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Old 04-15-2005, 09:16 PM   #1
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I have managed to finally harvest a palladium and have made the indigo ink. I'm a 28 warlock and my first choice would be Dark Distortion which is currently at Adept 1 (as are all my spells except Freezing Whorl which is Adept 3).         I have read however that passed level 25 one should wait for the Level 30 upgrade spell BSS, and save the ink to sell it to upgrade a tier 4 spell. My other option is to upgrade steal breath. Can anyone who has been in this position please advise as to what I should do ? Thanks
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Old 04-15-2005, 09:39 PM   #2
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I have upgraded several t3 spells, but the two that I am happiest with are Dark Distortion and Steal Breath.  It's a great debuff/DOT to open a fight with.  Another spell that I am happy with if Flashfreeze.  At adept III, it does over 300dmg at level 32 and is a nice stun. 
 
On the other hand, 2 spells that I DON'T recommend upgrading to adept III are Suffocating Breath and Negative Absolution.  It just barely increases the damage, and isn't worth the gem, IMO.
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Old 04-15-2005, 09:55 PM   #3
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I have DD Adept 3 and also chose BSS, at lvl 31 DD Adept 3 outdamages BSS by over 100 points (I know it is a lot but not sure if 100 is exactly right).

I had asked in another thread and someone stated that by lvl 35 BSS should outdamage DD Adept 3.

Someone has had FlashFreeze Adept 3 for sale for a week or so on my server and I looked at the stats, it doesn't seem to outdamage the adept 1 version by much.

I wouldn't upgrade steal breath to adept 3, at lvl 30.6 (I think) you get noxious bolt which puts steal breath behind DD, Noxious Bolt and Ice Spike for total damage.

My point, if you are lvl 28 you could get quite a few levels use out of DD Adept 3 before it becomes obsolete.  I really like seeing that 800 point damage floating above the mobs head...

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Old 04-16-2005, 06:39 AM   #4
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If you go with BSS I suggest going with steal breath I did and it works great sure now I use chaotic maelstrom adept 1 which is its upgrade but you will get over 10+ good levels with it.
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Old 04-19-2005, 11:47 PM   #5
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I am making the same choice as well, and I think I have settled on Steal Breath.  The Debuff (After LU#6) is now a very important component to maximize damage on BSS, Nil Distortion and Noxious Bolt.

BSS does about the same damage as DD Adept III at level 37, so in the long run it doesn't make sense to upgrade that.  Noxious Bolt upgrade at level 40 does more damage than Noxious Bolt Adept III.  Curse of darkness would be the other debuff I would consider upgrading, but it isn't effective enough for everyday use.

Also, I don't think you can upgrade a Tier 4 (Level 30-40 spell) with the Palladium (Indigo ink).  I think you are stuck with Levels 20-29.  Can anyone confirm this?

 

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Old 04-20-2005, 05:02 PM   #6
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Well peronally I suggest upgrade Negative Absolution - its nice solid AE and it sit on seprate timer with Nul Absolution that you'll get at lvl 34. I have Master 1 Negative Absolution is hit 280-342 per target and Nul Absolution at Adept 1 hit targets for 228-278 +40X4 dot at lvl 34
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Old 04-20-2005, 07:36 PM   #7
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Noxious Bolt or Steal Breath would be my choice - picking the upgrade Stun/Dot at 40.
 
Noxious Bolt is very nice and is sometimes overshadowed by Nil D and BSS and perhaps it shouldn't be.
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Old 04-20-2005, 09:02 PM   #8
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Well at 50th level, these are my Adept IIIs (if it helps)
 
23 - Dark Distortion*
30 - Noxious Bolt
34 - Null Absolution
35 - Ice Flame
37 - Nil Distortion
41 - Grisly Contract
48 - Nil Absolution
50 - Devastation
 
My next (and probably last unless SOE finally updates Soul Flay, in which case I'd upgrade next) Adept III will be Chaotic Maelstrom. Other than Dark Distortion, I use all of these spells still at 50th. Keep in mind I took the stun upgrade at 40th, so Noxious Bolt is still loaded.
 
* I only use this if I'm not using the 30th-level upgrade due to another warlock in group who has it.

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Old 04-20-2005, 09:42 PM   #9
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Newb question sorry, so please bare with me...I am confused. If the training spell BSS is the upgrade to DD, but BSS is only the Adept 2 version how is it more powerful than DD Adept 3?

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Old 04-20-2005, 10:56 PM   #10
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Because it is higher level it continues to scale past the effectiveness of Dark Distortion.
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Old 04-21-2005, 12:02 AM   #11
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Thank you Eadric. Confusion gone :smileyvery-happy:

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