same if you really dislike Trade, it is a subjective skill. I won't say set them to a certain degree relative to your level because I don't follow such, I boost them as I feel like, going by feel rather than fixed increases to keep them at some ratio that isn't always relevant. Since it is near impossible to determine exactly what stats the items you use will have, it isn't worth focusing on fixed ratios and such, if you can survive with less Weapon Lore or Constitution then go ahead, if you need more then you need more. Base your spending of skill points on what your gear requires. The only skill I will say differently for is Trade (Or Forging for a Dwarf, but this is a seraphim), it's most useful when it is maxed so you might as well do so (And you can afford the points). CA Choices: Hunter-Seeker: Obviously you need Hunter-Seeker, otherwise there's not really any point in even looking at this guide. Keep the regen somewhere around 2-3 seconds, that's roughly what you need for it. Attack: I'm not actually suggesting you use Attack after level 30 or so, but until you have a strong enough basis to your skills, damage and leech it is a very useful skill to use. After that you can phase Attack out, or keep using it if you like, even to the exclusion of HS, but then it's simply a Hybrid, not a HS Hybrid. Spell Choices: Rotating Blades of Light: Pretty much the standard Magic seraphim Spell, it also works quite well with HS. It keeps your life up when mobbed, it kills off those enemies who survive your throw or who don't get hit in the first place. It also gives you a way to deal with those enemies who get split, regardless of where they were when you hit them, the clone will get hit by the next pulse of the blades. Keep the regen somewhere manageable, just below duration if that's what you want although then you can't use other Spells, at some point lower so that you can use other Spells. As you see fit Celestial Light: Another standard, works well for gathering enemies, or killing them for that matter. It can take the place of RBoL, something I've done more than once, the only issue being that with HS you do move around, trying to place yourself for the proper throw and so there goes your padding leech wise, or your split remover. There are two choices here, either get the regen down as low as you can, say 1-5 seconds as you like. The other choice is once more to get the regen close to the duration, which would increase the damage all the more. (Although with proper application of crit, +%magic damage and WIDD you can get similar damage levels, if not higher with the low regen, although using those on a high regen does boost them all the more regardless, just low regen does equal more damage, the more CLs you can have on the field, the more damage you'll be putting out. Light: Same as RBoL, except only applicable to undead (includes Shaddar-Rims and Nuk-Nuks). If you want to hunt these things, then go ahead and invest in this Spell, same idea as RBoL as far as regen. Strength of Faith: I'm not entirely sure it is useful in this build, HS seems to hit quite effectively regardless of your Attack Rating. There isn't anything listed in this regard so there aren't any clues based on what the CA states. I suspect there must be a bonus because killing 5 mobs in a row, each of 5 DEs without a single whiffed hit when my to-hit was ~60% does make me suspect it either has a bonus or some other method used to calculate whether it hits or not. BUT: there are times where it will help. You will occasionally face enemies who you can't seem to hit, either the HS keeps missing, or it shows a hit-check flash (the sparks and such) and sometimes does make the blocking sound, but sometimes does not. Regardless in these cases you won't hit the enemy. Casting SoF and then once more trying to throw will hit the enemy as often as not if the sparks were showing. If they weren't... then they might now be hit, but they might not. In which case either reposition and try again, or just go after them with normal swings/magic. Light Shield and Lightning Bolt are up to you, I personally have never really enjoyed the second, although one day I'll likely build a toon specifically to destroy things using it. Light Shield I can see being useful and will almost certainly end up using it later on, most likely through a combo where the durations of the relevant Spells are similar. At that point I'll likely also expand into other CAs and Spells, but we'll see when I get there. Combat Jump I haven't said anything about, I happen to enjoy using it but because it currently (UW 2.28) can cause your seraphim to freeze and so I'm avoiding it for the moment. I don't want to lose a toon to it. Gear: I won't get into gear choices, I happen to like Abdiels set and therefore Fire damage. The main details you really need are: +Regen Special Move +Regen Spell %Leech +Critical (+Magic Find) (+WIDD) +Skills/Combat Arts/Spells, be they to all or to specific ones that are relevant for you. +%Magic Spell/Damage as well as to your damage type of choice for melee. +%Split As I get to higher levels I happen to like focusing on Split and Critical, balancing my leech to an appropriate point to keep me alive, WIDD to be phased in later on but it's not easy to find in proper amounts at lower levels. (Aarnum's does provide both, even by just using the rings, which also happen to increase fire damage). Damage is life. More damage means fewer enemies standing, meaning less damage for you to take. It also means more life leeched back to counter what damage you do take. So keep your damage up and as long as you have enough life and resistance you'll survive. __________________ Insane is doing the same thing over and over the same way and expecting the outcome to change. Lucky is doing so and it actually changing. I'm not insane, I'm lucky.
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  11. r00sters Gladiator Guide The Gr00 Guide This guide is dedicated to my gladiator Gr00, as he taught me all I know. Foreword: This guide is intended to help make the most powerful gladiators. It is not intended for power-levelers, experience sockets, or magic find. This guide is also not for players wanting to use only one weapon as it is not an optimal method of play. Switching weapons is easy and effective. If you don’t like hitting keys, video games may not be for you. This guide will require you to play. It is also not intended to tell you exactly what to do. I will not be giving you exact math such as keeping armor skill at exactly half your characters level. This guide is for people wanting to maximize. Get the most damage, highest resistances, most power etc. Pre Planning You are a gladiator. Take a few moments before you embark to plan your characters course. Think of skills, weapons, and tactics. Knowing a little of what you what beforehand will ensure you waste no runes, weapons or armors. This guide will follow these skills; Weapon Lore Concentration Constitution Dual Wielding Agility Armor Parry Trade The first 2 skills are there, no explanation needed. Constitution should be the first skill you choose, as you will take it eventually, may as well take it at level 3. Next is Dual-Wielding. This guide is for those that wish to dual wield and maximize its potential. Agility raises attack and defense ratings. These will factor into Heroic Courage as well, as a larger base makes a larger buff. Armor is for when you get hit. This guide will deal a large amount with resistances, and yours should be stellar. Parry is more defenses. I will not go into the argument of taking a second weapon lore, as dual wield over rides it, and a larger base defense makes a higher rating with courage on. Trade is essential. You will need many items, weapons and armors throughout your characters life, make sure you are able to buy them. Skills So, going with dual wielding these combat arts will be of most use to you. Attack is the combat art you will use most often, and is priority number one in learning first. Hard Hit This is good for singles, and generally fast movers. Mages hate Hard Hit. Heroic Courage both of your hands has weapons. This is your shield. It is also necessary; as it makes sure you hit things. Fist of the Gods regeneration does not matter. Neither does the wind up. Pay no attention to the nay-Sayers, as you will smash anything in 1 hit. The regeneration wont matter, as whatever it was is dead, and you have courage while you wind up. Awe This will save your ***. It stuns mobs and drives them back. The animation is under .5 of a second, and regeneration is super fast. Combat Jump Lets you jump around. Nothing useful besides this, but will help you reach areas faster. The rest should be left grey, as it will increase your rune drop rate. Get an Attack rune as soon as possible, and get courage to 255 (eventually) Attributes There is only one you will boost, STRENGTH. There is the argument that high level combat arts will over-ride boosting this attribute. This is true; however the weapons and jewelry we will be using will use percents of strength to damage types, resistances, and later on will pass having an extra level in attack by far. Have faith, you will thank me later. Choosing a Main Damage Type There are four elements of damage, Physical, Fire, Magic, and Poison. It is imperative that you choose one to specialize in. I will be using poison for this guide. This will be your highest damage type, but will not be the only one that you use. This guide emphasizes you use ALL damage elements. As well we will be specializing in vs. “enemy” damage. Using the correct damage type vs. an enemy that is weak to it is superior to even critical strike. Poison kills orcs faster than using fire weapons