Kenji3108 wrote: ↑
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:41 pm
Also, if anyone has any input on whether they have survived high-end content or pvp without UMD (consistently, too), please do share your experience and your thoughts on the importance of UMD. I can only look at paper and numbers, the actual application and playing experience are what I can not cover all by myself.
I played a Ranger(11) / AA(15) / Fighter(4) with zero ranks invested in UMD. This character was captain of the Myon Guard, but didn't participated in a TON of PvP because the character was 'also' a MoD.
As a dedicated Archer with zero UMD, she saw and actively participated in a crap-ton of end game content. Sailed all over the seas and accessed nearly all the end game content accessible by only ship. She traversed a large portion of the planes, and adventured extensively through hell, with numerous killing-shots of big-bad balors and often was the only one dealing decent damage against Paush over long long fights. even once defeating the big-bad-boss dragon of the Red Dragon Isle single-handedly.
Story-time: (names not important) The Group was My Zero-UMD Archer, A Melee Ranger/Rogue (UMD up the hoo-hoo), and Cleric (UMD unknown)... 3 elves Myon, Went to the Red Dragon Isle to retrieve some Adamantine.
Typical strategy employed... Archer distracts the dragon... rest of party deals with the mobs... when all the mobs are killed, everyone turns their attention to the Dragon and kills it.
As luck would have it... two individually altogether separate conditions came together with a third at exactly the most perfect moment.
Condition 1) Our Ranger/Rogue (Tank) successfully killed all the mobs of the Boss Fight, leaving ONLY the Boss-Dragon left.
Condition 2) The exact moment of midnight struck as the final mob died.
Condition 3) The 27th day of the month ended, and the 28th of the month began.
Tank turns into a level 30 werewolf. (as it turns out, a recent visit to the Forest of Despair yielded an unknown souvenir scratch)
Imagine our surprise, standing beneath one of the toughest dragons (if not THE toughest dragon)
If anyone has had a high-level character turn into a raging uncontrollable (aka helpless) werewolf, then you will know the frustration of constantly failing your will-save to regain control of your now aggressive lycanthrope attacking whatever is closest to it.
Luckily... our Were-tank, failed his fear-will save against the dragon's aura, and ran into a corner. Meanwhile, our cleric shifts into frantic-heal-mode trying to keep him alive from the whollops of the dragon's hits.
Luckily... the high-level AA was able to do enough DR-Piercing damage to kill the dragon without the help of the otherwise were-wolf'ized tank.
My little Arcane Archer (with zero UMD) was credited with the IC solo-kill of the dragon, of which she forever kept the head of that dragon as a personal trophy. (in all honesty, I think our were-wolf tank got a few good hits in there too, but it wasn't very long before he was cowering in a corner from the fear-aura.)
So.. and so goes the story of a zero-UMD archer character saving the party's bacon in end-game content. Let it not be said you can't survive end game content without UMD!
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