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Quick Guide To Barbarian Power

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Quick Guide To Barbarian Power

Post by Admin on Wed Dec 12, 2012 4:38 am

Here are the key skills needed for tanking:

Buffs: All buffs are important. If you have the coin, max them ASAP. Priorities are Beast King's Inspiration (HP buff) and Blood Bath (Accuracy Buff). The HP Regen buff is nice, and cheap for the first few levels, so feel free to get it. The Damage buffs (+phys and +wood dmg) are useful, but not nearly as important as the max hp or accuracy; you're first job is to survive and maintain aggro. Axe Mastery is similar as well, although I advise getting this to help your grinding and to offset the lowered damage of tiger form.

True Form: Extra HP, and enables the following skills. Enough said.

Flesh Ream: Max this ASAP. It does a lot of damage when stacked, and the best thing about it is that it draws aggro no matter what. Using Flesh Ream, you can keep a monster's attention even when it is being nuked by 40k wizard crits! Spam as often as you can, just remember to cancel spells with:

Alacrity of the Beast: Level this to at least 7 ASAP. As you level your barb, learn to use this skill because it is the 2nd absolutely necessary skill for barbs. At higher levels, almost all mobs have a spell cast, and with a barb's low magic defense, this skill saves you a LOT of hp. Not to mention the necessity of cancelling the spells of 4000+ magic damage bosses!

Shapeshifting Intensity: A passive skill granting extra Physical defense. Max it, 5% per level doesn't seem like much, but it will pay off big-time down the line.

Bestial Rage: Free chi, for 20 mana, and a ridiculously low spirit cost to buy it. Get it, and spam it.

Talk is Cheap: I only have this at level 5 right now, it supposedly has a "greater effect" per level, but I still haven't seen any change from level 1. The mechanics are bugged I think. Still, invest in this skill because it will help you save your party from wiping when someone accidentally pulls more than 1 mob.

Surf Impact: Only a couple of levels are necessary for this skill, the only reason you really need it is to help you maintain aggro against more than 1 mob, by doing dmg to all of them first. A roar and then surf impact will usually let you keep aggro for a while as long as your party isnt aoe nuking the crap out of everything.

Frighten: This is an easy way to get chi and reduce boss damage at the same time. If you have extra sp/coin after focusing on the core skills (the first 4 listed, and the lvl 59 skills), this is a good way to spend it. However, the long cast time means that you have to be VERY careful that you don't lose aggro while casting, so a good tactic is to cast Frighten immediately after a Flesh Ream, and then Flesh Ream again since it will be cooled down.

Invoke the Spirit: A necessary skill for tanking certain tough bosses. 90% dmg reduction is pretty ridiculous, but the movement reduction means you need to be 100% sure that you can maintain aggro standing still. That means you should NEVER lead off with this-- that will just result in party wipe. The best way to use this skill is against bosses that debuff: that is, those that cast a status on you that causes extra damage. Invoke the Spirit will allow you to tank that extra damage until a cleric can purify you. One other note--this skill takes 2 sparks, but ZERO mana! So a good way to slow mana usage while grinding is to use alternate spark usage between Invoke the Spirit, Sunder, and Advanced Spark Eruption, depending on the situation.

Sunder: The most useful personal skill in the game for a barb. Not only does it do decent aoe damage, Sunder heals you a set amount even if you miss. This will help your grinding immensely--1 mana pot will allow you to cast Sunder numerous times, which means you won't need hp pots/charms except in emergencies. I've recently discovered that this skill is also amazing in duels. The only downside to it is that the hp regen will never be enough against tough bosses, which means Invoke the Spirit is the better way to use your 2 sparks in those cases.

Devour is pretty useless, since you will not be the damage dealer and it costs a huge amount of valuable chi. Only get it for the skill tree.

All of the humanoid skills are completely optional, and really should not be levelled if you can help it. I wasted 120k on perdition only to learn that it really really sucks at low levels of the skill. So it's better to focus on the MUCH more useful tiger skills.

Stats should be allocated as follows: Put only as much Str/Dex as you will need in order to use the corresponding dual hammer/axe for your level. So if the level 9 Short Handled Hand Axes require 20 Str and 7 Dex, make sure you will have exactly that much Str and Dex when you hit that level. The rest of the points can be put into Vitality, which will slowly but surely make you an impressive meat shield.

Here is a handy chart that I stole from someone else:
Gear Requirements for Axes/Hammers and Heavy Armor:
lvl str dex excess
1 5 5 0
2 6 5 4
3 8 5 7
4 9 5 11
5 12 6 12
7 16 6 18
8 16 7 22
9 20 7 23
10 20 7 28
11 24 8 28
12 28 9 28
13 33 9 28
15 40 10 30
16 44 11 30
17 48 12 30
18 52 13 30
19 56 14 30
20 60 15 30
21 65 15 30
22 66 16 33
23 70 16 34
24 74 17 34
26 79 17 39
27 83 18 39
29 90 18 42
30 92 19 44
31 95 20 45
33 100 21 49
34 104 22 49
36 107 24 54
37 110 26 54
39 120 26 54
40 120 26 59
41 125 26 59
43 129 26 65
44 134 26 65
46 137 31 67
47 143 32 67
49 151 32 67
50 151 32 72
51 155 32 73
52 160 32 73
53 160 32 78
54 164 32 79
56 169 32 84
57 173 33 84
59 181 33 86
60 182 34 89
61 185 35 90
62 185 38 92
63 189 38 93
64 194 38 93
66 198 38 99
67 203 38 99
69 212 39 99
70 212 39 104
71 215 41 104
73 220 46 104
74 224 47 104
76 232 49 104
77 236 50 104
79 246 50 104
80 246 50 109
81 246 50 114
83 252 53 115
84 256 54 115
85 261 54 115
86 263 55 117
87 267 56 117
88 272 56 117
89 277 56 117
90 277 56 122
91 277 58 125
93 281 59 130
94 285 60 130
95 290 60 130
96 294 61 130
97 298 62 130
98 303 62 130
99 308 62 130
100 308 62 135
101 308 62 140
103 309 62 149
104 314 62 149
105 314 62 154

Excess points should be put into vitality. However, for the first 35 levels, it's not a bad idea to do put 1 excess point into dexterity every level until you hit 40 dex. This will allow you to refrain from using low levels of bloodbath for most mobs, thus preventing the steep 25% penalty to max hp. It will also give you a handy +2% crit rate (increases by 1% every 20 dex). Once you hit 40 dexterity, just focus on str and vitality until you need to increase it for your axes (lvl 70). Remember to level Blood-Bath and Beast King's inspiration so that your high vitality will give you accuracy as well as survivability.

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