with 100% critical. Yes, I’m serious, and yes I have proof. I have 2 Paternus’ Arguments with 90% critical dual wielded. It takes 2-3 hits vs. an orc with them, yer my poison axes take 1 hit. Sets Some say sets are a waste, and do not compare to other armors and unique gear. This can be true to some extent, but sets do one thing that will make the main damage type a lot more damage. They give you an attribute boost. I.e. strength + 50 then use a % of the attribute boosted, to one damage type, and each piece will be likewise. Using a full set is not needed, as we are dual wielding, and lorgars set uses a 2 handed sword. However, this guide will use Lorgars Healer as the example set. Setting up your Gladiator Accumulate gold as fast as you can, as maximizing the dual wield build is going to be expensive. You will be given 5 slots for weapons. USE them. Have element damage in each slot. Physical in 5, Poison in 4, Fire in 3, Undead in 2, and Magic in 1. Your armor should work with your main damage type. Lorgars gives all poison damage and is another plus to using a set. Or Dalmars Masterful set if you have chosen your main as Physical damage. You get the idea. Sockets Make sure in one piece of kit that you stack amulets with high defense ratings. I use my breastplate, as I can stack 3 amulets. This will make the boost from courage so much more. Of course socket leech, but keep in mind, the more damage you deal the less leech you will need. Leeching 3% of a 5000k hit will give you more than hitting for 50k with 50 leech. We will be dealing a lot of damage, and tons of leech is not needed. Around 9% is plenty. In the other slots socket resistance, maybe one or two attack speed amulets, a resistance with a high attack rating, but generally protective gear. Lorgars amulets are always nice, as they give more charisma, more %’s of that attribute to poison damage, resistance, and regen special move. Get as many as you can. Also anything with regen special move and good res is welcome. Also, no damage rings in armor. Keep those in the weapons, and keep them mono elemental. Do not put anything but fire dmg rings in your fire weapons set. This rule also applies to armor vs. weapons. Dmg rings in things that do damage. Resistance in things that resist. It is far easier to manage your damage, as you want to keep it as mono elemental as possible from weapon set to weapon set, besides your main damage type of course. This is enough to worry about till about platinum level. By the 100 mark, you should have all element weapons, great resistances, full attack speed, courage should be very high, attack ca should be high with a regen of around 2.5-3 seconds. Hard hit should be near 1 second, and fotg should kill all lesser enemies in a single blow. Your main damage type should be firmly established, yet you should know when to use other damage elements. You know all enemy resistances, and pick the right weapon slot before you even warp. MAXIMIZING This is where your gladiator will come to life. He will take no damage, and give more than anything ever wanted. This is for through platinum to niobium levels, and is where we specialize. Uniques These are the uniques you should get. Lonidras Enlightened belt of Might, Foul Feet, and King of the swallows. All armors, and give you more sockets than most other gears. Bahamuts amulet of the Dead. Gives a + to strength, and also has a mod, +232% of strength to physical damage vs. undead. This is where boosting strength all this time will start to pay off. At least 5 Lorgars Bright Amulets. These at high levels will give amazing resistances (+58% of strength to physical resistance. Another plus to boosting strength), great regen special move, super poison damage boosts, defense rating, and constitution. These are the best socketable item in the game for gladiators in my opinion. Dark Amulet of the Temple Servant. +100 Physical regen, physical and poison resistance, physical damage + 34% strength (gee, another strength +) dexterity to attack rating, and 9% leech. Good stuff. Glimmering Amulet of Luck. These babies are rare. But with due cause. Armor, endurance, constitution, attack rating, attack speed, magic find, arguably the best amulet in the game. Try to get one. An amulet with +34% to all resistances. These can be bought with trade skill. Will up your res a lot. Especially if you put it in lonidras belt, with 2 other slots. Anything with endurance. It raises your resistances, and by a fair amount too. Use as much as you can. Jagged Amulet of Darkness. It has physical +%, to all combat arts, regen move, + a lot of strength, another must have. Unique Weapons or high powered rares. These are extremely important. These are the conduit of your growing power. Here are some great choices you should seek; Physical Jasons machetes, or dwarf splitter axe of fear. Another great choice is the Gladiator battle hammer, as not only is it physical, it makes killing any gobliniod creature simple. Poison Raisors Bloodsuckers. +65% of strength to poison damage. That’s a hell of a lot by now. Telcontars Legacy is another excellent choice, as the poison dmg is lower, but you get +40 to courage. Fire Barbarian Axe. Lottsa fire. On par with thains almost, and these have critical, + to awe and dagger stare. Another is Infestors diplomat, +str to fire dmg, and fire dmg +103%. Undead It is good to have undead weapons, as many undead creatures pack some serious power, but you can use any vs. my favorite enemy type weapons. Great choices for undead are Paternus’ Arguments. 