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Re: The Xmax Hardcore Challenge
« Reply #630 on: 22 September 2021, 19:39:14 »
Updated stormyboy.

Don't know about the item - what one is it? 

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Re: The Xmax Hardcore Challenge
« Reply #631 on: 24 September 2021, 09:27:38 »

Don't know about the item - what one is it? 

https://imgur.com/dizDV2t  - This is the item i am wondering about. Just ignore the mess. It's just my storage place for my challenge character Borkan. I just gather everything worthy and throw in there. You dont want to see the relics page....


As for a new update, could you please delete the spellbinder from the challenge? I can't play as a normal dude. I feel like i am cheating with every potion i drink :)).

But, i have started a character worthy of my play style. My goal? Fail the challenge with 100< kills but all difficulties killed with 0 deaths. I also had an idea for a character that goes with shield and sword, pet character, rogue+earth that relies on traps. But i can't play that without potions because i would have no way to regain HP in a reliable manner.


 Stormyboy - Myxir - L23 Spellbinder AEAR (no potions/untwink) - Athens Catacombs - Level V


https://imgur.com/wIHlH6d (death/kill count)
https://imgur.com/5SdORWi (potions count)
https://imgur.com/TY8Lt2h
https://imgur.com/VSyiqex
https://imgur.com/n7V8BnA
https://imgur.com/20XzsYS

All i have to say is that bosses are something else when you try to play TQ as an RTS
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Re: The Xmax Hardcore Challenge
« Reply #632 on: 24 September 2021, 09:47:39 »
Puppetmaster's of Convocation is a much sought after item for petmancers and perfectly legit.   :)

I'll add Myxir to the leaderboard and good luck with that one.

As for RTS games, did you know that Crate are working on one?  Evidently after some debate they've decided to set it on Cairn in a pre-GD era.

https://forums.crateentertainment.com/t/crates-grim-dawn-related-rts-project/109927

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Re: The Xmax Hardcore Challenge
« Reply #633 on: 25 September 2021, 22:20:09 »
God, killing bosses with a summoner takes ages. Especially if you are aiming for a low kill count. But it's cool. You just stay at the door, the pets chew a bit of the bosses health, they die, i resummon etc.
But, killing normal monsters and heroes is realy fun and fast. My pets melt everything.

Stormyboy - Myxir - L38 Spellbinder AEAR (no potions/untwink) - Tsongmo Ice Caves

https://imgur.com/dKTOtKd (potions/death count)
https://imgur.com/I3v8TI9 (yetti)
https://imgur.com/xFslt5k (kill count)
https://imgur.com/8Nao6Kl
https://imgur.com/Zvxfpuw
https://imgur.com/LL7BlCT
https://imgur.com/aKgwInH
https://imgur.com/nZgaGq0
https://imgur.com/iimI0qP
https://imgur.com/jdY4Fxr



As for RTS games, did you know that Crate are working on one?  Evidently after some debate they've decided to set it on Cairn in a pre-GD era.

https://forums.crateentertainment.com/t/crates-grim-dawn-related-rts-project/109927


I love RTS games. And nothing good came out since the era of warcraft 3, age of empires, warhammer etc. I think we have more than 10y without any amazing RTS game. So, fingers crossed :D.

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Re: The Xmax Hardcore Challenge
« Reply #634 on: 26 September 2021, 09:13:11 »
Leaderboard updated.

Well, given that Crate have been working on the town builder for 6 years now and the RTS is still in early development it wouldn't surprise me if we have a long wait ahead of us.  :o

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Re: The Xmax Hardcore Challenge
« Reply #635 on: 27 September 2021, 14:52:56 »
Stormyboy - Myxir - L47 Spellbinder AEAR (no potions/untwink) - The River Styx

https://imgur.com/hdgsCfU - potions/death/kill count
https://imgur.com/wOpqIBf - titan
https://imgur.com/YkbDlif

Boss killing becomes harder and harder. Also, people don't really like  the nimph but man, she killed 3x typhon. I guess she is more of a hero than i am. As for normal kills, my pets still melt everything. So i am good.

