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Meech
10-03-2007, 06:08 PM
<p>I've played a swash up to 17 and a pally up to 19, I really like both classes but am leaning more towards the paladin atm. From reading these boards however it seems that the paladins are a very slow soloing class (I have a family, 2 jobs and plenty of other time restraints so I end up soloing quite a bit.)</p><p>My question is at what point does the solo viability of the paladin start the downhill turn?</p><p>I was trying to solo Overseer Thix up near the top of bb a couple of days ago with the paladin and was almost able to do it, I'd get him down to about 5-10% before I'd run out of power and be relegated to a shiny doorstop. This was when the pally was 18, I think the Overseer was a 13 ^^^ heroic. Last night I tried again as a 19 paladin and was able to finish him off finally (my first ornate chest <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /> ). </p><p>I wanted to see how the swash would compare in the same setting so logged him in to bb. He was able to solo the 13^ mobs very easily and very quickly but when I hit a 13^^^ heroic (un-named, just an excavator) it just completely slaughtered me. I don't think I was able to get him much below 75% before I was on the ground.</p><p>Do I suck at playing a swash or do they get exponentially better when the get older?</p><p>As a side note I would play the paladin hands down if I didn't have so many time constraints. I don't really have a ton of time to do the research that seems almost neccesary to play a good tank at this stage of the game, or commit to an active guild that I can grow with.</p>

Looker1010
10-03-2007, 06:12 PM
Heroics are very hard to solo at any level. They have 9 gazillion hit points <img src="http://forums.station.sony.com/eq2/images/smilies/e78feac27fa924c4d0ad6cf5819f3554.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" width="15" height="15" />

interstellarmatter
10-03-2007, 06:14 PM
<p>Pallies can solo fine.  Get a good two hander and with your heals, you can take down some mean stuff.  Though with a plate class, it's move expensive to get good armor.  If you want a quick and dirty class that can solo without much investment, a pet class like necro or conj might be better.</p><p>But....we're talking about fast soloing.  Regular leveling can be done at a good rate in any class.  I've soloed a Defiler almost to 50 with a few months of casually playing her.</p>

Andok
10-03-2007, 06:31 PM
You just need more experience with a swashbuckler.  They actually solo pretty well.  However, I would stick with the paladin since that is obviously the one you prefer.  Don't worry about your time constraints.  Just log in and have fun. =)

Gorpier
10-03-2007, 06:33 PM
<cite>Meech wrote:</cite><blockquote><p>I've played a swash up to 17 and a pally up to 19, I really like both classes but am leaning more towards the paladin atm. From reading these boards however it seems that the paladins are a very slow soloing class (I have a family, 2 jobs and plenty of other time restraints so I end up soloing quite a bit.)</p><p>My question is at what point does the solo viability of the paladin start the downhill turn?</p><p>I was trying to solo Overseer Thix up near the top of bb a couple of days ago with the paladin and was almost able to do it, I'd get him down to about 5-10% before I'd run out of power and be relegated to a shiny doorstop. This was when the pally was 18, I think the Overseer was a 13 ^^^ heroic. Last night I tried again as a 19 paladin and was able to finish him off finally (my first ornate chest <img src="/eq2/images/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY<img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" />" /> ). </p><p>I wanted to see how the swash would compare in the same setting so logged him in to bb. He was able to solo the 13^ mobs very easily and very quickly but when I hit a 13^^^ heroic (un-named, just an excavator) it just completely slaughtered me. I don't think I was able to get him much below 75% before I was on the ground.</p><p>Do I suck at playing a swash or do they get exponentially better when the get older?</p><p>As a side note I would play the paladin hands down if I didn't have so many time constraints. I don't really have a ton of time to do the research that seems almost neccesary to play a good tank at this stage of the game, or commit to an active guild that I can grow with.</p></blockquote>I've heard people say the same thing about a paladin's soloability.  I have not found that to be true.  Never had a problem soloing.  Conversely, if you find a good casual guild, chances are you won't really need to solo as much as you'd think.  Even a duo occasionally helps.  That said, I find that some of the classes people say solo really well... all I am able to do with is die well.  I think it is a playstyle and per person thing.  If a class suits you, then solo isn't going to be all that bad.

Meech
10-03-2007, 06:40 PM
<p>Thanks for all the quick feedback.</p><p>I think I'll stick with the paladin as I do tend to enjoy it more.</p>

Lortet
10-03-2007, 08:54 PM
<p>I solo most of the time but have found that Overseer Thrix has been a particularly hard take down for my characters. I do not have problems later on with stormhold or fallen gate nameds, but he is tough - possibly because at that stage you have less abilities to use on him, but I also notice you can get him to about 30% health then he seems to up his damage output.</p><p>The swashie ends up with a stack of short term stuns allowing you to get behind and backstab away without much risk - so that is part of why they move ahead in solo ability. Stealth allows you to move around easier, and evac for those imminent death moments.</p>