48% critical, + str to fire dmg vs undead. Feacs hammers, drugalurs war mace, braggis battle hammer, heras hammer of satisfaction, and mace of malediction are other notables. Magic I use ornate axes of resting, as they also have high physical damage properties, but another good choice is magic blade of rage, as again it uses a % of strength to magic dmg. These are just suggestions for weps, but best use the ones with +%’s of strength to damage. By now a % of your strength is a very high factor. Also, none of these uniques require axe lore, for those thinking that. Dual Wielding IS Duality! Get 2 of each weapon. Whatever you decide to use, get 2 of them. It will double the properties. Take the machetes for example; that’s a lot of physical damage exactly the same. Slot these weapons with the same rings and it’s like doubling the bonuses all around. It is much more effective than using one of this, and one of those. Pain You must realize the make up of a gladiator to benefit from using advanced mods. Pain is like a % of hp to damage. You are a gladiator, with all strength boosted, lots of constitution etc, you have a lot of hp. So using around 10% pain is a lot of added dmg. More Lorgars! Late in the development, remove the defense amulets and replace them with Lorgars Amulets. This will increase resistance, Poison damage, Constitution, and regen you moves a fair bit faster. Its also why I wear lorgars, as every glad sockets the amulet, so why not use them to their fullest having poison as main damage. Another Look at why We Boosted Strength I have noticed, that any truly amazing unique, rare, anything that is of value to a gladiator uses + strength to damage. Gr00 has over 1500 points in strength. Anything that uses a % of it is going to get a lump sum. Evaluation You should be able to slaughter anything with your main damage type. Poison trolls should fall in 2-3 hits from the attack ca sequence, with poison weapons on. Using proper element damage, almost anything should fall in 1 hit from attack. A mob of dark elves should each die in 1 hit of attack with fire weapons on. Spiders should take 1-2 fotg’s. orc mobs should die from poison weapons in 1 hit, etc, etc. Your attack ca should kill mobs as fast as multi hit with a 2 handed axe. Hard hit should kill all lesser creatures in a blink of an eye. Courage should be at 255 read. Awe should be enough to let you run. Resistance should be over 80k. Magic find, xp, and power leveling are fun, but it also usually leaves you weak, unadventurous, and often creating new characters out of boredom. Do not use these things unless the items have other more important benefits. Consider them a luxury on gear. Gear you would use without the mf and xp. Dual Wielding enlightened irons is NOT the way to deal big damage. I have enclosed full screenshots from Gr00. This is your goal, and reference. All weapons, armor, slots are available for study. This is by far my most powerful character, not in level alone. Following these tips, I take no damage, I deal insane amounts, barely get hit even. Meteor does maybe 300 per stone from an orc shaman, skeleton mages fireballs hit for 5k, even the vaunted dark elf kicks hit for only 12-14k. Boss raptors are a joke; hit me for 1000 dmg, while fotg can do in excess of 10 million to them. In a quote from Gr00 himself, “the world is my oyster.” I wish you good luck in getting the best and having fun from your gladiators as I do. Also, please leave me able to edit this as I find more useful tips.