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Re: The Xmax Hardcore Challenge
« Reply #636 on: 02 October 2021, 20:46:24 »
Stormyboy - Myxir - L53 Summoner AEAR (no potions/untwink) - Scironean Rocks

https://imgur.com/2SzKX3Q
https://imgur.com/kf66gqn
https://imgur.com/ysbgruO
https://imgur.com/TuA4hlx
https://imgur.com/0JWkKqm

Know what is worst than loosing a character? Going for the achievement where you finish normal with less than 100 kills and your kills rising from 40 to 77 without even touching a monster. I mean, i don't have any retaliation gear. I don't even have an attack equiped. Cmooon. Right now i have 81 kills and i am parked at the second portal of ragnarok. I don't think i will make it

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Re: The Xmax Hardcore Challenge
« Reply #637 on: 03 October 2021, 08:53:18 »
Sounds strange.  I did that achievement with a Summoner as well, though on vanilla play.  I ended with 61 kills, but most of those (some 30+) I got just getting up to L2 so I could start summoning pets.  The rest came from inadvertently hitting enemies when I didn't mean to. 

Have you got any auras on?  And bear in mind that the Nymph's Overgrowth skill has pierce retaliation on it and if it's cast on you and an enemy dies from it then the kill is yours.  Don't use that skill. 

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Re: The Xmax Hardcore Challenge
« Reply #638 on: 08 October 2021, 20:56:31 »
Stormyboy - Myxir - L60 Summoner AEAR (no potions/untwink) - Eldr Fields

https://imgur.com/FEKUNDd (the end)
https://imgur.com/dGTMwRr (death/potion/kill count)
https://imgur.com/a3pBsPV
https://imgur.com/VwtzW4V
https://imgur.com/IjD4Igr
https://imgur.com/b7NwXmr
https://imgur.com/KLSmWFk
https://imgur.com/UXC00LL
https://imgur.com/0N7qKK9
https://imgur.com/0oia1QA
https://imgur.com/jfnp0P6
https://imgur.com/XOoCuLP
https://imgur.com/Fm3ZpLQ
https://imgur.com/K9SMFOR
https://imgur.com/Vxpo7rZ

And this was normal. Excepting some bosses that were challenging (mostly bosses that were using AOE all around them because wolfs are fragile. And killing them with just nimph and rock boy it's....).

Have you got any auras on?  And bear in mind that the Nymph's Overgrowth skill has pierce retaliation on it and if it's cast on you and an enemy dies from it then the kill is yours.  Don't use that skill. 

That was it...overgrowth. But i managed to get the achievement. Now i am thinking if i want to finish the game without killing stuff and fail the challenge with style or go serious and use plague, roots, fire orbs etc.

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Re: The Xmax Hardcore Challenge
« Reply #639 on: 08 October 2021, 21:15:21 »
Decisions, decisions.   ;D

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Re: The Xmax Hardcore Challenge
« Reply #640 on: 09 October 2021, 11:13:44 »
Stormyboy - Myxir - L60 Summoner AEAR (no potions/untwink) - Eldr Fields

https://imgur.com/FEKUNDd (the end)
https://imgur.com/dGTMwRr (death/potion/kill count)
https://imgur.com/a3pBsPV
https://imgur.com/VwtzW4V
https://imgur.com/IjD4Igr
https://imgur.com/b7NwXmr
https://imgur.com/KLSmWFk
https://imgur.com/UXC00LL
https://imgur.com/0N7qKK9
https://imgur.com/0oia1QA
https://imgur.com/jfnp0P6
https://imgur.com/XOoCuLP
https://imgur.com/Fm3ZpLQ
https://imgur.com/K9SMFOR
https://imgur.com/Vxpo7rZ

And this was normal. Excepting some bosses that were challenging (mostly bosses that were using AOE all around them because wolfs are fragile. And killing them with just nimph and rock boy it's....).

Have you got any auras on?  And bear in mind that the Nymph's Overgrowth skill has pierce retaliation on it and if it's cast on you and an enemy dies from it then the kill is yours.  Don't use that skill. 

That was it...overgrowth. But i managed to get the achievement. Now i am thinking if i want to finish the game without killing stuff and fail the challenge with style or go serious and use plague, roots, fire orbs etc.

Out of topic but, how's your summoner build? Skills, attributes, gear etc.

