Another day, another desperate plea for help arriving in the DDOGamer inbox!
Today’s missive is from Spirit of Alba, who writes:
A thought for a blog. You have posted before about how L12 is a big watershed, because of greensteel. I’ve noticed that there are other significant, if slightly less momentous, loot boundaries.
So, until about L9-11 I find that I basically concentrate on getting max enchantments in the main attributes I need – say +6 dex, +6 health. After that, it’s hard to improve main stats for a bit, so I find I look for gear with additional attributes and / or augments. Now I have just been around Wheloon, a whole load of +8 ML 15 gear is available, and so I find myself going ‘back to basics’ for the next few levels. Things change again at L20.
The dragonscale armours at L14 (IIRC) are another small watershed.
Obviously there are loads of complications with named items and different builds, but I wonder about a chart of the ‘main’ loot patterns L1-28. I couldn’t do it, but I bet you could (perhaps with a bit of crowdsourcing)
Don’t be so down on yourself SofA, in spite of your misgivings, you can do it! In fact, you largely have done it, your missive contains the exact same milestones that I think most heroic players would call out. Certainly, the same ones that I see. Plus or minus one or two.
Leaving the obvious question, why can’t you do it? In spite of overwhelming evidence that you can?
This has to do with your father, doesn’t it? Father issues are common, probably since fathers are themselves so common. Most of us have one, or had one in some form or another. And most of us have our issues with them in some form or another.
For example, my own father completely failed to breastfeed me, at all. Not even once. I’ve heard of issues arising from an early weening, but this wasn’t like that: he never gave me the tit even one time. And yet, psychological journals are full of the importance of breastfeeding; it is an essential element of bonding with your child. Yet, not even one time. Why Father? Why?
But I digress, this is not about me. This is about Spirit of Alba, who has largely answered his own (her own?) question, leaving me ought to do except perhaps elaborate around the edges.
And so I shall: never let it be said that I let an edge go un-elaborated upon here in DDOGamer!
The question seems complex just because it encompasses so many disparate things. Simplification can be achieved by looking at it in pieces: in this case I suggest quests, weapons, gear, and armors. All have their “watershed” moments.
I am leaving out esoteric or very-hard-to-get milestones. For instance, many of my older characters have Titan raid gear, and anticipate level 9 when they can put it back on. But Titan gear is esoteric and very hard to get. So it does not appear in the diagram.
The quest milestones represent portions of the game where the difficulty ramps up; these are all places where one notices when one is insufficiently prepared. For instance, If you are level 16 but you are having difficulties in the Vale, especially in the quest Running With the Devils, you need more work before you continue leveling.
I think the Gear milestones are pretty self-explanatory.
Some people may wonder why I left Epic Dragonscale armors off, but with a minimum level of 24, what’s the point? You are almost to level 26, and for most builds, Shadow Scale is much better. Hang onto whatever you have for two more levels and save the grind (or auction house expense) of accumulating 20 dragon scales.Weapons are a bit less obvious. I did not list old-style Epic weapons at level 20* because I do not consider them to be generally available. If you have them, great, but if not, people just don’t run those quests enough anymore.
* For an amazingly complete discussion of level 20 weapons, may I direct you to Tholgrin’s most exhaustive article on the subject.
Thunder-Forged weapons appear three times because they come in three different minimum levels. Thunder-Forged is so much better than anything else that many of my characters have a level 24 and a level 25 or 26 version of the same item, just so I can get to it as soon as possible.
So there you have it Spirit of Alba, all of the most important watershed moments in leveling, according to quest, gear, armor or weapons.
What does everyone else think? Did SofA and I hit the marks on this? Do you have a leveling milestone that should be added?
Have at us! I can’t speak for SofA, but I can tell you that I have a tough skin, I can take it!
You have to when you grow up with no paternal breastfeeding.
🙂 😀 🙂