  12. This is the Official Indexed List of all the Guides and Builds available at DarkMatters. The Index comprises guides regarding player builds, Tours of Ancaria, Important lists, Maps and other miscellaneous but important reference information regarding this game. The index is made up of links to every guide that has been submitted here at DarkMatters. It is the culmination of innumerable numbers of people that have worked hard, donated their time and played Sacred over many years. Many of these people are now gone but their work remains and has been recorded here on this site as testimony towards the greatest of builds and guides. We believe it will make a player's experience only that much better. Our respect and greatest thanks for all of the submissions and work involved and to everyone who was a part of this. Writers Dreamers Builders Formatters Indexers Thank you Enjoy the Index. Unique and General Game Guides and Character Builds Csaszar's Guide to find the famous ICON set, or create a succesful low level item finder Csaszar Sacred Guide: Shift Key Shielding, The unwritten defense Schot Regen Time / Duration : The good balance, How to simply manage your boost CA/Spells level Nihilith Possible preparation before starting a new char Csaszar Denizens of Ancaria by Terrority...Map, Originally Posted at $Wanted$Sacred. Created by FX Interactive $Wanted$Sacred Sacred Guides: The Fiend Folio, Monster Descriptions and Resistance Tables, Dragons, Cave of Heroes, Demons, Goblins...etc gogoblender Special Sacred Damage Screen Shots: Various set or item damage mods. DaveO The Dracobane. FrostElfGuard & Tharkane Tactics for SB. Slyph Achieving greater magical spell Damage: A list and pix of ways to socket your way to greater damage. gogoblender MacTak's Sacred Underworld Single Player (SP) Starting Guide. MacTak Tharkane's Weapons & ArmorGuide: Figuring it out. Tharkane Combo (& Rune) Guide. BondBug Tharkane's secret Mojo: Juicing up Spell Damage. Tharkne The Merchant Mechanics Unraveled: How to shop with an edge. Thorin Oakshield John K.C: Defence and Physical Regeneration in Sacred: Comprehensive paper on in-game Mechanics. John K.C How To Add Widd to Your Build: Best Damage Mod in Sacred. gogoblender Trading, Time and the Bigger Picture: Why trading WILL pay off. gogoblender Pevils Horse Builds: General Tips to make Horses Work. Pevil Prism's SP Masterguide: SP Tips & Tricks. Prism Graphic Walkthrough of Ancaria Maps on Regions, Towns, Portals, and Campaign point A to B. Myles Progression of Skills + Average Gain per SkillPoint, Extracted from Librarian's full progression tables. Myles CA and Spell Regeneration Formulae (+ Base Value), by Telenochek and Covenant and edited by me. Myles, Covenant and Telenochek Inner Works of Resistances, Translation of a German thread by Librarian. Myles Dragons and Other Interesting Places. (Ancaria), Need a place to go?. Myles Guide to Armor Glow and Resistance Bonuses, Modified from an old test thread in Sacred Official Forum. Myles Rumors in Ancaria, based and expanded from "NPC messages" by Librarian Myles Frosty's General Sacred Character Guide for Noobs, Originally posted at DA. Frosty World Discovered (WD) Guide Knuckles and masteff Seraphim Builds and Guides Sacred Guide: A slimmer, more powerful seraphim in five easy steps, Quickies for wonderbabes gogoblender How to add WIDD to Your Build. gogoblender Seraphim Character Reference Thread, HIgh Damage Checklist for your Wonderbabe. gogoblender Seraphim thread for High Damage. gogoblender Balanced Seraphim Guide, Cygnus Seraphim Build. Cygnus Seraphim Super Model Build, KOTR Seraphim Build. KOTR The Uriel's Build, KOTR Seraphim Build. KOTR Hybrid Seraphim Build, KOTR Seraphim Build. KOTR All Magic Seraphim Build, KOTR Seraphim Build. KOTR The BFG Seraphim Build, KOTR Seraphim Build. KOTR The Seraphim Mounted Archer Build, KOTR Seraphim Build. KOTR Pure Melee Seraphim, KOTR Seraphim Build. KOTR Jonny x's seriously wicked ebolts build!. JonnyX Zinsho's Hunter-Seeker Seraphim, Originally posted on the SIF . Zinsho Undead hunter build . Obsession Wood Elf Builds and Guides Runefarmer wood-elfs, Different wood-elf runefarmer builds. Obsession Wood Elf Blizzard Set Build, The Big Blue Chill. DaveO Ranged Wood Elf Build, Written by me! . griffman Magic Wood Elf Build, Written by me! . griffman WE Combat Ranger Guide, formerly a part of Librarian's Complete WE reference. Myles Stalky's Wood Elf Guide. Stalky Spider Queen. Llama Wood Elf - Spear Build, by foot or riding an horse. Patroclo Picchiaduro My Hybrid WE, Mistress of the (D.a.r.k.) Woods. Csaszar Erling's WIDD Wonder Wood Elf of Wrickles and Blood Erling > The Witch: German WE Guide (translated) by Gelu, From SIF posted by Frosty. Gelu Gladiator Builds and Guides Epox Marksman Guide. Epox X-box Gladiator. Obsession The WIDD Gladiator. Obsession The The Fist of the Gods! by forumjoe, Gladiator with FotG only . TherionX Rooster's Gladiator Guide. Rooster Daemon Builds and Guides Hell on Wheels. Wordsmith Epox Poison Ivy Guide. Epox Miss Bolt Thrower. TherionX Melee-Fire Daemon Guide. Christian-Kiss Death comes from Above. TherionX The Poison Lady. TherionX Tharkane's Incredible Codex of Daemons (Guide) Part 1-6. Tharkane Beware_the_Hooly's The Grotesque Choir Girl Guide, Originally posted on sif Beware_the_Hooly Dwarf Builds and Guides Csaszar's Tech Berserker, Size does NOT matter after all!. Csaszar Tharkane's Tharkane's Guide to the Dwarven Trader. His own trader dwarf. Tharkane Tharkane's Tharkane's Guide to the Dwarven Trader. Part 1 Tharkane