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Re: The Xmax Hardcore Challenge
« Reply #641 on: 09 October 2021, 16:26:22 »
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I am not at my computer so i can't screenshot it but it's not that much to write about. Gearwise i have:
-rings, staff and ammulet with 32phys dmg and a set with 27elemental damage (i save this one for the bosses where i have to use nymph for kill)
-a pair of stonebinder cuffs i farmed in the labirinth (nothing fancy. I just wanted +1skills)
-a helmet with +1 to skills enchanted with a shard of erebus that i rolled with +1 to skills. I also have a spare one with +12%experience hoping that i will get a shard with +8exp in epic. Both items i farmed in Elisium at the vendor (about 30min).
-a standard edition green pair of boots with a line of 25%speep/freeze/stun resist
-razor claw artifact because it gives damage to pets
-random chest with elemental resist because that's what i was missing

Relics (you get a loooooot of them in xmax so you have no trouble aiming for the completion bonus you need) - i use relics to complete my missing resistances. Nothing too fancy. If i need some elemental resist i just look for a relic that has it. The only place i am picky with, rings and ammulet where o use demon blood with vitality res. If you play without xmax mod (just clasic play) you don't even need relics or resistances. The pets are just crazy strong.

Secondary weapon: staff with +1 to nature skills. Jist to get my wolfs to max lvl every time (vendor staff)

As for build, all points went into my pets and their skills. One point into heart of the oak, one in refresh, one in stoneform and a few in regrowth and the - recharge upgrade. I will get back to you with a few screenshots


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Re: The Xmax Hardcore Challenge
« Reply #642 on: 14 October 2021, 15:02:16 »
I am not at my computer so i can't screenshot it but it's not that much to write about. Gearwise i have:
-rings, staff and ammulet with 32phys dmg and a set with 27elemental damage (i save this one for the bosses where i have to use nymph for kill)
-a pair of stonebinder cuffs i farmed in the labirinth (nothing fancy. I just wanted +1skills)
-a helmet with +1 to skills enchanted with a shard of erebus that i rolled with +1 to skills. I also have a spare one with +12%experience hoping that i will get a shard with +8exp in epic. Both items i farmed in Elisium at the vendor (about 30min).
-a standard edition green pair of boots with a line of 25%speep/freeze/stun resist
-razor claw artifact because it gives damage to pets
-random chest with elemental resist because that's what i was missing

Relics (you get a loooooot of them in xmax so you have no trouble aiming for the completion bonus you need) - i use relics to complete my missing resistances. Nothing too fancy. If i need some elemental resist i just look for a relic that has it. The only place i am picky with, rings and ammulet where o use demon blood with vitality res. If you play without xmax mod (just clasic play) you don't even need relics or resistances. The pets are just crazy strong.

Secondary weapon: staff with +1 to nature skills. Jist to get my wolfs to max lvl every time (vendor staff)

As for build, all points went into my pets and their skills. One point into heart of the oak, one in refresh, one in stoneform and a few in regrowth and the - recharge upgrade. I will get back to you with a few screenshots

Any plan to use VO and/or Eruption? If not, why did you choose Earth?

Also what about attributes? You talked about SBC so you went str/dex prolly, ya?

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Re: The Xmax Hardcore Challenge
« Reply #643 on: 14 October 2021, 15:47:14 »
For my stats i went with 170 str to have enough for legendary sbc and 1:1 dex:int for DA and energy regen (it's negligible on normal play bit ot matters a lot on 0 potions rins) .

As for the mastery choice, i went with nature because all pets have incredible damage potential without any special gear: wolfs destroy normal monsters and nymph kills bosses because of the safe distance.
Earth mastery: earth elemental. Without this pet xmax with 0 deaths is impossible. The dude is crazy overpowered. It can tank 3 bosses without dropping in health.
Stone form + refresh: a great life saver. When you spawn undeads or deamons that trigger on walk-by they will attack the person that spawned them (even with the taunt still of the elemental).
Earth enhancement for a bit of +% phys dmg (for the wolfs)

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Re: The Xmax Hardcore Challenge
« Reply #644 on: 14 October 2021, 15:49:46 »
I think the reason is Core Dweller. Most tankiest of tanks, and a good agrovator... Otherwise the wolves alone will be terrible for this challenge, the mobs are ignoring them 99.9% of the time and chase the player - that's some great design, right there!

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