So I recently had reason to try duoing the Hound of Xoriat on one of my epic characters. I had read somewhere, or heard in a PUG, or maybe just imagined that there were Epic Destiny abilities that could overpower the Hound’s built-in damage resistance and allow for a direct kill.
So I looked. There are some powerful abilities, ways to do some extreme damage. But nothing that jumped out at me as bypassing or overwhelming 10,000 points of damage resistance.
Then I leveled, and it was one of the few epic levels where you get to pick a feat. Most of the choices were pretty mundane, but one stood out. Ruin. According to the DDO Wiki, it does untyped damage that does not allow a save.
The wiki also says that Force enhancers make it more effective.
But I am on my Ranger. I have Maximize (for healing-based reasons), and I have five levels of Wizard (for Commando-based reasons), but still, this character is not a caster.
And yet. Could this be the thing I heard/read/imagined? Ruin?
I’m going to be TR’ing as soon as I cap again (and finish with 5000 favor) so this is a low risk experiment. If the feat is not helpful, no worries, I won’t have it for very long.
And this is how I came to have Ruin on my archer/twf Mawry. I figured if I’m going to have it, ought to be able to cast it with some authority, and found a +9 Impulse bastard sword of Spellsight +20. Equipping it provides an extra 175 points of Force spell power. I’m up to 200 and change.
Thus equipped, I sally forth. Into the Subterrane. I am quickly confronted with a living spell:
For more than 1500 points of damage! It’s a one-shot kill. Nice! And a giant skeleton:
4500 points and another insta-kill!
Holy crap where has this thing been all my life? Too bad the cooldown is so long; I could totally see creating a build that does nothing but Ruins as fast as he or she can cast them. I mean, if little Mawry can hit for 4500, what could a real caster do?
There goes a bearded devil.
No, wait, couldn’t get it cast on that beholder, antimagic beam gets in the way. Soon I am surrounded by beholders and flesh renders. Nothing for it but to unlimber the bow and multi-shot them to pieces, old school.
So it’s not perfect, and I can’t use it in every circumstance. But it’s pretty awesome.
But I’ve run out of things to one-shot instakill, we’ve made it to the entrance to the Hound.
And that is a story for another day.
🙂 😀 🙂