Tharkane's Tharkane's Guide to the Dwarven Trader. Part 2 Tharkane Tharkane's Tharkane's Guide to the Dwarven Trader. Part 3 Tharkane Tharkane's Tharkane's Guide to the Dwarven Trader. Part 4 Tharkane Tharkane's Tharkane's Book of the Ancestors: Dwarven Guide.Part 1 Tharkane Tharkane's Tharkane's Book of the Ancestors: Dwarven Guide.Part 2 Tharkane Tharkane's Tharkane's Book of the Ancestors: Dwarven Guide.Part 3 Tharkane Epox the Dude and his Broomstick Guide Epox Mini-Guide: The Rune-Hunter Dwarf, This Build will let your inv. burst under the weight of runes Rotluchs Melee-Physical Dwarf - Guide Christian-Kiss Myles' Gun Dwarf Guide (UW) Myles Dark Elf Builds and Guides Epox The Cobra Guide, ssssssh Sexy Epox Tharkane's Dark Elf Compendium Weaponry Parts 1 - 3 Tharkane Tharkane's The Dark Elf Compendium UNDERWORLD Parts 1 - 3, Underworld addendum Tharkane Tharkane's The Dark Elf Compendium Parts 1 - 6, Sacred PLUS Tharkane Csaszar's Hybrid Dark Elf, ** The funny way to be powerful ** Csaszar Poison Mist Trapper Guide Knuckles The Dark Elf Fire Trapper Moon Reaper Battlemage Builds and Guides The Force of Nature, An evil Ice/Air Mage Combo EvilMale The Hot Meteorologist Battlemage mik209 Evil's Meteor Storm Battle Mage Evil Male Epox Thunderboy Guide Epox Csaszar's GoW BM Guide Csaszar Myles GoW (Gust of Wind)BM Guide Myles nephytes 1.8 Shard Mage Guide, Originally posted on the SIF nephyte Amonai's Melee BattleMage Guide, Originally posted on the SIF Amonai Vampire Builds and Guides Epox Nightslayer guide Epox The General Mini-G The Unorthodox Vampire, Melee Vampire Guide Csaszar FDM Featured Video Game-Play Guides Sacred Guide to Easy Splitting, An alternative to using the burning feet bonus from Icons Schot Burning Down the VoT with my Widder BM, Burn baby burn! Schot Casting Dagger Stare on all the npcs at once., Silearth's idea done Extreme! TherionX No children were harmed in the making of this....., Test: Using Dagger Stare on NPC's Silearth The Crit Machine, My newest Gladiator TherionX Fireballs Away!, An example of a fireball BM build with WIDD Schot Soaring Daemon in Action, Killing the World! TherionX Energy Daemon in Action, Some Impressions for you TherionX Poison Daemon in Action, Some Impressions for you TherionX Experimenting with NPC('s)!, Lazy buggers! Wasn't sure what to do with them so... Schot Experimenting with NPC('s)!, Video logs Schot Schot's Infernal Voodoo Rider! Schot Epox XBow we build + movie, a guide and a tribute Epox Sacred Documentary...Part 1 ...Portals DreDBanGeR
  13. Many Thanks to FrostElfGuard & Tharkane for permission to reproduce this guide here on FDM and gogoblender for Table 1.1 The Dracobane written by: FrostElfGuard & Tharkane The Dracobane The Dragons of Ancaria are fearsome beasts of tremendous size and power. Their powers are manifold. They may summon huge stones from the sky to smite the would-be dragonslayers who trespass in their domains. With a breath they may unleash torrents of incinerating fire, utterly consuming all unfortunate enough to stand before them. These mighty creatures also enjoy ripping their victims limb from limb with their talons and sword-like teeth. Their scales are as hard and unyielding as the finest Dwarven steel. To become a Dracobane – a slayer of Dragons - is understand your enemy, and uncover every weakness. Find these and exploit them to the fullest. Understanding can not only serve as your weapon, but also your armor: with it, you may turn the various attacks of your foe to the side, escaping harm. Before you Approach a Dragon, Approach a Merchant! (Shop before the Drop) Often a hero will stock up on potions before seeking out a Dragon. The best place to do this is at your local Merchant's shop. These potions are: health (red); concentration (yellow), antidote (green); and undead death (purple). Mentor potions (blue) are not available at the shop. Those are only found during your adventures. Be sure to save at least one of these for the last few moments of the Dragon's life: doing so will yield an additional 50% experience bonus when it collapses lifeless to the earth! Any or all of these potions might prove useful as some Dragons have poison attacks of their own…or their minions will. Boss Mods for Socketing your best Armor Lifeleech (at least 18%), Critical Hit, Extra damage to Dragons are all goods mods. To Combo or not to Combo Many Dragon hunters shop for a suit of armor with maximum sockets. Torso armor for example can have up to 4 sockets. This suit of armor (torso, gloves, helmet, belt, greaves etc…) can be used to boost the Trade Skill (if possessed) of the hunter… or may be used to create a combo suit. A combo suit boosts a specific combat art or spell to about 22 levels above normal use. The suit is worn when the combo is purchased from the combo master, and then is stored in the private stash for making other