So, As you know I have a lvl 17 sorcerer, that jumped a few levels, lvl 10–>16. I’m not regretting my decision, but he is definitely my weekest toon. His sister Maidae is at lvl 15 many times tougher, even though Cerge takes out foes a lot faster (yeah, ok, so she’s monk). Anywho, after he did such a good job in Orchard at lvl 16, I’ve been sort of expecting a lot of him. So, the other day I tried to run Mired in Kobolds elite. Come on now, Mired is a lvl 13 quest and Cerge is 17, elite would still only make it 15. But for some reason, I’m only now learning that it doesn’t work like that. Lvl 13 elite != (does not equal) lvl 15 normal. That run Cerge and his cleric hireling didn’t make it past the first red named (or are they orange? I can’t tell). So yesterday I decided to try again, this time I pulled out a gold seal barb as well (Cerge had won him in a lottery, but I believe this hire was only lvl 12). We got past the second group of mobs, but even with a bunch of times running back to the start, the casters just got the best of us and we wiped.
Elite means that the mobs just have nasty high saves. Cerge just wasn’t doing enough damage, and was out of mana at the first crystal. So, I decided to just get over myself and run it on hard (I do have a thing for running elites, my main has run almost everything elite lvl 1-19, except some raids). I was very surpriced at the huge difference between elite and hard. This time I was getting insta kills, mobs were taking a nice amount of damage, and I didn’t have any problems with mana management. I did the optional, and I didn’t run out of mana fighting Varath. It did help, though, that my cleric hire kept Varath’s aggro until she was below 50%, so I could just stand there and hit her over and over again with my spells. Victory! 🙂 I decided to skip Sinvala, though, since I had used both shrines outside of the fighting area, and I didn’t think my mana bar would last fighting her.
Then I headed over to Acid Wit. Acid wit is a lvl 15 quest in the Twelve. I went in on hard (breaking my elite streak by doing so), with my lvl 17 cleric and lvl 12 barb hire (or could he have been 14?). I realized pretty quickly that the casters heal everyone else, so my tactic: look for casters and FoD them, before casting on the other mobs. I did get insta kills on 99% of all casters. I was also using sonic blast a lot, since I realized it’s pretty awesome, hehe. 🙂 I mean, yeah. It doesn’t do a lot of damage, and a lot of mobs save, but it cost u only 4 sp, and it’s very fast to cast (i.e. u can spam it easily), so if u only get a few of the mobs stunned for a few seconds, it’s already a lot of help.
44 minutes later we had killed the end boss and taken out all the stonies (got just over 10 k xp) 🙂 We did manage to die in the end fight, but I had on purpose saved the shrine and pulled the boss a bit closer, so I could cast at him while being close enough to the shrine to res if I were to die. We wiped, res’d, rested, and headed back down. Luckily the boss didn’t regen, so I took him out pretty easily by spamming polar ray. After looting I decided to try the optional “Defeat the Acid-Scar vengence seekers”, even though I was down to maybe 1/3 mana. I took out 17 of them before I went down, hirelings still standing, but cleric out of mana.
So, to come to a conclusion, elite is definitely a lot harder than hard, and does not equal the level it says on the quest report. 🙂 I believe I should try running some lvl 16 quests hard with Cerge, I think he’d do well. Maybe I even try the vale quests?
Tc, and see you in game.
P.S. Cerge still has a long way to go before lvl 18. I think I need to find a suitable quest to farm solo… or see if I can find someone else farming something.