combos later. At low character levels, a combo suit can make a Dragonslaying very, very easy. The level of the Dragon is 2 + character level, not 2 + highest combat art/spell level. So you can have a very powerful bag of tricks to draw from when facing a Dragon. Normal combos are: 4x Hard Hit 4x Celestial Light 4x Fire Spiral 1x Ring of Ice + 3x Fire Spiral And so on. Note: when casting a stationary combo you may cast it before luring the Dragon over with a tasty morsel (that would be you!). You may cast several stationary combos regenerating them with a concentration (yellow) potion each time. Unlike the spell caster, the melee fighter will have to bravely face the Dragon’s talons and teeth to land his or her blows in battle. Be prepared to take your licks! Understanding Dragonfire … Prepare for the Worst All the Dragons of Ancaria can breathe fire. I have tested myself against a representative sample (D’Cay Lady of the Orcus (Undead dragon), Sisslith (Dragon of Frostgard), Sssisliths (Swamp Dragon) and the Twins: Winter’s Rigor and Frosted Death (Ice Dragons). All the Dragons of Ancaria breathe a fire that deals Physical and Fire damage. All of them rear their heads a certain way before they unleash their fearsome breath weapon! Learn to recognize the signs…and get moving when you see them! The breath will come in a wide arc. Don’t be where you were when it started! So, if you plan on facing Dragon fire…then know this: Dragons will only breathe fire when you are in range of their breath but out of range of their claws. The fire breath comes out in an arc, it sweeps over quite a wide area…and it lasts for quite a while. The lake of burning firebreath can damage you many times in short period. My test characters teased a firebreath from the dragons, and then briefly sampled some of the damage. My guess is that you will be hit about 20 times with fire/physical Damage, in the span of a second or two. Damage to the unprepared is phenomenal! However, if you wear the best Fire and Physical armor you can buy…and socket it with Dragon Scales, you should easily live to tell the tale of your epic battle. Dragon Scales are given as a quest reward for the Dragon Scale side quest in Alkazaba noc Draco. Each Scale (when socketed into armor or weapon) will boost your fire resistance by 40%. If you’re wearing Fire protection armor already you can save your sockets for a number of these Scales. No need to limit yourself to just one. Simply repeat the quest. (Export if in SP, and restart the campaign). One thing to note about Dragonfire: some Dragons breath fire more often than others. The Guardian of Frostgard breathes quite often. There is no set limit on how many times it may breathe fire in a row. Be prepared for it at any time. Understanding Meteor Storm (spell) … Learning to Dance A new trick for the Dragons of Ancaria is the Meteor Storm spell. One of the highest damaging spells in Ancaria is now in the claws of Dragons!! This spell is generally cast when you are out of breath range. Dragons may cast boulders from the sky at you even if it is off-screen! The spell casting animation is a bobbing of the head…quite short. Like the firebreath animation, learn to recognize this too. As soon as you hear the sound of Meteors---MOVE! The range of a hit is fairly tight, but you don’t want to be crushed like an insect! So move it! Please keep in mind that as long as your character is at range, Meteor Storm is a possibility. I’ve had 3 Meteor Storms cast at me in a row. Don’t think you have breathing room between casts. You don’t. Understanding Melee attacks … Dancing to the Beat of Different Drum The Dragons also possess something like the Hard Hit combat art. If you are within reach of their claws, expect some serious damage coming your way. Each dragon deals different elemental types of damage with their melee attack. If you plan to melee with them, you should build your resistance to their specific melee attack. Melee Damage types Dealt by Dragons Acutami Poison and Physical D'Cay Poison and Physical Draconis Mortis Physical Frosted Death & Winters Rigor Magic and Physical Lorinor Fire and Physical Sirithcam Fire and Physical Sisslith Magic and Physical Sssiliths Poison and Physical Note : Refer to table 1.1 Understanding Draconic Armor … Strike while the Iron is Hot Most Dragons of Ancaria are especially vulnerable to one elemental type of damage. For most, that is a susceptibility to poison. Some are vulnerable to 2 elemental damage forms... but not especially weak to any. Their resistances will vary in degrees. D’Cay, Lady of the Orcus of Khorad-Nur is wide open to FIRE damage. So, stock up on your fire damage to take her down quickly. Any other type of damage will probably see you long dead before she is even scratched. Dragon Vulnerabilities Acutami weak to Fire and Magic D'Cay weak to Magic, very weak to Fire Draconis Mortis weak to Poison and Magic Frosted Death & Winters Rigor weak to Poison and Fire Lorinor weak to Poison and Magic Sirithcam weak to Physical, very weak to Poison and Magic Sisslith weak to Poison and Fire Sssiliths weak to Magic and Fire Movement around Dragons---Circle those wagons! One simple tactic for ranged magic and archers is to constantly circle the Dragon at range. This should convince the dragon to employ his/her ranged weapons: Breathe and Meteor Storm. Which is fine with you…since these will appear behind you. Just maintain a clockwise or counter-clockwise movement. For best effect, boost your character’s movement speed by socketing items with the +X speed modifier. Of course, avoid using armor that makes you suffer movement speed penalty. Another trick is to steal the undead horse from the Portal at the Fields of Urkuk. It is a 220 speed horse that does not require the riding skill. That is, you do not need to invest in the Riding Skill to attain 220 (or greater) movement speed. You may buy a bridle (or find one) with up to (at least) +31 movement speed. This additional movement goes above the 220 movement speed cap, making it possible to be faster on the horse than you ever could be on foot. (Dwarf note: the little fellow might not have the same movement speed cap as other classes due to hardy nature. Wood Elves, Seraphims and Battle Mages all benefit greatly from the use of a horse. Other classes less so. Keep in mind that you cannot cast a combo from mounted position…and that a horse caught in Dragonfire will die. However, the Dragon will generally not target the horse…and if it does… you can distract the Dragon easily by hurting it. Clearing out the riff raff ---Send in the Clowns Dragons generally are not found alone. They have a cadre of support monsters. For some characters (the Vampiress and the Daemon), these puny monsters provide fodder for their damage increase abilities (Vampiress at night automatic power-up, Daemon “Call of Death” spell). For others, the friends of the Dragon provide attack rate increase (Dwarf with Battle Rage). For most classes, these monsters provide distractions—however sometimes these Dragon friends can prove deadly. The reason is simple: Petrification/Plant Cage/Binding/Stunning. Anything that can glue your character to a spot is potentially deadly. It allows the Dragon to aim its Breathe or Meteor Storm when you cannot evade. Just one pass of either could be enough to ruin your day. So, plan accordingly. That means: draw out the supporters without aggravating the Dragon. Use a bow, crossbow or spell to specifically irritate one or more of the Dragon’s minions. Draw them to you…without attracting the attention of their Draconion master. If the Dragon notices you…it will come for you. Flee from it! Circle around and return from another direction. You can’t afford to be stuck in place if it casts one of its area of effect combat arts. Either create killing fields. A word on Cursed Treasure – YEEEEES PRECIOUS! Sirithcam (Fire Dragon) and Lorinor of Tyr Fasul both guard Cursed Treasure. Lorinor guards ten batches of cursed treasure…each good for 1000 gold in bronze (and going up each difficulty level) and a drop (based on your Survival Bonus and “Chance to find Special Item”, and whether Greed has been cast on you—your chances of better drops improve). These treasures will not harm your character. Loot at will! Take it like a Man! (or a Woman!!) For those pursuing the ranged attack (bow/crossbow/spell) method: be aware. If the Dragon has decided to take a swipe at you… it will attempt to close with you. It will not stop trying to get within melee range. It will move fairly swiftly…but not at the maximum speed possible. You may evade it successfully. Or, you may decide to take it like a man… for this resets the Dragon’s attack choice. If you quickly dodge back after the attack, it will switch to one of its forms of ranged attack…most likely. That is why you brought healing potions. You gotta break some eggs to make an omelette… or in this case a few bones to slay a Dragon! Putting it all together. Potioned up. Armor –protect against how you expect the Dragon to attack? (Keeping in mind each Dragon melees with different damage?) Weapons/Spells –selected for the Dragon’s weakness(es) On foot or Mounted? Movement rate high enough? Be prepared to dodge fires and sky-rocks. Remember to eliminate supporting monsters that will stun or stop you. Have a good time Dragonslayer! Get Ready to rumble!! Go get them tiger! Note: in MP you may slay 3 of the Dragons to release Ilith'Bah, the Sakkara Demon under Braverock Castle. They are D’Cay (south of Khorad-Nur), Sisslith Guardian of Frostgard (north of Monastery of the Seraphim), and Sirithcam the Fire Dragon (under the lava plains). Table 1.1 Courtesy of gogoblender .
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